Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving was really great. We had two dinners and a nap. We had so much pumpkin pie it was crazy! We also tried pumpkin spice egg nog. It was pretty awesome. It was gone really fast.
Cheryl is having a lot of trouble quitting smoking. she's getting pretty discouraged... We're working with her though. 
There's an Olive Garden somewhere... If i can't use it in this area I'll use it in my next one i guess. 
We had a sweet miracle this past week. Elder Davis was at Leadership Training Meeting so I was in my area with Elder Lopez. We did some tracting and knocked on this door. A guy opens and says, "Come on in Elders!" Usually this means they're just a member that won't give us referrals because they say they don't know anyone, but we get inside and his wife is running around crazy getting ready for their daughter's birthday party pretty soon. We get to talking and he says he's an inactive member that wants to come back to church. I give him the address and time for church and he gets excited to go. Then he points at his wife and 9 year old son and says they need to be baptized. We don't stay long cuz of the crazy party stressfullness so we set up a return visit. Me and Elder Davis go and eat awesome burgers at their house and start talking about church and stuff. Then the wife asked my favorite question ever. "What do I have to do to be baptized?" We talked about the interview questions right there and they both committed to baptism. They are the Brown family Tim and Tanna are the parents and the kids are Xavier, Phoenix, and Aurora. They are so awesome!
It's not getting cold quite yet. I think the weather is just being nice and waiting for my sweater to come.
Well that's about all the really cool stuff oh except this last thing. We had a contest on Thanksgiving and you'd get points for doing certain things. Our zone won so we got to have morning study and breakfast at the mission home. I'm not sure which house it is but I saw Thomas S. Monson's house. They live like across the street or yard or something from each other so I looked at all the houses I could to guarantee I saw it. 
Well that's it for this week. I love you all so much.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cheryl is not baptized yet. She's having some troubles quitting smoking but she's made great progress. I know both her and her daughter will get baptized. It'll be so exciting. 
It's not hard to stay warm... yet....
Oh yeah, in case you couldn't tell I'm doing email today lol.
I don't really have much to say since last week. Transfers happened so the district is changed up a bit. Elder Fore is in my district. That's pretty cool. Elder Davis was surprised that someone in our district used to be in my seminary class. 
I'm just having a ton of fun out here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Here's your answers: 
 How is Cheryl coming along?
She's doing well. She is having kind of a hard time stopping smoking but she's going to and it'll be great! If she doesn't smoke at all then she'll be baptized this Saturday!
 Are you working hard?  
How is the family that you were teaching doing?
The family that I was teaching.... I don't know who that is. Most of our investigators are doing well though. 
 How are you doing on your budget?

I got my box. I loved it! Those weird water tube things actually came in handy. I gave one to Sheryl so she'd have something to do with her hands. Thanks for the help! I ate most of the food in it already. There's still  the Goldfish left. I liked the box. Brooke's picture of Jack looked awesome. I'm glad it finally got to me. The cd's are great! I love the Carol of the Bells! It's the most rockin MOTAB song i've heard. Also the david archuletta angels we have heard on high song is super great! it had like a million key changes and goes back to the original key. It blew mine and Elder Davis' mind! Oh and Track 13 on that cd is just a guy with a funny accent talking for 15 minutes. I couldn't stop laughing when it first came on.  You know we go to three sacraments a week to try and get to as many wards as possible? It's crazy!

We had a very long day saturday. We had so many things planned but they all fell through cuz of sickness and arguments with ex's and all sorts of dumb stuff. It was just like last saturday except this Sunday wasn't a miracle day like last week. More things fell through, hardly anyone went to Stake Conferece (Lynn G. Robins of the 70 was there. He was super awesome) and then out Temple Square appointment with our Arabic speaking Investigator fell through cuz he wouldn't get out of the car and we don't know why. When we called Temple Square the sister who answered was no help. They have an Arabic speaker and wouldnb't put her on the phone cuz of "rules" or something. I know the Temple Square Mission Pres. would be fine if she talked iof it meant a baptism. Anyway we think he's mad at us now but we can't tell cuz he speaks Arabic. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fred isn't really progessing that fast. We're going to his house for dinner Thursday. He's making us jambalaya so I'm pretty excited for that. 
I ran into Sister Giles who served in Orlando. Remember her? It was so cool to run into her!
Cheryl is doing awesome! She bore her testimony yesterday she said, "I'm not a member... yet... I'm working on it" I'm so happy.
We are also teaching a Bosnian family. They say a lot of funny things cuz the mom hardly speaks English. We're trying our best. We pick out some words but we don't know what she's talking about. She says stuff like, "Big kid bite wrist bite arm bite shoulder don't good. He no bite, he big friend. Parents. Bosnia, America bomb don't good, kill bad men kill bad babies, don't good. Kids sometimes help sometimes don't, sometimes eat sleep, no dishes laundry cook clean don't good."
We don't know what she's talking about but they're great.
ok. Saturday was the worst day of my mission yet. we had so many cool plans. We were gonna take the Bosnians to Temple Square. We were gonna be double booked at 2:00 for lessons we had so many cool lessons planned. Everything but one lesson fell through. We were just trying to talk to people and everything fell through. It was the worst.....
And then yesterday happened. Best day of my mission! We were so far behind since the day before was shot. We had a lot to do. We set our goals high to achieve our weekly goals. We knew those were the numbers the Lord wanted us to get so we tried our best. We had 2 investigators say they'd come to church. we had 5. We didn't even know the 3 others until yesterday! It was a great day. We were able to achieve the the Dry Standard of Excellence. The Standard of Excellence is 1 baptism, 3 On date for baptism, 5 at church, 8 lessons with a member present, and 3 new investigators in one week. The Dry Standard of Excellence is all that just without the baptism. We were so excited when all these miracles came together. We had to put one more person on date. One of the Bishop's in the Stake introduces us to Hannah. She came to church and set up an appointment for that night. We went and asked her to be baptized on Dec 3 and she said yes! I'm so excited for it! Miracles happened yesterday my faith grew so much.
 Man I love being on a mission.
I went to the Salt Lake Temple this morning. We go like every 6 weeks so it was my first time going. It was really cool! I mean it's the same thing you just go to different rooms sometimes. I think I like Orlando better though. The grounds look better :) The live session just doesn't have as good of acting and there's no costumes. It's still great though
We had snow. yay...... It looks nice but Elder Davis always makes it fall off the branches and hit me. then when i try to get him it still falls on me. I guess I just don't have very much experience with snow. It's great though. 
Let's see what else is there........ We got moved to the library from the Family history center for emails. That's ok though. I just have to remember to bring my camera. I really don't have time to take pictures but if i see anything super cool i'll take a picture.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fred's doing well. he offered to feed us Thanksgiving. I'm so excited for some soul food.
We have a ton of investigators. I can't mention them all it would take forever :)
Here's some of my favorites. Sheryl came to church yesterday. She is married to a trucker and while she was on the trip with him she read the whole Book of Mormon. She's so ready to be baptized! Then there's Desiree. She moved here recently from upstate New York. She was on date but missed church so we had to move her back a week or 2. She's cool though. 
We've had to drop a few investigators. They dodge our appointments. Why don't they just tell us we don't want you to come? That would save so much time!
Today i went to a sub shop that was on Food Network: Moochies. It was the best sandwich I've ever had! I'm still full! I'll be full for at least another 15 minutes too lol.
This morning my companion gave me a workout sheet called the Ab Ripper. OUCH! I'm sore lol. 
Today is an all day p-day i'm so excited! For the first time on my mission it feels like a true break time. Oh except we have a ton to do. Shop, e-mail, umm eat, and play sports. Even a lazy day is a busy day.
Well I think that's all for this week. Oh yeah! This was a miracle week. We added 9 investigators! My faith grew so much. I'm so excited to baptize them all!