Sunday, October 28, 2012

October Highlights

Im doing great, we watch general confrence yesterday it was so good. We were all in shock about president Monsons lowering the age to serve. We were talking about how its going to be weird to have sisters our same age and even younger then us. Because they lowered the age for the sisters it is going to require the elders to be more mature and responsable. Saturday we were all at the church and for all three sessions. In between the morning and afternoon sessions we were bored so we decided to go out and try to find people and invite them to come watch. So we did,  me and elder haws didn't have any luck, and neither did the rolling hills Elders But Beckly Elders did. They found a lady and invited her to come watch, but she said she was busy. She said that she would come on sunday so they ask if they could have her number so they could give it to us.  (because the church is in our area) she said no, so the elders walked away. Then the the lady pulled up besides them in her car and told them that she did want them to give us her number. She said "I know you don't think i will come tomorrow but I will." She did so me and one of the Beckly elders went and sat by her so he could introduce me to her and to make the hand off more smooth.  She seemed to really enjoy it and was really getting into hollands talk and monsons.  That  was cool and then last week when the Assistants blitzed us we found a lot of new investigators, and have been super busy. tomorrow is transfers and elder haws is getting transfered so i'm getting a new companion. 


Everything is going great we are working with three investigators that are progressing very well and one that is barely progressing. Julia is our most progressing investigator she is so amazing she is getting baptized on the 22nd of sept. We took her and her 6 year old daughter to a baptism on saturday and julia loved it. Her daughter started to cry and when we asked her why she said i don't want to wait till i'm 8 to be baptized. That was awesome. On p-days we ride 30min to the rolling hills elders apartment to play raquet ball, and today we are going to the church to play basketball, dodgeball, and some other games with the zone. For service we are helping work on a members back yard he spent $30,000. getting it built. in pic going from left to right top row: Clark, Me, Evans, Berube, Dispain, Haws, Broomhead, Wight
bottom row: Thomas, Sims, Rueda, Duran
that was my district last transfer and sims and duran are our ZL's
the other pic are of the yard we do service in.
( I had to add a picture of the bike)
Bike started to give cameron problems and he finally went and bought a new bike!

i'm doing good this week has been a pretty crazy week, and it has been a really hard week for the whole district. Our investigator fell off the face of the earth and we haven't been able to get in to contact with her. We are no longer haveing a baptism on the 22nd but hopefully we only need to push it back a week or two. Our other investigator moved to florida.
so yeah we found our investigator she texted us out of the blue like nothing ever happened and told us she would be out of town this week but she will be back in town for church on Sunday. so we were super excited about that.


(This post deserved its own post! I had to laugh when I read this.)
this week it has been raining almost every day for the last week but only in the morning so we through on our rain gear and start riding but then it stops and the sun come out and it gets pretty warm. so then the rest of the day we are too hot. but now it is starting to get a little cooler and it feels great. Friday the Assistants came and did a surprise blitz with us, which they never do, so we were freaking out a little bit, oh and that was the day that Elder Haws was sick. We got a knock on the do at 3:30, both me and elder haws were still in our sweats we hadn't gotten dressed yet and we open the door and the Assistants are standing there we quickly told them elder haws was sick, and invited them in, are apartment was a bit of a mess cause we had been super busy that week then elder Haws got sick so we hadn't had time to clean so that just added to the stress. so then they ask me if i was able to go out and work I said yes as i was running to get dressed. If you have ever been a missionary you know what it is like having to stay in with a companion, for those of you who haven't I'll try to explain it
in the mission field time is different a second goes by like a minute, a minute goes by like an hour, and an hour goes by like a day. but at the exact same time the a day goes by like an hour, a week goes by like a day, and a month goes by like a week. and when your stuck inside with your companion time just completely stops. by 12:00 you have done everything that might be fun or pass the time faster, by 12:15 you have done everything you are allowed to do and by 12:45 you have done everything twice, and by 12:46 you are completely bored out of your mind so you try to sleep the time away and that work for maybe an hour, so by 1:46 you have done everything there is to do twice slept as much as you possibly can and you still have about 8 hours to do absolutely nothing. so when the Assistants asked if i could go out side and work i washalf dressed before he was done with asking me.
Elder Haws wasn't felling any better but he was just as stir crazy as i was so he went and got dressed so he could go out side too. I spent 2 hours with one Assistant and then we switched and I spent the day with the other Assistant. beside them showing up unannounced, and me being bored out of my mind for most of the day, The day wasn't to bad we actually ended up getting a lot of work done and I always like the oppertunity to learn from the other missionaries.

August highlights

Today for Pday me and my companion are going over to a members house to make pens. I'm going to send one home for dads birthday present. The teaching appointments are going good. we have been trying to find new investigators. so we were going to appointments all day Saturday and on the way to an appointment we stopped by our apartment for a quick bathroom break. WhileI was their I decided to look through the area book. It is a book that other elders make notes in on people they have visited in the area. I was flipping through the former investigators and I came a cross one that said E.Migg. I flipped the page and then I flipped it back when I realized E.Migg was Elder Migliori. Who was in my first district. He had written a little note on the back that said she is elect try back later. Which doesn't mean a whole lot cause almost every elder writes that on formers, but i knew Migg and that's not like Migliori to just write that. I trusted him so I told elder Haws I thought we should stop by this former. She was on the way to one of our appointments any way so he said OK. We knocked on her door and she opened the door and she had a look of surprise on her face . We ask her if she remembered talking with the missionaries before she said yes, and then she said "it amazing that you guys are here" we asked her why is it amazing.? and she told us cause she had moved down to Nashville Tennessee, a year ago and had just moved back 10 days ago. Her aunt was telling her that she needed to start going to a church. Then the very next day we knocked on her door. We talked with her a little longer and then we set up a time to teach her and she committed to come to church this sunday. So me and elder haws were just so greatful that the lord blessed us, and how inspiration can come in so many different ways.

We keep having to reschedule with the man who speaks wolof because he or his wife is always working and it is super hard to catch them together or at home. We went over and taught the old contact with a member and she is super cool and way positive she reminds me a little of tiffany. she wasn't able to make it to church on sunday but she has been reading and was super excited when we set a baptismal date for sept 22. That will also be my 7month mark. I am super excited for her and hope i don't get transfered before then. We have been finding alot of good people lately and are starting to teach them. It has been kinda hectic lately. On wednesday the zoneleaders blitzed us. We had elder Golden from the quoarm of the seventy come do a mission tour on thursday. Because our apartment was the closest to the chapel he came and inspected ours. Our president gave us a 30min heads up so we did some speed cleaning. He was very nice and said we had the best apartment he has inspected. Then on friday we had interviews with president Woodbury and he told us that elder Golden was really tearing into the other elders for their apartments he checked.

This has been an amazing week. We went back over to teach that former investigator ,she is in her 30's she has two daughters one's 6 the other is 2. We had to find a adult male to go with us so we called everyone in the ward but no one could go with us. We were thinking we were going to have to reschedule but we didn't want to. I told my comp to call President woodbury and see if he could come teaching with us.  We called him and he said yes and he was super excited to come teaching with us. He kept thanking us for inviting him. so we taught her on friday with president, and while we were teaching her president told her that she should pray and ask god of the book of mormon is true. she said "oh I already know it's true" and then president asked her to pray about some thing else and she said "I already know thats true too" so president was like good and then after he told me and elder haws wow she is really amazing I  don't think I helped at all you guy are doing amazing. Then we taught her again on saturday with the ward mission leader, and then she came to church and then to the mission home fireside, which was amazing. She was telling us that she had also signed up to feed us on the calender. she is so amazing. Then we found like three more investigators and set up return appointments. We are teaching a less-active members girlfriend who already believes the church is true. She just needs to take the lessons. We are super excited about that. I sent a package home it had a shirt and a pen for dad and some pictures in it did you get it? so things in the area are really starting to pick up. transferes are tomorrow but we are staying the same. My trainer was my district leader this transfer and now he is going to be a Zone Leader in a different zone.

 Every thing is going good. I could always use some snacks. I like jerky, other then that i don't think i really need any thing. . oh and i'm taking my bike to the shop tomorrow for new tires and a tune up.  We were riding home from cordination w/ the ward mission leader, and i hit some thing and it popped my tire. I  got a tempary patch on it now but need to get it replaced.  ( I had told him to just go buy a different bike, but he is still trying to save money by pouring more money into fixing this one ha ha)


This one needed its own post. After he had saved money on not buying a new bike this post will make you laugh.
I'm in jeffersontown louisville it is a bike area. Things here have been umm whats a good word humbling.  The first day I was here I had to walk because my bike had a flat tire. The second day I got that tire fixed. We biked all over the whole day. Around six we came back to our appartment and ate dinner it looked like it was going to rain. We decided to stay close to our apartment just in case it did rain.  We ended up getting lost and it started to rain, and I mean it was pouring. So we started to bike what we thought was the right direction to our apartment. We ended up biking two miles the wrong direction, then my pedal broke off my bike and stripped the housing on the crank arm. We ended up walking for another mile in the wrong direction. Until we finally admitted to ourselves we were lost, so we called our zone leaders to come pick us up. They got there twenty minutes later and we were soaked to the bone. I had to dump water out of my shoes and ring out all my close when we got home. Then the next day we missed the bus and we lost the phone. We were half hour late for our dinner appointment, and it started to rain on the way home. Then on saturday we biked 20+ miles. My allergy's started acting up and my left eye started to burn and become swollen. Yesterday our ride left us at our church, so we walked the 2hours home. Soo so yeah this week has been really humbling for me. My new companion is Elder Haws, he is really cool. I really like him. We get along  really well and he has made the last week managable. oh yeah and Elder Haws also just happens to be Elder Perry's grandson that's Elder L. Tom Perry of the quorm of the twelve. Yeah he is a super good missionary. Despite the humbling week I'm still liking this transfer better then last. I'm going to have to spend a little more money from my home card to get my bike fixed so don't get to upset. so that has been my crazy hectic week so far I love and miss you guys
(hmm the money saving bike frame is costing alot of money)


Highlights of July

(July) I had to post this one even though he is complaining, it just made me happy to see that he knows what a good missionary should be doing. This week wasn't the best for me either there was a bunch of crap going on here and for a while I was thinking my district was going to get white washed. My new companion is the district leader and he is a people pleaser he has to agree with every one and can't have an opinion of his own. it drives me nuts but that is just his personallity and I can deal with it, until it effects the work, then we have a problem. because  He wants every one to like him so he agrees with them. He has agreed a few times with some peoples opinion that are contrary to what the church believes. It was nothing big but I have had to correct him a few times. Two sundays ago he was assisgned to teach the gossple principles class and while he was teaching one of investigators said they believed in "born into sin" and he agreed with that and one other instance of false doctorine. Afew members of the ward and our ward mission leaders were in there and were very upset with him. Then as a district leader he is supposed to go on exchanges with other missionaries in the district. That is part of his job, but hasn't been doing it with the right attitude. He has been doing it just to have fun.  On one of the exchanges he was with another elder and they were doing street contacting. One person they talked to asked about poligamy and The Elder told them we do not practice that any more and we haven't practiced that for almost 200 years. Then my companion as to say a dumb comment that he was going to bring it back. He was joking but he shouldn't have said anything. It just happens that one of the people he made the comment to's mom is a member of the ward, so she was super offended. Her new husband was investigating the church and has slowed his progression. I'm upset that in two weeks he has really messed up the relationship with the ward. This past week we spent wed, thurs, fri, sat,and sunday talking with the ward mission leaders and the bishop trying to fix the mess he has made.

(July)This week has been a better then last week. My comp had a long talk and dealt with some of the problems. Yesterday we got a flat tire on the way to church(which is 13 miles away) and I had to change the tire in my suit and it was rainning. Wefound a new investigator who has shown real desire to learn more about the church. We ave her a copy of the book of mormon and then she called us a few days later and said she had some questions. Weset up a time to teach her again. We asked how far she had read she told us she read the first couple hundred pages,we were super excited. We went over and taught her, and set a baptismal date. There is still a long ways to go until then, but it is still a lot of progress.

June Highlights

This is his mom writing. Since I broke my arm the end of June I have been horrible at updating his blog. I am going to now post some highlights of his emails for the last few months. He is doing great!

(June) This week was crazy busy. last week we had interviews with president, then stake conference. This week we did an exchange with the district leader he came to my area. My companion went to the other area. That was really fun and we got a lot of stuff done. I really like and respect Elder Jolley (my district leader). Then the next day the Zone leaders blitzed us and we got even more work done. For the first half of the day I was with Elder Morrison and then the second half of the day I was with Elder Richins. On  a blitz two elders from a different area come to your area. Then you take one of them and your comp takes the other, and then you divide and conquer.

(June) Transfers are this tuesday 'm staying here but Elder broomhead is leaving. Winchester is getting whitewashed with sisters. Then it will be me and two other elders that is staying the same in our district. Its kinda sad, I really admired elder jolley my old district leader. My new comp will be the new district leader. That is cool. I bought a guitar and elder broomhead was teaching me how to play, but since he is leaving he wrote down everything I will need to know. I also found a hymns made easy book so I will learn how to play some hyms on the guitar. This week has been super hectic but I'm doing good. We are teaching a family that is less active and they have a 9 year old that hasnt been baptized. We taught him the first lesson and we used jenga to do it. We set a baptism date for the 30th of june so we will be focusing on him for the next month or so. We are super busy today broomhead has to pack, we need to go get hair cuts and go to winchester to pick up an exercise bike. plus do laundry, and shopping all before dinner.
(June)I'm getting a bike well kinda, I found a bike frame and bought the a new chain and brake and gear cable to fix it. On the 27th I'm going up to lexington for zone conference, and I will buy the wheels for the bike. It is cheaper then buying a brand new bike. a new bike would cost about $500 and fixing this one will be about $150-$200. We are working with a lot of people and on of our investigators was just called as the assistant scout master he is super happy about that.