Monday, April 20, 2015

"They Never Put Two Greenies Together" (Week #8)

Preface for this week's email:

All kids in our ward over the age of 12 had a missionary week this past week. They were encouraged to keep the same rules that Gannon and all other missionaries are keeping right now. They also got to each have a teaching opportunity in the middle of the week. I believe it built a lot of empathy between our kids and their older brother.

He refers to a play. The school where my husband works has been presenting "Peter Pan" this past week. He took me for a performance for our Friday night date. I know....try to contain your jealousy. It's just what one does when she's the wife of a school principal, I guess. 

This is his younger brother's first year playing rugby, and their team is currently ranked #1 in the league. I think this is the hardest thing for Elder Hess to be missing out on. He is the biggest sports lover in our to his dad.

He talks about "greenies." For anyone who might not know missionary lingo, a greenie is a brand new from-the-Missionary-Training-Center missionary. It is very rare to find two greenies placed together because they're both still learning the ropes and being trained on just how to be a missionary. Sounds like, in this case, things turned out pretty well.

The "Uncle Sam" he's referring to is the United States government.

The rest, I believe is self explanatory.


That's super cool that they had a missionary week! I heard from B about it and DJ but nobody else. Keep up the good missionary work! Happy Birthday BTW!! Are you finally getting older now that Q's home? Hope the play wasn't too bad... Man A is #1?! And I'm missing it?! My cleats I think are in my box. They're blue and yellow. Just good stuff to work out in. P is  afraid she'll go back to her old lifestyle... I haven't missed a day in my journal yet.

What has been your biggest challenge this week? 

Finding families. Last week everyone was super up to hear our message but now everyone either sends us away or runs inside (sometimes literally) and pretends to not be home.

What has been your biggest concern? 
Biggest concern has been my surprise exchange with Elder S we had this last Wednesday..(he's another greenie which they never put two greenies together).

What has been your biggest success?
Our exchange went amazing..Like everyone we talked to accepted our baptism commitment. It was a super fun day. He's a great guy.

Who has been your favorite person this week? Why? 
The entire ward. Our cake auction was incredible. We had about 15 cakes. We made $475!!! Amazing people. And Uncle Sam. He's been a bro this week. We went to McAllen to get A's ID for the marriage license. We only had 5 seats so he hid in the back for 45 minutes. And it turned out the ID would take 3 to 4 weeks to arrive. But we went to get the marriage license at the courthouse and they said since he's from Guatemala he doesn't need it! So they're getting married!

What has been your most significant tender mercy?
Our exchange for sure. 

What are you looking forward to this coming week? 
A and N's wedding. It's gonna be awesome

Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it. 
My goal is to have 6 new Investigators. We're trying to work past the last couple days where nobody wanted to talk.

Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week?
Faith without works is dead.

Love you guys!
Elder Gannon Hess

Photos of the week:
The cockroach was on the wall of the church.
The dogs followed us through the entire neighborhood...
Who knew crabs would be chillin in the middle of Texas?

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