Week 34; June 30, 2014: Pickle Juice

Well, can’t say a whole lot ended up happening this last week.

Every time Elder Rosen goes on exchanges with Elder Warner, they go to Bahama Bucks, which is a shaved ice place. And they have these different challenges that, if you beat the challenge, you get your photo on the wall. So those two completed the “Everest” challenge which is a 42 oz cup and they had to finish it in under 40 minutes and they completed it in 18. Weeell, the next challenge was the challenge that Elder Parsons, Elder Warner, and Elder Rosen chose to take on (I didn’t, and you’ll see why.) It was the “Pickle Juice” challenge. You had to eat a small “Pickle juice.” Doesn’t matter how long, you just had to eat it. Elder Warner couldn’t finish it at all. He just couldn’t do it. Elder Parsons finished in 9 minutes, amazingly enough. And Elder Rosen took 20 minutes. And as we were biking home to grab our stuff, the sun was beating down and wearing on them and by the time they got home, every one hit the toilet and started throwing up. Literally, the entire house (except for me, obviously) was sick. We couldn’t go out and work, they were just feeling horrible. So I have no regrets.

But then it didn’t end at that day… pretty much every day after that, all three of them were sick and couldn’t do anything. It lasted for the entire week. We still tried our best to work and everything, but there were just points where they had to go back to the toilet every 10 minutes and they had to stay home because they were not feeling well. I don’t know what it is, because I wouldn’t think that Bahama Bucks would have that much of a lasting effect, despite how nasty that flavor would be.

Soooo sadly, not too good of a week. And this has been a difficult transfer work-wise because we can’t get a hold of or contact any of our potential investigators and referrals. (although a big part of that is that the sisters are poaching our area hardcore and as a result, we’re losing member trust in one of our wards, but that’s a looooooooooooong story that I don’t need to get into)

Anyway, things are going alright apart from that. Just pressing on. Hope you guys have a great week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

So here is something we saw on the sidewalk…Dinosaur Grafitti

And here’s what I decided to draw when I was bored last P-Day. It is the 100% doctrinal depiction of what happened when the Egyptians came back for Moses and the Israelites after Moses already parted the red sea.

Moses Drawing

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Week 33; June 23, 2014: Interesting Week

So this week was pretty interesting.

We started going on splits with the priests this last Thursday. This is the first time I’ve gone on splits with the youth and of course, it happens when I’ve only been in the area for a week. So we get a list of people in the ward list that nobody has been able to contact so we just spent the time trying to figure out if anyone lived in these homes anymore. So in order to get from place to place, we relied on the youth’s phone to tell us where to go. And every house we stop by, we get doors slammed in our face and one house, we found out the person moved out. How we found that out was by talking to these two little girls that were outside the house and explained that she moved out of the home. We talked for a little bit and asked if the parents were home and so one of the girls runs in the house and then walks out saying, “She says she doesn’t want to talk right now.” And we were going, “Okay, that’s fine.” And then the two kept going on about how their parents told them to cuss at any missionaries that they saw, but they didn’t want to be mean so they refused to do it. Yeeeeeah, nice. Teaching your kids to cuss at someone… that’s nice. Anyway, so I was feeling really bad for the youth because he’s been going through all these rejections and all that and it was his first time going on splits. But at the end of the splits, he said, “Thank you, Elder Foxx, I had an awesome time, now I’m really pumped up to go on a mission!” ……….okay then, cool. So right as splits was about to end, we get a phone call from a recent-convert who’s about to go on a mission that he needed a blessing. And this youth just got the Melchizedek Priesthood the Sunday previous. So we brought him along and he got to do the anointing the oil and used that Priesthood for the very first time. So that was a pretty cool experience!

That’s probably the most exciting thing that’s happened beyond this morning. This morning for P-Day, we woke up at 4:30 AM to go fishing. As far as I know, I think this is my first time fishing, so that was pretty cool. I got three blu-gills, one catfish, and one trout.

Fishing1 Fishing2 Fishing3 Fishing4 Fishing5 Fishing6

Anyway, that’s about it. Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

Oh, and last Monday while we were at Walmart I saw these limited edition Halloween Recess’s ice cream bars… in the beginning of June. Hmm…

Halloween Reeses in June

Week 32; June 16, 2014: Happy P-Day!

HAPPY P-DAY!!!

Happy P-Day

So I am now transferred to the Boulder Creek stake and am covering the Monterey and Highland wards. My new companion is Elder Rosen from Logan, Utah and once again, I’m living in an apartment. The other Elders we live with is Elder Warner and Elder Parsons (yup, again). Thus far, this transfer has been a blast as far as all the missionaries that I live with. Everyone’s a complete goof-off but we all get along extremely well.

The new address is:
4776 E. Guadalupe RD. Apt# 2088 Gilbert, AZ 85236.

The area we cover is a little slow. Once again, I’m in area where we don’t have investigators. Although that is already starting to change and we just got a new investigator and taught the Restoration on Saturday. The situation is that her son joined the church about a year ago and is now preparing to serve a mission and now his mom is finally willing to take the discussions. So that’s really cool! We saw her at church the very next day, which is awesome. So hopefully everything goes well with that. And we are slowly getting more potential investigators, so hopefully we can get the work progressing fast.

And we also have a QuickTrip literally right outside our apartment. So Wednesday was the first time I had a soda from QT in 7 months. Dang, did I miss that. And we’ve pretty much gone to it while we rode home every single night. So that’s awesome.

So all is going pretty well so far. Not much else to report on. Hope you guys have a great week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

Week 31; June 9, 2014: Transfer Time

So not a whole lot new to report on this week… again. We’re still teaching a lot of the same investigators and almost all of them are not really progressing at all. We’ve been teaching one investigator, for example, who we met four times this week and tried to get her to read the Book of Mormon and come to church and she always says she wants to come to church, but will then back off at the last second and say some random out-of-nowhere excuse as to why she can’t come. And this has been happening for the last four weeks that she’s been doing this (but this week is the most we have met with her, which is why it has been even more frustrating now). I mean, I understand life can be spontaneous and all that, but the pattern has always been the same every single time with her. Just flat-out tell us if you don’t want to come to church or not if you really don’t want to go. Don’t go around making these elaborate excuses (and all of the excuses seem suspicious and inconsistent with other stories about her background that she has told us).

Anyway, so that’s pretty frustrating. One of our youth investigators who has been an investigator forever is finally starting to progress. This kid is one of those kids who just goes with the flow with everything and doesn’t really care too much about anything, so if we pick him up to go to mutual or to church, he’ll go. I don’t think he can say the word, “no.” But we’ve been really pushing him to pray and read the Book of Mormon on his own and he has finally been doing it. We give him reading assignments, he does it, and then we explain a little more in-depth the next day what he read. So he’s finally been reading on his own, which is awesome! …until a few days later when we see a “For Lease” sign in his front yard. Turns out he and his mom are moving to California in about a month… sooooo that kind of sucks. Hopefully we’ll be able to make a smooth enough of a transition so the missionaries in that area can get in contact with him.

The Roger’s are also really progressing. They are so golden! Ever since they moved in, they have been coming to church every single week and this last Sunday, we were trying to set up an appointment to teach them again and they said they wouldn’t be available until the next Saturday. So what do they do? Not only invite us over that night, but have us over for dinner. The wife is a super good cook (that’s apparently one of her biggest hobbies) and they went all out on the dinner with an appetizer, dinner, and dessert. Appetizers being stuffed mushrooms with bacon and cheese (which was surprisingly really, really good since I normally don’t like mushrooms.) Dinner was some of the best steak I’ve ever had and the dessert was a Pumpkin cheesecake. We were completely shocked. It’s easily been the best meal I’ve had on my mission and it was provided by INVESTIGATORS. And then we had the lesson afterwards about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it went really well. We don’t have a baptismal date extended to them yet, but we’re going to do it the next lesson we have. And the bishop is going to set up an appointment with the father to talk to him about the priesthood (since the dad is a less-active member) and try to figure out what he wants to do as far as progressing in the priesthood. The ideal situation would be to get the dad to be able to baptize his wife and kids. But yeah, this family is super freaking golden, it’s insane!

So that’s been the most exciting thing that has happened this past week. Beyond that, we have still been trying to contact a lot of investigators that won’t answer the door and trying to teach investigators that for the most part, aren’t progressing. But eh, that’s missionary life.

So transfer calls came in late (they were supposed to come in last night) and I just got them about 10 minutes ago. So it turns out I’m leaving. Yup! Only in the area for one transfer and I’m already gone. That’s a record for shortest time I’ve been in an area! lol

Anyway, so I’ve enjoyed the area for the short amount of time I’ve had! lol. Didn’t get any baptisms like we were hoping to get this transfer, but oh well. Hopefully, me and my new companion will be able to get the work progressing a lot in the next area. So obviously my address is going to change, so hold off on sending handwritten letters or anything like that for now.

Thanks again for the letters and emails! Really appreciate them! Hope you guys had a great week and have a great upcoming week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

Oh… and so as I was on exchanges with two other missionaries, we find this thing as we were walking around the neighborhood. (Picture below…) Sooo yeah. Don’t see that every day.

Anyone need a couch?

Pictures shared from AZ Gilbert Mission (returning to Gilbert from MTC)

Returning to Gilbert from the MTC (at Phoenix International Airport)Elder Foxx at airport 3Elder Foxx at airport Elder Foxx at airport 2Elder Foxx at airport 4 Elder Foxx mission officeElder Foxx with Pres and Sis Nattress

 

Elder Foxx with his new bike. (Before he left to the MTC, he was borrowing a bike from the mission office because we didn’t know where he would be going. We found out much later after it happened that he was hit by a car. Luckily Elder Foxx was okay, but the bike… not so much. Let us pray that both him and his new bike will do much better then the last one.)

Elder Foxx bike

Elder Foxx bike 2

Week 30; June 2, 2014: Summer Time

So not a whole lot new to report on.

Pretty much all the kids are in summer break right now so we are seeing a lot less people outside. And loads of families are going on trips and al that, so I imagine that the work is really going to start slowing down in the summer time.

We went with Mark to do baptisms at the Temple again and they had me do the baptisms and confirmations. This time I brought my glasses. Good thing too because a bunch of youth sisters started coming in all of a sudden and so they had me do the baptisms for them as well. So I was there a lot longer than I thought I would. The temple is awesome though. And it has been a help for Mark to go there and feel the spirit.

We got another youth investigator this week, which is pretty cool. We got him to pray at the end of the lesson, so that was really cool. He is dating the ward mission leader’s daughter lol and is friends with loads of kids from both the wards we cover so he already has a solid fellowship. We have been trying to coordinate with a family from the ward to try and get this investigator to the Mesa Temple Visitors Center, so hopefully everything goes well with that.

Beyond that, we continue to try and teach the investigators that we have. It is frustrating though because none of them really keep commitments and lately it has just been harder and harder to get in contact with them. So we do not really have any progressing investigators. And with the summer hitting and everyone going out of town, I just do not see a whole lot happening anytime soon.

Next Sunday, we will be getting Transfer calls, so we will see what is going to happen as far as who is staying and/or who is leaving. Of course, I will let you guys know next Monday.

Anyway, thanks for the emails and letters! I really appreciate them and hope that you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Foxx