Monday, September 26, 2016

Dumb Dingo Things

This was a quote someone used at the pulpit this last Sunday during fast and testimony meeting.  it sort of fits our week.

I cannot say what the ultimate highlight of the week was but I have two that really stand out.

The first one is that we went to Kirtland!! We took a tour and that was such an awesome experience.  I absolutely felt the Spirit and just the joy of it.  Jessi, who we took with her boyfriend Spencer, loved it and really related to Ann Whitney.  Such a great experience to be so close to something so powerful.

The other one is not even kinda spiritual.  One day we went to an appointment.  We locked our bikes on a main busy street in front of a Kingdom Hall.  I read somewhere that that is the best place to part the bikes so therefor they aren't stolen.  So we tract the houses and we find an awesome potential.  We knocked on our investigators house and get flamed.  Not a big surprise.  We go back to our bikes which are still there to find something missing.  It wasn't the front tire and it wasn't our helmets. They stole our bike seats.  Out of everything on the bike they steal our bike seats.  Why would someone do such a dumb dingo thing? Anyways the miracle behind it is that we had an extra one at the apartment and I got mine fixed for $0.

That was pretty much our week.  A lot of this week was trying to meet with investigators who we picked up last week.  Our issue is that we can find very easily but finding people who will be committed in a week is a lot harder.  It's the problem with this area.  We will keep going forward though because we do see a lot of miracles coming out of it though.  Constantly sifting through the wheat and the tares.

"Believe in God ; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom , and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." Mosiah 4:9 

Elder Vance 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Kidnapped

Well I was kidnapped this week..  We were walking one day and we knew that we missed the bus.  All of a sudden this Prius with California license plates comes up and a guy said to get in the car.  We got in the car. He was a Middle Eastern guy and he stole this car from California.  So that's how that went.  It turns out he was a member from New York named Alli.

Anyways! This week was a good week.  We took a lot of members out with us teaching which was awesome. We found a lot of people to teach which is real cool!

One of these people was named Stephanie.  She was a member referral from Ashtabula and we had an awesome lesson with her and her fiancee.  Sadly we called her on Saturday and learned that her fiancee stole the car and everything from her.  She proceeded to tell us that he was on parole which was a surprise to her and that he was a drug abuser.  Quite sad. Life in Cleveland.

The Browns almost won last night!!! They crapped it in the last quarter though so I heard.

We are getting Jessi to start family history and get her to Kirtland this next week.  More updates next week.

Well that is pretty much how our week went.  A lot of contacting and a lot of referrals.  All Bible

"Now we shall say no more concerning their preaching, except that they preached the word, and the truth, according to the spirit of prophecy and revelation; and they preached after the holy order of God by which they were called." Alma 43:2

Elder Vance

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cleve life

Nothing super eventful happened this week.

We are still meeting with Jessi and working with her family to set a date.  We are talking about Kirtland too which is fun.

We were too pushy with Jenna which made her take a step back but we are still meeting with her which is good.

We had some crazy bus rides with people.  Last Monday, oh my, this guy who hasn't showered in who knows how long made the whole bus smell.  He also was swear and yelling about crazy stuff.  It was so crazy to see. On Tuesday, we had a very overcrowded bus and also one with a lady screaming about Obama-phones.  Just so different.

I realised this week how crazy people here are.  I love them so very much but oh my they're crazy.  We have people who just run red lights.  If you honk before it's fine though.  When an ambulance comes people just stand still.  No one goes to the side so the ambulance has to honk at them.   The best is when it happens in the middle of an intersection.  Someone just stays still as the ambulance is coming right for them.  I love it here.

Well other than that, we haven't had much.  I went on exchanges with Elder Scoresby. I didn't die.  It was hot but felt good except for humidity.

Love this one,
"But behold I said unto them that: As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will not go down unto our  father in the wilderness until we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us." (1 Nephi 3:15)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bikes

Well I have officially ruined two pairs of pants because of bikes.  One I ripped a huge hole in when I went to stand up and pedal.  The other was a crash.  It all went down like 2 days ago.  It was me and my bike vs the fence and a tarp.  The fence won and I lost ending up on the floor with pass along cards all over the street.  It was one of those laugh them off things.

I love foreign people.  We met a Chinese lady on the bus who has been here since January but she said that she has been here for 1/2 an hour.  It just was one of those funny things.

Jessi's baptism this week has to be pushed.  She told her parents later on that what should have happened and so they wanted to get involved.  We are extending it but don't know how long.

We are now teaching Jenna though who is another member referral.  She dances for Cleveland Ballet and she is so awesome.  She ate up the Restoration and we just had a great spiritual lesson.

We have been working a lot with members and the one big miracle happened with Brother McClellan who we took out to go visit a referral.  We were able to contact William and he let us in.  We were the 2nd people in 4 years to enter his little apartment.  It was so cool and the member helped out so much with it.  It's amazing what happens when we do things the Lord's way.

"But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage." -Mosiah 7:33