Monday, March 28, 2016

Messages From Heaven

We tracked a lot this week, just inviting people to church and sharing the Easter message about Jesus Christ. We started doing this new finding method called "the message from heaven." It's actually pretty effective. Basically what you do is while tracting an apartment complex you have your companion go to the floor above you, you knock the door and start talking to the future investigator. You explain that you are missionaries and just talk to them for a second. If they
seem interested you say "we actually have a special message from heaven" then your companion drops the book and you catch the book and explain it to them. So far every time we've done it people have accepted the book. It's kinda hard sometimes because it's so funny, but you just have to remember that every person you are talking to is important, so you keep a straight face and really take it seriously while still having a good time.

Really don't have a ton of time to write this group email. I am alive, Easter was good. I really got some great personal study in. Also really didn't take any pictures and I don't have my journal so I
don't really remember anything. I'll write a better email next week. 

In the picture, Elder Gay and I were angels in the ward play during church. It was actually really well done. It made me think about how real the event of Christ being resurrected really was. 

Today this old sister missionary cut my hair and she literally gave me a bowl cut. I might have to fix it myself tonight.

My companion, while we were on our way home from playing basketball for pday, rear ended this guy.  Ugh such a pain. No one was hurt or anything. The cars were pretty much undamaged.

Anyways love y'all
Elder Trev

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sometimes You Get To Play Jesus

This week went by so fast but we got a lot done. We always ask Hispanics what they think about Donald Trump, they always say "El es una racista" We always pretend to agree as they talk  about how great Hillary Clinton and Obama are.
We picked up a lot of new investigators this week, so I will keep y'all in the loop as they progress. Elder Gay got sick last night and literally woke up every 30 minutes to puke his guts out. It was pretty disgusting having to listen to it. He seems to be doing a lot better today.
I got to play Jesus in the ward play. It was a good time. They all told me "bien hecho" which means good job. One night we went to a ward party for an elder that was leaving to Mexico. The food was killer as always. It's going to be kind of hard going back home and having to eat white people food. We had 4 investigators there and the spirit was really strong, they were fellowshipped so hard. Our ward is really social. It's amazing and really makes a big difference.
Last night we stopped by the Hernandez House (guy who owns the car lot). This man is a baller, he started working in he corn fields at age 6. Then he moved here from El Salvador and started his car lot with one car, now he is literally living the American Dream. His house is way nice too, which is pretty rare here. When we got there they were having a family papusa party (one of the best foods that has ever been invented) so we ate with them and just mingled for awhile. There was one member there, 4 missionaries and probably 20 other people. It was way loud but we got everyone's attention and showed the Easter video. Everyone calmed down and watched the video,
the spirit was so strong. Elder Gay and I preached about Jesus Christ to them like Dan Jones in Spanish. We really tried to help them recognize the difference of how they felt from when we started and how they felt while we were watching and talking about the video. They really recognized it and we had a great discussion. It really was cool to see.

Love Y'all
Elder Pattee

Monday, March 14, 2016

Moving Day

This week was a good one. Members treated us really well and we were blessed with success, new friendships and tons of food. Honestly I don't really remember much about this week and I don't have my journal with me.

Saturday was a good hard day of work though. First the Muñoz took us to this sweet place for breakfast. They talked about how they believe in the restoration, how it makes to them feel. They are reaching out to their family too and even brought extended family to church with them on Sunday.
We helped move an investigator, she's a school bus driver. She had so much furniture in her house it was ridiculous. We filled up 2 U-haul trucks just Elder Gay and I. But the lady gave us a brand new Bowflex home gym machine because she was too frail to use it. Then both our appointments fell though, so we decided to go knock this huge apartment complex. Just as we peddled into the complex we saw this older black man with this huge U-haul moving in. We asked if we could help, with some persistence we talked him into letting us help. They live on the third story. We literally spent the rest of the night helping this guy move in. There is probably 12 people living there and we have a return appointment with all of them this week. We were talking to this mans wife and she said that moments before we got there, she had said a prayer asking for help. Cool stuff.
Our English ward starts at nine O'clock and the place was just empty. Satin wrecked that ward and our investigators with time change. So we went and knocked on all our 11 O'clock Spanish ward Investigators doors reminding them of the time change. We had 7 investigators in just our Spanish ward.

Love you all,
Elder Trev

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mexican BBQ

This week was pretty crazy. We have a lot of  interesting investigators right now. The Muñoz family is still on fire. We had a family home evening with them, our bishops family and one other recent convert last night. Our Bishop blew the roof off the house with scriptures and solid doctrine. Honestly I didn't even say anything. Joel, the dad would ask a question and our bishop would already have the answer and the next three in his back pocket. We had a lot of fun playing games together. Eventually my companion and I had to leave and they stayed at the bishop's house doing family history stuff. Idk about Y'all but if you can talk an investigator into doing family
history, then you know they are a gold family. We can't even get members to do it. I know I certainly have never done it. We have a few other amazing investigators with dates this transfer and many other investigators in what I like to call "the cocoon" because they are about to sprout into beautiful butterflies. 

We were able to give Adrian and his dad (the family that was baptized two weeks ago) the Aaronic priesthood. I guess funny story of the week we were revisiting a family we tracted into a couple weeks ago. They were having Mexican BBQ, which was an absolute delight. They had a few neighbors over and we were talking to them. One of them was way "burracho" but I got talking to him. In his drunken Spanish he tried to convince me that God had sent me to him to buy him beer because he was too intoxicated to go to the store himself. He really wouldn't drop it and made a surprisingly descent argument considering his state of mind. If I didn't do it he could hurt someone else when he went to do it himself. But, we did get a return appointment with the family we were trying to find, they were sober, really nice and amazing cooks.

The guy we did service for at the car lot, invited us to a huge family BBQ at his lot. Only one person of like the thirty people that were there, was a members. They are really successful family
and are all really hard working which is pretty rare here... We had the sister missionaries with us too and we were just planting seeds everywhere. Apparently when the one member did join the church her whole family was really against it, now her parents are taking discussions and inviting us to family gatherings. Everyone at the BBQ was really nice to us. We actually ended up going inside the car lot to teach a lesson about the Priesthood and give one of the struggling
family members a blessing. So I hope things work out there."

Elder Trev