"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, March 22, 2015
Week Ninety Six - Stink Bombs, Bed Bugs and Visit from Elder Foster!
David and Elder Denos at Rosalba's!
David gets a lift from the Texas Towers at transfers!
Thanks for writing me and filling me in! I had another busy week, so it went by really fast.
On Saturday I was on exchanges again in Lake Highlands with Elders Ezzell and Perez. Elder Perez is knew in the mission. He is a Jehovah's Witness convert, and very unique and funny. It was the last district building, so we had a council in the morning, a hot dog/pizza lunch at Sam's Club, and then we basically just contacted people all day. But I enjoyed it because I was in a contacting mood and being in a trio always makes for a good time! The people that live right below Elder Perez and Elder Ezzell smoke illegal substances almost constantly, and it stinks up the missionary apartment really bad. Coincidentally, a member gave Elder Ezzell and Elder Perez a real life stink bomb, so we gave the neighbors a taste of their own medicine by dropping this stink bomb onto their patio that they smoke on. It smelled like moldy rotten eggs drenched in gym socks multiplied by 10! We might have been a little too cruel...
So, when Elder Keller left, we were seeing signs of bed bugs in his bed. When Elder Denos arrived, I told him about it, he told his mom, and his mom sent a bunch of professional bed bug treatment stuff to take care of it. He hasn't found any bites, or much sign of bed bugs in his bed, but every once in a while he will find a bed bug on the wall up toward the ceiling or some other strange place. I have been lucky and have not found any bites or any sign of bed bugs on my side of the room, until the other night when I had a dream. I dreamed that there was a big spider on the wall right next to where I rest my head at night on my pillow. It startled me, so I jumped out of bed and turned on the light, only to find a tiny little bed bug! Exactly where I dreamed I saw the spider! And it was making it's way toward my bed! It was very very strange, and this is the only explanation for it that I can come up with: a tender mercy of the Lord (1 Nephi 1:20).
The highlight of the week was Thursday when we had a zone conference in Heath, where we had the privilege of being taught by Elder Bradley D. Foster from the Quorum of the Seventy. We heard a little bit from President and Sister Taylor, Sister Foster gave us a good ol' fashioned pep talk, and then most of the time was taken up by Elder Foster. Elder and Sister Foster both said that they are praying that their grandson son comes to the TDM so he can have President Taylor as his mission president. Now I am convinced that President and Sister Taylor are the best in the world! It was quite incredible to be trained by Elder Foster. It was neat to see that President Taylor was sitting with us and being trained as well. Us missionaries look at President Taylor like he knows absolutely everything, and it was weird to see the roles be switched, and President Taylor was sitting in the learners chair and being taught by somebody that was a mission president 25 years ago! He trained us on how to work with members, how to reach our potential, the importance and power of sincere prayer, and accountability, because apparently in two months the mission will be getting iPads... Just. In. Time! I'm really not too mad about it though. I'm just grateful for another opportunity to meet and learn from another general authority. The more opportunities like that I have, the more I can see that the gospel really does refine us, and there is nothing else on the planet that can teach us and make us progress in life the way the Church can. Between missions and callings and service and many other things, it is all just genius! Elder Foster is so wise, and loving, and confident, his spiritual presence is powerful, and he's just got things figured out. He inspired me to live the gospel more fully, trust in God more confidently, and give my life to Him more entirely. I LOVE BEING MORMON!!!
-I got my voice back wednesday, but I have still had a bit of a sore throat all week. But nothing that has slowed me down.
-Transfer calls were made this morning, and we didn't receive a phone call, so it looks like I will be finishing my mission with Elder Denos in Casa Linda!
-I have no needs or request for Easter. Surprise me!
All is well! As a missionary, the transition from winter to fall to winter is miserable and depressing. But on the other hand, the transition from winter to spring is joyous and splendid, and that's what is happening right now! The other day we were walking in the ghetto, and we walked past a group of thugs without shirts on that were recording a rap music video. That's Garland for ya, and that's how good the weather has been the last few days! It's amazing how big of a difference the weather makes. Congrats McKay! Last transfer officially begins today. Not sure what to think or how to feel, I just want this transfer to be the best one yet! Thanks for everything! Love y'all! Feel better! Have a great week!