Monday, September 16, 2013

Will You go to Prom With Me?......Awkward!

It's been another one of those exciting weeks out here in Oklahoma. One thing that I forgot to tell about last week was that we had dinner with the Helsleys and a member family and afterwards we were going to teach the Plan of Salvation. Dinner was a lot of fun conversing with one another and making fun of the hilarious Elder Hoddy. Afterwards we started talking about the Plan of Salvation and pulled out cards that make it easier to explain, but then someone made a joke about something and sister Helsley left the room. I guess Brother Helsley found out that he has a growing tumor in his ear and that was a putting a lot of stress on Sister Helsley. We put away the cards and started talking about the priesthood blessings and what they can do. It turned out to be an amazing lesson even though we didn't teach what we were planning. We got to give them both a priesthood blessing and it was a pretty awesome opportunity.

On Monday we played soccer for Pday which was so fun because we never play soccer for Pday. I'm pretty sure I'm getting a whole lot worse, but it is still fun to kick the ol ball around. We also met with Jake that night and the lesson was kinda rough because he had been so busy over the weekend that he hadn't been reading the Book of Mormon or come to church. He felt like he was losing his desire to know if it was true. However we quickly turned the frown upside down and got him back into it. It seems like satan is trying so hard to keep him away from the Book of Mormon and praying and everything. Too bad Satan is not going to win this time because the spirit has been helping him a lot. We met with him and Saturday and he is doing pretty amazing. He's reading everyday and he really wants to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I don't know when he'll be baptized, but it'll be soon.

We also met with this super high energy reverand guy and his wife. I was kind of skeptical going over because last week some guy met with us and pretty much just wanted to bash the whole time. That wasn't the case here though because it was an awesome lesson. We went through the restoration and both him and his wife listened intently and were reading the little pamphlet we gave them. We had an awesome conversation about the Holy Ghost and he loved Moroni 10:5. They're definitely going to be baptized someday. It was also super fun because he said that he had received revelation that he should never shake another man's hand again so he gives hugs to everyone and it's always entertaining to watch.

Wednesday was a real fun day. We went to visit a former investigator and see if we could get them to come to church, but the daughter ended up asking me to prom which, on a scale from 1 to awkward, was pretty awkward. We told them the sisters would stop by and hopefully they'll have some success with that. We also sang at an alzheimers retirements home which is always a blast, but one my favorite people there is starting to have a lot more problems. In two weeks she went from almost normal to barely being able to speak and move. It is so fun to sing primary songs and do stuff with them, but so sad to watch them get older.

On Saturday we went to a baptism in Elder Evans old area which was a total blast because I got to see all my missionary friends that are down there. It seems like I'm making so many friends here and they're always leaving me and going to other places. I guess I'll see them all again someday though.

Yesterday was a pretty crazy experience. We got invited to go to catholic mass with one of the sisters' investigators. We had never been to that building, but it was super cool so we were excited. The father priest guy came up and talked to us before and was just letting us know some of the basics about mass. Then during his little sermon part he gets up in front of everybody (probably around 800 people) and starts bashing on mormons. He told them that we believed in multiple gods and all this other stuff. It was super annoying because he knew we were there, so we didn't know why he was saying all that stuff. I have thought highly of other catholic priests before because it seemed to me that they were honestly trying to do the best that they could for the people around him, so it was a total shock to be bashed on by them.

Anyways this week has been amazing. I haven't told a lot of what happened, but we are teaching a lot of people. I think we have 18 investigators right now, so our days are pretty busy with visiting different people. The ward has become a lot more excited about doing missionary work as well, so we are excited. The bad experiences have been completely drowned out by all the amazing things that are happening around here.

Mom reminded me that we are all in such different parts of our lives right now. Gradeschool, Jr. High, High School, Mission, or College it doesn't matter because we're a family and we're still close to each other. I love you all tons and wish I spending more time with ya, but I guess I can't complain because eternity sounds like enough time for us to do lots of things. Keep emailing me and telling me about life. HFF
Elder Hoddy

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