Monday, August 26, 2013

Dear Everyone, 

This week was kinda crazy we played tennis with our branch mission leader and another set of missionaries that are close to us. Tuesday we had zone conference where we learned a lot about how to work better in our areas and how to pick up our attitudes. Plus we had exchanges that same day it was so much fun being with Elder Allen. Wednesday we went and had dinner with a less active and that went really good but we don't think she will be coming to church anytime soon. Thursday we went and did some service for a family in the branch, then we had an appointment with an interested investigator but we are trying to get her over some things. Friday was just perfect because we went to set up an appointment with a family and they were about to call us because they just bought a gun safe and needed it brought into their house. Saturday we set up a baptismal date with an investigator and coordinated with our mission leader. Sunday we had an appointment with a members grandson that could have went better but it was alright he said that he is willing to read the Book of Mormon so we are really hoping he does. 
Romans 6:8
  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
This scripture has always made me wonder of how much power the adversary has over us. Then I am always reminded that he has as much power as we allow him to have over us. So stay strong and don't allow him to have the power to kill us physically, spiritually, or mentally. 

Love always,
Elder Robert Pike

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dear all,

This week was very different but it was still good. My companion and I are doing much better. This week I don't really have much to report about because a lot of what we did this week is tract with very little success. But on a non-missionary related topic I got a very special package this week, from a family that is tied for best family ever! (The Mecham's), it had some really awesome ties and a ton of candy that came at the right time to give me a good pick-me-up. And I would also like to give a big thank you to everyone for all your support and prayers I love you all so much I will share more in next weeks letter I don't really have a lot to time to email this week but next weeks will be better. 

Love Ya,
Elder Robert Pike

Monday, August 12, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

Well I am out of Iron Mountain and now in Platteville. So this past Monday we helped a member move a washer and dryer from one house to the next. Then on Tuesday I finished packing then we started our long journey down to Oak Creek WI to stay the night because Elder Potter is training a new missionary. Then Wednesday came around and I started my trip to Platteville which took until 6pm. When I get here and we went out to work and tried to contact some people who weren't home then just did a lot of walking. Thursday Really sucked,  I unpacked then we planned for the week and after we basically walked the whole town because we had nothing else to do. We also did the same thing Friday. It is really bad because we have nothing going on so we are walking a lot and not having much success. Saturday we went to some towns around Platteville and visited some former investigators but they aren't really interested. We correlated with our branch mission leader and talked with him for a good amount of time about how to get the members to start doing missionary work. Sunday we had very few members at church and it was really small. 

I really need some prayers my companion are not really getting along to well. We aren't to open with each other on how everything is going so I could really use encouragement as well. So if anyone has something that could cheer me up please help out. Thank you very much and Love you
Elder Robert Pike

Dear all,
I'm getting transferred from Iron Mountain I am truly going to miss the people here however I am moving on to my new area, Platteville Wisconsin. So this week has been kind of crazy we finished up the ramp on Monday and then we talked with the members that we built the ramp for. Tuesday we had a District Meeting and so it was my last one here and it was great we really learned a lot. Wednesday we walked a lot and had a good correlating meeting with our mission leader. We helped the branch presidency find a name from Salt Lake that got sent back. Thursday we planned so Elder Potter could be sure he knew the area really well plus we went and contacted some less actives. We then finished contacting the less actives and potential investigators on Friday plus we had an appointment with an investigator that moved back here, JT. Saturday we contacted the guy who showed up at church a few Sundays ago and talked with him for a while then we meet with a less active, Josh, then another less active Jason and had great lessons with them. Sunday was great I confirmed Keeli a member of the church. All the testimonies were great, the spirit was defiantly present at this meeting. After church we went out to the Watt's and had dinner and I got a photo with the whole family.
This weeks spiritual thought comes out of Alma chapter 44 so in verses 3-4 Captain Moroni is talking with Zerahemnah after they wiped out a large part of the Laminite army. He then teaches them that they had won the battle because of their faith in God so if we have faith we may be able to be like captain Moroni and be able to overcome any challenge that comes our way.
 But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us; and ye behold that he has delivered you into our hands. And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us abecause of our religion and our faith in Christ. And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith.
 Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we are afaithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.

Love you all,

Elder Robert Pike

Dear all,
This week has been a good week from having a baptism to building a wheelchair ramp. Monday we did all the normal P-day activities, like getting food and the necessities. Tuesday was a fun District meeting we all talked for about 45 minuets after then we went to stop by some peoples houses and set up some appointments and got to meet some of them. Wednesday we had a suprise come up that allotted me to use a skill I got before the mission. We went up to Iron Rover, MI to start laying out a wheelchair ramp for a member family. I've missed working with lumber. Thursday brother Lane and us went to put this ramp together, we picked up the lumber that morning at Home Depot, by the way I saved the church about $150. Then we drove up to Iron River but on the way we had to pick up a building and zoning permit, I love Las Vegas, which took 3 HOURS and was completely ridiculous for a removable structure. We finally got to start on it and we just kept chugging on and then when we got about 2/3 of the way done it started poring rain on us.  We just kept going because we needed to have it done by Friday. We finished the actual ramp by like 8 because of the rain however we have to go back to put the hand rail on the ramp. Friday we went on exchanges with the elders from Escanaba and I went there and it just pored on us all day long however we set up 3 appointments and meet with a guy who just walked into the church. Then came the Baptism on Saturday which went great. So a funny story Keeli got baptized so then after we said it was done right and she was compleatly immersed she started swimming in the baptismal font it was really funny. Then yesterday was like most Sundays we had potluck after church and then we had district calls then we went out to the Watts and had an awesome dinner.
So this is a photo of Keeli and her grandpa and the missionaries. Next week i will have the ramp phots for everyone to see.

Elder Robert Pike