Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 6, 2015 in Greensboro, NC. They met their new Mission President and his Wife, the A___'s

Dear Family,

Our meeting with the A's was great! They have lots of similarities and differences to the C's. One of the crazy parts at the meeting was that no one else in the Zone plays hymns on the piano besides yours truly, so I ended up playing for the whole meeting!! I don't know how it went, I messed up here and there but it sounded good for the most part. :) But the rest of the meeting was good. Sister A. told us all about their family and then President A. trained on what things we want to continue emphasizing in the mission. Our favorite was where instead of saying we are "Preach My Gospel" missionaries, we want to be "Preach My Gospel by the Spirit" missionaries. It was really good, and I'm excited, though it was sad to see the C's go. We did get to write them letters at the meeting that the A's are going to send to them, so that was good.

So a couple stories for the week, on Friday Elder L. and I were on exchange in Summer Field and we went to teach L. He was quite stubborn that he has a relationship with God that can't be strengthened. On the even worse side, when we first went there, L. started telling us about some visions he had, and showing us paintings of them. Our favorite was titled "Nightmare of Hell", and it was just that, a painting of fire and brimstone and a large and spacious building burning. As he was describing the vision, all of a sudden I saw something on my arm moving. I looked down and there were these little black specs jumping around on my arm. I looked at Elder L. and mouthed "what are they?" Just then L. looked at us and asked "did they get to you?" Turns out his house is infested with fleas. We walked to the light and looked at our pants, only to find 60+ fleas caught dead in the act of climbing up our pants and arms. We spent the next 50 minutes trying to teach L. about why he did need to be baptized, all the while picking fleas off us and drowning them in a dish of water. It was an adventure to say the "fleast."

Elder P. and I went on exchange on Thursday and that was really fun too! We had some adventures and got to teach some fun lessons. Then on Saturday the 4th, we went over to a members house who we ate with earlier in the week named the B's. The B's are Sister B's parents from Huntersville! So the B's were there too and it was way fun to get to see them and talk about the ward and everything. Bishop B. said that J. has been bringing a friend to church, and that he is doing really well. It was so fun! I will send you a picture :)  

Later that day we were finding some friends and all of a sudden we saw the B. family from Huntersville driving around house hunting! They stopped to wave to the Elders, and we recognized each other and had a short little chat. It was too funny! I am way excited to come back after the mission someday and visit all the wonderful people again!

Thanks for the emails! Hope your week is grand!

Elder Branch

Elder ToBlessedToBeDepressed Branch

Happy 4th of July!

These 4 Elders all have their 1 year, hump day, this coming week. 
They're not talking about it though.  

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