Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Johnstown Week 13

This week has been pretty good! We had some great lessons that we've taught and a couple new investigators!! Hooray! One of our new ones, her name is Paris, she is probably in her early 20's and was really searching for
the right church to join, and she feels that we were an answer to her prayers! A lot of the investigators and people we find to teach have the same story as Joseph Smith, it's amazing! Anyway, she we knocked on her
door and she invited us in right away after we introduced ourselves. We sat down and taught her about the Restoration of the Gospel and she loved it and invited us back! We've taught her a couple times now and
look forward to tomorrow when we get to teach her again in the morning. She's really awesome!

Another new investigator that we have, her name is Jennifer. We had a really good lesson with her! We invited Dawn to come along with us to teach her because we thought that they would get along just great, and it turns out they did! She's really awesome and wants to turn her life around, all she needs to do is come to church.

Serving a mission is awesome, there are so many crazy things that we go through (Like tracting in the pouring rain, and fighting off drunks) that really help strengthen testimonies and help us to realize why we do what we do. This week has been great!

Johnstown Week 12

We still in a mad finding stage, our teaching pool has pretty much depleted and we are searching for some new investigators. We did find this cool old guy that is in a motor scooter wheelchair, his legs don't work. Anyway, we are helping him restore this really old house he bought for $200 and in turn we are going to teach him too! So hopefully one day we can baptize him! But that's about it in us finding people to teach.

Oh! here's a funny story that happened to me yesterday: When we were out knocking on doors, it was my turn to take the lead on the particular door. When the lady answered the door she asked who we were, we told her
that we were missionaries that relayed a "message about the Gospel of Jesus Christ... that brings families closer together." Then I saw her daughter that had long curly black hair looking through the window right next to the door smiling and laughing, then the lady smiled at her daughter. So I commented and said "It looks like you already have a great relationship with your daughter." then she said, "oh, I don't have to worry about that, because 'she' is a boy." ........Oh noooooo!! No coming back from that one!! So we bid each other a good day and left. Once we left the porch my companion and I started laughing! Elder Page thought he was a she too! Any way, that was exciting and fun.

I'm having a great time, it's experiences like those that make the mission just a great experience.

Johnstown Week 11 continued

We did get a short e-mail from our Elder along with some pics.

Okay well here are some pictures, since I really don't have anything to talk about since we talked all yesterday. OH! at the dinner appointment I went to, the Malones were feeding us, there was this little boy in the family who was sick that day and he ate a little bit at the table then got up and was sitting down on the floor next to the table, then he gets up and says, "Mommy, I feel like I have to throw up."  The next moment, he turns and throws up all over the carpet!! Ha! It was so funny! I felt bad for the little boy, and for laughing... because the other 2 kids started freaking out and then their baby girl went up and put her hand in the mess! It was Hilarious!! I probabaly shouldn't have laughed, but, that's just who I am. "Happy Mothers day!" is what I said to Sis. Malone, she laughed too and said, "Yeah, seriously, I know." They are such a great family, Bro. Malone is the pres of the Elders Quorum and really helps us out a lot when it comes to having him sit in on lessons with us, or making sure we have dinner or something. Anyway, I think that's pretty much it pertaining to new and exciting things that happened this week. I don't think there's anything new...
 Elder Serrano With Elder Page

Elders Serrano and Page with the newly baptized Yadia

Monday, May 10, 2010

Johnstown Week 11

Well...no e-mail from Elder Serrano this week because yesterday was....the MOTHER'S DAY CALL!!!!!  Do you think we were just a little excited.  He called around 1pm.  It was great to hear his voice and be able to ask him questions and get immediate answers.

Some of the highlights from the call are:  They had a baptism yesterday.  Yadiah was baptized by Elder Serrano on Saturday, then confirmed in Church on Sunday.  He's doing great!  Loving it there.  Working hard!  Taking time on "P" days to play the piano a little.  He's gone up a belt notch!  The ward members are feeding them well.  Plus I bet they don't know where the vegetable section of the grocery store is (JK) :)

Well, that's all for now.  Only 7 months until the next call (Christmas) and then we'll be only a few weeks away from the one year mark.  A mom's gotta have something to look forward to. :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Johnstown Week 10

It's been raining like crazy out here! Which ends up making it super humid!! Oh my goodness! All my clothes basically stick to me because it's so humid, I basically don't have to drink any water because just breathing will suffice. No joke. It's crazy how that works.

So Yadiah is going to be baptized this coming Saturday, May 8th!!! She's totally ready and prepared! And guess who she asked to baptize her?? Me! Wow, what an honor! This will be my first baptismal ordinace I perform where I'm doing the baptizing for a living person for herself! (make sense?) Hopefully all that practice at the Temple will pay off ;) I'm so excited! We're getting everything ready for her and I think that everything should go smoothly, we're seeing her a couple more times this week to make sure she's doing alright! It's going to be great! Keep praying for her!

Our other investigator Alphonso is doing good, we're still working with him, and making sure he's doing this for himself and not for Dawn so hopefully things will go well there!!

So a cool thing that happened to me this week! We got a letter in the mail saying that a Zane ---- wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon, so when we went to give it to him he wasn't home so we decided to tract the
street, and this really old couple let us in to talk to them for a second and we saw this little kid standing outside their house waiting. We thought he was waiting for us to be done talking to them so that he could talk to the old people about cutting their grass and what not. So when we walked outside, the kid called out, Elders! and we were like, what?? haha It turns out this 14 y.o. was Zane ----!! And he started asking us about the church and how he was looking for truth and the first word that popped into his head was the word "Mormon" so he
researched about the Book of Mormon and knew a lot about the church!! IT was so cool to find a boy the same age as Joseph Smith who was looking for truth just like him! Incredible!! Hopefully we'll be able to teach him some more, because that one time we met we didn't have enough time because we had an appointment to get to, but it was so cool!