Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Facebook Post: Christ is our Coach

As an athlete, you would give all you had to get the win. You would spend hours, as the saying goes, "practicing like you play", and then some. You would work overtime, trying to perfect your swing or shot. You'd listen to your coach when he tries to help you become better. All for a game that only lasts a moment. Why should life be any different? If what we do on this earth determines our eternal destiny, shouldn't we be putting 110% in trying to become like Jesus Christ? Christ is our coach and shows us the way; all we have to do is listen and go to work.

Monday, October 27, 2014

So Apparently, Tonini sounds...Samoan?

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone had a good week. I know I did, despite the rain that will probably stay for the next couple of months!

Monday after emailing we went and played some basketball at the stake center and did some shopping at Walmart (my first time being in a Walmart in 5 months)! On the way home, we got caught in a super intense brief storm that produced a pretty intense rainbow!

Tuesday was pretty uneventful. It was my 5 month mark! The other Elders had to get some food coloring for an object lesson so we took them around for a little. We had a great lesson with Charlotte in the afternoon! We finished watching the Women's Conference with her and man, I took a lot out of it! After our lesson, we had to run a quick errand for the Bishop before heading up to Harrisburg for dinner with him! We had our Book of Mormon class that night and as we pulled into the church parking lot, we saw three kids on their bikes just chilling like villains. One of them turned out to be a member and he got his two friends into the class towards the end of the hour! It was interesting trying to go from teaching the Book of Mormon class to cent converts to kids that have had very little interaction with the Book of Mormon.

If there was one word to describe Wednesday, it would have to be miserable. It was a torrential downpour all afternoon. The morning wasn't too bad and we were able to post some flyers for the Trunk or Treat around town. After lunch, we headed to the church to pinpoint what potential investigators we were going to try and see. We walk outside and it's just pouring. Bummer. We saw a potential and we got a solid return appointment for this week.

Thursday we had weekly planning in the morning. After lunch we went to the Junction City Local Aid for an orientation of sorts. We have been trying to find opportunities to do service and this seemed like a good place, until we met the manager! She didn't want us to wear our name tags in public so we are going to help sort stuff on Thursday nights. We did Gleaners in the afternoon up in Harrisburg before heading back to Junction. I ended my night with Elder Bassett (he is feeling under the weather) while Elder Cook and Elder Enman taught a young family.

Friday we had district meeting in the morning before doing exchanges with the zone leaders. I went to Santa Clara with Elder Walton. We had a pretty busy day in the rain! We tried to see an investigator but he wasn't home so we went and saw a guy named Ed and shared a message about praying always. We then went and saw Chris, a guy who had dropped the elders previously but wanted to meet with us again after realizing he had some misconceptions about Joseph Smith. We watched the first half of the Restoration video with him and he enjoyed it. We wrapped up our night doing an iPad check and setting up appointments with some members.

Saturday we got permission to go play football with some members and nonmembers for a little bit! I scored the only two touchdowns haha! We tried seeing some other investigators and less actives Elder Walton had but they weren't available. We switched during lunch and tried more potentials before dinner with a recent convert family who took us out to eat. On the way to the pizza place, we saw a guy on a fence....on a freeway...about to jump. Oh man the freeway was shut down and everything! Pretty insane! We had basketball in the evening and we had a couple of people show up!

Sunday was the first time I hadn't had to go to ward council in five months! We got to church about 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the sacrament and the primary program! It was a good day at church! Afterwards Elder Cook and I traveled with Brother Thorenson to see Renee in the hospital. While we were there, we decided to see another member who was in the hospital. The member is 16 and his parents were there. I hadn't met the Goodman's prior to Sunday and when we got up to leave, they said that when they first heard the name Tonini, they thought it was Samoan... Huh? Haha it was pretty funny. We ended the night with the Rose's celebrating Elder Enmans birthday!

I love you all! You have been such an inspiration to me all my life (or for some of it!) and I thank you for everything. I know this church is true and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. Have a great week!

Elder Tonini

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Facebook Post - ‪#‎GodLovesAllOfUs‬

Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for all mankind in order for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. How then can He forget us in times of trouble and despair when He has us engraved upon the palms of His hands? He suffered for me and will never forget me, no matter what I do or what I go through. ‪#‎GodLovesAllOfUs‬ ‪#‎AtonementofChrist‬

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quick! What's the Number for 9-1-1?

Hey everyone,

So this was a pretty jam packed week full of adventure and suspense!

After emailing on Monday, we went down to Eugene to take Elder Bassett's suit to get tailored at Men's Warehouse. We then walked around the mall for a little and got lunch before heading to the River Road building for basketball. Unfortunately no one wanted to play half court so we did nothing. So we drove back to Junction City and looked around a member's antique store. I ended up buying a Rubik's cube for a buck! Elder Cook and I had FHE with the Gambee's and we helped them set up their family accounts! It was so cool seeing them get so pumped for family history!

Tuesday I officially met Renee, a recent convert who had to move back to Junction City from Springfield for a number of reasons and was living in her mobile home. She is staying at the boardinghouse in town so we went over and talked with her before helping Brother Gambee move some furniture... Out of the boardinghouse! We had the idea to ask Brother Gambee if he could help Renee get some stuff from her old place and he agreed. It took us a little while before she got everything she needed and we ran a tad late to our appointment with Charlotte! Oops! It's ok though because the member knew what we were doing for Renee! We watched Woman's Conference with them and talked about covenants. We had our Book of Mormon class that night and we had an awesome discussion about the Tree of Life!

Wednesday we saw Dotti and shared a message with her before heading up to

Camp Alpine, a church-owned camp ground just outside of Monroe. There are two senior couples who live up there and they bring us up to do service and have dinner. It was raining for most of the service (splitting wood using a splitter and then stacking it in a different location) but we were under trees and a roof so we didn't get too wet. We had breakfast for dinner and man it reminded me of home!

Thursday was perhaps the most up and down day I've had. Ever. We got a knock on our door and there stood Elder Kleinman, our vehicle coordinator. Our Ford Fusion had reached the end of its mission life and was being retired so Elder Kleinman came to give us our new car.... A 2014 Subaru Legacy! Oh it is so awesome! The process of switching cars ( Elder Kleinman had to take the TIWI out of the Fusion and put it into the Legacy) took forever so we had an hour for weekly planning! We had a short lesson with Bob and Margaret, mainly because we were going to show them a video cassette movie but their VCR ate it! I played doctor and opened it up to pry it out! We had service at Gleaners and as usual they gave us a bunch of food. With Renee not having a car and not having a lot of food, we felt as though we should go take it to her. As we got back into town, it was getting closer to dinner and the food wasn't going to go bad if we didn't take it to her right away. Yet, we felt like we needed to go see her. She hadn't responded to our texts or our calls so I thought she was sleeping. Elder Cook and I, however, still went up and knocked on her door. We heard her dog bark and she mumbled something about coming to the door. We motioned out the window to Elders Bassett and Enman to bring up food right as Renee said "I think I suffered a stroke". Umm what?! Elder Bassett and I stayed at the door (it was locked) and tried talking to her as Elder Cook and Elder Enman got the manager. As we stood there, straining to hear her, this guy starts cooking a fried egg on the public stove on Renee's floor. We couldn't hear her over the crackling of his egg! Ugh some people... Anyways, they got the manager and she opened the door and when she looked inside she turned back to us and said "call 911 now!" The paramedics came in a couple of minutes later and confirmed she had had a stroke. Heavenly Father used the four of us to save her life... A single middle-aged woman living alone probably wouldn't have very many visitors...because we listened to the promptings of the Holy Ghost to go visit her on that night, just days after moving back to Junction and just a couple of weeks after baptized, she is alive.

Friday was not as exciting as Thursday (thank goodness!). We helped Brother Thorenson clean the church in the morning. The building has almost the exact layout as the one in Houston! The biggest difference is that the gym has wood flooring, not carpet. So I spent most of my time sweeping then mopping the gym! It reminded me of working at MTC-West hah! We had a quick lunch before driving over to Brother Melvil's place. He has a TON of chickens and he loves all of them. We cleaned up poop and battled chickens for their eggs! We had a lesson with Charlotte afterwards and saw Dotti for a little bit.

Saturday we were out the door at 8:45 to end down to Santa Clara to have interviews with President Russell. When we got there, the AP's had a Jeopardy! game set up for us to learn the Online Missionary Work booklet. After we got our butts kicked, we watched Meet the Mormons! It was super good! Unfortunately I missed out on the Candy Bomber segment because I had my interview with President. I love President Russell! I know for a fact he was called to the OEM for a reason! We got back to Junction City and Elder Cook and I helped out Mick with his hedges and ivy. It was so awesome until I accidentally cut the extension cord... Oops!

Sunday we found out we don't have to go to PEC or Ward Council anymore! I get to wake up at 6:30 on Sundays again! President and Sister Russell came to church and sat on the stand. I got to help with the sacrament and I loved it. I miss doing the sacrament! I didn't sleep very well the previous night so I slept through lunch! We tried seeing some people but they weren't home so we shared a message with the Goodwins. We then shared some messages with Brother Thorenson to finish up our night.

So that was my week. It was a full week that showed me that the Lord is using me and the other missionaries as instruments in His hands. I am grateful to be a missionary!! I hit five months tomorrow! It has gone by so fast!

I love you all!

Elder Tonini

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Week in JC!

Hey everyone!

This was my first week with my new companion, Elder Cook, and in my second area of my mission! We had a good week and I'm stoked for this email.

Monday after I transferred down to Junction City, we went and played football at Hayward Field! It was pretty cool! We then got Elder Enman's new companion around 4. His name is Elder Basset and he is pretty sweet. We got back into Junction around 6ish and had dinner with the Rose's. He is our ward mission leader here. He made me and Elder Bassett sing for our supper haha!

Tuesday was the usual tour of Junction and trying to figure out where things are. We did some grocery shopping before working on the list of less actives that the bishop wants us to work through and try to help them come back. We went up to Harrisburg because that is where most of them live! We only saw one of the people in this small neighborhood and the others moved out.

Wednesday morning we went and did some service for a less active who is trying to sell his house. While we were scrubbing away on his roof and the sidewalks, a lady pulls up and asked us if we lived there. We told her we didn't and that we were helping him out. She starts talking to the member and next thing we know, she gives us her phone number and wants us to come by sometime! That was pretty sweet to see the fruits of service! We then focused on less actives and also saw an older couple named Bob and Margret!

Thursday we had weekly planning in the morning before heading up to Harrisburg for Gleaners. We helped out by hauling food out and cleaning up afterwards. We then again focused our efforts on the less active member out there.

Friday we had district meeting in Santa Clara. We met the whole district and we had one new elder in our district as well! We were heading back to JC to get ready to do some service for a member when they called and canceled, so we headed for our other service project with a brother in the ward who has family in Philomath! We helped him move a bunch of pillars (kinda like platforms) and also a bench from a woman's home in town. After we got freshened up, we did exchanges. Me and Elder Enman went and tried to talk to some potential investigators around town right before trouble hit. These two guys walked up to us and asked us if they could do a survey. I had a bad feeling but they said it would only take 5 minutes so we obliged. Well, it ended up being over 30 minutes of them trying to prove the church wrong. They kept saying things that are completely ridiculous! We started off with talking about the commandments and such and we shared some scriptures with them but the moment they started bashing the spirit just left and we did not bash back. But man it was tough not to. You can't teach if the Spirit is down the road! We wrapped up by helping Brother Thor*** clean moss off the curbs of the church.

For the sake of time, we didn't have much happen for us on Saturday or Sunday. We saw a couple of investigators and also some less actives but that is pretty much it!

I love you all so much. The book is blue, the church is true, and Moroni is always on the ball! There is no doubt!


Elder Tonini

Monday, October 6, 2014


Elder Tonini and Elder West

Haslam family.  Don't ask about the A1 Sauce.

His district leaders are famous! They are on the LDS Missionary page!


Hey all!

So this was a good week capped off with General Conference and transfer calls!

Monday we had a mini-Olympics and man it was fun! Egg tossing, water balloons everywhere, marshmallows, everything! We then played some sand volleyball in the rain and then basketball to end it!

Tuesday we tried to see a couple of people but nothing really happened. We did talk to this guy named James and man he was a character! He was all for polygamy and had a couple of beers so he wasn't totally coherent haha!

Wednesday we were finally able to sit down and teach John M*****! We read 3 Nephi 11 and we felt as though he really took it in so we are hoping things can start progressing with him. We were also able to see Karen, the lady we have the Book of Mormon to last week. She hadn't been able to read but she invited us in and even tried to get her son to come say hi! We also had dinner with President and Sister Russell, who were having dinner with some of the young men and young women.

Thursday we went and helped Ben out with some of the metal he was trying to get off his hands. We had correlation that evening and afterwards we went and talked to Stan. We were there for a long time! However, we decided that he wasn't progressing so we dropped him... I am so bummed about it because he has the urge to change but he doesn't know the way to change is right in front of him!

Friday we had Zone Training Meeting (ZTM). We had some things that we were able to do be banned (as in missionary ball and district lunch) and we had a great ZTM. We learned about this new program called Just Serve, a way for us missionaries to get more involved in the community. After zone lunch (little Caesars, my favorite!) I went with Elder Romero on an exchange. We tried seeing some of the Spanish investigators but no one was home.

Saturday we got calls. I'm now in Junction City! Haha we were at the stake center pretty much all weekend and I packed and did laundry.

Sorry this is a shorter email. I will do better next time! I loved this general conference. There was so much advice and counsel given I can't even begin to describe it! Please take heed to the counsels that the prophets and apostles have shared! They can bless your life!

I love you all so much! I hope you have a good week!

Elder Tonini