So another week down and it went by WAY too fast!!!
So Monday we went and played soccer with the Solis family, like y’all know, cuz we had to email Tuesday. 🙂 Monday holidays are the WORST when you are a missionary. No mail and no email. That’s like what makes a pday a pday!! haha 🙂 Tuesday night we went by a few different investigators, but we only set up appoinments with them. We also went by a few different members so that Elder B could say goodbye to them and stuff.
Then Wednesday morning I stayed with Elder M and Elder Y drove with Elder B up to Hurst for transfers, and because Elder Y had to get a new car…which now we now that his car was actually suppose to be MY car… 😛 and it’s a SUPER nice 2014, brand spanking new, Toyota Corolla!! Yea a wee bit jealous, but we got a new car on Saturday so all worked out. 🙂 But yea, them getting the new car took FOREVER!!! So Elder M and I actually went to a few Spanish lessons and it was fun. 🙂 Just speaking spanish and then translating for him. haha 🙂
Elder M finally got to Cleburne around 2. His last area was Arlington, so it is SO much different for him here. Like he came from a Spanish ward, a bike area, and a gigantic city. Here it is an English ward with a Spanish group, a car area, and it’s a small city. 🙂 haha and we mainly speak English here because that’s what most people in Cleburne that we meet and talk to speak. Only appointments with investigators, some of the Spanish members, and when we randomly contact hispanics, is when we speak Spanish. And I’m trying to speak more Spanish, all the time, because President Ames actually asked all of us to do that, but it’s a little hard for me to do that because I want my companion to understand me…so I’m doing a lot of repeating. 🙂 haha a sentence in Spanish and then the same sentence in English. 🙂 hahaha
But yea, so Elder M is from Utah He is terrified of snakes, like it’s an irrational fear, but I’ll get to that latter. 🙂 He is the youngest in his family, and is actually a twin! Fraternal twins. And also the tallest one in his family…haha.
Wednesday night I took Elder M to go meet a bunch of people and most of our appointments punched… 😛 and yea that is when Elder M started to freak out because we don’t speak Spanish that much…even with the Spanish members!! When they know English, they prefer to speak to us in that because they can. It’s like, “I’m educated and can actually speak English, please do so, please.” 🙂 haha But yea, that was fun to test out his spanish though. And well, lets just say I am SO thankful for the gift of tongues and that I can learn fast and that I learned Spanish the way I did. So Thankful!!! Because Elder M has been out for about 7 months, about the same time I had when Elder H was my companion and I became senior comp, and yea…there is a difference in our Spanish. but he knows slang because he was in the ghetto of Arlington. So…yea. That might be a challenge, but he is SO much more open to me helping him with his Spanish than Elder B was. 🙂
Thursday we had weekly planning and a ton of appointments…and most of them punched. NO!!!! But we did get some good lessons in that day. 🙂 Like Great Lessons!!! Friday we went to Chili’s for lunch with the other elders because our apartment complex gave us gift cards!! 😀 haha sometimes we go and pass things out for them to all of the apartments and then every so often they get us gift cards for restaurants!! 😀 Fair enough deal I think. 🙂 🙂 hehe And then after that we went by a bunch of different people who were really far away from Cleburne that we had records of. Like old investigators and less actives. Well we found this one lady, J, who 2 or 3 years ago was not ready for the gospel. She just didn’t like God because her mother had passed away, but now she is SUPER open to learning and really wants to come to our church!! She and her family went out of town this week so they couldn’t go to church, but next week for sure hopefully!!! People are being prepared, we just have to prayerfully find them and use what we have!! 🙂
Saturday is when we got the new car!!! 2013 Ford Fusion!!! It has less than 6000 miles on it and guess what!! It was the car that Sister Ames used to use!! hahahahaha 🙂 But it is SUPER nice and I am SOOOOO excited because it had a USB port in it so I can just plug my USB in and do music that way instead of CD’s. 🙂 And it also has blu tooth so our phone just syncs to it and I can talk on the phone while I drive. 🙂 Which will come in handy when people who only speak Spanish call. Because I’ll need to understand them and help Elder M out. 🙂 Then after that we went by some less actives and they were actually pretty cool. We basically found out that they were baptized because the missionaries wanted a number…… 😛 They didn’t have a testimony of the book of mormon and didn’t understand the importance of authority or their baptism. It was sad. 😦 But hopefully they’ll give the church another shot like they said they would!! We had dinner with A and A that night too and it was delicious!!! Chiken Alfredo (I think that’s how you spell it) and Texas Toast!!! SO GOOD!!!!!! XD haha we weren’t able to teach R, but we did end up teaching As mom and brother. And we totally found out that he has a TON of family!! hahaha 🙂 I don’t know why that topic didn’t come up before. haha 🙂 A was sick though, their 4 year old, so they weren’t able to go to church yesterday, so R didn’t go either. 😛
But we did have a miracle yesterday!!!!! We had two investigators at church!! Their names are A and F, and they are the sons of a less active member who was offended, and we didn’t think would ever come back to church, but she did!!!! Out of the blue she just came!!! And she recognized me and talked to me for a while. 🙂 Her name is V. Funny thing though. So now that we have the senior missionaries in the ward, they have been working a lot with the less actives. And this past week we went by a few different less actives, and they told us that not even 2 hours earlier the senior couple had come by. So I assumed that the senior couple had gone by V to get her to come. But nope!!! It was truly a miracle!!! And then another cool miracle that happened yesterday, we started to teach V’s cousin, who is also a member who’s less active, and her family. And all of her kids aren’t members! And they want to come back to church! V actually talked to them, the G family, right before we got there and told them that she had gone to church. 🙂 So yea, they are all sooooo ready and just need to come back to church and do it for their families!!! So just pray for us that we’ll be able to help them become active again in church so that their children can get baptized! 🙂
But yea, besides those miracles yesterday, we went by the S family and the B family for lunch. We had two lunches. 🙂 hehe 🙂 and the snake story happened with the Solis’!!!! haha so as we were leaving the S’, I was already outside and Elder M was walking to the door and he looked at the tank that they have next to their front door, which just happens to have a snake in it. Well, I have NEVER seen a person run that fast!!!!! He was out of that house SO FAST!!!!! hahahahahhaha we could not stop laughing!!! And it’s not even a poisonous snake!!! But he has an irrational fear of them. 🙂 so… yea. 🙂 hahahahahaha but yea, that was my week!!!! 🙂
And yes, Texas weather is CRAZY!!! Yesterday was beautiful!!! And today is freezing……haha it’s not the best when it comes to health either. hahah because the climate changes so fast, people don’t get use to it, and then they get sick. 😛 thank you btw for the Emergen-C!!! haha
And on our missionary website we can use we can actually hit a button to allow us to see the weather for the next 5 days. So that’s kinda nice…otherwise we just ask the members here. Or we just walk outside and do our personal evaluation of the days weather, and to be prepared I usually bring a jacket with me. 🙂 haha which nights here are like Arizona in the winter, where the temperature drops and drops fast! 🙂
We don’t really have plans for today. Just doing stuff and chores around the apartment. And we have zone conference sometime this next transfer, but we don’t know when yet.
Spring break trip to Texas! That’d be fun!!! 🙂 We’d just have to figure things out like where to stay and what not. But that’d be fun!!! 😀
And all is well with my new companion.
And as for things I need, I was actually wondering if you could send me something!!! A USB with all of the pictures that you have gotten from me, or from members, or anything that you’ve gotten pictures wise, on it!! Because I want to show the other elders people and stuff but I don’t have the pictures anymore from the MTC or Lewisville. I only have Denton’s pics (some of them, not the ones members sent) and Cleburne’s. And could you possible send some more protein?? 🙂 pretty please? chocolate. 🙂 haha sorry I’m only doing one scoop still but…it goes by fast!
I love y’all to the moon and back forever and ever!! have a great one!!
Elder Josh Andersen 🙂
P.S. don’t forget that every member is a missionary!!! Find people for the elders to teach!!