Alma 48:17

"Verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." - Alma 48:17

Monday, August 7, 2017

The final letter home...

This is the last email for me!

This week has been incredible. We had so many miracles. On Thursday we had dinner with a family and they invited Claudia, our investigator over to eat with us. We taught about the Book of Mormon and what it meant to us and then we marked our favorite scriptures in it. Claudia asked what the one about prayer was. Moroni 10:3-5. I read it and talked about the promise and what we have to do to obtain that promise. I had a flash back to a previous lesson we had almost 2 years ago where I promised a 14 year old girl she would get an answer to her prayer that night if she prayed. The 14 year old girl got an answer so why couldn't Claudia? I looked at her dead in the eye and said ‘I promise you if you read the Book of Mormon tonight and you ask God if it’s true, you will get an answer tonight.’ The spirit was strong and it was incredible. That night she prayed and she got an answer. She knows it’s true.

Another cool experience was when we went to another investigator’s house named Gil and he is about 85 years old.  We stopped by Saturday just to say goodbye and we sang ‘I Believe in Christ’ while I played it on the guitar. He started to cry uncontrollably, and honestly I messed up so much but he was feeling the spirit strong. He asked if he could come to church the next day so he came and stayed for all 3 hours.  He said he felt a vibration of change in his heart.

Heather Stark bore her testimony at the Temple Music Devotional last night and man was that amazing!  She has such a strong testimony and she’s only been a member for a couple months.  Their family is amazing, and they are going to do amazing things.

These past 2 years have been the best.  It goes by so quick. If I think about my first day in California until now it blows my mind. I went back and I read what my brother Matthew wrote in his last email on his mission and I feel the same way.  The quote he shared I want to share too. It’s from a talk by Elder Holland called The First Great Commandment. 

“What I need, Peter, are disciples – and I need them forever.  I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs.  I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith.  I need someone who truly loves me, truly loves me, and loves what our Father in Heaven has commissioned me to do.
Ours is not a feeble message.  It is not a fleeting task.  It is not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned to the ash heap of history.  It is the work of the Almighty God, and it is to change the world.  So, Peter, for the second and presumably last time, I am asking you to leave all this and go to teach and testify, labor and serve loyally until the day in which they will do to you exactly what they did to me.”

I stand with my brother and his testimony that Christ needs Disciples, and he needs them forever. I don’t know everything but I know enough that I can be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.  If I can remember what I’ve learned and keep striving to become better. That is being a disciple of Christ. He wants us to love Him and love others as He would. He wants us to forgive one another. He wants us to become the best person we can be.  That is my testimony.

Elder Crump

First day in Cali with Pres. & Sis. Orgill - 2015

Last day in Cali with Pres. & Sis. Clark - 2017

With the Starks at the Temple Music Devotional

With the Ammermons

At church with Gil.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hey y’all!
Hope you're having a good Monday wherever you may be at. It’s been a pretty solid week here for me.

Yesterday we actually went to the Catholic church with the person we are teaching.  It was all in Spanish and dang it was confusing! Haha. But it was good to go and support her, she really appreciated us supporting her. It strengthened my testimony of the great apostasy. We continued to read the Book of Mormon with them too and it’s goin so good.  We hit Jacob 5 the other day and that was a struggle, haha.  But they are doin really good.

I went on exchanges with the Assistants and I got to go back to Newport in the YSA ward. I got to see someone that got baptized while I was there. He’s doing super good.  He started a business and all this stuff, it was good to see him. We helped out with a wedding reception too that was sweet. There was a baptism in the YSA ward. She is awesome, and I got to play the guitar at her baptism too, it was a double bonus.

That’s it for this week.
Love y’all have a good one!

Elder Crump

The District at the Pier

Samira's baptism.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pioneer Day Pie...

Short email this week.  We had some good things happen. We are still reading the Book of Mormon everyday with our investigators, and they are doing awesome. The members in the ward are awesome and are fellowshipping them so much. We read at a member’s house almost every night.

We had a 24th of July party on Saturday and it was sweet. They had country music and pie and all that good stuff. It was sweet.

Hope y'all have a great week! 

Elder Crump

The District

Prepping for the San Clemente Stake
"Music & Pie Under the Sky"
Pioneer Celebration.

Serving up some pie at the celebration.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hey Y'all!

Man couldn't have asked for a better week here in San Clemente. Last Monday night we had dinner at our Stake President’s house (which is a mansion...literally) with our investigators and we challenged them to read the Book of Mormon every single day. They accepted. We went over Tuesday and they said they wanted us to come over every single day and read with them.  We were so pumped.

The next night we went to our WMLs (Ward Mission Leader) house and read with them and Claudia said she had an open mind about the gospel but not an open heart.  So I read D&C 8:2 with her and she loved it. So we are working on having an open heart.

We had dinner with them again on Friday, then went running Saturday morning with them, then went back and ate breakfast at their place.

It was such a good week. Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Crump

​Hang Loose. No bad days in San Clemente.