Monday, April 14, 2014

Back to Hemet for a Baptism!

April 14, 2014 

Dear Family:

Monday we had a weird P-day. We had to help everybody with moving and stuff so we didn't get a normal P-day.  

Tuesday we had district meeting. We had a mini ZDM before DDM with the whole zone to go over all the zone stuff for all the new missionaries in the zone. Almost every companionship was changed. Elder Cook is our District leader and we have a sick district. All Elders! In DDM I was asked a question that had to do something about being a good missionary. I told them you have to know you can be a good missionary and then know you are good. So in other words have swag. I went on talking about how you have to know you’re good like the prophets do. Long story short I told them they need to have prophet swag so now that is our new district motto haha. Then we took Elders Cook and Godfrey shopping because Elder Cook got here too late on P-day to do it. We had a lesson with Gus, Michael, and Ron and Karen. Karen has a major concern with the word of wisdom. She shut us down pretty hard on it. We caught the sisters in our ward poaching on us. We drove past them and they didn't see us. I found out it was the investigators they brought to church the last week and they didn't even tell us they live in our  area. That night we ate dinner with them at the Bishop’s house and I gave them a pretty hard time about it ha. We can only eat with them at the Bishop and Ward Mission Leader’s house. We got a call from Elders Cook and Godfrey and Elder Cook was sick. He talked to the mission nurse and she thought he might have appendicitis. So we ran him to the hospital and he had a really crazy flu bug that has been wrecking people.  
Elders Wood, Ringwood and ?
Wednesday. So this week there was a bunch of J-dubs everywhere. They have a big event for Easter they are putting pamphlets out for. When I find it on doors I steal them haha. Maybe not the most honest but hey they are trying to steal my investigators!! I realized it on Wednesday because we had to move streets because everybody's door was getting knocked like 3 times. Another lesson with Michael. He is pretty weird. He likes to try and be an intellectual, but he doesn't know that much. Once he threw out something that he knows about the Bible that I don't think a good amount of the members know about but isn't really important or relevant but does take some paying attention to notice. I think he used to be really smart but has messed himself up with weed. There is a potential we knocked on and I thought it was her. I gave the worst door approach ever I thought it was her, but didn't introduce or do anything I just tried to get in, or set a return appointment. They crazy thing was that she actually had been wanting to talk to some missionaries so it worked out even though it wasn't who it was supposed to be. It went so well I didn't figure out it wasn't who I was looking for until we were leaving and I said thanks Chelsea and she said “Close, that is the house owners name! My name is Ashley”. That night we taught a member’s (Joey’s) friend. Her name is Daliah. She should be getting taught by the YSA but Joey doesn't like them as much so he asked us to. She lives in our ward boundaries, so we taught her, set expectations, got her on date and passed her over. I didn't want to but Elder  Ringwood made me. They have known about her for a while and they just haven't done anything. If it goes too long then when he leaves I will pick her back up. She is one of those really solid awesome people if the missionaries met with them like they should they would be baptized in 3 weeks. I hope they can get it done now though.  
 Fishing on P Day at Lake Elsinore State Park (Elder Cook)

The Lake Elsinore District at the Lake to Fish

Thursday we ate with Ron and Karen at a member’s house. It seemed to go really well! We found out later things hadn't gone quite like we had hoped. We also met with Michael, and then Martha. Martha that night. We were supposed to go to addiction recovery with her but she didn't make it in time so we just had a lesson at her house.  

Friday we had to come check our E-mails and unlock the family history center for the zone so they could. President Smart texted us and told us about an E-mail he sent that everyone needed to see before Sunday. It was about sharing the new "Because of Him" video the church put out. You should watch it, it is super cool. So we were asked to have as many people as possible in our wards use it. So you guys should too. It is powerful and can get people to ask questions. Friday was awful. We couldn't get anybody to let us in. We finally got one lesson with a sort of less active part member family,  but the one we were after wasn't there.  
Elder Ringwood and the Local Wildlife


Saturday was crazy! That morning we went to a baptism for somebody the sisters baptized in our ward Matt Green. After that Bro and Sis Hoyt came and picked me up and took me to Corona! It was super good to see them! I got to go back and baptize Veronica. It was cool to see old friends. I had a really good talk with the Hoyts. I even got to listen to the voice mail mom left sister Hoyt. She really liked your message by the way!! The water was super cold. Elder Child doesn't think everything through all the way sometimes ha. He wondered why the font filled twice as fast it did when I filled it. It was because he used cold water! I had to talk Veronica into getting into it. She did not like the cold water. I was so excited by the day’s activities I could have cared less. Delphina broke her shoulder so she couldn't come. She asked me to come see her. I rode with Elder Child there. It was good to see her and Melissa. After that I went back to the house and played with Gunner and Mia (the dogs) that was fun for me. Gunner just pulled his ACL so I didn't get to do much with him. The Hoyts got there and we had another good talk. Bro Hoyt took me back. We had a lesson at 5 with Ron so that is where I had him take me, but Elder Ringwood wasn't there. I called him and he didn't answer. I had a thought come to my mind about something they said earlier so I decided to go check out Michael’s house. They were there. I got my stuff in the car and jumped into the lesson half way. While we were grabbing the keys Bro Hoyt had like 5 seconds so he looked at Michael and said “Hey it’s all true!” It was super funny the way he did it. I really enjoyed seeing them. I tried to figure out why we weren't at Ron’s teaching I mouthed it to Elder Ringwood and I thought he said back that he dropped us. I was like whatever I must have been imagining things and just trusted him that he knew where we should be. It turns out that he did drop us. Ron and Karen didn't like something that was said at dinner that was said, but they wouldn't come let us talk to them about it. Somebody asked if only men can hold the Priesthood and the member we were eating with said men hold the Priesthood and women have other important responsibilities like having children. I don't think that is their real concern because she is the type if somebody says something she doesn't like she will tell them. I think there is a lot more to the story, we are still trying to get to talk to them. We will see how it goes though. That night we met with Mario. He was in the middle of stuff when we got there so we helped him, one of the things we did was change a tire. The way things are going I am going to be a record speed tire changer. This keeps happening to me. After that we sat down for a lesson and then his girlfriend Lakisha walked in who is the actual investigator. So we got to talk to her for a little bit. She wanted to go to church and everything.  Mario is holding her back. He didn't want to go to church this Sunday.  


Sunday. Sundays are so stressful as a missionary. Martha came to church! We also had a lesson with her at night. Bro Cassio was there. You have to be careful around her. She gave Bro Cassio a pretty hard time ha. She always keeps things interesting. We had a meeting with Bro Cassio (our Ward Mission Leader) about the "Because of Him Video" because President asked us to and then to report to him how many companionships did it. I really liked it. He liked it enough he sent it to 5 friends right then! He is awesome.  Bro Cassio doesn't really care what other people think about him. Well I can't think of anything else to write and I am sick of sitting in front of this computer so that’s it! Have a good Easter!! Love ya tons!!  Elder Wood

Elder Wood and Elder Cook