September 7, 2015
Hi Family and Friends!!!
This past week was a pretty interesting week!
On Tuesday, we had a bunch of leadership meetings over the phone. Afterwards, we deep cleaned our apartment and completed our normal studies. By the time we left our apartment around 4:30 p.m. to drive to Portsmouth, Virginia, we hadn't done any missionary work, which really stunk. When we arrived at the Assistant to the President's apartments in Portsmouth, Virginia it was 8:30 p.m. Since it is a long four-hour drive to Virginia, we had to leave the night before so that we could be ready for the conference the next morning. There were eleven Elders that stayed overnight in the AP’s apartment on Tuesday night. The apartment is actually pretty big, since four elders live there normally. We each slept on our own air mattresses on the floor, so it was pretty crowded. We attended the Mission Leadership Conference the next morning. It was a really good meeting. I enjoyed being there with the entire mission leadership and President Baker. I just learn so much from President Baker whenever I'm around him. The meeting lasted from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. When the meeting was done, we drove right back to North Carolina. Along the way, we stopped at a city called Bethel to do some missionary work. We ended up teaching a Restoration lesson to a woman who is a Jehovah’s Witness.
On Thursday, we went on exchanges with our assistant ward mission leader. He told us that both of the missionary sisters in our ward have been transferred out of the ward. That was news for Elder Berry and me since we had not been notified of the change before it happened. This means that Elder Berry and I will be doing English and Spanish work in our ward boundaries until sometime next week when we have transfers so we are going to be really busy teaching lessons.
We held a Zone meeting on Friday, and it went really well. It was a lot easier leading a Zone meeting after having attended the Mission Leadership Conference and after listening to President Baker explain what we would be doing. The first time I had to lead a conference, I had no prior training, so I basically had to wing it.
On Friday, we were trying to contact an investigator. When we got out of the car, there a drunken man standing in his doorway. He said, “Hey, Mormon missionaries! We walked over to him and he told us that he was an Elder too, and then he started crying. He said that he really wanted us to come in and he said he'd turn off his loud music. My companion tried to convince Carl to pour his beer into the sink, but he wouldn't do it. In between his crying fits he told us that he was a member from another city in North Carolina. We gave him the address to the ward building so that he could attend, but I doubt he will remember talking to us. As we were giving him the address, his roommate came in. Carl's roommate, Steven, was pretty rude to us. All of a sudden, Carl started talking about Joseph Smith and the gold plates. This perked Steven's interest and he started asking us questions. After we answered some of his questions, he asked if he could have a Book of Mormon. We ended up teaching a lesson to him about the Book of Mormon. Although Carl was totally out of it, he seemed to break out of it every so often to be able to say something that actually helped as we taught the lesson. At the end of the lesson, Steven invited us to come to his work anytime to come visit him. As we left, Steven was sitting on his porch and he was reading the Book of Mormon. It was really cool to see Steven’s attitude change as we were teaching him.
We've been continuing to teach Larry. He is trying to stop smoking. It was too bad that he wasn't able to come to church on Sunday because he had a really bad migraine.
I want everyone to know that I know this church is true and I know that we have a living prophet today. And even though a mission can be hard sometimes, I am so grateful for the chance to be a missionary. I am loving it out here in North Carolina!
I hope that everyone has a great week!
There are quite a few tobacco plantations here in North Carolina. Here I am standing next to a tobacco field while holding a Word of Wisdom lesson pamphlet.