Tuesday, December 17, 2013

You Never Know who's ready... listen to the Spirit it will Guide YOU!

Hey hey there family, how is everything going for you this week?
A general Skate Board!
For me this week was actually a pretty good one. We actually got to teach some investigators which was really nice as we had not taught an investigator in about 2 weeks I would say. It started on an exchange on Friday and Saturday with my Zone Leader Elder Mackey. We were stopping by some LA members in an apartment complex and ran into this guy, Michael who was out skateboarding through the complex. We stopped him and started talking to him about what he was up to and how his holiday season was going. We asked about his religious background in which he stated he goes to the church his GF's uncle is over just a tiny little Christian Church, then he asked what we teach and believe in. We shared about God being our Father and the Love he has for us which is what we need to remember this time of year. We set up a time to go and teach a lesson to him on Sunday which ended up being awesome. We went Sunday around 12:00 and taught him outside his apartment on the main balcony walkway between his and someone else's apartment. We shared the first lesson emphasizing that because we have a Heavenly Father who loves us we need to show our love for him by following the example of Christ as fully as we can. Shared the Joseph Smith Story which as always was a powerful moment in the lesson. My companion then extended the baptismal invite to Michael. He responded with ... he had already been baptized which we then taught about Priesthood Authority going back to Jesus Christ which he seemed to start to understand. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would start reading from the beginning. Set up a lesson for next Friday at 8:00 PM but sadly he is 20...and single...which means to follow the Order of the church we had to pass him over to the YSA elders. Kind of a bummer but hey, it's the same church still a son of God, doesn't matter who "Baptizes" him, just that he gets baptized.
A guide to the Word of Wisdom
On Sunday as well we taught the Gonzalez family who is so ready to get baptized. We taught them the Word of Wisdom and committed them to live it. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be especially since she drinks coffee all the time. She said though if that is what it takes to be baptized then I will stop drinking it! We are going to be setting a date with them next week around the last week of January beginning of February which is awesome. It is so cool to see someone who has just been prepared and is ready to make this step. So keep them in your prayers that they will stay strong and keep the desire to be baptized so they can be sealed as a family. They are already wanting to be sealed and married in the temple and yesterday were asking about how long they had to wait before they could go, so that is there ultimate goal which is awesome to see.
San Diego Temple

As far as christmas goes plan probably around 11:00 11:30 California time to be on. Depends on when the Baptism is that day. But yeah Google Hangout should work going over to a  members that has a computer and ipads and laptops sou it should be easy. Be thinking of questions and stuff to talk about.
Our Christmas Tree
Thank you for all you do for me I really appreciate it so much :) Dad if you mail the package to the mission office as long as it gets there before Tuesday the 24th at 11:00 I should get it by Christmas. Mail it and just to be safe probably have it arrive Friday or Saturday. Love you all so much thank you for all that you do and cannot wait to see and talk to you\
:) You are the best keep up the good work!! :)

"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Crashing, Teaching, Serving, Partying = MISSION!

So before I write my weekly update I wanted to first start off by explaining the situation my companion and I got in on Saturday afternoon...

So we had just finished getting ready for the day after a morning full of service. We go out to leave our apartment complex and are at the stop line. It has been/is raining for the past few hours and so we were waiting for the right time to go, when all of a sudden Elder Madsen starts yelling to "back the car up", I was confused and looked left and guess what I see...an AT&T Service Truck has slipped across three lanes of traffic and is gaining speed heading right towards us. He jumps the curb, almost hits a brick wall but instead slams the right front of his truck into a palm tree at 45+ MPH which flips him, he does a full barrel roll in the air over the sidewalk and lands on all fours (Or should I say Three seeing as how the palm ripped off his front right tire) landed five feet from the car we were in. HOLY CRAP! Seriously seeing the aftermath of a accident is one thing, seeing it actually happen is SO different. The guy who was driving jumped out before I could even back up and turn the car off. I felt like I was watching a movie, car driving straight at us, the flip glass, car parts, fire truck, cop cars. It was insane. Afterwards the cop who was taking down witness information asked me what my birthday was and I told him and he was like "oh happy birthday, that was a close one you almost didn't make it". Seriously though, if the guy had missed the tree or the tree wasn't there he would have hit us dead on at 45+ MPH. 

Hi there family glad to hear that all is going well in Zion wherever that may be for you at this present time. The week went well, Elder Madsen are doing good working together and trying to get the ward on board still to meet with us so it is a work in progress. Other than the whole truck experience there is not to much to update on for the week. I mean heck we taught a total of 9 lessons this week so that sucks. 

Anyways, Friday we had the ward Christmas party which ended up being a really good time. Lots of people came and a lot of the members brought their friends with them so we got to meet a lot of different people that night. The ward did these sweet shirts with Elder/Sister and the last name for all of the missionaries serving from the ward and everyone signed them and then the family sent them out to them. They also did that for us, the missionaries serving in the ward which was awesome. I will just be sending the shirt home so it will be coming and you will get to see it so don't worry. It was an awesome way to remember the ward after I get home and a fun shirt to wear during Christmas time.
The family we are teaching, man is that just being a hit and miss. The non member wife and kids have been out of town for three weeks and we were supposed to meet with them yesterday, sadly though the parents came but all of the kids had strep throat so we could not meet with and they moved the lesson to next week which will hopefully work out.

Yesterday was a good day. We went over to the Souths house for dinner and had this sweet Swiss dish (They lived in Switzerland for I think 15 years and Sister South's bday was yesterday as well). It is called Riclete I think. You cook meat on top of this grill in the middle of the table and underneath you melt this slice of cheese from France that has garlic/onions/tomatoes whatever you want on it. You melt it then scrap it onto potatoes and eat it with the meat. OH MAN So good!!! So we did that and then the kids had to a choir practice so we came back like about 2 hours later and had a party. A couple members came and they even got me stuff haha . A bunch of swiss milk chocolate a cool multiple color pen, Chapstick and are going to pay to have my suit and a couple shirts dry cleaned. So don't worry parents all is good here in Mission Viejo.
The mail system is screwy so I probably will get all of your packages this week, but that is okay, I am taking the Apryl approach; it is my birthday all month long :)
There is not to much else to report on so I hope this week goes well and that you see lots of miracles. Parents, stop feeding the missionaries dessert with dinner haha anyone who feeds the elders stop haha. We get it every night and it causes weight gain :) 

Again I love you all and hope you all have a great week filled with the Spirit of Christmas as this is the season for service and charity Moroni 7:43-48. I love you all God Bless! :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Be Prepared for Anything ...

11 months ago today I entered into the MTC. my oh my! oh it does not seem like it was that long ago, time has been moving so quickly I cannot even believe it. Good and a bad thing I guess, good because well time is moving quickly, bad because well,  time is moving quickly! I just need to soak up  every minute I have learned and write it all down because there is no way I could ever remember it all.
This week was for sure better than the rest of the past couple ones. I got to keep Elder Madsen, he was originally scheduled to get transferred and I would stay with Elder Redhouse but the day before transfers we got a call to go up to the mission office and meet with President Ellis and well transfers were changed. So it has been fun working back in a regular companionship, much easier than being in a trio companionship that is for sure. 

With Thanksgiving this week there were not to many opportunities for teaching as everyone was out of town but we made the best out of the situation that we had. Thanksgiving itself was a blast. Had dinner at the Millers house that was a little awkward, nobody under the age of 80 at the party one guy was 93 so ya those are the people I hang out with on holidays, my ward is super old, not a lot of families with young kids or teenagers, lots of retired couples who just love having the elders over. Got to carve the Turkey at the Millers, because you know old people that shake holding a sharp carving knife didn't sound like to good of an idea. IT WAS TERRIBLE - hahaha!!! I must learn how to carve a turkey before I get to involved with the rest of my life, I just ended up ripping it apart piece by piece because it just was not cutting - so dad, prepare yourself and every needful thing Christmas 2014 haha! After that we headed over to the Timpke's WML, Did not eat a lot there because well, I was stuffed out of my mind. After there we headed over to Brother Carter, 83 year old guy who is WM and we love him, he is the best. Had some pie with him (Oh man, so much pie I have been in heaven)!  
After that, President Orgill and made the announcement earlier in the day that he wanted missionaries in their apartments or at a church building by 7:00 pm thanksgiving night which was weird but awesome. Thus we Watched "The Best Two Years", at the stake center with the rest of the Zone and let me just say this here and now - that movie, WAY more funny when you are a missionary haha!!! everything makes much more sense to me now.  So that was turkey day, oh and we played in the turkey bowl with the YSA ward that morning which was a blast!  Lots of people turned out so it was a really fun time, towards the end it turned into a game of rugby which as always made it even better :)  
Let's see, rest of the week there is not to much to report on for me at least. Yesterday was a good day, as always. Hung some lights for a neighbor of a member which was nice to do.
OHHH! I just remembered!!

 We also got to Celebrate Hanukkah with a ward member this week!  That was interesting! 

Well, that is me for the week. Yes mom I have a dinner on my birthday and there is a family in the ward where the mom has a birthday on the same day so we should be going over there sunday night after dinner so I am being taken care of.

to me!!

"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014

Monday, November 25, 2013

Down and dirty

Hey there family!

So this week was better than the last for sure. To get it out there I am not getting transferred this time which is nice. Getting to stay in the area for Thanksgiving and  Christmas will be nice.

 Let's see what happened this week out here in the mission field???

Man again let's see...President Ellis came to our sacrament meeting yesterday which was interesting. Talked to me about some teaching ideas we are going to "pilot", then potentially introduce them into the mission starting next year, all in a hope of seeing some success! So, talked to president about all of that and he has assigned President Ellis to my "case" so to speak and will be working with me every week until the end of the year to help the ward success pick up and to help me with my companion. So that should be fun and exciting. Love trying new things, all the help is greatly appreciated.
Wednesday we helped do some yard work with the non member husband of a member. It was pretty fun, helped turn over his neighbors yard so we could put some new grass down, because the winter time here - is yard work time apparently haha! It was nice to get yard work done, good labor that I hadn't gotten to do for a while. Saturday we did some gardening which was fun, tore out weeds and dead trees and such then took some potted plants and planted them in the ground, so again nice and fun to get down and dirty doing some good 'ole yard work.  Who knew I'd appreciate doing yard work?  Jacob 5:72And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.
The work is s..l...o..w...l...y... picking up in the ward. Lots to do and I am pretty sure I am going to be for at least 2 probably 3-4 more transfers, president is starting the process of getting missionaries in wards and keeping them there for 6-8 months which will be really nice. There is lots of potential here, the ward just has not had the consistency that is needed to see good genuine success. So I hope to get to be a part of all of it, push through the struggles and trials to see the miracles come about.
Not to much else to report on. My trio is going from just that - to a normal companionship, so truly, pray for me. First time in 11 months I will be in a apartment with only one other missionary so I do not know how I will handle it!?! WEIRD. Not to much else to report on, I will be sending some stuff home probably within the next few weeks, "Winter Cleaning" so to speak.   Any other questions let me know, and I hope this week goes by well and that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday, make sure flat Amric is sitting at the table with you :) Love you all so much have a great and safe week :)

by the way I did get some new pants and a "mission hat" to work in!
California Republic

Carlsbad / Irvine Mission

Yep! thats me!!!
What Are You Thankful for?

"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Slow Goin'

Man is this P-day needed for sure...

 It has been a rough past week out here in the mission field that is for sure. We are not really teaching anyone that is investigating the church which makes the days go by really slowly, when you spend all of your time "finding" instead of "teaching". 

Transfer is winding down and we have officially started the last week of this my 8th transfer out in the mission field. So weird to think it has been that long but not that long in general. Pretty sure I will be getting a new companion here in this next transfer, do not think they are going to keep all of us together. Not enough going on to warrant keeping us together as companions. 

Hope your week has been going well and that all is well. 
Love the pictures of the new home!!!

Stay Classy love you all

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It's been awhile...

Nov 4

Hey hey family yet another week down out here In the mission field and man this actually was a pretty good week.
The fun did not really start until about Friday and then it went until last night so that is what I will give you a recap on to keep you updated. Fun thing about Friday was that my area got a full time car. Not to good for the weight loss aspect but my companions and I are dead set on not using the car that much and still walking around the streets so we can talk to people and be outside. Friday night we went to the Relief Society activity where they were having dinner and making arts and crafts. Felt a little out of place but hey, we got fed and got to hang out with the moms. Never something that I would think to be fun when I was back home but hey, out here on a mission, the moms in the ward are your best friends so you will drop anything to hang out with and become good friends.
So that was Friday.

 Saturday was an awesome experience because it was the baptism of Max and Jordan. Really cool, I will send the program to you so you can scrapbook it and make memories and all that Jazz!  Really spiritual experience and just cool because it was the first baptism on my mission I have been to that I actually had a connection with and taught the people being baptized. All of the other ones that I have been to are just simply to help investigators see them or because my companions knew the people. All very cool experiences but nothing compared to seeing it go from Day 1 to baptism!  Sunday I had the opportunity to go and stand in both of their circles to confirm them members of the church and confer the Aaronic Priesthood and ordain them to the office of Deacon. All very wonderful very humbling experiences, really big testimony builders! 

The rest of Saturday and Sunday other than that was pretty normal, drove over 140 miles on Saturday, was at 4 out of the 6 stake centers in the mission and drove in all 6 stakes of the mission! Driving people around for interviews with President and picking up/dropping off for the baptism.
So other than that my week was pretty low key. No real stories from investigators. I had some guy tell me his name was Bob B*****n on the street, so drunk out of his mind. He also told me that he "Transcended Reality with an Alaskan Malamut!

Stayed in the apartment from 7-9 (Mission rules) and cleaned and played board games with the companions.
Hope all is well for you out there in the real world. Heard Boston won the World Series!

Keep up the awesome work and do all you can to continually build your testimony in every way possible. The mission is going well and everything is getting worked out.

Have Confidence
Stay Focused
Practice Obedience
Something I have adapted for my mission.
Love you all so much and hope your week ahead goes great!:)

Oct 28

What is up my family man oh man has this been a fun and exciting week. I got all of your emails and loved hearing from you all. I want you to know that I am still dedicated and obedient to the work. 


This week has been one filled with lots of walking, teaching members, and having some good wholesome fun. President Ellis approved us to go to an Elders Quorum activity where we did what??? We Watched the BYU-Boise State game on Friday night and my oh my was that fun.
Some LA members and Investigators came so it was a good opportunity for them to see us in a normal situation where we didn't focus on getting them in the water. So that was a fun break from the typical missionary work. Saturday what did we do?   ...  Oh ya - helped clean the church in the morning, had breakfast with the district at our Ward Mission Leader's house then walked around a lot. 

Later in the day we went to the Ward Trunk or treat party, which wasn't even a trunk or treat. It was in a park and people played table games. What the heck California?? That was fun though so again a great opportunity to meet people in a non threatening way.

What else?  on my way to my interview that I had with President last Wednesday I drove over a tire in the freeway in my mini van and cracked the plastic fender on the passenger side on the front so I had to fill out an accident report for that which is fun. California highway's! me and my mini van!!!!!

The mission is going good, not any investigators to give you and update on so that is about it. I am loving the work and am glad to be out here serving the Lord.Max and Jordan Raver are getting baptized and confirmed this weekend and I get to go so I will send pictures from that Hope all is going well and the adjustment to everything is going smoothly.

Oct. 15

Well hello family - my oh my has this been one crazy week down here in Dana Point California!!!! 
To start off with some sad news I am getting transferred again. The ward was pretty sad about it but had lots of people tell me to come back and visit for the holidays next year and to stay with them so that is nice. It was Weird to have come back and serve the same amount of time then leave again. I think I have figured out the reason why though - why I was sent back and it was a pretty good reason so it is all good. I am sad to leave but you know how the Lord works, he moves you where he needs you, exactly where he needs you.  Maybe that is why we move alot, we are willing to be moved?!??!!

So some updates from the week...
Elder Falabella came and visited us and we had a long zone conference with the San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, and Mission Viejo Zones and it was such a great time. Elder Falabella talked about how to best help us get more baptisms as a mission and reach our goals that we have set. He talked about the importance of being obedient to the rules and how that will help us go forward and see miracles. 

Saturday we did this awesome service project where we packaged food that is going to get sent to kids that need it.  So much fun to go and do that, met lots of non members who came to help and said that if we ever do this again to let them know because they will be more than willing to come and help out in anyway they can. 

Yesterday was a weird p-day without email or shopping because of holidays (Christopher Columbus ) and transfers so it went by pretty crazyily seeing as how I just packed the whole day. 

It's kinda been a hard last few days. Hope everything is going well in your lives and hope to hear you arrived safely back in Washington to "set up Home again"!

Deep Question:
Does God Know exactly what choices we are going to make and where we will end up or does he just know where we will end up and every possible way that could get us there but not know the exact path we will take? Question we have had a lot of debate and discussion on this lately and just wanted to see your thoughts (any of my friends and family that want to write - I'd love to hear from you!) 

the church is true. I know I am where I am suppose to be. Be kind, do service and share your testimony with someone today ;) peace out!  Stay classy and Remember who YOU are!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

When He starts things, He finishes them perfectly...

Not to much to report on from this week sadly enough just that transfers are happening next week so we will find out Saturday if anybody is moving or not.

 Temple today was really good.A very much, well needed visit to go and learn and grow.  While there I Felt good about the house stuff.  It will all work out because I know that all of this was started by Heavenly Father and when He starts things they finish perfectly. 

I really can not think of stuff to write about for some reason my mind has just become blank. 

Conference was really good last weekend. Saturday was at the church building all day and my oh my what a great day!!
Sunday Morning with Eyring, Oscarson and Maynes - so amazing!!! Holland's talk on Depression, perfect, all of it was just so good and (again) amazing!
I can not wait to dive into them once I can get them printed out and re read them. What was your favorite talk? Questions or concerns - answers?

Again sorry I do not have much to write about now. Lots is going through my head but I can not compile it into a logical thought. I know everything will work in the end they exact way it needs to as we continue to do all we can to serve and follow the Lord. Have a great weekend of getting ready to move and moving. Let me know an address in Washington so I can mail some stuff to you ASAP! Love you so much and hope you have your prayers answered whatever they may be.

San Clemente after Priesthood conference session.

I made the traditional breakfast Sunday morning for the apartment...
 Hamburger Gravy, Hash browns, and eggs - Mom you'd be proud!!! I remember !!!

Love you so much have a great week :) Oh library will be closed Monday so i will be emailing next tuesday  - Remember, it's a holiday! Hope it's not Shutdown!!!???? hahahaha!

"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014

Monday, September 30, 2013

Pack up and Go ....

Well my oh my hasn't this week been insane?! I just want to say thank you for handling the whole bike situation. I really have appreciated it and will appreciate it a lot as the months move forward. Biking has been immensely easier since getting the new one. I went with the Kona Mahuna which has 29" wheels, a 21" frame, handlebars are about as wide as my shoulders, disk brakes, the Tubes have the slime stuff built which has already helped ward off one flat (Lots of glass on the road). It rides smooth and handles my large build very well. Thank you so much, I heard dad's voice a little bit when Jim the bike guy was talking to him which was a very weird experience. But hey, I walked in and they knew who I was and knew exactly what to get me to last thru my mission. One of the guys said that 3 years is a long time to have a bike, especially with how big I am and all the riding I have been doing the past 8 months. So the Scott did me good and the Kona will now do wonders.

In all reality this week like most others has flown by. A couple things that were really cool:

Sister Raver, Max and Jordan's mom, bore her testimony yesterday (We did Fast and Testimony yesterday in Dana Point) and it was so awesome. She talked about her families experience the past 6 years, how Max said in July he wanted to get baptized and the missionaries started coming over and then about 3 weeks later Jordan said he wanted to get baptized as well. She said "I had been waiting for this day for four years." She talked about how grateful she was for the priesthood and examples in the ward. Really touching experience. We had a lesson with them that night and talked about tithing using halloween candy which turned out great! We then talked about the baptismal service, process for getting the priesthood, and setting up a ride to the priesthood session of conference this weekend. It was such a good day yesterday because of them. It made me really sad thinking I could potentially not be in the ward next transfer which would mean I wouldn't be a part of finishing up the lessons and prepping for baptisms. Transfers suck sometimes. But I know they will get baptized and I will for sure no matter if I get moved or not find a way to make it down to see him. 

This week has been full of attempts to find those who are ready to hear of the Gospel which has been pretty difficult to do for some odd reason. We are striving to find those that are ready to hear the gospel and that has started to pick up. 

We had the last district meeting of the transfer and so I got everyone to wear pink to show unity. It was a really cool experience because one of the hardest things to do is get missionaries to counsel and help each other work through their problems and the concerns they are having. We had a 65 minute counsel on how to best work with members and find those who are ready for the Gospel through them. It was so cool to just stand and watch the spirit take over the lesson. It was one of the strongest times I have felt the spirit on my mission. Counseling sessions are awesome. 

To respond to emails:

Dad- Thank you so much. This week I truly learned what true love is. I am so thankful for how you handled the bike thing and that you were so willing to do it. I have no problem with the move. I was born and raised there, that is my home. The things I love to do can all be found there.  I have made life long friends in Nebraska and will seek them out. The one thing I have learned for sure in the past 9 months is that you have to move when the Lord needs you to move. It may be to a place you do not know anyone or a place you have been before, but when your time is up and Heavenly Father needs you somewhere, you just have to pack up and go, with no questions asked, only prayers of gratitude for lessons learned, experiences had, and people met. I am excited to hear and be a part of this new adventure when I come home. New people new story.
they go to football games together

Ayris- YES GET MARRIED!!! That is all I have to say :) Fulfill the plan dont make me teach the plan!:) You are the best and thank you for all you do. Glad you liked your birthday card and hope you have a great week. :) Stay awesome and stay classy. Tell Andre I said hello and miss him. He was one of my favorite WML on my mission.
shawn makes the cupcakes
ayris has to blow them out

the sisters at the sobczak home in valley
Mom- Oh mom you are awesome. Thank you for all you do and the things you send. I really appreciate the time you take to make sure that I am taken care of and watched over. Stay calm in all you do and be happy. Tell the Sister missionaries hello from me :) Keep the shirts I sent so we can make a Mission Quilt when I get home. We can do that together. Stay awesome.

I love you all so much. Thank you for everything you do and sacrifice for me. I hope to be the Sibling, parent, and father that I have had the examples of my whole life as I continue to grow and become a parent. You have all taught me so much and I know everything will work out. Keep up the good work and keep praying. 

Conference is this weekend. http://www.lds.org/general-conference
I think and have a hunch some big announcements are going to made so keep your eyes, ears, and pen caps open!

People out there - Stay awesome and stay classy. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE.

"Fourth Floor Last Door"
Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA