"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~Joyce Brothers.
This blog started out to be a way of reporting on Tom's mission adventure. I soon realized that there's just a lot going on in life that I don't want to forget about. Our lives are busy, happy and full and I hope to capture some of the excitement in this blog.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Week Sixty Two - In a Trio and Lots of Teaching!
A super authentic Salvadorian restaurant we found with super yummy papusas!
We had another great week here. We are crazy busy right now and
I love it! We always have something to do, with people to visit and
teach. The days are coming and going like never before!
The big news and big change for the week is that they sent
another missionary here to McKinney to help us out with the work. We
are in a trio! The other Elders in our district were Elder Patton(DL)
and Elder Bowden. Elder Bowden was sent home in
the first week of the transfer for personal issues, and after a week in
Garland, we talked the AP's into sending Elder Patton to McKinney to
help us out. I've always wanted to be in a trio! And the best part
about it is that Elder Patton is actually cool!
He has good Spanish. He is from Roy, Utah and he played baseball in
high school. We have lots in common and the three of us all get along
really well. This is going to make my fifth transfer in one area, and
third transfer with the same companion, so much
Our branch president is President Garcia. He is in his early
30's and quite successful. He is very intelligent and professional and
on top of things. Like on top of things more than anyone I've ever met
before. He could be very good at making people
feel stupid if he wanted to, but he is too loving so he doesn't.
However, even then he has made me feel pretty foolish more than once.
Sometimes he makes suggestions to us in a way that says "why haven't
you thought of this before?' and then I'm like "duh!
why haven't I thought of that yet?" Now that there are no hermanas and
three elders, he is expecting and asking a lot of us. It is
overwhelming and stressful, but it is good for us. It is good to be
stretched and pushed.
We have lots of investigators right now. Almost too many to
keep track of. But out of those, I'd say only a few have real
-Manuel is an older man from El Salvador who lives with a few
friends. He has come to a baptism, a wedding, and church four times
now. Yesterday was the first time that we got him to stay for all three
hours. He is starting to get some friends in the
branch, I got some participation out of him as I was teaching the
gospel principles class, and he is coming along well.
-Lizeth and Augustin are a young and unmarried couple with a baby
boy. Every member of Lizeth's family has been baptized into the Church
within the last year, and she sincerely wants to be baptized as well.
All that is holding her back is marriage and
commitment. Augustin comes from a super Catholic family. He listens,
but as of right now, has no intentions of getting baptized. We got them
to commit to going to court and getting married legally, and tomorrow
we are going over there with Presidente Garcia
to really get them to commit, and he can help them out with the
-We are teaching an atheist right now named German. He is 22 and
sings professional opera. This guy is the next Josh Groban! German is
very different from any other atheist that I have met. He is a very
deep and logical thinker with a surprisingly
open mind. He is very honest with us and told us that the chances of
us converting him are very slim. But I believe in miracles! I believe
in the power of the Book of Mormon and the Spirit of God. So as long as
he lets us come back, we aren't giving up
on him. His mom is very nice. She told us that she
loves missionaries and thinks we are all almost perfect. In her mind,
the only thing that would make us more perfect is if we had coffee
There are some crazy people out there, but these are just a few of the peeps that we are dealing with right now.
-I got the CD's super quick! Wednesday. They were exactly what I
wanted! Thank you! I thought of another one you could send me if you
can find it for cheap. Marcela Gandara: Mas que un anhelo and/or El
-I am eating well, thank goodness!
-Elder Packham cooks eggs, but that is about it. I really don't cook anything.
-Don't worry about gift cards. I'm good! And I'd rather just use my debit card wherever I want to if I ever need to.
-If grandma really wants to send me a package, just some healthy
and filling snacks will do. I can't think of anything that I need right
It's good to hear from home! All is more than well here and you do
not need worry about me. Thank you for all the support and love!