Twas a weird week... But it was good! We just didn’t get to teach or stay in our area much. We had the mission temple trip on Thursday. We left Wednesday night so we wouldn’t have to leave way early the next morning. We stayed in Floodville (Houston). That place got messed up by the tornado and rain. But the temple was super cool. Did an endowment session and had a long training and discussion with the mission president and temple president right after. We also had a super cool chance to go back to the celestial room even after the training. So we came in the back way and were just wearing our whites. It was a way spiritual day. I learned so much more about the pre earth life and the amount of faith that we had in order to come here and serve. The spirit was strong throughout and it made it easy to learn and be so uplifted.
Then on Friday we got called into Houston to work with the city and clean up all day. We didn’t have much rain in Alvin We worked from 9 to 6. It was a long day but we did everything from bringing out wet furniture and appliances to the curb and cut out carpet and mop. We also got called in again on Saturday and did more cleaning. That day I got to pull out floor tacs and move more things around peoples houses and yards. It looks like a hurricane came through some neighborhoods because of the mountains of trash. President said this is all an answer to our prayers and fasts for mission work, because we’re meeting so many people and some of them want to be taught and others just have lots more respect for the church.
We had no investigators at church yesterday!!! It was sad. We could’ve had more if we were actually in the area and had more time. But we found a miracle investigator. He’s from Utah as well! His name is Brendan and he met the Spanish elders out eating and recognized them as missionaries and talked to them. Then they referred us to him. He’s really friendly, and he gets way into the lessons. He even fed us both times we saw him. We had a great restoration lesson and answered some crazy questions he had. He accepted to be baptized early July! We unfortunately haven’t heard back from the Vera family, pretty sad because they were golden and now who knows. Charles isn’t doing so good. We can meet with him but we doesn’t understand much and we don’t know if he actually wants to be baptized. He’s also autistic so we gotta be careful. President told me to just have him interviewed by his counselors to see if he could even be baptized. Hopefully! I’ll keep faith in him. Josh, i did hear about though, he’s not doing good either. He isn’t in touch and always unavailable to the missionaries.
But things are going swell! My companion is doing great. He is learning so much. His English gets better every week and we get along awesome. We have so many good people that were teaching. We’re also working with a few less actives and recent converts that are doing better. It’s been fun to be a zone leader during all this craziness of the temple and storms up the wazoo. Had to do a lot for my lovely fellow missionaries. Everyone’s okay though.
|Elder Deans in his volunteer Shirt|
|Aftermath of Flooding|
|More belongings trashed from flooding|
|Tree carved into space shuttle!|
|Elder Deans Feeding a baby kitten|
|Elder Havea & Elder Deans at the Houston Temple|