Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Week 75 Staying in Lakewood

Hello everyone. It's been a great week, kinda... sorta. Half the week's plans got shot because of Elder Graff getting sick, so yay for me! That and Elder Hunter and Elder Graff are getting transferred, so I'm all alone. I don't know if I'm ready to take this area over... we'll see I guess. Anyway, here is the week.


Elder Graff, Elder Hammond, Elder Hunter
Monday  
We had our normal p-day. We went to the church and emailed, and then we went shopping and got all we needed for the week. Then we went and played soccer at the high school. After we went back to the church and played basketball with the other elders and the sisters. Elder Flake and Elder Wake came up from the Seattle Hill ward. We had an okay time. I do have to say playing basketball every week has always been old. So, I hope things change soon. We played for a long time, really until dinner time. After dinner we then went and saw some people for the rest of the night. Nothing else really happened.



 Tuesday
We started the day with meeting with Ann. We talked about tithing and fasting. After, we ran over to Brother Kay's house, a member in the ward. We went over to get him ready for the lesson he was going to come with us right after. From there we went to our lesson with Jovan. We taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It had been a while since we had talked with him, but things seemed to be going alright. After, we went home and had lunch, did our comp study, and 12 weeks. Then we went off to see more people. Around 3:30 we went and had a lesson with a new investigator named John. It was kinda interesting. We went to his house, and for the lesson he wanted to walk around the neighborhood while we talked. I thought that was weird, but we went right along with it. After that lesson, we went to go over and see Tosha. Unexpectedly, she opened the door and told us, "Hey, so me, my son, and my husband are all getting baptized into the Catholic church. I really don't want to do that, but oh well." She asked us if we still wanted to talk to her, and we said we did. So, we went in her house and talked to her. It's a sticky situation. The husband really doesn't like us, like at all. After she had told us that and then we went into the garage, she told us she would be right back. She went into the house, I think to get her phone, and as she did, her kid opened the door, just out of curiosity, but just behind him, Tosha and her husband were fighting in the back. In the end, Tosha came back out with her phone, and the husband took the kid on a walk. While we were talking to her, he dropped the kid off and ran off to go do something out of anger I guess. She told us that her husband and her have just been fighting lately, and I'm not sure if it's because of us and/or more, but things have happened there, and it's not inviting the right spirit into their home. It's not good for her kid either. Anyway, she was looking for something to lift her up at the time, so we offered her the opportunity to receive a blessing. She accepted, and we took her and her kid over to a member's home where she could calm down and feel the spirit more. The Cooks were the members we took them too. They just live down the street from her. She was able to calm down, and as she was talking to them, she said she felt a lot better. They had a son too, so they were able to get the kids to play together. As we sat down and started talking, she was able to open up a little more, and we got to know her a little more too. After talking for a little while, we gave her a blessing and said a prayer for her child because she wanted us to say one for him. We then walked back to her house, and on the way back we met her husband on the road. He called out the kid's name, sadly at this time Elder Hunter was holding the little guy's hand and was walking him back home. Which I'm pretty sure made the dad really mad. Anyway, he picked up the kid and walked back to the home leaving us behind and flipping us off while he was walking away. So, to stop him from getting mad at us any longer, we then let Tosha go back to him. He doesn't like us at all. I can't say too much about their situation, but they have done some things in the past to each other that makes sense to why he was not happy. To be honest, I really wish this guy would not get mad at us either. He's an MNA fighter... one punch from him, and I die... so we are really trying to be careful. After all that mess, we had dinner and a meeting with Bishop. That really ended the night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting, and Elder Hunter instructed on our vision for 2018 as a mission and our purpose as missionaries. After, we had an exchange with Sholtes, and I went to Sholtes with Elder Hatch. The famous Hatch and Hammond were back together again! The pic below proves it. While I was there, we biked around and saw a lot of people. Their area is kinda on the down slope, not being able to teach a lot of people, so it's hard for them. No lessons were taught today, but we did a lot of biking. I never really noticed how big their area was before. They say they bike about 10 miles a day. Later that night after seeing some people, we had dinner. After, we tried to go see some people, but after the first person, Elder Hatche's tire blew. We had to walk all the way to Fred Myer's to get some patches and a new journal for me and walk from there to their apartment. It took the rest of the night, and it was pouring down rain. Luckily both of us had our rain jackets and paints on. 1st rule in a bike area in the Washington Everett mission... Always bring your rain gear! Once we got back, Elder Hatch fixed his tire while I wrote in my journal and watched some videos on the DVD player.

Elder Hatch & Elder Hammond
Thursday
A very easy day. It started out bad and ended bad. Elder Hatch and I went out to go do some work in the morning before we had to exchange back, and the rain just started to dump on us. We only got to see 3 people before we came back home. I got packed, and then we had lunch together before the two'o went back to the tree'o. The sad part is when they got there, I learned quickly that Elder Graff was sick because he was the only one not dressed in proselyting clothes. So, we had to drive back up and take Sholtes with us up to our house so that someone could watch Elder Graff while Elder Hunter and I went to our lesson with Melissa. At our lesson, we just talked about what is going to happen at her baptism, and who is going to do what. By the way, next week she will be getting baptized! I am so excited. She is decently solid, only if her job didn't give her a hard time. After our lesson, we went back home, and I forgot to say, all the other elders cleaned the house while I was on the exchange and at the lesson, so that was great! We then had inspections and got a perfect score on them. After, we just stayed in the house all alone until the zone leaders came by after dropping off Sholtes back home. We exchanged with one of the elders and went to our lesson with Earl Miller. We did some genealogy with him. After, we came home and exchanged back and took it easy for the rest of the night. We had dinner brought to us too. So ya, fun night... (not really). I mean, I got a lot of studying in.



 Friday
Same problem... Elder Graff is still sick. So, we stayed in for most of the morning, until 11 AM for the funeral of President Monson. What an event! I do have to say, I will truly miss him. We watched it at the Winter's home with all the other missionaries in the zone. After, they fed us lunch as well. Then we went home and sat in the house while Elder Graff rested. I, however, took the opportunity to go on splits with Alex Williams and go teach Orion and Gabriela. We taught them about following the prophet, baptism and confirmation, and the word of wisdom. They understood it all. After, I came home and found Elder Hunter sleeping on the floor. We didn't do anything for the rest of the night except study and watch The Testaments.

Saturday
Elder Graff was now starting to feel better again, so we went and tried to have a lesson with Jovan, but that fell through. We went back home and Brother Lidal, our ward mission leader, took us to the Arlington Heights building to watch a baptism in the Stillaguamish Ward. Since my last one, there has been two, including this one in that ward. It was so great to see all the members I left behind. Everyone was so happy, and we got to talk for a bit. I found out a lot from going. I found out the Kurtzers, my recent converts, are still in the Stillaguamish Ward. I thought they had moved off the grid, but it turns out they never did. They are just being really less active. I'm going to give them a call now that I know where they are and see if I can get them to go back to church. I learned that Kelly, one of my old investigators, is still in the area as well, and the Glenn's have contact with her still. Which is really good! I've missed her a lot and have been praying for her. I hope all is well. Anyway, we went to the baptism for Melissa so she could see what it was like. That way she's not so nervous. After the baptism, we went back home and had lunch. We also did weekly planning. After the planning, we then went and saw more people, in Carols Creek. We then went and helped someone from the Sultan Ward move stuff into his storage unit down in Arlington. From there, we then went to dinner. After dinner, we came back home and did more weekly planning until it was done. That took us to the end of the night.

Sunday 
We started with a lesson with an investigator named Timmy. We wanted to really try to see why he likes meeting with us and start getting him ready to learn. He is moving to Lynwood, so we have to pass him off soon. After our lesson, we went to the Paul's home and had a lesson with them. They were able to come to church today, which was really good. They haven't gone in like a transfer. We taught them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After, we drove to the church and had a meeting with Brother Lidal before church started. Then we went through the services. After, we went back to Carols Creek to have a lesson with John again, but it fell through. He wasn't there. So, we then just went to dinner. During dinner, we got to see the YSA broadcast with the zone leaders. It was really good. I learned a lot. After, we went home and met up with two people that said we could come back and teach them. Only one of them became a new investigator. The other one was not really interested, and only liked talking to us. So, after seeing those people, we came home and ended the night.

Well, that's it for me this week. I'll see you all soon! Bye!

Elder Hammond









Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 74 It's a Small World

Hello everyone! It's been an okay week. Nothing too bad. My heart goes out to the passing of our prophet this week. For as long as I can remember, he has been a very inspiring man. Someone I have looked up to a lot. It's sad to see him gone, but that's life. We need to move on from this world somehow, right?
Well anyway, here is my week.

Monday
We did a lot on Monday. We started with emailing. Then we went and played soccer at the high school field. That was a lot of fun, kinda felt like Snohomish again. After, we went shopping. Then we drove to the church to play basketball, lots of running was involved today. So much that by the end of p-day my legs got tired, and it was hard to walk for the rest of the night. After, we got changed and then had dinner. From dinner, we then went and had a lesson with the Lauson family. We taught about faith in Jesus Christ. After, we went and saw some people around them before we called it a night.

Tuesday
We had a full day planned out with lessons for new investigators, but none of them happened except 2. We had 7 lessons planned, but they almost all fell through. The two lessons we did have were with Ann and Patrick. With Ann, we followed up on the word of wisdom and had a lesson on obedience. She understood it very well. I think I mentioned it before. She has a vape problem. We told her she needs to stop doing it, and she says she is stopping. She feels guilty for doing it now that she knows it's wrong. The other lesson we had was with Patrick. We talked about the word of wisdom with him too because we thought he was chewing tobacco, but it turns out he's not. He is actually smoking marijuana for anxiety problems. So we'll talk about that with him too. Nothing else really happened that day.

Wednesday
We had district meeting that day. Elder Hunter instructed on setting goals for the new year, and not looking back to the past. After, we had lunch at Magic Dragon. Good eats. From there, we went home and planned out our day. Then we went to do some service for Sister Heffernan. She wanted us to come paint for her. So we did that. After, we got changed and went to go see some people with Blake Clapp, a priest in our ward. After we saw the people, we went to Chelsea Duff's home to give her the stop smoking program. I think I talked about her last week. She was wanting to stop smoking, but she didn't know how. We gave her a blessing and said we would be over again on Wednesday to give her the program. We took away her cigarettes and crushed them, and then we went and bought all the things she needed for the program. That took up the rest of the night, and so far she hasn't been smoking yet, so she is doing really good. God is answering our prayers for her with that blessing I gave.

Thursday
We started with comp study. After, we went to see some people over by Jovan, but no one was really home. Then we went back to the apartment to do some area book work. From there, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch with the Stillaguamish elders. We had a good time. Sorry about the pics. I wanted to get more, but I felt that the other Elders were not going to be willing to take some more. It's complicated... Anyway, later that day we had a lesson with a new investigator Atreal, and we taught him the restoration. Everything went well, and we were so happy to find someone new, but we then found out yesterday that he didn't want to meet any more. We don't know why. Elder Hunter says he got anti-ed, but I feel like assuming that is just too much. After our lesson, we went and saw more people around him. Then we went home and had dinner. Then we ended the night with 12 weeks.

Lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings


Friday
We started with the food bank. We did some service for them. After, we had a lesson with Nikki Decker. We just read scriptures with her. Then we had lunch. From there we then had a lesson with Melissa. We taught her about tithing and fast offerings. After that lesson, we had another lesson with Gabriella, and we taught her about praying and reading often, Obedience, and living the law of the land. Pretty straight forward. After, we came home and had personal study. Then we went to dinner with the zone leaders, at the William's home. Then we went to the church, and elder Hunter got some MLC info from the zone leaders. We then came home and did comp study and 12 weeks. 

Saturday
We started by doing service for Sister Schwager and putting in the trees that her mom gave her for her yard. After, we went home and did weekly planning and comp study. Then we had lunch. After lunch, we went and saw people in the Lodge and Carols Creek. After, we did some more weekly planning. Then we had dinner, and then went home to do 12 weeks. After, we had a meeting with Brother Lytle, our ward mission leader. We talked about our work. Then we came back and saw some people in the villas. 

Sunday
We went to the 9:00 church because we had some investigators say they were going to go to that time, but they never showed, so we left half way through. We came home and did personal study. Then we planned out our day and went off to ward council. We then went through the services. Then we went home and finished our personal studies. From there, we went to dinner. After, we went to see a potential named Kari, but she wasn't home. So we went back home to get picked up by Brother Hayes to go teach their family. We showed them the pattern of light videos and talked about personal revelation. After, we got dropped off back at our place and did 12 weeks for the rest of the night. 

Well, that's the week for me! Funny story... I found out yesterday that Sister Navratil knows the Fosters really well! She told me that she knows Kim and was her flower girl for their wedding, which now that I think about it, I might have met Sister Navratil before, but I'm not sure. She did seem familiar when I met her. It's so funny how much of a small world we live in. That really made me happy yesterday. Well that's my week for you. I hope you all have a great week, and I'll see you soon! 

Elder Hammond

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Week 73 Happy New Year!

Hello family! It's been an interesting week here in Washington as it always is. So let's get to it.

Monday
I told you a little bit of what happened. We had a zone breakfast in the morning. Then we went to Bro Cox's home to call home. While we were there, he let us play his kids laser tag and pool. That was really fun. Then we spent the rest of the day emailing and having snow ball fights. We had good fights, but Elder Hunter accidentally threw one right into my mouth, and the next thing I knew I was throwing up snow. Not fun.. but things happen. I'm fine. After, we had dinner and then went in for the night. 

Tuesday
We started the day with comp study and 12 weeks. Then we went to have a lesson with Jovan, but he fell through on us. So we just went home and had lunch. After, we then went and saw some people. We were going to have a lesson with someone named Atrail, but he fell through on us too. Later that night, we had dinner. Then we said hi to Patrick and some other people we had down before we went to the Sudweeks to drop off some presents the ward gave us for them. Then we went and did some training with Elder Graff on the computers. That ended our night.

Wednesday
We had a lesson with Melissa in the morning. That went well. We talked about the word of wisdom, something she is working on already. After, we then had district meeting. Elder Hunter talked about faith and how it allows us to change and repent to become the missionaries the lord requires us to be. After, we went on an exchange with Sholtes, and Elder Hatch came with us to Lakewood. We left Elder Graff behind... in Sholtes. So when we got back to the apartment, we got changed and went to Firetrail's area and helped with service. After a little while, the rest of the zone joined us, so we decided to leave. We were going to get changed and have a lesson, but Kayla Duff canceled on us. Later in the week, she dropped us. She said she was going through a hard time and needed to figure out her life before she joins the church... um that's how the church can help! Oh well, people have agency. Some days you don't worry about it, and other times you stand with J. Gordan Kimble, and say "it would be easier to kill everyone off and do baptisms for the dead for them." Then again, we would be forcing more than giving free will. Something Lucifer wanted in the beginning. Anyway, we had lunch, and then we went and had a lesson with a guy named Timmy. I think I talked about him a little bit. He was a former investigator. Anyway, we're teaching him again. He wants to learn what we're all about, so we're going to help him with that. After, we had a lesson with Sister Schwagert. We talked about setting a goal to take the sacrament, and so far she is doing well. She was at church yesterday. That took up a good amount of the night. After, we came home, did personal study, then comp, then we planned out the rest of the night. Then we had dinner and went and saw people around our dinner before the night was over.

Thursday
We went and saw some people in the morning. We went and saw a referral from a non-member. Her name was Jenifer. We just went over to see if she needed any help with service. Then we went and exchanged back with Sholtes. After, we had lunch at BW's because it wasn't open on Monday, and they had really good deals for the day. So that was great only because we had almost $100 to BW's, so why not, right?! We did comp study while we were there too. After, we then had a lesson with Melissa on baptism and confirmation. Then we went to a lesson with a girl named Tosha. She seems really solid.  She went through a really hard time growing up and now really wants to find Jesus in her life for her and her son. Her son was a miracle. She had gone through a lot of suffering, and when she got married all she wanted was one kid, and she wanted a boy. The doctors said she couldn't get pregnant, but she still wanted this kid. So she prayed about it and asked God for it, and because of her faith, she got him. Really cool story. I just wish she wasn't being so flaky. Later in the day, we had a lesson with the Millers and were able to get them signed up on family search. Then we had dinner that night and finished with comp study and 12 weeks.

Friday
We had to have a day this week were we couldn't use our car or go back to the apartment for the whole day. President wanted us to sacrifice some things so we could get new investigators this week. So we were going to do service, but Elder Graff was feeling pain in his legs so we had to wait at the church until he started to feel better. Then Jeff Hyer from the Snohomish Ward came up and drove us around for the day. It was great! We had lots of fun with him. He's a great guy. We went and apologized to the person we were doing service for and got it rescheduled. Then we went and saw a lot of people with Jeff. We also had comp study and lunch with him too. Later that day, we had a lesson with Orion. We read scriptures with him. We read 1 Nephi 11. We said goodbye to Jeff, and we got picked up by Ryan Brower and went to go see some more people. While we were with him, we gave a blessing to Sister Muckala's daughter. I did it with Ryan, and it was his first time. After, he took us to dinner. We had dinner with the Navratils. Fun family, two cute kids. After, Brother Navratil took us home. 

Saturday
We started with doing service for Sister Schwagert. Her mom wanted us to come help move some things. So we did that and that took up all the morning. After, Sister Schwagert took us to Wendy's and then took us back to her house so we could change and go to our lesson with Timmy. Sadly, that lesson fell through. After, we went to have a lesson with Tosha, but it fell through too. So we went and saw some people around their homes. After, we went home, had dinner, and did 12 weeks. Then we did weekly planning for the rest of the night. 

Sunday
We had ward council in the morning. Then we went through the services. After, we went home, had lunch, and then tried to have a lesson with the Pauls, but they were not home, so we went home and planned the rest of the day and did some personal study. Then we went and saw some people. We went to the farthest part of our area to try to use miles since it was the end of the month. It was great! We had to go through Stillaguamish to get to there. I got to see some of the old roads I drove on with the jeep. Later that night we had dinner with the Homesteads, played some games with them, and shot some fire works. Then we went home and ended the night.

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

Elder Hammond 

Week 72 Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I already called home earlier today, so I won't explain everything, but for those that didn't get an update, I'll give you the highlights of the week.


Had my own version of our Magic Hot Cocoa
Presents from home
 Monday
We had a normal p-day, played basketball, did our shopping for this week and the coming week. Nothing too big.

Tuesday
We had a lesson with Ann, taught the word of wisdom to her. We had a lesson with Jovan too. We taught him about the plan of salvation. No other lessons that day.

Wednesday
We had district meeting. During it we watched a Christmas movie. We also had a lesson with Melissa and taught her about the sacrament and talked about her coming to church. 

Thursday
We had the half mission conference. That was way fun! We had a good time. Lots of music and testimonies, and after, we watched Ephraim's rescue. Nothing else happened.

Friday
We went to the food bank, and later that day we had a lesson with Orion and Gabriella. We taught the rest of the 10 commandments. 

Saturday
All of our lessons canceled except our dinner with Patrick. We watched The Prophet of the Restoration with him. We also went on an exchange with the zone leaders because they had to wait for their car to get fixed. Fun!

Sunday
Christmas Eve, we had an hour long sacrament meeting. We also had a lesson with Sholan. Later that night, we played mafia with the Hayes. Sadly, the grandparents didn't know how to play so they messed a lot of it up. 

Today!
We had breakfast as a zone. Then I Skyped my fam, and then after we played lazer tag and pool at the Cox home. Then we drove to the church to email and play in the snow. I got a mouth full of snow!



Zone Breakfast for Christmas

Well, it's been a fun week fam! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your gifts, Remember though what today is really all about.

Love you all! 
Elder Hammond

Pics of us going to the half mission conference, the snow from today, and Elder Graffs rap. Plus some pics from Elder Hunter and Elder Graff!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Week 71 Missionary Training, a New Investigator, and a New Ward Mission Leader

Hello everyone. It's been another wonderful week here in Washington, and I'm having the time of my life. I forgot to tell you all, last week I hit 16 months of being out!! 8 months left of the mission. I can't tell you how fast that has gone. It's just crazy! I'll be honest with you. In my mind, nothing has clicked yet. I still have the mind set of Justin, just barely going through his second year of collage. I know he's married. It feels like Tyler is still a sophomore in high school, same with Kaela Brough still being in high school and Amiee Poll, and it still feels like, Eric is the little kid who was always so cute!! Haha jk jk. I still feel like nothing has changed. I have no clue why that hasn't clicked in my mind yet. Also the fact that I have 5 transfers left. That's crazy, and yet I still feel like that's so far away. Well, when I get home, things will start picking up in my mind. I hope everyone had a good week because here is mine:

Monday
We started the day by going to the church and emailing. We did that for at least 4 hours. Kinda sad. I think it's only because there's not many computers, and we were taking the Sholtes elders everywhere that day. Everyone needed to use the computers. So, after emailing, we then went to Walmart and did some shopping. After, we drove down to the 51st building and played basketball. I wish we could play something else every p-day, or do something else, but sadly Arlington doesn't have anything that fun to do, and no one is interested in figuring out something else to do. So I just follow my comps with this one. That's fine, I've done this for 3 transfers before, won't hurt to do some more. While we played basketball, Elder Hunter was kicking a soccer ball around, and he accidentally broke one of the lights. Kinda crazy! But the light was kinda broken anyway, so it's fine. After, we drove to Sholtes apartment and dropped them off. Then we took the drive back to Lakewood to go get changed and see people. Later that night, we had dinner, and we had a lesson with the Lauson family. They have a son that they want to help him understand the gospel more, so they asked us to come over and teach him the discussions. We taught Max the restoration. It went pretty well. After the lesson, we went home and ended the night.

Tuesday
While Elder Hunter did progressing, Elder Graff and I worked together on what we wanted to teach in our lessons with Ann and Jovan. After, we went to those two lessons. With Ann we talked about praying, and reading the scriptures daily, as well as following the prophet. For Jovan, we went over the Book of Mormon. Both lessons went well, and Jovan is starting to see and understand who we are and how we can help him. So that's important. After our lessons, we went home and had lunch, did some comp. study, and went into 12 weeks. Then we went and tried to have a lesson with Kayla Duff, a new investigator, but she canceled on us. So instead, we went home and planned out our lesson with Sister Schweigert. With her, we talked about conversion, and how that's important to her. we also helped set some Goals for her to get back to the temple, and to church. We also set some study goals with her as well. After our lesson with her, we went out and saw some more people. Then, we had dinner with the Sudweeks and a small lesson after. We just read 2 Nephi 31 with them. After, we went and had a meeting with Bishop, and that ended our day.

Wednesday
We had a lesson with Melissa in the morning. We taught her about praying, reading the scriptures daily, and obedience. After, we then went home, got changed, and went to district meeting. Elder Hunter instructed on why its important we let the mission change us and the difference between behavior modification and repentance. That stuck out to me a lot. Then we went to Costco and had lunch. After, we went back home, got changed, and picked up Blake Clapp, a priest, to take around with us to go see people. So we went to go see people, but nothing too big happen. Most of the people weren't home. After, we then took Blake home and had a conversation with the Clapps for a little bit. Then we went to the church to help set up lights and tables and chairs for the Christmas party later that night. After helping with that, we went home and did some comp study and some 12 weeks. Then we went to the party and had a good time there. At the end of the night, the zone leaders came to the church to do an exchange. I ended the night with Elder Smith in the Armar apartment. Just like old times, but with Elder Smith. 

Thursday
We started the day by doing comp. study. Then we had lunch. After, we went to go drop off some Light the World cards to the hermanas. Then we went and saw people from all over the zone. That took up almost the whole day, and no one was really home or interested. Armar is a very hard ward to work in. Later that evening, we had dinner back at the apartment. I watched Mr. Krueger's Christmas during it. Always a good show. After, I got packed, and then we went to see some people in the Stillaguamish ward area. That made me really happy to step foot back into my old stomping grounds. I'll admit, seeing the people from Stillaguamish is amazing, but going back to my old area, that got me way happy! From there, we then went to institute, and Brother Hammond talked about the refiner's fire. After, we exchanged back and ended the night by updating the teaching records.

Friday
We had new missionary training for Elder Graff. It went well. They had lots of instructions surrounding our purpose, and they also set up some role plays with real people for us to teach. We picked up and dropped off the Cavallaro elders. It was so fun to have them with us. On the way home, Elder Hunter, and Elder Graff dared them to do a Chinese fire drill on the freeway at the stoplight before we got to their neighborhood. They did it, and Elder Dusenberry tripped on the road because it was wet. Elder Fort, his companion, got confused on which way to go so he got stuck with him when he fell. It was so funny, we all were dying when they got back in the car. If you don't know what a Chinese fire drill is, you can probably look it up. After we dropped them off, we drove back to Lakewood to have dinner. Then we went and had a lesson with Patrick. We just read from where he was at in the Book of Mormon. Then we came home, did comp study and 12 weeks before the night was over, and that was it for Friday.

Saturday
We started the morning by doing some service for Brother Lauson. He wanted somethings to be moved around in his storage unit so we helped him with that. Then we went home and got changed before we went to have our lesson with Jovan, but that fell through. So, we went and had our meeting with Brother Allen. Then we had lunch with the Lausons and another lesson with Max. After our lesson, we went home and did 12 weeks. Then we went and saw some more people. Later that night, we had dinner. Then we did some weekly planning before the night was over.

Sunday
We had ward council in the morning. Then we went through church. Both Orion and Gabriella were at church yesterday, so that was great. As well, Brother Allen was released as our ward mission leader. Our new one I can't spell his name right, nor ever remember it, but that will come with time. During church, we had a lesson with Orion about the law of chastity, He had some struggles with it, and they're starting to show, so we had to tell him to stop and had a come to Jesus talk with him. He's a good kid by how he understands things, so he understood it well and told us he was going to change, but it would be a hard road. That's understandable. It's never easy. After church, we went home and had lunch. Then we went to Carols Creek and saw some people before we saw the Pauls. We read 3 Nephi 11 to try to help them get back into the scriptures. After, we then had a lesson with Sholon. We discussed the Light the World initiative with her and got her to start to do that. After, we went and had dinner. Then we came home, planned the rest of the night, and went out to find one new investigator, and we kinda did. His name is Tristan. We knocked on his door in the villas and gave him a pamphlet, talked about God, who He is, and how we can get closer to Him, as well as praying to Him. He seemed interested, so we were glad to finally get someone to teach. Later that night, we did weekly planning and comp study, along with personal study, and that all ended the night.

Well, that's my week for you. I had a pretty good one. I will see you all on our Face Time call in a week for Christmas. Until then, this is Elder Hammond signing off wishing those I don't see a Merry Christmas!!

Elder Hammond

Week 70 New Missionaries, New Companion

Hello everyone. I have lots to tell you about this week, but not much about success. No worries about that. Let's get to it.

Monday
We had p-day! We started by working out, and doing some shopping, then from there we went and did some emailing. After a long time emailing, we went to the 51st building and played some basketball and trash ball for a little bit. We had a good time with the zone. After, we went home and got changed to start seeing people during the night. We went to go see Jovan, an investigator, but he wasn't there. So we went to Target to pick up Elder Milner's medication. After, we went and had dinner. From there we then had a lesson with Sholon. She had just gotten surgery on her mouth, so she wasn't able to speak that well. So we did all the talking. We taught the 10 commandments. After, we went down to Sholtes and exchanged with them. I went there with Elder Call. After we exchanged, we ended the night.

Tuesday
We had to walk for the first part of the day because Elder Hatch had the keys in Lakewood and forgot to leave them behind. So to wait for him to bring them to us, we went and saw the ward missionary in their area, but he wasn't there so we just waited for Elder Hatch to get there with the keys. That was a long morning. After, we had lunch, then comp study, and then we hopped on our bikes to go to the library. We had mormon.org time there. Then we went to the food bank and did some service for them. After, we went to subway and had dinner. From there, we went and saw some people, and then came home and did 12 weeks together. That ended the night.

Wednesday
We exchanged back before we had to go to transfers. Then we went down to transfers. Elder Hunter and I then went and met all the new missionaries. We introduced ourselves and they did as well. Then we went over some training, had lunch, and then President assigned us to our new missionaries, and I am pleased to tell you that my Son is Elder Graff. He's a trial missionary, meaning he'll only be here for 2 transfers. He's from Lacey, Washington. He's really cool. After we got assigned, we then went home to have a lesson with a girl named Kayla Duff, but she wasn't home, so we went and saw some people around her. We later got a text from her to reschedule for the next day. Then we went to the Villas and had a lesson with Nikie Decker, a less active handicap woman. We read where she was at in the scriptures. After, we then had dinner. Then we went and saw more people before we went to bishop's to have a meeting with him. That ended the night.

Thursday
Thursday was a mess. We had to exchange with Stillaguamish because Elders Lelo and Hunter had to go to MLC together. So me, Elder Graff, and Elder Presess all were together going to see people. However, I wasn't sure when we were exchanging back, and I thought district meeting was at 1:30, miscommunication from elder Hunter. The actual plan was to meet them at the 51st building by 12:30 and exchange back, but that didn't happen because I didn't know about it. While we were out seeing people, we found out there was a nail in the car's passenger tire. So we had to take it into Les Schwab and wait for Elder Hunter to get back. Once he was back, we went to Les Schwab and waited for at least 3 hours for them to fix our tire. Elder Hunter moved district meeting to 7:30 the next evening. Because we had to wait we were late to our lesson, which made us late to our dinner. So we went to both of those things. After, we went home and had comp study and twelve weeks, and that ended the night.
Changing the flat tire



Friday
We went and helped at the food bank for a little bit. Then we went home and had lunch, did some comp study, and then went to go see some people. We had our lesson with Kayla Duff, which went pretty well. We taught the restoration, and she liked it, although she was kinda quiet. We told her about the YSA ward, and we will probably be passing her off to the zone leaders. After our lesson with her, we had a lesson with Orion and Gabriela later that night. We talked about the 10 commandments but only got through 4 of them because of the amount of comments that were said, and Orion had to get to work. After the lesson, we went home and did some weekly planning. Then we went to dinner at the High Priest group Christmas party. After, we drove down to the 51st building to have district meeting. After, we went home and ended the night.

Saturday
We started the day with doing service for the same lady we helped paint before. Today, we painted the other wall in her garage. After, we went home, got changed and had lunch. Then we went into comp study, and 12 weeks. From there, we went to go see a potential named Kelly, but he wasn't home, so we went and saw some other people around him instead.  Then we came home, got changed into our suits, and went to the nativity festival the church put on in our stake. I'm so glad I got to see it again! They had the missionaries help out at a video room. It was pretty fun though to see the whole festival. After, we then went and had dinner and had a lesson with Patrick, or at least tried to. He wasn't there again, so we went to Brother Allen's and had our meeting with him. That ended the night.

Sunday
We had ward council in the morning. After, we had church. We only had one hour of church because the rest of the building was being used for the nativity, so we couldn't have our other classes. That was fine with me. Elder Hunter and I both talked in sacrament meeting though. I talked about Luke 4: 18-19 and how we as members of the church do the 20% of missionary work that help the missionaries do the 80%. Some of the tools I used were the scriptures and Light the World to help everyone understand how they can start. Even though I felt like I was throwing down on a ward of members that are already so great at being member missionaries, I felt the message applied to them in another way. I hope it did. After church, we then went home and planned out the rest of the day. Then we went to have lunch with the Hammonds in the ward, and it turns out we are related to them. But not through my dad's side, but my mom's side. Brother Travis Hammond and I are 10th cousins twice removed, and we found this out through relative finder. The Footes on my mom's side of the family are the parents of the kids who are ancestors to us. You can find that out on Relative Finder if you're a Hammond, and see how that works. If you go, you can look up the group Hammond fam and join the group. The password is the last name. See if you're related to me! After lunch, we then went and saw some people before we went back to the church to watch some of the concerts at the nativity festival. Then we went home, did some weekly planning, and then went back for the rest of the night. We had Melissa show up to the festival, and she said she really liked it. After, we then went home and did 12 weeks for the rest of the night before accounting.

Well, that's my week for you fam! I hope you all had a great one, and I'll see you soon!

Elder Hammond
At the Nativity Festival







Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Week 69 Training a New Missionary

Hello everyone! I'm excited to tell you about this week, but as well some bad news. Elder Milner will be leaving us on Wednesday. They are now doing transfers here on Wednesdays, so that's something new. Other then that, Elder Hunter and I will be training an new missionary so that will be fun! Anyway, here is the week for you:


Monday
We did some shopping, and emailing in the morning. After, we played basketball with the Comano Island elders who came all this way to play with us. That took up the rest of the p-day. So after all of that, we went and had dinner with the Shipplys. They also had us do some service for them after. We had to move some cabinets from the Croford's home to their home. After, the Crofords took us to get shakes at Five Guys. Those were a good treat to end with. After, we went home and ended the night.

Tuesday
We had interviews with President Wilding in the morning. That was great to talk to him. I always look forward to that. After, we had a lesson with Ann, a recent convert in the ward. We taught her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by reading 2 Nephi 31. Good lesson there. After, we then went home and had lunch. Then we went and tried to see Jovan, but he wasn't fully awake yet and had just gotten up from a nap. So we rescheduled for today at 5. After, we then went and saw some more people around the Crofords. Nothing interesting happened there. After, we had dinner, and then we went and tried to see the Sudweeks, but they canceled on us. So we went home and did our personal studies, and that ended the night.

Wednesday
We had district meeting at the stake center. Elder Hunter instructed on #light the world and how we can use it to do missionary work. It was great. After, we took pics with sister Hoch because it was her last district meeting before she goes back home to the good old WJ (West Jordan). According to my calculations, however, she is already home and is probably  at Cafe Rio. Anyway, we took lots of pics and then had lunch as a zone since we were all together. After, we then went home, planned the rest of the day out, and then we went and saw some people close to home. Then we went and had a lesson with Melissa. We talked about obedience and the ten commandments. She seemed to understand that well. After, we went and saw a man named Brother Hoggi, a less active that wanted us to find his record number so he can start using family search and ancestry for free. After talking with him and getting to know him, we invited him back to church, and he said he would come, and he did. After that we then went to dinner. Then we went home and ended the night.

The "Death" of Sister Hoch

My District
Thursday
We started by going and seeing some people close to home. After, we had lunch and comp study. Then from there, we went to go have a lesson with a potential investigator, but he wasn't home so we went and saw some people around him. Nothing interesting there. After, we ran to dinner. Then later that night, we walked to a lesson with the Perkins family because we had no more miles left to use for the day, but they forgot that we were meeting, and they had family over. They canceled on us, so we walked all the way back to the house and ended the night. That night the zone leaders called us and told Elder Hunter and I that we were going to train a new missionary next transfer. So we had a meeting we had to go to the next day. I'm so excited about that!

Friday 
We went to the food bank and did service for an hour. Then we ran back to the stake center and dropped Elder Milner off with the zone leaders while we went to our meeting. We then made a stop at the missionary mansion in Lake Stevens to pick up Elder Dusenbary who came with us to the training. Once we got to the mission office, we then had lunch with the missionaries that were there for leadership training for district leaders and zone leaders. Then we went into our training. The meeting was great. They talked about how we can be effective trainers and do everything we can to help the new missionary feel ready to teach. After the training, we drove Elder Dusenbary back to his apartment. And then we drove back home. It was a long drive back because we got stuck in traffic, and it took a while for the Lundin Park elders to come back from a lesson they had. After we got back to Arlington, we picked up Elder Milner and went straight to dinner. Then from there, we went home and saw some people in the apartments close by us. Then we went home and ended the night.

Saturday
We had to be witnesses at a baptism for our ward, so we went to that. It was a youth baptism. After, we then went and saw a family named the Navertails. They are a semi active family who we're trying to get the ward to fellowship. They really love us and want us to come over whenever, which is cool. I played with their daughter while the other elders talked with Sister Navertail, kind of to give her a break from the kids. Then we went home and had lunch and comp study. Then we went to try to see Patrick at Target in our area because he said he would meet us there, but he wasn't there. So we went back home. While we were waiting for Patrick, we got a text from Sister Navertail saying she wanted us to come back and help her with a door she was switching around. So we went back and helped her with her door. Then we went home, did some weekly planning, and then we went over to Patrick's apartment and met with him. He told us he came back and was going to try to live with Jolinda one more time, try to give her one more chance. He said he was going to get a restraining order on her as well. I just don't know any more. Patrick is running his own circus life. Remember kids, this is why we don't break the law of chastity. After, we then went to the elders quorum party and had a great time there. Brother Cox showed us his cars he's working on. They're really cool. We took some pics inside one of them. After, we went home and ended the night.

Sunday
We had church, but no ward council. So we went through the service. After, we had correlation meeting. Then we went home and planned out the day before we went to try and have a lesson with the Pauls. They weren't home, so we went and saw some other people around them. After, we went back home and had a little bit of comp study before we went to the church to take pics with Sister Hoch, one last time before she went home. After, we went to dinner with the Mays and watched the Christmas broadcast. Then we went home to get picked up by the Hays for our family home evening with them. After, we came home and did some weekly planning before we ended the night with accounting.


Well that's it for me. I'll let you know how things are going with my new missionary next week. Until then, I will talk to you all soon. Bye!!
 
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
Elder Hammond