Monday, September 21, 2015

Springfield - Week 60

Another long week but it's been a blast. 
6/29 - 7/5

Monday 6/29:  This morning we played Racquetball with President Lowary and Brother Hiner.  I did a lot better this week.  It's so much fun because it gets super intense on that small little court.  The rest of the day we just chilled at the church and played some basketball.  I kept hitting these crazy game winning shots.  Clutch shots!  Tonight was super good.  We had dinner with the westover family.  House full of girls. I feel bad for that dad haha.  Tonight we taught C. and her family.  When we first got there she was fighting with her 14 year old daughter. The message of the Gospel made everything better.  We also taught J.  We finally caught him at home and taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He said he likes meeting with us, he likes coming to church, and he wants to get more serious about this.  So we put him on date for July 25th.  We are super stoked for him.  He's a good guy but just needs a lot of guidance.

Tuesday 6/30:  I was dead tired today and really not looking forward to the day. Today we did a lot of finding and knocking on doors.  We tracted a whole street and not one person was interested.  We taught A. about the Eternal Perspective on things and showed a general conference talk. He asked us if he broke a commandment if he could be forgiven.  We taught him about the Atonement and until now it hasn't clicked to him.  His eyes just got super wide and you could just see the light of Christ working within him.  It's awesome to see people learn about the Atonement.  Tonight I went out with Gregorio Salgado and he's such a funny little dude.  We saw U. tonight and taught him about the Plan of Salvation.  He's 17 and recently came from Mexico.  I still can't figure out if he's interested or not.  He is coming to church on Sunday which is sweet.

Wednesday 7/1:  Super long day today.  We got a lot done.  We did a lot of knocking on doors.  We had a ton of success though.  We talked to a guy named Bernardo, we also taught a guy named W, as well as O.  It's funny because a lot of our investigators are 18 to 22 in age.  Finding those three guys were miracles.  The Lord prepares the hearts of man, we just need to find them.  We talked to a guy named Fuzzy.  He in his 90's and the walls inside his house are covered in puzzles.  He also has a lot of cool collectables.  We also had a really good lesson with Jonathan today about the Restoration.  He's always high so it doesn't help when we teach him.  Next lesson... Word of Wisdom haha.  Tonight Elder Johanson and I went and saw D and L.  We had a really good talk with them and D said he'd get baptized if he learns more. 

Thursday 7/2:  This morning we helped Elder Christensen unload a bunch of stuff from Apartments that have been closed.  Today was HOT!  We taught A at Hermano Delunas about Tithing and Temples and he thought that was awesome.  We also finally got in contact with the R family.  They are pretty open to listening to us which is awesome.  Tonight we taught J.  So we came to the conclusion that he isn't very smart so we had to slow down and teach really basic stuff.  We are hoping to see him at church this week.

Friday 7/3:  This morning we went and helped someone move at 6:30 in the morning. They are the Olson family and they are probably the only normal family in this Ward.  They are returning from less activity and are planning on going through the Temple soon.  The reason they finally came back is because of their great home teachers always visiting them for many years.  Home teaching is super important!  They said they are extremely grateful their home teachers never gave up on them.  So today Elder Campbell came on exchanges with Elder Johanson and I. Elder Campbell is from Utah of course and loves MMA.  His mom is from Peru but he never learned Spanish which is a bummer.  We also saw Rick today.  He now lives right down the street from us.  His new place is sweet and he is doing super good.  So I'm finally learning that I just need to open my mouth and talk to people.  This week we have talked to people I would of never thought to be interested but just because we opened out mouths they wanted to learn more.  We just invite and they have the decisions to accept or reject.  For dinner tonight we went to 5 Guys.  It was pretty good but for the price I would never go again.  We talked to A. who is less active.  They had a dumb dog who bit my sleeve and ripped it.  I hate stupid dogs.  I wish I could just drop kick them across the yard.  Tonight we went to meet another G family.  Their names were C and W. He is from Guatemala and he was telling us that Guatemala and USA were playing.  USA smacked Guatemala!  

Saturday 7/4:  We could not sleep last night to save our lives.  It was so HOT and wouldn't cool down.  We went to a 4th of July breakfast this morning at the church.  They had the color guard out the Flag up and we sang some songs.  The breakfast was bomb!  I ate a pancake that was the size of a basketball haha.  The guys there hooked me up!  Today just didn't feel like 4th of July.  No one had a party so we just tried to teach people all day and then ate dinner at the Jacobsons.  He's a cool old guy.  His son went to San Juan high school and long time ago.  So he knew where Citrus Heights and Del Campo were.  We got home at 7:30 tonight and just chilled the rest of the night.  Holidays just aren't the same on the mish.

Sunday 7/5:  Today was awesome!  We had 7 investigators at church!  The G kids, J and D, A, J, and R all came to church!  It was a party!  Elder Allen and I bore our testimony in Spanish and some old guys in the ward got butt hurt and said this is America and we need to speak English.  I wanted to knock them out.  It doesn't matter what race we are, what language we speak, we are all children of God and God doesn't care about any of that stuff.  This country was built on Immigrants anyway.  Dumb people!  The rest of the day we visited a lot of less actives that need to get their priorities straight and come to church.  

This week I was reading a lot about Job.  He had everything taken away from him but he kept solid in his faith and endured to the end.  He said...

21 Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord: (Job 1)

17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: (Job 5)

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13)

If everything is going good in life then that means God has given up on us and doesn't want us to continue to grow.  When we have trials and challenges in our lives then that means God loves us and wants us to be the best we can be.

We should always trust in God and appreciate all that we have and if things go bad then we need to go hard and push through.

I love you!

Les amo,
Elder Perrine



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