Week 45; September 15, 2014: Eternigator

So now that I have my camera with me, here are some pictures of some of the water we’ve been getting during the rain. Granted, all these pictures were taken during the calmer parts of what happened here as I didn’t have my camera ready when the rain was really crazy.
Flood1
This used to be completely dry ground. On the night before the photo was taken, the water was about 3 feet deep and we saw kids in their swimming suits going in there to swim.
Flood2 Flood3
This was at about 9:00 AM on Monday. At 11:00 AM that very morning, the water was up about an inch on the concrete (that was when it was flooding the house)
Flood5 Flood6
Also, here are some pictures I took of our little humble abode.
 House
Living Room/Kitchen area
Inside House
Our back yard
Elder Foxx horse farm
Missionary Way- And that’s how you know how to get to the missionary’s home.
Missionary Way
That very Monday night, we had dinner with a family named the Schnepf’s for their Family Home Evening. They own this place called Schnepf farms at Queen Creek, which is apparently a big place that people go to, particularly during Halloween. We shared a message on Sacrifice using scriptures such as in Genesis (the story of Abraham and his son Isaac) and in Matthew Chapter 6 verses 25-33 (with emphasis on the JST for verse 33 in relation to how we are commanded to be willing to consecrate and sacrifice everything to build up the Kingdom of God, and that if we do so, God will take care of all of our needs). And we showed them a clip from The District (it’s basically “Missionary Work: The Reality TV Show”) about Elder Christiansen and how he gave up being a rockstar to serve a mission. And the family absolutely loved the whole message and was convinced this was a message we shared for a while, (when in actuality, this was our very first time trying something like this and we didn’t have THAT much time to plan it).

This was a semi-broken toy we found while we were over at the Schnepf’s and we were still waiting for dinner to be ready.

Then there was this investigator that we stopped by the next day. She has been meeting with the missionaries for over five years now, so she is what missionaries would refer to as “an eternigator.” Her story is pretty interesting. Her biggest concern with getting baptized was that her husband wasn’t interested and she was always told that if you and your husband are two different religions, it leads to divorce. Well, three years ago, she prayed about if the church was true and if she would get baptized and the answer she got was “Go get baptized and then the rest of your family will follow.” It wasn’t the answer she wanted, so she didn’t act on it. Apparently then a bunch of other things happened for the past little while, so when we stopped by (very first time I ever met her) she said she wants to get baptized. She apparently found out that her husband was secretly atheist this entire time, so he’s like “Well, great! We’re already two separate religions!” And she prayed about baptism again and got the answer that not only did she need to be baptized, but if she was baptized three years ago when she first got prompted to, then all the hard things that would have happened in her life would have been more bearable.

…Aaaaaand she wants to wait to get baptized until January. Yeah, that’s pretty far off. We’re gonna try and see if we can push that up a little bit. Maybe the end of October or the beginning of November. At least before Elder McGonigal finishes his mission (he finishes November 25th) In her entire time investigating the church, she has only gone to church twice. So we sent in all the ward members to friendship and fellowship her and she was able to get a ride to church this Sunday and it went really well. She friendshipped a lot of people and really loved it. So that’s really good.

And it was a pretty good Sunday to attend too, because it was a missionary farewell for the Saville Park Ward Mission Leader’s (Brother Flake) son who is leaving to Toronto, Canada. So the spirit was very strong and there were lots of good messages on service. And we went over to their place for lunch and there was a LOT of people. The entire house and backyard was filled with people everywhere (I’m pretty sure about half of the people who were at Sacrament meeting came to this luncheon, as well as a few of his friends). They had lots of food there, so we got stuffed pretty good.

On Thursday, we had F.H.A. (Family Home Afternoon). Basically, once every transfer, each zone will have a thing called F.H.A. where we go to a Senior couple’s home and play activities, have a spiritual thought, etc. Basically just a typical family home evening as a zone. Well, Sister Esplin (one of the senior missionaries) was talking with President and asked “Do the Family Home Afternoons necessarily have to be with a big lesson or can they do something like watch a movie?” And President said “Yes” since some Family Home Evenings would consist of watching a movie, haha!

So we watched The Best Two Years on Thursday. Which was a pretty good movie! I was kind of surprised at how accurate it was when it came to the home setting of a missionary. I’m pretty sure the movie is way funnier to watch as a missionary than if anyone else saw it lol.

On Saturday, there was this family (investigators) that we’ve been trying to stop by for a while, but they have been out of town a lot. We were able to catch them on Saturday night, just before the dad leaves on Sunday morning to go to Ohio for a funeral for his dad. They said he’d be back Wednesday, so we’ll see if we can try to catch them again some time after that. From what I’ve been told and from what I seem, they seem like a really cool family and a really receptive family, it’s just that lately they’ve been out of town all the time. We mostly just made it a stop-by visit, although the daughter had a question about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, so we talked about that and explained that they are all separate beings, but they are one in purpose and all work together for the purpose of bringing us salvation. So we were able to clear that up a little bit.

Anyway, so things have been going really well! Glad to hear things are going well for all of you and I hope you all have a great week this week!

Love, Elder Foxx

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One thought on “Week 45; September 15, 2014: Eternigator

  1. Thanks for the great pictures, Elder. You have a great place to live. That’s nicer than the first place your grandmother and I lived when we were first married. Enjoy it while you can; you don’t know what your next living quarters will look like.

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