Howdy my dudes
We had such an awesome week it has been so fun. The week flew by so quick only because it was car week probably and we got to enjoy the A.C but about an hour ago we got switched to a tri-share which is 3 companions share 2 cars so we will bike this next week and car the next 2 weeks.
Last monday night we went to a less active lady named Barbara and it was so funny, she is totally a baptist-mormon (theres a lot of those here) they shout amen and stuff during sacrament. it is so funny. But i think this lady had been to a baptist church since the day she was baptized, she totally had no idea what the Godhead was and how Heavenly Father and Jesus were separate beings so it was kinda funny and she was yellin at us and stuff preachin her stuff. Then we of course had a prayer circle, they happen to us all the time here, hold hands in a circle and they pray its super funny sometimes but they love God so much its great.
I don't think i've mentioned Larry yet. He had it all, he owned 6 mercedes dealerships, harleys, world class billiards player, big house, smokin wife, had it all. 6 years ago he had a stroke and his wife divorced him took his house money and kids, his left arm is paralyzed and he cant read or write anymore... just devastating. He is such a humbled man now, he cant say what he is thinking so we finish his sentences all the time, he is amazing though, we just downloaded the Book of Mormon on CDs so he can listen to them. i cant imagine what it would be like in his situation. He is such a great person. He has such a weird sleep schedule, sleeps during the day and is awake at night so its really hard for him to come to church but i think we're just going to jump on him before church and wake him up one day.
Wedensdays highlight was dinner with the Royals who fed us steak and some other great food! They are both converts and he was excommunicated earlier and was baptized last year, repentance is so real and its so awesome to see him do that.
We have such a different ward, most of them are medical students at wake forest so they don't know a lot of people to give us referrals but they're super fun they're all newlyweds and stuff.
We had a zone meeting Friday and it was so crazy. the Zone leaders in our apartment spent so much time planning and it was so fun! It was called fight club, first rule we don't talk about fight club only the gospel. Then the 5 trainings were find-kwan-doe, plan-to-hand combat, karateach, tag team, and Master missionaries.... we wrote all the things keeping us back from being masters on a board and the we all broke the boards later it was pretty fun!
|Fight Club Zone Meeting|
A miracle we saw this week was we weren't having much success one day so we just thought we'd say a prayer and we looked for people to go try and find and about 30 minutes later we found someone. we had no idea where she came from or who she was, just popped up on our area book so we went to go see her and we taught the restoration and it was so awesome. she said she'd read the book and pray about it and she said she was waiting for us to come for a while. it was so cool it was such a good feeling after that.
But overall it was an awesome week, i went on exchange with Elder Ball on thursday but i was bummed-- all our new investigators 2nd lessons were on thursdsay, so i missed those. But they all went well, i guess, which is awesome.
We exceeded all our goals this week. i was so happy... we found 4 new investigators 10 lessons, and 2 at churh plus 2 less actives at church it was so cool to see!
2 of the best things that are in North Carolina...Watermelon shakes and hush puppies. Cook Out is fast food and they have the best shakes i have ever had.....ever. They are amazing.
Love you all so much
sorry it took so long to write--we kept playing basketball and they kept making me stop writing so we could play.
We also played Dominion today card game that is really fun, and strategic.
Love you so much mom! Have an awesome week!
|our zone activity, we went to a park and played kickball and roasted some dogs |
(Classic Brad--Photo Bombing in the back!)
|Elder Mauts is the one in the chair, he has 5 generations.....he trained 2 people they trained my trainer, and then he trained me, and he goes home in a couple weeks so we got a pic.|
|The Faulkners showed me his new toy he got...that was on exchange|
Did you get your packages??
I got one package, the protein.
Do you want/ need anything else?
I cant think of anything else right now....maybe work on putting some music together for me. Just stuff that brings the spirit, put ukelele church songs and stuff like "how can i be", maybe have sarah do that.
Do you have enough ties? or what type/color would you want?
I dont have a lot of ties. If you did send some, dont send any crazy ones that would stand out or no fat ties. I like the one i got at called to surf--i like those ones.
Excerpts from Brad's letter to Jeff:
HEYYYY papiI hope Yall are ready for that bike tip it sounds like it is going to be really hard but im sure it will be a blast, you and mom always have such a great time on those youll love it.
I got the Mass Gainer...thank you for that. i'll keep you updated on my weight progress, i am 165 right now and thats better than i ever was before.
Ill tell more about some of the miracles this week in my other letter but we had so many this week it was amazing. I am so excited that you shared that scripture... i love it and have memorized it , it is our mission scripture and it has meant a lot to me. It brings a new meaning to being a true disciple of christ. i have strived my best to do that while i have been here.
3 Ne 5:13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.
The other elders are amazing in my apartment and have helped me realized how i can become a better disciple of christ. The Lord prepared a lot of people this week to hear our message and we taught a restoration lesson that the spirit was so strong and it just made me feel so good about being a missionary and what our purpose is to be here! i love it
Thanks for the updates i hope yall are doing so well. How is parker doing being the only kid?
Crazy about byu and utah i bet you were a little fired up haha,
love you so much and want to thank you for being an amazing parent and great example of a great priesthood holder