Well I found out that I will be getting transferred! I only spent one
transfer in Terryville this time around, but it was a good little pit
stop. I learned a lot, and saw some pretty amazing miracles. I am
excited for this next part of my mission!
This last week we were visiting a potential investigator and we saw a
dog chained up in the yard. The investigator lived in the back, and so
the dog was guarding our path. He was not a very nice dog so we knew
we had to be careful. I was secretly excited because I haven’t really
had a dog story yet on my mission. Anyways! We devised a plan (by that
I mean I had an idea and kinda just went for it hoping Elder Galloni
would catch on). He did. We had to find out how long the chain was,
and then pray it didn’t break. I took off running in one direction
along a fence into the corner. Luckily the corner was too far away for
the dog. By the time I was in the corner, Elder Galloni was running on
the other side. The dog kept running back and forth between us until
we eventually got to the backyard. Luckily it wasn’t the smartest dog
I have ever met!!
Oh and we played Bocce Ball with a member this week, and I beat Elder
Galloni. I don’t think the Italian was happy to be beat at his own
game. 😉 Haha it was luck though, because he is normally a lot better.
We helped the Binetti family with some service! Man I love them. I am
actually really happy to see them move to Utah. The ward is distraught
over them leaving, because they all love them. It will be good for
that family though. I will get to see them more often now!
Want to hear something crazy? A recent convert had a prompting that
she should take us and introduce us to her non-member brother! Wow,
alright. We are always up for that. Anyways after knocking on the door
he opened it and…. he didn’t recognize her!!!! They hadn’t seen each
other for over 24 years…!!!! I guess it all started because of pride
and a fight in the family. That was sad.
Anyways, we had a great time at the Bishop’s house yesterday! He had
us over for dinner. His son wanted to play “suicide chess” with me.
The point of the game is to lose all of your pieces before your
opponent. If you have the chance to take your opponents piece, you are
forced to. Turns out I am a pro at “suicide chess”! I guess I have had
too much experience of losing all of my pieces quickly. 🙂 After the
game Bishop asked everyone what they had learned from me. His wife’s
comment struck me, “I learned that the mission can turn a boy into a
man”. We had a good laugh at that because I realized how much of a boy
I really was. I don’t consider myself this amazing man or anything,
but I do have a testimony that the Doctrine of Christ can change us. I
am grateful for that… or else I would be a boy forever!!
Come what may, and Love it!
Well I almost crashed the car this week.. We were driving down the
road and I felt something crawling on my neck. So naturally I freaked
out inside and swatted at whatever was crawling on me. I look at the
windshield and see a spider! Don’t ask me how it got there… I was
focused on that spider to make sure Elder Galloni killed it. While I
was focusing on the seemingly immediate threat, I missed the real
danger. Ha! I looked up just in time to swerve out of the way of a
truck that was heading our way 🙂 Nice eh? Moral of the story… don’t
get caught up on the little things. There you go.
I was reminded of some (not so) great memories this past week! A
member needed help taking down their trampoline. I have not missed
that grueling project, I will tell you that much! Some of those
springs got the best of us, but we were glad to help out.
We had a really cool experience this week! President Calderwood came
to town! He came to interview one of our investigators for baptism,
and while he was here he spent some extra time with us. He took the
district out to lunch and knocked some doors with us. It was funny
because I was telling him, “Knocking doors isn’t the most effective
thing so we don’t do it very often, but we wanted to do it with you”.
The first door we knock on we get let in, say a kneeling prayer and
get a return appointment for the sisters (she actually has already
been taught with the relief society president and has a baptismal
date). We walked out of the house and President put his arm around me
and said, “Elder, I don’t believe you anymore”. Haha yeah… Anyways.
He was interviewing our investigator and so we were waiting in her
living room. In the middle of the interview she busts through the door
and takes all of these alcohol bottles from around the house and dumps
them down the drain! It was kind of a surprise, but she was serious
about it! There have been a few hiccups since her interview so she
won’t be baptized for a while, but she is on her way! President
Calderwood is such a great guy. I really look up to him.
There was a celebration on Saturday!! Do you remember Mike and Donna?
They both got baptized last year when I was here. They were just
married at the Terryville chapel! They are planning on getting sealed
in a year. I am so happy for them. We had a nice ceremony performed by
the Bishop, and then a party afterwards! I think most people had a
good time. Sadly, Mike and Donna moved upstate already. Everyone is
leaving!! The Binetti family is actually moving to Utah. Crazy. We
finally found all of these people to be baptized, and they just leave!
I guess we just need to find more or something haha!
Everything is going good! I am more than happy to be enjoying this
mission experience still. There are a lot of ups and downs, but wow
they are great for me. I am learning a lot of lessons. One thing that
I have loved lately is the new mormon message! Everyone should take
the time to watch it. Especially mothers. It is about 8 minutes long,
but it is worth it. Sometimes we all get bogged down with all of the
things we have to do, but remember!! If you aren’t making someone’s
life better you are wasting your time! Live to help other people.
Come what may, and Love it!
Not sure if I have used that title before.. but I liked it, so I
figured I would use it anyways!
This week we were blessed to help out with a lot of service projects!
It was a lot of fun. We were destroying a bathroom one day, and
cleaning out chicken coops the next! It was kind of cool to see some
real live chickens! It has been a while. I really appreciated the
chance to serve other people. It was a fun time!
We also had the chance to play volleyball with the ward! Some
investigators came to play with us, and it was a good fellow-shipping
activity for them. Plus I love volleyball, so it was a win-win!!
I don’t have a lot of time today, but I wanted to share something that
I learned in Gospel Principles! We were talking about sacrifice! The
teacher talked to us about the relationship between cost and
sacrifice. I will give you an example. The cost of an ice cream cone
may be $1. That cost is the same for everyone, regardless. BUT each
person sacrifices different amounts in order to earn that $1. Someone
may get paid $5 an hour compared to someone else who gets paid $10 an
hour. You see how one person may have to work harder to earn that $1,
and that means they sacrificed more. We all have to make sacrifices in
order to gain salvation. Each person’s level of sacrifice is
different. We can not judge what another person is sacrificing, or
trying to sacrifice. Only God knows our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7) and
what we go through as individuals when we work out our own salvation
(Phillipians 2:12). Try not to put others down, but lift them up as we
all try to return to live with God again!
Come what may, and Love it!
Well I have good news and bad news. It is actually the same news, but
it can be good or bad depending on who you are! Before you read this
you have to promise not to judge me though! Okay here we go… My
companion has been sick the past couple days. Its bad because he is
sick.. but let me tell you why it is good! I have pretty much been
tired my whole mission. Naps aren’t really a missionary thing because
we should always be doing something (D&C 58:27). BUT you can’t do a
whole lot when your companion is trying to recover from an illness! So
the past few days he has been trying to recover by getting extra
sleep, which means I get to get extra sleep too. 🙂 See what I mean?
Good news for me, bad news for him. Is that horrible to say?
Anyways! We had a productive week otherwise! We were teaching a lesson
to a LA members friend. I offended this LA member. He was trying to
tell us that the Catholic Church has the Melch. Priesthood. I got in a
little bit of a heated debate with him (which I shouldn’t have done).
It ended up with me showing scriptures to support my statement, and he
had nothing to say. Even though I was right, I felt wrong. I
immediately humbled myself and apologized to him. We are friends
again, but I learned a lesson. You think by now I would have known
I was on an exchange with one of my favorite new elders! Elder Hussein
from California! He took me to Buffalo Wild Wings. It was delicious.
The have a new flavor called “Korean BBQ”. I highly recommend it. It
was a great exchange. I love getting to know all of the missionaries
that I serve with.
In our zone training meeting one of my other favorite elders gave a
great workshop! Elder Finlinson was talking about the Atonement, and
had a slip of the tongue. It was hilarious. He was trying to say that
we are all imperfect, especially him, but he mixed up a word. He
accidentally yelled out, “I’m Immortal!!!”. Hahahaha it was so funny.
That made my day.
We played basketball on Saturday morning with a 16yr old LA kid and
his two friends. They were pretty good! A lot better than I am. I love
playing basketball though. We are going to start playing every
Saturday morning and getting as many people involved as we can.
There was a theme in our zone training meeting. It was the concept of
Testimony vs. Conversion. It got me thinking. Am I converted to this
gospel? Having a testimony is the easier part. Being converted means
that we actively live the things that we have testimonies of! If we
proclaim that we have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, do
we live our lives according to the revelations that he received? Are
we truly converted? It is something that we should all think about.
Well we are off to another great week. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere
else right now! I love New York, and I love this sacred experience!
Come what may, and Love it!
Another crazy crazy week in the books!
Last Monday we had such a great P-day. A ton of missionaries drove to
the Plainview chapel to play basketball. It has the biggest court in
the mission. We played for like three and a half hours! It was such a
blast. I saw Elder Adams there! He seems to be doing well.
We went to visit a less active this past week with their home
teachers, and they had some pit bulls. Wow those things are mean. I
wouldn’t know what to do if a pit bull came after me. It was barking
at us, but it ended up being really nice after it realized that I
wasn’t an intruder. Thank heavens I wasn’t…
This week we have been pretty darn bold with people. In all of our
lessons we have been straight up with them. There is no more time to
beat around the bush. We can’t waste a minute!!! There were three
people that we were bold with about coming to church, and one of them
actually ended up coming!! It was pretty cool. Although the other two
just didn’t show up… Ahh oh well. We teach correct principles and
let people govern themselves!
I had a pretty fun exchange this week!! I took him to Taco Bell for
lunch. I challenged him to eat six Taco Bell burritos. Ha… He did
it. It was pretty crazy. Taco Bell has a dollar menu now, so all of
our lives are changed forever out here 🙂 Honestly though.. it is
about time they got a dollar menu.
Remember all of those maggots that we thought we killed? Well somehow
we missed some… and they all turned into flies. We came home one
night and our apartment was swarming with flies!!! We spent the night
trying to see who could kill more flies. That night we killed almost
thirty, and since then we have killed over fifty. Haha it was kind of
We carpooled into a big meeting with some elders. One of the Elders
was Elder Cocoa. He danced at Vibe!! With Tynan, and all of those
people. Small world eh? We talked about some people that we both knew.
He was a really cool Elder. There are so many cool people out there to
meet! I love it.
Anyways, I have to get going now. I hope you all have a good week!
Come what may, and Love it!