Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pretty Legendary

September 7, 2015

Weekly email

Today is Tuesday and this morning we took the car to get an oil
change. It took a lot longer than expected so we walked a little ways
to Taco Bell before getting picked up by member. We had breakfast at
Taco Bell and studied. Then we walked all the heck way to the Walmart.
From there we walk to remember for lunch. While there we discussed
going to the temple and also discussed modesty. Are investigator, Walt, was there as well. Sister Abrams, the member, asked for a blessing. It was awesome
to have Walt there to see it. They then give us a ride to get our car
at the garage. We tried to visit a bunch of people without
too much success. Then we went back to our apartment and prepared for
dinner with an investigator. Investigator, Tony, took us to Arby's and
we had a long discussion with him. After dinner we went to the church
and took Tony on a tour. He's an awesome guy really nice.

Max came out with us on Wednesday and we almost died in the minivan
that Max was driving because of the awesome peelout Max had at
50mph doing a turn. We visited a lot of people who didn't really
answer the door to us, and Max was wondering if this is how mission life
will be and we said that its about half and half, depending on the day
or season or the work within the area. When Max went back we went
tracting (knocking doors) and that is where we met a guy named Jesse
who came all the way from an east African country to find work as a
scientist. He wants to talk with is because he feels that the Book of
Mormon will answer a lot of the questions he couldn't find a solid
answer to throughout his life. We then had dinner at the Hodges house
and went to go “Find and Teach”, which we found some people and a kid in
a wheelchair was out walking his dog and the dog got stuck in the wheels
so while he asked us to untangle the dog he asked for the book I was
carrying, which was the Book of Mormon. So I gave him a copy and he
wanted to read it because "I don't really do much else and I need a
book to read, and that looks interesting". Late we taught a man named
Ricky who was somewhat interested in the message we shared. We had to
go home after that so we went back to our abode.

Thursday most of the day today was spent weekly planning. We needed
some fresh air so we decided to go out and check the mail, no mail...
While Checking the mail we saw a moving truck pull up to a neighboring
apartment. We decided to go ask if they needed help. At first they
said no but then said yes it would be nice. So we went and helped them
move for quite a while. They were very appreciative and it was a good
experience to be able to help them. Very nice people. Didn't break too
many things. After that, we went to Five Guys  for dinner and Sweet Frog with a
member from the congregation. It was delicious and we left 10 pounds
heavier. Still looking good though. I got like 10 brain
freezes. Then we wrapped up the night by visiting a guy that was not
the most open to our message. In a “round about” way he told us the book
of Mormon is false. We asked him straight up if he was saying it was
false and he said yes. So we bore solid testimony to him. We then went
to a gas station to visit a member who was working there.

Eat Pasta Not War shirt for preparation day 
Friday we woke up at 5:50 and went to Seminary, we were invited by
Sister James, the Bishop's wife, and she's the teacher and we discussed
Genesis chapters 1 through four in the creation of the world and that
was really interesting to hear the different things about how there
was extreme planning that went into the creation with Heavenly
Father's divine purpose and potential for us as individuals coming
under Jesus Christ and being able to rely on him and all of the
challenges that we have through the world. That was created everything
is for our benefit. At 6:40 we left for apartment to go back and
prepare for the day and we received a phone call from Max saying that
he would pick us up at 9 o'clock for our zone meeting at 10 AM. We
were two minutes late to  our meeting But we were able to still
continue right on schedule although we ended 25 minutes late. it
happens every once in awhile.  We found out more in our zone meeting
that there is more service opportunities that we can have to share the
gospel- that every single activity within the church is for others to
come and know what we are all about. We also learned more that
obedience and sacrifice that is required for blessings and miracles.
We then had lunch with Elders Walker, Oler, Udy, Johnson, Langford,
and Max at Firehouse Subs which was a really good sandwich place.
Driving back we drove through a giant storm which was really cool and
I talked with Max about video games and other such things afterwards.
We met with Dwayne and Katelyn and we had to drop both because of the
issues of not keeping commitments. We then had dinner and went and
completed our weekly planning.

Saturday we went to the Farmers Market in the morning and I
bought some meat and popcorn then after that we went and helped out of
the Op shop until noon. From that point in time we then had lunch and
after that was when we went to Colonial Beach and talked with an
investigator here named Mark. We then went to the McNamara household
and found that we needed to see someone else in another area, so we
visited the Strickland family and had dinner and a lesson with them.
We saw the importance that one family and each individual has for that
family in strengthening the home. We then talked with a Muslim man who
wasn't the most interested or friendly when we tried to talk with him,
but his Christian mother was very happy to talk with us! That was
really cool.

Sunday we went to church and had a wonderful Fast and Testimony
meeting. There were many testimonies given that really uplifted us,
include and also uplifted a recent convert that was with us. Following
Sacrament meeting and Sunday school we went in with the Young Men for
class. It was pretty interesting; they were pretty crazy all day. The
young men are pretty awesome though. We are supposed to be giving a
fireside this coming Sunday on how to share the gospel friends. We are
pretty excited for it have been planning hard. Well somewhat hard.

During church some random visiting member from California came and
spoke with us and told us he wanted to take us to dinner soon. He also
said that he would like to participate in the 40 day fast going on in
the ward. The 40 day fast is where one family each day for 40 days
fast for missionary work. After church we went and visited a few
different people, spoke with some members. We went and visited that
same person that always asks about my watch. I told him that if he
reads the first eight chapters of the book of Mormon and tells us what
it is about that I will give him my watch. He was pretty excited to
except that challenge. We'll see how that goes, I'll let you know.

After that we went to dinner with the Millers. The kids always try to
ambush us with Nerf guns. They were pretty dang intense armory of
guns. As I explained in the last email… We had some great lasagna
there and shared a message that they really enjoyed. The message was
about preach my gospel, love, and favorite scriptures. It was really
just all over the place. Brother Miller drove us around after dinner
and we visited with less active members as well as investigators. Work
here is tough but well worth it. At the end of the night we visited
with a member family who Brother Miller home teaches. They were very
interesting family but their way awesome. That pretty much wraps of
the night and the week, hope you all have an awesome week and
especially a great Labor Day!
Random view 

Quote for the week (this was said by one of the young men that came
out with us to visit people one day) "ya know when you are younger and
there are people that are legendary in your eyes, like the president,
the missionaries, your parents. Then you grow up and they aren't as
legendary as you thought, except the missionaries, they are still pretty Legendary. 

pretty legendary."

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