Visiting this blog will keep you up to date on Elder Bradley Brent Hintze and his two years in the mission field. He has been called to preach the Gospel as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. He is currently serving in Tallahassee, Florida. He appreciates your love and support.
"President Smith, called Elder Peterson and I the "Dynamic Duo"! So we got that going for us!"
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday - P-Day, it was kind of a crazy day. But we just ran down potentials and investigators… Elder Peterson and I had a good night tonight. Also there was a couple of days here, where the weather was nothing short of lovely, it was in the 60s and the 70s, but now we are back up into the 90s. But we were all getting cold in the morning!
Tuesday - Today was a pretty good day! We had our District meeting in the morning. Then we went on a tradeoff with in our area. And we went and we did service for George and Marsha again, so we were there just raking the leaves, throwing gasoline on a bunch of yellow jackets nests, talking to them the whole time.. So after that, we sat down with them and we started to teach them the Restoration, and it was an absolute wonderful lesson. We committed them to read and to pray. We helped George to say his first prayer that he had ever said in his entire life, it was super awesome! Then we ran up to see Richard McCulley, and we were able to teach him, we had planned to just rehearse the Book of Mormon, because that is what he was super interested in, and read from that and follow up on the Restoration. The great news is that Richard has already read all the way into 2 Nephi in a week! After that we taught Christina with Sister Knudsen, she is awesome by the way, super good for Christina. So Christina texted us this morning and mentioned that by chance her aunt who was a "christian missionary" was going to be there, just a heads up. So I said, "Okay, well we are planning on teaching some commandments this evening, but we can switch it up if need be." So we get there and it is Christina, her mother is there, and her 2 aunts are there! And because I told her that we were doing commandments, Christina had gone and studied them in PMG. Hahaha, so it was super awesome! We taught her the big ones Word of Wisdom, when we said coffee and tea, she gasped.. then we kept teaching and went onto the end. Do you have any problems right now with living the word of wisdom? Sister K is awesome! Christina really, really likes her, so she added great insight. Aunts sat in quiet. We involved them, but her mom is sooo interested.
Wednesday - We traded back, only to tradeoff again, so I stayed here in our area again, and this time with the APs, I got Elder McPherson, and he used to serve here in the 1st Ward. Then Elder Peterson went with Welch and Sorenson. Then we did our exchange report first. Then we met with Christina again with Sister K, she is awesome to come with us! SO we taught her the rest of the commandments, we finished up some of the little ones like Pray, Read scriptures, Baptism is a commandment, live the law of the land. And then the bigger ones I guess are keep Sabbath day holy and then the 10 commandments. So we covered all of that, no problems. Then we went over the baptismal questions, and got her ready for that, and talked about the purpose of that, how it all works. After her lesson, we ran out and we tried to visit some less actives, but no go! And so we were able to see Ron Locke, he owns a tire store and we visited with him and his son, both members. But the real kicker was one of the workers at the shop, a kid about 18, his dad passed away not too long ago. So we started to talk to him about the Restoration and about the Plan of Salvation, and he was so interested, it was really neat. So we got his info. We visited with Robert Delmonico and his friend, we just caught up with him, it has been about a month since we have been able to meet with him. So we just reviewed the restoration and the things we've taught, he has been reading the Book of Mormon! Which is good, and then we set up a time for us to meet with him that next day! We then ate dinner at the Knudsen's home! Then we were able to go and visit with Sister Daniels.
Elder McPherson & Elder Hintze with the Knudsen kids!
Thursday - We met with Torrez LeBrun and his son T.R. We met them in the chapel and we had Brother Shipley with us, and we began to teach them the Plan of Salvation. Brother Shipley was really good to be there. We were only able to make it about halfway through the lesson, and it went fairly well.... So after that we went with them to do some family history work. And they brought all of their old records to help us out, so it was awesome! We were able to find a bunch of their ancestors and when we found them, boom, like 7 generations back all got filled in, it was awesome. We also had a lady named Edith in their doing family history as well, the family history people we're helping her out. Brother Shipley, knew Edith already so that was cool. Then we ran and we saw Robert Delmonico, we taught him with Brother Gray in their home. And it started off so awesome, he wanted to get right into and tell us the things he had been reading. So he had read Alma 32, and he had read D&C 137 and 138, which that is all good stuff, so it was awesome for him!
Friday - We had to finish up our weekly planning and such in the morning. And we have zone training this next Tuesday, so we began to make preparations for that. We are going to be doing a Family History Week thing/competition thing with the other zone here in Tallahassee. The jist of it is that we use family history for a whole week, and depending upon the number of return appointments that we get by using family history according to our district. They are the winners, and at the end of the week, we end with a dodgeball tournament, and the winning district is going to get incentives, and then the winning zone gets incentives as well. So we met with the Tally 2 ZLs and we tried to begin to figure out all of the details to go along with it! Then we met with our sister trainer leaders in our zone, to talk about zone training. We have 2 sets in our zone. We have such awesome sister trainer leaders in the zone, they make me look like chop liver, so we schemed with them for a good while, about things that the zone needs and things that we can do! So we got some good ideas, and then we started to do a little bit of planning ourselves. Then we went out and we set some appointments with some folks. Then we taught Gonzalo finally, he has just been super busy with his school, but he is still doing really good. We taught him from the Book of Mormon, I believe Alma 24, the story of the anti nephi lehies.
Saturday - In the morning, we took some time and we planned some more for zone training! It is coming along, we felt really inspired with the first part that we are going to be sharing, about the Atonement, just to invite the Spirit! We are also going to be feeding the zone breakfast before hand, so that should be fun. Then we saw our boy Eric Erickson. But after that we hit the streets. And we were on that finding, we were just walking around this neighborhood, as we contacted potentials, and we found quite a few people that we are going to teach! Then we met with this man named John Day and his wife, she is not a member. They had 2 sons that served missions and everything. So they fed us dinner, they are both super nice. She is really into family history! Then we went and we taught Jalesia and Michael, we have been communicating with them for a while now, finally got into see them! When we first went, we talked to Michael... he was the only one home, so started through the restoration, and then Jalesia come home which is the GF, then her mom was there, and her grandma, and her brother! So we had an audience! So we started over and we taught the Restoration in full, these people we're hanging on every single word that we said it seemed like! I loved it, it was pretty powerful! So we will see. After that we went and we visited with Cristina, and we just talked about baptism and who will be doing what and how it will all run down, we read 3 Nephi 27, and some Moroni 8:25-26, and then some sacrament prayers in Moroni 4. Cristina has asked if I will baptize her, so I am super humbled and excited to be able to do that this week! :)
Sunday - Fast Sunday!!!! We had Gonzalo there and Cristina there! We sat by Cristina and she really gets into it sometimes! So she is always nodding in agreement with the people and she lets out some semi quiet Amen! and mmmmhhmmm! and then a couple times I heard some "Praise you Jesus. Praise you Jesus." So it keeps it exciting, and usually she gets some tears! After that we had ward council! And we ate lunch/dinner with the Miller's shortly after, the Miller's are so awesome! The rest of our day was just running around, we talked to the Stanley's and the Liedy's on the front porch! And then we did some potential work.. were able to set some appointments with some people, and did some finding as well! Then we ended it and we went back and we did some more zone training planning!!!
We are excited for zone training, we are going to be cooking breakfast for the zone, so we are going with Sister K to Sam's club today, to buy some stuff for it! And then we are pretty well planned out with the rest of it! We will have to be doing some minor planning for this evening! The APs told us that Pres. Smith, called Peterson and I the "Dynamic Duo"! So we got that going for us! Elder Peterson really is an awesome missionary, super diligent! Family, thank you for all of your support and your prayers, I can't tell you how much that I love and miss each and everyone of you! Love you so much!!!