Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Week

Hey everyone! Happy Easter! (yesterday....)

It seems like my weeks go up and down. This week was a for sure an up.

On Tuesday we got to teach David. We are beginning to see a definite change in him. He feels the presence of the Holy Ghost in his life and has been able to withstand temptations to drink. We also met, Daniella, a potential investigator we met on the streets.

Wednesday we went to teach Daniella. Guess she forgot... But we rescheduled!!!

Thursday we had district meeting. I gave a discussion on, "The blessings pertaining to keeping the Lord's commandments and being obedient". I think it was a success. We also taught David. We taught the plan of salvation and didn't get to finish. He asked a lot of questions, but we didn't have time because we were about to go teach Frankie. Frankie's lesson was AWESOME!!! He's great. He got hurt surfing and had to get 4 staples in the back of his head the day before, but said he didn't want to cancel our lesson. At the end of the lesson we asked him if he would be baptized. He said he would, but we didn't set a date. 

Friday was fun :)
We went to teach Daniella again. She needs a calendar or something because she wasn't there. Again. ("Daniella? Don't you know you're gonna get baptized?!") 
We then had a service project with a nonmember. She had a traumatizing experience with her husband who is now in jail and we cleaned up her yard. She said she wasn't going to come to church this week, but we will stop by again soon. I caught a lizard during the service project. Pictures will follow. After that we gave the Sisters' investigator, Bonnie, a blessing because her back was hurting. She is on date to be baptized April 17, but still isn't positive about Joseph Smith. It was great to share our testimonies with her and try to help.

Saturday was crazy. We had lunch with the Wongs. Wow. Brother Wong is a good cook. He is from Tahiti and him and his wife have been less active for over 10 years, but he has some crazy spiritual stories!! After that we went to the Cid's 7 year old daughters b-day party. We only stopped by, but it was funny. They are both from the Philippines. 

Easter Sunday was great! We didn't have ward council and we didn't have to run, so we got to sleep in!!! (to 7:00) Frankie came to church! But David has gone MIA. Brother Birch said he wasn't there when they were going to meet on Saturday and he didn't come to church. Hopefully he didn't relapse... Michael Weaver gave his farewell talk! When I got here, he wasn't sure if he would even go on a mission. He began going on splits with us and leaves to South Carolina on April 12. 

The work is great. Elder Wilde and I are having lots of fun! Transfers are coming around the corner and the polls have spoken... The other missionaries think I'm leaving, EXCEPT ME. I want to stay here 14 more transfers :) Just kidding. I love it here, but change will be cool. I love it here. The people are amazing. I can't wait for general conference. 

Al Stroes, one of my favorite members, is going to General Conference in Salt Lake with a couple other people from here and will be going to Priesthood Session with Dad, Jake, and Caden. THAT WILL BE COOL!

I love you all. Thank you for all the love and support. I loved the Easter packages and, as you will see in the following pictures, so does Elder Wilde :)

Love, Elder Kapp

P.S. We began gardening and growing little plants Sister Whiteley-Ross gave to us. (Members from England are hilarious and my favorite.)

                                                    Someone stole my bike seat:(
                              This is Al who is coming to Utah for conference.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pre Easter Email

Hey everyone! This last week was another good one for the books, but it was very up and down.

First, we can start with the bad stuff that happened and end happy. So Joanita dropped us... We went by her house and asked when we could teach her again and, well.... Sounds like someone told her something she didn't like, because she said she heard some stuff about the church history and she wasn't interested anymore. (Dang it...) 

A less active we've been working with fell off the wagon and relapsed this week and lost contact with us. That was sad. 

We found out Elder Glover, our beloved Zone Leader, is getting transferred immediately... He's made it to the pro's. He was assigned to be an assistant to the president. We're happy for him, but I'm really going to miss him. 

We officially picked up David as an investigator! He's a great chap and we are teaching him tomorrow. He's come to church 4 times now.

We taught Franky again! That was great! I am really sure that he is going to get baptized! We haven't set a date with him yet because he doesn't really know anything about baptism, so we should probably teach him about it first... We are teaching him this Thursday and he is coming to church on Sunday! 

Brother Birch was released as a ward missionary and called to be High Priest Group leader. That's awesome. Guess who I am sitting by at ward council? 

I guess the only other thing is the lizard fight. There are little lizards that are everywhere. They are crawling back and forth on the sidewalk, but there were a couple pretty big ones fighting and we tried to save the loser, but then he ran away. I just got really sad because that was probably the most exciting thing that happened... 

Well I love you all! Have a good Easter. Check out the Easter video on It's real good! 

Elder Kapp

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fun week... Kind of :)

Hey home!

This last week was a really long week! Holy cow. It seems like it was full of small events, but not a ton happened. First off, we didn't get to teach any of our investigators.... AHHH!!!! It's frustrating, but what do you do? We picked up a new investigator, though. David is in his 40's, a recovering alcoholic, and is living on the streets right now. Usually we don't teach homeless people, but he's a solid guy and is actually very smart. We are teaching him tonight.

We didn't teach him, but Franky texted us this morning and asked when we could do the next lesson. YESSS!!!! He's so cool. We are excited. Alex and Joanita have been really bad at contacting us... Hopefully it is temporary. 

On Wednesday I needed to talk to a doctor and the closest mission doctor was in Temecula... We also had exchanges on Wednesday, so Elder Haskell and I got to go on a road trip to Temec! It was a blast! Then we finished the exchange.
Thursday we had a Zone Review. Basically, President Kendrick came to every zone and initiated a "Jubilee" where the entire mission is their best selves, obedient, and prays for miracles. We have already seen success from it. It's been great!

Saturday we had 2 service projects that we didn't plan ahead of time.... We painted benches for an Eagle Scout project and we busted tables at an old folks party. That was alright.

On Sunday we had a part member family just randomly show up and a less active who hasn't been for over a year show up. It really was a miracle. David came to church too! We have family home evening tonight at a ward missionaries house and our lesson with David. It should be great. 

This last week I learned a lot about the atonement. I learned that in order to feel the spirit and be forgiven, we must forgive. We need to forgive EVERYONE. As soon as we do we can better feel the love of our Heavenly Father in our lives. It's just good to do.

Sorry more fun things didn't happen... Love you all! Have a good week! 

Elder Kapp 

Monday, March 7, 2016

I don't know how to title this week, but it was a good one!

Hey everyone!

Let me start with talking about the interesting and fun things we did this last week. 
WE WENT TO THE TEMPLE ON WEDNESDAY! The San Diego Temple is the most beautiful building I have ever been in. WOW! It was an amazing experience. 

We went to Clyde Miller's 100th birthday party on Saturday! He is this member in our ward and he is just amazing. He still, today, makes cutting boards and stools for his friends. He is cool.

Later Saturday night, we 'responded to a prompting'.  In other words, we dodged a sketchy situation. We were walking down Knob Hill, a road right by our apartment. There is an elementary right there and we were getting a little bit closer to it when I noticed some cars and heard some shouting. I had a feeling and said, "Cross the road, now." We crossed so that we were on the other side of the road of the school. We walked a bit further and heard more yelling. I then said, "Elder Wilde, turn around! We need to get out of here." So we did and went down another road. Elder Wilde said he got a feeling right when I said that. Heavenly Father protects His missionaries. Moral of the story, ALWAYS obey promptings. If you are keeping the commandments and being good, you don't need to worry if it is your own thought of the spirit. It's the spirit and don't test it.

Most of my emails up to this point of my mission have been saying how, "We aren't finding things to do, but we are working hard." We have had no real investigators. We've had no progressing. No solid referrals. 

Let me just say, fasting and praying works. This last week has been full of miracles.

We didn't get to teach Janita and Alex because Janita has been really sick, BUT Alex came to church on Sunday and we are teaching them Tuesday and maybe Thursday.

Ron is in his 70's. He's a former investigator, but we have taught him a few times by just showing up to his house. He came to church on Sunday! We are inviting him to FHE at the Lawson's tonight.

Benny, the less active we've been working with, got a job, is working a ton, and came to church on Sunday!

On Friday, we were being dropped off at the church after dinner with the Johnsons. As we pulled in, Brother McMaster came out and started talking to Brother Johnson. Then he looked at us and said, "Elders. I got a bone to pick with you guys." We were like, oh crap.... He says...
"Our daughter, Jaycee, has this friend named Frankie. He has come to church a few times. He wasn't raised in any church, but I've talked to him a bit. We have a lesson set up with him at 7:00 on Sunday. Will you be able to come?"

........... Just like that....... So, we taught Frankie last night. He is 18 and lives outside our ward, but we got our President's permission because he would best be taught here. The lesson went so great! He was involved, asked lots of questions, and understood everything and accepted commitments. After the lesson he asked, "When can we meet again? I can do Thursdays and Sundays, if that works for you..."

So, we now have 3 investigators. We are SOOO grateful. And I have been a lot happier. We are finally finding the success we have been waiting for!! This should be a great week.

One thing I was reminded of this last week is our Heavenly Father is always aware of us. He loves us. We are His sons and daughters. Sometimes we feel alone and discouraged. Sometimes it seems like that connection between us and our Father is broken. No matter what you are going through or what you do, He is there! He is never ashamed of us. He wants to help us and is waiting to bless us. When life gets too hard to stand, kneel. He will be there to lift you up. 

I love you all so much! I am so grateful for this gospel. Be good. Talk to you next week!

Elder Kapp

                             A family from Minnesota visiting Southern California for
                                Spring Break took these pictures and sent them to us.

                                                           San Diego Temple

                                              Us standing in front of the temple.

                                          Threw a pass along card in the ceiling... Whoops.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eighteen Then One

Hello everyone,

Life goes on in Twin Oaks Valley. And we have seen blessings.

So the title... "Eighteen then one". As you might know, we haven't been teaching a ton of lessons. We find several potentials every week, but they fall through. In fact, Elder Wilde counted and we had 18 lessons with potential investigators fall through IN A ROW. In 3 weeks, we had 18 lessons fall through with potentials and NO lessons. Zero. 

Because of this, I didn't have a lot of faith going into this transfer. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed I wasn't transferred. I love the ward, but the lack of success has really worn me out.

But Heavenly Father kept me here for a reason. So on Tuesday, we headed to a potential lesson with Alex and his girlfriend. On the way, our fellowshipper said he couldn't come and I scrambled to find someone else to come to this lesson with us. I lowered my head to say a prayer and before I even began to pray the name of Brother Birch popped into my head. I thought, "Wow. That was fast." We called him up and he picked us up.

We knocked on the door and Alex invited us in. We met his girlfriend, Janita. They are both from Uganda and are looking for the right church for them.

Let me back up real quick and explain how we met Alex. We found some former investigators in our area book and went to knock on the door. Alex came to the door and confirmed he wasn't who we were looking for. I began to explain who we were and asked if we could come share a message with him. He said we could come back Friday, but a voice from behind him said, "No, I won't be there! Do Thursday!" That appointment cancelled, rescheduled for Sunday, cancelled, and rescheduled for Tuesday. 

I want all of you to know that Heavenly Father is aware of you. He wants to bless you. Also, He answers your prayers. He always does. We just need to be patient for His answer.

As we began to teach Alex and Janita, we found out ALEX IS A MEMBER! He has been inactive for a long time and Janita didn't even know. We taught Janita the restoration. The Spirit was so sweet. We gave her a Book of Mormon. She said she would read it. I then asked her to hand it to me so I could bookmark a page and, to my surprise, she had already folded down the page for first Nephi. She said she would read and pray to know if it is true. We are teaching them again tomorrow.

Now ask yourself. Is it by chance that a man who has been an inactive member for over 7 years and his nonmember girlfriend have 2 young missionaries knock on their apartment door looking for someone who had once investigated the church in the same apartment? Heavenly Father knew. He is constantly setting appointments for us. We just need to be willing and ready to teach.

I am so humbled by the lesson I have been able to learn this week. Every 'no' we receive is one step closer to the 'yes' we are waiting for. Sometimes they come faster than 18. Sometimes longer. I know that as we keep working, exercising faith, keep the commandments, and be the best missionaries we can be, we will find those Heavenly Father is preparing AND begin to prepare those who will be taught and ready for those that will follow us.

Other than that lesson, it was a very slow week. Elder Wilde and I are the only companionship in the zone that was together last transfer. Everyone else is with a new companion. I guess we have an advantage there. We are excited for this next transfer and can't wait to see great things happen.

I love you all and I know that as we have faith in Jesus Christ and use His atonement in our lives, we will find joy. This gospel is the most important thing we could ever have. Without it we have nothing. Yes, there are jobs, schooling, work at home, family, and all other things that occupy our schedules. Don't ever let your schedule be too busy for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I mean, Jesus made time to suffer for you. 

Love you and I hope to have more to talk about next week! Have a great week!

Elder Kapp

 A lady in Erik's stake sent these pictures: "Just happened into the Family History Library while your sons and daughters were writing - greatest missionaries! Escondido loves them!"