Brett Hogg was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas Dallas/East Texas area when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma (Stage IIIB). He was later declared cancer-free and now he has returned to missionary service in Dallas! This chronicles our journey...
Monday, April 24, 2017
Week 13: Oak Cliff
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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:18:19 -0500
How's it going yall!
Well as you know I'm in the Kessler Park (the english ward in Oak Cliff) area now, my new companion is Elder Watkins.
was really sad to be leaving Plano. I was praying to stay lol, but I
was telling everybody if i have to leave I hope it's either to Oak Cliff
or Garland. Oak Cliff is supposed to be on of the most
ghetto/dangerous/sketchy areas in the mission, and pretty hispanic, and
Garland is supposed to be like little Mexico, so I wanted to go to
either of those two, and I did!
Elder Huber served here before Grand
Prairie. Oak Cliff really isn't as bad as everyone made it out to be,
it's actually kind of nice. I guess it definitely used to be worse, but
it's getting gentrified by hipsters from what I understand.
Think Bay View, except a bigger and a little more ghetto. It's kind of
weird because it has some really rich, nice parts, really hipstery
parts, and some really ghetto parts, it's a really neat area.
Unfortunately I'm assigned to the english ward/work, but it's alright
because I still have plenty of chances to use my spanish every day. The
problem is its already getting rusty lol. Also, then church building
here used to be a Dixie cup factory lol. I guess we bought it and
renovated it into a chapel. Also were super close to downtown so we
have awesome view of the skyscrapers everywhere we go in the area. We
can pretty much see downtown from our apartment. And you can't see it
very well in this picture, but the church building has a cool view of it
In the following paragraph he talks about APs - which are missionaries who have been out for awhile that assist the mission president, President Taylor. They help the new missionaries and handle transportation and such.
is awesome, he's an AP, so he does a lot of AP stuff. He's in Richardson
(the mission HQ basically) a lot, so I wind up on exchanges with Elder
Callister, who's companion is Elder Cox, one of the other APs. Elder Cox
and Elder Watkins were companions last transfer in the English ward,
while Elder Callister and Elder Morgan (the guy i basically replaced)
were in the Spanish Branch. Elder Cox got moved over to the Spanish
Branch (he has the best spanish in the mission by far) with Elder
Callister and I came in to the English Ward with Elder Watkins. We cover
the same area but if we get any spanish investigators we pass them off
to them and vice-versa. There's 4 APs, 2 in Richardson and 2 here, Elder
Callister and I are wondering what we did to be put with APs lol. It's
pretty unusual for APs to be companions with a non-APs. We know part of
the reason is they're both going home at the end of this transfer (they
came out with Elder Finlinson), so they don't want to double
missionaries out of the ward.
four of us are in one apartment, so that's fun. It's in the nice part
of Oak Cliff, there's a golf course really close that we go running at
sometimes, and there's plenty of big houses and stuff around too.
There's only one bathroom so there's a lot of brushing teeth and shaving
in the kitchen sink lol.
Watkins is really cool, he's from Hawaii (born in southern California),
his dad is a professor at BYU-Hawaii. He super smart and really likes
surfing. He's super awesome and probably the best missionary out here
right now. He also like to take pictures so we got some cool shots of us
for mom lol. You hair is kind of whacky right now because Elder
Finlinson and I needed hair cuts so we went to this one mom in the
Branch who cuts her sons hair. Well she's never done blond hair before
and I pretty much told her short on the sides, long on top, and thats
what she did! The problem is it looks fine if you have black hair, but
in blonde it just looks bald lol. So it's grown out some and needs to be
cut but it's still not long enough on the sides and too long on the top
The work is really
going well here too, mostly because Elder Watkins is really good at
contacting and talking to people. We get a lot of Bible Referrals too.
On Mormon.org you can order a free bible and we'll come drop isn't off
and share a message, so we get about one of those a day at least.
Anyway, love you guys!
Good bye pictures with cool people from Plano
the (Oak Cliff) church building
(Apparently used to be a Dixie cup factory)
Tacos de Lengua (Tongue Tacos.. eww)
The view of downtown is better than I can get in a photo, and seems a lot closer in person