Greetings from Paradise! I hope that all of you Idahoans appreciate the seasons because I am dying here! this has been the longest August of my life. There is no way that it is almost Thanksgiving!
Anyway, this week we knocked a lot of doors, which is what we do in this mission, we knock doors for at least an hour each day but usually more. The people here in Florida are pretty open and accepting of prayers and messages for the most part (if they aren't white) but they have 0 commitment. They accept commitments but never follow through... Ugh frustrating, but still good we will find people.
This Tuesday we had Zone Conference and the big emphasis was having faith to find and that is something that I have been working on this week. It's also crazy to think that I only have a week left in my first transfer! I feel like I just got here! Crazy stuff. Speaking of crazy, ISIS is going crazy! Missionaries are literally the last people to hear about anything so we don't even know what really happened but we get the gist. Sorry I got distracted... anyway, after Zone Conference we had a pumpkin toss where everyone that baptized in the month of Dunktober got to throw pumpkin guts at the Zone Leaders, but since the zone leaders baptized they got to throw pumpkin guts at us as well.... totally unfair... we were only in the zone for 2 weeks of October but we still took it like men... in garbage bags. :)
So now that you are all thoroughly confused... on Wednesday, I went on exchanges with Elder Wolfe and I took over the area which started with a 2 hour oil change.... After that we went out and knocked doors and the first door... we Found Charlotte! Super elect, accepted baptism, wanted us to teach her whole family of 7, needless to say, I was pumped. So follow up appointment, next day 7:00 we walk up and Dwight... Charlotte's husband... tells us that his family is not interested and continues to lie and be a big dummy about the whole thing... So that made Elder Becker and I pretty heated.
Skip forward to Friday, we went on a Shadow Exchange with Elder Hayward the AP, which was fun. That night we had the "Great College Debate" between Utah State and BYU. It ended in a draw since USU won 2 categories and BYU won 2 as well, so the final verdict was don't go to University of Utah!
Jenece and Deon came to church for all 3 hours and both passed their baptismal interviews with President Hoopes. It was awesome! They are getting married and baptized next Saturday at 6:00 and you are all not invited because I will be there and that would be disobedient if any of you came.
Last night we had a dinner appointment with the Russ family were we ate an 'Amber Jack' which is a fish that Brother Russ speared and got to hold his Boa Constrictor again. Pretty awesome dinner appointment.
Okay last thought, 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Fear doesn't come from God so why should we fear? President Monson said in 2009, "Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith!"
Don't be afraid to do anything that the Lord asks of us, especially sharing the Gospel!
I hope you are all having a good time in the Cold weather. Drink some Hot chocolate for me!
-- Pa Bliye Jezikri, sonje alyans nou yo (Do not forget Jesus and remember our covenants)
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work
The Zone having a funeral for this Sister who is going home this transfer.
Elder Hansen and Elder Wolfe
The Zone Leaders having pumpkin guts thrown at them.
I love their helmets!
Matthew gets in on the fun too! I'm so glad he covered up.
He's learning the value of doing your own laundry. :)
What a mess!
Okay, rule number one - never touch a snake!
Rule number two - never put a boa constrictor around your neck! Yikes!
Here is an example of the comically large wheels that people like
to put on their cars there in Hollywood. :)