Monday, July 25, 2016

17 Miracles

Okay so my 17 miracles for the week:

1 We watched 17 miracles at church after sacrament meeting in the YSA branch!! It was so good. I was just in a cry fest during the whole thing.  I also learned that when I watch movies I like to know the end before it even gets to it.

2 So nothing huge or major happened at the RNC this week.  Sure there were some shooting but that is absolutely normal.

3 We found 2 new investigators.  There names were Karen and Heather.  We met them by biking.  They were outside doing yard work and we offered to help.  We got talking and we told Karen we could help her with her smoking habit.  She muttered something about it at the beginning and I heard it so I brought it up.  She really wants to change and it is so cool!!  The most solid investigator I have had in a long time.  She is so golden!!! Sadly she is the Sister's and we have to give it to them.

4 We found 2 more bullets this week.  We were only in our area Saturday and found the 2 then.

5 I didn't die doing service.  I worked my butt off pulling roots out of the grown.  The next day my hand hurt but it was worth it.  I also got another witness about how the construction or landscaping business is not for me. 

6 Elder Scoresby ate our Liu food.  So a member gave us food and we put it on the counter and just left it there with a note saying: "Elder Scoresby Thank you so much!!! [In reference to the Gupta food (not good) they gave us] As a token of my appreciation I decided to share some of my Liu food with you. Enjoy  wuv -Elder Vance" Well this is the same lady who made banana bread from banana peels so I didn't even touch it.  Elder Scoresby ate it and said it was so bad.  It was a miracle I didn't try it.

7-14 Each and every day I woke up.

15-16 Hair removal.

17 Hey so Trust in God.  Don't do crystal meth.  The 120's is not the way to go.

Nevertheless I went forth

Elder Vance

Monday, July 18, 2016

Republican Convention 2016

So with the Republican Convention I will not be able to go to my area/ward.  We cover the whole Cleveland 3rd ward so there will be no work done in that ward.  So sad but it is for our safety.  Also with the RNC we had a Senator Mike Lee at church with us.  Him and all his delegates were here representing the state of Utah.  It was just cool to see him.  I didn't have my camera so I didn't take a selfie with him.

Continuing on the RNC there was a big poster in the sky saying Hillary for Prison 2016.  It just is getting more and more wild.  I heard they have barriers in Cleveland and a lot of cops.  We saw a lot of national guard out too.  

So last week we heard a song at H&M about Ain't your momma. It is probably popular but look it up.  Don't know who sings it but it was catchy enough to be singing it all week.

We met with Alisa again and it was a great experience.  The world is getting really hard for her.  She is about to become a grandmother while she is in her 30s.  She was very sad when we met with her but the cool thing is that by the time we left she was a lot more positive.  It is amazing what the Spirit does.  Also we went back the next day to give her the book of mormon stories book and her whole countenance just lightened up.

So a lot of next week will be finding.  That is all I will do.  I will just be finding with my companion of 3 transfers Elder Welsh.  It will be so good.  Like vacation but also a lot of learning.

I learned something new this week.  I learned that every time you fast in order to have a complete fast you need to pay the fast offering.  I did not know that.  It was a big debate that still could be going on if I wanted it too. I'm just accepting the fact that I have been doing a fast wrong most of my mission. Sure I pay the designated fast but other fast I do not.  If you listen you learn something everyday.

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance
This is the abandoned building with 500+ rooms of death.
4th of July

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I'm Wide Awake

I stayed awake!!!! I finally did it.  I did not fall asleep during my 6 hours of church.  So the last 12 weeks I have either snoozed or did some head bobbing during church especially the YSA branch. I did not this past Sunday. So exciting. 

So this last week was uneventful sort of like the transfer.  It's been one of those learning transfers in which you grow so much because of all the many trials that go on.  We have are now focusing on a completely different part of our area.

So this last week we ate at a place called Fire. Super expensive but oh so delicious.  I had duck.  Delicious.  We said we are going to come back the 8 July 2031.

There is not much that went on and we need to get going. 

God love you all.  He cares so much about you and that is all.

Cleveland is really hard. We always have people telling us that they can't listen to our message because Jesus was black and had wool like hair. It is hard to get a commitment out of people. 

We can't work in our area this week because there is a convention going on. Picture below. 

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance

Welch, Ravsten, Davis. 
Elders in my apartment. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 4

Well Happy 4th of July. It was a great day.  Our ward didn't have anything going on so we went and partied with the Shaker Heights elders.  We first attended their ward breakfast and I saw so fellow Mueller Park 3rd warders.  I cannot remember their name to save my life but I met them.  After that we went to Cleveland with the Sisters and partied and played Uno.  After that we went to this guy Anthony who was just so great.  He fed us Salmon again and it was delicious.  It was so heaven.

So this week it has been a lot better week than the battle last week.  We were able to do a lot more. Things lined up a lot more.

We had a Bible study this week with some random guy whose name is Herman. It was not that great of a study but we did have a Notre Dame football player with us learning.  That was cool.

So this week while reading the Ensign I read a story about this lady who I actually knew.  She lived in Perrysburg and it was so cool to read.  She just listened to the Spirit and it blessed this one lady.

Anyways the scripture that I have for the week was 1 Nephi 4:6-7.  I have absolutely fallen in love with it.  So the quote I love is the quote Nevertheless I went forth.  I love it so much that I am now ending with it.  It's just a good about Enduring to the End and about following the Spirit.  If we follow the Spirit with trust then we can go forth and be blessed by it.  So that is all I have this week.

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance