I HATE MOSQUITOES. Just saying.
Anyway, this week was good. It was a little slow but not a bad week.
Monday was pretty fun. We played basketball as usual and I actually enjoyed myself for once. I have been practicing a lot lately and I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be.
Tuesday we had DDM with just the Summit east Elders, which is pretty much a joke. Our District is probably going to be reorganized soon because of how small and inconvenient we are. After that I went on exchanges with Elder B. and had a good time. Nothing too cool or interesting happened, but we got a cool referral.
Wednesday we exchanged back and then helped Brother W., a member of our ward, move out. He’s a super cool guy who I actually met when I was in Blythewood ward so it was too bad to see him leave. That took up a good chunk of our day, and then we went out and proselyted. We knocked into some nice people, including one less active member who was really nice and invited us in. He told us that he basically wasn’t interested in coming back to church because he disagreed with the church’s standards. It was too bad because he was a really good guy and had a very nice young family who weren’t members. He told his kids that when they were older they could look into our church and see if it was something they believed in, so at least he was open and not against the church. He fed us shrimp too, so I automatically liked him.
We knocked around the really rich part of our area and surprisingly didn’t get screamed or cursed at. Most of the people were really nice, but none of them were interested.
Thursday we did service at PAALS as usual. I wonder how many times I’ve said that. Man I’ve been here too long.
After that we went and did missionary work. Nothing crazy happened. Just a lot of people that moved or didn’t want to talk to us. There was lot’s of crazy traffic because South Carolina decided to actually do something about having the 3rd deadliest roads in the US, and started redoing the main road for probably the first time since the creation of the automobile.
Friday was fun. We visited a referral we got named H. He had met with missionaries before and already had a Book of Mormon. His father in law was with him and started asking a lot of questions. He started disagreeing with some of our beliefs, and I was worried it was going to turn into a bash, but then H. stepped in and basically started defending us and our beliefs. He basically bore his testimony to his father in law of the truthfulness of what we were teaching. It was really cool and kinda funny to have an investigator do that. He could be a really solid investigator but I am worried he will have trouble committing to things. Cool experience overall.
After that appointment we were going to head home for the night but we were right next to my old area and apartment so we stopped by there and I got to see my old area for a little bit. It was kinda weird but I realize now that I enjoyed Blythewood a lot more than I thought I did in the moment. It just goes to show that you can be happy wherever you are in life, even if things are hard.
On our way back home there was this crazy drunk guy on a moped and while he rode past us he was just screaming and giggling. He was all over the place but it was hilarious.
Saturday was very hot and tiring, and we had an appointment with a Book of Mormon referral fall through which was kind of a bummer. It was a pretty hard day overall and there were a lot of mean people out for some reason. It drives me crazy when people actually take the time to come out of their house and cross the street to tell you not to knock or even walk through the neighborhood. If I wasn’t wearing a name badge or white shirt and tie nobody would care.
Sunday was good. We didn’t have any investigators come to church but the other Elders did which was cool. Someone who we referred to them is really progressing and is a super solid investigator. I am really excited to see where they go.
Over all it was a pretty average week. This week is the end of the transfer so I should know whether or not I am leaving by Monday. I have been here for 6 months now so I wouldn’t be surprised if I left. If I do leave I hope I leave Columbia because I have spent a year now living in basically the same place and I need some change. But I am fine with whatever. The Lord knows best.
Yesterday I was reading out of “Our Heritage” (which is a great book by the way) and I was really touched by how visible the hand of God was in the foundation of the church. The history of this church is truly amazing, and learning about it really helps strengthen my testimony of the Restored Gospel. No ordinary group of people could have done the things they did unless they were aided divinely.
I have been pondering a lot on real intent and would like to share some of my thoughts. The Book of Mormon is such a true book! Nobody who honestly reads it and sincerely prays about it with intent to change themselves can denounce it. I challenge all those who have not read and prayed about the Book of Mormon with real intent to do so now, but especially with real intent. Before my mission I did not understand what real intent was. I would pray about the Book of Mormon but didn’t feel like I was getting an answer. I realized out here that unless you resolve in your heart to change yourself based on the answers you receive from reading, you will not get an answer. For those of you who feel like you haven’t been getting answers to your questions, consider studying on what real intent is.
Anyway, that is all I have to say. Thank you for all your emails and support!
Until next week,
Elder Jeremiah Brown
1. Me and Elder N. in front of the pond behind my old apartment
2. Me on a broken bridge. Yay for the south.