Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 62 A New Investigator...Finally!

Hey everyone. It's been a great week, a little rough, but everything is going well, mostly. I cant make up my mind. Anyway, here it is.

Already talked about Monday.

Tuesday
We went to the senior center and did some service there. Then we had lunch all together at McDonald's, After, we went emailing, and I got to talk to you all. After, we had comp study, and then traveled out to the area to do some work in the far part of Monroe. We had dinner with the Dahls, and then after, we went and did some more work around there. We talked to a Brother Neiphorth and had a good talk with him. We found out one of his roommates was the aunt of Madeline Paige. So that was pretty cool. I think that was his sister. Then after, we drove the Rav 4 home and went to bed.

Wednesday
We had district meeting. Elder Brown talked about teaching people that are not interested. It was pretty great. After, we gathered around for interviews and President took us one by one. We then had lunch, and I had to go back to the church to get my package from Justin and Camie. Thanks for that guys! I like it. After, we went home, had personal and comp study, and then we went and saw some people before our service and dinner with Danielle. Then we came home and ended the night. 

Thursday 
We had the half mission conference, and Elder Cornbridge came and spoke to us. It was a great meeting. After, we went back home and went with our ward mission leader to Sam's house and met his brother in law. Tuesday, the Spanish missionaries referred him to us, so we went and talked about the Book of Mormon with him. We found out that he was really interested, and we picked him up as a new investigator. After the lesson, Brother Palomares took us to get pizza, and we ended the night with eating it.

Friday
We helped at the food bank. Then we had lunch and comp study. After, we started weekly planning, and I packed for the exchange in Sultan the next day. After, we then went to dinner and finished the night with weekly planning before the exchange. 

Saturday
I went to Sultan with Elder Macria, and we taught a lot of people. Nothing exciting.

Sunday
We started with comp. study. Then we went to ward council, had church, and then went to our lesson with the Branstetters. After that we went to the Zittings, and then we had dinner with the Davis's. Then we came home and cleaned the apartment for inspections on Tuesday.

So there's the week. Not much has happened. Sorry I didn't take any pics. Have a great week, and I send my love to you all. Bye!!!

Elder Hammond

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week 61 Keep On Tracting...

Hey everyone. Another long week of hard work has passed by, and the month has just barely started. Let's get to it.

Monday 
We emailed, did our shopping, and spent a good amount of time at Goodwill. Then we drove up to the soccer dome and played soccer for a good long time. Afterward, we came home and had dinner on our own. Then we went and saw some people and ended the night with street contacting. Sadly, not much happened.

Tuesday 
We went to the senior center and did service there. After, we then drove over to the library for mormon.org time. Then we had lunch with some of the other elders. We came home and had comp study. and then our own study time. Then we went and saw the Currnuts for a little bit. After, we went and saw some people in the farthest part of our area. We did some tracting as well, and everyone except one house on the street we tracted weren't home or said they were not interested. The guy at the one house said he was busy with a phone call but said to come back another time. So we will, soon. After we tracted the street, we went home and had dinner. After that, we went back out and went to see some people close to us. Then we ended the night with street contacting in that neighborhood. 

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and Elder Brown talked about teaching repentance and baptizing converts. After, we had lunch and then came home to do comp study. Then we got changed and traveled to help Danial with a hay load, and that took up the rest of the day, including dinner.

Thursday
We started the day with going with the Monroe elders to give a man a blessing. He has PTSD, and so he was really freaking out and was about to commit suicide, but because he called the elders and his grandma, we were able to bring the spirit into the situation and help him. During our discussion with him, his wife came into the room and helped calm him down. So as we talked with him, we gave him a Book of Mormon so when he feels out of it, he can read it. And we gave him a blessing as well. I was the one to give it, after volunteering to, and being asked to. After the blessing, the spirit entered the room so immensely, and he said that his mind had cleared all the bad, negative thoughts and memories. Because of it, he felt like he could go "run a mile now" --that kind of energy. I thought that was great, and I  was grateful to give such a blessing. Then we got changed and headed over to the Woods Creek elders' apartment to help with some service they had going on. After, we came home, got changed, and went on a blitz with the zone leaders. We all worked in our area. Sadly, after that effort, no one opened their doors. After the blitz, we then went to have a lesson with Sam, but he was not home. So we went back home and had dinner with Woods Creek and Monroe elders at Red Robin. That was great. Later that night, we had comp study, and then we hopped on our bikes and went street contacting for the rest of the night. We met one guy named Jade that night and got everything set up for the next day to have a lesson.

Friday
We went and did service at the food back. After, we had lunch. Then we had personal study, comp. study, planned the day, and then went to have our lesson with Jade. Once we got to where we had met him before, we knocked on the door and the father of his girlfriend said that he wasn't home, but he knew who we were because he had talked about us before. That kinda made us sad. That's okay. We left a card with our number at the house and hopefully he'll text us soon, which he probably won't. It's been 4 days already. Then we went home and did some weekly planning, had dinner, and did more weekly planning until our appointment with the Nelsons. That did not go the way we wanted it to. We went thinking that we would be talking to the family, but the mom just came out and talked to us. She didn't let us in because the husband was not home. Sorry, earlier in the week we went over to see them. They have 3 unbaptized children, and so we wanted to go see if we could teach them the discussions. During our talk with her, she said that she was doing fine, and she just doesn't go to church because she doesn't have time, and she's not too interested right now. So we told her if she ever was, she could just go. We told her the time and where, and then we also told her if she would like us to come over maybe every now and then to share a message, we could do that as well. She told us okay, and she might do that. Then that was it. So after that, we went to Brother Palomareses and talked about how things were going in the ward. That ended the night.

Saturday
We had a zone breakfast we went to and had a good time there. After, we came home, studied, and planned. Then we went and finished our weekly planning. After, we had lunch and comp study. Then we went and saw some people. We did some tracting in the rain, and then we came home and had dinner. After, we then did some tracting close by and got another person that seemed interested. We set up an appointment the next day. We ended the night with street contacting on our bikes. 

Sunday
We started the day with comp. study. Then we went to have our lesson with Madison, which was the girl from the night before, but she wasn't home. So we left a card on the door with our number on it. People really like giving us false hope. So we went and saw some other  people before church. Then we went though the service. After, we went and had a lesson with the Bransetters and talked about how we can sometime be like the people in Lehi's dream. We can get to the tree of life and not be ashamed, or we can get there and be ashamed, or we can be like the people in the great and spacious building and mock and point at those trying to do their best at life. After our lesson, we then went and shared a message with the Zittings, and then we had dinner with the Wards and Sister Susan Miller. So that ended the night.

Yesterday
We hiked Wallace Falls, not all of it. We only got to the second falls, which is still a long way. I got some good pics with Elder Davis's camera because he forgot his SD card. After the hike, we came home, got changed, and went shopping. We also took Elder Davis to a hair cut place to get his hair cut. After, we went back home and dropped the elders off. Then we drove straight to dinner. After, we came home and parked the car because our miles were pretty high, and we went in and cleaned our apartment. 

Well that's the week for you. It's been an ok week. I hope you all have a good week, and I'll see you soon. Bye!

Elder Hammond








 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week 60 General Conference

What a week this has been! I am truly grateful for the words that have been spoken by our apostles, and general authorities of the church. They have lifted me up and helped me to have a better understanding of not only my call, but how much my Father in Heaven loves me. Also, I played I spy with Brother Peterson in the MoTab. My friend, I didn't even know you were in it! I saw you so much though, it reminded me of home a lot. Haha! I promise I'm not trunky. Anyway, here is my week for you.

Brother Peterson in the MoTab
Monday
Monday was the kinda not too much fun p-day. We went shopping, emailing, and we went to Goodwill and looked around for several hours at things. We also had lunch somewhere in there. After the several attempts to find something fun to do, the other elders all ditched us, and we were left alone for the last 3 hours of our p-day. We didn't know what to do except look in more stores and plan out the rest of the day. At the end of the day, we had dinner, and then we went off and visited people for the rest of the night.

Tuesday
After progressing, we went and did service at the senior center. After, we had lunch, comp study, and then we traveled into the area and did some work close by our investigator Ruvim. After knocking on several houses and no one being interested or home, we went to Ruvim's house for a lesson to find he was at work, so we got back into the car and drove our way back home to have dinner. Then we went to go see people around where we lived. We went to see one person named Anthony, but he wasn't there. Instead there was a black guy at the door, and when we asked if Anthony was there, he just looked at us, laughed, and said "No bro." He walked past us, got on his bike, and rode away. As he was riding away he yelled at us, "It's like Harry Potter, man. Don't worry." At this point, Elder Powers and I were both confused and weirded out. If I was my old self, I would have ran him down and asked where this man was, but not wanting to get into the car and to even get myself in trouble, we knocked on the door again, no answer, and left the house. After that fiasco, we then went street contacting for the rest of the night. 

Wednesday
We had zone conference that lasted a good amount of the day. The zone leaders, President Wilding, Sister Wilding, Elder Lelo, and Elder Brown all instructed on being minions of the Lord we serve. President's instruction was more on why we are a high expectation mission, and a high love mission, while Elder Lelo's and Elder Brown's remarks were to help us to teach better as minions of the Lord, and yes I am talking about the little yellow guys from Despicable Me. After all the instructions and role plays, we then had lunch as a zone, and then dispersed, except me and a couple other missionaries that wanted to talk to President. When it was my turn, I told him what had been bothering me the past few days and how I approached it with prayer and scripture study. He gave me some council, I thanked him, and I looked toward general conference to answer my question. After that, we drove home and had personal study, comp. study, and then, out of the blue, Elder Brown set up an exchange for that night. so we got Elder Powers packed and went to dinner before the exchange. Then we exchanged and then came home.



Thursday
I wish I had biked every mile I walked. We had to save miles because it was the end of the month. We walked to every person we saw that day, had lunch and comp study at noon, then in the evening we drove to see Sam only to find out that he wasn't home. We had dinner, and then we did some service for a member. We were going to stack wood for him, but after much consideration, we just put it all under his tent where he was keeping it. Then we came home and exchanged back. I had a great time with Elder Brown.

Friday
We helped at the food bank. Then as a district, except Sultan, we had lunch at Red Robin. After, we came home, had personal study, comp. study, and then we started weekly planning before Brother Tate picked us up for dinner. We had dinner, and then we came home to finish weekly planning. 

Saturday
We watched both sessions of general conference and had lunch with Monroe. Then we went to go see some people before the priesthood session. After, we went to Hot Iron for dinner and had a great time. We ended the night by burning up left over miles. 

Sunday
We saw both session, had lunch, and we also saw the world report. That made me happy to see that the work on the Jordan River Temple was going to be done, and it will be dedicated by the time I get home!!! I can't wait. Then after all of that, we came home, had personal study, and went to the Zittings to share a message. After, we came home, had dinner, and then went to try to see more people before the night was over, but no one opened their doors, so we went home. We accounted and went to bed.

Like I said, general conference was amazing! I can honestly say I used to love the fact that I could sit in comfy clothes on Sunday and play prophet bingo with all the many flavors of Skittles we could get. Now that I've grown up and matured, tasting the rainbow isn't really all that important for me any more. What you could say is that I have changed from playing games and falling asleep when the rest of my family fell asleep during conference... (sorry) to eyes wide open, ears to hear, and a spirit ready to be taught by our latter day prophet and apostales. I have come a long way, and if you may so wonder why I can boldly testify of the truth, or why others serving missions can as well, even people you know in your life, remember we all have gone through trials that have perfected us to deeper understanding of God's love for us. If you knew the trials I have gone through and knew what I'm doing now to change, you would not see me as the same person. I am grateful I serve a God who is perfect and who provided a Savior for us, and has his son lead by example, so we can become perfected ourselves. I echo what Jefferey R. Holland spake yesterday, which is, God would not command us to be perfect like his son, unless it was attainable. "Perfect" does not mean what the world thinks. It means finished, complete, in no need to do over again. Brothers and sisters, our lives are exactly that. We are becoming exactly that. We have repentance that allows us to become clean of our sins and to be brought back to that perfect state where we started. Because of Jesus Christ, the war is already won, and we, as disciples of Him, must follow His path. I promise, bothers and sisters, as we look outward, in love towards others, learn from Him, and be obedient, we will be converted. Being obedient leads us to conversion. Being obedient helps to make us PERFECT! I know he lives. I know God is our Heavenly Father. I know I am being forgiven of my sins ever day, when I ask Him, and I promise as you turn to Him, my friends, He will do the same for you. Then will you remember that His grace is sufficient for you. Then shall you look towards Him and nothing but praises will leave your mouth. I so testify of this truth, and I hope all that read or hear my words can believe them and know that they come from a witness of Jesus Christ. You are loved! Don't forget that. I leave these things with you and promises as well, in the name of Jesus Christ, my best friend, Amen.

Elder Hammond  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Week 59 Why Do You Come To Church Each Week?

Hello dear family and friends! This has truly been an uplifting week, but a long week as well. I hope your week has been better then mine, and that all is well, I also hope that the women's conference was great, and we are all getting ready for general conference. I know I will be preparing for it as I have a question for the Lord to answer for me, that has come across my mind recently. I will tell you about it either next week or around Christmas time, not sure when, but I'll let you know. Well, let's get to it.

Monday
We were all over the place. We went shopping in the morning, and then we went to try to get hair cuts somewhere but couldn't find a place nearby so we went and emailed. Then we went to the church and had a BBQ with President Wilding, his wife, and the whole zone. It was a lot of fun. We played ultimate frisbee and had a really good lunch. After, we went back and finished emailing. Then we went up to Snohomish to take the other elders to the soccer dome. After dropping them off, Elder Powers and I went and got our hair cut at Great Clips in Snohomish. After, we went back to the soccer dome and played for a little bit before we went home, got changed, and went over to good will to have Elder Davis buy a waffle iron. Then we went and dropped them off at their apartment and went to ours to plan the rest of the night. Then we went and saw some families, and we ended the night with street contacting. 

Tuesday
We went and did service at the senior center. Then we had mormon.org time, and I was able to print off a stop smoking program for a lesson we had later in the day with Revim. After, we had lunch with all the other elders. Then we went to the store and bought some things for Revim's lesson. Then after, the Monroe elders took us home, and we had comp study. Then we went looking for the dollar store in Monroe, but we couldn't find it until a member called to cancel a dinner with us, and she told us where it was. That was pretty funny. After finding it and getting what we needed for the lesson, we drove over to the church and made some copies of the program before Garrett Davis picked us up for our lesson. Then we went to our lesson with Revim and introduced the stop smoking program to him. It was a lot to take in for him, but he said he will try to do it. I can understand what he's going through. It's hard to get over an addiction, but we keep praying for him, and I know he'll get baptized. After our lesson, we had Garret drive us over to dinner with the Kittlers and had dinner with them. After dinner, we had Brother Kittler drive us back to the church, and from there we went and visited people for the rest of the night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and Elder Brown discussed what Preach My Gospel's purpose is. Then we had lunch at McDonalds. After, we came home and had comp study. Then we went looking for a less active member at a business address in our area. We found out he doesn't live there but lives in Arizona, which is funny because he's a member and to make sure missionaries and the church doesn't come find him, he put that address down. After, we went and saw some other people. We also tried to check in with Revim, but he was at church. His mom, Luda, says he was not doing too well, but he's working on it. He went from 1 and a half packs to 3 to 4 cigarettes a day, so it's progress, but not enough. After, we went and helped Danielle with a hay load, and that took the rest of the day including dinner.

Thursday
We went and saw the Currnuts in the morning and got them set up for dinner for the third time. After, we went home and had lunch with the other elders to celebrate Elder Peterson's year mark. That was lots of fun.


Elder Peterson's year mark celebration
Then we went back home and had comp. study, and then went off to go see people. Around 4 pm we went and tried to see Revim, but he was at work, so then we went to Sam's house and had a discussion with him about family history and the road to conversion. After, we quickly had dinner with the Anderson, and then had a lesson with Ryan. We gave him a church tour and then at the end asked him what his purpose was with meeting with us. He said it was to learn more about the church, and it may help him to learn more about Christ, but he doesn't want to convert. Huh, that's not cool. We'll keep teaching him so maybe the Lord can soften his heart, but we don't know how long we'll have him. He says he is moving back to Florida. So we'll see. After, we went and did some street contacting and then came home and ended the night.

Friday
We went to the food bank and helped there. Then after, we came home and had lunch with the other elders again. After they left, we had personal and comp study. Then my councilor called, and we had our last counseling appointment. After, we looked up some places in the area book to see where they were, and then we went and saw a guy named Anthony. He is a referral given to us by Spanish, but he wasn't home. So we went to the library and printed off a progress record and did some weekly planning as well. Then we had dinner with the Framptons at a Mexican place in Monroe. After, we went home and finished weekly planning. We weren't able to check up on Revim because he was at work again. 

Saturday
We started the day by tracting a small street in Monroe, but had no luck. Then we went and tried to see a potential investigator, but she wasn't home. So we went to the store to pick up a new light bulb for our room because the one we had went out. Then we came home and had lunch, did comp study, and then went over to dirt road wonderland and did some exploring in our Rav 4. Which reminds me...Elder Powers doesn't have his license, so I'm driving all the time!! So that was fun driving in the dirt roads with our new car. I can go pretty fast, and it does a really good job on the roads. This part of our area is a little far out there, and we haven't explored it too much. So we had a good amount of time to go exploring and see what was down in that area. We went to go see a solid potential, but he was busy at the time. So we drove down the street more and looked for houses to knock on. There wasn't a lot to do so then we went and saw Brother Orberg and had a good long chat with him. After, we got out of dirt road wonderland and went to have a lesson with Revim to see how he's doing. He seemed to be doing well, and he was a lot more aware this time. His mom told us, he gets really angry sometimes and so she will give up and give him his cigarettes, and tell him, "It's your life. If you want to smoke, go head," which is not good. We talked about what could happen if he stopped smoking and how it would make him a lot more happier in life. He's trying his best. Then we came home and had dinner on our own and went and saw people for the rest of the night. 

Sunday
We had our meetings. Then we went to church. Revim came to church which was great! After, we made sure he was in a good spot, and then we ran over to have our lesson with the Branstetters. We went over to teach the plan of salvation, but after talking with them a little more, we felt impressed to talk about the reasons for coming to church. After talking about that, we saw the reason why we felt to talk about that is because the parents have been avoiding coming to church because the "little things" the ward does that they take offense to. Being filled with the spirit, I boldly testified the reason to come to church. It wasn't to just come and feel the spirit. It was because we all need forgiveness, and if people in this church do things you don't like, then who cares? You don't leave the church just because people are not doing things you want them to do, or even just because they said something that they didn't mean to. You come to church because salvation is needed for everyone. You come to church because that's where you can feel the love of God. You go to church to be forgiven. Once you go for those reasons, we all soon realize that that is what everyone is there for, and nobody is perfect. After we had a message with the Zittings, and then we went and had dinner with bishop. To end the night, we street contacted for the rest of the night. 

Well that's my week, brothers and sisters. I hope as you are getting ready for general conference you all have at least some questions prepared. I pray that the lord will answer it. Remember what I said about church, and if you stand in that same place as the Branstetter family, maybe you need to ask yourself, What do I believe in? Do I believe in a church where we all say "wow, I'm glad I'm not that guy." or do we believe in a church of saving. I can testify if any man in this church is looking for the light to come back in their life, remember what Jesus has done for you. Remember what He said to the Pharisees and Scribes, and remember what He says to us all. No one is better then you, and you are never better then anyone else. We are all equal. We all have one purpose in mind, to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. I boldly testify that He lives, He loves us all, and He only wants us to love one another as He has. Remember He is the only way to our father. Don't let anything get in the way of that. Because you matter. My prayer is we all can come unto Him, as children of our Heavenly Father, and say "Lord, I am not worthy, Have mercy on my soul. I so testify as a witness of Him who is greater then man and I echo his words, "be still and KNOW I AM GOD." I truly love you all, and I pray for you all, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Week 58 Elder Powers--My New Companion

Hey everyone! So this week has been a busy week, but we will get right into it:

Monday
I wrote about Monday last week

Tuesday 
Elder Hatch and I went and did service at the senior center. Then we went and finished packing for Elder Hatch and had lunch as a district at the Mexican Grill in Monroe. After lunch, we went and saw the Currnuts and Elder Hatch said goodbye to them. Then we loaded up the car and went over to our member's home so he could take us to transfers. After getting my new companion, Elder Powers, we then came home, unpacked, had dinner, and went and visited people for the rest of the night to help Elder Powers get to know the area.
Meet Elder Powers
Wednesday
We had district meeting and Elder Hatch had us role play how to instruct on topics in district meeting. After, we had lunch at Hot Iron. Then we went shopping for the new elders. After, we got changed and went with Woods Creek to go do service for someone in their ward. After, we went home, had comp study, got changed and went over to share a message with our recent convert, Colton. Then we got changed again and helped Danielle with the stalls. We had dinner with her and then went home for the night.

District Lunch at Hot Iron
Thursday
We went and saw some people in the morning. Not too many were home so lots of knocking and people not interested. After, we went home, had lunch and comp study. Then we drove to Everett for my appointment. Got the prescription I needed and then came home to fill it up at Rite Aid. After, we had dinner, and then we went street contacting for the rest of the night. While we were street contacting, we came across a girl named Alexis. She's in her teen years, and we gave her a restoration pamphlet. She said she would read it, and we would see her on Sunday.

Friday
We went to the food bank and helped there. After, we had lunch. Then we had personal study and went over to Ken's for a lesson. He talked about the same things as last time, brought up the what he saw as the faults of the church. So we decided since he wasn't progressing, we needed to drop him because we were getting nowhere with him. After two hours of talking with him, we came home and had comp study. Then we had dinner, and after, we had weekly planning. Then we ended the night with a meeting with our ward mission leader. 

Saturday
We finished weekly planning in the morning. After, we came home and had lunch, did comp. study, and then went to go do some service for a member in the ward. When we showed up, it turned out she didn't need us any more. She had already done the work. So we went back home, changed again, and then went and had a lesson with Revim.  We talked about the word of wisdom with him, and he is wanting to start taking the stop smoking program! Which is good. After, we then came home, had dinner, and ended the night with seeing more people.

Sunday
We started the day with comp study. Then we went to Ward Council for a little bit before our lesson with Alexis. After ward council, we went to her house. We knocked on the door and learned that she was not there.... sad day. That's fine. We'll try another time. Then we went back to the church and went through the service. After we got out, we went and had a lesson with the Branstetters, shared a messege with the Zittings, and then ran and had dinner with the Platoborze, and that ended our night. It was a good Sunday, and right as we left dinner, the rain finally came! The season is changing!!!!

Well that's it for me, ya'll. I hope everyone else has had a good week. I send my love to you all, and I'll see you soon.

Elder Hammond


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 57 Elder Hatch Gets Transferred

Hello everyone. I wont lie. This week was a hard week, but through it all, I was blessed. 

Monday 
I told you about the hike. That was a lot of fun. We had a great time with that. After the hike, we went to the game store and played a game called Betrayal At House On The Hill. It's a really fun game. You make up the board as you go. It's amazing. If you ever want to know what it is, look it up. It's so much fun. After, we had dinner, and then we went home and cleaned the apartment for the inspections.

Tuesday
We had inspections, and got three marks on our inspections... sad day. We did our best though. I feel like the housing coordinators really never liked our apartment because it hasn't gotten a perfect score in a while. After, we ran off to do service at the senior center. Then we came home, had lunch, and then went and emailed all y'all. After, we came back home, did comp study, and then went and saw some people. We had dinner and finished the night with seeing more people.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, I don't remember what Elder Brown discussed. After, we went to Five Guys and had lunch. Then we went home, got changed, and did some service with Woods Creek. After, we visited some people, had dinner, and ended the night with that.

The district
Thursday 
We had a lesson with Ryan, and we talked about the restoration more. Then we went to Walmart to pick up pics and print them off for planner covers. Then we came home, had lunch, comp study, and then went and saw people for the rest of the day. Two lessons canceled on us. We had dinner and came home to end the night by updating the area book.

Sorry I will have to go fast. Not a lot of time to finish.

Friday
We went to the food bank. Elder Hatch went on an exchange to the mission office, and I went to my appointment. Then we came home from all of that and ended the night with dinner.

Saturday
We weekly planned, had lunch, did comp study, went and saw a less active, had dinner with the Dauls, and then came home and saw some people and street contacted as well.

Sunday
We went to Catholic mass with Ryan. Then we came home and had comp study before church. We had church, and Revim and Ryan both showed up which meant two investigators where at church yesterday! After church, we went and started teaching the discussion with an active family who has less active kids. Then we went to the Zittings, and then had dinner with the Davis's. Then we came home and street contacted for the rest of the night.

Today
Elder Hatch is transferring. We started the day with a ping pong tournament at Woods Creek's apartment. Then we went and went off the jumps again. I've attached the videos. After, we went to the game store and played the game again. Now we are emailing. We will go to dinner and say goodbye to a lot of members for Elder Hatch. 

video


Well, that's it for me. I wish you all the best, and I'll see you soon!

Elder Hammond

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 56 The Fair, Our New Car, and Service

Hello, every one! It's been another okay week here in Washington so let's go head and get right to it:

Monday
We started off with emailing and shopping. Then after we went to the soccer dome and played soccer for a little while. After, we came back to Monroe and went to the fair with Izzy, Destiny, (a former investigator, Izzy's sister) Victoria, (her other sister) and the Monroe elders. We had tons of fun! We road as many rides as we could. I know a lot of you  may think I'm  breaking rules by doing this, but there were no rules in the handbook that said we couldn't and the leadership of the mission said it was fine, so we are all good. When we went I got to see the Langfords, from Stillaguamish. I was so happy that I got to see them! I never said goodbye to them when I left. They were so cool! After we hung out at the fair, we took Monroe home and drove off to dinner. After dinner, we were walking away from the house and my knee popped out of place and back in again, like it does sometimes. That was not fun at all, so I put my brace on it when we got home, and I walked very slowly for the rest of the day. After that, we went back to the fair to street contact people. We didn't do very much because if we got caught doing it, we would get kicked out, but we saw a lot of members there so it was okay. After doing so, we then came home and ended the night.

Tuesday
We started the day with progressing, then went and did service at the senior center. After that, we went to Walmart for one of the Monroe elders to pick up something. Then we came home, had lunch, did comp study, and then went and saw some less actives and potentials out in the desert (it's really not a desert. I just call it that because it's the only part of our area that is just dirt roads.) After, we came back to Monroe area and dropped off some Tupperware and picked up a cane from a member for me to walk around with to help with my knee. Then we went and had dinner at Hot Iron with a member. After, we went and looked for a new move in but could not find it. That ended our night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and Elder Brown talked about relating lessons and topics to the person to help bring the spirit into the discussion. After, we went and had lunch as a district at Hot Iron... again. That's fine. I like Hot Iron. Then we came home and had comp study and went and saw people after. Then we went over to Danail's before dinner and shared a lesson with Colton. It has been a while since we have done that, and Colton is a really solid kid in his testimony. He's in his 20's, and he reads every day, prays all the time, and tries to come to church as much as he can. It's great to have a solid recent convert like that. After, we had dinner and then went home for the night.

Thursday 
We were told we were getting our new car on Thursday, so we were really happy that they were going to finally give us our Rav 4. We had to take the Malibu in to get it washed and vacuumed. Then we came back, had lunch, and went to the mission office to go pick up the new car. It's a really nice car, all wheel drive. It's white, and it's big too. After picking it up, we came back home and had a lesson with Sam, our solid less active, and then a lesson with Revim which was the first in a while. Then we came home and went on a blitz with Monroe elders and went out to the farthest part of their area. That ended the night.

The new car
Friday
We had interviews in Snohomish. Then we came back and helped at the food bank for a half an hour. After, we then came home, had lunch, and then had a lesson with Ken, which took to hours because he grilled us on what he thought the faults of the church are. We could not leave without testifying of the truth of the church, but we left on a good note about Jesus Christ. After, we went home and had personal study, then comp study, and then we ran over to Woods Creek apartment and had dinner with them. Then we came home, and I got packed for the exchange with Elder Macraie in Sultan. We exchanged, and then ended the night with unpacking and going to bed.

Saturday
On the exchange, we went and saw a lot of people in their area, did a lot of driving, had comp study, and lunch and dinner in the day. I got to give some training to Elder Macraie with him being a new missionary in the field, and some advice on some things I was feeling weeks earlier, because he was feeling the same way about the work. Later that night we exchanged back, and I felt very good about what I did there to help him.

Sunday
We made the progress record for ward council and then went and made copies for it. Then we had ward council, then church, and then we came home and got ready for our lesson with the Zittings and dinner. After dinner, we came home and weekly planned and then started to clean the apartment for the inspection we had today.

Yesterday
We went and hiked up to a lake in Index, Washington. We had lots of fun. Half the district went, and we went climbing on lots of rocks and trees. We brought our whips and whipped things at the lake too.  It was a lot of fun! After we came home. After being stuck in traffic, we got changed, did some shopping, and then went and played games at the game shop. After, we had dinner and then cleaned the apartment, and that ended the day.

Well that's the week for you, and I hope you all know that you are in my prayers, since I have found out of the passing of Aunt Amy. My heart and prayers go to the Barfuss family. I hope you can remember we have a loving Heavenly Father, and if you turn to Him for peace and comfort, He will give it to you. I hope you all have a great week, and I'll see you soon.

Elder Hammond

(Sadly, Elder Hammond sent photos of the fair, their new car, and their hike, but I haven't been able to open any of the links. I hope to be able to get access to them when he writes next week, and I will update the blog with pictures.)