Monday, November 23, 2015

Elder Harrison Adams 11-23-15 Newport News, VA

I'm trying to think of what happened this week but it's really hard to think of things. It feels like I was writing my last letter yesterday, time really flies by here. I'll just go over a few small events for the week.

So this Thursday is going to be Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving in the Mission the Missionaries had it off, but our president decided that this year it will be treated like a normal day, with the exception that we can have dinner appointments that are 90 minutes long instead of only 60.

But this Sunday, news got around the branch that we didn't have anywhere to eat this Thanksgiving (we don't know how they got this news), so by the end of church we had about five people set up to feed us. We still haven't quite worked out what we're going to do, although we are allowed to have several dinner appointments that day. So we think that we are going to eat with the Richey family at 12:00. The Martinez family at 4:00. And the Herrera family at 6:30. I have no idea how I'm going to be able to eat that much food! And also we can't fast the day before, because that day is the Birthday of Elder Martinez so we have a dinner appointment with the Frayday family. They are the ones that live on the military base. Last time we went there, we had Korean food, because Hermana Frayday's mom is from Korea, so she knows how to make super good Korean food. We had sushi, lettuce wraps, and a bunch of other side dishes last time, and we are going to have the same thing this Wednesday. But I am really excited for all of the food this week. The Richey family only speak English, and Elder Martinez is super excited to have thanksgiving with them because he has never had a white thanksgiving. So that's what's going to happen this next week.

This past week has been a little rough with teaching people. We haven't had too many lessons, and the lessons we did have were a little difficult. The first lesson we had this week was with a man named Pablo and his family. They are super nice, but they don't quite understand our lessons. That's how it is with a lot of people here. Lots of them have minimal education, and it's rare to be able to find someone who can read. So, a lot of times inviting them to read the Book of Mormon just isn't an option. We ran into that problem a lot this week, and also the problem that Jesus is white. And another one of our fairly solid investigators basically dropped us. That's always hard.

This week though, we did have the chance to work with a lot of new members and less actives. Mainly we met a lot with the Herrera family, because they had the chance this week to go to the temple for the first time. When we went they shared with us really cool stories too. About how they were converted. This was the family that had been investigating the church for fifteen years. They had been invited to be baptized many times, but they still refused to. But they both had dreams after they were invited to be baptized again. Ramon had a dream that he was sitting on a beach. He said it was super calm and he was relaxed, and then all of a sudden a huge wave just came crashing down on him. He was still calm though and remained in a relaxed state the whole time. Belkiz on the other hand, had a dream that her and Ramon were sitting on a dock. Then they both decided to lean back and they fell off the dock and into the water. And that's the reason that they got baptized. They're super strong in the church, and they finally got their van working so now they said they will give a ride to all of the investigators that we have.

Other than that, not much happened this week. Although I did have the chance this week to read the book by Elder Ballard, Our Search for Happiness. It's pretty short, but I enjoyed it a lot. I'd recommend anyone to read it if they have a little bit of time. It brings up really good points and expounds on some key points of doctrine. One part that really stuck out to me was the comparison Elder Ballard made with a house right by a fire station. And this is all taking place in a little town. Now everyone in this town has access to the fire station. Like how everyone has access to the Holy Spirit. But the house right next to the fire station is a lot more protected, because it has the immediate help and protection of the fire station. He then goes on to say how the Holy Spirit operates in the same way. Only those with the Gift of the Holy Spirit have the immediate protection from danger. That's just one thing that really stuck out to me from that book.

Well, it's going to be a little different not having Thanksgiving with my family. Although I was happy to receive a package from Jolie, Clark, and Avery with a few little Thanksgiving treats inside. The picture that Avery colored is currently hanging up in the wall of our apartment. 

I hope y’all have a great week this week, and that y'all enjoy Thanksgiving!

-Elder Adams

We also got bored during one of our dinners, so we set up the Christmas tree we had. 

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