Man this has been one heck of a week. Lets start with that saying goodbye to some of the families was sadand . Especially the basketball boys. That was pretty sad. Man, but we had a member take us out for his birthday for lunch to this Italian place and it was freaking good! It filled me right up too!
But now for. So we had to get a ride to transfers and we had to be there around . Our ride didn't show up until so that was awesome. So we get to Hurst and thankfully nobody really cared that we were late, and I find out that we are going to be white washing our area. For those of you that don't know what that is, it's where they take both of the missionaries that are serving in the area and put 2 new ones in that haven't been there before. So none of us know the area and it's like a fresh start to the area. Yeah it's exactly what I didn't want to do because I've heard stories where an area just sucks because the missionaries were lazy and such. And I get to now tell that story to y'all. So me and Elder Smith showed up to the area and the Sisters who serve in the ward with us meet us there. By the way, Elder Smith, cool guy from Santa Clarita, California, has been our for 6 months and is really feminine. So the reason why they had to white wash was because the Elders before us offended the Bishop and also the WML. So we have to do some bridge building and some fixing up the area with the ward. Also, they missionaries were pretty lazy and didn't keep good records, so we have almost nothing to work off of. Just names, some addresses, and almost no descriptions of investigators. And it's only morning. So you could only imagine my attitude to the area already.
But we just got started to organizing everything. The rest of our first day was spent erasing the white board and making it more organized. We also started fixing up the area book and making somewhat more useful. We were able to put together a game plan for the transfer to start off working with the members first and going from there and I know that was inspired too. That evening we went to visit the first member that popped into our head. They are an awesome family! They have 5 kids and the husband is attending Baylor and working on his PhD. So we asked them if they knew anyone we could visit since it was our first day. They gave us 4 people to go visit that night! Holy cow such a huge blessing!
Sowe decided to go see one of 2 of the people that they gave us. One of them was an older lady and she was really nice. She is Catholic and said she liked her church but was willing to listen. We were able to share something short with her about the Atonement and she started asking questions about not only that but also about the church. We ended up giving her a Book of Mormon and told us that we could stop by this week. We then after talking with her went to the members that told us to stop by her about the short lesson that we just had and they were pretty excited about it. They actually went over and talked to her about it and said that she really enjoyed it. So we got some potential there. The other person we contacted was looking for a church and she said that we could stop by this upcoming weekend to share a message with her. So we are really excited about those 2 referrals. We are still trying to contact the other 2.
So the last thing I wanted to talk about was. We had ward council so this was a pretty big meeting for us to start building that trust back with the ward. It went really good. We didn't have much to report on because we didn't do too much this week. But we had a member of the Bishopric come up to us after and was so happy that we were here and told us he has a friend that he wants us to start teaching. So that really helped us out. We had a pretty warm welcome from the ward too during church. It should be a good ward.
So I had a really bad attitude about the area the first couple days, but it's started to show some good signs in the area. Our ward mission leader is pretty excited to have us serving here as well. I'll hopefully be able to manage with Elder Smith. He's a hard worker which is good. I won't have to pull him out the door. We got some contacting stuff we are going to work on with him though. Hopefully I'll have more stuff to talk about investigator wise next week though! Thanks for all you emails!
p.s. I keep spitting out Tongan words with Elder Smith and even to some of the members at dinner. It's really embarrassing and they look at me funny too. Haha!
We also got this today from a member from the Euless area....
Hahahahahahaha Elder O'Brien,
You've definitely been missed out here in the Euless area. We were all pretty sad about it but we know the Lord has sent you to that new area to spread the same great attitude you had here with the people out there. Don't be embarrassed about the new language you've learned out here, hopefully it will help you break the ice with some new investigators and if not, you can always try out the haka with them. I'm glad you enjoyed the Italian food.
Keep up the great attitude because it can only help better the new environment out there for you and your new companion. I shared this little poem with our youth boys and one of them had actually read it for his missionary farewell. I wanted to share it with you as well, because everytime you read it, it will help you at even the toughest times on your mission. God speed elder. Ofa lahi atu to you and your new companion. With love from the Euless 3rd ward and our Young Men