Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 16: Hoarders, Elderly Convention, and The Temple

This week was filled with service opportunities. Our first one came on Tuesday. We had the opportunity to help a family in our English ward clean out their garage and house because there were people who were coming to inspect it. We were like . . . YEAH we would love to help, because I feel like that's what us missionaries do, is help personas. Entonces, we went and helped. When we got there and went inside, their house was filthy. Everyone be grateful for what you have because this house was just awful. I don't have words to describe how awful this house was. We helped for an hour, but they just had us move trash to the side, to clear out this one area. It was insane!!! It definitely made me grateful for what I have, because there are elementary school kids who live in that house and I can't stand to think what they go through.

But now on to the positive side of things of service. We had an awesome chance to help at an Elderly Convention because we are "ELDERly" hahaha. . . see what I did there? I thought it was good. But we had the opportunity to serve people and give them food, and other things. We had our whole zone helping out, in our bright yellow shirts, and it was a lot of fun. There were a few elderly who wanted us to come to their house and help them out with more service. I was like of course. I'm excited to help them soon. But the Elderly Convention was so cute to see all those really old people with their spouses dancing. Precious!!! I was like, I hope this is like me and my wife one day.

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to go on an exchange with Elder Norton. It was fun. We first went to Felix's house. He is this really old man who is less active and he is a hoarder (just to let you know). We went to throw away some of his stuff, and all he told us to do was fold plastic bags and put them in a bucket. He was being really stubborn and wouldn't let us throw anything else away. We started thinking of ways to throw things away but he caught us every time. It was fun and really funny. He really didn't like Elder Norton because he always caught him throwing away things, but the good news is that he never caught me . . . Wahaha (That's my missionary evil laugh). We started ripping bags and that helped a lot, but then he caught us again. SOOOOO . . . yeah I now can say I have folded plastic bags and put them in a bucket, one more check off my BUCKET list ;) After we got done folding plastic bags at ol man Felix' house we went and strolled down to the border of the mish, and took some pics of Houston, because E. Norton had never seen the sky scrapers. So after we looked all cute and such we went and taught a recent convert lesson with Raul. We taught him family history, and it was amazing the spirit was so strong. I love teaching the Plan of Salvation and Family History because the spirit is really able to testify that the things we tell them our true. I am so grateful for the opportunity to know where I am from, why I am here and where I'm going after I die, because there are so many people that do not know this truth. 

On Saturday we had the opportunity to go do baptisms for the dead with Lorenzo (who was baptized a week ago). It was amazing being in the temple again. The spirit was so strong. Lorenzo said that it was such a wonderful experience. He was so happy. He had the biggest smile on his face in the temple. I love the temple. I encourage you all to go to the temple. Especially you guys in Utah, because there are so many people who have to drive so far just to get to the temple and in Utah its just right down the road. But I love the temple and I love the peace that I feel there. If any of you haven't been in a while, GO!!! If you can't go inside, go sit on a bench in the temple grounds, because the spirit is so strong on the grounds as well.

The rest of the week was amazing. I am coming closer and closer to my savior everyday. I have pleaded with my Father in Heaven in my prayers for guidance. I have such a strong testimony of prayer and I know that it can bless lives. If your life is hard and you have a lot of trials in your life, CRY UNTO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN!! HE IS THERE!!! I love you all and I hope you have a lovely week. 

Love Elder Heiner 

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