This week has been a little crazy but pretty good. It's been weird
having a companion that is a district leader now. We have good stuff
going on in this area still. Kinda bummed, the last week it got really
nice and warm (only to 60 degrees) at home it would be freezing but 60
here is nice and toasty. We got to ride around on our bikes which was
pretty nice but now this week someone turned off the heat and now it's
freezing again. 30 degree average and a low of 15 at night. Nice and
cold now and it even snowed again for a couple days. Clouds got nice
and dark the beginning of the week and got super windy. Felt like we
were going to turn into those witches on bikes in a tornado. The wind
calmed down a little bit and then started dumping on us with a temp
around 40s. So that was the beginning of the week and then nothing
happened for a day or two, the clouds stuck around and then we have
been having light snow and flurries. It's not really sticking which is
good. Still haven't fully adjusted to how the weather functions here,
at home when it's dark and cloudy it cold. But sometimes when it's not
really cloudy it will be fairly warm in the winter but sometimes it
will be chilly. But here in the winter, if it's clear it is a piercing
cold and when it's cloudy it's warmer. It throws me off. So it's been
cloudy and clear. And snowy... and it sucks because now we're walking
again. Elder Richardson's first time conducting district meeting went
well. We had one of the ZL sit in and even an AP. After the meeting
the AP pulled Richardson aside with the ZL to see how things are
going. And my companion made our ZL look bad
unintentionally lol. How he did it was this, so every beginning of the
week the ZL's are supposed to text out to the DL's what the subjects
are for the training on Friday for district meeting so they have a
week to prepare for it. Without realizing my companion said ,"
everything's going pretty well, just prepared for the training this
morning but it went well." And the AP was like "wait what?" And he
looked at our ZL and gave him a look as if saying what were you doing.
And the ZL just looked back and shrugged his shoulders. Haha bet the
ZL had a talk with the AP. My companion didn't realize he made the ZL
look stupid until after 30 seconds after he said it. Lol it's great.
Later that same day at 6:30 we had our baptism with Dorairaj. Went
pretty well. I think I mentioned this last week but his wife and his
son are members. Somehow he never was baptized all those years. His
wife's parents were one of the first converts of the church in India.
But before teaching him, he had already read the Book of Mormon,
Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price... how are you
not a member yet!? Everyone in the ward thought he was. But back to his
baptism. It went pretty well, had a good turn out. We had to throw it
together because for some reason all the auxiliary leaders had local
"everyone don't answer your phone day" even the Bishop didn't pick up
and he wasn't there at the baptism... seriously! Anyway we had two
other sets of missionaries show up because there have been other sets
teaching him way before. It's one of the privileges we get here, if
you teach someone, get transferred and they are baptized later you can
get permission to go to their baptism. So we had six missionaries
total including us. And so we get the baptism rolling and we are
conducting it and all that good stuff and then President and his wife
walk through the door in the back and sit down. And I'm like ah crap
here we go the pressure is on, we're the lucky ones to get the CO to
come to one of our baptisms. But it still went well. We did the
witnessing of course. Then it's tradition in this mission while the
convert is getting dressed again that the missionaries who taught the
convert get up and improv teach the message of the restoration to the
audience from memory. That's why I said oh great the pressure is on
now because President and wife are there.. but today at church we got
compliments from members who attended the baptism saying we taught it
so smoothly, simply with power, and in unison together from
transitioning. Made us feel good especially since President was there
haha. After the baptism everyone straggled and eventually left after
talking together and so it was then just us six missionaries and
President and wife. There was a moment where my companion and I were
talking to Sister Hillier and President was talking to two other
Elders behind us to the left. But while we were talking I overheard
and saw President turn around and look at us and mention Elder
Richardson and I, caught a tiny bit of why. So after I told my
companion when walking back home and he heard it too but he actually
heard more of the conversation. The Elders were asking how deciding
transfers go and how the inspiration works and if it's clear or not.
President told him he does it in steps. He first studies the transfer
board and sees who needs to leave their area and move. Then the day
after he looks at it again and meditates and prays who needs to go
where. He said sometimes it's clear and sometimes it's not so clear.
He gave an example of one not so clear answer. And then he turned and
looked at us and said, "it was very clear for these Elders to stay
together, very clear." It was just a cool thing to overhear President
talking about that and mentioning us like that while at our baptism.
So it was awesome. So Sunday rolls around and the first ward we went
to was the 9th ward. No investigators showed up for that ward which
sucks, usually we have at least one in 1 ward for the week. And lemme
tell you, these wards I cover now absolutely are terrible at singing
hymns. They can't stay on track and carry a tune. Some
are better than others. Probably because older people can't hear how they're singing.
and the young couples that move in to the apartments, the girls are to afraid to sing. So it's like oh
jeeze. Anyway so we get done with the 9th ward and wait and hour for
the 2nd ward to start. That's the ward with our recent convert. Before
the sacrament started we knocked on the Bishops door and just walked
in and he was at his desk. I said "idk if you know but there's a
confirmation going to happen in sacrament meeting so just a heads up
might want want to write it in pen on your program." The bishop was
like "oh ya sorry I didn't make it to the baptism." I swore my
companion was about to hold me back because I was about to lean over his
desk and slap dat bishop. So you're telling me you knew full well
there was a baptism, you didn't answer your phone the hundreds of
times we called you and you still didn't show up. The sacrament went
on and we had the confirmation in the very beginning. The brother who
baptized him is in the high council so he was floating around some
other ward so my companion confirmed him because he never had the
chance to confirm any of his investigators, but I did, so I let him
handle it. That was neat. So ya another investigator baptized for moi,
that's two so far in a 6 month period. It's Monday now, we woke up and looked
out the window and it's freaking snowing....heavily..the snow flakes are fat, and you can't
see like 100 feet in front of you. This sucks 😭. I've had it with you
snow. It's freaking February it's supposed to be warmer. I feel bad
for my companion he came out right before Christmas in 2015 so
technically he has to go through 3 winters I only have to do 2 hah. And now
this is for mom, I got your package Wednesday I think, you're sending
so much junk food y'all crazy people trying to get us chunky. The
three little lego sets were awesome I built them already and my
companion started laughing because I guess missionaries don't get legos.
But I don't care I like legos. And then I didn't think you would be
serious about getting a harmonica 🤣 my companion and I have been
playing with it. With all the time we have at the apartment I've
figured out how to play most of the beginning of praise to the man.
It's pretty sweet. The See's candy and BYU fudge just proves you're
trying to give us diabetes. We hid those up high so when we have
exchanges the Elders won't find it. I really like the City Center tie
tack and the Army Air Corp tie tack too, I wear it with my suit. The Y
shirts pretty sweet too. I like that one, I think my companion has the
same shirt probably sent from his girlfriend that's attending the Y.
So we can twin. Oh and last Monday my companion and I went to Taco
Bell...I handed the lady the gift card and said "oh we're not using
these right now." I was like you're kidding. I didn't have cash on me
so I pulled out my Wells Fargo card and she swiped it and it was
declined.....so my companion had to save my behind by paying for me.
Wasn't happy. Any news from JPL or other places?
How was staying in the Provo bubble? You got lucky with
a slightly warmer week when you came.
This week has been crazy like usual. But what's the fun in it if it's not crazy around here? Let me first start off that, I forgot to send pics last week. So you'll be getting extra pics this week. Ok so first off, Valentine's rolls around and I get my bike back from Brother Barnett! But what's this? Oh there's a nice flat tire on the front...how lovely I didn't leave it like that now did I? Hhmm I think it's got missionaries written all over it. And btw our phone was barely working so we had to order a new one from the office so the ZL's had to drop it off to us. So like Wednesday they came to drop the phone off. I asked the cool ZL if they had any bike patches so they actually went to a bike store and picked one up for me which was pretty cool. So the next couple nights I had to pull my bike apart and fix the flat, I had to patch two holes in it. But now it's back together and it works perfectly so that's good. I got your package I think Wednesday as well. That's a lot of food! I don't have to go grocery shopping any time soon now. And idk what you expect me to do now I can't eat all of that. My companion is scrawny and doesn't eat much. It was helpful when I had Elder Heyward but not anymore. I'm pretty much eating that cake we got last week, by myself. But anyway I really liked the Lego set in the package I got all excited about it. And I really like the tie clip that's awesome. And the eagle key chain thing I put on my keys. So we're stocked up.
Oh yes, so we were at the Joseph Smith memorial building on Tuesday and my District Leader told me this amazing thing. So our mission is caffeine free mission, which means I can't drink my Mtn Dew! But apparently this is what my District Leader told me because he loves it too, that in the Joseph smith memorial building on the bottom floor they have a cafeteria with vending machines and they have caffeine free Mtn Dew! It's amazing no one has ever heard of it! Apparently this is one of the only places they have these, they are rare and amazing. So I got one while we were there lol. Oh yes the Missionary Jenga is pretty cool, we got bored and made different structures with it. That's what happens when you have two son's of mechanical engineers. And then idk if I told you guys this before, but there is this family the Anderson's that we know pretty well because brother Anderson was in the stake calling. But they have a son that went to Dad's mission as well at the same time he did and Sister Berezey. What's with me and finding all these people. They wanted me to send a pic of him to dad so he can see if he remembers.
Oh yes and for the fun story time. So speaking of the Anderson's we were actually at their house. They live right behind the stake center so we can see the parking lot. We stopped in for some root beers and then we got talking about this red car that has been sitting in the parking lot for 3 days in front of the dumpster... hmmm. They told us they have had to report a couple stolen cars before. And then we noticed there were California plates.. uh oh. So Sister Anderson called dispatch and told them about the car and all the details. The dumb lady was like, " oh well the parking lot is technically public parking so it can stay there as long as it wants." Sister Anderson was like, "....😑 really it's stolen." So the dispatch lady was like ok well can you get me the plate number and call us back. Ok fine. Sooo me and my companion scurry over there and take pics of the plate. And then I started looking in the windows to see what was inside, my companion then joined me looking in the windows. There was some weird stuff left in it. And then my companion sees that the key is still in the ignition. Then I was like huh, wonder if it's open. (And this is the difference between a California kid and a Arkansas kid) my companion had no intention of opening it. So I go by the driver door, I was all ghetto and looked around to see if anyone was near by. The coast was clear. So I opened the car and the alarm started going off 😂 I pulled the key out and shut the door and then the alarm shut back off haha. My companion was like dude now our fingerprints are going to be all over the car. I was like, "ppphh we're missionaries they love us here." We looked at the key and it had a tag on it. My companion noticed it was a valet key. So we were like yep it is for sure stolen. So we scurried back to the Anderson's and gave them the plate number and then they called dispatch back and told them the details and she said," our boys-...sorry our Elders went over and looked at it and found a key." They looked it up in the system and sure enough it was stolen. So we waited at the building for 20 minutes until a squad car pulled up. The cop came out and we handed him the key and he said, "man you guys are preaching the gospel and doing our job, we appreciate all the work you guys do." Then he asked if we saw anything suspicious while around and we're like nope. Then we walked to our bikes to hop on and go to dinner. The cop was searching it when we were leaving and the alarm kept going off. He had this look like well this is awkward. We came back later that night back to the building and the car was gone. Sooo that's the infamous story of the week.
Oh and we decided to get pics with the car or our "kill" for the day haha. So yeesss. And then this past Friday to Saturday we had exchanges for the last time this transfer and since transfers is this coming Tuesday the district wanted to do something special. So my district and parts of another got together and came to the church building near my district leaders apartment to use the kitchen to do a district breakfast. There ended up being a lot of food it was awesome but it was really good. There was some stuff we had as part of the breakfast that I told my district leader like, aah man that's going to give me horrid gas man. Sure enough it did. Poor companion. I did a time lapse of the crew making breakfast in the church kitchen and then screen shots of it so pretty much some pics of it. I'll send them. So that was Saturday morning. We finally come back to our area around 4 and went to work again. That whole day everyone's anxious about transfer news. But we don't get to find out till night time. So when we turned in for the day our turd of a district leader kept messing with us. The first time he called he was messing with us saying that we are getting white washed and the ZLs are taking it because it's the best area in the zone.... we were ticked. And then he told us he was joking. He played it off to make it seem like he knew the news. So he hung up on us. We called him back like ok what's really going on. He messed with us some more and then told us he was also messing with the other elders in our district saying that they are getting transferred. So then he told us ya idk anything we haven't gotten any news. So then he hung up. We were irritated by this point. 5 minutes later he calls us again and we are like finally the news.... we pick up and my companion is like ok what's the deal here, and the DL was like oh idk I was just lonely and I wanted someone to talk to...so we literally had a casual conversation with him over the freaking phone which doesn't really happen. It was getting close to bedtime and then we got a mass text out to everyone by the AP's saying that president took a bit longer so they would tell us the following morning. Ugh! I didn't sleep that well last night. I just didn't want them to take my companion away cuz we are doing great in this area. We are expecting 4 baptism this transfer. We got one coming up this coming Friday. Anyway so the next morning I hopped in the shower and I'm in there for like 5 minutes and my companion starts thumping on the door. I couldn't hear what he wanted or something I thought he needed to take a dump real bad. So I hopped out grabbed a towel and cracked the door open and he's on the phone with the district leader. He finally got the news...............
WE ARE BOTH STAYING, everyone figured we would but still we were anxious because president can throw a curve ball. But apparently he was proud of the results we were both having so he kept us here. So finally I was at ease. Oh ya I forgot so last week we were planning on having 3 baptisms this transfer but then it went to 4 because we got a referral from temple square sisters of this guy named Enrique who's from Columbia. Him and his wife have been here for a year or two for college. And they were at Temple Square and talked to sisters and the sisters ask people for information to send it to us. So we got his info called him and talked to him and he wanted to see us right away. We saw him the following day, got to know him, before even teaching him he's like ,"so when can I get baptized" and we were like woah. Had to tell him we had to teach him first. After the first lesson we invited him to be baptized and he said yes and asked how soon we can do it. Told him we got to teach him all lessons and he's gotta come to church 3 times. And if we do that the soonest we can do it is March 11th. We invited him to church and when we were there Sunday BOOM he was there we were shocked because that doesn't usually happen the first time. So ya we're expecting 4 baptisms, so ones on February 24th, the next is March 11th, then the next is March 18th, and the 4th one we did have him on date but he hasn't come to church yet because they're scared but my companion thinks we can get him there the end of this transfer. Aaaaannnnnddddd now we just got the news that my companion will be the new District Leader because our previous is getting transferred. I hope we keep the same district and not have them switch it around because there are some real dips in the other districts.
Well I think a lot happened this week I just have to try to remember as much as I can, I barely remember what I had for dinner last night, let alone the night before. So Monday after emailing not to much, we just went shopping for groceries and went home and just spent P-Day there to relax and sleep. Tuesday we had to do exchanges again...ugh. I don't like it because our District Leader's area sucks and they don't really seem to plan what to do around the area. So that finally ended on Wednesday around 4. We finally got to come back to our area. When you're gone from your area for 24 hours it feels like forever but when you're there it goes by fast. So when we were on exchanges though we literally walked around the whole time it and it was annoying. We came back and I think we had a couple appointments the night we came back but I don't remember who off the top of my head.
Then Thursday rolls around and we had interviews with the Pres. man. Which was good. He recently pretty much chastised the whole mission basically. He said he had a pretty clear revelation about our mission about how it's like Lehi's dream. We got some missionaries holding on to the rod, some are walking off in the dark mist, and then there are some missionaries we have that are like in the big and spacious building. So everyone was like "woah" gotta get our crap together here guys. So the whole mission got chastised. The interviews took up a lot of time, then we had to come back and do weekly planning which takes two hours so we didn't get out of the house till like 4.
I ordered an Arabic tag couple weeks ago and I finally got it this week which is pretty cool. We had some pretty good lessons this week. It rained quite a bit up here this week but not like you guys back at home. The rain just melted the excess snow so all the roads, sidewalks, everything is clear now. It's been warming up a little. The beginning of this week warmed up to 50 to that was nice, I just ran around in a light jacket. And it dropped a little at the end of this week so it's a little chilly but it's still a lot warmer than it has been the past month. The sun is shining too so we got that as well, haven't seen that in a while. Friday we had Zone meeting so the whole zone got together instead of just the district. That was pretty fun. Got to see everyone in the zone. We have a real problem in this area with old people and being horrible at driving. We think we're going to die every time we get in a car with and older person driving. This old guy drove us to our zone meeting and almost hit multiple things. Friday night we had a dinner appointment with members and their oldest has been home for a while now but we discovered that he served his mission in Ventura and he was in Simi Valley for a bit. He covered Simi 3rd and he knew some of the Elders that covered Simi 4. Apparently their zones down their don't really get to know each other, they don't even have zone activities because it got banned. Which is totally different up here because everyone in the zone gets to know each other pretty well. But for example he knew Elder Hostetter...if that's how you spell it? I think he was companions at one point. He knew the Elders who taught Manny. And the one from Canada before Elder 'Iongi came in.
And thennnnnnn Saturday rolls around and that day just sucked all together we didn't know what the deal was with Saturday. So we planned to take our main Arabic family to temple square. So here we go...my companion decides to call a member to give us a ride to Trax so we can get to Temple Square. Idk what happened but he misunderstood that we needed to be picked up at 12 not 12:45! So we're waiting out front of the apartment and it becomes 12:15 and if we wait we're going to be late. So my companion decides to start walking. He's crazy because it was like 10 blocks away. On our walking adventure we try to stop at like 5 houses hoping someone is home to give us a ride. But nope I guess it was national "no ones at home on Saturday afternoon day" so that wasted time so we just had to walk 10 blocks down to Trax. By the time we got to Trax it was 1:00...We were supposed to be at Temple Square at 1. It takes 20 minutes to ride Trax to Temple Square. So we finally get there and we are on the phone with the family to talk to them where to park and meet up with us. Keep in mind that their daughter who speaks English is translating for the parents so it takes twice as long to get a point across. They end up driving around for like a half hour trying to find a place to park even though we are on the phone and tell them exactly where they can park. And then all of a sudden they decided to give up and go home. So we were left there. Spent all that time and money for Trax tickets to get there so we can have them tell us they're going home. So we go on temple grounds anyway to check something out. Then we head back home on Trax for another 20 min trip plus 15 minutes waiting for the stupid train. We finally get off the stop that we got on that's closest to home. And we still don't have a ride back home so we have to walk another 10 blocks. On the way home we ran into a sketchy homeless guy wanting help from the church so we ended up talking to him for 20 min and gave him a number for downtown Bishops storehouse and gave him a Book of Mormon. We start walking again and run into a drunk guy saying he's a recovering Mormon. Keep moving towards our place. It's weird how South Salt Lake is... there's the Millcreek that runs north to south that is our most west boundary for our area. And it's amazing that one the west side of the creek it turns into ghetto downtown LA and on the east side of the creek you get more wealthier places the closer you get to the foothills. And our area is right on the boarder of the east side of that creek. Anyway sooo we're walking forever and then there's this really weird concept..if we're outside our area no one will pick us up off the street for a ride. But as soon as we cross the line BOOM a ride. And that's exactly what happened. But there's another factor when it comes to getting rides off the street.. and that is, literally the only ones who give us rides off the street are RM's because they know our pain. And that's exactly who picked us up, a couple RM's who are engaged and they love missionaries obviously because they were missionaries. So we FINALLY got home. And we were so done with the day because then we had appointments cancel.
Sunday finally came and we did our usual at church. We had a great lesson with our Indian investigator. Then had a correlation "meeting" after with the Stake President but then apparently it was the following week so there were two sets of missionaries waiting at the building for nothing and the sisters knew about it the whole time and didn't bother to tell us....sounds like sisters for you.. turkeys. But then rewinding to after our ward's ended there were these inner city senior missionaries who get free donated day old food from a fresh market around here and set it out at the kitchen for anyone to pick up and we grabbed some good stuff. We got some cinnamon rolls, garlic bread, cookies, and a birthday cake lol. It's all still good too! We decided my birthday was close enough to grab the birthday cake lol. So we got free food. And then in the evening we went to Temple Square again to take our Navajo family and it went great. It was funny because we told them we will meet them there at 6:30 and they were there like a half hour earlier. They said they were excited to go so that's why. It was really fun. They liked it a lot. And we got done 20 minutes before we needed to be in for the night so we made it home. And this time we had a reliable ride to Temple Square. That's all I can really remember off the top of my head from this week other than it went by fast kinda. Idk if you sent a package but I haven't gotten it yet. But it's all good. Anyways. That's my report for the week.
THE FIRST BOOK OF MUSHET
AN ACCOUNT OF LABORS IN THE MILLCREEK STAKE OF ZION
Elders of 2nd, 8th, and 9th MillCreek Wards set out for P-day
About Jan. 30, 2017 A.D
Elder Mushet and Elder Richardson continue to labor in their days-They encounter a sketchy man with a gun-They continue to talk to many people including Kenneth-They make their way to a child's birthday party with their family-Lastly they have an appointment with their investigator Pedro the Navajo-About Jan. 31, 2017 A.D
Another day of labor passes by in the Millcreek stake of Zion- The Elders and servant of the Lord encounter Kenneth and continued knocking doors-The Lord watches out for his servants because they were hungry-The Elders go out with brother Evans to visit people. About Feb. 1, 2017 A.D
Nothing really happened on Thursday-District leader cancelled exchanges- Zone lords are gone so we have combined district meeting because the district leaders are squirrels- Elder Mushet gets irritated by an obnoxious sister- Elders go back home for dinner- lesson with Pedro goes well- visit middle eastern investigators About Feb. 3, 2017 A.D
Elder Mushet and his companion have a busy day- they teach many lessons-they put more people on date- they visit their main middle eastern family they teach and convince them to come to temple square with them Sunday afternoon- it was a warm day- About Feb 4, 2017 A.D
It is the sabbath day-fast Sunday- they planned to have gen investigators but only six showed up-most appointments fall through-they teach one lesson-six missionaries gather at the Berezey's to watch the super bowl- they are mad because the falcons blew it and none of us wanted the patriots to win because Tom Brady- About Feb. 5, 2017 A.D