Monday, February 29, 2016

Week 14 - Brazos, Texas


Hey Framly,
This week was a doosey to say the least. We Dropped off Elder Steed at the Mission home on Monday, and after that it was just me and Elder Grimaldo I love this guy!! He is a really good trainer. He makes sure that I am always getting my studies in and he helps me with my Spanish a ton!  He has been such a blessing to me this week. It is slowly getting uncomfortably warm here.  We had to drive Elder Steed all over creation during February and we thought that we had run out of miles.... Apparently those miles were excused.. But we were on bikes all week. That was super fun, but also really, really hard. Our apartment is just about a mile outside of our area, and the closest people that we visit are like 3-4 miles into the area. We biked like 30-40 miles this week at least. And what sucks is that Texas drivers don't give a crap. I was almost hit like a bajillion times. I almost got hit by a dang school bus. I could have touched it with my elbow had I extended my arm!!! That was super freaky!! I also got attacked by like 3 dogs this week. There are a whole bunch of stray animals here. I had to punch one of them in the head. LoL "FINISH HIM" 
This guitar that I "acquired" is saving my life.  Playing it keeps me sane. 

Our investigators are not keeping their commitments and it is making me sad.  Agency sucks sometimes but other than that I am doing great!!!  I spoke in sacrament meeting Yesterday!!  I chose to speak about temple work and it was awesome. I stood there for 5 minutes in the middle of my talk without saying anything. Then I told them how uncomfortable it was waiting and that is what our ancestors feel like waiting when we don't go to the temple.  It was the best thing I have ever done.  The talk was in Spanish, because the whole Branch is Spanish. I mailed home a written copy of it. 

Today at Walmart, this lady (I can only assume she is a member) came up to us and handed us each a Subway card with $10 on them and said, "enjoy lunch on me today, gentlemen." It was super awesome.
We have recently found a new Nashville Tribute album and we jam to it in the car all the time. It is super fun because neither of us are good singers but we just belt the words and laugh the whole time.

We also frequent a talk called "The Atonement is Real" it has portions of talks from President Eyring and Elder Holland. It is really really comforting and powerful.
You should see my study journal. I go hard during studies. and my lesson plan note cards. I am quite proud of them.  I wrote this during personal study this morning:
Zion: thy God Reigneth

Found in Mosiah chapter 15

Upon the mountain sweet
o how peaceful are the words
they carry on their feet
for the founder of this proclamation
who has all those redeemed
shall raise about a mighty nation
of all he has esteemed
the path is set, the way is clear
to follow our good shepherd dear
for the people will divide asunder
lost are those who shameth
voices the first morning thunder
Zion, Thy God Reigneth


I will talk to you next week!  
Love Y'all
Elder Greemehs
                                                             Me and Elder Grimaldo

The Plan of Salvation
This was the progress of our first day biking... hahaha it was super tiring😂


Do not try the sugar cane one. It is liquid sadness.




Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 13 - Brazos, Texas

***Email me if you would like his address to send him a letter in the mail :)***
 
Hey family! 
How are y'all doing? This week was a crazy adventure. Lots of lessons in which they made me 'lead out' and all of Elder S.'s trunky stuff. On Saturday night, Presidente S called us and asked if we could rush to Hermano C.'s house that is in Damon(about 40-60 minutes away). He said it was really urgent that we get there. So we dropped everything and went. We got there at about 6:30. We had the hardest time ever finding his ranch. When we got there, the whole branch was there holding a big barbeque party for Elder S. because he is going home.  Hermano C has a ton of property with all sorts of animals that roam around freely. He has around 5 horses that we got to pet and play with, a few dogs and a really big cat. There are also wild turkeys on his property. Out in front of his house he has a big pond that is filled with bass and catfish.. cool. He fed us meat from an animal that he hunted. It is some sort of African beast that looks like a water buffalo. He called it a nugi, or neugui. I don't know how to spell it, but it was super good. We are about to drop Elder S. off in about two hours and he does not want to go. Elder G is going to be our new District Leader, making he and I the only two Elders in our district. No new missionaries in our district this transfer. Early in the week we made juevos al infierno, or 'eggs from hell'. They were scrambled with onions, bacon, tomatoes, and 2 fresh habanero peppers cut up into the pan, seeds and all. It was so dang good. Then I ate a raw habanero, because why not?? As I was chewing it up it was almost sweet, but after about 10 seconds I felt like I was gonna die. I had Elder S. film it on my camera. I would send it home, but it is to big to send in an email.

Sister M. is the most amazing lady ever. She is a super member, and an amazing cook.  She has had us over for dinner several times since I have been here.

Another family, The M family are a married couple who just transferred from the Rosenberg ward into the Spanish Brazos Branch. We meet at the same time as the Rosenberg ward. They are super spiritual and love to have us over to help them learn Spanish.

Also, Shipleys donuts are freaking amazing!!!!!!! I ate 12 last week. and when they say filled, they mean filled. Its like eating a water balloon filled with heaven. haha

Elder Grimes


   Pics of the week:
      
We managed to find a guitar!!! Some sisters had it in their apartment and couldn't play it so they gave it to us!



This was a service project that we went to a few days ago, we cleaned up litter on the side of a few big roads. 




                           My camera has cool abilities.  Elder Joy (from Inside Out)
                                    
                                            Elder Sadness

                                         Elder Anger

                                   Juveos al Infierno


We were at the M.s' house and she was cooking so we asked if we could all try her hang thing while we waited. It was super duper freaky to be upside down. 


                                      You cant beat a Texas sunset.        






    
                                        

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Week 12 - Brazos, Texas

**Email me at buffergrimes@gmail.com if you would like his address to send him a letter.**


"Hey!
The branch is great. There are about 4 families that are active right now. They are all doing very well. We usually get between 30 and 60-ish members to come to church every week. The branch president, President S. is so great and always talks about covenants. His wife is awesome and lets us wash our clothes in their house every P day. They have two children, Eduardo who is a returned missionary, and Jennifer who is like 14. Eduardo is married and has one daughter and another one on the way. They are in the branch as well. Their clan is super fun!! Our ward mission leader is Brother T. 
The C. family is another active family. They are an older couple with children that have moved out. We had a lesson with them last Sunday and it went so well. This lesson is a new thing that President Hall is having us try. We ask guided questions that have the members teach us the lesson of the restoration.
1. Who is Heavenly Father to you?
2. How has the Gospel blessed your family?
3. Could you share your testimony about prophets and how dispensations work?
4. What did Jesus Christ do while he was on the Earth?
5. Could you briefly explain the Great Apostasy and bear testimony of it?
6. What was the restoration and why was it important?
7. How has the Book of Mormon changed your life?
After we finish with this activity, we explain to them that they are going to have a competition. We ask them to write as many names of people they know who are not members of the church on a piece of paper as they can, while we sing a hymn. It works so well. We have received so many referrals this way. The day after we had this lesson, Sister C. called us to her house in a very urgent manner. When we got there she explained that a liver had been found that would be suitable for her husbands body (he has had liver problems and been in a wheelchair for several years.) We gave him a blessing that all would go well. He got the new liver and is now recovering in the hospital.

We have a term as missionaries for the ladies that take care of us, "Mama Galletas" It means cookie mama. hahaha We have 3 or 4 of them in our branch. Sisters C, S, M, and R. they are all so great to us. They make sure we are fed several times a week.

We were tracting a few weeks ago and found a family that were very accepting of us and we have been teaching them ever since. The A. family. They are super prepared for the gospel and we have had a bunch of spiritual lessons with them. We think they might be ready for baptism. I have learned that teaching in Spanish is really hard, but the natives really love it when they see someone trying to learn their language. They have been really helpful. Yesterday we found a new investigator named L, she is like 60 and is the nicest lady ever. we taught her the restoration and she had a bunch of really good spiritual questions. We have another appointment with her on Thursday. This area is progressing really well. Elder S. goes home a week from today and Elder G. and I have a plan to start my language study as soon as he is gone.

 Love you guys!!! Gotta go. Talk next week"

                                               Brazos and Texas
                                                 Selfies for days!
                                           Houston and Texas
                                          Brazos Meetinghouse

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Week 11 - Brazos, Texas

Email is still being weird but luckily it was my birthday and I got a letter from Elder Grimes.  Also, we waited this week to post hoping for a picture of his Zone and we got it via facebook :)

"Hey MOM!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I have no idea when this letter will get to you, but I hope it is around when it is supposed to!  I miss you a ton and I'm super bummed that email isn't working. Maybe letters work better than email.  They're a lot slower, but they work. I miss our random adventures, I know that you guys are still going on all sorts of crazy adventures and I would really like to hear about all of the fun things you guys are up to.  Yesterday Elder G. was sick so we stayed in for most of the day.  This morning we all felt like total crap.  I feel like I'm dying but at least I have time to write home and scare my Mommy!  HaHa Congratulations on turning 29 again....  Thank you so much for everything that you have ever done for me.  Thank you for raising me the way you did.  I'll be thinking about you all week!  Eat some garlic mizithra and an extra piece of cake for me!!
-Elder Grimes- "

                          In case this is too small, he is on the top row, third from the right :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Week 10 - Brazos, Texas

**Email me at buffergrimes@gmail.com if you would like his address to send him a letter.**

Another weird email week as the server wasn't quite working right again, it was better than last week though.

 "Hi, this week has been a long one. I hope you guys got the letters I sent home.  Read Doctrine and Covenants 101:4-5. We must be tried. I guess one of those trials was last week not being able to talk to you guys.  Long week to say the least!!  We were out knocking doors the other day and we found this puppy.  I'm pretty sure it's a young Dingo.  Nonetheless, it was the nicest little dog ever!  Super playful and wanted us to pet it nonstop.  It followed us to our car and we didn't know where it lived...we thought about taking it home with us ;) then some old lady came out of her house accusing us of stealing her dog!  The thing was a cute little turd and I'm proud of the picture I got of it.  I saw an '89 suburban this week!  I have been trying to do sweet wheelies. haha, I have to tuck my right pant leg into my sock so it doesn't get eaten by the chain and sprocket. haha learned that the hard way and I am down to just one suit. the MTC dry cleaning destroyed one of them and the hem came undone in the pants of the jack skellington one. Just the window pane one left.
We had a triple mission conference with President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Corbridge of the seventy.  It was incredible, both of those men are so inspired.  They had all of the missionaries in attendance shake both of their hands.  It was an amazing experience.  As you got closer to them, the spirit got stronger and stronger.  Something about being in the same room as a prophet of God, the spirit was so powerful.  President Nelson shared a great scripture, one that I needed to hear today.  Doctrine and Covenants 101: 4-5.  It says how we need to be chastened and tried.  Because those who cannot will not endure, cannot be sanctified.  Trials and hardships are put in out lives to help us learn to rely on the Savior and His Atonement.  It is more than sufficient for our needs.  The Son of the Living God, A Perfect Man without Sin, was the only way that we could be saved from ourselves.  He said, "Some must go where few dare follow" (SO COOL)  and "If we knew who we were before this life, we'd be terrified."  It was super cool!!! President Nelson talked to us for almost two hours.
LOVE YOU ALL"


       "I feel like these sunsets are Heavenly Father saying, 'Thank you for sharing the gospel'"

                                                            The dingo-dog
                                                      Looks like he is eating well

Week 9 - Brazos, Texas

This week there were problems with the ldsmail server and we received one short email and then one more short email with the subject line of "anyone?"  then nothing for 2 hours.  This email was finally delivered:

"This week was super fun and really fast. I feel like it was just Pday. That was a week ago.. We are working really hard to be able to find people to teach. But we are struggling just a little to find people. We have also had a few run ins with some Testigos. They are so sketch. Legit, they scare the crap out of me. 
We are having Elder Nelson come and speak to us on Saturday. Thought that might be something cool to share.
We just went to Walmart and bought our groceries. I only used my debit card because I bought a backpack and some other necessities to survive as a missionary. They make 'ALOHA COCONUT' chapstick and I bought two. Best decision I have ever made hands down. I also bought a few hotwheels... they were trucks and I have a problem.

I love Y'all"

We were so sad that we weren't able to email back and forth for a few minutes with him and to see how he is doing as that is what we have done in the past.  We sent him a letter overnight so that he would know that we hadn't forgotten him.

All 5 of us at home got hand written letters later that week.  He is doing really well here is some of what he told his Dad:

"I know that what I'm doing is right and that it's important.  I'm struggling, but I'm happy.  It's the weirdest feeling ever.  This is really hard to do , but I'm happier than I've ever been.  You told me so! haha  Another weird thing is that I'm one of the tallest people in our branch!  I love being tall for a change."

"I know that My Redeemer Lives.  I have no doubt in my mind at all.  The Restoration is a FACT!  I know that Jose Smith saw our father and Jesus Christ.  I am thankful that I get to share this truth with all of these short people! 
I love you so much!
-Your little Elder
-Elder Grimes"