Monday - On Monday we were in Bloomington playing basketball and Elder Lorsch came with us back to Martinsville and Elder Quick stayed in Bloomington. And they were on exchanges until Wednesday. On Monday night when we got back from Bloomington we went to Indy's with the Dudding's, an older couple in our ward. After that we went and saw some investigators. That was a good night and when we got home we watched "On the Lord's Errand" It's about the life of Thomas S. Monson! On Tuesday we woke up, I got to e-mail you guys and then we went to the Farm and saw Sister Banks.
Tuesday we worked all day.
we had a Worldwide Missionary Broadcast! We went to Bloomington for
that and watched it at the Stake Center. Russell M. Nelson was presiding
at it, and Neil A. Andersen, Bednar, and Dallin Oaks talked at it! The
topic was "Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts" They told us of better
ways to teach! They also showed us a stat showing how much higher the
percentage is of people coverting when the members are helping the
missionaries. It's good when the members are friends with the
investigators because sometimes they get converted to the missionaries,
not the church and then the missionaries leave and they stop coming to
church. After that we went back to Martinsville and went to work. This
week we had a lot of success. Our investigators are starting to
progress. Me and Elder Coon are both leaving but we're leaving the new
missionaries coming in with a lot of people to go see. There were days
where people just wouldn't open the door this week, or tell us they
aren't interested, but some days people open and we have great lessons
with them. There is a family we're teaching, Kristi is a 40 year old mom
and she is a recovering meth addict. She was on it for 20 years but
she's been off for 3 and we're teaching her, and her mom and she has 4
kids. When we first met them 2 months ago they were nice, but not very
interested and we couldn't get them both home at the same time to teach
them, we started teaching them, all of it makes sense to them, and now
they're asking us when we're going to come over, when we start to walk
out, and if we forget to set up a return appointment they ask us " So
when are we going to meet again?!" and they are on date to be baptized February 20!
Another family is Jeremiah Cash and his fiance and kids. We found them
in the Area Book a couple weeks ago, after Elder Coon was prompted to
give a training on it in District meeting, so we found them and started
meeting with them and teaching them lessons, they go to another church
but we're teaching them and emphasizing Priesthood authority and now
it's all making sense and they are on date to be baptized on February 20th!
Another investigator is Torie Tumie. We've taught her the Restoration,
Plan of Salvation, and Gospel of Jesus Christ and she loves it. We told
her how The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand in hand and she likes
it a lot. Another family is Mike Fisher and his family. He is on date to
be baptized on February 20th as well!
we were knocking doors, and a man named George answered, we taught him
the Restoration and he wants to be baptized! It was a miracle. His
wife's sister is being taught by Elder Quick and Elder Palmer in their
area. We found 2 ladies in wheelchairs and they were both interested.
Later on that day we were knocking doors, this lady opens the door and
tells us to come in. We were confused because no one ever does that and
we're trying to figure out who she is. We sit down and she's talking to
us, she was nice and then she goes crazy. She thought Warren Jeffs was a
part of our church and we set her straight and explained it all to her.
She thinks that they're our 3 different beings, God, Jesus Christ, and
the Holy Ghost. But she thinks God is every single one. She believe that
if God wants to be Jesus Christ he can switch to Jesus. She believes it
because of certain scriptures in the Old testament that says I am.
There's one in Zechariah where it says "They pierced my hands and feet, I
am him who they did it too" but we taught her and she likes us a lot
now. She asked us for a Book of Mormon and she started reading it and we
went back 2 days later
and she asked us for Doctrine & Covenants and Pearl of Great Price
and the Joseph Smith Translations. We talked to her for an hour and half
in one lesson! After that Brother Pierson picked us up and we went out
to his house way out in the woods, they made red lobster rolls for us
and appetizer chicken and chicken and salad. After that we went to a
less active members house with Brother Pierson, we had an hour and half
lesson with them too, they are going through hard times and we helped
them. Me and Elder Coon smell like smoke constantly because we're going
in houses that always smell like it and we got in his truck and I said
"When you smell like smoke you know you're doing good" and all 3 of us
did. Sometimes we smell so bad.
On Friday, we did Family History and then we went out and worked.
we went to the church, had correlation meeting, my ward mission leader
looks just like George Castanza and talks just like him, he's from New
York. Elder Quick and Elder Palmer went and had lunch but me and Elder
Coon skipped lunch so we could play basketball and lay on the church
couches. It was fun. After that we went to the Farm. We got home and
went out working and seeing people waiting for the phone call from the
AP'S or President, finding out what we're doing. Elder Coon is going to
Greenwood, and I'm going to Plymouth! Plymouth is way up north, it's 30
minutes away from Notre Dame, i'm in the Southbend Stake and it's
freezing up there and there is lake effect snow. It's a little town, and
the ward mission leader (George Costanza) told me I will see a horse
and a buggy! The amish live there and he said the street lights look
like an 1880 rustic look. I'm excited! Im going to try and go to the
Chicago temple while i'm there! Because I'm pretty close to it. After we
got the phone call, we went home cooked hamburgers and worked out.
On Sunday Morning, we woke, got ready and went to church. Me and Elder Coon gave a short testimony in church so that was fun. After
church we went way out to the woods to a members house and had lunch
with them. After that we came home, me and Elder Coon started packing,
and we made pork chops, our house smelt good like our house on sundays
because Elder Quick made pork chops. After that we went out and said bye
to investigators. And then we came home, and went to Bloomington!
slept over in Bloomington and at 6:45
in the morning me and Elder Coon got up and went to a apartment gym!
It's ok to go to Apartment gyms but not commercial and no one one else
wanted to go but me and Elder Coon and we went and had a good workout!
Everyone was asleep and didn't give us good directions so I had to go in
4 gas stations to figure out how to get there and ask a bunch of IU
students and they all told us different ways but we pieced it together
and made it! After that we made pancakes and eggs and ham and ate and
now we're e-mailing! I love you guys so much!