Christmas Craziness

Well this week was pretty much the best week ever until Friday morning and then our joy ride of a week got hit by a semi truck. Let’s get down to business.

So Monday for P Day we weren’t sure what to do so we just went around town taking pictures in front of stuff (your welcome mom). After that we went to E. H.’s house and had a lesson with him. It was a pretty good day.

On Tuesday we had DDM in the morning. It went pretty well and I gave a training on key indicators and how they can be more useful. Later we had a really good appointment with G. and R. We taught the Word of Wisdom and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It went really smoothly and they are super excited for baptism in a week! After we went to G. and R.’s, we had an appointment with the G. family. They are a less active part member family and are way cool! We had dinner and shared a Christmas message with them. They are from Alaska. They are just way fun people to be around and I look forward to working with them more in the future.

On Wednesday we had a service project planned for the afternoon at a soup kitchen. We were really disappointed to find out last minute that they had more than enough people so we didn’t need to come. That threw a huge wrench in the day’s plans because we had set aside a large part of our day for it. Elder B. and I decided that we were going to find some other service to do instead. We called Habitat for Humanity and asked if they needed some help today and they said that they would be more than happy to have us come right then. So we got the entire district to show up and help out at this place! It was awesome and we had a ton of fun! The man in charge there is actually from Utah (he isn’t a member) and knew a lot about us and what we did. We are probably going to start doing service there weekly!

After we did service we visited a few people and then finished our day.

Thursday was crazy. We literally had 5 different people ask us for blessings. We had a less active member call and ask us for a blessing because she was going to the hospital for surgery. We had never met her before but she lived just down the street from us so we went over to visit her. Sister Sz. is awesome! She is married to a non-member who is from Uruguay! I have met a lot of Hispanics out here but never any from Uruguay, which was really cool because we had a lot to talk about (porqué mi abuela es de Uruguay). The surgery Sister Sz. was going in for was to put a chemo therapy port into her body, which they had already attempted twice before and were unsuccessful. She had decided that if they didn’t get it in this time, she would just let the cancer run naturally. Anyway, we gave her the blessing and we actually heard from her the next day that the surgery went well and they got the port in! I was super glad to hear that it went well. After that we went to another lesson with G. and R. and we taught them all of the commandments. It went really well and they committed to living all of them. Then, after that, we went over for a dinner lesson at T. and K.’s. It was really good food and I beat them both in Ping Pong. It was on the ride home that things started going downhill for the week. We got a call from the Zone Leaders and they told us that we would be giving them our car for a couple days because they somehow put a hole in their transmission. You can imagine we were overjoyed. Before we lost the car, however, we gave a blessing to another less active family who was going through some sickness. They had been less active for at least 18 years but were now looking to get back into the church. The Mom’s non member husband had just recently divorced her and he would not let them go to church. We were super excited to start teaching them but later we found out that they were actually not in our area. They were literally on the wrong side of the street! We were a little bummed out but we gave a great Christmas present referral to the other missionaries.

Friday morning was when we gave up the car. It was also when I started feeling a little weird. I started realizing that I was getting sick but I biked anyway and I think that was a bad idea because now I feel like garbage. We were supposed to have a couple members coming out with us today but they both had to cancel, so we were marooned on our bikes for the whole day. Normally that’s not bad but because I was sick and we had appointments far away, it was kinda bad.

Saturday was fun but it was kinda painful. We did service literally all day, which was great! We spent the entire morning raking leaves for this old lady, and then we went to one of the ZL’s members houses to help set up a trampoline for Christmas. The trampoline itself was pretty easy to set up but man the enclosure around it was a royal pain. It took us from about 2 o’clock to 7 o’clock to finish putting that mangled mess of fishnet together. It was fun and all, and we were happy to serve, but we didn’t eat any lunch or dinner and the ZL’s ditched us halfway through to go to dinner with our car and we spent the evening putting the rest up in the dark. Right after that we were supposed to go caroling with the district so I had a Christmas Eve feast quickly before we left, a Hot Pocket. Christmas Caroling was fun, although I was struggling to be happy because I was sick, tired, and a little annoyed. We ended up singing to this random family that told us to sing to them and it was hilarious! They were super funny and we got a cool video of us singing with them. I went to bed early, exhausted and feeling like garbage.

Sunday was pretty good, although I was out of it most of the day. We got up early so that we could open our Christmas presents before we had to go to breakfast. We had breakfast at the Kn.’s, a family in the ZL’s ward. They were super nice and we played a white elephant tie game where I ended up with the worst one. It was a fat, wrinkly, bright orange tie and man that thing probably scared the children away. After that we went to Church and had a good hour long service there. There were some good musical numbers and such. From there we went over to the B.’s house to have lunch and Skype home. That was good stuff and we had a fun time with them. Then we went to the Sh.’s for a final Christmas dinner. G., R., and a ton of other Hispanic less active members were there. I was actually a minority and I related a bit to missionaries who serve foreign missions and struggle with the language. It was weird being around so many people who don’t speak much English. We were there for a really long time, or at least a lot longer than I wanted to be there. I wasn’t feeling too well and kinda wanted to go home but we were in the mercy of Brother Sh. giving us a ride home because we didn’t have a car, so we waited until pretty much the entire night was over. After that I did calls and numbers and then went to bed because I was pretty much a vegetable.
Interestingly enough, this week was pretty awesome, minus the last couple days. The last few days have been hard. I kinda wish I was able to enjoy Christmas more, but it was still a good time. I hope you all had a great Christmas and have a great New Years as well! Thank you to everyone who sent me letters and packages! I really appreciate them and it makes Christmas out here a lot easier.

Well, until next week I guess.

Merry Birthday

Elder Jeremiah Brown

PICTURES!!!

Christmas Breakfast with the Zone, thanks to the Kn. family!  They texted this one to us. (Note the orange tie over top of his tie!)

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Serving at Habitat for Humanity.

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Raking leaves.

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View in Greenville with ZL’s.

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Nice view with Elder B.

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