Monday, February 6, 2017

Mission Week 2: We scare a Muslim

Subject: Mission Week 2, we scare a Muslim
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:52:01 -0600
From: Brett Hogg 

Hey everybody,

This week was pretty cool. We went over to Carrollton (not really sure how to spell it), for a couple days. They're the other half of our zone (Plano is all one district, then Carrollton has 2 districts, they all make up the Plano/Carrollton zone). There's a couple companionships that don't have much work, so we spent a day and a half "blitzing" their areas,  meaning a couple companionships all go visit all their investigators and members and whoever else, to try and stir up more work. It's was a little successful I'd say. 

We also had zone conference, which means we had our zone and another zone meet for meetings and teachings. When President Taylor saw I was there he asked me to share my story with everybody and Sister Taylor read your comment on Facebook aloud and got choked up. Elders E-B and B were there too so that was cool.  (NOTE: Those 2 are the ones that picked him up from the airport and trained with him at the MTC.)

THE Elder Andersen is coming in a couple weeks so we talked about that, and listened to a thing from Elder Bednar where he talked about how we can decide what an Apostle will say, and draw things out of them. They asked us to get haircuts if we need them and dress in our best suits (which reminds me, it would be cool to have that grey suit coat by then if you have time to look for pants for it, but if not that's fine too). 

(NOTE: I linked the names above to their bio's.)

We also helped this Guatemalan family we've been working with get a/move into an apartment. Before they were living in one room of someone else's apartment. They don't speak English and the mom (it's the mom, 2 daughters, and a daughter of one of the daughters), works 2 jobs for like 60-70 hours a week. They have bunch of other problems, but they're lot better off now for sure. The two daughters where baptized in Guatemala, and we're going to baptize the mom later this month.

On Tuesday were going over to help this Honduran family file an appeal to a immigration judge so they can seek "political asylum." There's a ton Venezuelans here that are political refugees. We have to be clear we can't "counsel" anyone, but we can help translate their forums. After we met with those people, we decided to knock the house across the street just on a whim and it was a Somalian Muslim family and they weren't interested but we're really nice, and appreciated what we were doing (Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet, but he wasn't the Messiah). We said bye and after sat in our car for a sec looking for and an address or something, and he came out to the car and asked us if we went to other houses and wanted us to know he wasn't an extremist or anything. I guess they were a little worried a couple of dudes in ties knocked on their door then sat outside their house on our phone lol. We explained everything though and he was really cool about it.

We've been running a little low on work so we've been knocking a bit and it's weird how many people think we worship Joseph Smith. Elder P has also been teaching me about which houses look hispanic, to find spanish people to teach. They're typically different colors, have a sun thing on them and a frog thing on the porch. I'll take pictures next time to show you some examples. It's also kind of nice because really Hispanic people don't really care about the Superbowl, so they weren't as annoyed when we knocked during it lol.

We also had stake conference with an area 70 (his name was Elder Larkin!). He talked about family history work and the temple and missionary work. He also promised that if we engage in the family history/temple work, the Lord will help alleviate physical and mental troubles. There was also a testimony from a guy who's been coming out to church for his wife and kids for like 40 years but was just baptized a couple months ago, that was cool. They have headphones for spanish translation but they ran out so Elder P had to translate live for this other couple, he said it was really hard. Also the Chior sang with both the organ AND the piano, it sounded pretty cool. ALSO apparently the guy who wrote "I hope they call me on a mission", Bro Brown, is in this stake! 

NOTES: I believe the Elder Larkin he refers to is found here as Elder Todd Larkin  (scroll down).  He was excited because one of the missionaries that was with him in the hospital had the same last name. Maybe related?

"I Hope they Call me on a Mission" is an LDS Children's song.  I put a link to a YouTube video with the song below. :)

Elder P is hilarious, I was telling him about Sprecher and how their root beer pretty much took over their business, and he said "I bet Satan is ticked about that" lol

[He wrote this email on his birthday.]  I'm with the zone right now and the sisters bought cupcakes, and the zone leaders got me Chipotle, everyone here is super cool. I completely forgot it was my birthday until Elder P said happy birthday to me this morning haha, he said mission birthdays are weird. We also got up this morning and went to the grocery store to rent one of those steam cleaning things, and it cleaned our carpets, they look awesome now.

The mission office told me about a package that was sent told the wrong address, we were told to go to the post office but we had to get there the exact same day, otherwise they ship it back to sender, so hopefully it makes it back :/

It's awesome everyone there is happy and having fun, I'll be home soon to join in lol. I love seeing the pictures from back home and hearing about what's going on.

I got an email from President after I got home that had a picture of a Hogg roadsign, do you have it? I can't find it in a email. Did we ever get my cancer check up things figured out?

Anyway, love you guys!
Elder Hogg

P.S. here are some pictures of our apartment, the carpet, how it looks now with all the furniture moved, and some Texas sunrises/sets.

The carpet looked much better after we steamed it!

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