Sept. 1, 2014
This was a dang good week. We have lost a ton of investigators lately, 6 to be exact; Brian and Aaron both left for school, Marta broke our hearts and dropped us a little while ago, we dropped Clifford since he just wanted to Bible Bash with us, Nick G. moved to Saginasty and we baptized Helen Liu. But that didn't stop us from doing work!
Last Monday we played frisbee golf, basketball and e-mailed. Nothing fancy. Then we met with Blake, and didn't really do that much. The Lego Movie was on the whole time so it was hard to stay focused.
Tuesday was also a good day. We did some personal contacting down at the Tridge then we got to do service at Dennis's house with the Midland 1st ward elders. Elder Hess and I were using shovels and tearing all the old shingles off the roof. We were covered in sweat and I had two gnarly blisters from it, but it was super fun. Service is the best. :) After that we got back into our pross clothes and got back to work. We tried to contact some potentials and ended up at the Tridge the rest of the night.
Wednesday was a sweet day!!! We had Zone Conference which was sweet but in the morning we had a sweet soccer game. The zone leaders made a bunch of phone calls and we had 13 missionaries at our little soccer field at Grove Park. It was so much fun! Then zone conference was really sweet. They talked about planning and studying which was really good, especially the studying part because it is so important to be good at studying because it allows you to become more converted to the Gospel so you can help others also come to where you're at. President Jacobsen uses a ton of football analogies when he talks to us, I love it. He showed the clip from Remember the Titans where they run to Gettysburg, it was really cool, and I love that movie, so it was a bonus. :) After zone conference we went and helped Heather H., Nick G.'s Mom, move. They are going to Saginaw (Saginasty). So it was the last time we got to see Nick, which I'm pretty sad about. I liked talking with him a lot! After that we had dinner at Brother Smith's. He's in the bishopric and they are a super cool family. Then we taught Curt & Patty and also Bonnie. We talked about Prayer with them and used Matthew 7:7-11. We used this scripture a lot this week. I really like how in verse 8 it shows a progression, that is when we ask for something we will receive an answer but then we need to seek or work on the answer we get and we will find what we're looking for. I love the Cormiers, and Bonnie is also opening up to us a little more, which is really great to see. :)
Thursday was the day we got our new bench! :) I also learned today how much I love studying the scriptures! I just start studying and then go to a scripture and I get stuck. I love learning more from them and just applying things to me and to my investigators. I almost want to lock myself in my apartment for a month and just study! :) Then during studies we got a call from a guy who was selling a bench at a yard sale and he asked us if we wanted it. So we got it from him for $40! Then we walked over there, and carried the thing about a mile back to our apartment We looked ridiculous and got a ton of funny looks. :) Then we went to the Tridge for a little and then taught Ben. We read the story of the Brother of Jared with him (Ether chap 2&3) and related it to him and how if he can have faith, he can do anything with the Lord's help. We committed him to pray whenever he felt the urge to smoke. Then we knocked doors before we went to the Gudmundson's for dinner. After dinner we tried to visit a few potentials, one wasn't home and the other didn't want to see us, he was a less-active. Then we went to the Tridge and met a guy named Darrell. He was a little crazy and kept telling us that he was a lost cause. But of course nobody is, so we talked with him for a while. He was rolling his own cigarette right in front of us and said that he was going to read from the Book of Mormon and to have us call him. Then we met a couple who were also missionaries for their church. Turns out that this guy was The Fountain of all Knowledge and Truth because he enlightened my mind and told us that we weren't Christian because we don't believe in the Trinity. He had all kinds of pride. Elder Hess was pretty mad about it but I made a joke about the guy having a stick where the sun don't shine and we just laughed it off. :) Then we met a couple of really cool guys and went home happy. :)
Friday was also a great day. After studies, we went to the Tridge, had lunch and then went and taught Joe. We taught him Matt 7:7-11, but he kept on rambling and it was hard to teach him. After that, we tried to visit a referral we had, but they weren't interested. So we knocked for a little bit and then went to the Marcou's. I love Jon and Jan Marcou! They fed us steak and potatoes. It was a huge and delicious steak! Then we talked with them about Matt. 7:7-11 and just had a great discussion about all kinds of topics. I got lucky because they had their TV on and of course, the BYU game was on! But I was sitting with my back to the TV, thank goodness, or I would have been useless. :) Then we finished up at the Tridge again. We were again told we weren't Christian which was pretty annoying, but who cares.
Saturday was also a great day. We finally got to do legs day, which was sweet. We did squats which was sweet then we did our personal study and went to help Curt and Patty move. They are just moving to a smaller apartment in the same little court so we won't lose them. :) It was fun and it was raining on and off, so that was also pretty fun. Then we went and taught Helen Liu. She made us lunch. She is such a sweetheart. She told us about how happy she was to be baptized and how thankful she was that we helped her. She also told us to not give up on Gordon because she really wants him to be baptized. She is the best. :) Then we finally got around to comp study. Then we saw David Clark. We showed him the "Because of Him" video that is on mormon.org. It is such a great video. I would recommend that everybody watch it! Then we went back to see Curt and Patty to make sure they are doing okay. Curt made us play a guessing game with him. He asked "In the Lord's Gym what is the sweat?" After like 45 min of guessing, he told us that it was Dross. That word is used like 5 times in the scriptures, it was ridiculous. hah. Then we finished the day at the Tridge. We met a really nice girl and had a great conversation with her. She went from being not interested to taking a copy of the Book of Mormon and saying she will read it. :)
Sunday was also a good day. I studied Alma 32:13-16. It talks about how when we humble ourselves we are more blessed than when we are compelled to be humble. At church Sister Glenn brought a girl named Tilah Parker to Gospel Principles since she home teaches her, turns out that she is Jabari Parker's older sister! Then after class we had a quick correlation meeting and Sister Henson told Elder Hess and I how thankful she is to have us in the ward and the change she has seen in us. It was really cool and made us feel like all-stars. :) After church we pounded like 5 choir cookies. Sister Pierce in our ward makes like 100 cookies every week for those who come to choir, but since we are missionaries, we still get them. :) Then we changed and knocked doors and tried to contact some people. After that we went Home teaching with Bro. Lindauer. We met with the Pierce's, who gave us even more cookies and then with Andrew, who is a less active. I shared Matthew 11:29 with him, about yoking ourselves with Christ. Then we had dinner at the Kruegers and during our church media study, the other Elders came and picked us up and took us to the church to get our gold mine map that we had left during zone conference. They made us do a scavenger hunt since they had hidden it. hah.
Today has been awesome. We woke up at 5:00 and hurried and did grocery shopping, then we went and played soccer at the Midland High field from 7-10. It was a blast. I had so much fun.
This week I had a ton of fun. I love being a missionary, it's the best! :) I love the gospel so much and the joy that it brings to my life and to the lives of others. I would like to challenge all of you to try to turn your scripture reading into scripture studying, as you study and ponder on what you are reading, you will be able to find something that is applicable to your own personal situation and I promise that it will bless you. I love you all so much!
|Elder Hess, Nick and me|
|Elder Hess with our sweet new bench|
|A Michigan sunset|
|Sunset at the Tridge|