Elder Hintze wrote on Monday, October 14th:
"Heyo! Another week, this one seemed real long. This whole last month has seemed to move in slow motion, but then I think that we are done with this transfer in like 16 days. So that is pretty crazy. But here is the week for ya'll.
|Elder Hintze (Not sure where he is going dressed like that?)|
|Elder Smith and Elder Hintze|
Monday - P-Day and all that comes with it. We tried to go skating, but the place wouldn't let us skate, they only have open skating on Saturdays. But sadly no, the dreams of a skating lesson are gone. Then we ate the Krizer's house for dinner, good old pizza. Then we saw Bro Nunez, can't get him to come to church lately. And then some other people weren't home.
Tuesday - We had our President's interviews in the morning, which I was really excited about, got to talk to Sister Smith and President, they were both really short. But always awesome to get to talk to them. I don't know that I would want there job, 300 missionaries to watch over, no thanks. Then it was Taco Bell time with the Zone leaders and another set of Elders. :) Then we visited Barbra, didn't talk at all about the smoking and coffee, but she still is, we have just prayed with her and read the Book of Mormon and just loved her. But she has bought herself a new coffee maker and she is hiding her cigarettes from me, because she knows I will take them. hahaha. So she is going out of her way to sin, which is awesome right? NO. Stubbs called her and talked to her on the phone for about an hour, I have been in contact with him quite a few times about the whole thing. So then we saw Paul Kennedy and that is always an experience, but his grand daughter wants to be baptized, but the parents won't let her until she is 12, so that she can decide on her own, so that is awesome, because Paul lives with this daughter. So then we went and saw Theresa, at the thrift shop, and we basically have dropped her, because she isn't after truth, and is inviting us to come to another church with her. So she isn't quite on the train yet. But then we popped in on Carol Burnsed and she is doing better. Then we went to Linda's and Gloria and Carol Hughey were there, and Carol bought us a bunch of ties and so Gloria was picking them out for us, it was hilarious, the ties are all not my style she picked, but hey, I rolled with it. Then we ate dinner with the Grantham's. I don't think I have told you about this guy, Brother Grantham isn't a member his wife is the primary president been to the temple, he comes every Sunday is more active than most in the ward, but will not become a member it has been like 20 years now. General Authorities have talked to him, he is President Bess's best friend. It is madness, but he is there every Sunday. So then we played ball that night... Elder Smith punched a dude in the face on accident. It was Tony Hansen's marine boss and it gave him an instant black eye, hahahahaha Elder Smith clocked him.
Wednesday - We had District Meeting in the morning, he taught us about the Great Apostasy and we read a talk titled Why 1820? It is awesome, you should check it out. But in District Meeting he had me teach for a little bit about asking questions, so that was fun. Then we volunteered at the red cross. So they had us wash their van for them and work in the garden haha. And then after that we helped Linda clean out her garage and her shed a little bit, because she is getting some flooring put down in it. Then we scooted over to the hospital and gave a nonmember a blessing, a member asked us to, she went in for surgery, and they found out she has stage 4 cancer. So I gave her a blessing and not going to lie I was a little bit scared to do it. Then we ate at the Thompson's for dinner. Then we went and we taught Bonifay the nonmember lady and Scott magnes the less active guy they are moving into a different area, but we taught her the Plan of Salvation. Boy oh boy I am not the best teacher, my teaching skills need some major work, I just get stressed in a teaching situation or something. But it was good, she is pretty awesome! And has already read into 1 Nephi 11, which is way farther than most ever do. We were answering question and just talking more about the Plan and I was showing her some scriptures, because she asked for some study stuff. And out of no where Elder Smith, just says "something we haven't talked about is baptism. Will you follow the example of your Savior Jesus Christ and be baptized?" So she said, "Yes I believe in baptism, and I have never been baptized, but no I will not be baptized yet, I am not ready for that."
Thursday - we worked at the food bank in the morning, we taped up 500 boxes and it was only us elders and sisters there, so it wasn't the best service, but we got er done. So we then saw Barbra and she is doing just as good as ever, we have just been reading the Book of Mormon with her and she is understanding so much more, which really is awesome. Then we had some studies and weekly planning, then we went and saw this kid Donte he is in the 9th grade he is awesome, we went with Luke and we taught him the Restoration and he loved the fact that Christ visited the Americas, and he was way excited to read the Book of Mormon, and he invited us back the next day. So after that we went out to the Boonies with Luke and we tried to see Danny Dees an investigator that we haven't really focused on, then we saw the Saucer's recent convert brother and sister that live with their elderly mom. So we saw them, they ususlly don't let people in, so it was actually really cool. Then we went to Dairy Queen with Luke to cap off the night.
Friday - We worked at the food bank again in the morning, made a ton of individual boxes. Came back hit the bikes and headed to the Hospital worked at the hospital, nothing cool has happened there for quite sometime, so that's lame. But we get to talk to quite a few people. So after the hospital we saw Donte again and we taught him the Plan of Salvation, and he accepts it all, I don't know if it is something that I am doing but we teach people or just him and he accepts everything, but then doesn't realize what it really means that this is Christ's church on the earth!! Then we finally found Justin and his GF the guy who told us he didn't want to drink anymore and took us outside, well apparently he has been in prison 4 times since then. So he is no exactly on the train either right now.
Saturday - Happy 4 Month Mark to Elder Hintze, 4 months ladies and gentleman, if I can do 4 months I can do anything! :D So let me tell you what I ate today until 7:30 pm, 3 Loyless Donuts, 1 Krispy Kreme Donut, and some donut holes that you sent me! :) So we helped a family move from the 1st ward into our ward, they are really awesome a young couple that is from Arizona. From the same place as Elder Smith, they were so excited about it. After that we went to Theresa's thrift shop and helped her do some service, she told us to bring in Book of Mormons and she will put them around the store for people to read and take for free. Hahahaha, so that was pretty awesome. Then we met with Anita McBride in the park and read with her out of the Book of Mormon. Then we helped Sister Rush move a table in her trailer. Then we went home quick and we walked to see Donte and he wasn't home, so then we walked to see Linda, because she got her patriarchal blessing. Then Gloria canceled on us. Then we went and read with Barbra again. And then we were in for the night for some dinner.
Sunday - Barbra didn't come to church, because she fell getting into the shower. But we did have Gloria at church and so in Gospel principles we just freestyled it and we taught her the Plan of Salvation and she loved it all and had many questions. Then Luke gave his farewell talk and hands down it is the best daggum farewell talk I have ever given, I had the biggest smile on my face the whole time. He said at one point, "Brothers and Sisters, the Lord is hastening his work, and the missionaries need our help!" Wooo weeeeee. I loved it, hahahaha. I also got to bless the sacrament for the first time, which I was really excited about. So after that we went and saw Barbra to see how she was doing. So then we saw Donte and he was cleaning out his neighbors garage so we helped with that, I taught the neighbor guy while doing it and gave him a Book of Mormon so that was cool. BUT: While doing it, I spilled some kind of oil or grease on my brown shoes and now they are ruined kind of, or stained really bad. Not that bad, but I have tried to get it out, any ideas how to get it out??? I polished one of them and it made it darker, so it is less visible now, that's all I can get. So then we taught him and we reviewed the plan of salvation and we read a bunch of the Book of Mormon with him, he said he asked if it was true and didn't get an answer, then he said, "But I think I need to get into it more and then I will truly get my answer." So that was awesome. Then we did some biking around trying to see some people and some potentials and then we biked to Sister Knights to finish off the evening."
That's all folks! The Church is most definitely true!
Cheers, Elder Hintze