Saturday, March 7, 2015

Memorial City, Week 22: February 16, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 

Things are still great with my new companion. Elder Christensen is coming right along. Role-playing is actually awesome. It really helps, I think. We role-played how to invite people to church, read and other things and how we need to show that it’s Christ really inviting, not us. Elder Christensen said he hates to role-play. I did too until now. But he obviously grew from it because he invited a family we had dinner with last night to read and did it the right way. Elder Christensen is also bearing good testimony in lessons. We just need him to talk a little more. One thing that could help is if he asks questions to the people we’re teaching. Then, you get to know them more, know what you can say in response and so on.

Had a solid week this week! We got a new investigator named Margerie. We had a super first lesson and she came to church too! She accepted to be baptized in the first lesson. Tonight were going to extend a date to be baptized. She’s really funny. She’s from Cameroon and very eccentric and emotional.

So it’s just us in the apartment, my comp and I. That’s how its always been. It’s just a one bedroom. We biked a tooonnnn this week. We’re trying to save miles because they only give us a certain amount to drive each month. I now get my haircut at a member’s house (he used to cut his own with clippers). He’s way cool. I got my haircut this Friday actually. He’s cut Dwight Howard’s hair before (he plays center for the Houston Rockets) and other NBA stars because he used to be a popular barber in LA and San Fran. So, my go to for breakfast has got to be eggs. I love the eggs and plus I need that protein after a big workout! Then next is oatmeal. Those two are perfect in the morning. Lunch is whatever, usually leftovers or sandwiches. Dinner, I’d say, is Mac‘n Cheese or Rice-a-Roni. That is insane that Matt is following his brother and dad, three in a row to the same place. Wow. those people in Dallas must love Christensen’s. I’m glad Conner is meeting with the stake president, that’s good. His papers are all done and just needa get them to SLC. We'll know where he’s headed soon! 

Love you!

Elder Janz

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Memorial City, Week 21: February 9, 2015 - February 15, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

My first week training has been suhhhweeet. It’s been awesome having a new kid to take under my wing. His name is Elder Christensen. He’s 18 and from Pleasant View, UT. We are completely different as far as interests and personalities, but surprisingly get along quite well! I also like him because he cleans too. We love each other and work hard. We saw tons of people this week because we both showed faith and dedication so our numbers are going up. One thing we’re working on is to get him to talk more. He is very quiet and hasn’t spoken up in lessons. I give him the chances during the lesson and then after tell him that he could’ve said something. But he says he just never knows what to say. I know that having him role-play more with me and study effectively, he'll be more comfortable speaking. I can tell he’s just one of those kids that never really learned how to speak to people he doesn’t know. So its silly, but I’m patient with it and we'll keep trying. But we had a great week this week. Our numbers more than doubled and we saw lots of different types of people, less actives, members, investigators, recent converts.

So, as far as who’s progressing and who we’re working with... Eva is still the same. Not ready to be baptized, just isn’t quite sure and wants to talk to family. But we had a great lesson on Tuesday and finished all her missionary lessons. Now my goal is to read the Book of Mormon with her and address any concerns and to build her confidence in following Christ. She just doesn’t like change it seems. I think her husband has been pushing her, so the ward mission leader and I talked to him to let him know to not force it upon her. It really is about her conversion and her life that she can live, not just a statistic or another step along the way. I think he'll let her think more. She says. Maybe we'll get a date this week. Eva and her husband were at church this week! It’s always important having them there.  And, apparently, this time went better than last time. Eva was more used to the three hours and got more out of the lessons. That’s what she didn’t like last time, too long and lessons didn’t make sense

We also got a new investigator this week. It was a referral from Bishop! He always gives us good stuff and things to do. Her name is Sannah (sen ah) and she is from Liberia. She’s been in the US for a long time and speaks great English. We actually taught our first lesson to her at a park. She forgot about the appointment and said she was heading to the park to play with the kids but we could meet her there and talk. So we did. We even had a kind member come with us. He shared a lot of great insight and offered testimony often. It was way cool. The lesson went well but it was super cold and that made my cough come in like crazy. I felt bad that I was saying all these things and then I would have a coughing fit. So, that’s been happening lately, just a ridiculous cough. I finally feel that I’m not sick anymore today though. Before I was achy, runny nose and sinus pressure. Now, its just a cough. But, she was at church Sunday, so that’s good.

But, it was awesome last night. I was feeling super poopy, could hardly talk, hurt all over and no one was answering. So I was thinking maybe we should go in early since I’ve been sick for two weeks and haven’t taken any time off for it. My cold has been a real butt kicker. We decided to try one more house and pray about it before we went in. It was amazing to see that right after the prayer, both my companion and I decided we needed to stay out the whole night. We really thought about it and didn’t know what to do for a good 10 mins. I’m very glad the Lord gave us an answer quickly. It turns out the person we tried wasn’t home so we went to drop off some plates that a member gave dinner to us on. We just expected to drop those off and go on with the night. But the member’s sister was really sick and wanted a priesthood blessing and asked us if we’d come over. So that’s why the Lord told us to stay out. She asked if we could come in and we said unfortunately no, but she was willing to do a blessing on the porch. Elder Christensen got to anoint for the second time and I gave the blessing.  It was a sweet experience, he got to learn more and be more familiar and this sister probably had no one else that would’ve come over that night. So we had a powerful blessing and we all felt more at peace. I’m very grateful for that opportunity. It was super cool too because The Lord told me I would make it if I stayed out and now he healed me as I slept. So, I learned to just stick with him and do my part first, then he'll do his.

So things out here in this blessed land are great. I’m very happy, happier than usual. It’s always interesting to see the times when I am happy and when I’m down. I’ve realized happiness just comes through more obedience and faith. So, that’s what I’ve juggled and now I recognize and try very hard to just let the Lord work through me and give me the happiness he wants to give me. We truly feel happier and more on top of things when we are obedient and we put The Lord first and his children. 

Love you tons,

Elder Janz