Saturday, September 10, 2016

Book of Mormon, Biking and Bibles in Beaumont....

Monday, Sept 5, 2016                                                         Beaumont, Texas

"Today is Elder Anderson's birthday, so Brother Hall took us to Kolachi Factory. After the birthday lunch we went to the church and played some games and then we had dinner with the Millers. After dinner we played cards with Bro. Hall.

On Tuesday we went to Fudruckers with Jane and then we taught Stan. It was a super good lesson. We had another appointment with a guy named Sam. He is from the Church of Christ and unfortunately he wanted to bash us for nearly an hour. Every issue he brought up we answered, but he probably could only answer half of our questions. We then went to one of our investigators house and actually helped his daughter with her math homework, so that was kinda different. We had dinner with this less active family and after that we taught them the plan of salvation. He is really hard headed and wouldn't change, so that was a bummer.

Wednesday we were biking and it was super hot. We looked over as we were biking and saw this old grandma struggling to mow her lawn, so we biked over and I asked her if I could finish. She said no, that's okay. She went to get some water and I waited until she was inside and I grabbed the mower and started to mow her lawn. When she came out, my companion started to talk to her. It was even better cause she lives on one of the busiest streets in our area, so there was so many people who saw this missionary mowing someones lawn in the heat of the day, wearing church clothes.
One person even stopped by and took a pic of me. We also taught this person named Debra. She is a referral and she is solid. We came in and she was already reading the Book of Mormon. So we taught her and she is so open, it was amazing. Only problem is that she works on Sunday, so that may be a bit of a problem but we will work it out. 

We went to Golden Corral today and then we did some weekly planning. We then did our Hour of Power and as we were biking, we see this group of 5 really big African American guys chilling off the road a bit, so my thought process was-Why not? So I biked up to them and all of them are staring at me. I tried to break the ice and started asking them questions and shook all their hands and they were legit! Apparently they were having a party that was about to start, cause all these cars start pulling in. The group I was talking to turned from five guys to twelve guys real quick and they are all big guys. It was pretty chill and I started contacting them and they are answering questions and making jokes. One of then tried to bash us and got mad when we answered him. So he told us to leave and one of my homies taps him on the shoulder and tells him to go and start the fire. So he leaves and we are still contacting them and I even invited all of them to be baptized. They were surprised but hey we planted a seed.  

So after that we contacted this referral that ordered a Bible. We gave it to her and she was so happy. Then we explained the Book of Mormon and she was even happier. We shared a quick message and got a return appointment. As we started to leave, her husband came out-completely wasted. He started cussing up a storm and told us to get off his property. I started to talk to him and he's like, "Don't talk to me. Y'all are Mormons and we are Baptists. We don't mix." I was like, "Well they do if you have the right recipe." Probably not the best thing to say to a drunk guy cause he was slurring his words and then he grabbed his wife and took her inside. She came back out and gave us both the Book of Mormon and the Bible back and said she was sorry but it's not worth the fighting. So that was super sad. After that we biked to this part member families house and we taught them and they are super solid, too.

We started off our day by our recent convert dropping off ice cream to us-sweet! We went and tried to contact a referral who wanted a Bible. So we got into the complex and we knocked on the door and....nothing. So we saw this African American guy sitting on his balcony with his shirt off and he was smoking and drinking and wearing a hat backwards. We go and talk to him and he is freaken sweet. We start talking and he's legit. He agrees with everything and even went off on his own topic that was actually doctrinally sound. After we taught him, we asked when we could stop by and talk to him again. He's like, "Well, I have to go pick up my girlfriend from her job. Wanna come with me and then y'all can teach both of us after that?" So we find he doesn't have a car so we walk with him 2 miles to pick up his girl and then we walk back with her and teach them both. They both were really solid and it was so cool. 

Today we moved three people out back to back. We started at 9 and finished all of them at 3:30. We had a late lunch and the we got a new investigator at the laundry place.

Elder Saunders
He didn't send a picture this time-but we were so blessed when Sue's phone went off and a sweet member had sent this to us. 'Eating dinner at the McDuffs. He sure is a sweet guy."  Sept 2016 in Beaumont, TX.

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