Sunday, September 25, 2016

He Will Heal Us....

Mon, Sept 19, 2016                                                                    Beaumont, TX

" I've been pretty sick this transfer, which makes it that I've had more sick days on my mission than healthy days. In each of my areas I have had at least 2 sore throats which then evolved into a full blown cold, except for the MTC. I did have food poisoning there and then a cold. So yeah, fun fun. I blame it on the air quality down here but anyways here we go.

So I went on exchanges this week. We start off our day by trying to mow this lady's lawn. We decide to mow the backyard first. So we go to the gate and it's locked. We called the owner and she said to go through the garage. She told us that there's two dogs in the back yard. My companion opens the garage halfway and the dogs are in the garage, so he quickly closes it so they don't escape. He then decides to jump the fence so he climbs the fence. The dogs run around to where he is and start jumping at him and kinda nipping. Eventually he is able to get off the fence and he goes to the garage while I try to distract them. I hop the fence. The dogs are going crazy and jumping on us and all sorts of things. We got the lawn mower out and then we managed to get the dogs in the garage and literally barricade it closed. We're trying to start the mower and the dogs are pounding on the door. We realized that there is no gas in the mower! So we open the garage again and the dogs attack us again. We put them in the backyard and barricade us inside the garage. I have to hold the door cause the dogs are pushing it open. It honestly felt like I was defending against a zombie apocalypse. We found out that they forgot to get gas so we left. 

The next day we taught this kid who was high which I contacted him and he has all gold teeth. He is pretty sweet, tho. At least he said he wants more of his friends to be taught by us. 

On the following day we were trying to find this former investigator but she wasn't home. We contacted this couple outside her door who told us to come back in an hour. We came back an hour later and they were still gone, but we contacted another couple of guys outside that same door. We actually taught them and they said we could come back on the weekend. We found out from the guy we taught that the former we went to see was his wife and that the couple we contacted was his grandson and his girlfriend. So we taught the whole family that day.

Lastly on Sunday we taught at a Presbyterian church. It was pretty sweet! We had a class of about 30 . We taught them about the restoration and then we answered their questions for another 30 min. It was super good though cause some of them had crazy ideas!
Elder Saunders

**note from parents:  We did not receive any pictures so I googled some and found out the following" He kept telling us that he was one of the few missionaries that served in the golden triangle. Beaumont is one of the major petro-chemical refining areas. Along with Port Arthur and Orange, Beaumont forms the golden triangle-a major industrial area. He is one of the few missionaries that has served in the golden triangle(each of these areas). Maybe this is a big reason why he is sick so much?
Oil refineries and the Port of

A scripture that comforts us when we heard  he has been sick so much is the following in the Bible, Exodus 23:25: "And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and they water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. "

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