Monday, June 29, 2015

Letter 6/28/15

so the transfer call was saturday. and Im am outta here. crap. and i also have been called as a zone leader. double crap.

In all my other area I've been kinda ready to leave but here its different. I dont know why but I just dont wanna leave. The people and everything I've experienced here is beyond what I can put into words. this email will be short but i will share one thing.

  Yesterday i had the most spiritual experience of my mission.
Our investigators who got baptized 2 weeks ago the Perrys ha s a awesome day yesterday.
The family consits of Chris (the father) Kathy (mom) and Alex (14 year old son). The have been on fire. Kathys been fighting anti on facebook. Alex went to scout camp and chris came out and taught with us.  But yesterday chris and alex received the priesthood. Chris asked me to ordain him a priest which was awesome. but the best was watching him give his own son alex the same priesthood and ordaining him a deacon. as i stood in that circle I was fighting back tears. Whichs sucks because im getting transferred  but that being my last sunday in Bristol is more than a blessing. I love this gospel so much and what it does for me. I going to miss Milne alot. Im hoping to get transferred to Knoxville. Maybe I can befriend a  UT fan and go to a VOLS game. haha 
Im so excited form my lil sister Sabrina on here leaving last week for her mission. For those of you who dont know she is heading to the Utica, New York mission. Im so proud of her and know this will change her forever. and if your about to send me mail wait til I get to my new area. and if you werent planning on sending me mail, do it anyways. I love dill pickle spitz and slim jims.

for the last time ITS BRISTOL BABY!

Elder Seth Thomas Dillard

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

These last few weeks have been a blast. The Perry's got baptized on the 14th and literally the WHOLE ward was there. IT WAS AWESOME! They Perry's are just the coolest and just how everything fell in place for them to join the church is miraculous.  Between Chris getting a job to where he is home every night, Alex joining scout and Kathy loving Relief Society, its just perfect.
Chris actually signed up to go on a team-up with us. Alex heads out to Scout Camp today and they will both be getting the priesthood Sunday!!! Elder Milne and I taught Elders Quorum yesterday about "Flooding the Earth and out Lives with the BoM". It went really good. Milne is coming along swimmingly as a teacher of the gospel and I'm so thankful to be his first comp. Chris and Alex got us hook on Marvel Disc Masters so we play that on PDays now.
So Saturday we had our Zone Conference and received our IPads. You know the ones I've been promised since I've gotten in the mission? haha They are cool thou and I'm just excited to get rid of all the paperwork. Besides that we've baptized our whole teaching pool so we've been finding like CRAZY! and transfer are next week, I think I'm outta here so I want Milne to have a good teaching pool before I roll out. We do have another baptism lined up for the 3rd of July.  His name is Marty and he is hilarious. He knows how to play the drums and goes ham on them. Its sweet! He has come a long way and we"re stoked for him.
Well that's my life. Love yall and God Bless
Elder Seth T. Dillard

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 Seth at a Zone Conference
Seth and his district, he is the district leader!(:

June 8

Sup yall. So this week was good. Things are starting  to pick up again which is always good. We gots a baptism this Saturday!!!! The Perrys are soo ready and the ward LOVES them. Chris got a local trucking job with Pepsi, so he will always be able to go to church rather than being on the road.  The ward is so stoked! This will be the first family baptism since forever ago. Last Monday our E.Q. Prez had the Perrys over for dinner/FHE and it was awesome. I found out what Alabama Kool-Aid is. Its just water. -__- Brother Filetti said they had Alabama Kool-Aid so I was excited (cuz Kool-Aid is awesome) so I asked where it was. He told me the faucet. Its a poor joke but it wasnt funny at the moment. Alex (the son) also went to the youth fireside and had a blast. I just love seeing this changes in people especially a whole family! What A Blessing!
We also got a temp. car til ours is repaired. Its a old corolla but the passenger doesnt work so Milne has to Dukes of Hazard  into the window. Its great! Me and Milne also had our first doorstep Bible Bash session as a companionship. People are funny. Milne was scared so that was funny to see. He started to yell so we just walked away without saying anything. Pisses me off but oh well the mission life. The Perrys also fed us and Kathy made banana puddin' from scratch. Mercy thats stuff was heavenly!

Well thats about it for this week. Love yall and God Bless.
Elder Seth T. Dillard 

June 1

Hey everyone. This email will be short. This week was just one of those weeks. Appointments fell through and everyone is outta town due to summer. ALOT of biking so thats...something. We did have our Full Mission Conference on Thursday. Elder Zwick of the seventy came and discussed us FINALLY receiving our Ipads. They are going to be pretty cool on what we will be able to use them for and how they will help with the work. Im most excited that they will replace paperwork. I HATE PAPERWORK!!!! but oh well thats life  Beside s that the overall message of the conference was be smart and dont look up "stupid" stuff. They drilled that last one into us pretty good. After the conference we went back to the mission home to get our stuff (we stayed in the mission home the night before). Prez and Elder Zwick were there and we got to talk a lil one on one with him. He said he saw something in my eyes so that threw me off a lil. Didnt quite know what to say to that. We'll be getting our Ipads in 2 weeks at Zone Conference. Beside for that our week was slow so not much to report. The Perry's are doing great thou!!! We are goin to our Elder's quorums prez's house tonight with them for a lesson and dinner. The ward loves them and supports them so well. They bought us a engraved missionary coin! It was so cool. They are the best. well thats it
Love Yall and God Bless!
Elder Seth T. Dillard
heres a pic of us and Elder Zwick. President Griffin is one his toes cuz he is actually a small lil guy haha

May 26

Wassup yall! this week was full of mixed feeling. Our investigator Gene got baptized so thats awesome! He asked me to baptize him so I felt extremely honored. We had to do weekly planning this week, its when we set goals for lessons and such for the upcoming week. But we have a goal for baptisms and for the first time in 3 weeks we had to put 0 as a goal. I got kinda use to a baptism every week so it was a lil depressing. Oh well, more are to follow soon.
 It was also me and Elder Milne's first full week on bikes (please kill me). Bikes were cool in Chattanooga because our area was tiny but Bristol is massive!!! We cross the Tennessee/ Virginia line EVERYDAY! So we had to rely on alot of member team-ups to take us to appointments which is what we're supposed to do anyways so SWEET.
 We had a lesson with our Investigators the Perry's and they are studs! They have been so prepared to receive the gospel. They are set to be baptized in June. And they are planning on going to the Indiana temple open house in July. It was sweet! So they announced the open house in church and Chris the husband was already planning  on doing to Indiana for a convention on the same weekend. So when we had dinner with them he was saying how theres no way it was coincidence so they HAD to go. It was dope.
 Transfers were also this week but I get to stay another transfer with Milne and finish training him. We have to much fun and GET WORK DONE!
We'll thats it for me.
Love yall and God Bless
Elder Seth T. Dillard

MAy 18

Sup Ya'll!!! so this week was pretty good. Whenever you have a baptism its gotta be a good week. The Clays boys are awesome and Bradley will be getting the Aaronic Priesthood soon. Besides for that ummmmmm... oh yeah! We got in a car wreck on Friday. People in the South cannot drive for real!!  But me and my comp are all good and now we're on bikes til its fixed (sad panda). The Bristol ward is fetchin' awesome!!! The ward is going some awesome missionary work and love us to death. Transfer call we're Saturday night and Im staying to finish training Milne!!!! I love this kid sooo much. and Gene is getting baptized Saturday so thats too legit.

Our Investigators the Perry's are the coolest people ever!!!! Chris (the dad) is a giant Randall Cunningham fan (UNLV baby). Kathy is so awesome. The spirit is so strong with her, and her desire to be more passionate about the gospel. She came to the Clays baptism and someone asked her if she was getting baptized. "Yup! June 13th!" with no hesitation. IT WAS DOPE.
OK so funny sorry of the week.

So we got a referral form the Kirkland Temple this week so we went to contact him. His name was Jordan and he is a interesting dude to say the least. We were talking about Joseph Smith then he just randomly turns to Elder Mine and asked if he was a christian. Milne replied yes obviously. The Jordan says "well you seem rather resentful towards Christ'' then goes off on some tangent about demons possessing people. So long story short Milne is possessed   by demons. Then we say him again Friday and as soon as Milne ted to teach Jordan said 'Bye Bye" and walked away. This guys doesn'tlike Milne and its kinda funny. He felt a lil bad but I just told him not everyone is gunna like you and move on.

Well thats it for me. I got people to teach, people to baptize. Love yall and God Bless
Elder Seth T. Dillard

April 21

Well Sunday I hit my year mark.Now the # day I've been out begin to become bigger then the amount I have left. Its come too fast. But I've already since the amount of growth in myself and I pray it continues.

Im emailing today due to the fact that yesterday was a Zone Training Meeting.It was good. Had some great trainings about working thru the members of the ward. Thats where the real missionary work gets done. The Bristol ward is waking up and getting excited about the work. Its sweet!!! So due to ZTM our Pday got moved to today. But life is Fan- diddly- tastic!!! We have 5 baptisms lined up with more to follow.
The Bristol 500 was Sunday on my year mark (consequence I THINK NOT)!!!! So all week the town was nuts with fan/hicks/rednecks you name it. Main street had concerts goin all week.
Oh and last night we were heading home and saw a homeless dude. We had some brownies from a member but thought better off he have em. WE parked and gave a fellow  the treats. He knew who we were. He was all like "you Mormons are brainwashed".  Well he thought all religion is brainwashing so you know he's happy. A your Welcome would have nicer but whatever, we just laughed it off (the south is full of crazies).   
Training is great! Elder Milne is a mirror image of Ryan (my cousin) so we get along perfectly.
We just have a ball. Also my district is doing well and great things are happening.
Great area. Great comp. Great district and Great work> what more can I ask for?!

We'll love yall and remember ITS BRISTOL BABY!!!

April 13

This week was good a slow start due to transfers but good. Elder Hagans went back on home to Idaho and I picked up my greenie. His name is Elder Milne from Fairview UT right next to Snow College. We've been having a ball!!! I took him over to the Turners  (investigators) and had to mess with him. Todd pretended to be a snake handler priest and ask Milne if he trusted the Holy Spirit to protect him if the snake bite him. Milne was buggin out and Todd came back with a box covered by a sheet. Then he "tripped" and scare the crap outta Milne. It was awesome!!!!  Its been great thou, he is a stud of a elder.
    So once transfers were done with the week went great. We now have 2 people set to be baptized on May 9th with 2 to follow shortly. We also got word that Prez will be putting a set of sisters back into the ward next transfer so our area will get smaller which I'm ok with. Driving 40 mins to a dinner appointment kills our miles. Beside that just been working our tails off. Training is great!!! It just give you the pump up you need to go the extra mile I feel and I can already see it in the work.

Well thats about it for me. Love ya and God Bless
Elder Seth Thomas Dillard