Well everyone the transfer doctrine is in and I'm having a child. It's a boy, he weighs in at about 205 and is about 5' 10" tall.
So instead of giving me less responsibility this transfer (like I was hoping) President decided to go ahead and leave me as the DL and give me a son😧. So my good buddy Elder Kennach is out of Silsbee. Im gonna miss the kid but it's probably for the best because we definitely were not as obedient as we should have been 🙈. So this next transfer will be good, me and Elder Bruggeman will be hitting the grind.
Honestly I am actually kind of excited to be training I've always thought it would be fun. And I know that with a heavier load it gives me more spiritual traction so I can learn more, but learning more requires change and that's the hard part 😔. But I'm learning to love it I guess
But let's talk about this week a little.
This week was a blur but some good stuff happened. The last week of the transfer always goes by super fast and this was no exception. We had exchanges this week with the zone leaders. Elder Harmon came with me in Silsbee while my companion went and partied it up in the YSA ward for the day. Something he taught me how to do was we are going completely paperless now. No missionary daily planner, no writing lesson plans on sticky notes, nothing. We are starting to plan every thing on the Area Book Planner App and it takes like 3 times longer to do but it's going to be good for lots of reasons.
Anyway, we set up like 3 dinner appointments with Less Actives for this week so hopefully they all work out! That's going to be the focus this next transfer for us, finding through less actives. Everyone here is a part member family so we've just gotta get in there and help them feel the spirit then we will be dunking people left and right.
And then Saturday we had a cool miracle happen, and it came about because I go to the bathroom like 7 times a day lol 🤗. Haha but we were on our way to our ministering meal (we call them that now, not dinner) and I had to use the restroom but I didn't feel like using the members bathroom. So we drove to the church real quick and as soon as we pulled into the parking lot a F-150 rolls up that we didn't recognise. Me and Elder Kennach jokingly said, "it's our new investigator who wants to get baptised!" And we stepped out to go into the church and the guy gets out of the Fiso (F-150) and comes up to us and asks if we are the missionaries. He says that he has been going through a really hard time and he was led back to this church and he wants to be baptised and rededicate his life to God. So we brought him inside taught him about the gospel of Jesus Christ and How to be cleansed from sin, and invited him to church.
Turns out the guy is a member just really less active so no baptism but reactivation is basically like being baptised again.
So yeah that's pretty cool. God's good at what he does.
Then another cool thing happened this Monday morning. Since transfers are on Tuesday (due to new missionary flight schedules) this Monday morning us and a bunch of other missionaries got invited to sing at a Catholic funeral for this members father who just passed. So we got to see the whole Catholic funeral production thang which was pretty cool. And then we sang God be with you till we meet again as they escorted the casket out. And man someone must have turned the water pipes on because everyone started leaking out of their eyes when they heard my wonderful singing voice. Hopefully they were crying because the spirit touched them and not because my vocal performance burst their ear drums. But yeah that was really cool, the pastor guy was pretty cool. He looked like Santa clause 🎅
But yeah this was a pretty decent week. We had the grandparents of this young women we are teaching come to church this Sunday and that was really cool to see them take the sacrament again for the first time in like 15 years. So that was a highlight for sure.
My district is changing a bunch to. One person from each companionship got transferred so it's going to be a whole new group to get to know and work with. I'm excited.
Well sorry it was long, and for those of you who don't read my emails and just look at the pictures (basically everyone but my mom, and probably Robby)
Here are some pics for you!
Another week come and gone here in Silsbee Texas, every week has its ups and downs for sure so I'll share with you some of the ups for this week.
We were visiting Less Active members and felt impressed to go to this one house. When we got there they let us in and told us they have been feeling bad recently for not coming to church and their granddaughter told us she wants to start going to church too and wants to take the missionary lessons! Plus, her best friend was there and said she likes the way we teach and wants to be there for all of the lessons so that's a bonus!
We sadly were not able to go to the temple this last week because we couldn't find a ride with a member. So they are giving us another chance to find a ride and go this Wednesday so hopefully we will be able to go this week.
We did some off road exploring this week and visited some of the people that live way out in the boonies. We got to really put our rav 4 to the test, and I've decided that I will not be buying a rav 4 in the future. They get stuck in the mud too easily haha 🤠
There was a Silsbee Spring Festival this Saturday which was basically like a really lame onion days haha. But we went and ate some boudin (don't know if that's how you spell that) and I got to hold some snakes. He (or she 🤔) kissed me on the cheek ❤🐍
Oh there's this good BBQ place we have gone to 3 times this week and got some redneck nachos. Basically it's these deep fried spiral cut potatoes for chips, and then half a pound of chopped beef and BBQ sauce and this special ranch sauce stuff, with jalapenos. Yummmm, and I wonder why I'm getting fat 🙈
Well that's about all folks. Things with my comp are going better. It's still hard because we definitely aren't equally yoked in this relationship. It's like being married to a dude. 😡 but that's okay. I'm learning a lot, and still having a good time so I'm happy.
Love you all! Have a great week!
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