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, 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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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:41:27 -0500
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
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.