Well this week has been crazy. We have had a ton of stuff going on and a lot of it has not been missionary work.
First off, we got our new companion on Wednesday! His name is Elder Oliver and he is from Pocatello, Idaho. He is awesome! Elder Mitchell and I are convinced that he is actually an undercover experienced missionary sent here to train us because he is a natural at everything and is a better missionary now than a lot of experienced missionaries out here.
Being in a three pack is weird… I’m not used to having an extra person to keep track of and I dunno… it’s weird. Good weird though.
I feel kinda bad for Elder Oliver because he is having to deal with us finding a new apartment, getting our car fixed, and other busy work that is not too regular.
We have had some cool experiences this week. Yesterday we went by an investigator that we had referred to us by the old Spanish Missionaries that used to be here. We weren’t expecting anything too awesome, especially because the last missionaries didn’t seem too impressed by them and we were pretty sure they wouldn’t speak much English.
Well, it turns out that H. (the investigator) spoke perfect fluent English! His family is American and speaks english as well! They enjoyed having us over and wanted us to come by again next week. They said that they had been looking for a church but hadn’t found anything yet, and they haven’t been to ours yet! H. told us that he didn’t like a lot of churches because they had paid ministries and taught things different from the bible.
We was like yo H., have we got the church for you.
Hopefully things go well there. I have high hopes for the future of this family.
We also found out that B. will be getting out of jail hopefully around the 15th of October. It will be good to start meeting with him again and work toward a new baptismal date.
We met with M., the paralyzed Hispanic guy, again this week. We shared with him a chapter from the Book of Mormon en Español and it was good stuff. I am continually amazed by this man’s state of happiness considering the state he is in. He can’t move anything except his arms and his head. Because his hands and fingers don’t work he has a phone strapped to his wrist with hair bands and he uses a stylus with his mouth to navigate the phone. He has pretty much zero control of himself and has to be fed by others.
It is incredible how someone in such a bad condition can be as happy as he is. It just goes to show that it does not matter what your conditions are, you can still have happiness in your life.
Lately I have been brushing up on my Spanish because I have been having to use it. I never thought that I would have to speak Spanish in SC of all places, but this place never ceases to amaze me.
That was most of my week I think. It was a little slower than I would have liked but I think it turned out good. Last Monday Elders R., H., M., and I went to hike table rock. Unfortunately Elder M. got exhausted and needed to turn back so I had to turn around with him. So I didn’t make it to the top, but I am going to go with Elder O. sometime and leave Elder M. with another companionship because I really want to hike it.
Today we will be playing sports with the Greenville East Zone, so I will most likely get to see Elder K. today! It will be a party.
Well, I think that is everything. Hope you all have a great week!
Hugs not drugs,
Elder Jeremiah Brown
Here are some pictures I was blessed to receive today from Sister S. who is serving in Elder Brown’s district. Her mom forwarded them to me and it was timely because Elder Brown unfortunately forgot to bring his camera to download the pictures he’d taken.