Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 18: Flooding is FUN!!

Houston floods
  
It's so crazy how long I've already been out. Yesterday was my 4 month mark, and it honestly doesn't feel like I have been on a mission for 4 months. It's probably because the weeks go so darn fast. Just like this last one. This week was fun. I got to go on 2 exchanges this week. Exchanges are always fun because I get the opportunity to go be companions with someone else in my zone. The first one was with Elder Pogroszewski, and we were in his area. It was a lot of fun. Elder P. has a ton of energy and is super funny. He also is a great teacher. He is pretty amazing at it, considering the fact that we both came out together. We had this amazing lesson with a girl named Angela. She is not keeping very many commitments, which was super frustrating. She also won't give up smoking. So we taught her about fasting, and showed her the "Hope of Gods light" Mormon message (we share this to a lot of people, and it is amazing because investigators, less actives and strong members, can all relate to this message, in some way or another). We told her that the only way you can find happiness, is first pray to God and then fast to be able to receive an answer to your challenges. We told her that she may not even like the answer that she gets, but trust God, and everything will be OK. She told us that she was just thinking that right as we said it. It was funny because it kind of scared her. But I know the spirit taught that lesson, not us. But overall it was a great lesson. 

The other exchange was with Elder Bonzo. He is in a biking area, so we got to ride bikes the whole time. A lot of lessons fell through which was super sad, but we had one lesson with a guy named Daniel. He has a baptism date for November 15, and is really excited. He has been through a ton. He had addictions to drugs and alcohol, and his life was getting worse and worse. A few months before Elder Bonzo had met him, he had given everything up, and wanted help from God. It is no coincidence that Elder Bonzo and Sellers found him. We shared with him the "Hope of Gods light" video again, and he related to it almost exactly. It was crazy. He was so open with us about his past, and I was grateful for the opportunity to meet him and help him. We even got him to meet a couple of YSA's in our ward, which was perfect for him. Fellowshippers are so important btw. On our way back home, the wind had gotten really bad and it was blowing straight in our faces and we had to bike 3 miles to get back home. That moment when you are peddling as hard as you can and you are going a good 4 miles per hour, yeah that was us. When we got back to the apartment, I collapsed on the floor because my legs hurt so bad. Our exchange went into the next day as well (Saturday). Saturday morning it was raining so hard. We kept getting flash flood warnings at like 2 am in the morning on our phone. There were so many streets that were flooded. It was crazy. On Saturday we did a lot of street contacting. Contacting on a bike is so much better than in a car (because in a car it is a little bit more difficult for obvious reasons). It was nice talking to everyone we passed, and saying hi to everyone. It was weird when we switched back, to not be on a bike anymore because I felt like I wasn't working as hard, it was sad :(

More flooded streets

This week we also had Zone meeting and learned a lot of great new ways to teach. President Mortensen has amazing ideas. The scripture that we are going to start using a lot is Acts 19:1-6. A lot of times when people tell us that they have been baptized by the another church, its like a mechanism goes off in our brains like oh no . . . But now when people tell us that they have been baptized by another church, we are going to show so much happiness. Because what they did was a great act of faith, except it wasn't by the authority. Well the Acts scripture explains how many disciples were baptized under Johns name and not under the Saviors. So they were baptized again. This is the same principle (except I am leaving out a lot of details). So we need to help those who have already been baptized that they are amazing for following the example of Jesus Christ, but that they need to be baptized again under the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of God.

Our zone (take 1)

Well, transfers are tomorrow and I am leaving Liberty. It's been a fun 3 months, but now President is sending me off to some new place. I am excited to serve wherever I go. I know that the Lord will help me, just as he has helped me serve here. It's time to leave my baby area and start a new. I will be leaving a lot of great people, a great ward, and a great view everyday. Already in these 2 transfers I have started to see a change in me. I have become much closer to my Heavenly Father and my savior Jesus Christ. There is no way that I could be here on a mission without their help. From that first week in the MTC, that felt like an eternity, to now, I know that my Savior Jesus Christ has been carrying me through the tough times. I know that he is carrying all of you as well. I encourage you all to solamente (just) think of positive things. If negativity comes, find something positive. I have found that a lot of the people that don't have too much out here, are so happy. We are blessed with so much.

Our zone (take 2)

I love you all. I hope, wherever you are, remember that your savior KNOWS YOU. He is helping you in your hardest of times as well as the easiest of times. Stay Classy my friends.

Love Elder Heiner

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