July 27, 2015

this week was really good! we saw a couple of cool miracles as well.

On Saturday we passed by Marlon, our date, to make sure he was going to be going to church yesterday. We got their to find him sick with chinkungunya which means he wasn’t going anymore. We gave him a blessing but he didn’t end up going to church yesterday because he was still pretty bad. With him, pretty much all of his family members are members except for him and his cousin. Well, as we were leaving, we talked to his uncle who told us that he had talked to his other nephew, the unbaptized one, who was saying he wanted to get baptized now. So we hoped for the best!

Yesterday morning we were waiting for investigators to enter the chapel. A lot of times, missionaries go look for investigators, but we use members to get them. What happens a lot of times is that when the missionaries have changes, the converts stop going to church. But if they always go to church with active members, they wont go inactive for something dumb like that.

We see that cousin, Kevin, enter the church. He is 16 and is a pretty cool kid. I asked him how he was and he said good… here i am preparing for my baptism! We were shocked! He had came to church like 3 or 4 times in the past couple months but showed no desire to be baptized. We said, oh yeah? When is that? He said well, the 2nd of AUgust, right? Haha uhhh yeah! He’ll end up getting baptized on the 8th, but still a huge miracle! Im pumped that kid is getting baptized. He is one of my favorite people here.

The rest of sacrament meeting was really rough. During the first speaker, my 14 year old convert had a seizure and was carried to the hospital in an ambulance; it was really bad. The intermediate hymn was literally sung by only my companion and I because no one else knew it, and the final hymn was just as bad and they ended up changing it in the middle of the 2nd verse. It was pretty bad.

I’m really happy and excited for this next week. We have a baptism on Saturday which will be my last one. Excited for one more week of work! Gotta leave it all out on the field.

Elder Slack

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July 20, 2015

Hey guys!

This past week we were able to put a baptism date with Marlon Perez for August 2nd. We baptized his mom and sister last change, and he finally accepted the date for the 2nd! We’re pumped! We have 2 people that will probably getting baptized on the 9th as well. They already have enough assistance to be baptized, they just live really far from the church it is hard to teach them. But they’ll be baptized on the 9th and we should count the dates this week.
On Thursday and Friday I ended up going to a couple of different areas to do interchanges, on Friday I was with Elder Rietveld who is from Murray. Haha we had some funny things happen that day. My comp and I had set the goal to put a ton of baptism dates in these 2 days and so that was what we were going for. Well, in one lesson, E Rietveld had told me that there were 3 teenagers that had potential of accepting a baptism date that we would be teaching in a family home evening. We got to that appointment and it was game on. We started teaching and stuff and the spirit was there and I ended up asking the first person if they would be baptized. She gave a common response that we almost hear daily. ”I was already baptized.” So i replied with what I feel is logical and said, ”But in the church we represent?” ”Yes.” E Rietveld whispers, that’s our cook’s daughter. Hahaha so awkward. I said oh, that’s great, and then moved on to the next person. I tried playing it cool even though i just wanted to leave haha.

Yesterday when we walked into church I saw my convert from 16 months ago! It was awesome! He ended up looking into where I was so he could say bye to me. Turns out he saw a lot of people he recognized and will be going there again next week. It’s about a half hour away in bus from where he lives.

We were sitting in sacrament and the counselor comes over and tells my comp and I that we would be speaking after sacrament. Thanks for the heads up. My comp talked about the sacrament and the atonement, I talked about… something else. I’m not going to say what, because I think i’m going to use it for my homecoming talk. I hate speaking on the spot but at least feel like I dont do too bad at it anymore.

Overall it was a good week! Lots of rain, interchanges, and sweating. Excited for another week more. 🙂

Elder Slack

July 13, 2015

First off, thanks for all the birthday wishes! It was awesome this year, a lot better than last year! I had cake on like 3 or 4 occasions and some members grilled some steak and chicken for me as well. Never been a huge fan of cake, but… it was good! haha. The members here are great!

So this past week we had a couple of crazy things happen.

We met this little family and found out the 13 year old daughter lives with her boyfriend and 6 month old kid in her house with her mom. Even though they don’t pray, read scriptures, go to church, etc. they say they are good right now and don’t need the help of God to have a happy life. Sad, but i guess we can choose how we want to live.

We went to the house of someone we are trying to reactivate Saturday morning and ran into a couple evangelical missionaries. We asked if we could go in and participate and they said sure. They began asking why we were there and we explained our mission objective, and then they began attacking our beliefs on the great apostasy, saying the church of God was never lost. They began using a ton of boring scriptures and when we asked them to look up Amos 8:11-12, they freaked and started attacking Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. We bore testimony of both and they asked what time it was. We told them it was 1130 and they said they had to leave and without skipping a beat, they got up and left. Haha, we began going over the little visit they had had with the less active, asking if they had prayed, invited the spirit, invited her to participate in the lesson, etc. We asked her what differences she feels when we are there compared to when they are there, and we shared scriptures about how contention doesn’t come from God. It ended up going well, just those evangelicals that were there for like 5 minutes were annoying.

We have a few positive people we are teaching right now, 6 of which have told us they will be baptized on specific dates. So we have 6 baptism goals but aren’t counting any sure dates right now. We could easily baptism 2 people, DIna and her son Jefferson, but they live really far from the chapel and we can only talk to them in person on Sundays. I imagine they get baptized on August 2nd or August 9th, but again, we don’t have any set dates for right now.

Sacrament meeting yesterday was rough, you know it is going to start bad when someone who can barely read begins reading a manual for his talk. He reads 2 pages and then said, well, that was my talk, now I am going to bear my testimony. haha. He gave a powerful testimony, but it was kind of a rough meeting. Next up was a long time member, and wife of an ex-stake president. No worries there, right? Nope. She began my singing a hymn from another church and then talked for 25 minutes before inviting the congregation to sing How Firm a Foundation to finish her talk, right before singing the rest him. haha oh man. It’s not that they were bad, but really different from the good ol 4th ward.

The rain this week hit hard as well and we walked through one street where the water was up to the middle of my shins! It was crazy and i felt bad i didn’t have my camera. But i’ll get a picture the next storm.

Everything is going good here and i’m still learning a lot. Sometimes people make the mission harder than it should be, but it all helps me learn more. Excited for another week! Thanks again for all the happy birthdays.

Elder Slack

July 6, 2015

Well, this week was kind of a crazy one! It was definitely the longest week i had had in quite a while!

We had 2 stake correlations, one on Thursday and one on Sunday. It’s where my comp and i meet with the stake presidency, mission president, ward mission leaders and bishops of the stake, and talk about the missionary work in the stake. it is a little stressful and i don’t feel bad at all that i only have one left. haha. they’re cool though, i learn a lot in those.

it was kind of a weird week, we had to drop like half of our investigators. it’s a long story, but i feel like we are kind of reopening the area again. a little frustrating but nice to start from fresh again.

we had the leadership council on Thursday as well, all the leaders from the mission met up in Santa Ana and had a meeting from 715-4. it was long but cool. for one part, we broke into 3 groups to talk about how we can motivate the missionaries to baptize every week, the assistants lead 2 of the groups and then i lead the 3rd discussion group. haha it was kind of cool. we also talked about peter and when he became the great apostle. I had never really thought about it, but it was cool how we talked about how when Christ asked Peter if he loved him 3 times, it had a lot of symbols. And from then on, Peter changed completely.

Because Im with an American comp on the 4th of July, we tried to do some fun things but it didn’t work out.. at all. Haha. We had talked with our ward mission leader so he could get us a bbq so we could cook chicken and steak and stuff, but he didn’t end up getting it so we bought some pizza that had really hard crust in stead. I did get the package from my family though and was able to share glow sticks with a ton of members 🙂 i would’ve never thought about glow sicks, it was a good idea but they loved them haha. they were shocked.

Sunday morning we had Wendy’s baptism and everything went smoothly. She asked me to baptize her so that was pretty cool. Hopefully we are able to baptize her mom later this month, but i am thinking she gets baptized next month.

Overall, everything is going good! Just hoping this week is a little more entertaining than the last! Thanks for all the Happy Birthday wishes. Im sure it’ll be… like any other Sunday. haha 🙂

Elder Slack