Monday, June 18, 2018

Not a whole lot new this week.

Subject: Not a whole lot new this week.
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:00:26 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

It's been a slow one fam. Elder Tornow has been sick lately, so we haven't been able to go do a whole lot. We were able to go out to Oak Point which is Northwest of us, to help out some other missionaries. One of the people we stopped by was an inactive mormon guy whos family were all not members. He let us in we chatted, he said he hasn't been to church in years, and then we asked if he has been reading the Book of Mormon at all. He told us about some job insecurity he's had lately, and that he actually just started reading the Doctrine & Covenants, of all things. He was like "you guys need to understand something: every time I start reading the scriptures and praying again, the missionaries show up." He explained that he said to his wife "watch the missionaries will be coming over soon" then bada bing! bada boom, WE show up! It was awesome. So that was cool. The missionaries over there have a return appointment with him soon so we'll see what happens. 

We do have a good long term investigator. His wife is a member, and missionaries have been teaching him for nearly a year and half. He's awesome. He's read through the entire Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price and almost the Doctrine & Covenants, but is having trouble committing to be baptized. We originally had a whole thing set up to teach him in the temple but it didn't work out, BUT he still went and were able to get the Temple President to meet him. They wound up talking for like half an hour! So that was awesome. We have a lesson with him on Tuesday, so we will see how it went. 

Otherwise not a whole lot else. 

Hope everything is going well back home!

Love y'all!
Elder Hõgg

I don't have any pictures from this week, but I do have this.

Monday, June 11, 2018

I'm staying in Frisco!

Subject: I'm staying in Frisco!
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:05:35 -0500
From: Brett Hogg <>
To: Susan J. Hogg <>, Sue <>

And I'm staying with Elder Tornow!!

First of all thank you for the socks! They're perfect!!

Second if you could turn your attention to the picture bellow of Elder Tornow's homemade tandem bicycle. Now you might be wondering, "why is Elder Tornow riding a homemade tandem bicycle?" Wellllll, it all started with a communist revolution in nicaragua. Turns out, the Nicaraguan President does not like when people protest his government, so he kills them instead. So the church pulled all the missionaries out, and we got one for a couple days! Originally, we borrowed a bike for him from a member. After two days and a complicated network of rides, we wound up having to bike home without our Nicaraguan friend, leaving an extra bike. Elder Tornow, a future robotics engineer, rigged up this beautiful towing system for this extra bike. I was more than a little impressed!!!

We also saw a couple tender mercies this week. One, we didn't have dinner one night, and we were thinking of calling this one family that always helps us out. We decided against it even though he's told us to always call him and not to feel bad when we do, but lately we have called him for a lot of rides,  and we were feeling lazy and didn't want to bike all the way to his house, but just then, the moment we were saying, "Nahh..." the phone rang. It was him! His wife told him to call us because she had a feeling that we needed something. You could say that her missionary senses were tingling. Needless to say, we did not starve that night. Two, as we were biking on a sweltering, Texas day, a member stopped us and handed us two ice cold gatorades. Immediately following this tender mercy, a mexican man named Heriberto waved us down and asked if we had something that he could read. He told us that he is in the Dallas area for work, painting. In Mexico, he is a firefighter and is taking the lessons, recognized us, and was excited to see that I spoke Spanish. We gave him a pamphlet, the Libro De Mormon, got his contact info, and bid him adieu. 

Investigator wise, things are chugging along very slowly. But! We had a huge breakthrough with a part member family. They are middle-aged but newly married. He is a proud Jesuit Catholic, and she is a completely active Mormon. For the sake of his kids and the blended family dynamic, she didn't want the missionaries and everyone else hounding him and pressuring him to get baptized. In the mean time he goes to church sometimes with her, and love the the missionaries, they just haven't shared a formal message. But this week, we didn't really know that, so we went by and pretty much just asked if we could teach him. He said sure why not, he basically said we're not going to baptize him, but he's open to listen. She got emotional and said that this felt like the right time for him to take the lessons and everything, it was awesome. So we taught him a couple days later and he liked it, still a very proud Jesuit, but it was still a really good breakthrough I think. And they made us grilled cheeses! I've never gone over there and didn't eat haha.

That's about it, love yall!
Elder Hogg 👱🏾‍♂️

Also I went on exchanges with the other Frisco elders and their apartment is just down the street from the Dallas Major league soccer team, F.C. Dallas', stadium. 

Also a novelty No Soliciting sign a man aggressively pointed to before slamming the door on us lol.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Adventures and Biking in Frisco...

Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 16:32:47 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

Hola familia! 

Not a very eventful week, but we had some decent stuff going on. We started the week by heading on over to Sherman, TX, after a mission meeting, for some exchanges. It was pretty neat. I got try out my rusty Spanish again! A member up there invited their mexican friend to listen to the missionaries! So I got to try out my Spanish, the member (a white guy who served in Argentina) translated everything else. The guy could understand English, mostly. Then the next morning we went to the Grayson County museum! The owner lady is an investigator, and the missionaries go and help out around a Frontier Village they have like painting and spraying hornets and such. The village is kind of like Old World Wisconsin, with like real original log cabins and stuff. 

Then today we got to go trail biking with this awesome member in one of the wards here. He took us out to this trail and it was pretty sketchy at some points! Like really steep and dodging between trees and things. I even crashed once! It wasn't bad though, I just hit a tree kinda, but I wasn't going too fast, just a little scrape on my arm. About half way through the trail it started downpouring! The trail got all muddy and we were slipping all around. And everything was sticking to the tires and we were soaking wet, and muddy. It was awesome! We didn't finish the trail, but he took us to In-N-out burger and then to do our shopping. This is the same guy that picked us up when Elder Tornow's bike self destructed, and then he and another member have been working on it to fix it. He's the best!

We also had a one or two good lessons, nothing major, mostly entern-agators haha. Love the people here, hopefully we can find more that want to listen.

Love you guys!
Elder Hogg

Pictures: We were also talking to someone in their door and this storm started rolling in. We looked up and saw a big flowed that started to swirl and funnel, it was wild! We booked it to a local Burger King to take shelter, so we didn't get destroyed by it. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Bugs, Bruises, & Bikes

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Bugs, Bruises, & Bikes
Date: Mon, 28 May 2018 14:39:04 -0500
From: Brett Hogg

Well it's been a hot one!

This week has been in the 90°s and humid as ever! Biking is fun, I've kind of just reached a point where I've just accepted it and it doesn't affect me anymore, I just step outside in the morning and say "this is my life now." We'll see how 100°+ feels this week! 

Investigator wise, not much progress. We did get to visit a girl named Allie, she's awesome. She is like 20 something, and in the hospital with some kind of crazy bone or lung cancer thing and lupas, and crazy tumor things all in her. Anyway, she wants to get baptized but shes physically cant! There's a bunch of tubes in her that can't get wet and stuff. Anyway she's awesome, she was taught by missionaries a while back, but they kind of lost contact because she got more sick, but recently our Ward Mission Leader was able to get back in contact with her. Anyway, we're going to see what we can do for her. 

And chiggers are back in season! My legs are pretty well bit up. I also kind of crashed my bike? Not really, I was checking the phone for an address and turned kind of weird and braked and my bike freaked out, I never fell, I landed on my feet, but the bike kind of smashed against my legs, and fell. So now I've got some bruises going on them too haha. It's better news than Elder Tornow's bike. Elder Tornow's crank (I think that's the name of the part that hold the to pedal arms together through the frame). Luckily a member is letting him borrow his super expensive mountain bike, and another member is looking into it and trying to fix it. We'll see. It looks like it found be pretty expensive. The member here are truly awesome. And there's so many of them! I bet I don't know 10% of their names (3 large wards, probably 150 each, compared to Lufkin, 25 people lol). When it broke we looked up the closest member, called 'em up, and they were there less than 10 minutes later to give us a ride! No wonder they're so well off/blessed, because they are so willing to serve! 

Anyway, not much else to report on, please read the Book of Mormon, it will change your life! A good verse Elder Nelson always shared Alma 7:11-14, and was good passage I came across again this week.

Love ya guys!
Elder Hogg 👱🏾‍♂️


Chigger Bites!
Note from Mom: Being from Wisconsin - I didn't know what Chiggers were... so I had to look them up!!  I've since bought some DeepWoods OFF for his legs and it's in the next box on the way this week.  Ouch!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Voice Recording from Frisco this week! & PICTURES


Mom:  I sent him a cat pancake pan and mix.. they finally made them!  haha.. Too funny.

Elder Hogg must have met up with Elder Rodriguez (one of the missionaries he trained... so it's his "son"!!)

While we were in a meeting on Wednesday night, the YW wrapped our bikes. They also did a couple cars with loving notes on them, as part of their activity that night i guess lol

While we were helping move we found a pink escalade haha

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Skype!

From Mom:

Twice a year, we get to skype with Brett.  This is my 3rd Mother's Day skype (since he was out before cancer during that time. And, consequently, he will only be gone for 1 Christmas.. he'll be home by Christmas this year.... I hope! haha)

We talked about all sorts of things... just filled in on what he's been doing.. and how he's enjoyed different people in Texas.  He really REALLY loves his mission - even when the work is hard, or when there is nothing to do (which is even harder).

Enjoy Brett's testimony in Espanol - and some crazy pictures I captured during the call (sorry for the audio being poor.. I should have figured out how to record the session rather than record it on my phone from the computer.)

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Frisco Burger From Hardee's

Subject: The Frisco Burger From Hardee's
Date: Mon, 7 May 2018 14:51:13 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

(That's what Frisco makes me think about)

Well here I am in Frisco!

It's different up here for sure! First of all, Frisco is one big housing development that accidentally became a city. Every single neighborhood here has at least manor, heights, park or villas in its name. Everything here is super new, all new money. Elder Hyatt and I got sworn at. He was like, "hey can you read this sign?!" 

It almost like mini Utah, there are so many members here. We cover 3 wards! It's a stark contrast to my last area in which we averaged about 25 people in sacrament meeting. I have hopes of starting a spanish group here in Frisco, but all of the Hispanics are very dispersed and very hard to find. There are however, a plethora of Indians (India). We want to try and teach them, but it will be a challenge as they are all Hindu. 

The members are all awesome here though. They all want to help and they're all stinkin' successful!! Yet humble.  I went on exchanges with an uppity-up in Lexus (Toyota just barely moved their headquarters here). We went out in a Lexus that doesn't technically exist yet. They inside was a little plastic-y because it was a lot 3d printed stuff. It was pretty neat. we visited this awesome lady that had talked to missionaries before but has a hang up with prophets. Her husband was a total character. Awesome guy from california (and sounds like he's from there as well) and was hanging out in the garage that had writing and spray paint all over the garage. It was a scene for sure. Awesome family. They're feeding us dinner this week even even. 

My companion Elder Tornow is awesome, hes from New Mexico! He's a hard worker, and creams me on the bike.

Oh yeah! Also, this area is #bikelife!!!! I'm dying here, I am not used to bikes at all. My thighs are going to be buff as heck by the time I get back. I'm looking forward to the summer. It's particularly fun biking on major roads, under highways, and through one billion small neighborhood roads that do NOT connect at all. It's a challenge, for sure, but it's alllll worth it. 

As you already saw, I met a cousin I didn't know I had! She's in one of my wards and said her maiden name was Hogg and she's technically dad's cousin. She told me all about my great grandparents and I told her about us and dad's side of the family. It was pretty legit!

I love the work and I love The Lord!
Con Amor, 
Elder Hogg

From Mom:  I received a text from Eric's cousin (Eric's dad and her dad are brothers).  Small world!  

Other general pictures were sent - but I haven't received them yet!  Check back!