Monday, August 4, 2014

July 14, 2014

Good afternoon family and friends, this is Elder Moss. Hey I’m just doing my voice recording um, so far this week like starting with preparation day we were able to play basketball on it, get the normal things done – wash, shop, all of that stuff. We had a recent convert come and they played with us and it was kind of funny, it was myself and another elder, his name was Elder Meacham it was against my companion Elder Salomon and two of our members. We had a great preparation day! I got a haircut, so that is always good. I LOVE my haircut! Then we went and taught Sarah that night right before FHE and it was a good lesson we are continually going over the lessons and letting her keep having spiritual experiences and just be able to feel our love. For FHE we did these like skits – we identified things that are or represent a flaxen cord (it is in the Book of Mormon it talks about how Satin drags us down until he can bind us with these cords). We did these skits and like I said it was a lot of fun and it was very spiritual and it got the point across. On Tuesday we taught one of our converts Marissa and family history and different things and we also taught this less active kid who doesn’t believe in the church anymore and he is handicapped now, I guess he had a stroke and a brain tumor – it is pretty crazy, but he doesn’t believe in the church anymore his name is Michael and we taught a good lesson with him. I’ll finish up in one minute.

Okay so that night Tuesday night we taught Hannah and Kevin. It was a really good lesson with Hannah she opened up to us a lot, we invited her to get baptized, she said no and expressed how her family is going through a divorce right now or I guess getting the plans ready for going through a divorce, and all of this crazy hectic stuff that is going on in her life right now. She just felt overwhelmed. When went and talked to Kevin and we are teaching him tonight, um Kevin is doing really good, slowly moving along. Today we went and taught a recent convert, Dillon, he wants us to come back and teach him about the doctrine of Eternal marriage or the doctrine of marriage (ha ha), it is kind of funny, it will be a fun lesson. Today Elder Salomon and I are out tracking, today is Wednesday July 9th, we are out tracking and going by visiting less actives and we say what we thought was a YSA down the road and we got up and found out it wasn’t a YSA but an old lady dressed very very inappropriately, she wasn’t like really old but she wasn’t YSA age, but still very inappropriate and she had a Selby mustang or a cobra and her battery died so she had to push start it, so we helped her push start it and it worked and it was very tiring. It is like in the high 90’s today, but yum it was good and we liked to help out and it was really cool she um wanted…we got her information and she said we could stop by and so that was really cool and then on our way back to our car we say another lady and we went and talked with her and it turned out that she was a member and we got to know her a little bit and some things that have happened in her family and we left her with a blessing and so… it was a good simple day. We were able to see a lot of simple things that were pretty cool. We will be having a lesson with Kevin tonight, but that is all so far. I love you all – have a great day – love ya bye.

Hello family and friends this is Elder Moss, today is Friday July 11th and I am sending you out this voice recording. Some things that have happened this week; we were getting done with an exchange and I am the driver of the car and so I don’t carry the cell phone and we were driving along and we realized that we didn’t have the cell phone. So we thought, “Oh shoot we need the phone!” The other elders they had our phone and they forgot to give it back to us. We tried to chase them back down, but they had already left and we thought, “Oh shoot where did they go?” and so we knew we had to go to Selida – this is their main working area, because it is all Mexican (they were a Spanish companionship). So we go to Selida and we drive around town and Elder Salomon felt like we should go down this street, so we went down the street and we found them. They were parked and it was super funny, they said they didn’t know if they would have to go clear over to Oakdale or come find you but we decided to stop. So long story short we got our phone back. It was a crazy chase around the town and we eventually got it back so we could go work. So the next day we had a lesson with a member in mean in the members home with one of our investigators, Hannah. Hannah brought a friend with her and then she became a new investigator, so it was like our investigator found us an investigator. It was pretty awesome! We also contacted a less active out in Scallion and her name is Dezie she is very nice she does photo shoots, but in grave yards. She not like Gothic but she has the darker side, you know like the black fingernails and everything. She is a very nice girl and very polite but she has a dark side to her. Yep she is less active so we are going to try to get her back to church. I will finish up in the next voicemail.

Okay… so, I’ve decided these voicemails are really simple and really nice, but they are kind of weird. I just keep recording myself over and over again. My companion is just staring at me, he is just watching me talk to myself. (ha ha) But ah it is good! We um, there is something else that happened that day – we found a new investigator also on the street, we went up and talked to her. Her name is Crystal and super funny she thought I was a model and it was so funny. She plays soccer for MJC (Modesto Junior College) and she is so busy all of the time. She seemed really interested and we are going to try to teach her, she plays soccer on Sunday so that will be hard for her to come to church, but are going to find a time to get her in the gospel. – Dang you are always tired as a missionary! It is good though, good. Today we are finishing up district planning and we have a lesson in Escalante – Our whole evening is packed! One of the things we are doing for finding is we are doing a missionary movie night. Last week we watched…ah…at Amanda’s…we watched Forever Strong. This week we will be watching Seventeen Miracles and hopefully this will be away for members to invite there friends and we can be able to get introduced to them. So we don’t have anyone with any baptismal dates right now. We still have progressing investigators; Hannah, Kevin, and Sarah. We have invited them to be baptized and they are ready to be baptized, but we are just still trying to work with them. They are just being bums right now, but patients are a virtue. It is one of the things we need to constantly obtain – the heavenly virtue of patients. That is really all that is going on this week for right now, um we’ll close up right now and I’ll send you one at the end of the week to let you know what else has happened. OH, we caught a hornet and we caught a black widow and we fed the hornet to the black widow, they were like fighting and everything – it was really awesome, but that was besides the fact, it was just a funny story that happened. Love ya.

Okay, okay, okay, so once I got off of the voice recording I thought you might want to hear more about the story of the black widow and the hornet. So I’m going to tell you the story… it is quite a fascinating story. Elder Salomon and I were doing our weekly planning and Elder Salomon noticed a flying thing outside our screen door – oh it was a big ole thing – and I said, “it is crazy big”. I decide to open the door and a long story short the hornet came into our apartment (ha ha) and we were fighting it off and it is going crazy, it was so much fun. Then we caught it, we caught it alive, and a couple of nights before…we have a prisoner, his name is Ronnie. Ronnie is a black widow, we change his name all of the time. So Ronnie he is kept in a cup he is going to die soon, but um we put the hornet in with the black widow and they were like fighting and just like going at it and of course the black widow won and now the black widow is feasting upon his dinner. It was quite the adventure and funny, but that is what we do for fun here…you know it is totally weird! But you’ve got to love it…and don’t worry mom I’m going to be safe! K, I love you all so much! The mission is the best! Mission life is the best and I am grateful to be a representative of Jesus Christ and for everything I have learned and my character how it has changed and my eternal destiny and how I am figuring it out more. I love you so much! Have a great week!

Alright good morning family and friends, this is Elder Moss it is Sunday July 13th. Here is my update, so um…Friday to Sunday we taught our investigators it was kind of fun. One of our investigators her name is Hannah – I probably already told you this I can’t remember, there are too many things going on. She brought one of her friends to our lessons and now they both have baptismal dates and they will be getting baptized together. That is really cool, they are going to be baptized on August 3rd, so keep them in your prayers so they can reach that date that would be cool! Also Friday we had our missionary movie night, which we had more investigators there than members. They watched Seventeen Miracles, we just go to the first part to introduce ourselves and then we leave. But that was kind of interesting, but hopefully we will start to get more people to show up for that…um (what else happened? – he asked is companion)… um, oh I guess this would be important for you to know. We are planning on having two people to church today, Hannah and Alysia can’t make it today. An update with Sarah her family has offered a full time job working for her church the Lutheran church. She hasn’t got baptized because of the Lutheran church and now her parents are offering her a full time job and so we are going to have a lesson with her today after church, she has been freaking out, she really wants it because she needs it, um but she doesn’t know what to do. We have to help her hopefully the spirit will help guide us. Also, I guess you should know that we got transfer calls… wooo! Elder Salomon he is going to be leaving, he is moving down to Porterville, so he is going from one part of the mission clear down to the other end of the mission. They are making me a Zone leader again and we are opening up a new zone area it will actually be this area, so the YSA will be a zone area again. I haven’t been a Zone leader in a while and I am getting a new Zone leader that I will be training, so keep me in your prayers – it will be crazy, but it will be good. Okay love you all and have a great week!

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