Thursday, June 21, 2018

Week 97 Stake Conference Lessons Learned


Hey everyone. This week has kind of been hard just because I'm sick, and not much has been getting done up here. I'm literally going to have to start over with this area next transfer because of all the time that is wasted by me being sick, having a bad knee, and my comps not really caring about the work sometimes. But it's fine. Here is the week! 

Monday 
We emailed, shopped, and played sports at the civic center. Then we spent the rest of the time emailing in Everson. 

Tuesday 
We went on an exchange with Elder Winget, our district leader. That was actually a pretty good day. We worked and tried to work hard. Elder Duesenberry did My Plan, and we also had lunch at Little Caesars. We had dinner with the Rapers and had a lesson with their grandkids, the Larranagas. We taught them the law of chastity. 

Wednesday 
We had district meeting. Elder Winget talked about how the Book of Mormon has the power to change people's lives. After that, we took the car in for an oil change. We also had lessons with the Mulers and the Asencio's. I don't remember what we taught the Mulers only because I was having an allergic reaction to their cat. But at the Asencio's, we taught them the plan of salvation for Nesha, their daughter, who we are teaching. 

Thursday 
We had our half mission zone conference with Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the seventy, and he instructed how the Book of Mormon and family history are the two main tools to conversion. He also taught that salvation and the spirit are personal things and exaltation can only happen by the family. That was interesting to think of. We also learned one more thing. Preach My Gospel states that we as missionaries should talk to everyone. Elder Kopischke emphasized something that we had never considered but yet I follow all the time because it's logical to do so and here is why. He said teach those that will receive you. The point is to talk to every person that will receive you. So, I follow that. It's great to talk to everyone, but not everyone is wanting to talk to you. You have to find the ones that are ready, and if a person is not interested just by looking at you, then you do not receive them because they are not the elect. It's complete logic. That was great to hear from him. 

Friday 
That was a rough day. My cold was getting worse from before, and we just did weekly planning and nothing else really big.

Saturday 
We helped Sister Fox in the ward move her boxes around again in her garage. We also had the adult session of stake conference. Elder Kopischke spoke at that. Once again, he blew our minds and taught us the only true way to minister to everyone was through the pure love of God. Once we understand Him, then we can minister better. He told us to follow the greatest command of all--1 to love God with all your heart and all your might, and the second is like unto it, love thy neighbor like thy self like the scripture says. After reading it, he explained that is how we should minister. If we love God with all our heart and might, then we will already be turning outward to our neighbors. That was interesting to learn. 

Sunday 
We had a great stake conference. Elder Kopischke spoke and so did President Wilding and Sister Wilding as well as the Canadian temple president and his wife and President Pringle. They all did a great job, and I learned a lot from them. I learned an interesting. statistic too--93% of investigators from last year did not get past the 3rd lesson or and got dropped. Elder Kopischke asked why is this? His answer was because people do not read the Book of Mormon. That is the ultimate source to conversion. That number scares me, but yet it's so true.... 

Well that's my week. I hope you all have a good one, and I'll see you soon. Bye! 

Elder Hammond 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Week 96 Keeping It Real and Trying to Work Hard


Hey everyone, another week here in Everson, and things are going okay. It's kind of hard being here now. Something has changed. Elder Duesenberry is really trunky now, so he just doesn't care that much for some of the work anymore, and what makes it harder is Elder Haselton is just following him because he kind of adapts to what his comps do. When it comes to me, I don't care how comps act or what they do, as long as we are working hard, finding people to teach, and are striving to be obedient. Since halfway through last week and this week, my comps have not been doing those things. It's really hard when I feel like I care more about the area then the other two, and I want to end my mission well, meaning working hard. I've told my leaders about this, and I pray every day for it. I just ask for all of those at home, please pray that things will change and that their hearts will soften more, because Elder Duesenberry has made it pretty clear to me that he does not want to change. We still get along and have a great time as a companionship, but I feel like we aren't as unified because of the attitude we all have for the work. Elder Duesenberry is going home soon, and he started his mission here, so he already has good relationships with people, so he sees no need to build new ones because he leaves in less than 3 weeks. I understand his point, but still that's not right. I just hope things change because it's not helping me. If it keeps going it will make me more trunky then I already am, and I can't give up on my Heavenly Father, not when I've already come this far. I guess you can say I'm back in the same state I was with Elder Addington. Both he and Elder Duesenberry are great people, and were/are great missionaries, but they just gave up so quickly. I hope that doesn't happen to me. Anyway, sorry about my complaining. It's just been a hard few couple of days when it comes to the work, but I'm still having fun out here. Anyways here are the highlights of the week.

Monday
We emailed and went shopping. We spent some time in the mall, but l never get anything when I go because I always waste too much money I don't have. 
😂 Later, we went back to our area to go on a hike with some of the zone. There is a mountain in our area that people came and shot gold into it and dug it out, took pictures, and then told people to come invest in their "gold mine". Once people payed them, they took the money and ran for it. However, all the caves and mines are still there. So, we went and hiked up to it, but didn't get to the cave because we got to a point, did a challenge of all of us running up this steep hill and then sliding down it. No one wanted to keep going, so we all just went back to the car. All we found was some old rusted mine carts at a small tunnel that was sealed off. That kind of made me sad that we stopped because we still had a lot of time left for P-day. We were almost to the cave, but the sisters got too tired, and one of the zone leaders wanted to go back... So, since my comps wanted to follow the crowd, we went back too. Idk, maybe we'll go again another day. Later that night, we had a lesson with Alyvia on tithing and fast offerings.
Elder Duesenberry, Elder Hammond, Elder Haselton





Hiking on P-Day
Tuesday
We didn't have much happen. We did a lot of visiting people and had a couple lessons. But nothing big. We had a lesson with the Larranaga family. We just reviewed the 10 Commandments with them.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and Elder Winget did not instruct this week. Instead we had a discussion on how to help the members in our wards and about the hard times on our missions. It was really good, and I haven't had a distinct meeting like that in a while. President is kind of doing away with that. That's another thing I'm mad about for another time to complain about. Later that day, we did some service for Char, a member in the ward. That was hard because I was filling dirt into a wheelbarrow, and I miss stepped and made my knee pop out and back in again. I had to use my brace and my cane for the rest of the week because my knee was swollen and sore. I wish I could replace it. It's gone out on me so many times on my mission. We had a lesson with the Mullers, the family we helped move in last week. We just got to know them more. We did more service later, but I just sat on a bucket while my comps did the work.

Thursday
We went and helped at the food bank. We also had a visit with Nate, our blind investigator. We just got to know him more. He's a funny guy. We also had a lesson with the gardeners. We taught them why it's important to do service.

Friday
Nothing really happened. We just did weekly planning and tried to make visits.

Saturday
We did a lot of visits. It was kind of a slow day

Sunday
I gave a talk on how to get the best things from stake conference. It went well. I shared like 5 scriptures, and I was the last speaker, so I had plenty of time. We also went out to Sumas and saw some people later in the day. So that was all fun.

Well that's the week. I hope everyone has had a good one, and I'll see you soon. 

Elder Hammond

Monday, June 4, 2018

Week 95 Happy Memorial Day!


Hey everyone. It's been a pretty good week. Not a lot has happened. This week I'll give the highlights of the days. I may just do that from now on because it's kind of hard to write mass emails anymore. So, these will be big emails, just smaller in size. Anyway, here is my week. 

Monday 
We did shopping at a place called Deals Only. I didn't shop, but Elder Haseldon did. It's a pretty cool place. It's got cheap stuff. We did emailing after that. Then we went to a home up in the Laural area for a BBQ and sports. I got to play soccer. We also went next door to the cemetery and looked at all the flags. Later that night, we came back into Everson and did work and dinner. 
Our Zone on P-Day
Tuesday 
Elder Duesenberry did My Plan in the morning... That's what I will do next transfer.... 
😅 We did some service for some members like digging holes and putting flowers in them. We also helped a new family move in. That was fun. They came from Ferndale, and their names are the Muelers. We also had a lesson with the Gardener kids. They are investigators we're teaching, and we just helped them understand the Book of Mormon better. 

Wednesday 
We had district meeting. It was pretty good but kind of tiring, I've been having a hard time going to sleep recently, and then there's days where I'm just out like a light. It's kind of weird. We had district lunch at Subway. Later that night, we helped lay sod at a member’s home. We also had dinner with the Barron's. Nice old family. Then we had a lesson with Tammy and Tiffiny, investigators. They had some questions that we answered.
Laying sod
 Thursday 
We helped at the food bank. The one up here is kind of better. However, it's run by a church, so they do it in their basement. We went and tried to see people throughout the day. Later that night we went to the Gambles’ home and addressed some concerns they had about the church. 

Friday 
We mostly weekly planned and saw people. We had no lessons, really. 

Saturday 
We did some service for Brother Hillman and put some rocks down on the ground to make an area for his car to drive through. Later that day, we had a lesson with a new investigator. His name is Billy, and he is a retired red neck that believes in God, doesn't go to church, but reads the Bible. He is really open to learn what we teach. Later that night, we had a lesson with Tammy and Tiffany. We taught them the plan of salvation, focusing on the spirit world. 

Sunday 
We had church. That's kind of it for Sunday. 

Well that's my week. I hope everyone like it better that way. Anyway, love you all, and see you soon #2monthsbaby! 

Elder Hammond 

Pics of the zone on P-day and us laying sod. 

Week 94 A New Area in Everson


Hey everyone! I'm in a new place! It's great, and not a lot has changed. Although it feels like things have. It may be the sun is always out now and the wind is blowing. The sun shining on us makes my hair look really dark, or maybe it's just the fact that I never left Bellingham and I’m in Everson. It could be that we had now 1400 miles instead of 850 a month, and we get to use 50 a day. I don't know. There's a lot to take in, and what doesn't help is I'm in a 3 pack again. I'm with Elder Duesenberry and Elder Haselton. It's great. Elder Euesenberry goes home this transfer, so I'm sending another home before I go home. Elder Duesenberry is from Nevada, Carson City, and Elder Haselton is from Virginia. Well, let's get to the week, shall we? 

Monday 
I was with Elder Rich, and we had a great P-day. We started with going shopping. I only got a couple things. Then we went to the church and emailed. After, we then went to the mall and got some things. I bought a gift for my investigator, Orion, who is getting baptized in Lakewood on June 30th. After that, we then went and hung out with Bellingham Bay. Then later we went with them and played sports with the zone leaders at the civic center. After, we ran by the Jones’s home and said goodbye to them for me before I got transferred. After that, we went home, got changed, and met up with Brother Schenck at a Mexican restaurant. We had a good time there, I got carne asada. After dinner, we went to the church and did area book work until it was time to end the night. 


Saying Goodbye to the Joneses

Tuesday 
Tuesday was a long day. All we did was go see people in the morning, and in the afternoon, no one was really interested or home. It was kind of sad. Later that night, we went over to Justin Best's. I got to say goodbye to him and take pics with him. I said goodbye to his family too. 
Saying Goodbye to Justin 
Wednesday 
We had transfers. We got picked up at 9 and drove down. Then I made the long drive back to Everson. We unpacked a little, and then we planned. After, we then went and saw some people. After driving around, we came back home, had dinner, and then drove out to Maple Falls to see the Asencio's. They are a family we a teaching. Their daughter is an investigator. Elder Duesenberry started his mission here so he wanted to go see this family because he was teaching them too. After, we came back to Everson and ended the night 

Thursday 
We had district meeting. Our district is okay. It is not as great as my last one. I only say that because we have lots of missionaries who just act like nothing is wrong in their lives, everything is just roses and ice cream. It's kind of hard to see their real personalities because it feels like they are just putting on a show. Anyway, Elder Winget instructed on repentance. Then we had lunch at Little Caesars. Then we came home and had comp study. Then we went to the church and did area book planning. After, we went and saw some people in Maple Falls. After, we then came back and had dinner. Then we went back out to Maple Falls and had a lesson with the Asencio's. We taught Nesha about the restoration and why it's important. We also pushed her date back. Then we came home and ended the day. 

Friday 
We started the day with weekly planning. After, we then went home and had lunch and did comp study. Then we went and did service for Sister Fox. Her garage got flooded so we had to move everything out. She's also a hoarder too, so it took us some time. Then we went and saw people for the day. There was a lot of traveling with seeing these people. After a while, we had dinner with the Hays. They’re members in the ward. Then we saw more people and then drove back home to end the day. 

Saturday 
We started the day with seeing some people. Then we went into comp study. After that, we went to the church and got the tiwi on our car replaced. It wasn't working properly, I guess. After, we then went in and helped put things away for an activity they had at the church. We got lunch out of it. Then we went and saw some people. After, we came back and had dinner at 8. Then we ended the day. 

Sunday 
We had church at 11. It was okay. Not what I expected. I don't know why, it just felt different. After, we then came home, did studies, and then had dinner at home. Then we went out and saw a few people before the day was over. 

Well that it. Sorry, it's not much, but I'm in a new area, so I don't know how much to expect really and not much has happened yet. I hope everyone has a great week. 

Elder Hammond 

Pics from the Joneses and Justin

Monday, May 21, 2018

Week 93 Last Week in Bellingham



Hey everyone. It's been a crazy week with lots of ups and downs, mostly downs, but I'm doing alright. That's the great thing about the gospel. Things can happen to you and it could throw your testimony off, but you know it's all a choice, and I always try to look at it all with my head high and not let it affect me in any way. So, lots of people are asking if I am getting transferred this Wednesday. Yes, this is my last few days in Bellingham. It  makes me sad to leave this amazing place that I've come to love so much over my mission, but the Lord is calling me elsewhere. So, let’s get to the week.

Monday
Monday started pretty usual. We started the day with going and doing some shopping. I could only get so much because I didn't have very much money. And the reason to that is because we have been going out so much as a District that my card is just empty. That's kind of hard! So, we've downgraded on going out to restaurants so much so we are now eating the food that's in our apartment more. After shopping, we then went to the church and did some emailing. After emailing, we then went to Dairy Queen. I didn't buy anything because I had no money, so I brought my own lunch and ate that while everyone else ate their lunch that they bought. After that, Elder Rich and I went to a barber shop with Bellingham Bay. Elder Rich needed a haircut, so we went, and he got a haircut. After getting a haircut, we then went to the Civic Center and played ultimate frisbee in the football field. It was really, really hot! After getting blown out by the heat and all that, we went to Fairhaven and hung out with the sisters at a beach down there. I can't remember what the of name of the park was, but it was a cool place. I remember when I was in the YSA ward a year and a half ago, we would always go there to do our weekly planning just because it was a cool place. Charlotte, their recent convert, was there, and we just had a great time playing games and walking around the beach. After that we then came back home, got changed, and went and had dinner. We had dinner with the Ludwigs down in Sudden Valley. They fed us pizza, and he had a lot of musical instruments. So that was fun because he let me play some of them. At the end of the dinner, he pulled out his guitar, gave that to me, and Elder Rich and I played and sang Nearer My God to Thee. After dinner, we then went and saw some people. Sister Thornton, a member of the ward, had a daughter in town that needed a blessing, so we went and gave that daughter a blessing. She also asked us to get a hold of the Tacoma missionaries for them to go over and start to get to know that daughter. That was really nice. Then we went to the church and did area book work and that ended our night.
At the beach on P-day
Tuesday
We started the day with sending off a referral, the daughter to Sister Thorton. After that, we went and saw some people, but nobody was really home. So, we went back to the apartment and had lunch and then did comp study. After that, we went and saw more people. Again, no one was really home, and the ones that were home were not really interested. #Bellingham #missionarywork Later that day, we had dinner with the Oslapases. Then we went and had a meeting with Bishop at the church. After that, we did some area book work, and that ended our day.

Wednesday
We started the day with district meeting. Elder Rich instructed on the vision of getting members to the temple and helping the leaders to do the work. After that, we had lunch as a district outside. Then we went home and did comp study. After comp study, we went and met with a guy named Mark Ireland. He is a less active member that wants to get back into the church so we went to visit with him and try to figure out what we could do. He lives where Jason Byers used to live. We set up a ride for him to come to church, and it worked out really well. After we saw him, we then went and saw some more people. Later that night we had dinner, and then after that we went to the church and did some area book work. Around 8 or so, we went and helped someone move. That ended our night.

Thursday
We started the day with helping at the food bank. After we went and had a lesson with a guy named Patrick. He is really cool. He is a new investigator as of this week. We went and contacted him last week. He was in a rough spot and needed some help, so he prayed to Heavenly Father and then the next day after he prayed, we showed up at his door. This is the first time that has ever happened to me on my mission where someone was so prepared like that. Really cool. He thinks that this is what direction he needs to take, and he feels like there is a gap in his life where he can't seem to understand. Something is just missing, so we went and talked with him about the restoration of the gospel Jesus Christ and how he can be forgiven of his sins. He was really interested and is willing to do whatever he can to be forgiven of his sins. After that lesson, we came home and had lunch and comp study. Then we went and saw some more people. We saw Sister Oldham and answered some questions she had about the church again. After that, we then went with Brother Jones to go see someone named Clarence Hill in Sudden Valley. He was a referral from a member, and he is a member. We went to go in to see how he was doing and have a gospel talk with him. It went really well. After that, we came back to Bellingham, got in our car, and drove all the way up to Ferndale for a baptism that YSA was having. It went really well. Then we went back home and had dinner. After dinner, we went to the church and did some area book work.

Friday
We went to the food bank again. Then we went to Brother Jones’s home to help him do some yard work. He was kind enough to buy us Subway for lunch. The service took most of our day, and I was really tired after it. Around 3 or so, we came back, to regroup and then went to go see some people. After, we went back to their home and had dinner with them. Then we went to the church, did some area book work, and did some weekly planning. That ended our night.

Saturday
We started the day with going and seeing some people. Then we came home, had lunch, did comp study, and then went and did some yard work for Brother Thornton. We pulled weeds and cut off dead branches from trees. It was fun. After that, we came home, got changed and regrouped, and then we went and saw some more people before the baptism of Joey, Brother Jones’s kid. After that, we did some area book work, and that ended our night.
Joey's baptism
Sunday
We had church! That's normal right? After church we had a meeting with President Wilding. Elder Rich wanted to talk with him. I don't know why, but you never know why. President also shared some information about my family with me. After that, we went home and did lunch, personal study, comps study, planning, and then we went and had dinner with Bishop and his family. Then we went and had a meeting with Brother Schenk and just had a lesson with him. Our ward wants us to go and have lessons with the members, so they passed around a calendar yesterday that members can sign up for to have the missionaries come over and to teach them the lessons. Yesterday was a start of it and it went really well with Brother Schenk and Bishop. After, we came home and ended the day with accounting.

Well that is the week. I hope you all have a good week. Yesterday and throughout this week have been hard days, just a lot of weeping, nothing too bad, but it’s just been hard to understand the Lord’s will sometimes. My love goes out to my family this week. I understand now that my grandfather has passed away. Although I am sad for his passing, I'm okay with it. I want them to know that I really love them. I've learned so much this week, as far as relying on the Lord and submitting to His will. I know that we have to come to our own realizations of these things and it takes time, but I want all of you to know, that if you submit to the Father’s will, and rely on Him, He will bless you beyond what you can imagine. He has given me strength to endure this mission, Everything these last two transfers have been pushing and pushing me to go home and just give up, but I know that every person sometimes go through trials of wanting to leave when the end is so close. I've learned that the Lord blesses those that do His will. He is blessing me, even though it seems hard to keep staying out here, when I could be doing things that I want more at home, like going to college, or getting married,... I've changed my mind on that one. It’s not going to take me six years anymore. I'm going to find the one I'm supposed to be with when I get home. But that's not the point. The point is, we all can rely on the Lord, no matter where we stand. We have to. That's a commandment He has given us. One other thing I want to point out is that He only gives us what we can handle. By small and simple means are the great things brought to pass, and that is how the Lord does His work. If we all relied on the Lord’s will a little more, the world would be a better place, and who knows? Christ may come a little sooner... I don't know. I shouldn't say things like that. I might get struck by hell fire from heaven.... anyway, that is my take away from it. I hope you can apply what you can from what I've said. Anyway, love you all, and I'll see you soon! Bye!

Elder Hammond

Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 92 Happy Mother's Day


Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great week and mother’s day was amazing for you all. Here is my week for ya.

Monday
We thought it would be a great day to go to Boulevard Park, play sports, and take some pictures, However, it turned out to be the opposite. I first started the day with going to Grocery Outlet with the zone leaders and bought our food. Then we went to the church and did some emailing. After we went to IHOP as a district and had some good food. Then we went back to the church and played basketball for a little bit, before we went to the park. The sisters took forever at the mall, so we didn't stay at the park very long because there was really nothing to do. All the other elders got bored, even though I was going around taking pictures and having a good time... So sorry for them. So, we decided then to go back to the church and play some more basketball. Monday was a pretty sad day when you look at it. After we drove to Sudden Valley for dinner and had a good time with the Saunders. Then we drove back to the church and did some area book work. After that, we exchanged with Bellingham Bay and Elder Redd came with me to our apartment.



At Boulevard Park
Tuesday
I spent the whole day with Elder Redd. We started the day with going and seeing some people. After we saw all those people that I had planned for the morning, we went to the post office, and I sent off two packages to go home. Then we went to the church and gave Elder Rich his service shoes because they forgot to pack them for the exchange. After, we went home and had lunch. Then we went and did comp study and did our device audit after that. Around 3 or so, we went to go have a lesson with Mordecai, but he wasn't home. However, we did meet his father. He's really cool, and he's okay with us teaching Cai. He also gave us some advice and told us about Cai a little bit more. After we met with him, we went and saw some more people that I planned. We then went to dinner with the DeVries. We had a good time with them tonight. Elder Redd quoted lots of movies with Sister DeVries, however she won the bash. After dinner, we went to the church to meet with Bishop, but he was not there again this week, so we went to the Institute and exchange back with Bellingham Bay.

Wednesday
Wednesday was a long day, but at the end it felt a little bit better. We started the day by going and having district meeting. Elder Rich instructed on the safeguards for using technology and asked what ways we could approve. We had a good discussion on it. After, we went to MOD and had pizza. Then we went to try and help Sister Kaveh hang some pictures, but she forgot that we were coming and was not home. So, we went back to our area and started seeing people. After getting some return appointments, we came home and had dinner. Then we went and saw Justin, our investigator. We just chatted with him and then went to the church and did some area book work. I also posted a scripture and my testimony on Facebook. As I was doing so, I felt the spirit. It was really cool.

My District
Thursday
We started the day by going and helping at the food bank. It's getting really annoying to go to the food bank. All we do there is sort food. It doesn't feel really effective or a good use of our time, but I'm only going to be here for probably one more week, so I really don't care. After helping at the food bank, we then went to the other elders’ apartment and gave Elder Beuticofer a blessing. Then we had lunch and comp study with them which quickly turned into a discussion. I guess the other elders were having some problems with each other and needed some divine help on how to change things. So, we talked about it for a while and came to a conclusion. After that, Bellingham Bay went to their interviews with President, and we went to go see people. After going and to see those people, and most were not home, we then went to our interviews. I had a great time in my interview with President. After, we went to the McCleves house and had our elders’ quorum first annual get together. It was really great night! We had a good time. After that, we went to the church and finished with Area book work.

Elders' Quorum Party
Friday
Friday was a great day. We started with the food bank again. Then we went and had lunch at a teriyaki place in downtown Bellingham. After, we then went and met with Sister Kaveh. She needed some paintings hung up like we talked about last time, and she had a door knob that needed to be fixed. To fix it, we needed a washer, but she didn't have one. We needed a washer because the screw that was in the door that was holding the doorknob had made a big gouge in the door, and we were not able to fix it at that time because there was no washer. So, what I did is I grabbed a paperclip and bent it several ways until it became a man-made washer. Yes, you can say that I MacGyver-ed it! We put the man-made washer with the screw and put the door knob on the closet. Sadly, on Sunday, I learned that the paper clip washer only lasted for a couple days... It was really sad. I'm really disappointed in myself. I thought I was good at MacGyver-ing things! I guess not. After that visit, we then went back to the church, and Elder Rich sang with Elder Redd on the piano. After a while, we then went to dinner and had a good time with Brother Jones and all of his family. And then, we went back to the church and did some weekly planning that ended our night.

Lunch at the teriyaki place
Saturday
We started the day with area book work, and then we went to go see a few people. After that, we went on exchange with Bellingham Bay for 2 hours. That went pretty well. Elder Beuticofer and I went to go and see a potential and had a lesson with them. We discussed the restoration a little bit and went over the plan of salvation and how it blesses our lives. After that, we exchanged back, and Elder Rich and I went and saw some people. Then we had dinner. Then we finished the night with more area book work and teaching a lesson to Joey, Brother Jones’s kid. We also had a meeting with Brother Jones.

Sunday
We had church! Then we went home and did our studies. Then we went back to the church, and I called home! It was great to see the family again for the last time on my mission before they come get me in 3 months! After the calls, we went home, had dinner, and then went back to the church to finish the night with area book work.

That's it for this week. I hope things pick up here. It's really hard to work here because people are just hard to work with. That’s fine. We will work really hard this week, and then I'll be off to my last area. I hope you all have a good week, and I'll see you soon!

Elder Hammond

Monday, May 7, 2018

Week 91 Still Working in Bellingham Bay

Hello everyone! It's been a crazy week, filled with ups and downs. I've been able to work hard this week, so that's great. Anyway, here is how my week went.

Monday
We started the day with shopping. We had to get a lot of food this week because no one really fed us this week. After we did that, we met up with the Spanish elders and drove to the stake center for emailing and playing sports. We played volleyball and basketball. I also chatted with a lot of people using my phone to do emailing. After we then drove back to the James Street building and drove our car to get Subway. Then we drove from that to the institute for some games, pool, table tennis, and things like that. However, around 4ish they kicked us out to close the pit for the day. So, we went back to the church and did some more emailing. After, we then went to MOD for dinner with Bellingham Bay. After dinner, we went and met a referral named Gladys. She's a nice old lady but she wasn't really interested. However, her grandson was referred to us as well, so we decided to go by another day and see Tyrone. After that, we went to the church and did some area book work. Then we went to the zone leaders’ apartment and exchanged for the next day.

Tuesday
I spent the day with Elder Stanworth. We started the day by going to see people, but no one was home, and some of the people we planned for didn't live at the homes we went to. So, we just went to the church, and I Facebook messaged some less active members in the ward. I also planned out the rest of the day. Then we went home, had lunch, and did comp study. After, we went and saw more people. We were going to have a lesson with Hugh, but he wasn't feeling good, so we went and saw more people. I made mistakes in planning once again with members being in the same home, and it took out that chunk of our day, so we went back to the church, did our device audits, and then exchanged back. Then Elder Rich and I went to dinner, had a good time there, and then went back to the church to do more area book work.

Wednesday
We had district meeting. Elder Rich instructed on working with members. After, we had lunch at Panda Express with the rest of the district. Then from there, we came home and did comp study. After, we went to the church and Elder Rich and Elder Redd practiced the song for a Facebook post that Elder Rich wants to post. Then we went and saw people for the day. Later that night we had dinner, and then we saw more people. We ended the night with area book work.

Thursday
We started with going to the food bank and helping them for the day. After, we had lunch at Taco Bell. Then we had comp study. After, we went and printed off things at the church. Then we went and saw people. No one was home, so we went to church several times to do area book work. We were going to have a lesson with Sister Oldham, but she was not home. So, we did more work. At 5:30 we had dinner. Then we went and had a lesson with Tyrone. He's great, and he’s interested, but we have to pass him off to YSA because he is 20! We ended the day with more area book work.

Friday
Started the day who is going to the food bank again and helping there. Then we went home and had lunch. Then we drove off to have a lesson with Cai. It went well. He told us his disorders and what school he was going to. He goes to a special needs school. We taught him about the Book of Mormon, and what it was. He enjoyed it all. He also played for us the John Cena theme song on his recorder through his nose. That was kind of funny! After, we went home, did some comp study, and then went to the church to do weekly planning and a meet with the zone leaders to receive some MLC stuff. After, we then went and had dinner with Bellingham Bay. After dinner for the rest of the night, we went and did area book work.

Saturday
We started with going to the church and doing some area book work, as well as some Facebook things. Then we came home, had lunch, and did our comp study. After, we went and saw a couple less actives close by that the ward wanted us to go check up on. Some of the people were not home, and others didn't live at those places any more. From seeing those people, we then drove up to the stake center for a baptism that the YSA sisters had. Her name was Charlotte, and she seemed really cool. I got to see Jacob Meeker, my old ward mission leader from the ward, and Xalla (sounds like shalla) from the Laural Ward. I had a good talk with both of them. After the baptism, we went to Boulevard Park. Some of you may remember the pics I sent from 2 years ago of this place. I spent my first p-day there. Anyway, we went there to have a lesson with Avery and her family. We taught them about the gospel of Jesus Christ for the new member lessons. After, we drove back to the church and picked up Bellingham Bay to go to our dinner with the Shupes. We had a great time there with the other missionaries. After that, we went and had our meeting with Brother Jones, and that ended our night.

Sunday
We had ward council in the morning. We got to show everyone how to pull up the progress record on their phones. After the meeting, we had church. Then we came home. We took a nap for our 30 minutes of lunch that we didn't get to have because it was fast Sunday. Then we went into our studies. After our studies, we went to the church, did some area book work, and then went to Sudden Valley for dinner. After dinner, we spent some time in Sudden Valley seeing some people. We didn't stay for long because Elder Rich wanted to save miles, so we came back to the church and did more area book work for the rest of the night.

Well, that's it for this week. Our plan today is to go to Boulevard Park because it’s a cool place. But we'll only go if it’s sunny. It’s kind of cloudy today. Anyway, hope you all have a great week, and I'll see you all on Sunday!! For Mother’s Day!!!!! Last call home!!!!

Elder Hammond

Pics below are from this week. Elder Rich and I on Alabama Hill looking over the city, and some pics from Boulevard Park.

Elder Hammond and Elder Rich on Alabama Hill
On Alabama Hill overlooking the city
Boulevard Park