Monday, September 26, 2016

Puzzles, Old Ladies, and a Hungry Hawk

Log of this past week: 

Carter with beloved Great Harvest Garlic Cheddar Bread -- Thanks Sherri!
On Wednesday we just had our normal visits and denials but we did visit this guy named Robert who is in a nursing home and he is awesome! He's like 75, knows a ton of doctrine, has a giant Dumbeldore-like beard, and he got the Melchizedek priesthood a couple months ago. He was raised as a Jew and still wears his Yakima everyday and then he became a Methodist when he was like 50, and now he's a Mormon! But during our visit with him, this lady from the Catholic Church came into the room and gave him Catholic Communion hahahaha so he's been everywhere and practices everything. It was kind of awkward but whatever. He considers himself LDS and he only believes in the LDS teachings, but he thinks that if he's humble enough to accept service from every religion then he will receive more blessings I guess which is coolπŸ˜‚… I think? 

On Thursday we drove to State College for Zone Conference which was all day from 8am-4pm, so it was a long day, but then on our way home we went to Buffalo Wild Wings in Harrisburg and it was so good! Then when I got home that night I had a package from Sherri that had the Garlic Cheddar bread in it😍😍 so I got BWW and Great Harvest bread in the same night and it was pretty much like I was back home!!πŸ˜‚ 

Carter, Ibarra, and Sister Missionaries at Buffalo WW
On Friday we had service all morning and we finally finished that stupid roof!! πŸ˜… In the afternoon we went to visit another lady in a nursing home and this nursing home is really funny, it's just a bunch of old ladies who do puzzles together and they are religious about it!! When they finish, they hang them up on the walls! Haha! So we went and did puzzles with them for a little bit and they are so funny.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Just picture me doing puzzles with three 85 year old ladies! LOL! Then later that night we had another normal lesson(nothing significant). Then we went to dinner at the home of a less-active member family and they reminded me of the Adams family.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ They had a daughter who was exactly like the teenage girl in that movie — hahaha — but we had a good dinner with them and shared a good spiritual thought! 

On the roof

Then on Saturday we did service again in the morning. We were helping this middle-aged single man named brother Alva with his yard. He has a lot of rats in his yard and while we were helping him this huge hawk showed up! It looked so cool! So I filmed it for a sec but then right as I stopped filming, it swooped down and grabbed one of the rats and ate it!!πŸ€ it was right out of the discovery channel but I didn't get it on camera.πŸ“·πŸ˜” 

After our service, we went to lunch with brother Alva and this old family from next door and they were all super uneducated.πŸ˜‚ I don't even know how to describe them, but they were hilarious! Hahaha, they are straight out of a movie I swear. The Dad is 75 and his sons who were like 50 and 45 and they had super strong Pennsylvania accents and they joked about everything and talked about how stupid they were in high school and stuff, but they were really friendly and they thanked us several times for helping brother Alva because he's had a really hard life. That night we taught ANOTHER lady in a nursing home!! We only teach people in nursing homes because they don't have any choice but to listen to us because it's not like they're going anywhere!πŸ˜‚ JK.  But it's kind of true. Anyways I had a really good conversation with this lady and I showed her the “Mountains to Climb” Mormon Message and it made her tear up and she talked quite a bit and thanked us several times for going to see her. 

"No, stop, stay there, do not walk on that roof!" -Mom
On Sunday I got to go to the Lebanon ward for the first time and they are amazing! You would have no idea that this ward was in the middle of Pennsylvania. They are really strong and have lots of young families. So there were 3 people(less actives and investigator) who we kept trying to get ahold of this week, we called them, knocked on their door several times etc. and we never got ahold of them and then they all showed up at church!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It was so cool!!! haha I'm not sure what the chances of that were but it sure makes our job easier! It was great, we talked to all of them and set up appointments for this week. My companion and I had to teach Gospel Principles last minute because the teacher didn't show up but we killed itπŸ’ 

After church we decided to go with the sisters to visit this guy named Don whom I had never met but I connected with him super well. During our visit I talked to him the most and helped share some things and put some things into perspective for him and I taught him about the priesthood and the importance of the Book of Mormon and a bunch of other random things that he had questions about. But I felt the spirit when we were talking to him and I could honestly easily see him getting baptized. He is super accepting of the gospel and can see God’s hand in things. 

After that we had dinner at this pretty wealthy family's house and they made us Cafe Rio pork!! It was delicious.πŸ˜‹ Their son in law was there as well. He went to BYU and got his degree in Business and now he's in Hospital management, which is something I've been considering, so it was cool to talk to him! And he played rugby at BYU! So that was a good visit, it's nice to hang out with a rich educated family every once in awhile!πŸ˜‚ 

After that we went and visited our friend Modesto. He's one of my favorites!! Haha, he's so funny! He’s this 50 year old from Puerto Rico and has some weird disease where his stomach fills up with fluid so he has to get it drained every other week. But he's getting a transplant surgery soon, because he's next on the list. So hopefully that goes well for him because I guess it's a really risky surgery😬 and we love Modesto and want him to live. He lives with this guy named Jose who is another 50 year old Puerto Rican who just takes care of Modesto. It's such a good example to me of a Christlike attribute, because Jose and Modesto would much rather be living in Puerto Rico where most of their family is and stuff but because of Modesto's condition they need to be in the US. But Jose sticks with him regardless and just takes care of him. It's really sweet. Anyway, we visit Modesto pretty often and just read the Book of Mormon with him because he loves the book! I love visiting him too because I get to practice my SpanishπŸ˜‚ anyways that's how Sunday ended. 

I don’t know what we are doing todayπŸ™† Other things, we have been biking a ton. We rode 12 miles on Wednesday and 18 miles on Friday and 13 miles on Saturday. It doesn't sound like much but on those old bikes — with the wood block seats, and gears that don't work, in church clothes, and humidityπŸ˜… it's pretty tough!!πŸ˜‚   

Anyways love and miss you guys tons!!πŸ’™πŸ’™ I included a few pictures of my apartment below. 

-Elder Nelson

Carter's bed. "Hey! It's made!! I'm so proud!" -Mom

Bedroom with somewhat askew door... 

Pictured: Dustpan and shoes. Not pictured: broom. Missing in action: vacuum. 

Desk for companion study :) 

Lovely bachelor kitchen. Featuring: Stan the Cockroach and his gang of grime bandits, currently living like kings!

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