Last Letter from Cincinnati

January 19, 2015
Leadership Council

Final Testimony
[What was the highlight of your week?] Well the highlight of my week was when 3 investigators fed us dinner. All on the same day.. One meal at 3, at 5, and at 7. We came off conquerors. It has been an awesome last week. Things fell into place and I am ready to come back. 

[What are your plans this week? Temple trip? Mission home?] I am saying goodbye to those that I need to today. Then tomorrow is transfer meeting and then we go to the temple and then we party and then the mission home and then we fly home and then I party hard.

I can't wait to tell you more in person.

I look forward most to playing Monopoly with you family, and listening to my playlist on my new iPhone. I don't know what will come after that hahahaha

I can't believe this is it! Hold your breath y'all and jump!!!

Lessons Learned

January 12, 2015

Hey good morning ma! 

I'll tell you what, I have just been in such a great mood this past week. Things are just peaceful amongst the turmoil. I know that God is happy with me and I am looking forward to teaching with power and authority and working hard until the end! And I am excited to get down on some Monopoly with my family surrounded by good food and nothing else to do!

[What was the highlight of your mission?] I can't answer what the highlight of my mission is! Haha it's a highlight reel! Miracles continue to abound here in the Greater OCM [Ohio Cincinnati Mission]. One of the highlights was when I was called to be an Assistant though. Time slowed down in that instant and it prepared me more for life than the rest of my mission has. 

[What are 3 lessons you have learned from your mission?] 3 Lessons that my mission has taught me (I will expound later): Goals, Accountability, and Grace- Doctrine of Christ- Love comes with pain.

[In what ways has your mission changed who you are?] Throughout my mission Christ has changed who I am in multiple ways. Examples that are in the front of my mind are that my desires and goals are more focused on Him rather than things like Call of Duty. I get way more satisfaction out of family time or visiting someone than I do getting a high Kill/Death ratio. I look forward to work. This can still be changed more, but I recognize the difference of being lazy and working hard and the joy that comes when you are ACTIVELY following God at all times. The way I present myself in different moments has changed too. I have learned when to be serious or reverent and when to kick back and have casual fun. And I can't wait to read all sorts of church literature! There is so much more to be learned! I wouldn't mind learning Hebrew ;)

[In what ways are you the same as ever?] I am the same person, just a lot closer to Christ because of his guiding hand. I still naturally love people and want them to succeed. I like to nerd out. I still love the Book of Mormon. I still love eating out. I really like my family too. 

[What else is on your mind?] President Porter brought up in Leadership Council the similarity of the end of your mission and the end of your mortal existence. It's pretty interesting what is going on in my head. I reflect back on what has happened and who I have known and what I have learned. I don't really know details about what comes after this transition to real life. I am excited to return, but I am very excited for the time I have here in the beloved Ohio as well. Happy here and happy to leave! I am at peace.

Thanks mom, 9 days :P

Love, Elder Fivas

ps. I have loved all of the letters. Thank you to the Woods family for always treating me to something delicious! I hope they get to experience the joys of Cincinnati food!

Happy New Year 2015!

January 5, 2015

Hey Family! HAPPY NEW YEAR and more importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

Giant Rabbit...
[How was your New Year's Eve/Day?  What did you do?] For New Year's Eve we were actually instructed to be in our apartments by 6:30. I was surprised. Usually we push harder to go out and find during holidays. But President Porter had a worksheet for us to do. It was an awesome activity. He had us answer all sort of reflecting questions and read certain talks and scriptures.
...Giant Ring...
...Giant party in West Chester
 Questions like, What do you want your home to be and feel like in 50 years? Who do you want to be in 100? in 50? What do you want to be during your mission? I wrote some of my directions I want to go in life, some goals I have for a home and family. I was overwhelmed with a sense that the Lord was well pleased with all that I had done thus far. It was very special to me. I realized that I had become who I wanted to become on my mission. 

New Year's Eve
[Do you have any Zone Conferences this month?] Mission Leadership Council was this last week and it was incredible. I was overcome by the Holy Spirit for most of the meeting. I felt soooo good. I've put it all out here in Ohio and Indiana. I bore my testimony at the end of the meeting as is tradition for all who are about to leave. I was emotional :P It's hard not to be when you've experienced this much with the Lord.

Christmas Morning
[What was the highlight of your week?] We (Elders Tanner, Christensen, Sunderland and I) also pounded 4 Goliath hamburgers today at Mad Mikes. It was delicious. It's like a baconater in between grilled cheese sandwiches. Definitely a highlight.
Watching "The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos"

We have interviews and role plays this month. I don't get my interview til later though... You all know why haha [exit interview :)]

Mad Mike's
[How did the Mission do on its goals for 2014?] The mission did great! We didn't hit our goal of 720 but we sure did good. President took a lot of time explaining that the Lord was well pleased but never satisfied with us. It was a good talk.

[What are some of the Mission goals for 2015?] We haven't set the goals for this next year. Last year we did that in February.

Goliath hamburger
[What are some of your Zone's goals to make it happen?] I am going to talk to President Porter more about our zone. The Sisters are kicking the Elders' butts for the most part. I don't know what we can do to help them. 

I will miss the food here.
Oh I almost forgot! There is a family that I taught in Western Hills that is getting baptized tonight! I get to go watch. More blessings! They've been taught on and off for so long! 4 years?

I love you too mom!
Elder Fivas