Sunday, November 29, 2015

I'm Not Afraid of Bugs (Week #38)

PREFACE from Elder Hess's Mom:
This week's email seems to be a bit more personal in nature. I think I've FINALLY figured out how to write to this young man. He's typically an answer only kind of guy, so I think I've figured out which questions to pose. Hey, it's only taken me nine months, but I'm getting there...SHEESH! Normal people probably already do this, but I guess I'm a bit slow on the uptake....

For this email, I went to his past emails and just built questions off of nearly everything he shared. Some of the things he's written here might not make any sense at all.

In his second paragraph, for example, he is responding to something I'd written to him:
So Elder E didn't have his visa by the time he left the MTC, so they just said, 'Bag it! Let's just send him to Texas because we have the BEST trainer in the ENTIRE WORLD in that mission, so he'll be better off there anyway.'? Was that it?" Thus his funny paragraph...

I need to share something else....Little do we, as parents, know how we're preparing our kids before they leave us and head out on their own...When Gannon was about two (maybe even younger), I dubbed him the family "spider killer." It was his job to kill the spiders around the house. I figured my husband was gone most of the day, and he was the only guy at home, so why not train him up young? Well, I guess that paid off this week for someone else. YAY!!! I love that he says, "You know I'm not afraid of bugs." Yes, that's where that began...."Train up a child in the way he should go...." HeeHee!

I asked about some specific people in the ward where he's serving. It is clear that there are some people who have found their way into my son's heart. This is what every missionary mom wants for her kid.

With that all said, I hope it all helps in understanding week 38's email:

So first off, Elder B was gone for the first half of this week at a meeting in McAllen, so me and Elder E got to work together for a while. And we decided to visit a former investigator who is a single mom of 4. Her oldest daughter (6) has a kidney problem where she could die and her son is 4 and has autism and can't speak. And she was outside smoking a cigarrette and told us she was about to give up and everything. So we shared some scriptures with her and we both realized at the same time as we were walking away "Holy Crap...Mom's go through a bunch of junk!". So this thanksgiving I'm thankful for the poop that you've gone through to get your kids where they're at.

Anyways....Elder E was originally called to Costa Rica and I'm sure they were like "Well let's go give Elder Hess a butt ton of responsibility, just to screw over his life on nonresponsibility, that'll be fun!" Thanks a lot universe....But honestly I love him. He's awesome. He might be leaving now because he just got his passport...but we're not sure. 

Elder B is from Far West, Utah and Elder E was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Cali when he was 3 and lives in San Jose. And yes his name is really Randazzle. And his sisters name is unique. Like literally her name is Unique.

J was the 2nd ever baptism in this area. 

Brother T is like an old version of me...Super sarcastic guy. 

Our ward dinner went really well. Lots of people showed up. I think we have a dinner set up with Sister S this Thursday...

What has been your biggest challenge this week?Probably finding time for everything. This week was really busy with helping members and such. This morning we helped replace a floor and I was on cockroach killing duty. There were hundreds... as you know, I'm not afraid of bugs. But something about cockroaches is just nasty as heck...

What has been your biggest concern?
Getting Y baptized. She's really afraid of water....and the water heater in our building was broken. So like she literally could have died if we baptized her.

What has been your biggest success?
Baptized her anyway...We had to have Elder B and E in the font to help her out and had to drive 45 minutes to the nearest church but it happened. 

Who has been your favorite person this week? Why?Sister K. That woman is an angel. She helps us out allll the time. 

What has been your most significant tender mercy?We got D B to come to the ward party. We're getting super close to getting him to church.

What are you looking forward to this coming week?
Thanksgiving dinner. I freaking love mashed potatoes and turkey!!!

Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it.
Find the next person to be baptized.

Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week?
The story of Jesus being baptized. We shared that a ton with Y, and I'm sure it helped. The Holy Ghost was really working on her keeping her calm.

As far as Christmas goes...I'd like a new harmonica. Like a b flat or something.
Thanks again for everything!
Love you!
Elder Hess

Knocking Every Door in Our Area (Week #37)

My week has been really fun. My comps are awesome! Elder E (my greenie) is awesome! He was originally going to the D.R but his passport didn't go through so he got a permanent reassignment here. He's a really great kid. Love him a lot. Elder B is great as well. He goes home after this transfer and works really hard. We had a really successful week. Found a lot of people that could possibly move forward.

Y is doing great. She came to church and is planning on getting baptized next Sunday!! 

We give a lot of service all the time. Elder E is always looking for ways to help, even if we don't know how to do it haha like repairing a roof...luckily someone else volunteered for that one.

Actually E really wants to learn Spanish and asked me to teach him on the first day. So we practice together every day.

What has been your biggest challenge this week?Teaching stuff to a brand new missionary. I have no idea what i'm doing!! But E is really humble and loves to learn. So I just follow the spirit and hope it sticks. 

What has been your biggest concern?Getting Y to church. She's had some recent health issues so we were worried about it but she's really putting God first.

What has been your biggest success?
Finding. Elder E wants to knock every door we have in our area. which I was hesitant about. But it seems like every door we knock is a prepared person who wants to learn. It's amazing. Like it won't happen a lot but it's super cool

Who has been your favorite person this week? Why?
Elder E. Kid's amazing. I like him a ton.

What has been your most significant tender mercy?
Y passed her baptismal interview. We are going to get the 3rd baptism in this area's history.

What are you looking forward to this coming week?We're having a ward Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday (I love Thanksgiving) and baptizing Y.

Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it.
Teach my greenie better planning. He's going to be able to plan for our area by the end of the week.

Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week?
I've been reading a lot about Elijah and Elisha. Every moment of their lives seemed to be miracles. And that happens in our lives too. We just have to notice them. 

Hope y'all have a great week! Love you guys! 
Elder Hess

Looking Forward to Getting Randazzle (Week #36)

Life is super weird now. I only found out my greenie wasn't coming on transfer day until the night before. He comes on Wednesday apparently and the only thing I know about him is that his first name is Randazzle. My comp right now is Elder B. He's a good dude from Far West, Utah. He likes to have a good time. I like him a lot.

President Maluenda is one of the most inspired individuals I've ever met. We have interviews with him like every couple months or so. He's just a goofy guy who loves to joke around but is really down to business when he needs to be. He always says exactly what you need to hear in interviews and stuff.

Y, J's mom, is actually looking really good to be baptized. Most of the members are doing really good at supporting us. We get along with them really well.

We didn't really get a lot of missionary opportunities from the funeral cause they all lived in like Arkansas and places far away, but the member felt loved and came to church so that was a plus.

The bike is good and the miles are doing ok. We spend a fair amount of time in the car just driving to the places where we'll bike. It takes at least 20 minutes to get to anywhere we can work.

Elder P ended up going to the Laredo North zone to be a zone leader.

What has been your biggest challenge this week?Leading the area now. I'm the only one that knows where stuff is and how to get there and everything. So making sure we're being effective and visiting the right people.

What has been your biggest concern?
Miles. We've had to go all over the place so we have to be really careful with them...

What has been your biggest success?
We got Y to come to church!! We had a regional conference a ways away and she wants to come to church but stuff comes up. So this week we finally got them to come!

Who has been your favorite person this week? Why?
The M family and the Fs. They're pretty much one of the few young families around here and they're awesome. They love to joke around and they're going to help prank the greenie when he comes!

What has been your most significant tender mercy?
Having a week to prep for the greenie. Getting used to leading an area and everything like that. I'm sure it'll come in handy.

What are you looking forward to this coming week?
Getting Randazzle!!! and seeing if we can get Y to come to church again with the rest of her family.

Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it.
I'm working on showing love for people still. So I'm going to look for service a lot.

Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week?
I heard a talk by Tad R. Callihan or something like that that talks about the "blueprint" and why Christ's church has been restored to what it is. It was pretty amazing and gave me some good ideas of what to teach to people.

Hope y'all have a great week!
Love you guys!
Elder Hess

Monday, November 2, 2015

I'm Having a Son!!! (Week #35)

I'm going to be training a greenie starting tomorrow....what the flip......My life of nonresponsibility as a junior comp is over....dang itttttt!!!!!! Anyways this has been a crazy week so I hope I remember everything..

What has been your biggest challenge this week?
Finding prepared people. We've decided we have the people interested but they're not acting. So we have to find the people who are interested and willing to act as well. Buuuuuut we couldn't really find anybody like that..

What has been your biggest concern?
Welllllll They call the new trainers and district leaders like 5 days before transfers and you go down to a big meeting in McAllen. So we got a call at like 10:20 saying I had to be there the next day. And McAllen is 3 hours away..So I woke up at 4 and we drove down..And now I've known for 4 days that I'm gonna be a trainer, and there's no way I'm ready for that...My Missionary IQ still matches my age....

What has been your biggest success?
We got asked to be pallbearers at a funeral by a less active member that I'd never met. Her mom died and hated the church and so does most of her family.. So we went and got asked (the night before) to sing at her service. And then they told us we needed to sing 2...So we sang "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again" (tried to keep them religiously neutral). And they loved it! Thanked us so much for our service and told us to keep doing what we're doing and that it was amazing and we're so gifted and all that other..So that was pretty sweet!

Who has been your favorite person this week? Why?
Elder S!!! I ran into him at the training meeting!! He's training too. I missed that little nerd! It was great to hang out with him for a couple hours.

What has been your most significant tender mercy?
We've been super tight on miles this last week since it's the end of the month. And we really needed rides to places. And people helped out whenever we needed it which was awesome.

What are you looking forward to this coming week?
Finding out who the little punk I'm training is. I'm going to convince him we're not allowed to talk in the cars. And see how long I can keep it up for...

Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it.
Well I'm most likely whitewashing an area so getting to know everybody and figure out what the heck I'm supposed to do as a senior companion...

Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week?
I can't remember the exact scripture...but it's the one where Joshua is commanded to do something crazy and his reply is Give me this mountain. And I'm ready for my mountain now.

Hope you have a great week!!
Love you guys!
Elder Hess


driving in missionary cars 3 hours makes you become closer friends
toilets in the church! (I Blessed the rains in Africa)
I'm having a son!!!(what they call having a greenie)