Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
We started out going to see a guy me and my comp. E. Chappell came across. His name is Alfred and he is a huge native guy from Oklahoma who loves football. But we went over there with my trio companionship and we had an amazing lesson and he committed to prepare for baptism for the 7th of august. This week have been trying to get a hold of him but he has canceled and not showed a couple of times but were still working with him. But then Tuesday we covered my area of Red Deer 3rd ward. It was bad I hardly knew where any of anyone lived but we made it through a day and I held my ground in my area for a day.
On Wednesday we covered Red Deer 1st ward and so Elder Boatright had all the plans for that. But we talked to 3 old ladies that pretty much do nothing so it was nice to visit with them. Then that night we traveled an hour to Stettler. On the way there I did have a comical moment in the car. I decided to take a little 10 minute nap and I awoke to my other two companions screaming and pounding on the brakes. Then I woke up being completely startled and they started laughing so hard. Man they sure know how to make me not want to take a nap in the car ride anymore. But I've attached a picture. This is what I saw when I was awake going to Stettler. Bright yellow fields of Canola. Yep. It was really pretty to see so I got a picture and captured the moment.
But let me tell ya about Stettler. It is a cowboy town. And Elder Taylor is a cowboy in Utah. So he loves the place and I not much of a cowboy or a country boy but I got a feel of what it is. There was this one lesson we were on the patio around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, it was about 90 degrees the flies and mosquitoes were buzzing. Then my comps were talking to this old couple about cattle, farming, horses, rodeos, more horses, war, politics and more about farming. I didn't want to take anything away from the conversation so I didn't say much so I was very quiet. That caused me to be very very sleepy when our lesson came around. I think I might have fallen asleep, cuz I don't remember a thing said. haha but I got the feel for Stettler. It is still a great town though. I am just very glad to be back in red deer.
I love the city allot. And red deer only has about 95,000 people in it so it’s kinda like a mini mesa. And where I live wow we have the whole basement of the members home and it’s awesome. But I love this gospel. I love seeing true conversion with my investigators, especially Gaylord. He is coming to church and committed to stop drinking coffee and he is reading the book of Mormon. I know the gospel is true and I am seeing it change people lives. Love you and I feel your prayers.
Elder Lucas Alan Bodine
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
It’s weird to think how close missionaries become friends. I am such good friends with Elder Richards and Boatright (Mesa elders) as well as other people in the district. This week we have been doing lots of finding and teaching. We made some great progress with some of our investigators.
So Thursday was a big day here in Canada. It was Canada day. Kinda a bummer that we couldn't proselyte but we had our weekly planning that took space. Also we had a really nice ward breakfast that we went to with the zl's. We also taught two awesome lessons and then could relax. So we celebrated by playing a couple games of pool in the basement of our really cool house. And we drank sparking juice. Have I told you about the mosquitoes here? Oh man they are bad haha but I got my bug spray so it’ s not as bad as earlier in the week but still its just crazy how many are here haha.
Oh yeah Friday we met our new mission president. His name is president Campbell. He, his wife and 16 year old daughter are from Ogden, Utah. He has never been called as bishop or stake president but he is a really awesome guy. Allot different then the last mission president. The old mission president was really stern and reserved but when he spoke he ment what he was saying, like apostle or the 70 kind of power he spoke with. Our new misson president feels like a dad almost. He was joking around with us and he was allot more personable. Not to say that President Rhodes wasn’t good but I am just so excited to work with President Campbell for these next two years.
On Saturday whew wow. I extended my first baptismal commitment. "will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of god?" Welp I guess I should say that more because he said he would. Me and my comp. in my second day picked out a day for the baptism. We didn't know who it would be but someone is willing to prepare for baptism for the 24th of July. This guy is named Gaylord he is a 30 year old man from the Philippines and he is awesome. He lives with 3 other Pilipino men that are working in Canada to send money back home. But he has come to church 3 weeks in a row so he is really progressing and I am so excited for him.
Also missionary work world wide is having a little change. Preach my gospel 2! Yeah that’s right I said it. It’s going to be a supplement to PMG 1. It’s going to focus on how missionaries can be better teachers. Also zone conference and interviews are held on a quarterly basis unlike a 6 week basis. Also there will be a new PMG dvd for us missionaries. I am so pumped to receive this material. My comp and mission leaders/trainers get to go up to Edmonton for 4 days to have trainings on how to implement this new program of PMG 2. It’s exciting to be one of the first missionaries to use it, in the field! :)
And then yesterday was 4th of July. I celebrated my independence by proclaiming the gospel and going to church. In honor of the 4th we sang the star spangled banner and on Friday I bought a Jones today. So last night we sang our patriotic songs I drank a Jones soda and ate a hot dog. A little different on how I would do it at home but all the fireworks go off on Canada day and not July 4th.
Elder Lucas Alan Bodine
Sunday, July 4, 2010
On Tuesday I woke up at 2 in the morning to leave the mtc at 3 and catch a flight to Denver at 6. After a quick 1 hour flight I had the chance of talking to the greatest parents in the world. Even though it was 5 short minutes it was some of the best minutes that I have had since leaving home :) After arriving in Edmonton one of the elders got caught up in the visa areas because he didn't have a passport book but a card. Long story short we waited for him for about an hour... fun...
Soon after that we met the assistant to the president and also the mission president and his wife. We first went to the mission office got our paperwork and other office things settled. After that we went to the Mission president’s house. We wrote a quick letter home while president had some interviews. If you didn't know this already mission presidents see your picture since you get your call. Even before the 7 elders came he picked out a trainer to work with us and the area where we were going. The interviews are for a confirmation of what he felt was right after getting to know the person better. That was a really cool experience by itself. After some interviews we had a nap and awesome dinner and then a sweet fireside. It got me pumped. Tuesday to Thursday I was not feeling well at all but I persevered (sorry). The next morning we met and I found out who my companion would be and who would be and what area I would serve. I am with Elder Chappell from Wayne County Utah; he says it’s as Podunk as it sounds haha. He had been on his mission for 20 months and he is going on 6 months here in red deer 3rd ward. I am also his 3 straight training comp. I just hope that he doesn’t leave me for the wilderness next transfer in 6 weeks. But Elder Chappell is an awesome guy. We work really well together. I just hope that I can be just a little bit as wise as he is.
I also found out that I am going to Red Deer Canada. It’s about and hour and a half south of the big city of Edmonton. But it’s a pretty big city it’s self. It’s kinda like Mesa but not as densely populated. After getting my new assignments we had a transfer meeting. Since this was the Rhodes last transfer meeting it was pretty special. President Rhodes gave an awesome, awesome talk, when it’s really good we call it prophesying. But after that we took a ride to Red Deer and off I went. I dropped of my bags and started going to work.
The first door we knocked we met Ben, a guy from the Philippines who works here for the oil. He hasn’t been following up on his appointments but it was awesome that the first door I knocked on that we had a lesson and possibly a new investigator. My first meal was at the Zamnos family. A family from Mexico, I don't think I could have eaten more food in one meal, She just kept on bringing more and more dishes haha but I loved it!
The next day we had district meeting and it was awesome sauce. There are 3 missionaries from Mesa. Me, Elder Ben Richards from Mesa High(worked at Milano’s) and Elder Boatright (a person’s older brother that was in chorale with me). But yeah I am already finding myself using eh and hey. The older generation uses eh and the younger generation is hey. So whenever I talk to Elder Chappell I am always adding an hey at the end. But yeah there is even different food here, a donar and protein and some other stuff.
The one thing that I have been surprised about is about the culture. I have met Phillipenos, Mexicans, Indians, Canadians, snowbirds, Chileans, Brits, Sikhs. You name it. And I am not even in Edmonton where it’s even more diverse from what I have heard. It is really cool though. I am glad that a Mexican family said that they would make me some Mexican food to make me feel at home. When I tell people that I am from Mesa either they know what I am talking about or think about cowboys...oh gee.
I am in a driving mission. We have an 08 or 09 Chevy Malibu. It’s nice to get around but we walk allot too. We have to be under so many kilometers. Oh yeah I am still in American measurements. I have some work to do when it gets to meters, liters, Celsius and all that stuff haha.
Mission work is work. From what I've heard from everybody is right, the mission is where you will get the best sleep of your life. It feels like a short nap but every night at 10:30 I am out. My comp. said that the other night it took me about 3 minutes to get to sleep haha. But my first Sunday was great. We had 2 investigators come to church. I really think 1 of them will get baptized. Gaylord is a man from the Philippines who has a wife and 2 kids back there and he just a great, humble man. He is making some real progress. Last night we met with Brother Walters. I don't think I have ever learned about so much oil in any visits here in Red Deer yet haha. But his wife is a great member but he isn't a member. His wife said that he wouldn't even step foot into church and now he goes every Sunday in a white shirt a tie. He is reluctant to make that change but he as already made some changes so why not a little more?
Also this Sunday was the anniversary of Joseph Smith's death in Carthage. My testimony about him has grown soo much. I am grateful for him. He has helped bring the fullness of the gospel into our lives. We have the fullness. My testimony of faith has grown too. Allot of people I meet say, I have faith, I believe in Christ so I will be saved. But Faith without works is dead. Faith is good but if we don't have the works that go along we don't have the faith. I love this gospel I love being a missionary I love my savoir Jesus Christ I love the lord, I am a child of god and he loves me.
As a missionary my main purpose it to cry repentance unto people(DC 15:6) How do I do that? Through commitments according to PMG. So I am going to give everyone a commitment today in this email. Will you think of people that could benefit from the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ? If so get a hold of the missionaries and get them lessons. If not...well pray about it to get some names. This is the MOST important work in the world and without members helps a missionaries life would be much harder. I love ya and pray for you!
Elder Lucas Alan Bodine
I am so grateful for Heavenly Father and that he loves us so much. I have felt this many times in my mission and I am growing so much. I love all you family and friends back in Mesa or wherever you are! I feel your prayers and I am working hard for you in return!
Elder Lucas Alan Bodine
Friday, June 11, 2010
At the gate he saw two other missionaries that he would be traveling with on the same flight; Joe Udall and Cameron Clark.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Have you ever thought about what someone is feeling before they leave for their mission? I think this picture by my amazing sister Whitney shows what I am feeling. A picture speaks a thousand words so... But right now I am anxious/sad/pumped/reflective/ready. I am a little sad leaving the ones who I love and my comfort zone of mesa,arizona but I put my trust in the lord. I know that the harder I work the less "home sick" I will be. I am taking part of the most important work on the face of this earth! cool thought huh? By tonight I will be set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am humbled to be be part of this great mission and I am grateful for my opportunity's that lie ahead. My social media manger/mother will be updating this blog with letters and pictures and also my facebook. Lets stay in touch and be sure to write me and tell me whats up.
Till then Godspeed
Elder Lucas Alan Bodine
Friday, May 28, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
On this latest edition of behind the mind of lab I had a flashback from what my life was like a year ago.
According to wikipedia a flashback is a involuntary recurrent memory, a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. These experiences can be happy, sad, exciting, any emotion one can consider.The term is used particularly when the memory is recalled involuntarily, and/or when it is so intense that the person "relives" the experience, unable to fully recognize it as memory and not something that is happening in "real time".
With that said everyone has had a flashback or two. And don't judge that I am citing wikipedia. I think its dumb with teachers won't count wikipediea as a credible source because wikipediea for a good majority of its material has its sources at the bottom of the website.
I also love it when they make flashbacks in movies like when they show the ending at the beginning then show the whole movie. It makes you really think about whats happening.Well I am off topic again woops.
A year ago today I was stressing about high school. I know high school? really? Yeah,I am 100% convinced that I actually needed to try a little bit in high school,compared to MCC where I don't study and read my textbooks yet get straight A's.
A year ago I was in my last Broadway review and jazz band concert. Sad but fun. I miss playing my trumpet,allot...especially JAZZ! You may think I am nerd for liking jazz but I don't care. I listen to KJAZZ every night that I can. I replace my need to play jazz trumpet by playing trumpet for the East Valley Mormon Choir Organization and being in Vocal Jazz at MCC. Moving on....Broadway review. So I saw mv's review a night or two ago and it really brought back some memories. Uptown girls,Guys and dolls,Rock Medly,Oh What a Night(here is a link that you should click on if you want to listen to awesomeness!) http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=t3RqEl9s6NI&feature=related,CATS! and Tearin up my heart. Good times with some great people.
A year ago I had no clue what I was going to do for school. Thinking about ASU,NAU,MCC,YUMA? yeah asu was a no go too expensive and not really there for the student. Yuma I dreaded the thought but with my dad living in yuma it was an option. NAU I got accepted and got a scholarship but was to expensive. BYU? all my friends went and I was anti-byu. Plus I know they wouldn't have accepted me so I didn't apply. MCC was my frontrunner. Its a great school,even though I dissed it about how easy it is I really love it allot. Go Thunderbirds!
A year ago today I graduated high school! Crazy to think about it! I loved every minute of my graduation. I have to admit I didn't know what to expect with life after graduation. Lots of questions...will I see him or her ever again? what will happen to my friends? Who is going to get married first?Who will be leaving or going on missions? Is college going to be really hard? What will happen when everyone is gone to school or missions? When do I leave on my mission?
Yeah that's what was going through my head around graduation. Its nuts to see how peoples lives changing with a few of my friends engaged or getting married. A large majority of my guy friends are already serving and they are serving honorably! I survived my first year after graduation. I am going to go on a mission! Surprisingly life changes allot in 1 year.
Welp there is a flashback of mine,enjoy.
P.S. So I guess my family actually reads my blog...I had no clue! haha so anyone in my familia thats reading this don't worry I will write about you at least once before I leave!
P.S.S. I leave in 12 days :)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Welp me and her are great friends. One day she will be on so you think you can dance(we both have matching sytycd shirts). But yeah she is uber funny and chilliax. She has a great taste in music,just ask to steal one of her cd mixes. She is awesome.
Wow ashlyn is so great,let me tell ya. She is one of the most friendliest person I have ever met. She is always asking if everything is going good and making sure that she can help people out in anyway that she can. Weird but I knew ashlyn even before I met her because of the Bodine and Soelberg children knew each other so well. But I am so glad me and ashlyn are great friends,we can seriously talk about anything for a good amount of time too :) haha I love her whole family,they are great. Ashlyn loves to blog stalk me so there is my shoutout to Ashlyn!
Caleb is a cool kid. He is gone for navoo or Missouri or someplace in the Midwest doing a performing mission. This guy has skillz he can sing and dance,that is an accomplishment. Even though he has a very lax sense of time and deadlines he still gets it done. Me and Caleb have a schweet handshake that very few can even attempt. He has mad pipes and dances like Chris Brown. He is funny.Caleb Cloyd Barton
Me and kaitlyn are great friends,yup be jealous. We talk till 3 in the morning and sometimes she even calls me at 3 in the morning too! hahaha. We always know whats happening in eachothers life and we talk it out. She is the one person who I can talk glee and American Idol to. I have learned that kaitlyn is a very caring person and wants everyone to be comfortable. Kaitlyn is always there to listen to my complaints about things and whatever is on my mind. Oh yeah and me and kaitlyn have been on so many dates its hard to count haha. Love ya K-dwig! Tyler Pete Arnett
Welp some call him tyler some call him pete,I call him both. Looking back to it me and him have been friends about a 1 year or so. I always knew about tyler because he hung with caleb allred and hudson but I never really got to know him till Senior year. Tyler is one hilarious guy. Really though. He doesn't even try to be funny but its just him being himself. Tyler always has an opinion about things and he makes it heard if you want to hear. I havent heard so many things about avatar(the last air bender),Taylor swift and toro football. Tyler was set apart tonight to be a missionary. I know he will be a great missionary.I love waking up early to go to the temple and he would go with me. I am glad that he was my temple buddy. Having going to the temple,hearing his talk and being his friend I know he will be an instrument in the lords hands.
Welp if your thinking lucas is a stalker and has all these pictures of everyone your wrong. I pulled it off of their facebook. Also if your thinking what the heck lucas didn't talk about me. Sorry if I didn't feature you or anything. You are still a great friend to me and we can always learn to be better friends as well! haha
I am greatful for my friends they are so great. They have helped me become who I am today and who I will become. I am so fortunate to have a group where I have postitive peer pressure and that my friends have the best standards in the world! To anyone who is reading this,thanks for being my friend!
P.S. I leave in 21 days....whoah.... :)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
So this past week I have been thinking about the classic phrase...
Time fly's when your having fun. Given what I've been thinking this week I have thought about a few things that I can attest to that time really does fly by.
Today I texted a few of my friends, You know time fly's by when.... here are some of there answers
-6 of my friends said when your having fun(yes that is so true but not very creative)
-when your brother is wearing your handy-ups
-when you need to go to the bathroom
-when you need to clip your toe nails
-when you're reading the BOM(Book of Mormon)
-when you're on vacation
-when you're happy(one of my fav's,props emily!)
-when a clock is thrown
-when your playing hide and go seek then the next thing you know your growing a beard
-when you're with your boyfriend for the night and you look at you're phone and its already 5 a.m.
-when you fall asleep
-when you're at all-state
-when hair starts growing out of your nose
-when there's 3 seconds left on the shot clock for the win!
-when you realize we graduated a year ago!
-when our lips touch,no homo so it'd better be a girl....
-when you think its april 12th and its april 17th
-when you're flying(all the time zone changes n stuff)
-when you're parasailing
-when you are with the people who you love the most
-when you're stairing at the back of lucas' head
Welp there were some interesting answers. I asked people with a variety of religions,age,gender,etc... I felt of this as my mini scientific experiment haha. Its funny to see my friends answer 1 simple question and the answers that you get.
Now you will get my list of when lucas thinks that time is flying by when....
-I am leaving for a mission for 7 weeks
-that a year of college is almost over
-most of my guy friends are gone on missions
-I am getting to play rhapsody in blue for my first time! :)
-I get invites for weddings from my friends
-I realize that I am an uncle of 5 with 3 on the way!
-that I have been working for the city of mesa since I was 14
-I am now wearing garments
-I am in my last year of teenage years
-I have a legit church calling.
Those are a few of the things that make me feel that time is flying by. Welp till next time see ya later blogisphere,I've got some time flying activities to take part of.
Monday, April 12, 2010
After the meeting me and Pete treated Kaitlyn and Chloe to some tasty sonic and we chatted like old people do. Kaitlyn and Chloe were holding Kaitlyn's little niece and nephew while me and Tyler talked about missions,sports and stuff. We all came to a conclusion that was what we would do when we want to "hang out" as we get older.
After getting 5 short hours of sleep I woke up for Shape Up Arizona Expo! Wohoo....Phych! Longest day of my life. It was this huge health expo at MCC and I pretty much advertised city of mesa parks and recreation for 7 hours in the sun....great. But it wasn't that bad cuz me and my boss(a really cool lady named Cindy Hunt) chatted allot and I got almost $90 in 1 day so it was pretty good.
and the tissue box...great...
P.S. I leave in my mission in 50 days...whoah...school gets out in 4 weeks and people from byu are coming down in less than two weeks,miss you guys! :) Crazy how time flys...
Monday, April 5, 2010
This day was school Leisure and the Quality of Life and Choir. Wohoo. Its school. I love my classes,they rock. So this day I had tons of hw and of course I got my American idol fill for 2 hours that night! haha
Wake up at 7. Uh...too early for a weekend. Lucky me had work from 7:30-2. Yup that meant no Saturday conference for me. I caught some of the later afternoon session but missed most of it. I instead had the opportunity to get good hours for work=money :) But for this job for city of mesa parks and recreation I was in charge of inflatables. They are really heavy and not fun to move. Besides that after getting it moved and blown up I just made sure me and little kids didn't kill themselves. I also got a good sunburn. After work I watched 20 minutes of conference,took a nap and went to priesthood. Priesthood was awesome! Everything about it,I loved every talk and I didn't fall asleep. Echoing what t. Pete said priesthood was so great because it was really focused towards people going on missions. Priesthood never fails to be the best session of conference,not to mention Byu men's chorus. Sorry Girls. After priesthood I had myself some Arby's with my dad and brothers then went over to Chloe's with some people and played some M.A.S.H.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I have decided that mornings are the best because of the following reasons:
Funny,feel good stretches and yawns
Prayer and Study
What gets you up and going to get you out of your cosy bed? For me its the brightest star in the Galaxy.In my room I have my walls painted dark blue,which is great for sleeping. I have this problem though sometimes when my room is so dark my bed is found calling my name. Lucas....lucas....But what wakes me up? yeah its the sunrise,thanks sun for not letting me be too lazy!
Now onto yawns and funny feel good stretches. I love how the first thing I do when I open my eyes is to find the weirdest positions to make a stretch that feels so awesome. I might look ridiculous when doing it but what are you going to do about it? Oh yeah and yawns are so refreshing and their contagious I believe so spread the yawning love.
Okay on to Bedhead.After a good nights rest its just awesome to wake up to rock star hair. I mean the first thing in the morning you see in the mirror is how awesome you styled your hair,overnight,mid-sleep!awsomeness...
Warm Showers. Aww yeah! Well here is the thing. In the bodine home if you want a warm shower you have to wake up early to get the hottest water. So the earlier you wake up the better shower temperature you get. For instance this Saturday I get the chance of the warmest shower. Hot,morning showers is like my mini sauna for the day and really wakes me up and going.
Prayer and Study. Really looking at it the best part of my day is in the morning because that's when I start my day off by praying and reading my scriptures. Also that's the best time that I attend the temple at. In the morning all the junk is out of my head and so I have that much more to apply that to my reading and spiritual breakfast. This part of the morning keeps me ticking. What a good way to start off the day knowing that you've talked to your heavenly father,read about great prophets and learning by the spirit knowing that your on the lords side and his errands.
I'll get off my pre-mission soap box now haha.Here is some good stuff,read it,it rocks
The early bird gets the worm. Well here is a little fact you might not know about me,I love to cook in the morning. Yup chief bodine right here. During the week I am so busy that a good 65-75% of the time I leave the door eating nothing but when I do eat breakfast its no less than amazing. Some things I usually cook in the morning is English muffins,blueberry bagels,suniside up eggs,french toast,waffles,omelets and a recent favorite of mine the egg McMuffin with a glass of milk and plenty of Tabasco sauce to put on.Yummm
And to top it off, productiveness. Looking closer on how I use my mornings I get most of my work done then.All of my classes are in the morning and so I learn then most then. I also get all my spiritual and school study in that I need daily. I also do random side jobs that need to get done in the mornings.
I have to admit I love sleep and it is hard to wake up but think of the things you can experience and get done without sleeping in late.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Yes the rumors are true,not false or fiction.
I Lucas Alan Bodine committed to a blog.
This is a start to "a new way of life" blogger cloyd states.
In these posts you will better understand the mind of L.A.B.
Now to business.