Monday, July 27, 2015
Hey ya'll, gonna keep it short and sweet. I'll tell you plenty come next Friday.
Basically we found a super golden investigator, put her in date for August 6th the day before I leave. It was looking picturesque but she lives outside of our Ward (and mission) boundaries and we have to pass her off. Basically the worst day of my life.
We did this HUGE service project for a thing called Feed My Starving Children. We went to downtown Phoenix with like 100 missionaries and packed food boxes for kids all over the world, it was all day Friday and Saturday and was pretty sweet.
This morning we went on a nice little hike up South "Mountain", I think it should be referred to as "South Hill", but it was nice nonetheless.
Other than that, work is real slow during the summertime on ASU. Still pretty awkward being back a third time, but I'm probably the only missionary ever to come back thrice so I can't complain.
Love ya'll, the church is true!
Monday, July 20, 2015
For whatever reason President Toone and the assistants decided they wanted to ship me back to the University Ward for the THIRD time now. I guess the third time's the charm. Honestly, church was kinda awkward. Bishop was like "man, we can't get rid of you!" He's not kiddin, can't keep me off his campus I guess. I'm companions with Elder Soloa'i and Elder Richards. Good guys.
We met a guy that went to Murray around the time my parents were there. He's a less active member who lived in Salt Lake and hung out with Murray kids sometimes. He said he smoked weed and drank with them and he hasn't given up that lifestyle in 40 years. Anyway, my patriarchal blessing says that I've "been sent to an extraordinary mother and father who have establisheda gospel family" and that I should "always thank the Lord profusely for them". I couldn't agree more. I basically got to see in this guy what might have happened in our family had Dad and Mom not lived thegospel, so thanks.
Anyway our lesson with this guy was really cool. We chatted about everything (more of a one-sided conversation) about beer, politics, Utah, snowboarding, and it ended with him crying saying he sometimesthinks he chose the wrong path. What the awesome? He just said that our parents did a good job at raising us and we told him he was doing a good job too. He said "I'm trying to, I really am" and then starts crying. I love making grown men cry. Anyway, good times.
We went golfing last p day and it was pretty legit. I'll see if I can attach the video of me being terrible.So last Thursday were the departure activities for all the departing missionaries. We went to the Gilbert Temple, had a dinner and a devotional. We all bore our testimonies and watched a slideshow of a bunch of pictures from the mission with really trunky music in it. Itwas good to see my companion off to the land of eternal p-days.
Welp, not a lot going on at ASU because...once again, it's the middle of summer and no one's here. I will have served here during two summers and Christmas break. Nevertheless, it's good to be here and I'm working hard my last couple weeks, the church is still true.
Love ya,Elder Cox
Monday, July 13, 2015
Seems like tons of stuff happened but when it comes time to write Ican't remember. I'll do my best.
Wednesday night we were in an apartment complex and we ran into a guy that came to church the week we spoke. He came with our WML who is his neighbor. We bumped into him and just said hi. About twenty minuteslater he came and found us and invited us over just for an informative sort of visit. Nothing came of it yet, but cool experience that he chased us down.
We taught that Marko guy again and he seems pretty legit. He'll probably be baptized but it might take him a little while. Yesterday was bomb, we had 7 people come to church which is a ton for our neck of the woods. We had the family come to church again but we still haven't taught them because they cancel so much. Christianbrought his nephew who was super solid and we're going by there tonight. Lots of good things going on, of course right when I'm due to leave. I guess that's the nature of the beast though.
This morning we had breakfast with a member of the stake presidency and it was delicious, and then we went golfing with Elder Erikson and his companion. You probably don't remember but I came out with ElderErikson and we were companions at ASU. Anyway, that was fun. I'd send pictures but I'm on my iPad. I'm still a terrible golfer, in case anyone was wondering.
Tons happens, I see tons of miracles but they're too great to write...
Especially with my thumbs.
Love y'all, the church is true
Monday, July 6, 2015
So yeah, the 4th of July we went to our WML house in one of the wards and he was lighting off some pretty fun fireworks. I'm very surprised he didn't end up burning down his neighbors' yard or house, because the wind would take all the ashes and fireworks and junk into his neighbors' yards. It was good though! Other than that, we didn't have any success that day because everyone was gone.
No news about the family or Chris. We stopped by to see Chris a few times but we haven't caught him. The dad of the family came to like... the last ten minutes of church. We're like "what the heck man?" Needless to say, they won't get baptized before this transfer is over. I'm pretty much banking on moving again as well so odds aren't great that we'll baptize them before we leave. That's the nature of the work though.
In church we had someone bear their testimony about Kolob. That was sweeet. The one time we have like 2 investigators at church and a less-active come all on the same day. Kolob.
But the good news, Christian came to church! He only stayed for Sacrament, but he came without his family even, so that was a big step for him in the right direction. He seems pretty sincere and it's only a matter of time. He and his girlfriend need to get married first, which will probably take a while, slowly but surely.
The other dude is someone we haven't even taught yet because he's been out of town. We'll see if we can come by this week.
I think it's actually been cooler here than in Idaho and Utah, according to a report from one of our members. Apparently it got up to 108 in Idaho, and the past couple days have only been a cool 100. I was in a members house and I happened upon their thermostat and it said 80 degrees. I wondered to myself how I ever could get to a point where I'm absolutely comfortable in an 80 degree room. I'm going to freeze just in our HOUSE.
Not much else to report. The church is still true and I'm still a missionary. Two things that will both be true for eternity... right?
Love y'all-Elder Cox