Monday, February 29, 2016


This week was interesting. It was the okayest week ever until Saturday rolled around. And then everything just went wrong on Saturday. Sunday luckily  turned out to be quite a miracle. God definitely came in clutch this past Sunday. The weather here has been nice too. Not too cold, not too hot. It's perfect. But my bike has been a pain in the butt lately. I've been trying to get my front wheel to stay inflated for more than a couple of hours, but every time we take it in to the shop, it just gets flat again. Pretty annoying. The miracle from this week that made Sunday better was Angel and his family coming to church. Elder Cutler and I were on exchanges in my area and we decided to contact this guy. Turns out he'd been to church before in Hollywood, FL and loved it, but doesn't go very often because it's far away. PERFECT. We have one close to your house. So we tried to set up a return appointment, but he couldn't give us a time. So we kind of forgot about him. But THEY CAME TO CHURCH! And now they have a baptismal date for the 12th! 

Sorry to hear you had mouse poop in your car, Mom. I guarantee it's cleaner than some of the missionary cars here though. Disgusting creatures missionaries. You'd be appalled at the style of living some missionaries live in. So gross. I'll keep you posted on if I need some more money for food this week because the second installment of the broken window should be coming out of my MSF this month. Love you!

Monday, February 22, 2016


We've been talking a lot about families in our Zone because that's the focus we want to have as we reach our baptismal goals. So I've truly been able to learn that family is where happiness is found. Whether it's my family now or my future family. We have lots of fun golfing, I have more pictures I'll send from golf this past week. Oh, heads up, I'm out of MSF because they deducted that window payment finally, but they did it from my MSF so I just might have to use home money for groceries this week. Also, a Costco card would be nice for my B-day :)

We DID have our baptism! Jaylin got baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday! It was great. Elder Welch got to get in the water for the first time. That's really about the highlights of the week though.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Slow Week

This week was crazy. And by crazy I mean nothing happened. We started off last Monday playing golf with the AP's which was a blast. So much fun. But I got home that night and found out that one of Sister companionships was getting emergency transferred. So then I had to deal with that. The rest of the week was just slow. Another one of those weeks where we found a TON, but no one we found was willing to come to church. Yesterday we had a guy who's leaving on his mission in a month come to a mini mission with us, so that was quite comical and fun. I just wish you could push members to work hard like you can push missionaries. We will be having a baptism this week though! Jalen our 10 year old is finally getting baptized! Thank goodness! His funny story from this week is that he was sitting in sacrament meeting watching everyone raise their hands to support and sustain and what not. But one of the times he just jumps up and raises his hands above his head and goes crazy! It was funny to watch while I sat on the stand. Oh, I gave a talk this week too. They had to ask me last minute. I like to think I give good talks. I hope so.

We don't really get the chance to do much work with members like, mission prep. We mostly just do a lot of work on our own because the members here in Florida are pretty closed off and move from town to town like nobody's business. We do try to work with them for ward activities and FHE's, but that's about it.

I remember a few months ago where I said the hardest part about missionary work was waking up at 6:30am. I have never been so wrong in my life. This past transfer has been the most frustrating thing on earth. I've never worked so hard to find people to teach and baptize and never had so little success. Even more frustrating (but will turn into a blessing) is that I get to stay in Tamarac N for at least one more transfer with Elder Welch. Which, is gonna be rough, but I'll pull through. Love you guys so much!

Monday, February 8, 2016

No one at church :(

Not much happened this week. We found a lot and taught a lot. But literally no one came to church this week. We do our best to give everyone the opportunity to come to the church and the gospel, but when they have nothing getting in their way and they still don't come to church, it's just so much easier to tell who has a desire and who doesn't. My bike crash was fun, but left me breathless. It knocked the wind right out of me. Luckily now though we get our car back. So, our teaching pool is basically empty now. Tim, Jalen, and Jacob were our front-runners for baptism, but none of them came to church. So we need to go and see where their desires are. So no baptism last Saturday for us and none this week either. I talk a little bit in my recording about it, but I'm not discouraged. And I don't know what it's gonna take to get me there. But I know that sometimes we get SUPER discouraged but get brought back up to learn. And I think because I recognize and know that, it's gonna be a longer and harder discouragement when it does come. We got to go to the driving range last week, so that was super fun. We went with our district minus two sisters. And this week Elder Adams, the ZL's and the AP's are going golfing. But I love you guys! Thanks for the packages and the candy and the sweaters!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Long, Hard Week!

Yeah, things are going well. We've really been able to work hard. Though some of those people we met and are teaching fell off, we know we're covering all of our bases and working hard. Our week was kind of crazy. Hard and long too.  Saturday I did get to go on exchanges with Elder Jensen. That was super fun. I didn't teach much, but I did get to use a little bit of my basic Spanish to have a good conversation. I think one of the hardest parts of learning a language is just getting used to how fast people talk and what exactly they say. But after being around people who all speak similar languages, it's so nice! So exchanges was fun. The next day was crazy. So we had found a SUPER cool family that all wanted to get baptized. And they disappeared. They just went super anti-mormon and lost their cool. And so we're praying they'll come back. We also had a crazy lesson with Peggy, Paddy and their son (grrrrr). Peggy and Paddy had a date for Feb. 6. Last night we taught them, but little did we know their son was going to be there. He pretty much destroyed the lesson and just anti-ed (as we call it) is mom and aunt. It was terrible. But the rest of the week was fun and tiring as we work our butts off.

 I found it. My life is official over!