Week of July 11th, 2016
Today was a lot of fun! We did some shopping, wrote our emails, and then headed down to Ridgeway to hang out with the Elders down there.
We were talking about playing whiffle ball but we decided instead to go fishing again. I actually caught something, which was a shocker because my cast game resembles a grandma trying to kill a bee with a broomstick (thank you Patrick McManus in “Never Sniff a Gift Fish”).
I somehow managed to pull up a 7-8 inch long bluegill who was dumb enough to bite the tangled mess of fishing line I knotted with no real method or knowledge of fishing knots (thank you fishing merit badge).
He’s currently sitting in my freezer, waiting for me to figure out thetastiest way of eating him.
I totally would have taken a photo of it, but we were running late for an appointment so we had to clean him up quickly.
We started our day off with DDM this morning, which was good because I didn’t have to give any trainings. Afterward we realized that today was “Dress like a cow” day at chick-fil-a, so we cut up Elder Snelson’s old suit pants and made spots with them so that we could get free food. We met the marketing manager there and she was really impressed with us and enjoyed talking to us so she gave us her business card and a free breakfast card and told us to call her if we ever need anything. I was really hoping that we could have started teaching her but she lives in Rock Hill which is out of our mission but in the state (so you’re welcome Rock Hill Elders).
After that we went around to visit a few people which we were mostly unsuccessful with. It decided to start dumping rain partway through the day which always makes things interesting. Everything else was pretty slow.
I forgot to write down today and I don’t remember much of what happened but I do remember visiting M., one of our eternigators (eternal investigators) and we actually made a little bit of progress with her. We got a solid commitment to read the Book of Mormon and we also talked a lot about what is going on in the world right now. It is crazy how much scary stuff goes on behind your back when you are on a mission. I also remember running into a Vivint sales guy who came down here to work from Utah. He told us that we should work for him, which was expected, and gave us his card. We get salesmen telling us to work for them all the time down here cause we have door to door experience and plus then they’ll get paid more. South Carolina is a HUGE market for door to door salesmanship because everybody here likes to buy unnecessary things.
Today we went to get background checks and fill out paperwork for the new apartment we are moving into. After that we visited a few people and got hit with a monster rain storm. The Sandhills Elders have successfully obliterated our miles for this month, so we have been very limited to where we can go. It has made things a little slow here and especially slow when the weather is bad cause we can’t just walk everywhere.
Don’t remember much about today. We had weekly planing, and a lot of rain. It was pretty slow overall.
Today was good. We had a ward breakfast at the Tp.’s house (a family in our ward). They live on an awesome piece of property with woods, farmland, and a man-cave.
After the breakfast we tried to visit a bunch of less actives, which we had no success doing. We then started knocking doors and didn’t really find any interested people. After that we tried to visit a couple of our potential investigators but they were all busy. We did end up getting to meet with Sister Cooper for a while which was awesome and she expressed that she wanted her granddaughter to start taking the lessons from us! So we got a solid referral there!
After that we had dinner and then ward coordination. Ward Coord wrapped up our day.
Today we had a pretty successful day. We had sacrament meeting this morning and we had several non-members show up. One was a random guy who just walked in about an hour before church started and asked to see the “pastor.” I told him that he was in a meeting and I could bring him there in a little bit. While we waited we talked for a little while and I was able to find out that he was from North Carolina and he was down in the area visiting family. He was a pretty nice guy. He asked me when service started and then he said he was going to go on a walk around the building. We must have scared him off because he never came back. It was kinda weird and I was a little disappointed but meh.
We also had a family who just moved into the ward from Utah, the T.’s, bring a non-member college kid to church. They had just met him a couple days before at at a swimming pool and invited him to church. We aren’t sure exactly how interested he is, but it was an awesome thing to happen!
The T.’s are an excellent example of being missionary minded! I wish that more families out here could be like them. They don’t do anything too special, they just share the gospel with people they meet and invite them to learn more! They have only been living here for a few weeks and they have already given us 3 referrals! They even gave the sisters a referral before they had moved in yet! They are awesome!
After church we got to go on visits with Nephi, a recently returned missionary from our ward. We had a lot of success with him and we got to talk to a lot of people. We finally contacted a bible referral that we have been trying to contact for almost 6 months now.
We ended our day by visiting with O. and A., a part member family. We have been working on trying to get them back to church so that Ana can be baptized but Oliver has a very time consuming job and struggles to make it to church. We are trying to help him understand the importance of church attendance but it has been a struggle.
After that we came home and did call in reports and finished the day.
Over all, it was a pretty good week. It definitely ended on a better note than it started.
On Wednesday, Elder Lundell, one of the Sandhills Elders, was given an old electric guitar from a lady they were doing service for. He took it to a guitar store and apparently it was a rare antique Gibson from the 1960’s and could be worth $30,000. He took it back to the lady and she didn’t want it back, so he got to keep it. He found out later that it was actually only worth a few thousand dollars, but still.
We will be moving very soon, and we have already started prepping to move on the 29th. The unfortunate part of this is that transfers are on the 27th and there is a very good chance that I will be leaving Blythewood. I will have been here for 6 months in a couple weeks and combined with the fact that there are going to be 21 new missionaries this transfer, we are expecting a lot of change here. Who knows though, I could very well stay here for another few transfers. President normally leaves missionaries in an area from between 3-9 months.
By next Monday I will know what will happen. I haven’t ever been so nervous for a transfer because none of them were likely to effect me.
Anyway, that was my week.
Elder Jeremiah Brown