I absolutely love your first sentence in your email. I tell members here, people in California are challenging when it comes to driving. It's a little better here in Utah, but not much. I see you were up here in Utah, that's so not fair that you were up here while I'm serving my mission. Only an hour away, and with family too!? So you got to experience a tiny bit of snow huh? It wasn't that bad though. You guys missed the start of the peak for snow. It's been snowing all morning today and is supposedly going to have 6 inches of snow. Fun, fun, fun, right? I don't think you would have enjoyed the snow that much though because of pain. I thought I was going to suffer from the snow in the winter because I'm from California and we Californian's don't know what snow is, haha!! But I guess my body has acclimated already? Because it's not really that cold like it was when we came up here for last Thanksgiving. Which is weird! But it's fun with snow. People playing in it, making snow men and all that sort of stuff.
Last week we went on exchanges and I was with the DL. My companion got the short end of the stick, poor guy. (You'll soon see why) He went to go help in the Chinese area. Because I was with the DL, there was a DL/ZL meeting. So there was a big group of missionaries. We went and got free food at the Braza Grill, because missionaries are free to eat. We went like 30 min. away from our zone to this meeting. Then after the ZL got a personal call from James the Mormon who is a famous rapper now, who needed help gathering people to this donation he was doing for refugees like giving clothes and food. Apparently my ZL new him from when he served in that area. Cool huh? So we got to go to this thing and they were shooting pictures and filming small bits for his music video and this charity thing he did for the refugees was going to be in it as well. So we got to meet James the Mormon and there were multiple celebrities there as well, Such as David Archuleta! We got to take pics with both of them and I'll send those along. It was sweet!
Towards the end when they were giving clothes to the refugees, my DL pointed out that there was a former MLB player for the Colorado Rockies. I forgot his name, but he had a bag of shoes that he was handing out. Then the crowd of refugees cleared and he looks our way. He could tell I had big feet and he said "Are there any missionaries here who have size 13 feet?" looking at me! We walk over and he pulls out of his bag, SIZE 13 Kobe 8's!! They are not cheap and I got them for free...it was sick!!! (Doug and I looked it up. Footlocker sells size 13 Kobe's for $200!) Got to meet celebrities, talked to them shook their hands, got pics, and free Kobe's WOO!! It was an awesome day! I'll send the pics to you from my iPad. Thanksgiving was good too. A little awkward at first. So the family we had dinner with are the Driggs, and apparently there a million of them here. So we walk to their house to find out we went to the wrong house. We called up the real people and he said we were at his brother's house. So he came and got us. It was good food. We stayed for a while. Got to use his massage chair, which felt great. Then went to Brother Egan's to hang out play pool and used his massage table lol. Rich people! We got the news Saturday night about transfers. We are both staying in this area. Woo another 6 weeks here. I wasn't too heartbroken cuz we got the ball rolling here now. But we are also losing a lot of missionaries in our zone between missionaries going home or being transferred. So we will see the new missionaries in our zone Friday. Fun stuff. Then other than that not much happened because a lot of people are gone at family or something. Most of the members that we know went to California mostly San Diego 😒 We will figure out soon about calling you guys for Christmas, Heard we can face time so that will be exciting! Talk to you next week!
- Cat Whisperer
I think you guys are up in Utah this week now? Maybe? I forgot. But still it's weird that you guys are an hour away from where I'm serving I mean c'mon guys. This has been a packed week, my companion and I have been working harder and increasing our numbers gradually. Jasmine was baptized on Saturday and confirmed the 20th, her cousin baptized her and I had the privilege to confirm her a member of the church on Sunday in her ward. It's my first baptism of my mission and I only had to wait till my second transfer. So I told my companion he's spoiled for having one his first transfer. Her step father is showing a lot of interest so I hope he will be our golden investigator for the next upcoming transfer now that this one is coming to a close. This is our last week.
Wow did this transfer fly by. Where did it go? I thought I was just called to be a trainer a couple weeks ago? But anyway it's freaking cold up here and it is not ok. Below 30? COLD! It snowed this week so that was fun to see for the first time while out on my mission. My companion and I have had a blast this transfer maybe that's why it went by so fast. 3 missionaries in my zone are going home. And sometimes it's tough to see missionaries go home because we know they get to go back home to their families and we're still working here even though we have only been out an X amount of months. If you guys are up here good luck with the cold and join the party right? Apparently we have been spoiled most of the month with warm weather and I tease members saying that me and my companion brought the weather here with us from California and Alabama. They get a kick out of that.
So funny story you'll get a laugh out of this....so last Monday my companion and I were heading to an appointment with Jasmine. A little background story that my companion didn't want to buy a bike so he got a free bike that was used by previous missionaries from the mission office in a place nicknamed "The Dungeon" where hundreds of bikes are stored. And the bike my companion got has brakes that don't really work. Anyway back to Monday.. so we were headed up a street 2300 E on the sidewalk going against traffic so they can see us and our lights. My companion was in front of me. And we were coming up on a part of the side walk where there's an exit of a parking lot near a restaurant. There was a lady in a silver Chrysler mini van. Waiting to pull out of the exit, but wasn't pulled out on the sidewalk yet with room for us to pass. We thought she saw us coming so we kept rolling. Well crazy lady had her head up her rear not paying attention to everything, and pulled out in front of us. My companion had 3 feet of reaction time and bad brakes and smacked into the side of her car. He recovered himself, as she had a shocked look. He leaned over and said "I'm sorry". She didn't even have the common sense to roll down the window to see if my companion was ok! And then she just finished pulling out and left! My companion wasn't hurt but just shaken up a little.
We were running late to the appointment so we kept going to Jasmine's house with no problems. Tuesday afternoon rolls around and we got a call from the AP's.....uuummmm ok that's not always a good sign. They asked if we were involved in a bike accident on Monday because they got a report. We weren't sure if it was us because this stuff happens quite often. So then the AP's hung up. A couple minutes later we get a call from President Hillier!!? OH NO this is not usual. He talked to my companion about the accident that was reported by this lady... apparently crazy bat lady called the mission office reporting an accident that a missionary hit her "Mercedes" car!? Unfortunately she's not a member otherwise this wouldn't be happening. She also said she pulled over and waited for us and that we just left....we had to explain to President everything that happened and I was the witness. President then wanted to talk to me and I was freaking out because I thought my buns were toast. He asked me "Elder Mushet what could you have done in this situation to prevent this?" I responded "umm stay there a little longer and call the office?" And he was like "no before that" and I was like "umm...fix the brakes?" And he laughed and said "yes go fix the brakes as soon as you can, don't worry about anything this happens all the time, keep working hard and we'll see you later we love you guys" ........crazy bat lady reported us?! We thought it was over but NOPE.
Wednesday afternoon we were at Brother Egan's house (super mansion with indoor basketball court and play room basement that we have Zone activities at because their family is amazing and he's our ward mission leader in one of the 23 wards we have) and we get a call from someone in church HQ in the HR department.....you got to be kidding me...he called and had to ask for our report so he could make records for the church like a lawyer almost... because crazy bat lady apparently threatened to sue the church...so he had to get our report and witnesses about this. We even had to take pictures of where it happened. Just our luck right? While we are on the phone Brother Egan knows the whole story by now and he's laughing at this situation and everything going on. I'm shaking my head at this point. But after that we haven't heard anything sense so who knows what happened. The church might have to pay money to shut her up who knows. That's a great story to tell when I get home. Oye..some people's kids..
I hope you guys are beating the furry goat soundly and he likes it. Yucky dog in a fur coat. Take off his pjs and get them washed, make sure you dry clean them so it doesn't stretch them out, we finally figured out we can't just throw them in the wash after 3 failed attempts with the cats. And with Abby..well it's to late for her just beat her for me. She's my kitty 😁for Christmas Santa will be bringing a bag of cats for you guys. Better not come home in 21 months to see you added to all y'alls nasty animal petting zoo lol. We got a furry brown goat 🐐, two rare lazy what used to be black panthers, and a rare fuzzy grey tiger who preys on spiders well probably used to but now she just stares at it and is like "meh" and goes to sleep. I hope you guys will have a great time up here in "what is this ootah anyway?" With Merle and Squirrel, if you're just staying at their place have fun cramming in their apartment. Don't worry about me we will be just fine with the members fighting over who gets to feed the missionaries on Thanksgiving. We better watch how much we eat this time. Meowpachopskies
Meow-pa-chap-skies or Mow-pa-chap-skies
So Saturday the 19th Jasmine was baptized by her cousin, my companion and I were witnesses so at least we had a part in it right? It was awesome and the spirit was really strong. I talked with her step dad and asked him how he thought of it. He said he loved it and the spirit was strong there. I can feel he's going to be our next one he's awesome. So Sunday the 20th Jasmine couldn't pick who she wanted to confirm her and the Ward Mission leader backed down and well my companion is new so I got to have the privilege to confirm her a member of the church and leave her with a blessing. First time ever doing it, a little scary I would say. But it was really special to be a part of the baptism and confirmation. I can tell you now that just because of that, being out here is so worth it!!
We will continue working with her step dad and hopefully meet him at the font. Transfers are next Tuesday, it went by crazy fast I don't know where time went. I hope I don't get transferred this transfer because now that we got comfortable and the last couple weeks we got the ball rolling and are going to do some more hard work. I love this area....
Our purpose is to learn and become better. That's why Heavenly Father lets trials happen so we can learn, doesn't mean he likes the situation as much as we do but he knows we will grow and become more like him. And I've been learning to love more which I needed and I'm still learning. Just like when Christ was spat upon, mocked, and many other things that happened to him like when he was attacked by Jewish Rabbi's and doctors, he still had a love for his brothers and he never stopped loving them and instead of just cutting them off never talking to them and just leaving he stayed there with them where they encountered him and he taught with simplicity and love for them. That's what I am learning to do. I had the hardest time doing that in high school but now I've come a long way. "And behold I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I hope you guys are enjoying your Thanksgiving break with family up here as I will be up here. Hang in there, work hard, be obedient, have fun!
This week has turned out really good. Our numbers are larger this week and picked up a couple more people to teach. We have a baptism coming up this Saturday, a 12 year old girl who's mom is a member but not active. So we have been working with them and the mom wants her daughter to be baptized as well as her 8 year old son. We are pretty much teaching the whole family because we are also teaching the step dad who's really interested in the Gospel. He was at church on Sunday and brought the kids too! But the mom didn't come. I feel the step father will be leading the way for the family with his willingness and humbleness, I mean c'mon he brought the kids to church and it was his first time going and the first invite we extended and is in full support of the kids being baptized.
So finally get one this transfer. Not much to tell this week just a lot more lessons and appointments. It's going to snow on Thursday up here. So be prepared. We might actually get a car, the ZL put in a word for us to get one now that the AP's are deciding who gets one. So tomorrow we are actually going on splits with the AP's in our area, I feel like they are doing that to snoop around our area to see if they think we need one. But oh well. Friday was kind of a rough day for us. We had interviews with the President. After we did ours with him one on one, he called my companion in and spoke to both of us. It wasn't fun. For some reason he pretty much broke us down to build us back up again saying that we weren't working as hard as we should of. And told us he doesn't really know why we are together just that he knew it had to be from inspiration. When breaking us down it did not feel good at all. But we walked out of that meeting more humble...and our numbers have improved! I know that I am out here for a reason, why I am here I haven't figured that out yet maybe I just need to meet that one specific person to teach but who knows. I know for a fact that this gospel is true. I know for a fact that Christ lives today by how many times I needed to be picked up. believe it or not missionaries still need to be picked up to. I know that being able to walk in Christ's footsteps is one of the best experiences I will have. I never knew it was possible to love people that you never met in your life and could only see them for a couple of months. I know the book of Mormon is the word of God and I know it was recorded by ancient prophets. I have grown to love it dearly and learn something new from it every time I read it. This mission is not easy. no one ever said it would be easy, but when I come home I know that I could do anything with Christ on my side and by also setting goals and plans. I love my mission, I love the missionaries here and the leaders. I love teaching and serving people. I love my family. I have let go of the past from school back at home. Not only is the Atonement for washing away sins but can also help you forgive. I miss home, and you guys, and the animals. But I know it will be the hardest thing to do when the time comes to leave this mission in 20 months. I love Jesus the Christ, my Savior, my Redeemer, and my Brother!
For Halloween P-Day we did our usual in the day time like shopping and laundry. We got into a sports mall for free because we are missionaries. I'm starting to call our tags, "Do what you want, and get away with it badge" here in Utah. At the sports mall we played raquette ball. After we were done we had to get dressed again and head over to the mission office. We got direct orders from President Hillier that every missionary in Utah had to come because they didn't want us out during Halloween. We got to watch a movie, "The Other Side of Heaven" and the writer/producer came and did a Q and A. The reason being is because he and president go way back to when they were both bishops. So pres got the hook ups. They fed us pizza and junk food it was great! We've still been going to Mike's to help him out with service, thats all we really can do now. The other night his son came out and socialized with us because we were talking about games and he's really into that. So we finally got to meet him and talk to him because he's usually hiding in his room 24/7. That was a fun night too. We've ended up going to a bunch of ward parties too. This week wasn't too good when it comes to our numbers that we have to report in to the District Leader on Sundays. One day this week we had 3 appointments set up for lessons for 3 different people. Whelp...all 3 of them cancelled. All of them! It was a horrible day! I made my own saying now "Tis the season for no one wants to meet with the missionaries because it's the holidays😑". We had to drop one of our investigators because she said she doesn't want to continue them until next year....?! and we had to take Mike off date because he's not making progress... so we have one possible on date. This is going to be a rough month. We have been continuing to work in the Wilford Stake and we picked up two new investigators who are Chinese but Christian, pretty cool! I will share a quote I made and put in my journal so here we go...ready? "And it came to pass that I Elder Mushet being born of goodly parents and being large in stature continued to work diligently in the Wilford Stake with my companion Elder Heyward."😁 pretty creative huh?! Our numbers were a little better at the end of the week. Oh and by the way, we went to the Prophet's ward on Sunday, and we were standing at the door greeting members. Well President Monson came this week and we held the door for him! AND we also sat like 5 feet away from him in the row in front of him and to the left a little bit. I don't think it gets closer than that! But no biggy right? He had a bunch of security there with him and his daughter. Unfortunately we didn't get to talk to him or shake his hand because his guards getting him in and out as quick as possible because he's not as healthy as he used to be. He came in style though, rolled up in a Bentley and had shades on as he walked in. He's got class haha!! Oh and also we had dinner with a family who are related to the Moberly's and have been to Simi many times. Sometimes it's hard to write everything down for you guys that happened in the week because it goes by soooo freaking fast now. Please send my mp3 player before I go crazy 😲(His mission allows mp3 players with church music, classical music, and conference talks. I've been busy working on filling it up.)
- And I Elder Mushet being born of goodly parents and being large in stature
Just got this awesome text from a Sister in Andrew's area:
Hi Chris, my name is Cari Wilson and we just had your son and his companion over for dinner. I just have to say what a humble, faithful, and obedient son you have! We loved having him in our home. He seems super happy and is doing well! He seems like a wonderful trainer too. As a mom who has sent out two missionaries myself, I thought you'd enjoy a little update and a picture, just like I did when my boys were out. Thanks for sharing him with us! You've raised a great boy. You should be so proud of him. Let me know if I can ever do anything for him or you. I'd love to help in any way!