Chapter 4: Where's the Time Gone?
|Our new companion, Elder Melon!|
August 24, 2015
Where do I even start?....the days don't feel like days anymore. It feels like one long time period! Let's see... Oh yeah! My exchange in Tompkinsville was super sweet. It was kind of weird being with the district leader. I mean he still is a regular missionary but...he is the district leader. The house they live in is too nice though. They live in a mansion compared to our homey little trailer. But they had NO FOOD! Elder Briscoe and Elder Richins ate like happy, fat kings here! They had five meals in one day! How despicable.
There are a lot of members up there though. They are super nice and helpful. We did go tracting a lot because the elders there literally have nobody to teach. We had one couple we talked to try to give us money. We said we couldn't except it so we asked for water and got soda. It was nice going back though. It felt like coming home to family. All we really have done this week was going around and doing referrals from the fair. We found a few good people that we feel are pretty interested. There was this one time that was pretty cool.
We were trying to go to this one house for a fair referral. We made an appointment there just a week before and when we get there, no answer. So we were wondering what to do next. I had a subtle promoting to go across the street and knock on the door. The people who lived there were also referrals from the fair but we could NEVER get a hold of them. This time they FINALLY answered. That lesson we had then and there was probably the most I had ever felt the spirit and felt inspired what to say since day one of my mission! It truly was a miracle. I am glad because I don't feel like such a greenie anymore, even though technically I still am.
We also have been really focusing on trying to clean out our the other trailer. We are in the sisters old trailer because it is a lot nicer and since Livingston sisters is closed we need to clean out the elders trailer...I did find Yugioh cards underneath the couch cushions! That was a crisp treat.
We have been trying to teach Fred, a 75 year old man that has Alzheimer's. We were going to drop him but somehow he miraculously has a baptism date! We just kept talking about baptism and then finally asked him if he wanted to. We have been trying to go to all these antique shops and we did find some cool ties and what not. There are a ton of mystery items and shops in this area.
For the most part we have been having a fairly good time here. Except for yesterday. We were at Fred's and his anabaptist(basically Amish) friend came in with his family. They all looked like they were from the 1800s. He tried to politely bible bash us and it went on and on and on... He kept saying he wasn't interested even though we never tried teaching him and tried to say all this junk about Joseph Smith and how he wasn't credible and all sorts of mischief. I was just trying to be nice and end it, but Elder Richins was trying to stand his ground and ask him questions. After about an hour his family finally left. Elder Richins apologized to Fred for the contention in his home and how the spirit was gone. Fred said that we still had the spirit and that the other guy did not. This is why the south is hard, because everyone believes they are right and nobody wants to be wrong. They put their lives into what they know and they don't want to change because they are afraid. The guy was nice though somehow through it all. The biggest thing I learned from that though was JUST MOVE ON.
We have had a fruitful week this week. Livingston is great. It has all you need. Good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home. (Ten points to who can guess that quote.) Anyway, that's all for me today. It's good to talk to yal. Catch ya next week! ~Elder Weight
|A strange fortune Elder Richins got at a Chinese buffet and he let me have it.|
|on a church we found...|