Monday, August 22, 2016
This week was pretty good. Juan hasn't died yet so that's a bonus in my book. We went on Wednesday and gave him the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the Hospital. The AC I'm our apartment is broken... Our investigator Robin should be getting baptized real soon here. We are just waiting on a few things that are of our control. We are working hard to better the area here in Greenville. We did find 5 new investigators recently and 4 of them are pretty golden.
Every other Friday we got a tortilla factory to do service for a part member family. It's hard work we have to carry huge balls of dough that weigh like 200 pounds and the Mexicans there are always yelling at us. Which is hard because my companion can't understand them. But they are coming to church now and hopefully we can teach their kids more. They said they don't believe in God so that makes it hard. But the oldest son actually asked us for 2 books of Mormon, one for him and another for his friends so I would say that's progress.
The church is still true; and the book is still blue
Happy 9 months to me.
Monday, August 15, 2016
We had a pretty good week here in Greenville. We are running low on investigators so we did a lot of tracting. But we found some cool new people. If you are going to go tracting, go to Hispanic neighborhood, they are way more willing to talk to you then white people.
Juan was not able to be confirmed yesterday because he is in the hospital for a blood clot. He might have to he transferred to Dallas because he is in rough shape. So we might have to confirm him in the hospital.
I got to go back to Grand Prairie and visit one of my favorite families. I only had like 15 minutes, I wish I could have seen everyone else but we had to get to an appointment.
Love, Elder Pattee
|Shaun and Allie|
Monday, August 8, 2016
We had a good week here in Greenville, It looks like I'll be staying here too for another six weeks. I thought I was leaving but I am totally happy to stay. I know all the members and they treat us really well. My companion and I get along pretty good. But... getting along with anybody 24/7 for 12 weeks is a challenge so keep those prayers coming.
We had a baptism yesterday for Juan Lopez. It was honestly the easiest baptism of my whole mission. He literally just showed up at church one day. He listens and remembers everything I tell him. My companion doesn't speak Spanish so I literally had to teach him all by myself. We got everything set up for the member to perform the baptism yesterday and it went perfectly. So consider him officially reactivated as well.
I have some really good member friends here in Greenville. We really don't have very many investigators here but we have been doing a lot of work with less actives. Probably 20 that haven't been to church in years came to church these last couple weeks! And now we are baptizing all their kids.
Any ideas on how to use Facebook as a missionary? Honestly I just feel like it's super outdated. Members of this church are literally "the select few"so I kind of get the feeling they would be socially aware enough to know that Facebook was so five years ago.
The bottom picture is me with the Familia Acosta; he won the garbageman of the year award.
Audius Nunes and Juan Lopez
Monday, August 1, 2016
Ahmad and I had a great week! We really hit a good groove and got into some less actives houses, we were just having a good time with them. Both of these families have unbaptized children. In both cases the main reason they aren't baptized is because the fathers are anti-church. There is nothing stopping us but Satin and he doesn't even have a body.
Juan Lopez came to church, I pray all goes well and he doesn't die before his baptismal date next Sunday. He is really sick. I don't think he will die but he has been spending a lot of time in the hospital. He came to all three hours this week and seemed healthy.
We got FaceBook this week. Pres Taylor and his wife call it FaithBook. We are part of 15 missions in the whole world that have it out of 400ish. If used properly it could be a great way to find, teach & baptize. The other missions that have had it before have had exponential increases in success. If you want to be my friend my page is Elder Trevor Pattee. Basically what I'll do is unfollow you so I don't see all your politically/socially irrelevant posts but y'all can still be my friend to see my missionary stuff. It's pretty cool we are even allowed to teach lessons with friends and family at home if needed via Facebook and FaceTime.
We were on bikes for a good part of this week and my bike peddle broke in the first five minutes. So I had to re-tighten it on about every two minutes with a mini pocket knife. It was a less than desire experience biking 6 miles in 107 degree heat with a broken peddle but we got where we needed to go. Several times my peddle came completely off in the middle of busy intersections and I had to walk back to retrieve it. However the car is fixed now; I wish they would just give us 4Runners so we wouldn't have this problem.
My companion an I put our heads together for this project today🏻🤔🏙 The time lapse videos are definitely worth watching!
Love, Elder Trevor Pattee