Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week 7: Stray Dogs, Cockroaches, 106 Degrees = Houston Texas

Just a quick heads up, many of you are talked about in parenthesis. K that's all I needed to say first.

Did y'all know that everything is bigger in Texas? It is true. Right when I stepped off the plane in Houston, it was 106 degrees and felt like a sauna. I think I was sweating in the first 3 minutes of getting outside. Another thing that is bigger is the lightning storms. We had a small lightning storm last night (what I mean by that is that it was only for about an hour) but the lightning strikes were huge, and literally felt like they were right next to you (or me, which ever one you choose). Also, we have had a few members feed us, and the food is amazing. Just one side note, that McDonalds actually tasted really good at the airport, after having straight MTC food for 6 weeks, so that was just peachy. Entonces One week down on the mission and everything is really real. I know its crazy its actually real, its no longer fake. 

Here are two pics of my new comp. I'll send more next week. Lo siento, I have been slacking a bit on picture taking. Also my new P-day is Monday, if you didn't know already

My new companion is awesome. His name is Elder Christensen, and he we are like the same person. He played basketball in High School, and soccer, is a huge NBA fan, says cute a lot (I can't believe that one, because I had never met anyone who says it as much as me, but he says it even more, so it's totes cray cray). So basicamente (basically) it's been really funny but don't worry Elder Fitt he's not as cool as you, cause he doesn't just do what he can, plus he is not as crazy as you, frankly I don't know anyone who could be as crazy as you with the exception of Elder Craig, but ya it has been fun. I also got one of the nicest apartments in the mission. It has two separate bathrooms, a really nice kitchen and living space. I also have my own closet, entonces I feel pretty spoiled on those parts of the mish. So I lucked out. This part of Houston is crazy though, and in a way I think I lucked out being here than anywhere else. I am right at the very bottom of my mission boundaries, and am actually in the city of Houston, I am about 5 minutes from downtown, so I can easily see the skyscrapers from the area I'm at, just to give y'all a good perspective. My mission is called the Ghetto of the mish. I can't believe what I have seen in the past few days. Some of the houses are just held together by a little bit of stucco, a roof that in many areas looks like it will fall over. Don't get me started on the yards, oh my Elder Gosch, if y'all saw these yards (mom if you saw these yards you'd go crazy) you'd want to do a giant service project (Teddy get down here and do a service project for the city of Houston, I know you'd get so many hours for your eagle, but you know it might take a little while, and plus you only have like 20 days left, unless you got it) sorry random little side note. I have wanted to do so many service projects, but Elder Christensen said that the people here just don't care about things like that. Another thing is that in this area there is trash everywhere, there is also a huge amount of random stray dogs that just roam around. A funny thing is that I have started counting the amount of white people that I see. I have only seen about 7 white people (who are not missionaries) in the whole last three days. It is crazy! But on Saturday, we had a FHE activity with the ward, and it was scripture Family Feud, and it was so much fun. The ward is so fun. All of them have very sweet spirits and they are so kind and loving, and also so patient with me, because my Spanish is very bad (and by very bad, I mean, very bad, like awful) (Dad remember how learning Spanish was tough for you, well I think that I just started on the same boat as you, so now we are sailing together) (But I'm sure it won't be harder than speaking Japanese and Chinese like Elder Fongy and Elder Merrill, I'm sorry Ethan and Cuerdan). Oh one thing about Mexicans is they talk so flipping fast. I thought Hermano Mecham talked fast (yes I am talking about you Hno Mecham).  But no, these people talk insanely fast. I feel that when I'm finished translating one sentence a person just said, the person has already said 3 different things, and then I get really lost. Like even if I had a map I would still be lost!!! So veryyyyyy lost. So that has been fun (sarcastic British accent is how I said that, but if you don't want to read it that way you don't have to, because God gave us agency; so you can choose) (Brin I am not sure if I use a semicolon there, let me know I did it right K?) So overall it is worse than Santaquin (that one is for you Tessy).

That being said, I am so glad I have the opportunity to be here. I want to help these people so much. Yesterday we had the opportunity to teach a man named Lorenzo. He looks like he is his 50's and he is a super nice guy. A member took him to church yesterday for the first time, so he already knew a little bit of the doctrine. So that same member (Hno Robles, the ward mission leader) was present when we taught him. As we taught (let me rephrase that, Elder Christensen taught most of the time, because I can't speak Spanish, but don't worry I did bear my testimony, which might have helped a little bit) the spirit was definitely there. We shared with him how the Restoration could help him in his life. It was an amazing lesson because of the fact that Hermano Robles was there. He talked just as much and maybe even more than Elder Christensen did, which was amazing, because we then had 3 witnesses of the same doctrine. By the end of the lesson, we could really tell that he was focused. Elder Christensen looked at him, and asked him if he would like to be baptized. He said that he would. It was a great testimony builder to see the spirit work that great for Lorenzo in that moment. It really is true that the spirit is the teacher. 

One more experience that I would like to share, is that last night we had the opportunity to do service for a member and help move their house, because it was being evicted. It is so sad to see people who have so little, who are members of the Church. It has really changed my perspective, of how I can impact people. We had two other Elders from our district help us out: Elder Walker and Elder Awong, and it was a great opportunity to help a family out, who have so little. I know I am here for a reason. Heavenly Father has sent me here to help bless these peoples lives, and I am excited. I know that the spirit works in so many ways, and will help me bless these people. I know that the Book of Mormon is the key of our church. It really does contain the fullness of the Gospel. I know that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God, and that today we have a living Prophet even Thomas S. Monson. I know that Heavenly Father really does love us. He is watching out for us, and is there to help us when we fall. I love this church. I am grateful for all of you. The MTC was amazing, and looking back on it, it was actually easy. But now I am here, and am excited to go serve, and with the Lords help, change peoples lives. I love y'all. Always remember that God blesses those who ask for help. Do what us priests used to do in Sunday School, ask the Bishop for money (those of you in the mission field, that might not work as well as it did with my home ward bishop, but if you want to you can try it:) . Even though some times he wouldn't give us money back, there were always those times where he would. Our Heavenly Father is the same. When we actually ask for something with a pure intent, Heavenly Father will find the right time to give us what we need. My favorite scripture is 2 Nephi 26: 23-24 (Bryce this for you), I know that Heavenly Father loves us. Because He sent down his only begotten son, for the purpose of loving us, and saving us. For Behold I testify to all of you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness. He loves all of us. I leave that testimony in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. 

I love Y'all. Hasta Luego.

Love Elder Heiner 

PS I have a little side note, for the people who were in my district in the MTC, I never got Elder Flake's Email, and it saddens me to the bone, that I don't get to hear from him, or talk to him. So if one of you could get me the Email, I would love you forever.

PPS Elder Bell have you seen your girl friend? You know I kinda miss saying that to you every night. But don't worry, I say it to you over Email. 

PPPS I would love to hear how all y'all are doing. But if you don't write me, then I just cry. Not literally but maybe figuratively. But whatever works, works, you know, cause I don't know. K anyways Nos Vemos. 

PPPPS Sorry I thought I was done but I am not. Actually I really think I am this time. K Recuerda Quien Es:)

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