Hello family and friends! Today is a short P day so that's super awesome 👎so this is probably going to be a short email.
But this next week is going to be sweet, we are going to the temple for baptisms on Friday, Endowments on Thursday, and Missionary Certification meeting Wednesday so lots of fun stuff is coming up. But this last week was good!
I got to go on Exchanges with the Zone Leaders to the YSA and that was fun. We played ultimate Frisbee for a branch activity and I invited these random homies to come play with us and they did! We had like 20 people playing Ultimate it was a good time. I sweat a lot 😥 while we were tracing there was a bunch of furniture set out by the dumpster so we put the good stuff in the van and I redecorated the Silsbee apartment. Exchanges are a good time.
We had 2 of our people at church this week so that was sweet. We are working with a guy who had his records removed a few years ago and we have had some great spiritual lessons with him this week. He is progressing really well.
Well that's all the time I have everyone... Sorry
Love you all!
Hello family and friends!
This week has been great! We had a lot of funny experiences knocking doors all day. People are hilarious. This 90 year old man was role playing Adam and eve partaking of the fruit and it was hilarious. As Adam he said, "if you gonna die I'm gonna die with you, give me gat fruit." funny stuff
Well we have a great ward and we have some great plans this next week to get our people to church.
OH highlight of the week, this 14 yr old girl we have been trying to work with for a long time and asked if I would Baptize her when she's ready. It's going to be awhile but she asked me to come back to Baptize her when she's ready.
Well the whole zone is here for P day so I'm going to go now. Love you all!
I'm with my favorite companion right now. Elder Toledo (he wrote that)
That's all folks.
See you next week!
Well how is everyone doing!? Thanks to those who emailed me this week (Sammy, Mom, and Dad ) haha sounds like the sun is still shining in Utah. I wish it didn't shine quite so bright down here in Tejas but that's okay. I need to sweat a bunch to try and work off all of this delicious food we eat everyday. Fried fish is one of my new favorite foods. Fish , coleslaw, Tarter sauce mixed with ketchup and Slap Yo Mamma™ seasoning, and Texas Toast. Yummy
Well this week has been pretty sick! Not sick like but like
We have been finding a bunch of people to teach and have been teaching like 3 or 4 lessons everyday so that's been really good. We thought we had a bunch of solid people who were going to come to church this week but only one of them came. So that was sad. But we are still inviting and they will come eventually.
Here are some highlights of the week:
» For District Training we anointed our eyes with mud (like Moses and Enoch) and washed it out so we could see through the things holding us back from being excellent missionaries. And we also learned about Shekinah. Cool stuff look it up 🕎 in the BD
» I went on another exchange with Elder Olsen and we power washed a trailer and wrestled some goats. We did a bunch of farm work as well. We moved a chicken coupe and caught all of the chickens to put them back in. Catching chickens is just as hard as you think it is but it was a ton of fun. Also I found a cow skull that was pretty gnarly.
» I gave a mini talk at this ward missionary coordination meeting. The Bishopric and a representative from each auxillary was there as well as the ward missionaries. We talked about some goals and things that we need to be doing better at. Throughout my mission I have only received one legitimate member referral, just 1. That's pretty ridiculous. And I ask everyone for referrals, like literally everyone.
"A great indicator of one’s personal conversion is the desire to share the gospel with others. For this reason the Lord gave an obligation to every member of the Church to be missionaries” (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter)
There really aren't any excuses for not sharing the gospel. Excuses are just lies from the adversary.
Satan would have you and me believe that we cannot succeed in sharing the gospel. He lies to us. In fact, he is the father of all lies. Do not listen to him. Listen to the prompting of the Holy Ghost, and then act in faith in sharing the gospel. -President M. Russell Ballard
So if you haven't been sharing the gospel here are some things I would suggest you start doing:
1. Pray for the opportunity to share the restored gospel with someone
2. Carry a Book of Mormon or a family proclamation to the world card or some form of literature with you always. When the Lord sees that your ready he will give you the chance to try it.
3. Talk to everyone, being introverted and shy is definitely a hard obstacle to overcome, but it is an obstacle that needs to be overcome. Pray for strength
4. Prayerfully set a date by which time you WILL have someone prepared to meet with the missionaries. As you work toward that goal and become desperate to reach it, you will be given the opportunity to do so.
» I found a new favorite Hymn! It's no. 230 Scatter Sunshine
In a world where sorrow
Ever will be known,
Where are found the needy
And the sad and lone,
How much joy and comfort
You can all bestow,
If you scatter sunshine
Ev’rywhere you go.
Scatter sunshine all along your way.
Cheer and bless and brighten
Ev’ry passing day.
Scatter sunshine all along your way.
Cheer and bless and brighten
Ev’ry passing day
2. Slightest actions often
Meet the sorest needs,
For the world wants daily
Little kindly deeds.
Oh, what care and sorrow
You may help remove,
With your songs and courage,
Sympathy and love.
3. When the days are gloomy,
Sing some happy song;
Meet the world’s repining
With a courage strong.
Go with faith undaunted
Thru the ills of life;
Scatter smiles and sunshine
O’er its toil and strife.
Don't worry, be happy
Well folks another week has come and gone and the work of the Lord is progressing. We have been working hard and we've some of the fruits of our labors. We helped this random family move and we went back to teach them and they let us in and we had a super good lesson with them. It's been fun seeing Elder Bruggeman improve his teaching skills and get better at listening to people's needs. I'm a proud dad haha
Well we did some service this week for a bunch of people and we were able to get in with them after that and share a message. So service is awesome. The neighbor of one of our Investigators had a pretty crazy thing happen the other day. His grandson is kind of nuts and locked all of the doors in the house and then in the middle of the night burned the house to the ground 😈🔥 so it's just a charred mess right now and we went over to help the grandparents (who somehow escaped unscathed) clean up the place. They are die hard Baptist but they were appreciative of our help and let us share a scripture with them from the Book of Mormon. It was cool
OH this Sunday one of the coolest members of our ward spoke and it was really powerful. He's now the stake patriarch and he spoke about revelation and told us his conversion story. He remembers the missionaries that got him interested and one of them told him this. "Your first job as the father of the house is to save yourself. Then you can save your family." and now he's the patriarch... Pretty cool eh?
Well love you all, hope you have a great week. I'll see you later!
Just so you know I'm not being apostate by emailing on a Tuesday at 8 pm, our P-day was today because of transfers and we did service all day for some Less actives. So we didn't get to have a P-day this week. 😧 We just finished showering and eating our first meal of the day so now I get to email for a little bit
Here are some highlights from the past week:
1) We had another baptism this week! It was Eddy's grandpa David. He had taken the missionary lessons from my past comp Elder Toledo when he was here in Silsbee about a year ago. He hadn't been baptized because of some word of wisdom problems but the Lord helped him overcome it and he was finally baptized this last week. So Elder Toledo and his trainer (who drove from Maryland) got to come and see the Baptism. It was really good, the spirit is so strong while performing ordinances of the gospel. Their family is going to be so blessed because of their introduction to the gospel. I'm so grateful I was able to be a part of their eternal progression.
2) We moved two less active families this week and I have decided if I haven't used something in over a year to give it away. Hoarding is a real problem people. But no it was good to help people, performing service brightens your day, and the day of who is being served. It's really a win win. Plus your blessed for it, so it's a win win win.
3) My poor son was pretty sick this last week which made it hard for us to get out there and sweat for Jesus, but it's not to hard to do that when your in south east Texas. Its crazy that I've put on so much weight when I sweat so much. But then you look at what I eat over the course of a single day and it makes more sense. Eat to live, don't live to eat. 🍗🥓🍔🍟🍕🌭🌮🌯🥙🍪🍩🎂🍫🍬🍭🍌
4) We did some exploring yesterday and found this abandoned hospital! It looks like it's been out of commission for at least 20 years because there were old radios and 8 track players and stuff I didn't even know what they did. But man, in the movies when they picture abandoned post-apocalyptic environments, it's pretty accurate. The place was wrecked, there were plants all overgrown and crawling up in there and there were just vurnies and wheelchairs and old hospital beds all over the place. The pharmacy part still had old pill bottles and sample vials and stuff like that. The children's wing had a bunch of nasty stuffed animals and dolls all over the place and water was dripping from the ceiling. The place smelt like black mold and moss. All in all it was pretty cool to see
5) OH my email title. Eddie and his sister call John the Baptist, John the Baptism. It's pretty funny. We asked them where the Jordan River was and they said North Carolina. So apparently Jesus was baptized by John the Baptism in North Carolina 😆 cute kids
6) Oh our AC went out again. So that was the worst haha. Apparently if you don't have an air filter then your air conditioner radiator thingy will freeze into a solid block of ice ❄... Which makes it not work. Who knew?
So needless to say we got hot and melted it and cleaned it off so it mostly works now.
7) transfers happened today and me and Elder Bruggeman are staying in Silsbee so I get to finish training him so that's awesome. My super good buddy Elder Bott who I have served around for 6 months got transfered and he goes him in 6 weeks so I'm not going to see him for another year or so. 😢 So that was sad but it's part of life. I've made such good friends with some of the guys out here and they all go home next transfer its going to be boring without them. But that's okay because then I'll become that cool 😎 guy whose been out over a year and knows all of these dead ☠️missionaries. Plus having fun isn't really the point of it all anyway its just an added perk.
Well folks that's about all, oh I would suggest checking out the gospel study topics in the gospel library under topics. They have been super cool to learn from and I've found that studying the Scriptures to answer a question or learn more about a topic has been most effective for me.
I love you all, I love missionary work, I love Texas, I love the gospel, I love good BBQ, I love the Lord, I love delicious snacks, and I love packages and emails. 🤗
There is a new address for mail
2815 West Lake Houston Parkway #109
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Thanks for everything you all do, have a great week!
Inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel .