So this was a long week but it was pretty dang awesome! I just wanna
start by congratulating Drew and Shavaun for getting married! I love
ya'll and I wish I could've been there but I know I am needed out here
in the OEM!
Monday was transfers and it was like any normal transfer day. We
showed up at the transfer spot and I got to talk to some missionaries
that I have served around and got to catch up with them. We went
shopping afterwards and then we went and played ultimate and football
afterwards. We had dinner with the Central Point 2nd Bishop and then
hustled over to Gold Hill for a lesson only for it to cancel...
Tuesday morning we were supposed to meet up with Brother Mad*** but he
had to cancel because he got sick so we tried some people in the Gold
Hill area before lunch. We stopped by the Gold Hill apartment to pick
some stuff up before going into Central Point for lunch and a guy was
sitting right in front of our door. He told us he was hanging out with
Jesus and we talked to him for a little bit. We didn't have much
happen until after dinner. We went to the church and had a
font-to-table-to-temple lesson with Eric and Samantha. What a
font-to-table-to-temple lesson consists of is us teaching about the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and showing the baptismal font to them and then
showing the importance of the sacrament and show them the sacrament
table. Usually it ends there, but we got a temple in our backyard and
so after we talked about the sacrament we went and walked around in
the temple grounds. That was an awesome experience. That whole lesson
was just awesome.
Wednesday morning we drove to the church for a funeral. It was a
member of the 2nd ward and I taught him a couple of times before he
died. This member is the third one to pass since I have been here! It
was super sad.. Anyways, after the funeral we had to go take the truck
in to get a flashing light checked out. It turned out to be nothing
serious so that was good. While we were there, we texted Trent and he
had to cancel on us so we tried to go see a couple of people when we
finished up with the truck. We had dinner and then drove into Gold
Hill to go out with Brother Vit*** and see one of his home teaching
families. It was a great visit! The husband usually doesn't treat
missionaries well but he stuck around and was cordial! We then booked
it back to Central Point for correlation.
Thursday morning found us at Sister Par***'s home helping out on her
property! While I was there, I got to talk to Sister Martin! I sure do
love that woman! We had a load of fun and we got a lot accomplished!
We cleaned up and had lunch before doing weekly planning. We then
contacted a few members before going back to Sister Pa***'s for dinner!
Sister Martin bought me a Texas shirt and a Texas flag! It was super
awesome! After we hit a couple of golf balls into Sister Par***'s lake
and we helped her get a canoe, we had a lesson with Samantha and Eric.
Although Eric's parents were not able to be there, we had a great
lesson with the two of them. We talked about the law of chastity and
it was easy for them to commit to live it. We then went over what
Samantha could expect for her baptism and what happens during a
baptismal service. When we finished the lesson, Samantha dumped all
their coffee and tea and I dumped out the Dr. Pepper that I had and
she committed not to drink tea or coffee and I committed not to drink
Dr. Pepper. It was great!
Friday morning I had the first district meeting of the new transfer
and it went really well. I used a baseball analogy about working with
members and then played a game about companionship unity! It was fun
stuff! After lunch I went on exchanges with Elder Burnett, one of the
zone leaders over in Jacksonville. We had a lot of fun together! He
was born and raised in Austin, Texas so we had a lot to talk about
haha! We went and tried a few potentials that lived in this trailer
park before heading out with a member to a lesson with a woman named
Annette. She is an interesting woman haha! There was a lot of
discussion so we were not able to go into depth about the Restoration
but she said she would get baptized if she knew it was true! We then
went and saw a recent convert and put her non-member husband on date!
The member dropped us off after our lesson with Mary and Dave and
Elder Burnett and I tracked for a couple of minutes before going to
dinner. After dinner, we headed over to the church to help out the
Spanish missionaries and Elder Burnett hit a bird haha! Luckily it
didn't leave any damage and we made it to the church in one piece. We
then tried to teach a young couple that lived in the trailer park we
visited earlier but we weren't able to really teach anything... The
baby threw up and a lot of other things happened but we were able to
say a prayer with them and set up the expectations for when future
missionaries come by.
Saturday we headed over to the church to help out the Jacksonville Ward set up for their ward party/auction. It was good that we were
down near the temple because I felt like I was able to be at Drew's
wedding in spirit! After we got tables and chairs set up, we headed
over to one of the zone leader's investigators for some service.
Stefano is a super cool guy! He had surgery sometime ago and needs
help every now and then with stuff around his home. The thing we
helped him out with was cleaning his cymbals (I think that's the right
kind of cymbal!) for his drum sets. It was super fun and then at the
end he did a cover of "What I've Done" by Linkin Park! It was pretty
awesome. We exchanged back shortly after and Elder Best and I went and
saw Adam. We had a good talk with him and shared a message with him
about how the worth of a soul in the Lord's eyes. When we got out of
Adam's house, we got a text from the zone leaders telling us to go
check our emails for instructions from the AP's. We drove over to the
church and helped out the Spanish Elders get ready for a baptism they
were having that afternoon while we waited for our email to come. The
email contained instructions for a special project we were supposed to
get done by 9 that night and so we were able to get it done before
driving over to Kevin's home to talk about the baptismal interview
questions. We are really hopefully that he will be able to get
baptized on Saturday! Keep praying for him and Samantha! After our
lesson with Kevin and dinner at a member's home, we drove into a Gold
Hill for a lesson with the Jankow*** family. It was a really good
lesson and we got Jeff to commit to come to church! We then had
correlation with Brother Vit*** to end the night.
Sunday we were at church all day and we had to sit impatiently during
both sets of meetings to be able to talk to our families!
Unfortunately we didn't have any investigators come to church due to
sickness or moving so that stunk. Elder Best skyped his family before
dinner and then after we visited with Samantha and Eric for a couple
of minutes we drove to a members home and I got to Skype my mom and
dad and the rest of the family! I miss y'all so much haha!
Thank you for all your prayers and your love. I know that the Book of
Mormon is the keystone of our religion and I know that Joseph Smith is
a prophet of God. I know that this Church is true! There is no doubt!
Love y'all and until next time!