Monday, October 26, 2015

Crazy week!


How y'all doin?

Oklahoma people say some pretty weird stuff. Like "We was going to the store", or "I'm fixin to go to the store". I refuse to say "fixin". Sometimes I will say "y'all" but that is very rare.

This week has been crazy! Elder Karr has been trying to get everything together and packed. He has also been trying to say goodbye to a lot of people but some of them haven't been home. On Tuesday we biked all around our area. We were all over the place and we didn't get to see a single person. 

We rode our bikes in the pouring rain on Thursday to see Marcus and he wasn't home. We decided he doesn't know what the word appointment means. We called him and he said he would be home in a few minutes so we played in the rain and knocked some doors but we didn't have any luck. We were just wet. Marcus loves Elder Karr. When Elder Karr told Marcus he was getting transferred Marcus cried. He said that if me and Elder Karr both leave him he isn't coming to church. We told him he will love my new companion and won't want him to leave either.

We finally got to see Terry. When we went and saw him I felt like we were visiting a less active member instead of an investigator. He has more doctor appointments and he is not aloud to leave his house for a week. The doctors basically put him on bed rest. We are going to try and visit with him a lot and really work on getting him baptized!

We sorta have an investigator whose name is Don. We see him at least once a week and he always has questions for us about different things. We answer them and pretty much just answer like the church believes. He always says that he agrees 100 percent but that there is no use in trying to convert him. He told us this week that the Book of Mormon needs to be translated to today's modern language and that the King James version of the Bible is the least accurate of all the versions. We told him that translating the Book of Mormon would cause it to lose things that we need and that if we wanted to better understand it then he just needs to study it.

We had a lesson with our recent convert Myrna Lee. She is so cool! We take Brother Woodhouse with us every week. We read Moses chapter 1 with her and it was deep doctrine! It was so cool to read it and have the wise Brother Woodhouse tell us exactly what was happening and answer some questions we ALL had.

We visited one of our less active members named Jason Christie this week. We haven't seen him for quite a while. Every time we tried he wasn't home or told us he was about to leave. He usually will want to see us as often as possible and then he falls off the face of the earth until he gets down in the dumps and needs us. That is exactly what happened. He told us that he is going to try and get to church and then he talked about getting married to his girlfriend. He mentioned getting sealed in the temple. I just sat there for a while and then decided he needs to come to church if he wants anything he talked about to happen. I read Helaman 5:12 with him. It talks about building our foundation on Christ and if we do so Satan won't have the power to drag us down. The second I started to open my scriptures the spirit took over. I read the scripture and told him to read, pray, and come to church and build his foundation on Christ and his gospel. I don't even know what I said but I threw down. I am making it a goal to get him to church before I get transferred.

Elisa Valdez was suppose to get baptized on Saturday but because of family health issues we are going to have to push it back into November. Probably the 14th. It is a blessing in a way because we still have a little bit of lessons to teach her and this week is going to be hectic with transfers. Our mission President is emphasizing baptism dates with all of our investigators. We have 10 baptisms for this month. He wants to shoot for 40 baptisms in November and 50 in December. Wish us luck!

Stake Conference was this weekend. President Walkenhorst spoke Saturday night at the adult session. He said he was talking to temple president about the significance of the numbers 7 and 8. On the 7th day (Saturday) God rested. The 8th day (Sunday) is a new beginning. If you think about it on the 8th day we take the SACRAMENT. We renew our covenants we made with god and can be forgiven of our sins to start a NEW BEGINNING. What age are we baptized? AGE 8! How cool is that!? I thought it was cool anyway.

Sunday night we got Transfer Doctrine!! Elder Karr is getting transferred to the Mustang 2 South area! He will be opening that area up, training, and to top that off he will be a District Leader! He is excited isn't excited to be District Leader again but he is excited to finally get a car after serving in full bike area's for 19 months. I will be staying in the OKC 2 North area and my new companion will be Elder Neves (Na-vez). He is serving over in mustang right now. He is in our zone so I see him all the time! I'm not sure if we are going to be able to tolerate each other or not but I'm sure it will all work out fine!

Thanks for all the support, packages, and letters!

Remember who you are! Make good choices!

Sincerely, Elder Brisk! :)

P.S. I am dressing up as a missionary for Halloween because everyone is scared us. I feel like it's Halloween every day!

That is all.

This is Elder Karr and I while we was waiting for Marcus to get home. We were drenched!

I found my weave while we were riding bikes in the Ghetto!

We LITERALLY biked to Utah! ;)

Sometimes Elder Karr has to improvise when the members are out of napkins

Sister Baldwin has finished her mission and she is going home! (dying in missionary terms)

We had to take one last district picture before transfers

Goodbye Elder Karr! We will miss you!

Elder Steed (dude on the left) picked the best attire for kickball!

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