This week was awesome! I actually have good things to report this week and we got a TON of great missionary work done!
Today we played sports with the Greenville East Zone. We did outdoor sports at a park nearby and cooked up some hamburgers and hotdogs. I got to see Elder K. for the last time before he goes home which was good. He will be going home next Wednesday as that is when this transfer ends.
After sports we took care of some busywork that needed to be completed from the move and that was pretty much our night.
Today we went on splits with A. H. and C. B. Elder M. went with them so Elder O. and I had some time to ourselves. We had a decent amount of success and were able to visit with a lot of people. We knocked on a door right next a less active who wasn’t home, to ask if they still lived there. The lady we talked to was really nice and told us that they didn’t live there, but we talked to her a little bit about our church. She wasn’t too interested and actually already knew a lot about our church already, but it was a good conversation. I was looking through the directory and realized that the lady we were talking to was the wife of the guy we were looking for! We accidentally got the name of the less active guy wrong and the address was wrong in the directory so we totally messed it up! It probably was for the better though because if we had approached her like the wife of a less active she probably would have been less receptive.
We stopped by a random potential investigator that was in our area book and met a guy named M. who was this guys brother. He was a really cool guy and we talked with him for a while. We gave him a BOM and he said he would read it and wanted to meet with us again.
We spent the rest of the day tracking down less actives.
Today not a lot happened until the evening when we had dinner appointment with T. and C., a less active, part member family. It was a good meal and we played a little bit of badminton with them afterward, which was a lot of fun. We are working towards warming C. up to the church and so far things are going pretty good I think.
Afterward we had ward coordination and saw B. for the first time since he went to jail! It was awesome!! I can honestly say that jail has actually been a good thing for him. He is a lot more mature, and is way more spiritually there! He is halfway done with the Book of Mormon, and he totally would be done but he is reading it super thoroughly. He read Mosiah three flipping times because he thought he didn’t understand it well enough! I seriously think he might know more about the first half of the Book of Mormon than I do, which isn’t saying much other than the fact that I’ve been a member my entire life.
He is going through a lot of troubles still. C., his son, was randomly picked up by his mom who he has not been around since birth, while B. was in jail. His mom has been missing for the last 11 years and has not been paying child support for C., or even trying to morally support him. Now she just came out of the blue and picked him up and is collecting his social security.
Anyhow, pray for B.
Today was pretty good. The two main things that happened was that we had an appointment with M. (the paralyzed Hispanic guy) this morning. It was pretty good. We did the usual reading of the BOM en Spanish to him and then closed with a hymn and a prayer.
We also Skyped B. and had an appointment with him. He is living with his brother who happens to be pretty far away so we decided to embrace the miracle of modern technology. Skype is super useful as a missionary.
Anyway, he knows so freaking much about the Book of Mormon it is insane. He asked us if he was right about something he read and it sounded wrong to Elder M., Elder O. and me, so we told him that he must be mistaken. Well I did a little reading and realized that he was right! I have never had a time on my mission when my investigator is making me think long and hard about the BOM. It’s crazy awesome!
Today we had ZTM for about half of the day, which is normally pretty good. I am not a huge fan of long meetings but I guess I should get used to it because we have a lot of those. Afterward we went to Zaxby’s (one of the South’s greatest creations) with the Zone Leaders and then yea. Not much happened until later in the day when we went to a BBQ that the Elders Quorum put on. B. came and brought his family! (mother, step-father, niece, niece’s boyfriend, etc.) It was awesome because they got to see that we are normal human beings and they expressed to us afterward that they really enjoyed the time here and were really thankful for all we have been doing for Brian. Seeds=planted. C. B. also brought a non-member friend named D. who was really interested in learning more about the BOM and we were able to teach him a bit and he wants to learn more! He is awesome!
Overall today was one of those days where you get home exhausted but feel fabulous.
Today we took C. B. out with us to a bunch of lessons. C. is amazing. Let me give you a bit of info on him. So I may have mentioned in the past that C. is a returning less active who just recently decided to turn his life around and has put his drug addictions behind him. We have been doing a lot with C. and he is always wanting to come out with us to do missionary work. Well the other day we found out that he was getting kicked out of his apartment (it is a special rehab apartment complex for recovering addicts) for sharing the gospel too much. He was really distraught and was thinking about just leaving and going back out west. We were really worried because we were pretty sure he would go back to old habits if he were to do that.
Well clearly he is being looked out for, because everything fell into place. A. H. (who has a lot of connections with a ton of people) sent C. a number for a rehab place that had an opening. They are super selective and the spot was probably going to be filled really quickly. He wanted to call but he was at work and his phone has been turned off for months because he hasn’t had the money. Literally as soon as he realized this he got a text message from his service provider and they just randomly gave him a free month of calling and texting! He called the place, was interviewed and selected over 12 people to come to this new center. C.’s faith never ceases to amaze me.
Anyway, we went out with C. and visited a ton of people. We had a lesson with B., met a couple of people standing on their porch, gave them a blessing, and met even more people! We got invited into one guys house who we are pretty sure is an ex-drug dealer.
Yeah that was interesting.
It’s too bad too because he was really interested and really nice, but definitely a little sketchy. The first thing we saw when we walked in his house was a ton of tv’s and a camera system monitor watching the outside of the house. There was a lot more too that made it a dead giveaway, like the fact he thought we were detectives at first.
Afterward we had a baptism to go to. H. Y., one of the 3rd Sisters investigators was baptized. I was asked about 2 hours beforehand while we were out with C. to give the talk on Baptism because someone cancelled last minute. I ended up putting it together in the 10 minutes before the meeting started, and I felt kinda bad, although I don’t think it was too terrible. That was pretty much our day.
Today not a lot of missionary work got done. We spent a lot of time weekly planning and I had to put together the districts monthly reports for Stake Missionary Coordination. Fun stuff.
Church was good, life is good, food is good.
Yea that’s about it.
Over all it was a really good week! It definitely makes up for the last few weeks depressing-ness. Transfer calls went out this week. Elder M., Elder O. and I will be staying together for another transfer. Elder M. will be going home this transfer and then it will be just Elder O. and I, unless we get separated, which tends to be the case for trainers and trainees. Either way, I am pretty sure I will be here in Greenville 3rd for a long while. Who knows though.
I have no idea what we are going to be doing for P-Day today. Transfer P-Days are always weird and who knows what’ll happen.
Anyway, I think that’s about it. Until next week,
Elder Jeremiah Brown