Monday, February 27, 2017

Week #76

Hey Mis!

Sounds like a fun week! That's super cool that BYU beat Gonzaga. Dad told me they beat them on their senior night too. How awkward. Haha. 

The new companionships in the zone kinda started off slow, but hopefully it'll improve. A guy from my MTC district, Elder Williams, is in my zone, so it'll be cool to work with him! 

My week was pretty good. We had a lot of meetings though. Tuesday was transfers, and even though neither Ramirez nor myself got transferred, we were responsible for getting everyone there at the right time and helping out with it. Then after transfers, we met with all the district leaders and the sister trainers and discussed our zone vision, expectations for district leaders, and all that fun stuff. All four of our district leaders have been out seven months or less, so it'll be interesting to build all of them up! But I'm looking forward to it! 

This week we were supposed to have Troy's baptism, but unfortunately, his aunt in Vegas passed away. So, his mom and grandma attended the funeral instead of finishing off the move, so we had to postpone Troy's baptism by 2 weeks. So that was a bummer. BUT, on the bright side, we got to dump out Troy's alcohol! It was pretty fun, I'll send a video in a separate email. 

Also, a couple weeks ago, Ramirez and I were walking and we saw four Mexican guys that were drunk out in the front yard. Ramirez is a native Spanish speaker, so he thought it would be fun to talk with them. It turns out that one of the guys is actually super cool. I don't know any Spanish at all, but I can pick up maybe 1 out of 20 words haha. We gave them all Spanish BoMs, and then we came back a couple days later, which was this last Wednesday. They were in the exact same spot, doing the exact same thing when we came back again. Ramirez was teaching them the Restoration in Spanish, and he got to the part where he was talking about Moroni's promise. Then one of the guys, Gilberto, asked "quien es Nefi?" (Who is Nephi?). Both Ramirez and I got super excited haha. Ramirez looked at me to see if I understood, and I looked at him and smiled. Then he continued to teach them. After the lesson, Ramirez told me how Gilberto had been reading the Book of Mormon, and that Gilberto had told him that he wants to change his life. It was suuuuuper cool. When we had first approached that group, we weren't expecting that much, but it was cool to find someone who actually had the desire to change! Pretty cool miracle. We're seeing all of them, particularly Gilberto, again this week. 

That was my week! Thanks for the advice from Davin, tell him I said thanks. I'm getting close to the 6 left mark haha, so I'm just trying to plan ahead! Have a great week!

Love ya Mis!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Week #75

Hey Mis!

Sounds like a pretty fun week with all the dates and stuff going on! Bummer about the car, but hey, at least you have a car while you're at school! I didn't have one haha. 🚢🏻

My week was busy. We had a lot of cool people drop us. One said that they weren't "very religious" and blew off a church tour, another handed us back the Book of Mormon we gave her and refused to read it or pray about it, and another one complained about how upside down her life is right now, because her neighbors sell drugs in front of her house, and the cops think she does it, and everyone knows it so she can't find a job, so she blamed the fact that she was meeting with us. It made zero sense to me too, but hey, I guess she's not ready. On the bright side though, Elder Ramirez and I got to give baptismal interviews to a part-member family in Parker. Well, it's not a part-member family anymore! They got baptized this week, which was cool. They were the first baptisms this zone has had all transfer, so it was refreshing haha. There was another baptism in Kingman last week too, which was cool too! 

I went on exchange with Elder Latu this week in our area. He's a cool guy! He's originally from New Zealand, but came out from Salt Lake. He's a convert, and he's been out about 5 months. He's a super hard worker, I enjoyed the exchange! We had some pretty cool lessons this week. Troy is all set to be baptized this Saturday! We're excited! And Priscilla should be getting baptized the following week. She's excited too! 

This weekend was stake conference. It was cool because some people came up from Parker that I knew, so I got to see them! Elder K. Mark Frost of the seventy and his wife attended. It was neat, because before the 10 am session on Sunday, they had a meeting for recent converts and investigators to sit down and talk with Elder and Sister Frost, as well as President and Sister Snow. We brought Troy, and the Kershaws came too! As well as some recent converts. It was pretty cool, Troy really enjoyed it. We also had a pretty cool lesson with a guy named Anthony. He's pretty cool. He's in his 20s, and he takes care of his mom, who's older and pretty sick. We taught him the Restoration, and it was pretty cool, cuz his mom came out of e bedroom and joined the last part of the lesson. They said that they weren't ready to commit to be baptized but that they would continue to read and pray about it. We're seeing them tonight, so it'll be fun to see how it goes! 

Also, we received transfer calls, and both Elder Ramirez and I are staying. And so are the two STLs we work with. I thought since our zone is struggling I would get the boot, but I guess not. It'll be interesting to see how this transfer goes!

That was pretty much my week! Have a great week!

Love you Mis!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Week #74

Hey Mis!

So true about Valentine's Day. Haha. Sounds like a pretty fun week besides the school work! Brian sounds pretty cool. That's cool that he invited you to dinner on Valentine's Day! Sounds fun. Dad said he enjoyed his birthday. I sent him a card, I hope he enjoyed it. It was a birthday card with some confetti in it. Except the confetti was 47 pictures of my face. Haha. 

Our week was pretty good. I did two exchanges back to back again. The first was with Elder Stucki in Bullhead City. He's a good dude. He was MTC companions with Elder Rigby, the missionary I trained, so we told each other some good Elder Rigby stories haha. Elder Stucki is from Yakima, Washington. It was a fun exchange. We found some people for them to teach, since they had been struggling a little bit with that lately. 

After that, I went down to Parker again! This time I was with Elder Owens. He's been out about 7 months, he's from Georgia. He's a good guy too. We had a cool lesson with a part-member family down there, and the nonmembers in the family accepted a Baptismal date! So that was cool. I was also there for a correlation meeting with their ward mission leader again, it was interesting. The bishop had been talking with the elders about postponing a baptism because he felt that the investigators weren't ready, so the elders in Parker asked one of us to come down and talk with their ward. So, Elder Owens and I talked with the ward mission leader about it. Luckily, before Elder Owens and I had our exchange, the Bishop changed his mind to allow the baptism. So that was cool! My life got easier haha. Elder Owens and I also found a family of three! So that was pretty cool too. 

As for our area, we had six investigators come to church this Sunday! That was awesome. We've focused a lot on part member families in both wards, and we've seen some sweet miracles! Two part-member families, the Kershaws and Rails, were both at church in Crossman Peak, as well as Troy, who is getting baptized on the 25th. In Acoma, Sister Koon and her daughter, Priscilla, came to church! As well as Michele and her daughter Tiffany, who are neighbors with our ward mission leader. It's been pretty cool to see miracles like that! 

That was pretty much my week! I hope you have an awesome week!

Love you Mis!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Week #73

Hey Mis!

Sounds like an awesome week! That's cool you might get to study abroad! Italy would be super fun. Davin sounds pretty chill too. So does Brian. I'm glad you're having fun! 

We had a pretty interesting week. Troy is doing pretty well! He should be getting baptized next week. He had some weird questions about tithing though. He texted us at like 10:15 one night and was like "I've been thinking about it, and I was wondering.... is tithing tax deductable?" Haha. Kind of a random question, but hey, I hope we answered it well enough. 

The two part member families that we've been visiting, the Kershaws and Rails, are doing pretty well. Both Bro. Kershaw and Sis. Rail want to be baptized this year, we're just figuring out when for them. They're really cool families! 

We did an exchange this week, I was with a missionary named Elder Bybee. He's been out about 6 months. He's from Utah. He's a good kid, I like him. He worked hard and asked a lot of questions. We had a pretty cool experience. We knocked on a random door, and this old Filipino lady answered the door. Her eyes opened really wide when she saw us. We were prepping for the door to slam, but it whipped open and she quickly ran to her living room. Elder Bybee and I kinda just stood there haha. She told us to come in. We sat down, and started to talk with her. She started to ask us a million questions. Legit questions, not random crap about wives or special underwear. We ended up teaching the whole Restoration on the spot and invited her to be baptized. She accepted! We set up a return appointment, and left. We got back in the car, and we both kinda just sat there. Elder Bybee finally spoke and yelled "WHAT THE FREAK JUST HAPPENED!" It was pretty crazy. Her name was Rose, and a few days later, Ramirez and I went to go see her again. 

Unfortunately, she was on her way out, so we had to reschedule. Her boyfriend was with her, some grumpy old dude. He kinda gave us a dirty look, and walked away. It's been tough to meet with her since, probably because of him, but it's cool to see how sometimes we're guided to the right place at the right time!

I hope you have a great week!

Love you Mis!