Friday, December 19, 2014
Medford - Week 29
Monday our Pday was cut short because we are going to the Temple this Thursday. Super lame because it ended at 2 so it wasn't much of a Pday to relax. I got my Thanksgiving cards from Pearl. She's awesome. How come she is in charge of that or does she just like to do it? It's nice to receive cards that everyone writes on. Good to hear from peeps back home. So Pday ended pretty quick so we had to get back to work. Went down to Talent and did a lot of finding and talking to people there. Lots of mobile home parks full of Hispanics. Had dinner at the Clanton home. He's super good at cooking. He wants to have his own restaurant but he doesn't have the money to open one. Later that night we talked to a guy named P. so actually went online and asked for missionaries to come to his house. So we got the referral and went over. He has a super strong faith and already knows a lot of our doctrine. Has lots of questions which is perfect because it's easier to teach someone who wants to learn. Super cool experience. It's going to be good teaching him. Times like those really get you thinking. Lots of questions for me to study now. (Awesome!)
Tuesday was a very productive day. This morning we went to the Armory here in Medford. Huge building and lots of military stuff. Really cool. But they are having a Festival of Trees. It's a huge
fundraiser for the Hospital here. They auction off Christmas trees for $8,000 to $15,000. I wish I had that kind of money! It was fun being able to help set up for it all. Lots of members were there and
a ton of non members. People always ask us if we are going to school, so then we have to tell them we are missionaries and all that good stuff. It actually felt like Christmas time helping out there though.
No one around here has any Christmas lights up. It's pretty sad. We also had lunch with Nadine who just got back from Roseville visiting family. She's super awesome. Then we did a lot of finding today.
Talked to a couple people who knew members, which was a small miracle so we were able to talk to them about the church and they wanted to learn more which is totally awesome. It's so much easier talking to people who already know members because they already know stuff about the church. Had dinner with the Baleros. Stopped by F. and Ds. They are continuing to progress towards baptism. They were talking to us about it and everything. Sounds like they are excited. Super awesome! Also had a good lesson with J. We taught him more about the Priesthood and what it means to have it. He's excited to receive it. Great day today.
Wednesday we went to St. Vinnys in the morning. It's always fun with Nadine around. Those pics we took were awesome. Look like a bunch of models hahaha. (Humble once again. lol) The apartment we are staying in is a newer apartment and doesn't have anything on the walls. We were sick of the boring walls so we took a bunch of Liahonas and cut tons of pics out of them and stuck them all over the apartment. It looks a lot better now haha. Today we also did a lot of driving around and talking to people. We drove up to White city today. (That is actually the name of the town. Ha! I asked becuase I thought he was just making an off hand remark that everyone there was white. :) We had dinner at a subway (used one of the gift cards woooo) (One of his birthday gifts). There were some Hispanics there talking and just having a conversation thinking that nobody could understand them because we were white, little did they know we spoke Spanish. We didn't say anything but it's just funny listening to Hispanics conversations that they have because they think they are in secret. They like to trash talk haha. There are lots of trailer parks full of Hispanics in white city as well so we were just knocking down the doors and talking to people. We talked to this one crazy lady and asked her if she has faith in Jesus Christ, she said "of course I do! I'm married to Jesus Christ and I have the documents to prove it".
She was a nut job hahaha. She even said her cat is a disciple of Jesus Christ. (Yikes!) Also knocked on this one referral we had and we saw him peeping through his peep hole because the door was part glass haha, so Elder Allen waved to him through the door and he answered it. He yelled he was catholic and didn't want to talk to us, so I said cleverly, "not even about Jesus Christ?", then he just slammed the door and started looking at us through his peep hole again. That guy was crazy so we just walked away laughing haha. Tracting is only fun because of all the funny stories you get out of it. We also taught a part member family named the Solorios. Older couple. He is a member and she isn't. Their little grand kids were there so we shared a message with them. They were just full of energy and all over the place haha. One of the little kids who was about 7 or 8 was super smart. Little genius. It was a packed day full of adventure.
Thursday we went to the temple which was AWESOME! The temple is always a great experience and gives you a spiritual boost. We took some sweet pics as well. I love pictures haha. The rest of the day we did a lot of walking and talking haha. We taught a less active family, the C's the restoration. It went really well. The husband isn't a member and I think he is starting to open up to us. We also scarred a seminary teacher tonight while we were at the church. It was all dark and we were just walking in the hallway about to leave when he came out of a room. He looked like he had a heart
attack haha. I guess we are scary guys. :)
Friday we had an awesome Zone Training Meeting. We talked a lot about goals and the importance of Goals. We have to have Goals not just in the mission for teaching people but it's also a good thing for the rest of our life to always be making goals because they help stretch you further and help push yourself. We also had 3 invitations from President Russell:
1) Step into the deep (Matthew 14:26-31)
2) Give all that we can (Mark 6:32-44)
3) Leave neutral ground, both feet in (Matthew 16:13-19)
Always since it is Christmas time it's a time to remember our Savior Jesus Christ so the Church made that video, "He is The Gift". It's a powerful video to show people. We also have new pass along cards made for He is The Gift. The church is really trying to make this a huge thing. It's all over Facebook and it's going to be on the front page of YouTube, it's all over New York on those big TVs on the buildings. They are making this thing huge to try to get people to remember the real meaning of Christmas, The Birth Of Christ. They also gave us those new cards during Zone Training meeting and have us 15 minutes to go into them neighborhood and pass them out and talk to the people. It was super awesome because we were all pumped up already so we just went ham and have them to a ton of people. The neighborhood probably thought we were invading the place because there were about 25
missionaries just walking around the streets haha. It was awesome. We talked to this one lady who seemed nice but she had a crazy daughter in the background yelling at us saying we suck and that she
hates Mormons. We just told her that wasn't very Christlike and just talked to the mom. We always just laugh at people like that because they are just don't know the real purpose of life. It's sad to see people just throwing their life away because they are all children of God and have so much potential but they just don't care and don't understand. But we are to find those elect people and the rest will get theirs in the next life. The rest of the day we just talked to a ton of people and handed out a million of those He is The Gift cards. We also talked to this old guy named Victo who is from Italy. It was super cool talking to him and hearing some of his stories. Really nice guy. We meet people from all over the world here. I love meeting new people!
Saturday we went to St. Vinnys to work in the Thrift shop in the later morning. We helped put together a ton of Christmas Trees which was super fun because it felt like Christmas time. Nobody here has like
any lights up. It's pretty sad. But we found this one tree and wasn't too bad but wasn't super nice so we asked how much they wanted for it and they said $9 so we grabbed it to buy it. It's a 6.5 foot tree. It's pretty decent and we bought four strands of lights and since we are volunteers they hooked us up so we got the tree and lights for only $6 dollars! Score!!! (Yah!!) We have it up in our apartment now. It really feels like Christmas here now. I love Christmas time with the music and lights! We taught F. and D. and their kids today. It was a really good lesson. Taught them about Prophets and the Word of Wisdom. We are going to switch out their coffee for Hot Chocolate haha. We also had to push their baptism date to January 3rd because we need more time to teach them. We felt bad because F. is so ready to get baptized. They are a super awesome family. We had dinner with the Torres family and she forgot... Oops haha. We felt bad that she forgot but she went to Carls Jr and got us some good food
which was awesome. Hermano Torres is a super awesome guy. Reminds me a lot of you Dad haha. We were also doing some tracting in this Trailer Park and knocked on two less actives houses. It was crazy haha. They just invited us in and we were like, oh boy... What now... But they were members so it was cool. Met Brother Hoops and Sister Clark. Both super nice people they need to go back to church. They are white so they can't come to our church though haha. Then at night we were able to come back to our apartment and turn on the Christmas lights and it reminded me a lot like back home with the Christmas tree. (Awww.)
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting of course. Church was great today. Since I've been studying a lot about Christ's life and the Apostles as well, I bore my testimony on them and how it's important to
focus on the true meaning of Christmas. J. also got the Aaronic Priesthood today which was super exciting. He is really progressing and is a great guy. We had dinner today with the Rojas family like always. We ate dinner and watched the Christmas Devotional with them. Bomb dinner with a Bomb Devotional was pretty awesome haha. So I guess THE RAIDERS BEAT THE 49ERS!!! Thats pretty funny since the raiders suck, which means the 49ers suck even more. I beat Jeff and Jacob were crying. There was a member today at church giving me a hard time about the game because he's a 49er fan. I can't wait to see him next hahahaha. We stopped by a family that we just found the other day because they told us to come back a better time so we did but just as we knocked we saw the father on the couch hurry and get up and told his kids to hid. We could watch the whole thing through the window haha. We were like really... We can see you guys trying to hid... Toooooo funny! I love it! (Oh no! That is too funny. I feel bad for the Elders though) We also taught a newer family, called the Valencia and they have family in Morelia, Michoacan which was pretty cool. They said its beautiful there. I can't wait to visit Mexico after the mission.
This week I have been reading a lot in the New Testament about the Life of Jesus Christ because it's Christmas time and also President Russell told us it was a good idea. I have really grown closer to our
Savior this week reading about his life stories and what he taught. It is just so powerful. I want to invite you to read in the New Testament. Matthew is a good place to start. I know you will grow in
your testimony by doing so. It's an amazing feeling learning more of our brother Jesus Christ.
24 ¶Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7)
Let us be like the wise man and build our house upon a rock which rock is our Savior Jesus Christ which is a sure foundation and our house shall never fall.
Love you guys!!!
His letters are so long and packed full of great experiences. Love it!!!