Saturday, July 25, 2015

That's Right. Mormons are People Too (Week #21)


We had an exchange where I went with Elder M, and we just biked on this trail around a resaca (basically a river) and talked to like 8 people and they all accepted. People are progressing..just not as fast as we'd like I guess. Spanish is going good. Yeah we study when we can. 

We've had tons of service to do this week in the mornings. Helped like 3 people move.. 

The random unknown number guy didn't show up. We're going by him this week to see what's up. 

M is doing good on smoking. G is great. His friend is now really interested (more on that later). He did come to church and loved it. He has no problem stopping doing drugs but he gets super bad pains.

What has been your biggest challenge this week? 
Biggest challenge was having people committed to come to church and then not showing up. Really frustrating but stuff happens. 

What has been your biggest concern? 
We had a zone exchange and I was with Elder V. He lives in our apartment and we get along super well. But it's weird to go into a lesson without knowing their teaching style. It went great though. Loved it.

What has been your biggest success?
We had a lesson with G and his friend B in the church. And at the beginning of the lesson she didn't care at all. You could tell. But then she slowly got more and more into it and agreed to a baptism date. She said "you guys believe the same things we do mostly. I don't get why people avoid you guys". That's right. Mormons are people too. And then she came to a little bit of church!

Who has been your favorite person this week? Why? 
G. He's a big example to me of love. He cares about everybody. We had this lesson with him where the member we brought basically asked if he'd seen the church. He said "No, can we go right now?" (never Happens.) We go outside to the cars and heard this weird chittering sound. And we turn around and there's this huge rottweiler just destroying this tiny baby raccoon. Swinging it around all over the place. We sort of stood their stunned and We look and see G run and try to jump the fence to try to save this baby racoon! He almost got his leg ripped off! But he's amazing. He greets everybody with a hug and is awesome. 

What has been your most significant tender mercy?
Having the exchange. Elder G came in. He's the nicest guy. We were just sitting there talking and he looked at me and was like "Elder Hess. You're a good guy. You don't worry. You get frustrated but you don't worry. I like that" Made my day. 

What are you looking forward to this coming week? 
This week We're really trying to help V with baptism. He basically doesn't want to get baptized alone without M and J. So we're going to try to help him overcome his doubt. 

Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it. 
Our goal is to help M get baptized. 

Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week
I actually read talks about the afterlife from the teachings of prophets. Gave me some really good ideas and such.

Love you guys!
Elder Hess

Iwo Jima memorial down the street

our group from the exchange

B (J's daughter) fell asleep on me during a lesson....

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