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Taft Week 4

Wasn’t general conference amazing?! I loved it so much! One of the 70s I had a meeting with (Joaqiun E. Costa) spoke and I absolutely loved his talk. The talks that really made a difference for me was President Uchtdorf and President Eyring’s talks in Priesthood session. They changed my heart in the moment. I love you all so much!

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Elder McLean Allen

510 6th St #2
Taft, CA 93268

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Taft Week 3

Taft continues to be a super fun place! This week We were among the people a lot! We went to two high school Tennis Matches. We also went to a high school track meet that had about 10 different high schools represented from the Greater Bakersfield Area. It was so fun, I forgot how intense some high school sports can be. We’ve also been attending Taft Colleges’ Softball and Baseball games! Getting among the people is so easy in a small college town!

We’ve been finding lots of new investigators also, so thank you so much for your prayers!!

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Elder McLean Allen

510 6th St #2
Taft, CA 93268

Taft Week 2

This week has been killer! Elder Coburn and I had a blast! We worked really hard. It’s getting hot here in the Bakersfield mission it was over 80 degrees a couple days this week and I am sweating up a storm! Maybe I’ll lose a couple of pounds this summer before I go home haha. I love you all, thank you so much!

Elder McLean Allen

510 6th St #2
Taft, CA 93268

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Week One in Taft, CA!

Hi everyone! So Taft week one has been super good! My companion and I met each other. His name is Elder Coburn, He’s from Utah. Yesterday was my fisrt day in church in the Taft Ward and holy cow, there were 37 people there not including us (the missionaries). This ward is pretty much a branch. That is the assignment the mission president gave us though, to “make Taft great again!”

We can do it! I love you all!

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Elder McLean Allen

510 6th St #2

Taft, CA 93268

 

Fun in good ole Ridgecrest!

This week was killer! Elder Lykins and I had lots of fun trying to find people and teaching. It seems like we never have a moment to breathe, which is definitely the preference to not being busy enough. This week we sadly didn’t have any investigators attend church which was a huge bummer because the last month we’ve had at least one investigator at church and sometimes more. From this experience and others I’ve had recently I’ve realized that we need to count our many blessings and rid ourselves of any entitlement we might have. We’re really not entitled to much in this life. We need to work for what we get. I love the scripture found in D&C 130:20-21, “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

What a wonderful element of the Doctrine of Christ!
Joy comes not from thinking that we are unconditionally owed certain things like investigators that come to church. It comes from being grateful.
I’m so thankful for all of your testimonies and your support!

 

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February 13, 2017

This week was a killer week! We did great! We actually were able to take the mission president out to a lesson with us and teach a lesson to one of our newish investigators. And he set her with a baptismal date! It was awesome to see a mission president teaching in action! She then came to church with us and brought her kids. She has young kids so sacrament meeting was kinda challenging for her, but by the end her three kids didn’t want to leave and Melissa loved it too! It was awesome!

Thank you so much everyone!

January 23, 2017

That’s super awesome! My week was super good! We found more than we have our entire time here. Things are going well. We’re working on improving the zone right now and the mission president is really keeping track of us. We just got transfer calls and we are going to have 3 companionships training this transfer. Elder Lykins and I will be staying.

We have gotten loads of rain! It’s super cool!  But kinda annoying at this point! haha I love you bunches mom! and I hope your week is great! I’ll make sure to send a letter sometime this week!
With love,
your son,
Elder Mac Allen

And We Heedeth Them Not!

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Lehi’s Dream of the tree of life (found in 1st Nephi 8) is a commonly read and interpreted chapter of the scriptures. The other night during our nightly planning session I felt as though I should read it, so I planned to do so in personal study the next day. It was a GREAT study! The Phrase that stuck out to me from the chapter was, “But we heeded them not.-1st Nephi 8:33

There is so much power in that short statement. As you may recall in Lehi’s vision there is a group of individuals who found the iron rod, pressed forward to the tree of life clinging to the iron rod until the found and partook of the fruit of the tree of life. Immediately after they partook of the tree they were ashamed. After I read this I was honestly confused. Why would this group that was so adamant about partaking of the fruit instantly be ashamed? The next couple of verses shed light on why they were ashamed. They say,
“26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.” These saints couldn’t handle the heat of mocking from the popular, worldly people.
Do we ever find ourselves struggling in the same way these saints did? I bet the answer is yes for everyone. There have assuredly been times that I have felt discouraged to press onward. My major testing grounds were in high school, and probably are still going today. I can remember time after time when people tried to make fun of our religion, and other times when they actually would. It still happens and will most likely never stop. What can stop however is our “heedment.” We must be like Paul, “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;(Romans 1:16)” We must also be like the soldiers of Moroni, “they would not forsake the Lord their God; or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God, or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ.(Alma 46:21)”
Elder McLean Allen

A Cold, Wet Week in the Mojave Dessert

This week was freezing in the Mojave Desert! Not to all of you back home in Colorado I assume though. But to a person acclimated to the Southern California cold it is for sure! This week Elder Lykins and I witnessed a couple of miracles. The two I’d like to share are the ones that happened on Saturday.

Saturday was a cold and wet day, and in the evening we were driving around and I felt the prompting that we should probably go to Walmart. So we did! Super random prompting right? It was. We still went and walked around and could really find our purpose… After walking around for maybe 20 minutes we decided that it might be best to leave, but the Spirit told us to stay just a little bit longer. So we did and we looked in the jewelry section. Then all the sudden a walmart employee started talking to us. So we talked a little bit and found out that she grew up in an active LDS home but wasn’t really affiliated with the church anymore. Needless to say we found our purpose.

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Then a couple minutes after that we were driving towards our apartment and saw this big husky run across the road with a young adult in her pajamas running towards her dog. So we got out in the pouring rain and helped her get her dog. It took us about 30 minutes and we were about a mile away from our car once we finally caught it. But it was awesome. On the way back we got her contact info and she will be contacted sometime soon in the future. We are super excited to see where she goes.
I love all the support you all provide for me and I’d like to thank you and share with you that I know the Lord’s work is being accomplished through missionary work. Especially in the Ridgecrest Zone of the Bakersfield Mission. The Lord’s Kingdom has again been restored in it’s fullness.

Happy Holiday Season

Yesterday was an amazing Christmas! I sure hope that everyone feels the same way about it! I am fully restocked on slacks until the end of my mission! woohoo! The video call home was amazing! I’m already tempted to start the countdown until my next call! On Christmas morning my companion and I invited the other set of Elders serving in Ridgecrest to open presents with us. It was almost like a big family celebration! We enjoyed our time.

This week one of my favorite families from Palmdale came and fed me for Christmas. It was awesome! We had a great time.
Thank you all so much!


Elder McLean Allen
533 W Ward Ave Apt B
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Ridgecrest Week 5

Hello Family and Friends!

This week was jam packed with things to do! Here’s what we did everyday.
Tuesday- worked hard in our area
Wednesday- We went up to the town of Bishop to help the missionaries that are struggling in that area
Thursday- Weekly planning and then we took the trip to Palmdale right after for the departing temple trip
Friday- I was in Lancaster all day working with my MTC companion Elder Hulet who is also a Zone Leader. Because Elder Fernandes was at the temple for his trip.
Saturday- We worked and had our baptismal interview for this Saturday.
Sunday- We heard from yet another General Authority Elder Costa of the 70. we actually had a personal meeting with him since we’re the only Zone Leaders in the Ridgecrest stake. It was so awesome! I learned so much from him.
Thank you so much everyone!


Elder McLean Allen
533 W Ward Ave Apt B
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Ridgecrest Week 2

Hi everyone! we had an awesome week this week. Guess who came to visit us? That’s right Elder Bednar did with his companion Elder Ardurn of the 70. It was so fun! And such a great learning experience. Elder Bednar told us multiple times that we need to listen to the things that were not being said. Which is so insightful. He also told us to pay attention to the pattern of which he was teaching. He is probably one of the best teachers on the Planet.

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After the meeting my companion and I and about 8 other missionaries went to Wingstop and had some wings. I had Atomic… They were so hot! haha

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Elder Ardurn was also a super awesome speaker! I loved his talk. He spoke here in Ridgecrest at Stake conference the day after. His message was primarily on members and missionaries working together. It was terrific. I gained many insights!!

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I love you all a ton. Thank you so much for supporting me on my mission!


Elder McLean Allen
533 W Ward Ave Apt B
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
McLean.Allen@myldsmail.net
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Week One of Ridgecrest

I’ve been transferred into a new place! I am in the city of Ridgecrest, CA that is about two hours from any other cities in the mission! My companion Elder Fernandes has been here for two transfers and is going to finish his mission after this transfer. We’re having lots of fun. I’ll tell you all more information next week! My new address is in the signature!!

Elder McLean Allen
533 W Ward Ave Apt B
Ridgecrest, CA 93555