Monday, June 26, 2017


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Subject: Borrachos
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:41:20 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

Well this week we set a goal to find at least 7 new investigators each, so 14 as a district (just 2 companionship lol). A new investigator means they've had a lesson (been taught a principle, extended a commitment, said a prayer with them) and have a return appointment. Well we found 14 our companionship alone! Granted all but a couple aren't really solid. 

One of them was this Drunk guy (more than a few for that category actually lol), but he was stumbling down the street and when we talked to him he was crying because his dad died. So we walked him home and talked to him and when we prayed with him he was leaning on me and crying. His brother pulls up in a truck and also seems kind of drunk and starts yelling at his drunk brother and then kind of gets mad of at us, so we leave and it was a crazy experience lol. We weren't sure how much his story was true because he was pretty gone. Anyway, he told us he wants to change his life and all this stuff, it was a pretty neat. 

We also broke out the bikes this week. It was a cool 100°F. All of my clothes were damp by the end of the day, and the cards and planner in chest pocket are ruined, felt good to get home and take a shower. 

We also had our last interviews with President Taylor, it was pretty neat, he gave us a blessing in our interview. It was pretty cool.

Love you guys!
Elder Hogg

I had asked him about meals - he wrote the following.  I share because it shows how people can be. When he says "English" or "Hispanic" - it's the language, not necessarily the race.  

The ward mission leader in the English ward and a lady in the Relief society in the Spanish branch handle our meal calendar. It's a little different with a Spanish unit because meals are a big deal to them and they love feeding missionaries, like we could call them an hour before and tell them we're hungry and they'll make something. 

In the past when the English and the Spanish shared missionaries, there were instances of Hispanics crossing out English peoples names and putting their names on that day instead lol. Usually it's harder to fill a meal calendar in a big, rich, English ward than in a Spanish branch with like 20 active members, all poor. 

About the weather:

It's been in the consistent 90s - 100s this week here lol, It makes me miss Wisconsin. Some members told us the other day that a few years back that Dallas broke the record for most consecutive days over 100 degrees (like 40 days!).

About Eric (Dad):

Tell him I love his pictures! The captions make them haha

Our neighbor is this super cool guy and he's moving so he gave us a freezer full of meat!

Also Freddie, they guy from Grand Prairie who came to visit me, came back out to Oak Cliff and took us out to lunch on saturday!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LDS Addiction Recovery Program

In the last post, Elder Hogg mentioned the church's Addiction Recovery Program.  These meetings are open to members or non-members of the LDS church. They are free (of course) and provide counsel and support for those fighting addiction (or maintaining an addiction-free life).

There is also a Family & Friends of Addiction support group available here, as well.  I have heard these meetings are just full of love, help and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to attend these amazing meetings, or if you wish to remain anonymous - you can find a meeting by going to THIS LINK.  

Nobody asks your addiction or information... and those that may want to attend range in addiction from drugs (prescription or illegal), pornography, alcohol, anger, etc... or even dealing with post-war issues or PTSD (which often triggers other addictive behavior).

Here is the video which is about the program.  Below the video is a link to the ARP page with additional information and several videos.


 Link to the Addiction Recovery Program website

Monday, June 19, 2017

Being a missionary is crazy

Note from Mom... this email made me emotional. The experiences he is having with people in real situations like he's been talking about in the last couple of emails struck me as truly sacred moments... and so real.  I responded that I sure hope he keeps a journal with his feelings and such.  Keep the missionaries (all of them) in your prayers... they are truly doing the work of Christ on earth. 

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Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:41:27 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

Hola fam!

Just another week of missionaryness. A nonmenber husband of a member here died this week. He was in cardiac arrest, and called us for a blessing and by the time we got there he was dead. We sat with her for a tiny bit and said a prayer for them before we left. (Please note that medical was called as well.) 

I also went on exchanges with Elder Pattee this week! He's in Shady Grove (Irving Spanish branch), just north west of our area. While I was with him the son of a recently reactivated lady called us and wanted us to come over, which is weird because eveytime the missionaries have gone over there he leaves. Well he's pretty heavy into the drogas, and recently got a girl pregnant, who is also on the drogas. When we got there he was puking, going through withdrawals. He had the shakes and everything, he decided he wanted to change. We showed him one of the Addiction Recovery videos and he promised he flushed everything he had and everything he was selling. He also got rid of his pistol, so he didn't anything really stupid and we gave him a blessing. 

I was thinking though, when else in life do you get to be someone's first call when they want to change their life? We've gotten calls from people who want to quit drugs/use a pistol, domestic abuse situations, when someone's about to die, all while barely knowing these people! Being a missionary is crazy. 

This week's crazy spanish fact: Peacock in Spanish is "Pavo Real" meaning "Kingly Turkey" lol

Love y'all,
Elder Hogg

a guy just riding a horse around a relatively rough part of town lol

just a funny clearance bar thing 

Just a South Dallas pool

Elder Flores in his Wisconsin shirt I sent him -Mom

Also! This super cool member in Grand Prairie, Freddie, heard I was back in the mission and came and visited me at church! He visited me in the hospital when I was here last. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Jesus and the adulterer

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Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:36:57 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

This week started out awesome, then took a nose dive haha. At the beginning of the week we had several good lessons a day, and 3 set baptismal dates (not particularly solid, but dates still). Then the second half of the week all our lessons cancelled, almost nobody who said they're were going to come to church, came and we have to change/push back all of our baptismal dates. And on Sunday there was President Taylor's final mission President fireside, and we could only go if we brought an investigator, so we asked a bunch of people but no one was really 100% for sure going so we weren't sure if we should go, we decided not to, but everyone that went was telling us how awesome it was, so we really wish we would have went lol. We had this one lesson with this big Hispanic guy with a bunch of tattoos, and he texted us the other day and asked us about abortion and homosexuals and all this stuff and he told is that the church wasn't for him. We'll we still had a lesson and we found out he was a little extreme on the subject, and had read Leviticus, all this stuff. We told him about the law of moses vs. The new testament and the story of jesus and the adulterer. Anyway by the end of the lesson, he had a change of heart and was way humbled, it was awesome. It was really cool.

Oak Cliff IS an awesome area with a ton of potential I think, but lately we haven't had much success! A lot of people aren't used to commitment I guess. 

We found this little creek thing behind a dam the other day at the park and we decided to explore it a little bit today. Other than that not much.

Love y'all!
Elder Hogg

Also a picture of my district

Also with some more street art (it's ol' Lee Harvey Oswald, next to a jfk quote)

Monday, June 5, 2017

English & Spanish wards in Oak Cliff area

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Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:11:33 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 

Hey fam!

This week has been pretty cool, Elder Watkins and Elder Cox are home now, Elder Callister was sent out east to Longview, and my new companion is Elder Flores! He's awesome, he's Mexican, moved to Houston when he was 11 or 12, so his spanish is perfect, which we need because now we cover the Spanish branch and the English ward! Now we have a giant apartment to ourselves. Elder Flores came in and cleaned it up too lol.

Elder Flores, Elder Hogg &
Brother Steve Valdez (Ward Mission Leader and Fantastic guy!)

Its been kind of weird trying to keep up with all our investigators and now theirs. It's been good though, we met a cool guy named Homer, He's super cool and wants to get baptized. I also talked to someone who lived in Milwaukee for a bit! She talked to missionaries there and reads the Book of Mormon, and we committed her to baptism, but she didn't seem super solid, unfortunately. We also gave also gave a blessing to this Mexican guy in the hospital, his sister asked us to (she's a member, but he's not). He saw it a sign that he needed to start going t church and stuff. He called us the next day and asked if we could find someone who could cut his hair like a "Hollywood celebrity", we're pretty sure he was on some strong stuff there in the hospital lol

Other than that, just running around to missed appointments lol. Its been raining a ton hear lately, and it's weird because it will stop and then down poor suddenly then stop again. There were even at bunch of street lights that were out.

Anyway, that's about it this week. Sorry you're getting this so late, I'm getting my hair cut at this lady's house and her WiFi is out because of the storms. She was running late so we've spent a good chunk of P-day here lol

Elder Hogg