Monday, July 17, 2017

A slow week in The Cliff

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Subject: A slow week in The Cliff
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:49:25 -0500
From: Brett Hogg 


Hey Fam! 

My new companion is Elder Gibson, he's from Henderson, Nevada (Las Vegas), He came out in December. Our district also got a new Hermana, she's Peruvian! She can out from Utah though, either way, we traded one authentic Hispanic (Elder Flores) for another lol.

Work wise it's been really slow here lately. The guy I told you about, how he just walked into the Grand Prairie building wanting to be baptized, his date had be pushed back, but he's still going to be baptized. There's another guy from Arkansas who we started teaching a couple weeks ago. When we heard his accent Elder Flores and I though he was Australian or something lol. We gave him the Book of Mormon and he wanted to start from the beginning, well we lost contact with him for about a week or so, and he when we got a hold of him again he was in Mosiah! Yesterday he was finally able to make it to church and he loved it! Then he decided to break our hearts and told us he had to go back to Arkansas because of family stuff (he's a pretty young guy), he's hoping he'll be back. So he is going to get baptized for sure, just probably not here.

We talked to a few different people that are really into idea that black people are Israelites/jews. That was interesting, it doesn't really stir me one way or the other but some people get really into it. lol. Here in Oak Cliff we regularly get asked why Jesus is white in paintings lol (i'm not sure He is btw, he's pretty Olive-toned/tan in most of them), but usually we tell them we don't know what color he is and if he is black, it wouldn't matter to me, it doesn't change what he did for us. You meet a lot of characters here in this area, that's for sure!

We also had dinner with our Spanish Branch mission leader. We have dinner with him every Wednesday, then we have coordination meeting. But this week he took us out to this nice Italian restaurant. Hes actually italian from New York, grew up speaking italian at home, and still speaks some kind of Sicilian dialect with his mother who lives with them. His grandfather was the Governor (which i guess means he's basically the Godfather of the area) of his town in Sicily, and fell in love with the help, which was looked down upon by the family, but they had kids so the kids where put in a orphanage/monastery, so his dad grew up with Franciscan monks until he left (can't quite remember why), but then he started apprenticing with a painter and started painting cathedral ceilings, until WW2 where he was drafted under Mussolini and fought under Rammal (hes not a big fan of Rammal btw) and became a spy and spied on Germany for Italy and got captured and push out of a plane and treaded water for 8 hours until a boat picked them up. Eventually he married a lady and moved to New York because he was a big fan of democracy and freedom and stuff, and had our branch mission leader. Bro Gloria has his own crazy story. I'm going to make a movie about it I think.

Anyway next week is already looking like a good week though, work wise, we'll let you know!

Love, Elder Hogg

Another weird Spanish fact: The Spanish word for Beef Steak is Bistec, pronounced the exact same way as Beef Steak just without the F, lol. And that's not even TexMex-Spanish, that's how they say it in Mexico!


Sorry about last week I had like no time! I'm trying to get better at writing you guys!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Transfers: I'm staying in Oak Cliff, and Elder Flores is leaving

Mom's notes in BLUE..

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Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:06:13 -0500
From: Brett Hogg <brett.hogg@myldsmail.net>
To: Susan J. Hogg <shogg@wi.rr.com>



As of right now I'm staying in Oak Cliff, and Elder Flores is leaving! He's going out to Nacogdoches!! It's really weird, so far the list of people being transferred/not being transferred, is weird. I wonder if it's just because of the transition, or if it's is going to be weird forever lol.



Update: We heard that his new companion will be Elder Gibson. Pictures to come! 

Not a whole lot to report on this week, we didn't do much for the 4th, just a lot of fireworks in the street.


Thank you so much for the package!! I love the ties! I should be good for a good while.


We had a funeral for the outgoing missionaries that was fun we cooked up a ton of that meat, and had funeral potatoes and Mac and Cheese, it was pretty neat.




(We wrapped them in seran wrap)







Note from Mom: I think if this is hilarious... I hope others do? Haha

Also we handled a snake...


Also, show this picture to a Mexican, it's hilarious.


Brett had asked me to send the GPS (we aren't using it) - so I sent him a blow-up globe... (and the GPS). Apparently these pictures of them looking at the "Globe Position System" at Texas... and I don't think it was working...



More street art ... 




Eeeww?  I'm glad I send him treats!



Oh yea also we smashed an Old tv!




And we keep seeing signs with bullet holes but we never get a picture of them. Well we finally got one!



Monday, July 3, 2017

New mission president

Our beloved mission president (and wife) for the Texas Dallas mission has returned home! We love President & Sister Taylor so much - they had a huge impact on Brett and our family as he went through the cancer diagnosis, treatment and returning to the mission. 

A mission president serves for 3 years over a mission area.  The new mission president is President (and Sister) Dalton.  It's quite a transition time for the missionaries!  A Mission President's family moves to their mission area for the 3 years and are over the missionaries for the selected area.  It's quite an undertaking!  They do receive training for a few weeks prior to their move.  Here is the announcement about Brett's new mission president.

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Date:Mon, 3 Jul 2017 18:39:40 -0500
From:Brett Hogg 

Sorry this letter is so late! President Dalton called a meeting today so we could meet him, it was neat. We met most of his family, he has a daughter and son (9 and 7, I think?) That are here now, and two more (15 and 17, I think?) that flying out here soon (they're at EFY/camp/trek). They seem like a really cool family. They're a little stiff right now, but I'm sure they'll soften up soon enough.

Other than that not much else this week, we do have 2 cool new investigators. They're a couple and the guy was in Jail for a short time and while in there he promised God he would change and get baptised, so he just googled churches and found ours because it was open at a convenient time and showed up at the Grand Prairie building (he lives here and she lives in Arlington, so it was half way for them), and they talked to the missionaries, who referred them to us and they came to church last Sunday, and have a baptismal date! They're really awesome.

Well that's about it really, everything else is just everyday missionary work really.


Love,
Elder Hogg