Monday, June 19, 2017

Peace out everyone!

So this week we have been working really hard.....I mean I always do that, but yeah.

We have been working with Albert consistently. I am getting a bit nervous about him because he is really struggling with the word of wisdom. I really hope he can strengthen his faith because we feel that that is what he is lacking right now.
Please everyone pray for him!

We also found a new investigator! Well actually one of our members had invited her to church and we snagged her and asked her if we could teach her! We taught her on Wednesday. Her name is Jamie.  We had to teach really simply because she didn't even know very much about Christ. So obviously we pivoted and taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ instead. She even prayed at the end!  It was so awesome!

As you know, we are always working on finding new investigators. Well, we found an awesome potential this week named Terra. She is a Lutheran currently, but we are hoping that that is about to change. She accepted a Book of Mormon that we told her that she could borrow. We are hoping that by letting her "borrow" it, she will make it more of a priority to read it. We are going to stop by again this Friday!

We worked hard this week doing service for a lot of people.  We helped the May family move 650 pavers for there patio that they are making. That was a blast!  Love doing service!  We also helped Bro. Stokes dig out his septic tank.

We did Gospel ping pong with the Letham's this week. It is on facebook if you want to see the video.  The important thing is that the missionaries beat them and then they had to go share a scripture on the media! Oh yeah!

Peace out everyone!

Elder R.K. Northrup

Monday, June 12, 2017


The struggle for investigators continues......I feel like I am fishing with my bare hands. Since everyone is struggling with this Elder Tripp came up with an idea to do a FREE car wash service and then teach lessons on the spot for that. It's a great idea, but I doubt I will be here for that... which is a total bummer!

We were able to teach Albert this week. Which was a big lesson because it was on the Word of Wisdom. He read the entire pamphlet before we came by this week and we discussed it with him. While we were talking he just completely revealed his hidden concern to us. He talked about the reason he drinks is because of the death of his parents. He told us that drinks help numb the pain he is feeling. He also told us that he doesn't really like making very many friends because them dying would really irk him. We instantly started teaching him about the plan of salvation again. We testified of the blessing that the plan of salvation allows us to do, is see and live with our loved ones again. Then we bore testimony of how quitting these addictive vices that he has and replacing them with Scripture reading and praying and church attendance will bless him more than he knows. He accepted the invitation to live the Word of Wisdom and we will be stopping by to help him put together a plan for that with him.

We also helped this less active lady break into her car. That was a ton of fun. It took us about an hour and a half but we totally succeed without damaging the car too much! The less active lady even started to pray for the first time in a long time, to get the door unlocked! Man I love helping people.

I went on exchanges this week with Elder Oliva. I love that Hispanic man! He is so great. On our exchanges we got soaked by the rain. It was crazy well... not really because it happens all the time. We also got to teach Albert again. We shared with him these scriptures: 2 Nephi 32:2-4 (please read them).
We talked about how reading the scriptures would help Albert know exactly what to do to overcome his Word of Wisdom issues. It was an awesome lesson, I really hope Albert can overcome these obstacles. I believe he can do it, he just needs to believe he can.
Elder Oliva and me soaking wet!

We also taught our Iraqi friend Salih. We taught him at the Chapel because he did not want his family to see him cry and think he is weak. We taught him about the power of prayer and read from the scriptures to cry unto the heavens for everything that is needful. Spirit was so strong, I hope he realizes how true this gospel is that we are teaching him.

On Sunday, I went to my last mission devotional. I was crazy sad to be saying good-bye to so many of my favorite missionaries. I will see them when they return though. I said good-bye to Elder Mitton, Elder Perkins, Elder Higginson, Elder Latimer, Elder Stoker, Elder Payne, Elder Pinckney and plenty others. As we were singing the last song, I shed a few tears, in behalf of being able to serve the Lord and his people and being so grateful for that opportunity. I love missionary work, it is my favorite! 

Well I love you all and see you real soon.

Elder R.K. Northrup

The Mission Devotional Gang (Backseat: Elder Stoker and Elder Pinckney and Elder Steiner is driving.)

Elder Mitton and me... (basically the best duo.)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Entire Mission Photos with Elder Dube's on his Mission Tour

South Zones (Elder Northrup's back row... slightly right of center.)

North Zones

Tick Tock

Well, you know you are old in the mission when your old companions are counting how many days you have left for you. Thanks, I was thinking I would have to count them myself! (sarcasm)

Anyways this week has been really slow and its not just for us. Our entire zone seems to be under a famine of new investigators. It is getting really frustrating for all of us. We have been trying a lot of different tactics to find new investigators, but to no avail. This is where my extreme frustration comes in! Come on people don't you know that Elder R.K. Northrup is going home soon and you won't get to learn from me anymore? Man if that wasn't enough on top off that they are rejecting the only message that can bring them back to the Father. Human Race please open your eyes!! 

This week we were able to teach the Plan of Salvation to Albert (which happened Monday) and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He seems to really be learning and reading the book of Mormon with real intent which is exciting. However, he won't be getting baptized while I am in the mission because we weren't able to teach him the Word of Wisdom this week. Darn, total bummer! Oh well what's important is I truly believe he will get baptized in the future.

We have been trying to do more things to find new investigators like I talked about above. We decided to try setting up a booth with "Free Stuff" at our wards young woman's yard sale. Well we sat there ready to share with anyone who approached us! ................1 hour later no one approached us! What the crap! My disappointment towards the human race has heightened even more.

Lastly we talked to the old potential investigator named Joanne. She was really nice to us and asked a lot of good questions. The only problem is when we invited her to do something she would reply with "I will ask my pastor." 
Here is an example:
Will come to church? Joanna: "Let me ask my pastor. Okay?" Elder Northrups mind: (Stop having your pastor make your own choices!)
Ladies and gentleman this is someone who does not have REAL INTENT!
However, Elder Kofford set up a time for us to go back.

That was basically our week. It was long and annoying so I am praying that this next week will be better.

Elder R.K. Northrup

"Elder Northrup The Mighty" (per Elder Kofford)

(I got this hat from a member)... Photobombed!
"Don't look at me like that Eldar"

My silent rage/annoyed look.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Albert came to church!!!! The crowd went wild!

Wow this week has been really quite slow. Nobody seem to be wanting to have the door open! 

This continued until Thursday where we found this really nice lady named Jen Wilkerson. She is awesome and told us that she is looking for a church right now. We said,  "Awesome! We excel in that area of things!"  We were able to set up a time to meet with her on Wednesday, yeah for the gospel! What she does not realize is that she is about to learn the true and everlasting gospel that is the only true church in existence. To be continued!

We did some service with Bro. Stokes.  We put 4 panels of his fence up. It is looking really good and they just started his gate the other day. Fence building is a blast.  Super love service.

We met with Albert 4 times this weekend! Oh yeah! We taught the Restoration on Friday and he prayed to God at the end, which has previously been a struggle. His prayer was so genuine! The spirit was vibrant! He is a funny guy though because he knew he was feeling the spirit and wasn't sure what to do about it.  On Saturday we went to his house and we gave him a church tour of our building! That so good! He asked us a lot of great questions. We read him one of the sacrament prayers, and explained how church would work. So good!  On Sunday......................Albert came to church!!!!!!!!! The crowd went wild! It was awesome to see him at church and listen to the speakers. Man it was good to see someone progressing again.
On Monday we went by again and we taught him the Plan of Salvation. It was awesome. He asks such good questions. You can truly see his real intent as he ponders what we teach. That is literally the best thing to see in someone.

Monday we also did a lot of service for people. That was basically how we spent our memorial day.

Also I have been reading Jesus the Christ every night before I go to bed! It is now one of my favorite books. If you have not read it then you are missing out and need to read it. I also have discovered my deep love for the ancient Apostles and all that they did after Christ's death.

I love you all.

Elder R.K. Northrup

Wow!  I must be pretty holy!

Me and Elder Mitton.  Probs the best of pals!

These pictures are of a destroyed lightsaber.  That is a sad day!

This is a chalk drawing of someone getting cut in half with a lightsaber.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Let go of the NUT!

Happy 20th Birthday Elder Northrup.  (Pictures compliments of Brother T.K. Stokes)
Thanks for feeding him Yakisoba!

Zone Conference (birthday) Lunch

Man this week was super good!  We worked hard to visit less actives and potential investigators. People are so exhausting!

We were finally able to teach Kurt this week.... except it was totally stupid!  He decided that he wanted to go straight into deep doctrine and ask us why we believe we think we can be Gods when there is nothing about it in the Bible that says that.  Well because, Kurt, being a God would be awesome and this church only has awesome things!  Just kidding, that's not what we said, but we tried to quickly address his concern by trying to get him to understand that God wants us to become like him.  He was having none of it though, so we then decided to redirect the focus on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  We invited him to read and ponder the Book of Mormon.

Bible reference that says we will be Gods someday:  Psalms 82:6 (and many others).

On Saturday we had my last "Festival of Finding" day.  For the first part of it we went to Elk Plain with Elder Fullmer.  The first house we knocked on was this super annoying lady.  This is how the conversation went:

Lady:  You do not want to get into mormonism with me, I have already researched it.
Me:  Have you read the Book of Mormon?
Lady:  Nope, I refuse to read it!
Me:  Well then, you haven't researched it!
Lady:  Yes I have!
Me:  Nope! And you have a nice day.

Brothers and Sisters, the only way to receive a testimony and to continue the testimony you already have is by STUDYING the Book of Mormon.  Otherwise you will never come to know the truth or you will fall of the straight and narrow path.  Read your scriptures EVERYDAY!

The rest of the finding day was pretty slow from there.

On Sunday we had invited Albert to come to stake conference but he bailed at the last minute because he had to finish some paperwork from his job that had to be done!  Dang it again!

Stake Conference was so goo though.  It all evolved around missionary work.  Elder Dube' also spoke to us about this one time where a man wanted to catch a monkey.  He decided to put nuts in a box and put hole big enough for the monkey to slip it's hand through and grab one. However when the monkey tried to pull out his hand, having the nuts in his fist would kept him from being able to remove his hand from the box.  This made the capture of the monkey very easy!

Elder Dube' then exclaimed to the entire stake, while raising his fist into the air and pounding the podium, "LET GO OF THE NUT!"  He told us that our nuts in our lives are personal to us and it is up to us to let go of them before Satan captures us.  He then held up his phone and said, "This is a nut for some of you!  You need to get in, get what you need and get out!"

I love Elder Dube'.  He is one of my favorite General Authorities now.

That night we had my pre-day bday dinner at the Stutz home.  It was very good!  I love the Stutz family, they are awesome!  After dinner they then took us to the Federal Way Devotional, which was just as good as always.

On Monday we had a zone conference with Elder Dube'.  He taught so many good things.  I even got to practice teaching along side him.  It was an awesome experience to be with Elder Dube'.  He has a really great testimony and a wonderful personality.  I wish he could have actually come out with us, that would have been so cool!

That was our week.  Hope you feel my enjoyment of it!  I love the leaders of the church!

Elder R.K. Northrup

Only the 3rd time I cooked!

Sawyer Stutz on the left and Kylie one the right.  (we are teaching her, sorta.) We gave her a Book of Mormon.

I wish I could see what this frog looks like.

Yeah, we're cool!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hail Mary, Full Court Press, Grand Slam!

The District
Man this week has been real good. We had our last district meeting with Hermana Huhem. She was a very good missionary and served with all her might, mind, and strength!
Anyways, we didn't quite make our goal for people committed for baptism, in fact we were 11 people off. However, it was really cool to see the whole Zone really focusing on baptism and bringing people into the fold. Keep those prayers a rollin' in for those prepared people, we definitely still need them.

We had exchanges this week. I was able to go over to Spanaway this week with Elder Oliva! I love that Elder. Anyways we worked really hard and we even got to go teach their super awesome investigator named Alla Marshall. I got to be there for her first lesson. It was a pass off lesson so we taught along side a senior missionary couple from Tacoma. Alla talked a lot about the struggles in her life and the hardships she has been through. In fact I think she talked most of the time we were there. We were able to slip in a few scriptures to bring the spirit more fully. Elder Oliva shared one and then I shared one. My scripture was on baptism. Found in 2 Nephi 31:17 after we read the scripture we invited her to be baptized right at that moment. She said she would and committed to a date! After we taught her she said the closing prayer she prayed to for God to help her be ready for her baptism! That was such a cool experience.

On the Firgrove side of things! We have an investigator commited for baptism! Albert is committed for June 24th. Amazing, he is a pretty difficult investigator but we were finally able to bring the spirit and get him on date! Wahoo! We also invited him to come to church this Sunday as well.

We also had dinner with the Martin's this week we invited them to come to Church, but they completely flopped on coming to church. Dang it again!

On Sunday we were super excited for Albert to attend church! We even waited outside for him, and freaking table flip he didn't come! Ugh what the crap. Albert just come to church it will be so good! We stopped at his later in the day but no one was home. I hope he makes it next week.

Lastly skyping the family this week was super sweet! It was so fun to see so many of you again! Especially with a bunch of my cousins there. Thanks a bunch Thayne fam, and both Grandma's and Grandpa's. Love all of you!

Have a wonder filled week! With many blessings to yuh all.

Elder R.K. Northrup

The drink that TRUE AMERICAN's drink.

I forgot to tell you guys but we are trying to teach this Iraqian, except he speaks very basic english so we are trying to learn Arabic... or find a translator. From what we understand though is he really likes the Book of Mormon and has been taking notes on it. He even fed us some Iraqian food....which then proceeded to wreck my system for the rest of the day. His name is Salih and he is a very prepared man! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Elder Northrup's FINAL mission Skype.

We were able to gather together with family on this Mother's Day Sunday.  Grandpa and Grandma Northrup, Grandpa and Grandma Thayne, Roxanne, Mitchell, Talmage, Grayson, Afton and Halsten Thayne, as well as the Rod Northrup family were there to skype!

We started the call of by having Karter ordained an Elder.  How cool is that??  Can't believe this is the last time we will be skyping from this mission.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Go to Church, Go to Church, Go to Church Church Church!

This week has been grand! I'm really enjoying my time here!  Still hoping to go to Puyallup though, that would be sweet! Whatever happens, happens. I will just have to roll with it.

We have been doing a lot of thinking this week on how we can get the members to do missionary work themselves. They seem to be struggling with that. We came up with starting a Preach My Gospel class! Bishop said he would think about which I am hoping he says yes to it, because it would be great!

We did service like always.  We seem to be the masters at that! This time we helped Bro. Johnson do yard work.  We also gave a hand to Sister Hixson and we helped one of our investigators stack wood. 

Albert was the one we helped stack wood with! I also killed many spiders during the service because I am pretty sure Satan has a mighty hold on there minds. I took care of them with this ax that I was using! Take that you disgusting creatures!

After we helped Albert we taught him more about the Book of Mormon and invited him to be baptized! He said that that seemed like the most logical thing to do. I was like was so happy with that answer. We also invited him to church.

Thursday we were walking along minding our own business when the rain started dumping! We were soaked but this time I wasn't upset because it was a warm rain and it stopped soon after it started! That how the rain should always work! Go ahead and take notes Washington. We also had a thunder and lightning storm that night is was so awesome! I haven't heard the sky mumble in so long!

Saturday was our main proselyting day and we went every where inviting people to church! We invited Darren Moss, Jerry, the Martins, Albert, and Adam. 

Sunday came around and guess what!  Nobody flippin' came to church! This is the bane of a missionaries existence! Come on people its really not hard, plus its not even that far away! The sacrament was still good though and we had a great rest of the day!

I love you all and you all a wonderful week!

Elder R.K. Northrup

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Spirit... it is an energy. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” (A slight change to a quote from Star Wars)

This week has been so good! I have been basically pumped with Spirit-roids! I'm not sure why but I have been crying tears of joy, as well as ones of Sadness. Luckily more joyful ones though.

We were able to teach this awesome black guy named Darren Moss! He is so cool! He has a lot of faith. He is a Detective for the Tacoma area. We taught him a lot about the Book of Mormon. He said he would read it! The Spirit was testifying so hard, he just needs to listen more intently. We being the bogus missionaries we are, we totally didn't invite him to baptism. Thank goodness we can repent and try again!

Sister Martinez is doing really well. She is happier and happier the more we see her. She even made it to church this Sunday! Putting that as a win in the books!

We weren't able to see Jerry this week, which was sad, but he was busy. Slightly understandable.

We also had exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I was with Elder Tripp in Firgrove. Guess what we found???  A family! They are the West family and they are super good!  Brother West just retired from the Army. (He did Artillery and Hazmat.) He is a really open guy. Please pray super hard for this family!

The spirit has been so strong with this week. I have been kind of a baby! I finally feel like the Son's of Mosiah! It is such an awesome feeling to have. It pushes you so hard too. I love it!

That was basically the week! 

Oh... one more thing!  You all remember Laura and Tim from previous emails? Well they dropped the Graham Sisters! What the crap!   I had to binge eat some donette's not to get to upset with them!  Ugh the exhaustion is real!

Anyways, I love you all and hope you are all doing very well.
Pray for these people Kylie, The West's, Sawyer, Jerry, and Darren Moss!

Elder R.K. Northrup

Walking is how we get where we are going!

My last picture with Elder Pratt before he goes home.
I am exceedingly EXHAUSTED beyond compare.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wow! and Wow!

This week was pretty rad!  We are still struggling to find people to teach so we started tracting out our less actives and part member families lists. We had some interesting experiences.

Most of the week went by with no real events.  However we did have interviews which is always so stressful for me. I would rather President just answer my emails then talk to me face to face. Oh well, anyway, they were good and I got some good advice for finishing my mission strong!

That same day we went to the Vogels for dinner and they made street tacos......SOOOOO GOOOODDD! Elder Kofford and I each had ten! We would've had more but then we might have gone into withdrawals. So this week we are going to start making our own! I totally advise you to try this recipe out because it is amazing!

On Friday we went out to do a lot of PMF contacting. We started off in the Southern part of our area! The first few houses nobody was home....ugh, great! We decided to head further south and we went to this neighborhood with a PMF family in it. What happen next was a total disgrace! This use to be mormon lady totally fell away from the church and was basically shoving us a bunch of lovely crap about the the false "Mormon Doctrine." During the entire time she was yapping, I was just staring at her with the face of complete and utter disappointment! The word that best describes my face is "Unbelievable!" Later in her lecture she turned to me and said, I am mostly talking to you because you look like you are really grumpy with me and then told me to read the bible so that I know that what I'm teaching people and that I should just go home! Thanks for nothing! 

Anyways on to bigger and better stuff! We met with this guy named Jerry! He is sweet, (plus he is in the roofing business). We taught him the Restoration. The power of that lesson is so cool! He asked a lot of good questions to heighten his understanding, I love it when they ask sincere questions. He also told us that he has never been baptized because he never knew which church was the true one! Well that's where we come in! We invited him to baptism and he accepted to be baptized as soon as he knows it is true! Wahooooo! Pray really hard for him people, he is so close!

Sunday came around and we were invited into the Stutz house. We talked with them and we asked them if we could possibly teach there less active daughter and her best friend who is a non-member! Well, they excitedly jump on that invite. Right then and there we had another restoration lesson. The whole family was present and we shared our testimonies of the Restoration and how it has been a blessing in our lives! Ahhh so powerful! Please pray for Sawyer and Kylie. They were the ones we were teaching the most!

Well that was basically our fun filled week! Love you all! 
Also way to go Karter for getting your mission call and being ready to serve the Lord and his people!

Elder R.K. Northrup

The only day this week of SUNSHINE!

Soaking wet again!  Sooo annoying!
My Companion who is also wet.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Antiques Roadshow

This week flew by, in fact I am not really sure what we did this week. We definitely worked hard though. 

We visited with the President Wells this week and talked about some the people we are working with. He is sweet dude! He also asked us for people in the ward that he should go visit and we gave him a few names and he said he was working on them.

We also took his son out to visit this man named Henry Jenkins the II. His son is a great kid and will be an amazing missionary. We sadly didn't catch Henry Jenkins the II but we did catch Henry Jenkins the I! We talked him a bit and asked him some questions. Hopefully we built his faith a bit while we were there.

We also found another investigator. Her name is Hannah. However when we went back to their house for our return appointment they just canceled with us and said they were busy at that time. 

Then Saturday the same thing happened with Adam, he wasn't even home! Come on Adam! Oh well we will catch him soon.

We also met with one of our potentials named Albert and he has the most old antique things, and around his house, that I have ever seen. We could've probably had Antiques Roadshow in his backyard! We talk to him about the plan of salvation and did major "teach people, not lessons" it was pretty cool. So good to teach someone again. He told us that we could come back in a few weeks he just need time to ponder what we had talked about with him. We left with a book of Mormon as well and invited him to read it.

Well thats all I can really remember thanks everyone! Love you all!

Elder R.K. Northrup

We shared the Armor of God with the Martin's, so Brother Martin shared his Sword of the Spirit with us...

I always knew I would fly an x-wing!

Pretty Cool Fish mailebox.
(His eye patch says Elder Northrup)