Thursday, July 14, 2016

Week 33 - H2

Hi Family,
Monday the 4th of July- We woke up and did our laundry and studies just like always. Then we went to Walmart to do our shopping. Elder Unick and I actually shopped because we are the only ones staying in the apartment. Elder Spjute and Elder Newby just walked around the store for like an hour. haha Elder Spjute bought some Little Debbie pies. We went to the Calvert's and then we drove to Sugarland to drop Spjute at the mission home where we took some bomb district pictures. Then came the sad part, I gave him a big hug and we got in the car and left. Leaving a comp at the mission home is a really hard thing to do. Then we started driving home. We got about halfway when Elder Unick realized that he left his bag at the mission home...So we had to turn around and go back for it. After all that we had Subway and got back to our area. We taught an Investigator family. The parents are D. and R. and they have one son who is like 10. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and the lesson was really powerful! It was fun to work in a trio again. They said that we could come back on Friday. Then we went and saw D.2, another investigator.  President Hall has asked us that we make a focus of using the pamphlets to teach during the month of July, so we tried it. INSTANT BLESSINGS! D. 2 completely understood the restoration. Coolest thing ever to see people understand things. Then we went home and planned for Tuesday. I had to put my mattress on the floor in the other room for the next two nights while Elder Newby was still there.

Tuesday- It was weird without Elder Spjute that first morning. Staying within sight and sound was a lot harder, and waking up in the living room was odd. Studies were normal. We had the running meeting for the new missionaries!! That is where the new guys come and we take them street contacting right off the plane. It was super fun, I ran Elder Flake and Elder Johnson. They were both English and we did not find anyone who speaks English, But I found some Spanish people... Sorry guys. lol.  Later we went and saw D.2 again, we taught him about the Book of Mormon. He is such a cool guy, He just wants to learn! 

Wednesday- We woke up early and Got Elder Newby packed and ready to go then drove the car to the Mission Office. Elder Newby found his new companions and left. That was pretty sad, he is really fun. Elder Unick and I washed the car and dropped it off to Elder Burke, then did some study in the Eldridge chapel (mission office).  We had to wait for some other elders to take us back to our apartment. ugh. Not having a car is super hard! Plus, we have my old area and Elder Unicks old area combined.  It is massive!  We have the Houston medical center, the zoo, the astro dome, and Rice university in the area.

Thursday- Elder Unick and I have a two bedroom two bathroom apartment to ourselves now. Keeping sight and sound is a little bit trickier, but not bad. Lots of space and not a lot of noise anymore. Elder Unick and I are both pretty quite, neat people. We did move my study desk out from the back room and his bed into my room. Having the furniture rearranged makes it easier to get over the fact that people are gone. We each have a desk meant for two people. We have so much desk space and it is the best thing ever!!! We did weekly planning and had to cut it in half because we had an appointment to get to. Nothing too special today. 

Friday- We had a bomb day. We had a set appointment with D (the parents from the first of the week) at 6 that we had planned to go to with Hermana Olaya. Well, we got there and D walked up with a shopping cart full of food at the same time we pulled up. We started talking a little to stall for Hermana Olaya. After about 10 minutes we decided to just start the lesson. We spent like an hour preparing this lesson and we wanted it to be good. We were both super nervous for this lesson because neither of us are too great at Spanish and our member did not show up and we could not go inside. Her husband was not home. If there are not three adult males, including us, we cannot go inside somewhere. This was going to be a porch lesson. so we prayed and started using the pamphlet to teach her the Plan of Salvation. That was probably the second strongest I have felt the spirit on my whole mission. She wants to learn. As we talked about the atonement,  I invited her to be baptized. I said, "Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God, and put the atonement of our savior into action in your life?" SHE SAID YES!! Now we just have to keep helping her progress. 

Saturday was uneventful.

Sunday-  At 7:30 we got a text asking if we could teach Gospel Principles. yay. haha so we had about an hour of prep time because we had meetings all morning. The lesson went great!! It was about our heavenly family.

This morning (Monday)- we borrowed the other guys in our complex's car. As elder Unick was backing out of the parking spot he turned the wheel too early and hit a pole. The bumber, light and quarter panel are ruined. haha just another day in the office - poor guy.
I love you!  Have a great week,
Elder Grimes
 The old district.
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