Sunday, August 7, 2016

Frozen Bratwurst, Teaching, and Turtle Soup?

Monday, Aug 1, 2106                                                Kingwood, Texas

" On Monday a member bought us these enchiladas, but we had to cook them in the oven. So we had a great idea to cook them at the church for p-day. We got dropped off at the church and went to the kitchen. We found out that the ovens were turned off , so this began 2 1/2 hour journey to try to turn them on. We pulled them out, checked the breakers, and called many people. We could never get them on, so we had to give up and leave them in the freezer. After p-day we had a real BBQ with some members, brisket and all. We came home and another set of missionaries stayed the night with us to prepare for zone conference. 

Today we had zone conference so we had to wake up super early cause we had another set of missionaries that drove over and stayed the night. All of us had to shower and then drive about an hour and it started at eight. We make it there and the conference was so long. I mean it was really good, but no kidding we were there 8 hours with only a 5 min. break. It was so hard to stay awake and I'll be honest and say that I failed to do it.

Starting out today we got soaked from rain and then it got really humid and we got soaked from sweat. No one was home so we pretty much spent the day just trying to contact people. As we were biking to our dinner appointment, we biked past a guy. He gave us a thumbs down and said that's for you and other not so nice things. We biked on because we were late for dinner. As we were biking, Elder Dial almost got hit by a car. I got a gatorade bottle thrown at me from a passing car. So yeah, it was just a friendly reminder that Satan is still there. After that we saw a member that needed some help and then we played some games with him.

So the day starts off with us going to eat lunch with Kingwood 1 cause that is a normal Thursday for us, to go and cook sausage mac and cheese. The only problem is that we didn't remember to buy sausage. We looked in our freezer and found this huge frozen bratwurst-still packaged up. Who knows how long it had been in there? So we brought that and cooked it up and we mixed it in the Mac and Cheese. So we eat it and it doesn't taste bad, but its not really good. I'm eating it and the meat is weird. You can have an okay chunk of meat and then a really really bad chunk of meat. I came to a piece and I put it in my mouth and it was by far the worst thing I have ever tasted. I almost lost my lunch and stopped eating. We gave the rest to K1 and Elder Dial said he had the same experience so he gave his away. K 1 ate a ton of it and we had to confess that the meat was a couple of year old at least. They were pretty mad but no one has gotten food poisoning from it so that is amazing. We have since repented but I am pretty sure we lost their trust in us. 

After that we biked in the rain and finally we stopped by this part member family and the mom answered the door and invited us in. As we were talking to her, her nineteen year old son came in and sat down with us. While we were talking to both of them, her 21 year old daughter came home and she sat with us, too. We taught the whole family and it was sweet. 

We stopped by Turtle Bridge and we are trying to find a turtle soup recipe but none of the members will make it for us, haha!

Today we stopped by Jennifer's, a person who we've done a ton of service for. We asked if we could do anything for her and she said, " Yes, you could tell me about your religion".  Of course after she said that, our jaws dropped cause that's definitely not a phrase we're used to. After the surprise, we went into her kitchen and she was asking a bunch of questions about the plan of salvation, so we taught her about that, too. We committed her to baptism and she said, not yet. So this all went on and after that we went to a members house, who are good friends with Jennifer. We told her that we taught Jennifer and the member started to cry and said that it was the best news she has heard all week. She said she had been praying for her to be interested but lately she was starting to lose hope. 

On Saturday we went over to the Snows and we ate breakfast there and then worked on Clay's garage to turn it into a game room. We ate lunch at the Snows and left to teach a lesson and then he wanted to know if we could come back and they would feed us dinner, too. It was sweet. 

Today we had 5 set lessons and all of them cancelled. We ended up going to a part member family and taught them and then they talked about trucks, football and other American things. 

Elder Saunders
This picture is on what everyone calls, "Turtle Bridge". All those circles are actually turtles, and there's actually a lot more turtles, but I couldn't reach the iPad around enough and still get my face, so y'all only get to see part of them. Kingwood, TX  August 2016

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