Beautiful day on the dock at Drake's Creek
So this week was awesome.
On Monday after awhile we were kind of over on Sanders Ferry Road and Elder Hansen heard that I was a decent photographer, so he put me to the test.
Elder Hansen on a park bench in the Sanders Ferry park
I picked a place and told him what to do. The results are shown throughout this blog.
More of Elder Hansen on a park bench in the Sanders Ferry park
It was a lot of fun, and I think I did a pretty good job.
Elder Hansen on a dock on Drake's Creek
Elder Hansen on a triceratops at a playground at Sanders Ferry park
I chose the location and told him what to do. He said he might've given me $15 for them so there's a possible career – haha!
Elder Hansen and I are in the picnic area at Sanders Ferry park.
On Tuesday we went to go work at the Bishop’s storehouse at 7:30 am and didn't leave until about 4:00 pm. There were many orders and walk ins that we were able to fill, and had there not been as many volunteers helping as there were, we would not have finished in time.
Elder Womack and Elder Hansen at the Bishop's Storehouse. We were there for about 9 hours on Tuesday. 100% worth it.
But what was really cool was that one of our investigators showed up and helped out! She had heard from the Church Employment Missionary couple (The Bird's) that the Church helps out with the poor and needy. Instead of just telling her about it they decided to bring her in for a guided tour.
We followed up with her afterwards, and she said she had loved every second of it and will be back tomorrow! Also, all the members and missionaries were very happy to meet her and loved having her there. It was great to get her involved with the ward. After we finished, Brother Wolfertz announced that there was a surprise for the missionaries in the back. We found four big boxes of candy and snacks as well as boxes of cereal. I took home a bag of candy and a box of rip-off Cocoa Pebbles boxes. (See below)
Great day indeed. Also at the storehouse I got to meet the Peery's who are from Winchester, TN. That was great.
On Wednesday we helped out the Hansen family with their carpet. We got to rip out a lot of the upstairs carpet which was a lot of fun.
On Thursday we went up to Hopkinsville, Kentucky to receive training from Elder Runland, a Seventy. The Lds.org website states: “There are currently eight quorums of the Seventy in our Church. Each quorum may have up to 70 members. Members of Quorums of the Seventy are often referred to simply as “Seventies.” Seventies are called to proclaim the gospel and build up the Church. They work under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Presidency of the Seventy.
Some Seventies are assigned to headquarters administrative functions, but most live and work within a specific geographic region of the Church. Like the Apostles, they also travel frequently to visit and teach congregations of the Church.”
Here is a view of the beautiful farmlands in Kentucky
Elder Renlund of the Seventy came and trained us on how to be better missionaries. It was a really sweet experience. The spirit was strong, and we all got to shake his hand. Even though he messed up on my name at first it was great to meet him personally.
Saturday we Skyped into a baptism that was being held in Crossville. It was a unique experience for me but it was cool to watch.
Skyping into a baptism which was held in Crossville which is Elder Hansen's last ward. (We had to use the wifi at our office and the room with the best wifi was the gym)
Afterwards we went over to one of our investigators. We had been warned by a Sister missionary that he had gotten a little crazier than usual, and so we went to check on him. We had not seen him for awhile and I felt we needed to pray beforehand. Glad we did.
When we got there, we could see the hate for the Church and the confusion he had. He looked really kind of smug as he threw anti at us. Eventually I felt this surge of energy and love for him, and bore my testimony of the gospel to him. Even though it was probably the most powerfully I had felt the spirit, it still was like throwing a ball against a brick wall. He didn't care at all. We left him after that. Hopefully he will see the truth some day. Until then he will have to be a frustrated and very unhappy person.
On Sunday one of our investigators came to church with her 5 kids. It was a little hectic during the sacrament meeting but afterwards it was better. She seemed to enjoy it but I am not totally sure because she left before we could follow up. It was cool though to see them all there.
At the end of the week even after all the service we gave and training trips we made, we still taught 20 people which marks 4 weeks in a row teaching above 20. We are working so hard.
In other news, today we got the call that we have been approved as Facebook missionaries which is really sweet to hear since I've been waiting for almost four and a half months. I will post what's going to happen on my Facebook and set up my own soon.
I hope you are having a great week, too. Please write and keep in touch. My contact information is below.
I can’t wait until Christmas!
Here is my contact information:
Elder Andrew Peery
Tennessee Nashville Mission
105 Westpark Drive, Suite 190
Brentwood, TN 37027
Elder Sanders holding a member's pet snake.