Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tyler didn't send a post this week. So here's a video of his reaction to the Warriors loss of game 7 in the Finals!

Noodle Cat (6-13-16)

I have no real subject titles anymore so I'm just making a list of
random graffiti tags and those are going to be my subject titles.

What a week!! We got in doors, we taught and even had a pretty big
miracle find along the way. So here we go with some highlights:

1. We were on our way to this lesson and the guy lives on the other
side of our area (which by the way is HUGE) and we had to transfer
from one train to another  in Manhattan and as we were waiting for the
one in Manhattan this lady walks up and asked if we spoke Spanish so
we told her yeah just thinking she wanted help with directions but
then she told us she's actually a member! And she lives by us! And her
family knows nothing about the church but that she's been looking to
back for a couple years now but never knew where the church was and
she wanted us to come over to teach the family!! So we set up an
appointment with her for the very next day and the family seems way
solid. The kids are a little shy but really fun to talk with still.
The 13 year old son actually started looking through the introduction
a little and the dad said he would start reading the book a little
that night so we are excited to see what happens. Sadly they will only
be here for a couple more months and then they're moving to New Jersey
but we'll see what happens!

2. I got a volleyball!!! (Thanks mom)

3. Yesterday we taught this lady who elder franco and I actually found
our very first week in bushwick and for the past couple months we lost
contact with her which kind of sucked but yesterday our lesson was way
good. We taught the restoration and it was among the few times of many
that I quoted the first vision and no phone rang, no baby started
crying, no dog started barking nor was there any glass broken (okay
that last one has never happened). The spirit was super strong and she
even said that she would come to church this coming Sunday! That's a
big deal now because 1) it's a pretty far trip and 2) it starts at
9:00 and for most people we talk to, they aren't too big of a fan of

4. I realized this past week that I'm able to count how many more
transfers I have on one hand...that was crazy

5. Two families who I've been working with a lot since I've gotten to
bushwick have both been coming to church without too much talking to
that's been great to see!

So yeah a couple good things but that's what keeps you going and
always wanting to teach more to bring more and more people unto
Christ! Good stuff all around. This past week we also had zone
training meeting which is basically just where the zone gets together
and talks mission stuff and I was reminded of one of my favorite
stories which is about this guy finding out he did a lot more for the
only person he baptized than he thought. He thought because he only
had one baptism he was failure and didn't accomplish much. But then he
met this missionary who happened to be the son of that man he baptized
and the missionary told him how the gospel is huge in his family and
it's because of him. I don't remember where I read that nor do I
remember when but I've always remembered that story and it has been
the biggest thing that's kept me going. It's always just reminded me
that it may only be one or even none at all that we bring into the
gospel, but we never know what will happen to the people we teach in
the future. They could come back into contact with the church after
being dropped as an investigator, they may have a change of heart and
decide to come back to church and they may bring their whole family
into the church after they are baptized and you never know. Then today
we went to Brooklyn bridge park to play volleyball on the sand courts
they have there for a couple hours and then as if I wasn't content
from that, I decided to play basketball for a little while too. It
sucks when you realize you don't run as much now and you get leg
cramps just from playing basketball. I could have been dehydrated
though...definitely a possibility. Good fun with good people and got
some good sun too though! So yeah that about does it for this week.
¡Que tengan una buena semana!

Oh and have some pictures too

1) Famous rainbow bagel from last Monday
2) The thug district (it was our pday while the other two
companionships had theirs on Tuesday because of temple trips so that's
why elder Bergeson and I are in normal clothes.)
3 and 4) My favorite place in the whole mission (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
5) Pretty cool McLaren we saw yesterday

Baptism!! (5-30-16)

Hello everyone! So this past week was mainly a week of service but we
also had a good amount of success in between. Monday and Thursday we
had to help people move pretty much all day but we also got a new
investigator on Thursday and she seems pretty solid. She just has a
son with pretty serious autism so a lot of her time is taken to care
for him and everything but she really does have a good desire to learn
more and even come to church on Sunday! So we are hoping to get back
with her. And then we also went on exchanges with the zone leaders
which is always a blast but this time was a little different. I don't
know if any of you from my home ward remember elder walk but his
cousin is my zone leader now!! I didn't even know they were cousins
until we were on exchanges so it was way cool. We played some pross
ball, took a video with a huh drumming and he got his first real look
at a full Jewish community. So fun times all around haha. Then
yesterday we had a baptism for the guy the sisters were teaching and
he was super happy about it! He was really excited to take that step
and become a member of the church and everyone could both feel and see
it. And pictures will be included of course. Finally, yesterday we had
a lesson with a deacon and his little brother who isn't baptized yet
but is 10 years old. I talked to him about baptism when elder franco
was still with me but he seemed like he was against it. But I decided
to bring it up again! And, well, he decided to be baptized on Father's
Day which is more than enough time to get him ready since he already
comes to church every week with his dad. So we are hoping that happens
for sure!

I just wanted to end this with talking about the spirit. Mainly
because of the baptism yesterday but elder Bergeson and I also got to
teach the youth Sunday school class yesterday and it was about
following the sprit. I also read in 1 Nephi 18 yesterday which is
about Nephi and his family going to the promised land but they had to
live righteously so the Liahona would work and once his brothers
started rebelling again, the Liahona which basically worked as their
compasses seized to work. Well that's exactly how the spirit works. It
leads us to where we really need to be but it will only give us the
direction we need when we are living in accordance with god's
commandments and do what's right otherwise that "compass" stops
working. Pretty cool, right? Well, that's pretty much all I got for
you this week! Enjoy some pictures!!

1) Pretty sick starting hand in BS (I'm still easily amused)
2) The heat is back! It makes me happy
3) The view from our looks way better in person but that's
the Empire State Building #applequalitypicture
4) Alexander and me before the baptism!
5) Fun little edit I made to a district picture with him afterwards

Still in Bushwick! (5-24-16)

Well this past week I got my new companion so I am no longer in a
trio! But that also means I'm on my 10th transfer with my 9th
companion. Crazy right? So the reason why I'm emailing today is
because yesterday we had interviews with president Reynolds so we got
to take pday today. As for this past week, I got my new comp and we
went right back to work. Because of how I was in the trio, I didn't
get to visit all the people I wanted to so it was good to see everyone
after a couple weeks. We actually got in with a good amount of people
we didn't even have lessons set up for and then we also had time to go
knocking which I haven't done in super long. One of the doors we
knocked was answered by one of the buffest dudes I've ever seen and
when we asked him what he does for work, he said that he was in the
military. When we asked him more specifically what he did he said
special forces....and that made absolute perfect sense.

This transfer is looking like it'll be a good one because this coming
week one of the investigators the sisters are teaching is getting
baptized and he has asked me to do it so I'm excited about that and
Raymond and Jessica should be coming back from the DR soon and Raymond
should be able to be baptized this transfer as well! Here's to hoping!
As for more good news, the past two mornings when I woke up I haven't
had to crack my jaw back open so I mean that's some good improve to
too. It's been a while since I've been able to do that too haha

Also, I swear I wrote a weekly update last week but I was wanting to
send pictures with it which I still haven't gotten from the sisters so
I gave up on those. Sorry! But I'll make do with what I do
have...which still isn't much. Sorry again!

1) I can't remember if I sent this one or not but just in case, this
is a super awesome cake that sums up my district pretty well
2) Elder Gill (to the left of me) who was my zone leader in Midwood
for my last two transfers there went home! He's from the Sacramento
area so not far from me at all
3) Super good potato taquitos that I was happy about


Well it's been a little while so I thought I should send something
out. Basically, things are pretty much the same except that I'm in a
trio again for my 2nd time! Which also means I still have yet to have
a companion for 2 full transfers outside of training! Yay! It's been
kind of hard since we have to plan out our days a little different but
it's only for the rest of this week and then I should have a companion
again. The only question at this point is if I'll be staying in
bushwick. When it comes to people we're teaching, nothing too big has
happened but I a, starting to work with someone from my last area so
that was cool to see him again. Trio life is definitely a fun life

And as a lot of you know, I've been having some problems with my jaw.
Luckily I can talk still it just kind of hurts to eat most food but
I'm hanging in there. So that's that!

I'm also trying to make these emails more interesting but I'm at the
point in my mission where it's getting really hard to do that!

1) serious picture
2) Last day with Franco...I'm with the other two now
3) me cheesing hard with Franco for the last time
4) Skyping the fam! Pay no attention to how my face is now fatter