Thursday, February 27, 2014

Life is like a Map...

Sorry for the late in the day email, these comps I have are pretty ridiculous but it is all good...

So serving here in the Newport Beach First Ward has been very interesting to say the least...lots of money EVERYWHERE it can get pretty annoying pretty quick. But hey, as you can see from the picture i have attached of my area I am right on the ocean, more than in Dana Point which I did not think could happen. Interesting thing about the ward is that it is a family ward as well as the Mid-Singles ward which covers the whole what does that mean?  ...I can go anywhere in the Newport Beach Stake/Mission (with permission) to go visit members of the ward. It is awesome. Not being held down to such a small area has been really nice. I think I have one more area in me after this, which is weird to say so I am for sure as always putting all I can into this ward to make sure to get everything going where it needs to. Cool thing being 10 minutes from the Temple, that seems weird, but really really nice.

We are teaching a 9 year old!  

There really is not to much else to add. Mission is going great, As always crazy to see how fast time goes and all of that..never really seems like it is moving fast until I look at my calendar and see all of the days that have passed by.  
Looking at life in 6 week segments really changes the perspective you have.
Thank you again for all you do for me. The mission is going great. Again sorry for such a short email today.

Can't help myself, from sometimes thinking about the future!

Interesting thought I was reading in my studies this morning in Alma 39:14 which says "aSeek not after riches nor the vain things of this world; for behold, you cannot carry them with you."
The thought that came into my head was that of a career again...I thought I need to not look at going into something solely to make money, I need to first find what I love to do, than find a job in that that is in somewhat demand and will allow me to provide for my family in a place I could handle living in. So it was interesting and opened my eyes as to what I want to look into for a career/where to go to school. I wrote down the order of schools I am going to apply to 1 Byu Provo 2 Byu Hawaii 3 WWU 4 SUU 5 UNO
So we shall see what the Lord has in store for my future. 

Hope your week goes well and cannot wait to hear from all of you. Love you all so much, thank you again for all you do!!!! LOVE YOU!!

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gospel of Jesus Christ remains the same

Okay so I will get started with the update first, I am getting moved from Alicia Park. Same thing with Elder Madsen. We are both getting moved. Always a weird experience to get moved. I have come to love Alicia Park but know that obviously the Lord is need of me elsewhere. It has been a fun last 4 1/2 months and great friendships have been made. So that is that...

Some funny things happened this week. The main one is that Elder Madsen and I were teaching the South family Wednesday night the Plan of Salvation. We were using the plan of salvation pamphlets in teaching which normally is no big deal. When I started the lesson having everyone look at the front cover of Christ coming out of the Tomb I ask them to all look at the photo. As I display it I look over at Elder Madsen and say "What the heck?" cuz he is crackin up.   What had happened was I somehow grabbed the pamphlet that had been drawn on by someone. The picture as you can see below - is Christ holding a KFC bucket and a pitcher!  Elder Madsen and I just lost it for about 20 seconds in the beginning of the lesson. Oh man so crazy, one of the most awkward moments on my mission.
Yesterday as a zone we went to this place called Big Air. Which is a giant trampoline park, it was so much fun. Little sore today but it is all good we had a blast.

A Little Prep Day Action

James 1:5 From One Scripture the gospel is Restored....

We had a cool experience finding a girl in a park on Saturday morning. We were walking around talking to people and this girl said she wanted to hear what we had to say. We stood there and taught her the first part of the Restoration which she really liked. She had a lot of good questions and seemed very interested. Of course we set up a lesson for later in the week in the which I will not be here so hopefully all goes well with her and the new missionaries coming along.

The Dunham's - Go SeahawkS The 12th Man RepResents here on my mission!
Somehow I have accumulated more things on my mission and so I will be sending a couple packages home today that should get to you by Friday or Saturday. Don't throw anything in the box away. Again I will sort through all my stuff when I get home and decide what needs to be kept and thrown away.
Hey! Those are my glasses!
In all ways it has been a fun ride here in Alicia Park, I am glad to have the opportunity to see more of the mission and meet more people. I love the work and just glad to be out here!
Thank you for all you do, it is truly very appreciated. I love you all so much and hope to hear from you soon!! :)

Elder Amric Zane Sobczak
California, Carlsbad, USA
January 2013-June 2013
California, Irvine, USA
July 2013-December 2014

Receiving Revelation: Power of the Holy Spirit

Monday, February 3, 2014

Should you Serve at 18 or 19?

Flat Amric watches with the Parents!
So the SEAHAWKS WON!!!!!! Yes I am so excited to hear about that. Like I said there is a family in the ward the whom I have gotten pretty close with. They are for sure the coolest family!  Their daughter got baptized on Saturday which we were lucky enough to attend. Afterwards they invited us over for dinner with friends and family and actually hit it up pretty good with some friends who live outside of the area but in Mission Viejo. Super cool family that within the next few months I am sure will look into the Gospel. Anyways, to make this story short, Yesterday we did not have a dinner which sucks, especially on Sunday...So after sacrament we talked to this mom and asked if we could swing by and pick up leftovers from Saturday night and she said sure thing. Now, here was the obedience I walk in and guess what is happening? All of them decked out in Seahawks gear watching the game, it was so hard, literally the game was 10 feet away and I did not watch it haha GAHHH SO close haha. Anyways, their son who is 14 kept me updated through out the night so I felt as if I was watching for sure. Seeing as it was a blow out I am not to bummed I missed the game. That is what this new digital age is for right? Re runs and highlights??? far as the work, my companionship is difficult. They have figured out that it is 2 on 1 because One hates his mission and has no desire to be out here but refuses to go home but refuses to be obedient no matter what anyone says to him. The other companion is finding it easier to side with that one than with me and it makes it where I am doing about 85 to 90 percent of the work. The plan hopefully is that they can stay together and either shape up or ship out.  Either the one will just continue to hate the mission, with a companion that isn't a hard worker and obedient and decide home is the best option for him. 

Terrible to say but I hate what the church culture does to us, BUT the 18 year old change is the EXCEPTION not the rule. Pray about when you should go.  It is so irritating, I have seen so many 18 year olds come out who are just not ready at all to live the standards one must live as a missionary.  So two weeks left, Zone Leaders told me to call or text them anytime I need to vent or talk to someone who is not my companion so that should make things a little easier.

Consider this taught by JSmith; "a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things." taken from Lectures On Faith

Oh I have a Family History Miracle...
So Irie (Trie) Asleson my Great Grandfather, Pops he is your Grandfather. I have been watching his name for the past year. So I was looking at the line on Wednesday and found something. Asleson and guess what??!! I found him! Anyways that was a cool miracle I found and am so stoked to continue to do that work as I move forward.  
Anyways not to much else to report on. Thank you for all you all do and the prayers and fasting you have done.  We have gotten a little rain off and on the past week but no where near what we need, through all the fasting and praying though we will see miracles happen. Thank you family for all you do - hey Ayris you look so happy and I am happy for you. Keep up the awesome work :) Dad thank you and just know everything will work out the way it needs to and we are in Washington for a reason.  Mom...Keep being you, you rock and you mean a lot to me. 

I love you all so much and cannot wait to hear from you again!!  I love letters and packages!!!!