We have had a pretty good week here. We had a good lesson with a investigator some Spanish elders found. They have been teaching her and we finally had a pass off lesson. She is super solid and has a baptism date set for April 25th. We were also able to talk to one of our other investigators who has his baptism date set for April 11th and that is good to go. Those are the most exciting things that have happened. We did have a little 18 month mark celebration with some other elders. One of them was elder Wilson my former companion in Belmont ridge, and Elder Karbach who I served with in Centreville. We played some games as well as some racquetball. I never realized how much I like racquetball until I played that night. This week I have tried to take it easy because my head still hurt from last p day. Hard to do as a missionary. Today we went to great falls. We got some super sweet pictures that I will send. Glad to know hat everything is going good at home. I do think about it more and more lately. I know that I have less than 6 months and it is starting to set in. Considering that the sisters that came out with me go home in 10 days so that makes it even worse. I will be getting a new area and a new companion on the 9th. At least there is about a 95% chance of that happening. You have asked me a couple times when my release date is. I believe that I will fly in on the 18th. That should be the Friday I come home. They did make this transfer a long transfer so It could be a week after as well. I'm not for sure on that. That's all for this week. Love you guys!
Monday, March 23, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Hello everyone. We have had a very slow week here. We weren't able to meet with any of our investigators so that was a major bummer. Something else that was quite disappointing was we had one of our investigators who had a baptismal date set for this upcoming Saturday not show up to church so we had to cancel that. She is 10 and her little sister is 8 so they were both going to be baptized this weekend. We have been trying to meet with them for the past month but we haven't been able to. We were in our apartment Saturday night around 7 and I decided we needed to knock on their door. So we got on the bikes and rode the 3 miles to their house. We were able to talk to the girls but not the mom. Every time we go over she won't come talk to us face to face she tells her girls what to say. They told us that we can talk tomorrow (Sunday) because they were going to come to church. We didn't bring up anything about the baptism, but the older girl Angie looked at us and said that its almost the 21st. We told her that's why we wanted to come and talk to them. We could tell that she was heart broken. We just said talk to your mom about it and we will see what we can do. Their mom has been less active for a while. Both of the parents were members, but they had their dad pass away back in November. The only thing holding them back is the mom. She wanted to have them baptized, so we aren't sure what the hold up is now. Another real downer that happened is that we were in ward council Sunday morning talking about it. Bishop said that he was in contact with her a lot this week and on Saturday he got a text from her saying she was really frustrated because the elders knocked on her door with out telling her first. So first of all my heart just sank. But he also said that she told him she would be coming. We were at least excited that they would be coming. Then 3rd hour hits. We get out of gospel principles and went over to bishop and he told us she didn't come. That was the deciding factor between the 21st or not. The high priest group leader came over and I guess I was looking pretty down because he put his arm around me and said we are still doing good things and not to get discouraged. I'm a little disappointed with the whole situation, but what do you do. Now less depressing things. On Friday we traveled to centreville and picked up our new iPads. They are nice....I guess. 32 gigabytes and increased power. I get to use it for school and other stuff so that will be good. We have a couple appointments tonight that are going to be really good. I'm definitely excited to hit 18 months, but it will be super weird to send home the sisters that came out with me. Just another step towards the end. Time really does fly by. Sometimes more than others. It's also weird to go to activities and your on the older side of things. Well that's the report. We just got done playing football and ultimate frisbee. I may have got a mild concussion. A term field isn't as soft as you might think. I guess we will see. Thanks for all you do. I know that's not a real detailed email but that's all that happened. Love you guys!
Monday, March 9, 2015
This week has been pretty good. We had some pretty good lessons with our investigators. Our investigator Jon cam to church yesterday with his less active girlfriend. We were really glad that they can. We have been trying to get them there for a while now. We also taught Ryan. He is one of the 9 year old's that we are teaching. We were able to teach the last lesson that we formally have to teach. The plan was to have his baptism on April 11th but we will see how that goes. Other than that not much has happened. We live pretty routine lives so there is only so much that can change week to week. This upcoming Friday we are switching ipads. I guess there much better than the ones that we have currently. We have a bunch of meetings this week. Today we are going to go over near my old area and play some football with that zone. It's finally starting to warm up a bit so we can start to do outside things. Our original plan was that we were going to go to D.C. but then things just didn't quite work out so we are going to try for next week. I was thinking about this not to long ago, but I only have 6 months left. It's pretty weird to think back about the time I have been out here. I can't decide if I will have 1 or 2 more areas. I will more than likely know at the end of this transfer depending on what happens. Sorry that this letter isn't that great. I'll try to write more next week! Love you guys!
Monday, March 2, 2015
Hello! We have had a good week here. I guess that every week is Good as a missionary. It hasn't been the most productive of weeks, but some are better than others. On Tuesday we were trying to meet some more of the members in the ward. We knocked on a door and the husband wasn't home so we couldn't go in. We decided just to make use of it while we were there so we knocked their next door neighbors house. We were able to talk a little bit and she said that we could come back. It seems like finding in this area is really difficult, so we were glad to see something come from that. Wednesday we had dinner with part member family. We originally planned on dinner at 5:30 but we didn't end up eating till about 6:15 because the members husband had to work a little late. We then walked to our next appointment. It wasn't really a set appointment, more along the lines of they said that's when we can come over so we reserved that space for us. We weren't able to teach them since the husband was traveling for work. Thursday we had a meeting with a less active member set up at 8. We ended up doing a mini exchange with the Spanish elders so Elder Rogers and Elder Gosain taught them and Elder Benson and I went to another less actives house. Both people we were able to get into so that was good. The less active that they went to was a part member as well. The dad went on a mission but went less active shortly after. He married a non member and when they were there the son came in and was really interested so they were able to teach the restoration. Friday we were sick for most of the day. We just moved some more little stuff from our apartment to our new one. Saturday we were also sick so those days weren't anything special. Sunday we had church. We were one of the few wards that didn't get cancelled because of freezing rain. We did some weekly planning after we got home. We had dinner with the Hopkins family. They are super sweet. We started a car share this week so we didn't have he car all week. It honestly felt pretty good to walk and not have to worry about a car. Lucky for us today is the day we get it back. We moved into our new apartment this week so that's what we were doing during the days this last week. We have mostly everything moved over. Just a bunch of little stuff now. I guess that's how it goes with every move though. All of the big stuff is easy, them come the little that there seems to be an endless supply. Today we are going to go play basketball some where. Seems like we haven't done that in a while so that's our plan. We are still working with a good handful of people. We have 1 lesson tonight, and 3 lessons on Wednesday set up so this is going to be a good week. We are going to try to find some more this week. That has been our biggest struggle. That makes me really sad to hear about lizzy. She was a good dog and will be remembered. I hope that grandma recovers fast. Glad to hear that you guys are recovering from all of the sickness that has been over there. Hopefully everything continues to get better. Glad to know the business is going good. I was thinking maybe I'll be able to help out when I get home. I guess we will see. Thanks for your support! Love you guys!