Monday, August 29, 2016

Oso

I got a new companion. His name is Elder Wall from Murray, Utah. He has been out almost as long as I have.

We contacted a Chinese guy whose name was Haibo and I totally thought it was Haribo the gummy bear company.  I asked him if his name was like the gummy bear company.  He thought I said beer but no I was like bear.  I started saying bear, oso, grrr. It just was a mess.  Don't speak Spanish to a Chinese.

We then talked to Walter who totally was bashing on me.  He told me that ASU was an elementary school.  He also talked about how I seem like a pessimistic guy and that I would be like a cruel boss. I wasn't doing anything but still that came out.  It made me laugh in the end.  

"Hotdogs cause cancer" said a paper on a lightpole. It does as much damage as smoking does.

Someone came up to us and told us that some girl in Italy knows what Jesus looks like.  She is like 6 yrs old and so we should believe her.

Jessi is progressing towards 10 September for her baptism. We got another member referral yesterday named Jenna and she wants to learn more.  She is another one in the YSA branch.  I absolutely love it.

There was something at church I really liked and I wanted to share it but really I don't remember what is was but it was good.  Anyways we talked a lot about the Plan of Salvation and how we all should know it.  We all heard it in the premortal life and so the Holy Ghost will testify that you have heard it before.  It will sound familiar.  That was one of the cool things I really remember. 

O thou child of hell, why tempt ye me? (Alma 11:23) Going to start leaving with scriptures to close. 

Elder Vance
The Elders got free haircuts and decided to get their nose hairs waxed. The lady that sent me this picture said they were really funny. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Buddha

There is this place called city buddha in our area and I absolutely love it.  Anyways, things are going well.

Our investigator Teshara wanted to be baptised and we even got her a ride to church. So Sunday comes around and her mother tells us that she moved to Virginia. Big Surprise.

Jessi has a baptismal date for 10 September and she is so going to make it.  

So I am doing really well but there is not much to report on.  More will come next week.

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance

Monday, August 15, 2016

58

So went bowling this last week and I got a smashing score of 58.  Felt very proud. 5 gutterballs in a row.  Sadly it was worst than all the Sister missionaries scores.  Not planning on joining a bowl club.

We volunteered at Salvation army and met a girl named Tanisha there.  She was a little odd because she in the middle of our conversation asked if we were a virgin. After that she asked for our number and if we could drive.  It was a little odd and we really tried to get out of it.  

Just a little update on our area.  When we receive a referral you should tract around houses because people around might be interested.  So we got this referral and the issue was that all the houses were abandoned around or torn down.  It was such a weird sight to witness.

On Monday we ate at member's house and they brought Jews with them.  It was so cool to talk to them about poetry and how much high school english classes don't do it right.  It gave me some hope.  They sadly weren't interested in the gospel.  One said that they were going to read the Book of Mormon though.

One thing I learned was that we are not God but we are his dog, we are also his frogs.  Also we are FBI and CIA. Dependent On God, Frequently Relying On God, Faithful Believers in Jesus.  It just all works out.  If I can I'll send the voice recording.

With that we had someone rap to us about Jesus.  It was so cool to hear.  I need to start recording a lot of things.

This week we were able to get in contact with someone back from 2009.  They ordered a Bible back then and never recieved it so we delivered it and taught the Restoration.  Nellie was super excited and we are going to work with her to bring her to church.

We also met Lena on the streets in East Cleveland.  She is looking for comfort because her son was murdered 6 yrs ago on the street we were actually talking on.  While we were talking a guy comes up and just waits by us.  Don't think much about it but after we finish he ask Lena if she wants to get some.  She was offended and I was shocked.  Later we saw him go down the street and perform a drug deal.  It was...#EastCleveland

It rained a lot this last week.  We went to the lake and there was huge storm that blew me away.  I have been drenched like 5+ times this week.  It is a lot of fun but hard to do work in it.  

Random question of the week.  Difference between attain vs obtain.

So the Browns lost we heard.  The Indians are doing really well.  Anyways we talked to a guy who said that they are going to the super bowl this year.  He had a lot of faith.

One thing I learned is how as we do things it changes our mind.  As we talk to everyone, which is a struggle for me with East Cleveland people, it will become easier and change our behavior.  As we don't slack off and be tenacious we will change to be better. Well anyways, that is all.

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance



Monday, August 8, 2016

:p

tried greek yogurt and it turned out to be :p.  I did not like it very much.  I was trying to go a tad healthier but it didn't sit well in my mouth.

So this week we taught a few people.  We taught someone named Anna.  She was an investigator of the past but we haven't been able to see her.  We stopped by and she came out and said "You caught me getting high".  She had a bud in her hand and it smelled.  Well we said 5 mins and proceeded to teach her.  Well it went off on a lot of random points.

Last night we talked to another high person who said that they didn't need God. 

So also this week I was called N***** 2x.  I just do not know why they need to.  I am not black but...

I learned that there are professional snapchatters.  A little odd.  We also got a new Branch president this last Sunday. More things to report on is the fact of my sinus infection I got this week.  I had such a serious headache on Saturday that not even drugs helped it.  It sucked!!!  Luckily I am feeling better and look forward to keep working.

We met this lady named Yolanda this week.  We are teaching her.  We met her at the bus stop back in June and put her in the area book and forgot about her.  Well we went through the Area Book and saw her name and called her.  Luckily we got in contact with her and we taught her the Restoration.  She is looking for a church and doesn't want to take someone's word for it.  She wants to figure it out for herself.  

So the really cool thing of the week was stopping by Brother Fleming again.  It has been awhile since we have seen him and so we just stopped by.  He gladly let us in and we talked.  He hasn't been doing well due to health and he didn't really feel good when we came.  As we talked with him he mentioned how he just felt so much better as we came.  It just was so cool to see how we can change people.

Well that is it for the week.  Just go forward all of you.

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance

God's house. Look at the signs



Monday, August 1, 2016

The week of rebukes

So we are shorter on time today due to doing service for this lady who said it would be like 2 hours.  6 hours later we are here.

Anyways so this week we were rebuked by a crazy lady because we were trying to share the gospel to the humble people of Cleveland.  She said that these people around, including herself, were so humble and that they don't need us preaching to them.  It was hard not to laugh.  I find myself in too many of those situations.

Also during that day we had another lady tell us that we should be riding our bikes on the road.  Well I am a complete klutz and ride on the sidewalk.  She said that once we mature we can finally get to the street. Another one that made me laugh.

Again that day we had two cops stop us and completely harass (probably a lot strong term then what they did) us about how we are not supposed to solicit around this area.  it got to the point where they were going to put us in handcuffs.  In the end they turned out to be members and just giving us a hard time. It was not fun at all. 

So those are the most memorable points of my week.  It has been a long fast week.  Don't really remember because I didn't write them all down.  I wrote funeral for something but I have no idea.  I don't remember going to any of them but who knows. 

So this morning I was able to read in Jesus the Christ.  It was really nice and I found something cool I liked about prayer.  It was talking about how God without prayer would still be God but us without prayer will not be able to obtain eternal life. i just found it so cool.  I have been focus a lot on prayer and how I always have better prayers when I speak out loud.  I also see that when i pray more often the day seems to go better, we have generally better success, and I am more patient.  It just is another great witness of how prayer really helps us progress in life.
Anyways...

Nevertheless I went forth,

Elder Vance