Monday, September 18, 2017

Run From Jerusalem & Don't Look Back

Elder Halstead and I are doing really well! We are having a ton of fun and getting so much done. We are working hard! We were able to pick up 2 new investigators this last week. Unfortunately, none of our investigators are progressing! We have been doing everything we can to get them to church, but they aren't coming! It's frustrating. But we definitely saw some awesome miracles this last week.

I was on exchanges with Elder Noble this last week. He's a greenie from Centerville, Utah. Awesome kid! We had dinner at Al Stroes' house. He invited this kid, Shaw, who took the lessons over a year and a half ago. He really clicked with us, especially with Elder Noble. We were talking about the Holy Ghost and Al told Shaw that he could feel the Holy Ghost all the time if he got baptized. He talked about how he had a big spiritual experience recently and if that's what he needed to do to have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion then he wants to get baptized! He committed to come to church and we're trying to set up a lesson!

 However, he did not come to church like he said he would....

The second miracle was while doing service at Ken Birch's on Friday. He is a member from the TOV ward and we stopped by to say 'hi' last week. He said he had a lot of work to do to prepare for his daughter's wedding reception and we asked if we could help. He had so much for us to do! While we were digging holes for some bushes, his next door neighbor, Josh, was cleaning up after his dogs. He looked YSA aged and we talked with him for like 20 minutes. We asked if he would want to meet up and he was down! We ended up meeting with him on Saturday and answering a lot of questions. He doesn't seem like he's really looking to convert, but is looking to make friends and meet up! We'll see what happens.


I was reading in first Nephi this last week. I love studying Laman and Lemuel. Honestly, there is so much we can learn from those guys! I was reading the part where they were complaining about being in the wilderness (which is most of 1 Nephi) and they were saying how their lives would have been so much better if they had just stayed in Jerusalem. What I learned is the importance of leaving the world, not turning back, and figuring out where we're working towards. If we are caught in sin and are just getting out, we can't hangout just outside of "the city" and expect to be safe. GET OUT OF JERUSALEM! But stopping sin is not enough. If we spend our lives running from sin it will ALWAYS catch us. However, if we are running towards something we are better off. Like Nephi, we need to run to the Promised Land. We need to run to Christ. One of the things that caused Laman and Lemuel to turn against their family and God is they never fully left Jerusalem. Part of their desires were always in the past they left. "Man, it was so nice back when we...." "What I would do to just be back in Jerusalem again..." Their hearts weren't changed. They wouldn't let go of the world.

I'm so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter what we did in Jerusalem, he can change us on our journey to the Promised Land as long as long as we are willing to give our past to him. Jesus came here to save us. He wants to forgive, but we have to be willing to RUN from our mistakes and weaknesses. We can't hangout just a couple steps from where we were looking back. We need to look to Him. I just want all of you to know that I know Christ lives. He is our Savior. He is my friend. He offers us new life. Please don't settle for the mediocrity of the life you currently have and be willing to let go and trust that he will make it worth it. I love Him.

Elder Erik Kapp





Monday, September 11, 2017

Trust God and Keep Holding On!

Hey people,

Well this week has been a blessed week. Elder Halstead and I are killing it! We are putting it all out there and seeing a ton of success. This last week we were able to pick up 2 new investigators. We found both of them from contacting on the streets. The first guy's name is Andy. We played basketball with him for a little bit then we got to teach him. It went really well! He's a cool guy!

The other guy we taught is Franko. He lives in our apartment complex and he knew some missionaries that would come talk to him before. We didn't have a very formal lesson, but it's good. He seems open to listening, but not really looking to change or anything. 

We went on exchanges on Wednesday. I was with Elder Garner. He's a really awesome kid! He's brand new from Texas. He's doing a really good job!.

There were a ton of small miracles we saw. We picked up tons of potentials for ourselves and for other wards. Street contacting has been super effective for us. We are trying to pick up 2-3 investigators a week. It's going pretty well so far. We are setting up a booth at the college this week. 

The last eventful thing was Mission President Interviews. That was my last one before my exit interview.... Not a fan of that. It hit me pretty hard and I finally realized the reality of leaving and I have been really sad off and on since. But I'm trying to shake it off!

I think the one thing I've learned this past week is the importance of trusting God and holding on. I don't know why, but this last week I was feeling very anxious and depressed randomly. I couldn't figure out what I was doing or what was causing me to feel so panicked all the time. It would just hit me randomly. I figured out a few things and did what I could to eliminate stress. There was one night I was kneeling and praying asking Heavenly Father why He wouldn't just take it away and help me. I realized His constant hand in getting through each of those days. I mean, I'm still here! I feel like I was trying to get rid of my part and my problems, but Heavenly Father knew what I needed and gave me the strength I needed. That might be a bit of a rant... But moral of the story! Trust God and just keep holding on. If you feel His spirit at all in your life you know He's there. So keep calm, trust God, and keep holding on! I just love my saviour Jesus Christ and know he's a friend of mine. 

I love you all!

Elder Kapp

 Kick Ball Game!

Picnic after Kick Ball Game

Exchanges with E. Garner!

Corn is celebration of the New Investigator! (It's a tradition)

                      Elder Halstead and I with the sunset. 
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District picture



             Fishing @ Dixon Lake (Not the biggest Bass recorded...)



Choppin wood


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Just A Good Week.

This last week was awesome! Man we had so much fun and saw so much success! I got my new companion, Elder Halstead. He's from Las Vegas and this is his first week! I love the kid! We are seeing so much success and working super hard. He's very excited and enthusiastic about the work. We got a lot done! We were able to get in with 4 less active members and all of them said they'd be willing to come to church and activities. We also have been hitting the streets hard and picked up a ton of potentials from contacting. We have a lesson set up with one of them tonight! Wish us luck.

Lately I have been trying to develop a closer and more personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I've always been so envious of those who could said, "I know Jesus Christ. He's my friend." I never really thought as my relationship with Christ as a friendship. So I've been trying to work on that. As I've studied and relied on and opened up to my Savior, I've realized how he really does know us. He truly loves us and understands us. He doesn't want us to turn away from him. We need to turn to him and come to him always. I've felt my relationship with Jesus Christ come a lot closer this last week. I know he lives and made it so I could be forgiven. I love him. 


Elder Kapp





Monday, August 28, 2017

Transfers.... (Shoutout to the Holy Spirit and Caden Kapp and Elder Wilde)

Another week in paradise....

So first off.... Elder Wilson is getting transferred to Vista 8th Ward with Elder Owens. I will be training a new missionary. I will pick him up tomorrow. I will also be serving as a district leader again! I am really excited about that. There are a lot of greenies in my district and it'll keep me busy before I go home. Also... Elder Gull is coming to be my ZL. (For those tuning in for the first time, Elder Gull and I were comps and we got along REAL good.)

It was a bit of a rough week, but we pulled through! We had a bunch of meetings and stuff. We had a meeting on Wednesday in Vista for a trainer follow up meeting. It was pretty good! 

This week has been just really unlucky as far as getting in with people. We have had very little luck. At this point it's kind of funny, but we just keep rolling with the punches (like Mayweather). We are going to start doing a lot of new stuff this week and it'll be great. 

We started a booth at Palomar College. It's pretty sweet! We picked up some solid potential investigators for other areas. Soon what goes around will come back around and we are going to be rolling in good work! In due time. We have some sweet ideas for the booth we are going to start doing this week. 

Edson was awesome! We got to teach Recruit Huston again. He's from Las Vegas and comes from a part member family. He's such a smart and down to earth guy! He's been praying about getting baptized here at camp instead of waiting to get home. It's super fun to teach him!
We also picked up a new guy named Recruit Stone. He was invited by a guy in his platoon, Recruit Isert. It was such a powerful lesson. Isert bore testimony of the Book of Mormon and it brought the spirit so strong! Also, Chandler Poole (a kid from my home stake) is doing well! He's at boot camp right now. 

I had a really special experience this last week. I have just been so frustrated about the work and have felt very lost and unsure about what to do. So on Friday I went into the closet in the bedroom and had a good conversation with my Heavenly Father. It started as a vent session, to me beating myself up. Then I really felt the love God and Jesus Christ has for me. I know that Christ doesn't identify us by our sins. You're not defined by the mistakes you make. I felt the love and understanding of my Savior. I absolutely love the Spirit and I'm so grateful for the experience I had. I know I'm not perfect and I won't be for a LONG time, but I know that I'm on the right track as long as I come to him.

I love you all!

Especially you Caden! HAVE A HAPPY 14th BDAY this week! I love you man! You are the coolest kid I know. I miss you so much and can't wait to see you! Have fun and enjoy!

Elder Kapp

Picture: Trainer Meeting


PS: Shoutout to Elder Wilde for finishing up his mission! Thank you for being such a great companion and one of my closest friends over the last 21 months. You've served honorably and I know your mission was a success just due to the impact you had on me! Love you, brother!



PS2: All  you single ladies! There's a new man on the RM Market... His name is Nate Wilde. He's going to BYU-I. Hit him up! 

Trainer Meeting

Monday, August 21, 2017

Meeting San Diego Missionaries, Zone Conference, and Am I A Disciple of Christ?

Hey everyone!

This last week was very eventful with meetings!

We had exchanges on Tuesday this last week. That was a lot of fun! I got to go with Elder Lundquist. He's awesome! He's from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We did a lot of contacting and were able to meet some pretty cool people. I loved our time together. 

Wednesday we had zone conference. That was pretty good. They talked a lot about inviting to be baptized. I thought it was pretty good! I loved seeing the missionaries I used to serve with and be around them. 

Thursday we had a meeting with the San Diego missionaries who are serving at MCRD (Marine boot camp) in their mission. It was pretty good. It was interesting to see other missionaries and see how different the culture can be between 2 missions that border. We also had dinner with Elder Higginson and Elder Phillips, missionaries who went home and were visiting. Elder Phillips was my trainer. It was awesome! 

Friday we did a lot of service and weekly planned. 

On Sunday we were able to pick up a new investigator on Edson. He's really cool! His name is Recruit Mendoza. He wants to find himself and he said he felt the Spirit during our lesson. He said he'll be baptized if he knows it's true. Elder Hadfield talked during sacrament meeting on base. He did such a great job. He talked about how we need to "Go back to work" and stop worrying about the past. I needed it!

This week we have a lot more meetings. It's mine and Elder Wilson's last week together. Then he'll be off with someone else and my new guy will come in! It's flown by. Too fast. 

I love this gospel and I'm grateful to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This last week we talked about what it means to be a disciple of Christ at Zone Conference. I have come to a conclusion that I, and probably most members of the church, need to do a better job at focusing on what Christ said were the "Two greatest commandments". I think we give ourselves too much credit for doing what we've done our whole lives and we condemn those around us who aren't living the same standards. This is NOT being a disciple of Christ. The 2 greatest commandments are to 1. Love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. 2. Love thy neighbor as thyself. God doesn't care if you are doing better than your neighbor or co worker or anyone else. He cares a lot more about how you treat that person and how you're helping them in returning back home to him. We too quickly condemn the sinners for their sins and forget that we are just as dirty as they are. We don't know where most people really are, where they've been, and most importantly where they are trying to be. 

This week I'm going to be more loving to everyone around me and improve as a disciple of Christ. By doing so I will be showing God that I truly do love him. (Mosiah 27 & Moses 1:39)

I love you all!

Elder Kapp


                                 
                                Elder Phillips and Higginson

                  

Elder Trounce and I on a comfy couch thing by the pool.

God's Squad back again... (Picture from Zone Conference)


Meeting with the San Diego Missionaries and MCRD Branch. (They're the one's on the right side. Our's are the 6 on the left) 



Monday, August 14, 2017

78 people between 4:30 and 8:00. #SpreadTheWord

Hey everyone! This last week was really long, but it was good. Elder Wilson and I are still trying to find people to teach, but the ball is starting to roll in the ward. We spent a lot of time trying to find and seeking for referrals from our members. We're trying to build up the members in helping them invite. We've gotten a lot of names we're praying for! 

The week itself wasn't super eventful. It was good though. We went on exchanges on Tuesday. I went with Elder Cromer. He's a greenie from Wyoming. He's a really cool kid! We had a lot of fun and got a lot done. 

We also had President Interviews this last week. That was really good. I always love meeting with President Thomas. I'm grateful for the relationship I've been able to develop with him throughout my mission. 

On Saturday, Elder Wilson and I were having no luck. At about 4:30 we just hit the streets and started contacting. We got 10, which is our daily goal. Then I asked Wilson if he thought we could get more. So we got 25 more. Then we ate dinner and stopped by some Less Actives, but had no success. So Elder Wilson and I decided we were going to stay on the streets. We'd set a higher goal, hit it, then I'd ask Elder Wilson if he thought we could get more. We ended up contacting to 78 people, picked up 3 referrals for other areas, and gave a guy a Book of Mormon and he said he'd come check out our church sometime. Now, we didn't see any direct blessings, but it was awesome! Elder Wilson really developed a ton of confidence and isn't as afraid to talk to people now. We both grew a ton. 

We got to pick up 2 new investigators on Edson Range this last week. Both of their parents are divorced and one parent is a member. So both of them were very knowledgeable of our church. We challenged both to read the Book of Mormon, pray, and pray about getting baptized. Both said they probably would get baptized, but it would be at home so their families could see. 

This next week, Elder Wilson and I are having a #MiracleWeek. We are praying that we can find 3 new investigators, have 3 investigators at church, and have 1 on date to be baptized this week. We are being 100% exactly obedient, working as hard as we can, and praying a ton we can find referrals and hit our goals. We need miracles!

I love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Kapp 



Elder Wilson and I had dinner with someone with a tortoise.


               Pictures from being in Valley Center.

 

Picture from interviews.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Baptism on Edson!

Hey everyone! 

So this one has to be short. We had a pretty busy p-day. 
This last week was awesome! We had an awesome district meeting on Thursday and have been working to find people to teach. We got a couple solid potentials, but nothing yet. 

We had a really great Sunday. We had a baptism on Edson Range! It was awesome. Recruit Christopher Hoppman has been doing super good! Unfortunately we aren't allowed to take pictures on base, but it was awesome! Elder Wilson got to do the confirmation. He was super excited to do it and he did a great!

Elder Wilde and I went on a short P-day exchange and got to meet with Franky Hunt for lunch. He's the investigator we taught when we were companions. He's so awesome! We will probably start meeting up with him again.

I love yal!

Elder Kapp

Wilde and I on exchanges. We got Otter pops!

Franky




We played wiffleball for FHE



Monday, July 31, 2017

Sacrifice. Do it or lose it.

This week was a bit long, but it was good! Elder Wilson and I are starting to figure things out! We had a really great district meeting. I gave a discussion on Sacrifice. It was kind of scary because I didn't know President and Sister Thomas were going to be there...

Alright, my hands hurt so I'm going to try to keep it short so I can be spiritual at the end.

Elder Wilson and I saw a ton of success at Edson Range this last week! It's such a blessed place! We had the chance to teach 3 investigators! Recruit Hoppman is getting baptized next week! He's doing so well! He has been praying that he could get baptized, so it's cool he wants it so bad. He told us a cool experience he had with prayer and feeling strength during a hike!

Alright, spiritual part. So I learned a whole ton about sacrifice. It's important. And the crazy thing is it's all for us! During my discussion we read the story of the rich young ruler found in Matthew 19. It's pretty obvious that this guy was pretty above average. Besides his wealth and success socially, he is able to confidently say to the Savior that he's kept all of the commandments his whole life. That's a pretty incredible accomplishment. Then he asks Christ, "What lack I yet?" It is at this point that Jesus tells him that if he wants to be perfect, he should sell all he has, give it to the poor, and come follow Him. Sadly, he is not willing to do so. I, at first, thought it was pretty harsh for Jesus to say that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
But now it makes sense. The young ruler saw greater value in his riches than in the "treasures of the gospel." How can we really become like our Savior if we aren't willing to give up our own selfish, prideful desires. We don't get to take our worldly riches with us, so if we don't let them go we really will have nothing when this life is over. Here's a bit of my discussion. 
"Sacrifice is giving up temporal things for eternal possessions. It is paying the price for the greatest gifts this life can offer. It is trading in the natural man in exchange for the character of Christ."
We need to give of ourselves, especially if it's something we don't want to give. we need to give it ALL to God.

I am so grateful for that discussion. It taught me a lot about what I need to give up to God. I need to be a lot better and I'm constantly repenting and trying to be better. I do know if we give ourselves to God, we will become our true and best selves.

Elder Kapp


District Meeting

Elder Wilson saw this log and really wanted to take a picture with it.


                      Elder Wilson and I overlooking San Marcos


Service Project on Saturday


Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to the 'Dido

I'm back in Escondido! Things are going well in Palomar YSA. I'm with my new companion, Elder Wilson. He's a good guy! He is from Mission Viejo. He's here for a 3 month assignment. 

When we got to the area we didn't have a current ward list, a GPS, or a ward map. However, Elder Wilson and I pressed forward and figured it out! We had a lesson with Anthony, a former investigator. It went really well. Elder Wilson did a really great job and we picked him back up as an investigator! He wants to get baptized, but doesn't want to make it awkward for his family.

We also got to teach on Edson Range. That's the Marine Boot Camp on Camp Pendleton. We go there every Sunday morning now. It's so great! We saw a lot of success! We taught 3 investigators. One of them wants to get baptized in 2 weeks! We are going to teach him the commandments next week and get him his baptism interview. 

Elder Wilson and I got to go see a lot of the people from my greenie ward. We went to the McMasters on Friday. They were the fellowshippers for my first investigator, Franky Hunt. Now President McMaster is the Stake President. They are doing so well! It was great to see them.

On Sunday we went down to Del Mar for a Regional YSA Conference. It was awesome! It was fun because my last 5 wards were there because they were all YSA's. It was so great to see those people. I miss them.

Elder Wilson and I are going to hit the ground running this week. It's nice not to have all the responsibilities and worries of being in leadership. It's kind of hard to find stuff to do all the time, because I'm used to having a lot of my day taken for meetings, preparing for meetings/trainings, or set appointments. 

I love you all! 

Elder Kapp

Elder Wilson and I


Playing football in the rain this morning.

All the trainers and greenies in the mission!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Goodbye Murrieta...

Hello everyone!

Man, this last week was absolutely insanely crazy! But it was great. I'm getting transferred this week. I am being released as a zone leader and I get to train!! I am so pumped! I am going to be serving in Escondido in the Palomar YSA ward. (Yes... Another YSA ward. 5th one in a row). I've always wanted to serve there. President told me this is where I will probably finish my mission. I also get to go back and teach at Edson Range, boot camp on Camp Pendleton! I'm super excited for that. I am actually moving into the same apartment I started my mission in!

On Tuesday we spent a lot of time preparing our training for zone conference and stopping by people in both of our wards. Stephanie came back home the day before, so we met with her and got her ready for the baptism

Wednesday we went down to Carlsbad and did car inspections for zone conference. We finished up our training.

Thursday we were at Zone Conference. Our training went super well. They split everyone into 5 groups and the ZL's and STL's each trained on a commandment. We had the Sabbath day. We had to give the training 5 times, so by the last one we almost had it down!  It was a really awesome meeting and I learned a lot. 

Friday we picked up mail in Vista, did some weekly planning, Stephanie had her baptism interview, and we finished planning the baptism.

Saturday we went to the Demke's. It was sad to be at the ranch for the last time and to say goodbye, but it was good. 

Sunday we had meetings almost every hour from 6:30AM til 3:30PM. But most importantly.... STEPHANIE GOT BAPTIZED! It was a beautiful service. She had a ton of support. Her parents and her boyfriend were able to come as well!

I'm very sad to be leaving Murrieta. It's such a blessed place. I love the people here so much, but I can't wait to go to Escondido. I have prayed about it and I know that there are a few more people Heavenly Father has prepared for me in Palomar and I have a lot more to learn. I love my mission and I can't wait for the next chapter!

Elder Kapp

Pictures:
Zone Conference Training

The Demke Family on the ranch!

Pictures from the Baptism

Saying goodbye to the Youngs (WML and Fam)

Saying goodbye to Ryan Stricklin and Cole Huntley