Teddy has been out for a month now, and I am now just getting round to updating this blog.
He is currently serving in Billerica MA.
By way of update, here is Teddy’s email dated July 29, 2013
So it’s Monday again; another week has passed! It is so true what they say about the weeks going quickly but the days going slowly. This week flew by. But each day… well each day was certainly not very fast. But we are pretty busy, and the work is good, so I am very happy. I try to approach as many people a day as I can, just to talk to them about the gospel, and get them interested in what we have to say; my comp just really isn’t that interested in talking to everyone we come across. I don’t know if that is because he knows its not THAT effective, or if he is just really set on doing member missionary work only, but I really want to talk to every single person walking by us…
But this week has been really good. A lot of great experiences, and a lot of gross ones also. I would like to start with one gross one, thats fresh in my mind.
Yesterday we visited Brother ___ . He is a 93 year old, pretty much inactive man. He had recently had a bunch of surgeries, and has been dying the past 10 or so years. He was a good spirited man though. Pretended to be grouchy but was laughing a good amount, so we could tell he was too bad off. He has recently had a bladder infection though. He had a catheter hooked up to his bladder, and his pee bag sitting right there in front of us. He was in a wheel chair so he really couldn’t move or anything, and he probably hadn’t showered in a while. Since he is in a wheel chair, he hasn’t cleaned his house in who knows how long…. It reeked so bad of urine in the house I thought i was going to die, as I continued to breathe in the toxic air. We spent 25 minutes in his house, and shared a scripture and prayer with him, and though it was a pleasant meeting, I was happy to be out of there.
Those are the types of people I wish would accept our help. we offered to come back, to do some things for him, to just help him out in anyway. But he didn’t want any of it. he really didn’t want us to bother with him. Maybe he is happy, but his life could still be improved so much, or just eased, if he would just let us. I think that is what the savior probably thinks about us all the time – “Why don’t you just let me help you?”
As I look back on times like those, I cant help but to smile and laugh to myself. So gross, but at the same time a new experience, and a new person I got to meet, that was a wonderful child of God, in his own unique way.
Brother ___, a young married man in the ward, told me, as we walked to an investigators house during third hour of church yesterday, that he loved his mission because everyday was something brand new, and something you hadn’t done before. No day is normal. And so far, he is so right! As a missionary, every day is new, and exciting. It really is very fun and cool!!! I am always meeting strange new people, and either getting yelled at, or meeting the sweetest people on earth. Like saturday. We went tracting (which was very hard to get my companion to agree to). We knocked a ton of doors, talked with an atheist who told us very explicitly that there was absolutely nothing more to life than this, and then the last house we knocked was the sweetest lady and he husband who used to meet with the missionaries. She said the last time they came by was probably 10 years ago though!
So she immediately brought us cold waters, and we sat outside talking about what we believe and what catholics believe(she is a catholic) and had a wonderful discussion. She said she used to love to meet with the missionaries, and she thinks we are sweethearts. She loves mormons, and we just had a lovely conversation for probably a half hour. we committed her to read the introduction to the book of mormon, and the 1st chapter of 1st Nephi, to which she lovingly responded “I will read it, but you have to come back and get this book because I would rather give up my children than my religion”. a bummer but it was still really fun to meet this great people, and share our testimonies with them. I think that is why i really love tracting. I would work all day just to meet one family like that a day. It was a truly rewarding experience.
These are a few of the things i have done in this past week. I wish i could write it all though!!!! But ill tell you about the general stuff. No baptisms yet, but we do have a few golden investigators like a woman named Anne Marie, and a guy named Neil. I think i wrote you guys about Neil… maybe i didn’t. But we had a lesson with him wednesday, and we are really trying to commit him to baptism. though it will take some time, he will get baptized. It was a really spiritual lesson, and he is definitely taking things a lot more seriously. He has been investigating the church for a few months now, but i think we are really beginning to make some serious progress. If he begins coming to church, and really praying, he should be golden!!!! and we have him doing all of these things!!! we just have to follow up on all of them.
I am dying to find my own investigator though- someone i begin with from the very start. but its a lot harder than you think!! its not that easy to find someone to teach the first lesson to and then set up a return appointment!!! I am working on it a lot, because i know that there are people in new england that NEED to hear the gospel, but just havent seen it yet!!! I know it can bless their lives in so many ways!!! I just have to work harder, and continue to talk to everyone that we meet.
well, any other questions? Life is great and i hope everyone is doing well!!!!