May 16, 2016...."My testimony is to not judge others by what they look like"
Well friends and fam the first week here in Cocoa is done with. We aren't supposed to be negative in our emails home so I'll just say it was very interesting haha. I love my new companion Elder Goddard. He has such a great heart and just wants to do his best in each area he serves. He has been out 6 months now and he's from Oakley Idaho. I am gonna learn a lot from him. He's super quiet. I think I've already opened him up a bit this last week. It'll take a few more weeks but I can't have a quiet companion I'll go insane in the membrane insane in the brain lulz. Elder Hawkins was quiet at first as well but by the end of the transfer we could have a convo about anything. So I'm hoping it will be the same with Goddard.
So the area. I don't know where to begin. I'll start out by listing the good ( I've had to do this a lot this last week in order to keep me from being trunky ) We are full car We don't share the ward We live in a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom w/ a garage house We have an electric reclining couch The less actives are fetching awesome There's tons of people to be taught. Kennedy space center is in our ward ( we got free tickets from some members so we're going soon) There's a chic fila on Merritt island ( still super far ) The less active that drives us to exchanges has a Shelby GT500 There isn't slot of places to eat out so I'll save money There isn't a lot places to shop so I'll save money LOL
Now I won't list the bad because that would be negative of me. But in reality I just need to man up and stop complaining hahaha. I'll work as hard here as I have in any other areas maybe a little more. I'm not here for materialistic things or for the niceness of the area. Although those things make it a lot easier that is not why I'm here.
We actually had a great week teaching and finding wise. The week did seem to drag on and literally no one is ever home here and they never ever answer their phones, not even the members!! Hahaha. So we did a lot of stopping by people and them not being home. But because the ward has such a big number of less active members we stay busy and on Thursday I think it was we were going to try and meet a less active and so we pull up to her house and before we can get out of the car a lady named K ( for privacy I guess ) was like " she ain't there!!" And so we walked over and started talking to her and found out that she and her boyfriend live with sister F ( the less active ) so we talked to K for a while and she told us her boyfriend who just got out of jail was looking for a church to go to because he had been to a lot of other ones and didn't like any of them. ( he was on the other side of the road at another trailer home ) so she goes over there and talks to him about us and we here them arguing a bit then she comes back and was like " are y'all Jehovahs?? He doesn't like Jehovahs anymore " so we reassured her we were most definitely not Jehovahs haha so she went back over and talked to him then waved us over and we talked to J is his name for privacy again we talked to j about our church and they both seemed very interested and said they wanted to try it out this Sunday. They gave us their number so we could set up a ride for them. So fast forward to Saturday ( sorry for the long story ) we give them a call and ask them if they are still wanting to come to church and they said yes of course so we got them a ride and then we asked if we could come by just to talk about church. So we went over and had a sick lesson with them and it was great because sister F the less active was there and she sat in and shared her testimony about Joseph smith and Book of Mormon. Then we asked J if he had any questions and he was like yeah I got one " can y'all teach me how to tie one of them neck ties? " hahaha so we just laughed and said of course. We also asked him what he wanted out of a church and he said to feel comfortable, he wants to be able to go to church and not have to wear something fancy and still feel like people love him and don't judge him, so we assured him that he could wear whatever he wanted ( in my head I was thinking I hope it would work out) so we showed him how to tie a tie and we left. So Sunday comes and J and K show up to church and J is wearing s full on suit!! With some sick boots and his hair all done up and K is wearing a floral dress! And they both looked like completely different people. And long story short they loved church especially J after the 3rd hour he looked at us and was like " okay what's next guys?" And we were like well it's over hahaha! He said he loved it and didn't want it to end and as they were leaving the building he turned around and was like so when you guys coming over again?? And we were like whenever you want us to. So long story I know but I have it include the detail or it wouldn't seem as good haha. My testimony is to not judge others because of what they look like, and that our attitude is what determined how happy and successful we can be. I love you all have a great week!
Pics!! Some pics from last night in Kissimmee Elder Hawkins and I with sister lefebvre and sister Brady And us and the Spanish elders I'll miss them all especially the manikin