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.
"and when he did he said he was just feeling pretty miserable, and after he felt such peace."
Monday, January 5, 2015 So hello there family!!
Welcome to a new year! I am doing fantastic today, it is a bit chilly here in Tallahassee, but other than that! I am sure you watched our FSU boys go down, the whole town has been mourning, but I was cheering for my Oregon Ducks, they are going to take it all the way baby! So a cool thing that I did not mention last week.. Steven Caldwell, from my Dothan days, he was about to get baptized, but got shipped off to boot camp. He is back, and has been in contact with the Ozark Elders which is Elder Urquiaga. So he told me, and he gave me his phone number and this last week I got a chance to talk to him!!! He has just been busy with life he says.. but I made him promise me that he would meet with the Elders... I also have Tony Hansen's phone number from Dothan, and I am going to give him a call, and get him on his case! So I will keep you posted, I told Steven that I would call him again soon to check up on him, he knew who I was on the phone, before I even told him! Alright, lets get to this week, it was a good one! Just struggling to stay busy lately, but things will get there, we had zone training this week, and it went pretty good, ran out of time again, but we'll talk about that! Here we go:
Monday - We went to the mall for last P-Day and we may make a stop there today... nothing to do in Tallahassee! And the mall just keeps calling our name! So Monday in the evening we ate dinner with the Schrader's, very good people! Then our appointment canceled... and we popped by to see a PM family.. And then it is zone training week, so you know we did some more zone training, usually they are on Tuesday, but we moved ours to Friday, I'll tell you about it later!
Tuesday - In the morning, we once again worked on zone training, we planned for the least amount of time.. out of all of the zone trainings I have been a part of! So it was nice! We then visited with Bro Barber.. he is doing really well, I think that we are going to get him to come to church here pretty soon, I hope. We have been working really hard with him, to have spiritual lessons, and I think we're getting him. And then we had a whole lot of zone stuff to do, don't really remember what we did exactly, had to run some errands...
Wednesday - I was on a tradeoff with Elder Moore and Elder Peterson was with Elder Jackman in 4th ward! In the morning, we attempted to visit Sister Gray's son, who was in a motorcycle accident, he was just headed to an appointment.. we tried to come back to see him, but just weren't able to catch him. We also tried to visit the Tally Chamber of Commerce, we are going to get a list of events in Tallahassee, and try and get something going! Then we ran around and tried to see all of our potentials and did some good finding.. we found an awesome family, who live right by the Knudsen's, he let us right in, and showed us all of their fish tanks.. and then we talked with him about the church and the Book of Mormon and his wife and him and made a goal to get back into church this new year. So I hope we can get back in and see them, his name is Kevin Cooper! Then the Stuckey's had us over for dinner! And New Years Eve baby.. so we had to be in early, we traded back, did our good old exchange reports, gotta love em! And then we spent the new year while in the comforts of our bed.. BUT I did set an alarm at 11:55.. and I woke everybody up and we went out and we banged pots and pans!
Thursday - We did service with Sister Gray in the morning picking all of that grapefruit! And man alive it was better than any video game, I loved it, I was up on the roof, using this huge pole, and the fruit of my labors (get that joke there ;) ) taste delicious!!!
Then we helped out with the Atchley's funeral, they lost their son on Christmas.. so we helped them to set up with all of the funeral stuff! Then we visited with the Blime's! Brother Blime came to church this Sunday, so all is well! Then we had to do our weekly planning in the evening!
Friday - We had our Zone Training!! It was a good one... we did some good stuff, we had to introduce all of the new 2015 goals! The Tally 1 Zone goal is 50 baptisms, so going for 9 more than we got this year! I think that we can do it.. We introduced some good things in there our mission theme is "United We Stand", so we tried to work off of that, we are united in praying for 4 baptisms a month in our zone, and we are united in doing the 40 day purification fast, and fasting together when Elder Andersen comes. The STLs, did an awesome job, on teaching the Doctrine of Fam History and refreshing us on that. Then we did a bunch of role plays, on our teaching skills, I was in the corner of the Family History OYM transition it to the Gospel, talking to the random people that is my game! And then the big finale, was we had the Stake President come and talk to us about his vision for 2015 and gave us the Stake's goals.. very interesting to have them... And then the bishop from the 4th ward came... and he is awesome! He will give it to you like it is, straight up with you. So he got into us about our example when we walk into a members home, how we can gain their trust.. he said are you talking about sports? Is that why you came here? He did an awesome job, so he talked about ward councils and what we can do to improve! I wish every bishop was like him, so so so so missionary minded! He has the highest sacrament attendance as well! After that we had a little council with our District Leaders on some things that we want them to start doing! Then we visited with a member named Bill Kosin, we are going to start working with him! Then we helped out with a move for Bro Hardee's sister, it was an easy move.. but there was this strange tree over the drive way, like an arch that grew over it, but it was so short that big cars or trucks can't drive under it... so here we loaded up a trailer that they pulled up by hand.. and now we can't get it out... so Ford Fusion to the rescue, I backed up our white chariot and they popped a hitch onto it, where our bike rack is, and I slowly pulled the trailer out of the driveway! Then we met Mark Davis here at the church and we gave him a church tour.. Mark is awesome, the Spirit was really strong, we just did a circle around and we look at the pictures of Christ, and then we took sometime in the Chapel to teach him about church, and the Book of Mormon, I think Mark has a lot a lot of potential! Then we had to email out a ton of information to our district leaders, we didn't get a chance to teach a huge section in zone training, so we are having them do it!
Saturday - Just a big old day of finding! We got out and we did a bunch of knocking doors and we covered our tracks from the caroling on Christmas Eve, trying to see if any of them were interested! So we were able to find a few people, had a chance to talk to tons of people. Then we were able to teach Eric with Sean Stone, he is the man, we had him teach us the plan of salvation, and he just shared us some verses out of Romans.. on Faith.. so we rolled with that, and then we taught him the story of Alma 17! Had our dinner and then we got out and tried to find some people on the ward roster... we have found so many people that have moved, like it is crazy! Almost half of our ward roster it seems doesn't even exist!
Sunday - First time of my mission having 11:00 am church... it was heavenly, we got to finish our studies in the morning and then church! Church was good, we had T. R. there with us.. he is still doing awesome! We had a lesson with him after church in the Delp's home and we read Enos with him and talked about prayer... this week he read the Book of Mormon a bunch and he prayed.. and when he did he said he was just feeling pretty miserable, and after he felt such peace. So fun to think about that, we have been taught to Pray since we could talk.. but yet, here he is experiencing his first time ever receiving an answer to his prayers! And then our appointments canceled on us, so we just shot around trying to make things happen, (that is trying anyone we could).. to no avail! Gonzalo is back in town, and we are seeing him tonight, so we are pumped about that!
It has been rough lately in our work.. it seems that there is always something that needs to be done, all the time! Always some planning or this and that, we have MLC this Wednesday and then we have Elder Andersen the next Thursday, so there is going to be even more to be done here soon! So we are just trying to increase our teaching pool, pray that we will be able to find some people, we are working really hard to involve members in the work! It is hard to know if your making a difference out here a lot of times, but I know that this work is true! Love you guys!!