Monday, July 28, 2014

Take in Five


5 minutes.  Improv, improv....  Let's see....

First, right before district meeting, Mom's friends and Sister Horning delivered a package for me.  They are magnificent.

Next, I went on exchange in Spanish with Elder Sumsion.

On Saturday, Elder Hunt and I used his mom's $50 gift card to eat big and contact at Longhorn Steakhouse.  Mmm....  Stuffed mushrooms and Mexican corn cob.  And our waitress's name was Selena, but not Gomez.  She took our number.  Hoo-rah.

This morning, we DROVE to Morristown to drop off the departing missionaries.  Then Elder Spack-daddy and I DROVE to bowling, where we were treated by the Haleys.  Then we ate at Wendy's.

We are waaay more than out of miles.  We have to drive all the way back to Morristown later today.  Darn departing missionaries!  But on the way back from there to emailing, however, Elder Spackman and I drove to Newark and talked with the elders there.  Then we drove through Irvington.  Oh, how I miss the hood and their stoops.

I'm starting to get the hang of this whole district leader thing.  At first it was stressful.  Now I'm stressed, but with love!  I love Elder Hunt, Hermana Schwendiman, Hermana Jarman, Elder Sumsion, and Elder Lopez so flippin much!  They are good missionaries.  You know what else is good?  Mangoes.  Mango Hi-chews are the best.  Grape is fine, however.  Rob the Freemason ate most of the grape ones.  Hi-chews well replace brushing your teeth this morning and talking to the mission president and his wife with morning breath.  Wanna know what's not fine?  Steak.  The best steaks are the thicker steaks.  I've been in the Scotch Plains Stake for my entire mission so far.  Thick is the opposite of fine.  Relatively sound logic for 30 seconds left.  You know what else is thick?  My love for my district.  They are fabulous.

And I love you too, with a love that has unmeasurable girth.  Girthy love.  Pictures next time.

Elder deJesus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Less-active to Investigator

Wuzz good?

Life here in Avenel, Iselin, Colonia, Fords, Edison, Metuchen, Keasbey, Perth Amboy, Hope Lawn, Sewaren, Woodbridge, Port Reading, and Carteret by Staten Island is good.

We finally helped a less-active member become an investigator of the Church!  She had thought her entire life that she was baptized when she was young.  I guess she was too young to remember that she was actually not.  Her records are nowhere to be found, neither the witnesses to the baptism.  She will be baptized in August, hopefully more than just because she likes the elders!

Elder Hunt is a sickly fellow.  He has vomited around four times this past week, received a bloody nose twice, and stayed at the apartment to nap 7 times.  His body is rebelling.

My district is awesome.  Hermana Schwendiman and Hermana Jarman enjoy being companions to one another.  Los Elderes Sumsion and Lopez are as well.  They have tough areas in Short Hills, where not many Hispanics reside, but they work diligently.

Our zone had the privilege of meeting President and Sister Taggart personally today during interviews, and they are awesome.  They are definitely green still, meaning that they are adjusting to missionary life.  But what a wonderful couple!  They do things differently from the Jeppsons.  Their main focus will be using the media to find new investigators.

Also, the missionaries in our zone performed musical numbers and skits for the Primary in the Scotch Plains Stake.  Those kids are cute.  They are ready to go on missions.

I went on a couple of exchanges to the Scotch Plains First Ward, and bonded with their ward mission leader.  They just baptized Diego yesterday!  The Holy Ghost's influence penetrated my heart as he was immersed in the water and his nonmember mom smiled and cried.  Then he bore his testimony and everyone but me cried.  Actually, I was the only one crying.  But don't tell anyone.

That's pretty much it.  I apologize for not writing you more often.  Preparation days here are busy.

Take luck, good care.  See you in two.

Elder deJesus

Monday, July 7, 2014

Elder Tang


In under 5 minutes I will describe that, in this transfer, I stayed in the rich Woodbridge area, the land of Indians.  I will also describe that we received a new mission president and wife, the Taggarts.  I will describe that my new companion, Elder Hunt, likes anime and swords such as katanas, and therefore looks Asian, though gringo.  In fact, he has acquired the nickname "Elder Tang" from a member in a previous area.  I was also called a district leader, working with Elder Tang, Hermanas Schwendiman and Jarman (sister training leaders), and los Elderes Sumsion and Lopez.  They all speak espanol.  In fact, Elder Lopez speaks "Mexican," as many Utahns politically incorrectly call it.  Elder Hunt and Hermana Scwendiman are going home after this transfer and Elder Lopez just got started.  I will describe how more deets are coming soon.  I will describe these things in under 5 minutes.  Hopefully, tihs will be the only spelling error.
I love you all!

Elder deJesus