Well my week was alright. It was
transfer week this week and as you probably could have guessed I am
still in Bellevue haha. Which is alright with me.
Robert the atheist is
doing well I think. I didn't get to see him this week because I was on
exchanges. But apparently he changed his views to agnostic which is a
start. We'll keep working with him and he keeps inviting us over so we
must be doing something right. Dan is doing really well. He still is
getting more swords and things for us to look at when we go over haha.
He said next time he'll have to show us his assault rifles. We won't be
shooting any though don't worry ;) We're going to try and watch Joseph
Smith: Prophet of the Restoration with him so I hope that works out. We
talked to him mostly about the Book of Mormon last time. He's really
open to it which is great. He wants to read it all the way through and I
think he will because he's read the Bible like twice, which is not all
small feat so I have high hopes.
The weather here has been pretty good
the past week. It's like 60 today. Which is great because before it was
hot and humid. Last year I heard was awful. I think it hit 118 with
something like 80% humidity. But this summer has been better thankfully.
We still haven't found an apartment to move into but we haven't given
up. The ones we have found that would be good don't have any open but
I'm sure it'll all get straightened out. The reason why we have to move
is because the apartments we're in now require everybody to go through
background checks and stuff and that's just not gonna work with
missionaries and what not so yeah that's why. Kind of stupid but
Hmm well I'll probably go back through parts of the Book of
Mormon but right now I really enjoy reading the Bible Dictionary. A lot
of cool information in there.
Oh and we were just informed and part
member family wants to start taking the discussions. The Brosman family.
The wife is a member but no one else is and they have 3 kids I think.
We have an appointment on Saturday so I'm pretty excited. Oh and we
received a referral from some other missionaries and they taught him the
first lesson and everything went really well they said but they're
going to have to turn him over to us so that should be nice. Hopefully
things will start going our way haha.
Well I love you guys! I am really
excited to see how BYU does as well. Keep me posted. Oh and I bought the
King Kong soundtrack. Last one I promise haha. But seriously it will
be. That was the last one I wanted to get. Well that and Star Wars but I
think I can live without it.
My week was pretty good. We
don't have any new investigators but we got a car (2013 Toyota Corolla), that was exciting.
Anyways things have
gone pretty well. We didn't get the see Robert the one we gave a
blessing, but I'm hoping that we will be able to this week. Holy cow
this week is transfer week. Time flies haha. The person I'm still the
most excited about it Dan. We watched the Doors of Death talked given in
1992 by Russell M Nielson. He really liked it. He also could start
coming to church and he wanted to take us out to lunch and stuff. And
not to mention he has a ton of guns and swords that he lets us look at
haha. And these aren't cheapo swords either. They're the term that he
used "battle ready" so they're super sharp and sturdy. Really really
sharp. I was holding one and he said "Yeah that could chop your head
off" haha. Yeah anyways we watched that talk and he really enjoyed it.
On his teaching records it says he told the missionaries we wasn't
interested in converting but I have high hopes.
And Robert the atheist
we have been seeing every Tuesday and he always enjoys having us over
but I just hope he can stop thinking everything in terms of science.
Well as Bruce R McConkie stated "True science is true religion" I don't
think a lot of people understand that. But anyways, we've been seeing
him and and he hasn't shut us down or anything. Hopefully we can get to
him. Well hopefully the Spirit can. We're seeing him again tomorrow.
Well actually I won't be able to since I'm going to Rockbrook (basically
central-almost downtown Omaha) on exchanges tonight so that should be
fun. Hopefully the meeting with him will go well when I'm not there
haha. And Omaha is pretty darn big. Mostly because it's sucked in all of
the surrounding places. But yeah the population of it is about 500,000
so it's good in size.
And yeah the gorilla was awesome. He only charges
if you wear a white shirt (silver back) and turn your back (silver back)
to him. So yeah if we ever come through here as a family we will have
to wear white shirts if we go to the zoo.
This Pday we're playing
basketball again so I'm pretty excited. I love playing basketball and
you definitely get a good workout. I need to get a basketball pump at
Walmart though but they should be pretty cheap so I think I shouldn't go
over. And Dad before I spend money I always check at an atm first now.
love you guys. I hope Kim is doing well. I can't wait to meet Clara in
And about selling the boat I don't know. It's a fun thing to
do but it's not used a whole lot and it is a lot of money. But here's
something you guys can do. Pray about it!
Well I need to get going.
Sorry my emails aren't too long. But I don't know at least I get them to
you every week ;) I love you guys and can't wait to see you again! Have
a great week everybody!
Oh and one more thing. I finished the Book of
Mormon. It's true that's all I know. Love you!
I am doing pretty well. The Zoo was
pretty fun last week. Spending 15 bucks to look at animals was a little
much for a missionary but whatever I figured it was something I should
do at least once on a mission. The gorilla was awesome though.
is getting better slowly but surely. The lesson with Robert the atheist
alright. We got a return appointment for tomorrow so something good must
have happened. It was hard though because he didn't have any questions
or anything. But whatever we'll be seeing him tomorrow so hopefully he's
thought about what we told him.
Anyways the kid I arm wrestled. He
lives in the Bellevue 1st boundaries so we don't get to teach him :( I
was excited. But things will work out I'm sure. His name is Joshua but
he's native so I guess it's pronounced or maybe even spelled Jesooah. I
have no idea.
But things are going well with Dan. He is in his 40's
maybe 50's and we read with him out of the Book of Mormon on Friday. And
this Thursday we're going to see him and we're probably going to teach
him the Plan of Salvation. He has a lot of questions about seeing loved
ones again and it's hard to show him scripturally because it's not
Speaking of scriptures I am now in Moroni. I'll be
finished by next week.
Anyways I think Dan could have some great
potential. I think his wife is Catholic and isn't too fond of Mormons
but she's nice to us and everything but she doesn't sit in on lessons.
But maybe that'll change. I don't understand how Catholics can say they
believe in the Bible when their doctrine has so many contradicting
things with it. But whatever people who are religious by tradition
probably don't care.
Oh and we also started teaching this Sudanese guy
named Chan Wol Majok. He is super nice but a bit hard to understand.
There are a lot of Sudanese people in Nebraska. Chan has been taught
before but he kind of fell off the map but we got in touch with him and
retaught the Restoration. We also soft set him for baptism so we'll see
how that works out.
And about the guy who we gave the blessing. His name
is Robert. He is probably in his 50's and he's awesome. On the night we
gave him a blessing he talked to us for like 2 hours haha. He's pretty
funny. Anyways he told his Sister who is a member that he really enjoyed
and I mean REALLY enjoyed talking to us and wants to talk to us again.
So he's coming back to Nebraska (he's doesn't live here I don't think)
and is going to see us.
And Mom thanks for the offer with money and
everything. Maybe I'll go buy a soundtrack today if that's alright with
you. So just keep an eye out for that. Hopefully there is something good
at Walmart haha. I already got the Man of Steel soundtrack so don't you
worry about that haha. Well I hope you guys are doing great.
getting better and I'm definitely getting more comfortable with
everything. I love you guys! I'm going to play basketball today so I'm
excited! Take care and have a great week everybody!
I have had a pretty decent week.
Things are getting a bit better with my companion and I. I'm definitely
adjusting. And Dad I'm sure he'll make a change as well seeing how he's
going home in 2 months haha. So at the very most I'll be with him for
another transfer. And it's getting better so right now I don't care I'm
just trying not to think about it and I feel by doing that, my mission
will go by faster.
As far as broadening our teaching pool this week it
didn't go so well. But we did set up an appointment with a less active
member's son who isn't a member for tomorrow. We'll see where that goes.
She says he's atheist but he's 17 so yeah. Also we're going to see Dan
again this week so I'm excited about that. And no we not allowed to go
on the base. And we're not allowed to proselyte in base housing.
Separation of church and state or some stupid thing. But we can still go
there if we have an appointment so that's good.
That's crazy about the
Jazz. I did not see that coming. But that makes me excited. Alec Burks
finally will have a chance to shine. And Troy Burk sounds like a baller
like you said, Dad.
That's so awesome about Clara! She sure is chubby
haha. Too bad I won't get to actually meet her till she's 1.5 years old.
But whatevs, the same thing happened with Brynlee and Austin and that
seemed to work out.
Sounds like you guys had a great Independence Day. I
wish I could've lit some fireworks but whatever there will be the rest
of my life for that in 1.5 years.
And no my companion is not the DL
haha. No way. The Mission President is aware of him. In interviews he
told me "I want you to keep a very detailed journal of this time. And
when you have as much time left as Elder Mendel I want you to look back
on it and look what he did. And don't do that." Hahaha President Weston
is a funny guy.
My reading has been going very well. I'm in Ether and
I'm on chapter 6. I really liked the last chapter of Mormon. Moroni.
We're going to the Zoo today so that will be loads of fun.
I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures. And Elder Crozier is going too
so I'm going to meet him there so that will be fun.
Hey guys how was Man
of Steel? It has a phenomenal soundtrack that's all I know.
was my first week that I ran into someone that was rather anti. Well I
didn't run into he is married to a member. It's so amazing how many
things people twist and when they tell you their beliefs, they don't
make any sense, whatsoever and they tell you they make perfect sense and
that ours don't make any. I kept my cool and it didn't get too heated
so that was good.
And Mom as far as the cool experiences go I don't
know. I don't have too many haha. But last night we did give a
priesthood blessing to someone that was sick. He wasn't a member but his
sister was. Anyways he said he immediately started feeling better and
is going to read the Book of Mormon now. It was pretty cool. He was
really funny. He hated liberals and just when on an on about it haha.
Anyways I'm doing good. I love you guys and I hope you have a wonderful
day and week. Love you all! The Redwoods look huge!
Oh and here's another experience.
A guy came to Church yesterday (he's my age) and it was his second time
coming and he sat right behind us. Anyways he was going to leave and we
asked if he was coming to class and he said no. Then I said if I beat
you in an arm wrestle you have to come to class. He said ok and guess
what? I beat him. And he came to class and actually enjoyed it. And he's
going to start meeting with us now! Haha that's a new missionary
tactic that I've been working on. He was actually pretty strong and did
martial arts come to find out but I someone beat him. Strength of the
Lord haha. But he probably will end up not being in our area so we'll have to turn him over :(((((
I hope you have had a great
week. Our week hasn't been too shabby. We had met some new people and
got in touch with some formers that could possibly work out, I don't
know time will tell. And about my companion. It's not that we argue or
anything. He just doesn't do anything and I basically have to do
everything. It's just pretty stressful.
And our ride situation has gone
to crap because the Zone Leaders are being ridiculous and won't let us
ride with the Bellevue 1st Elders because they're not in our zone so I'm
having to deal with that. We have interviews with the Mission President
so I'll mention something about it.
But today other than that hasn't
been too bad. Yesterday while walking home I found a pair of those
headphones that I had that Austin lost, on the ground. Tender mercy
haha. I was pretty happy about that. They still work too.
We met a guy
yesterday named Jimmy and he's a brutha. We talked to him for a little
and mentioned the BoM and he said no thanks I believe in the Bible. And
we talked about how both the BoM and Bible are both the word of God. He
seemed pretty interested and took the BoM and invited us back next week.
We also have an investigator named Dan and we (I) taught the
restoration. He was really open and seemed really interested. He said he
should probably read it all the way through. That would be awesome. The
lesson went really well and next week we're going to see him again and
teach the PoS which should be good because his son died in a shooting
mishap not too long ago. He was about my age. So yeah I feel like there
is some potential there.
This week has been a little rough without a
car. Hopefully we can get a permanent one soon but if not we're burning
some cals. :)
That's awesome about the Jazz. It's about time they do
something in the draft haha.
I'm in Mormon now in my reading so I'm
getting there. I'm really hoping these investigators work out. I see
great potential with Dan. Hopefully Jimmy will come through as well.
love you guys so much! And miss you! Have a great
week! And that's exciting about the baby! Tell Kim and Todd congrats.
And you better send some pictures!