Week 66 – Halloween, Rain and Interviews
Birthdays, Interviews and Domestic Violence
Zone Conference, Busy Week and the P-day Gone Haywire
We had a lesson with ********. She got there super late. She had a friend with her that had just gotten out of jail. We talked a bit about what missionaries do. They were all so amazed that we could do all of the things we can do. We also talked some about prophets. Again, the spirit guided us and we had them and her kids listen to the Restoration message. It was amazing. She was in tune to the Spirit. She had so many questions and we had 20 minutes to teach it. Each of he biggest questions were answered by the next point in the lesson. It was amazing. After we got out, Elder Niederhauser asked: “Was that scripted?” It was like someone had written out a MR. Brown lesson. We answered it all and she was so excited that the church is back and we have the priesthood and prophets. She was just so hungry for the truth. It was cool. We gave them all Book of Mormons. It was too much for them to take in so we will be going over it all again more thoroughly soon.
I got y’all a letters by the way. Thank you! Elder Niederhauser enjoyed them too!
Gridley, Elder Jones and Elder Niederhauser
Elder Niederhauser is cool. He reminds me of Ben Teams. He is from Logan, Utah. He just got done with a hard companion and so it looks like he wants to work hard. So that’s good.
We live in a house. It’s great. A big living room is what we use. We don’t really even use the three bedrooms in the house. A big kitchen. Individual bathrooms. Garage. It’s an old house but it’s good. So that’s great.
Anyways, I’m exhausted. Im going to sleep.
Smoke, Catfish and The longest Week Ever
Reading the blog and crying some for Charlotte. I hadn’t seen some of
those pictures. It hurt.
I also love seeing Dixon in every few blogs, wearing the lifeguard
visor that I gave him and Royce. That really makes me happy to see
that either he likes it or remembers me.
Wednesday: I don’t even feel bad about missing yesterday. And that’s
because I didn’t leave the apartment once. Or my pajamas. I was really
really sick. It was horrible. Monday night, we finished dinner and
very soon after I started biking I just started feeling sick. It came
on fast. We kept going and got worse and worse so we came in early.
The next morning it was so bad I had to sleep in and I could hardly do
anything. My throat hurt so bad and my mind was really clouded which
turned into a headache and my nose was super clogged up and I was
sneezing a lot. Elder Kerby was completely fine. I called the Zone
leaders so see if they could go buy me some Sudafed. Turns out they
had some because one of them was sick with the same thing. And it was
the one I had gone on exchanges with a few days earlier. So we assumed
that we had picked something up from someone we had visited. Then they came over and since his companions was fine as well, Elder Kerby and Elder Robbins went out and worked all day while Elder Christenson and I stayed in our apartment and died. I slept a lot. I thought I would
be able to get to sleep last night but I slept ok. So we just stayed
in all say and laid on the couches. It was horrible.
This morning when Elder Robbins and Elder Christenson came to pick us
up for District Meeting, they told us they had talked to their Ward
Mission Leader the day before. When they said they were sick their
ward mission leader told them what it was. He used to be a fire
fighter for the Forest fires in the area and knew quite a bit about
that stuff. He pointed out that it had been the smokiest it has been
all summer. We knew that but didn’t make the connection. We didn’t
realize how bad it was. What happened is that the Delta Breeze (a wind
current that runs up through the valley of California and up further)
has taken all the smoke from the forest fires that are going on in
Sacramento, Gridley, Oroville, Redding and everywhere else, even from
the fires in Canada, and basically pulled all of it into the Auburn
area. So it was a lot smokier than normal. As I write this, I’m
looking outside and the sky isn’t blue, it’s white. If you look off
into the distance, it looks like it’s overcast. But look straight up,
it’s white. So what happens is that the smoke makes everyone feel more
tired than usual, because if the bad air quality. Everyone in Auburn
is being warned in TV to stay indoors or in a car as much as possible.
Elder Kerby and Elder Robbins said they have felt a little more tired
than normal. But the reason why Elder Christenson and I got sick is
because we both breath through our mouths. I do this because my nose
is broken. I don’t remember why he does but the smoke just came in a
wrecked our lungs and made us horrendously sick. This morning I feel a
whole lot better after staying inside all day. But I can’t go outside
because I would be on a bike. I feel pretty good compared to yesterday
but if I went out and worked then I would get really sick again.
So we had to stay in most of the day. We did some administrative stuff
with lists but it’s hard not having any connection. At 5 a high priest
went out with us and we saw some people for an hour and a half. Then
we had dinner with the youth and they asked us questions about the
mission and about it. It was an awesome opportunity to help the youth
see that we are normal people and are just like them and that they can
reach their potential. Yeah, but all of that was inside a car or building, where the air is better filtered. Tomorrow should be spent some inside and some doing what work we can with lessons.
Thursday: I did not sleep well last night. Yesterday there was this
huge wall of fog up north and I woke up this morning and it was here.
I was coughing all night last night. I had to go sleep on the couch to
stop the coughing. My throat feels like it has permanent damage. I’m
sure it doesn’t but it feels like it.
Well right now I’m not feeling the best. Physically I am.
Mentally and emotionally, nope. The upside to the day: An awesome
member of our ward that made the Panamanian dinner for Elder Kerby
made a southern meal for me this time. Fried catfish and grits. It was
amazing. I love her so much. And my favorite ice cream to top it off.
That was amazing. The down side: Everything else! It wasn’t a horrible
day, it’s just everything is building up. We started off the day with
a lesson with ****. It went horribly. The spirit wasn’t there at all
and he is not open to change or to new ideas which makes him
unteachable. He just wants to prove his points and not find answers. I
was trying to just focus on the spiritual part but Elder Kerby and I
ended up wanting to do different things in the lesson so we weren’t on
the same page. It just went horribly and nobody got anywhere. I got
very, very, very frustrated and had to leave the room (thankfully we meet
with him over the phone so **** didn’t know I left) and I was just
super stressed. I just sat there and solved the rubix cube a million
times. That sucked. Then we ended up going to a lesson for a older
lady who is awesome and it was good. She is a member that isn’t very
mobile. But after that we were stuck at the apartment all afternoon.
We ended up calling a ton of members to see if we could have people
come out with us over the next few days. But being stuck in the
apartment for three days when you normally work really hard is tough.
I don’t feel the best physically but I am losing all my motivation.
Elder Kerby is having a hard time too. And I’m just sick
and tired of a lot of things. ****** and **** especially. I feel like we
are doing so much but not getting anywhere. Now we aren’t able to do
anything so we really can’t get anywhere. Right now I feel like nobody
is actually progressing. Neither Kerby nor I are doing well at this
very moment. We were both really…. I don’t even know the word.
Stressed maybe? Nothing is clear to me. It’s just hard. Hopefully I’ll
be fine in the morning.
Friday: It was a great day. We had an awesome lesson with Craig smith.
We just answer some questions he had and it went great. We did some
weekly planning. That was fun. Then we went around with a ward member.
This morning we tried biking to a lesson and it was really hard. It
got hard to breath. So I can’t bike yet. I can be outside, I just
can’t bike yet. But we went around with a ward member and got some
appointments set up with people. Then we went to a lesson. It went
amazing. It was probably the best Elder Kerby and I have taught
together yet we are teaching three kids and they love it and soak it
all in. The Spirit was really there which was amazing and what we
needed after the hard day yesterday. It was awesome. They comprehended
a lot of it as far as we could tell. And we taught it in a short time.
It was amazing. Such a good lesson. We went out to some restaurant
with members and in come another couple as sit down in the next booth,
and with them was the Zone Leaders. So that was really funny and
great. But it was a great day.
Saturday: We weren’t able to do much at all today. We had Brother
Baldridge take us out and drive us around so we could do some work.
Besides that we’re weren’t really able to do much. We filled out some
reports and stuff. I realized how slowly the week has gone by.
It’s been sooooo slow. The week hasn’t been way too torturous but I realized that it has been forever since the last Sunday. It seems like ages
Sunday: Today was the primary program. It was awesome. Love little kids!
We tried to drop *****’s tonight. It didn’t quite work. It was hard. But
we both feel we need to drop him. It was a complicated situation. But
we are going to drop him this upcoming week. That’s most of the day.
Elder Kerby and I got especially fat this week with no workout.
Tuesday: Well, it was a great day! We started off the day with
interviews. It went very well. It’s the best interview I’ve ever had
with a mission president. It just went really well. We talked about
important things and we were both edified by the Spirit. He is such an
amazing mission president and cares so much to learn about us and our
investigators. He even prays for *****. If he does that, he must be
praying for a lot of people.
We found this cool new guy names C*****. We were going down a street
and some guy stopped us to ask if we were Mormons. We said yes and he
said he loves us because we always smile. We talked with him and he
went to church once in Lincoln and he is halfway through the Book of
Mormon. He reads it every once in a while. So we asked if we could
come by another time and talk with him about it and he hesitated then
it was almost as if the Spirit came up behind him with a rolled up
newspaper and smacked him upside the head with it, then he said:
“Actually I would like to meet with you.” And we scheduled something for
Friday. So that was cool. We met some other cool people today as well.
I hurt a lot today biking because I played really hard on Monday. We
played ultimate frisbee.
Update on E****: We called him this morning and he said that he didn’t
want to continue with us anymore, he had some excuses and stuff that
are concerns but not that big. We talked it over with him and he ended
up saying he will keep going with us. He is really, really stressed and
in a really horrible situation. We found out a lot and his situation
today and it’s really hard for him and Satan is attacking him hard.
Tonight we had a ward missionary that is amazing go and drop off a
plate of cookies. We are trying our best to help him.
Wednesday: Elder Kerby and I have been working in talking to everyone
we can. It’s still so hard to do, and no matter how long I am out or
anyone is out, it will still be hard. But we did a lot better today.
We contacted a lot and rode a lot. We had an awesome lesson with a
less active and his wife. They were especially friendly today even
thou we thought it would be a rough lesson because we brought a member
with us and they are in a touchy situation. So it went really well.
I love it when members that feed us have been on missions. I love
hearing Mission stories because they motivate me and make me happy.
That’s why I read a lot of missionary articles in magazines and ask
people about their missions. If you want to Dad, you could write up
some stories from your mission and send them to me. Or any cool
missionary stories that y’all or anyone finds, I would love to hear
them. Anytime during the week, just send me one if you find any.
Thursday: I’m exhausted. We biked a lot today and had so much
scheduled. We started out by biking up the mountain to go do an hour
and a half of service, mostly digging and such, then came back down.
We had a lesson with Jim, which actually went really well. We have
been able to talk less about deep doctrine and specific scriptures and
more on how we can feel the spirit testify to us. We got through a
third of the Restoration, but at least we started one of the lessons
with him. Then we rushed up another mountain to a lesson and then off
to another lesson. Then we biked along this road that goes up and down
half of the mountain like 4 times. It took us a half hour to get
there. That lesson cancelled and then we biked back where we came from
over the steep endless hills and to dinner. I had a lot of energy
during it all actually. It wasn’t bad. It was great. And it felt so
good outside. My body has gotten way too adjusted to the heat. It’s
100 degrees out and we are biking up these massive hills and I think it’s the perfect temperature for biking. It’s going to be hard going home to
One of our lessons was with B****. He wanted to read the scriptures
where the Jaredite civilization gets wiped out. So we took him to
Ether 12 and it started out with faith. For some reason, all of our
lessons with him end up centered on that subject. He is starting to
get it and really wants to know if there is a higher power. So it is
all working well with him.
Saturday: Sorry for not writing yesterday. We started exchanges
yesterday and I didn’t have time to write. But exchanges were good. I
went to Auburn 2nd ward with my Zone Leader, Elder Christenson. It was
nice to have a car for a day. Elder Christenson is from Florida so we
had some awesome talks about the South. I was able to be a witness at
a baptism for the first time, and I wasn’t even in that ward. That was
cool. We went and talked to a lot of people. We did some tracting.
People didn’t like us this morning when we knocked on their door. Oh
well. I’m just really tired right now and I need sleep.
Sunday: Well what a day, for at least part of it. All after dinner.
We decided to stop by and see E****. We found out that he is going
through a really hard divorce and it’s not going well. He has been so
stressed. But we ended up just stopping by randomly to see him. He is
doing a little bit better stress wise. And he has been studying the
church just as intensely. But he got into anti stuff lately. So that
was a fun conversation. He still wants to meet with us and he is still
seeking to know if the church is true. We are going to study and see what we can do to help him. He is still really understanding about it. So it’s shouldn’t be as hard as ****. Speaking
of ****, we had a lesson with him tonight, it went well, we taught some
more of the restoration and he had some sincere questions that weren’t
really attacky, but he is still stuck on the same Jehovah being
Heavenly Father thing, but he has a lot of scriptures to back him up.
We do too but we are avoiding going that way because we are trying to
teach by the spirit and not by proving. And I have been able to
understand him better. So I can help teach a whole lot more.
That’s about it.
Sisters, PTSD and Blogs
Tuesday: Elder Leathers, my second companion, finished his mission
today. He’s home now. That’s my first companion to go home so far.
That’s weird. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been out that long. A ton of other missionaries I know went home too. So that’s weird.
We got sisters in the zone finally. They are actually in our complex.
I think they are the only sisters in the mission in a truck.
We went to contact someone today and this kid set up a lemonade stand
and he put a little piece of paper on it, I thought it was for price but
apparently he was selling “sandwiches”. He had put cream cheese all
over this piece of bread and cut it up to like 7 pieces and put an
olive or a pickle on it. Best dollar I ever spent. It was not tasty at
all but he was so cute and it made him so happy.
I have PTSD. We rode down this huge hill to contact someone and we go
and knock on the door and nobody answers. Elder Kerby and I start
talking quietly while we wait to see if someone would come. Elder
Kerby turned to me to say something. That’s about when I see through
the glass of the front door, a door on the inside of the house off of
the living room and a teenage girl comes….. all she
had on was a bra. I walked to my bike and ran away. It was horrible.
But does it end there, you may ask? Oh no, this is missionary life. Of
course it doesn’t end there. After we go back up the hill to contact
someone else, who ended up not living there, a car drives by asking if
the church could give them gas money. We told them no and they said ok
and kept driving. At the end of the street I see the car stop so I
look up. A girl gets out if the back seat and walks around the car.
And her pants were about 9 inches too low. Then she bent over to check
the wheel or something and then they were definitely too low. It was a
very surprising day and I have PTSD.
Wednesday: We had a good district meeting today. Elder Kerby is
district leader now and that’s good. We also have sisters in our
district. That helps control things a little, when it’s all guy. With our last district leader, it could get a little out of hand but
thankfully it’s better now. We had a meeting with the Zone Leaders
today. Elder Kerby and I plan very differently and have different
opinions on weekly planning and how it should be done. We have
differing opinions mostly because of our mission experiences. Neither
of us are wrong, we just needed to find a solution. This is about the
only thing that we don’t agree on in missionary work so we asked the
Zone Leaders to help us with that. It’s not a problem that causes us not get along, it is just something we needed help with. So all is
good. We contacted a lot today, we ended up going out pretty far
trying to find someone but the house had a gate so we couldn’t get in.
We had a high priest take us out and drive us to some people that we
can’t bike to. I’m super,tired right now.
Thursday: Today was a pretty solidish day. We did some service in the
morning and then went to a lesson at a less active’s house. We are
trying to get him to church but he never seems to be able to make it.
His name is C*****. We have some suits that a member gave us that
are too big for us so we said we would bring them by and see if they
fit. Later, we did and they didn’t fit. But he seemed excited about it.
So we will see if we can get him one that fits. Maybe that will help.
We are probably dropping A******. We don’t think he is
accountable and he just isn’t progressing anyway. So that’s sucks. But
we might keep him. We will talk about it tomorrow.
We had a good lesson with B*****. He always kinda seemed like he
doesn’t want us to be there at the beginning but he is very into it at
the end. He seems like he can make some good progress. He needs to
gain a little more desire and he can really progress.
Friday: Today was awesome! It was just a spiritual day. Especially by
the end. I got this awesome article from Elder Robbins about becoming
a consecrated missionary. Man did that talk humble me. The spirit
just kept calling me out and saying to work on everything. There’s so much I have that I can do to be better. I can be so much better. I am
really not as good at everything as I wish I was. I want to get there.
Such a cool talk.
We had an awesome service this morning. We went to the local airport
and helped clear out a hanger of stuff and move it to another hangar.
There were some awesome planes there. A lot of them were from like he
40’s and 50’s and are restored. There were some really cool planes.
Apparently the guy, I don’t remember his name right now, that broke
the sound barker lives really close to here. Right over in Grass
Valley, in our stake. So that’s cool.
We did a lot of planning and organized today.
We had a good lesson with a less active member about enduring to the
end and it was great. I think that the best part of he day though, was
companion study. It was just awesome. After such an amazing personal study, Elder Kerby and I got into a really awesome
deep conversation and it just edified me. It was so cool. And Elder
Kerby is funny. We were in the middle of a super deep spiritual
conversation and the Spirit was there and we were super deep into it and
suddenly he freaks out at his bike sitting on there other side of the
room. It had a flat tire hat he had just fixed twice and went flat
again. But he just freaked out while I’m the middle of this. He has ADHD so it was funny. But that ended it, which is good because we went over
time anyways. But it was really funny. It was such an awesome day.
Saturday: Going back and reading old blogs in my downtime this morning
was so much fun. Y’all are so funny. I just sit there and laugh and
Elder Kerby looks at me weird.
Went to a ward baptism this morning. It was cool. We got to
give a talk in it. We did a lot of administrative stuff today. Elder
Kerby and I had a frisbee war in our apartment using Tupperware lids.
It was fun. Then he started acting like a pirate because he put some rag
looking thing on his head. He looks like a real Hispanic pirate.
Sunday: We had an awesome sacrament meeting. It was all youth. 5
speakers. It was awesome. All of them were told to choose a topic from
the For Strength of Youth. They did such an awesome job.
We kept trying to see people throughout the rest if the day. Had some
Monday: This morning was awesome. We went disc golfing as usual. But I
got a brand new disc. And it’s such a good disc that most of the holes
I overshoot in the first throw. On the last hole I overshot on my
first throw my a hundred feet. It’s amazing.
I also was just informed a few minutes ago that we are going to be
getting Facebook in the mission. I don’t have details but it’s