Well folks this was a pretty good week we were frantically teaching this awesome little 8 yr old kid to get him baptized this week. He made it! Eddie's a super good kid, his parents were very abusive and neglected him and his 3 sisters. so they live with their grandparents now. Grandma is a recent convert that my old companion Elder Toledo baptized and she is really cool. The grandpa is quitting smoking and he's getting baptized this Saturday so that's going to be awesome! Good things are happening in Silsbee.
That's really about it this week. The mission is doing this point challenge between the zones and our zone was in last. So we have been really hitting the grind and we have seen the fruits of it. We blitzed the sisters area (which means we basically just worked in their area) yesterday trying to put someone on D8 but we couldn't find anyone so that was sad. But we have been working hard. Having fun. And taking lots of pictures, your welcome.
Love you all! Have a good week
This was a pretty good week! We had new missionary training on Tuesday so that was fun! My son is doing well he's a good missionary, he wants to work hard and be obedient so that's really good. We are working on learning the doctrines in the lessons because sometimes the doctrine he teaches is a little off haha. Oh and they are doing this new thing called missionary certification where all missionaries that came out since Christmas have to pass this test where they have to be able to teach all the lessons very simply and also have 40 bible verses on controversial topics like:
1) Nature of God
2) One God – Trinity
3) Deification (to become like God)
4) Book of Mormon (showing there is more scripture than the Bible)
5) Faith vs. Works
6) Plan of Salvation
8) Plural Marriage
So we have been studying the bible and man do I love the New Testament! It's so good it's all about Jesus and it's really confusing but once you figure out what they are saying it's the coolest thing ever. So we are loading up our bible scriptures to help us teach people better with the bible.
Oh another thing that was fun was i asked the sisters to do a segment this district meeting about reacting positively to sad situations and they went all out. There was this timed course were you drew a scenario and if you drew a negative reaction then you had to complete a task like: eat a bag of cheese it'z by throwing them in the air and catching them your mouth, or ride my bike around the gym three times, or build a temple with Jenga blocks. Needless to say it was super good and we learned a lot and sisters are just the best.
Miracle happened this week, we finished teaching this 8 yr old kid who was in date for the 4th of July but when we finished the dad asked if we could do it this Saturday and if he could be baptised as well! So that's awesome we are going over every night to make sure they are ready but, if the Lord is willing, we will have two baptisms this Saturday! Woohoo
That's about all folks. Love you all, happy fathers day to all you fathers out there. Maybe Max will be one soon as well so that would be cool 😊
Man do I like being out here in Silsbee Texas. It's a wonderful place, everyone here is so Christian and redneck it's amazing.
We had a good week we put two of our Investigators on date this week and they came to church! So that's really good news. Me and my son are riding our bikes a lot in the heat so we can talk to more people and it's been really good. We get to lose weight, sweat A LOT, and talk to way more people. It's been good.
We had our zone conference this week and it was short and sweet, we learned about how to properly use our smartphones that we have. We don't use any paper anymore, no planners no area books no nothing. So it's kind of aids to put everything in the phones but it's alright.
We also had a pretty decent district meeting this week, we got these cool new pass along cards and so we talked about how to use them effectively. And my son made hot wings for everyone and they were delicious but they made us all sick haha 😂
We started teaching these two kids who came from a really bad place and were ery mistreated, so we are teaching them about the gospel. I love teaching kids it's my favorite thing ever, they are so sweet.
OH for Pday today we went fishing and I CAUGHT a fish! It was a little guy but I held it closer to the camera so it looks bigger haha 🤣
Well I love you all and I'm having a good time here in Texas
Have a good week!
Alright so here's the deal, I totally sent my email last week; however, my tablet didn't actually send it. So I apologize to my mother, because she was probably pretty worried/angry with me. But lucky for you guys, now you get two weekly emails for the price of one!
So here's last week's:
Hello family and friends, hope everyone's doing well. Hope Max and McKay don't get hit by the hurricane, I hope it comes over here haha I want to be in a hurricane.
This week we saw a turtle get runnover, we got the rav 4 all muddy, one of our investigators accepted the invitation to be baptized, my son is learning a lot. My companion is Elder Bruggeman, he is from Montana. He was a missionary in Ghana Africa for 5 months but came home for medical reasons and then he wanted to go back out so here he is now. He likes to talk about africa A LOT, like a LOT. I'm learning how to be more patient haha but all is well I'm having a good time and absolutely LOVE Silsbee. All the members here are just the kindest most genuine people ever and I'm hoping I'll be here forever. It's a wonderful place.
My favorite part about the mission so far is seeing people change for the better through the gospel. It's so cool to see the light and the hope that the gospel brings into people's lives. Our district meeting this week was about sharing the good news of the gospel to people. I think it went really well and we all learned a lot and the spirit was super strong. I love this gospel, I love this church, and I love Jesus Christ. I'm so happy I'm out here on a mission
Love you all!
And now this week's email:
Well this week flew by 🛩️💨
I got to go to MLT with the some of my favorite humans on Tuesday. We slept over at my old zone leaders apartment where my old comp Elder Toledo and my good buddy Elder Larson (🗣️shout out) live. While we were at MLT President Hewlett received some really clutch revelation and told us some things that I think we all needed to hear, at least I needed to hear it. I also learned more about accountability, which is usually a really boring thing to talk about. The APes said that T.H.E.M. is a skyscraper, and the foundation of the skyscraper is accountability. I think I understand why now as well, because we have to be held responsible for our areas and President Hewlett is held accountable for T.H.E.M. and we are all accountable to the Lord for what we are doing with the talents (like the parable) that he has given us. Kinda scary but cool.
Training is fun and hard, Elder Bruggeman is my adopted son because he already served for a few months in Ghana, but he wasn't really a missionary there. He was born into apostasy and his trainer just made them watch movies all day and sleep in and stuff so he didn't really know how to be an actual obedient missionary when he got here. He knows how to now though 😁.
The work is still slow, the few people we have are not keeping their commitments anymore so that's frustrating. There is this little 10 yr old boy who comes to church with his grandma every week but his parents are kind of against the church so it's making it hard to teach him. But this week the little homie said that he wants to get baptised and that he would ask his parents about it so we have been praying that it will work out.
Man last night there was the craziest lightning storm ever. We almost got struck walking into the church, the hair on my arms was standing up, and I felt like I had a ton of static on me, twas crazy. ⛈ but we survived and got to watch the youth devotional thing which was really good! I love President Nelson, he's such a nice grandpa.
Well folks, that's a wrap... Or is it a rap? 🤔
Love you all 🤘
Inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel .