Monday, April 24, 2017

April 17, 2017 - Happy Easter

¡La Semana Santa! Happy Easter guys๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›

Monday- On Monday we woke up and went shopping and then we headed down to the strip to look around. For some of the Elders, it was their last day in Pittsburgh so they wanted to go. After that, we all headed down to The Point to play football at the park and it was actually a lot of fun because it was super warm and sunny☀️ Then we walked around a little bit and took some pictures. After that, we were walking back to the car and we were walking passed Heinz Field(where the Steelers play) and the main gate was open. So we walked in and talked to a security guard and asked him if he'd give us a tour of the stadium๐Ÿ˜‚ he said no but he said that if we come back next Monday at noon then we can get a tour of everything, including the locker rooms and box seats and stuff!! So we are going ๐Ÿ˜‹ Then we headed over to the church to play some basketball before our dinner appointments. We had dinner with the Reyes and it was great, we sat on the back porch because it was warm and she made us this Barbacoa meat and homemade verde sauce. It was a good evening๐ŸŒ™ Then we went to ESL class that night and then we headed home. The Pirates had a home game that night and you can overlook the stadium really well from our apartment so on the way home, we pulled over for a sec and watched. The stadium looks super cool at night when it's all lit up and packed with people! Then when I got home that night I got an Easter package from Kam and it was amazing as always๐Ÿ˜ 

Tuesday- On Tuesday we woke up and did our studies and whatever and then we went and got our new car!! The car in this area was a 2012 Toyota Corolla and it was pretty beat up but we got a 2017 Chevy Malibu!! Haha it's super nice, it's too nice to be a mission car in my opinion car but we aren't gonna complain lol. I guess all cars made these days have fancy functions and stuff. It even has its own wifi hotspot! We are on the free trial but might as well use it while we can๐Ÿ™† Maybe I will just FaceTime home on Mother's Day in the car, who knows. After we got the new car and played with it a bit, we went to do missionary work. We went to our investigators house, Kayla, to start the day and it wasn't the best lesson. She super busy with a million things so it's hard for her to progress. After that we went to stop by Dorothy's house, another investigator, and she's doing really well! She has gone from close to 25 cigarettes a day to like 10 a day so we are making progress๐Ÿ’ After that we went to Pete's house, a less active, but he was asleep so we just sat on the porch and talked to his mom haha she has pretty much become an investigator. We invited her to church for Easter and she showed interest so maybe she will come. Then that night we tried a couple more people without luck and then we went to Spanish Group Council. It was a good meeting, it's cool to listen to people discuss ward topics in Spanish and to share your ideas and opinions as well. 

Wednesday- On Wednesday, we went and tried some people in the morning but they weren't home. So we went to Las Palmas which is where our Taco Guy works and we talked to him for a second and this time we gave him a Book of Mormon and showed him Prince of Peace! He was grateful for both and told us to come back and get tacos from him on Friday๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŒฎ  After that we went to service at Days for Girls. Then we went to a lesson with Erica and it went okay, she said that she would be at church on Sunday though! After that we had planned to go to Burgatory, a restaurant downtown, but little did we know that there was a Pirates game and a Penguins game going on at the same time. It was a nightmare, we got stuck in traffic and there wasn't any parking anywhere so we couldn't go to Burgatory and I was starving lol. For some reason it tested my patience super bad, I hadn't been that frustrated in a long time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Eventually we got to a restaurant named Piadas and got to eat but by then we only had 20 minutes until our next lesson so we had to hurry. For that next lesson we went and picked up Brother Reyes as a team up. He thought our new car was pretty sweet haha but we went and taught Manuel and it went really well especially cause we had Brother Reyes with us and Manuel said he would come to church on Sunday! 

Thursday- On Thursday we played basketball in the morning but it definitely lacked some competition with some of the new Elders in the zone๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… oh well. Then we had District Meeting and it was fine. Definitely not my favorite but everybody does things differently. After that we split up, Elder Halls went with Brother Stoddard and taught Dorothy while Elder Condie and I went and taught a couple less actives, it worked out great haha. And the lesson with Dorothy went super well, she's on to less than half a pack a day with cigarettes๐Ÿ˜ After that, we all hooked back up and ate dinner and then we went and picked up Brother Reyes again. We started by visiting Hugo, a less active that is one of Brother Reye's hometeaching families and luckily he was home. He's super chill, he was a boxer when he was younger and has some cool stories. He said he'd come to church too! After that, Elder Halls and Elder Condie dropped off Brother Reyes and I at Wilburs house to teach him. The lesson went pretty good, it was good for Wilbur to see another Hispanic man with a family who are members of the church. We are still just struggling with helping him understand that he needs to be baptized again by proper authority. He said he would try and be at church this week though. You can guilt anyone into going to church on Easter Sunday haha. Meanwhile, Elder Condie and Elder Halls found a new investigator named Carlos๐Ÿ’ The trio has perks for sure. 
Their new Chevy Malibu that Carter says is "way too nice to be a mission car" 

 Friday was good! We started off the day going to the house of some referrals named Matt and Don in our English area. They are a family and our lesson went really well with them, they are the type of people that absolutely love Christian Rock. Haha the dad (Don) looks like Snake from the Simpsons but he has the attitude of Ned Flanders lol it's great. But the son(Matt) has already been to church twice and the Dad is super pumped to read the Book of Mormon so there is a lot of new potential there and they are going to come to church on Sunday๐Ÿ˜‹ another 2 more new investigators ✔️ Then we went and contacted another referral and gave him a Book of Mormon and he said that we could come back and talk to him about it. Then we Weekly planned which took awhile because we have so many investigators right now ๐Ÿ˜‚ we kept making jokes like "dang we need to stop being so obedient because God is giving us too many people, we don't even have time for them all" lol jk I would much rather have this problem than having no one to teach๐Ÿ™† After weekly planning we went to the church and taught Jorge. The lesson went good but the problem is that he wants to finish the Book of Mormon before he makes his decision on Baptism๐Ÿ˜… even though he's already like 99.9% sure that the book is true.. it was kind of frustrating but we are gonna keep working with him. After that we went to Las Palmas and got Tacos for dinner๐ŸŒฎ I tried the carnitas this time and it's my new favorite. Then we got some custard at Ritas๐Ÿฆ Then after that we split up again, we dropped off Elder Condie at ESL class with the senior couple that teaches the class and Elder Halls and I went to go contact some people. The people we went to go try weren't home but we found 2 more new investigators out of it hahaha We tried one of our investigators named Sergio but he wasn't home but there was a Hispanic girl sitting on her porch and we started talking to her and showed her #PrincipeDePaz and she liked it and then we invited her church and set up a time to come back๐Ÿ’ It was funny because her neighbors were these white drunk guys and you could tell that they were trying to make fun of us but then they saw us randomly start speaking Spanish to their neighbors and they shut up lol. Then we went to contact another potential investigator named Barrientos but we accidentally knocked on the wrong door haha but we found this other lady named Rosio and we showed her Prince of Peace as well and she invited us to come back! She said "believe it or not, I actually downloaded the Bible on my phone this last week because I felt like I needed to start reading it." So bam, 2 more new investigators ✔️ 
Apparently the 'best ice cream ever' with lots of protein and not all the calories...?!!!
Also known as "Manna for Missionaries"

Saturday- On Saturday we decided to go for a run in the morning and it was beautiful. The sun was rising over the city at the perfect time and temperature was perfect. We just ran down Grand View Ave. because it's right in front of our apartment and it was sweet.  The rest of Saturday was crap though.. we went on the some lightning visits in the morning and they went pretty good, we were able to get in contact with a few less actives and give them some Easter Sunday guilt about how they need to come at least once this year lol. Then we drove up to North Pitt to the gold mine house but we were too early๐Ÿ˜… the guys we talked too weren't going to get home from work until 5 and we arrived there at like 3. So we talked to a different hispanic kid who lived there but he was in the middle of cleaning and wasn't as interested as the other guys so we just left, it was a bummer but we will go back next week. After that we got stuck in traffic and it was awful and then we finished weekly planning and went to dinner at the Cรกrdenas house which was good. Then we headed downtown for 2 reasons, we were supposed to have a lesson with an investigator named Will in market square but he didn't show. And then afterwards we teamed up with the other Elders in the zone to show the Prince of Peace video on a projector that we had in market square but the cops told us that we couldn't put it up๐Ÿ˜‘ We talked to a lady from the city last week and she said it would be fine as long as we weren't in the way of traffic or anything but the cops said no so it was a bust ๐Ÿ‘ฎ. So we headed back over to southside and contacted a couple more investigators and invited them to church. 

Sunday- Easter!! ๐Ÿ‡ Sunday morning was good! This week I have been studying what the Savior did each day during his last week and it helped me get into the spirit of Easter way better. I also opened my present from Mom๐Ÿ˜‚❤ I have no idea what these spinner things are but I've seen people throughout the city with them. It entertained me during the rest of studies and church though haha. Church was super good! Dorothy came! And Matt, another one of our investigators came. And Janet, the less active, spoke and she absolutely killed it. We were all combined with the English ward today for church and she gave her talk in Spanish and it was so cool and powerful, I was proud. The spirit was strong there. Right after church, Elder Halls got sick so that kinda ended Easter early๐Ÿ˜• We had a dinner appointment with the other Elders from the English ward but Elder Halls wasn't in any condition to go eat dinner so I went home with him and let Elder Condie go to the dinner. Then Elder Halls just slept while I polished my shoes and studied and stuff haha not the best Easter ever but oh well. At least we made it to church. Then the rest of the night we just kind of sat around and hung out. Well that's my week! I hope you guys all had a good Easter☀️ I'll respond to your other emails today! I love and miss you all!

-Elder Nelson

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised that the Officer wouldn't let you do that. Interesting week.