Week 73; March 27, 2015: Because He Lives!

So obviously it has been a rough few weeks and it’s kind of taken a bit of a toil on me. But there are a few cool things to say. The church has come up with a new video called “Because He Lives” last Saturday. We got to see it last Tuesday and got pass-along cards to hand out. “Because He Lives” is similar to the “Because of Him” and “He Is The Gift” videos that were released last Easter and Christmas in that they are videos with no voice recordings, just text and music and video, and it testifies of the Savior Jesus Christ and how he applies to each and every one of us. It’s a really cool video with the powerful invitation to “Find Him.” http://www.mormon.org/easter So as you can imagine, that is starting to become a big focus is to share this with others similarly to how the “He Is The Gift” initiative was done.

In other news, we haven’t been able to meet with Liz herself in nearly three weeks, but we were able to stop by and found out that by the end of April, she will be getting a new job in which she can get Sundays off. So that’s really exciting that she can finally come to church! And we let them know about General Conference coming up.It’s crazy that Conference is coming up… but it sounds like within the next six weeks, we can finally get her Baptized!

Aaaaaand it’s right around the time that something starts to look like it may pick up as far as having someone progress that suddenly transfer calls came. And I’m finally getting transferred. That figures! 😛 Welp, can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I’ve been in this area for 7 and a half months. It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed in a single area. It’s kind of weird leaving now. On one end, it’s kind of exciting to see what’ll happen and experience a new area, but on one end after being in this area for a while, it starts to feel like home. It’s really weird leaving now. I’ve got a lot of people to say goodbye to before Wednesday. So Transfer Meeting lands on April Fools Day. I kind of hope President does a bunch of fake transfer news and then after a while says, “April Fools!” and says who is actually being put with who and where, etc. Probably won’t happen, but I think that the opportunity of having Transfer Meeting on April Fools Day shouldn’t go to waste. That’s about all that I have to say about this week.

I’ll leave with my testimony that I know that the Savior Jesus Christ lives today. I know that He performed his Earthly Ministry as it is recorded in the scriptures and that He suffered in the Garden and on the Cross so that each of us can receive eternal happiness. I also know and am grateful for the knowledge that we have a Living God. There are so many who believe that God only lives or exists in the scriptures and that He does not communicate to Man anymore. How fortunate we are to have a God who lives outside of the scriptures and is very active in our lives and communicates to us through His chosen servants. General Conference is coming up this weekend and I’m looking forward to it. I hope that we will all be able to receive revelation from it. And I leave these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Foxx

Week 72; March 23, 2015: Knocking

I wish I had something exciting and new to say that happened this week… but there really wasn’t. We had our zone’s temple trip on Thursday, so that was fun. But beyond that, I really don’t have anything new to say. Everything is still the same. We had two member-present lessons set up for Wednesday that both cancelled.

We’ve been knocking a lot more doors just because President Nattress asked that we knock at least 10 doors a day and gave the promise to the mission that we will find two new investigators if we do so.

Everything’s still going slowly. I really hate being down and everything in these emails, but I really don’t have anything exciting to share. Hope that you all have a great week! And I hope things start to get better…

Love,
Elder Foxx

Week 71; March 16, 2015: Just Serve Project

I really don’t have much of anything new to say. Still having appointments getting cancelled and trying to reschedule them and then cancel again and knocking 10 doors a day… haven’t seen really anything come from it yet.

We haven’t really had a whole lot of time to work in the area (at least as much as I’d like). Because Elder Simons is in the Mission Choir, we went to the Choir Practice on Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:00. On Thursday, we had F.H.A. from 1:30 – 3:00. And then on Thursday, our zone leaders told us that there was a Just Serve project on the ASU polytech campus that we all were required to go to on Friday that lasted from 2:00 – 8:30 (and every Friday, we have a Weekly Planning meeting from 10:30 – 1:30)… And we had a lesson set up on Friday evening that we would have had to suddenly cancel… so I was pretty ticked about that… but then the family ended up cancelling the lesson anyway because something came up (figures… EVERYTHING gets cancelled). So all-day Friday literally nothing got done proselyting wise. And all that the service was – was listening to a bunch of students from different high schools give different speeches and had to time them. And then that’s when our zone leaders tell us that Saturday from 8:00 – 4:00 PM, we had to come back to the ASU polytech campus AGAIN for service and all it really was – was a bunch of students from different high schools going in groups and taking quiz’s and tests and we were the proctor’s and marking which answers were correct and what their answers were and making sure they weren’t cheating or anything. Which, I mean the service was all well and good I guess, but holy cow, we didn’t get to have anything done this week because of it. And I really don’t see how that service helped missionary work progress along in any way, shape, or form.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. Anyway, I hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Foxx

Week 70; March 9, 2015: Knocking doors

I wish I could say there was a lot that happened this week, but I really don’t have a whole lot to say. Things are still going slow. We had another lesson with Liz this week. We just taught about the Ten Commandments and other commandments such as praying often and scripture study. Work is still the same. She approached her boss and she still doesn’t have a choice in the matter of work schedule. So that’s really frustrating. We were going to teach her about fasting, but then we found out that she’s pregnant… sooo can’t exactly do that lol

We invited her to have the whole family go to the Mesa Visitor’s Center on Saturday and everything was set up and then she had to cancel Friday night… so that was frustrating.

That’s pretty much been the past few days… or the past few weeks… or the past few months… lots of cancellations and just not a whole lot going on.

We spent quite a bit of time this week just knocking doors. President Nattress asked a couple months ago that we make sure that we keep track and knock at least 10 doors a day (doors meaning part-member families, less-active families, or nonmembers’ doors that we are knocking on for the first time or tracting) And so I just don’t know what else to do anymore, so we spent a good chunk of time just knocking doors and tracted quite a few areas. I absolutely despise tracting and think that it’s one of the biggest wastes of time because they usually don’t lead anywhere. Haven’t found any success in doing this, but the Mission President asked that we do this, so I’m hoping success will come of it.

I hope that all of you have a great week and know that I love and appreciate you and your encouragement!

Love,
Elder Foxx

Week 69; March 2, 2015: Small Steps

Hello!

So we were finally able to have another lesson with Liz this Wednesday. We taught the lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End) and had the Nicholl’s with us at the lesson. Work is still crazy for her. They just ANOTHER employee just drop out, so they’re more and more understaffed. And so we continued to commit her to pray for help and for the strength to be able to approach her supervisor and to be bold with the supervisor in getting Sundays off or at least a different schedule for Sunday so that she can attend church. Because the place is becoming more and more understaffed, then logically her value as an employee would increase and could probably be more convincing in getting a schedule change. So we’re still hoping for something to happen there.

On the bright side, there was a Relief Society Activity on Thursday night that Liz was able to attend, so she got to meet loads of members there and from what Sister Nicholl told us, she really had a good time and enjoyed herself. We’re trying to choose a time where we can take the family to the Mesa Temple Visitor’s Center because I really think that would be good for her and for her family.

On that very same evening, we stopped by a part-member family in the Seville Park ward. The father isn’t a member, but the mother is and the two kids are. Their oldest boy just turned 12 and wants to have the Aaronic Priesthood. So Bishop asked that he take the missionary lessons first (the whole family has been inactive for the longest time until about three weeks ago when they randomly showed up at church) just for a refresher. And so we tried setting up a lesson to teach him several weeks ago and the past few appointments have cancelled. But we stopped by Tuesday evening and caught the parents working on the motorcycles in their open garage and started talking to them. And we got to go inside and they actually fed us dinner and so we got to talk a lot and get to know the family better and it was a really good visit and we left setting a regular weekly scheduled apts. to meet with the son. I don’t think the father is yet interested in becoming a member anytime soon, but as we go and teach the son, the dad’s going to be there in the background so he’ll be hearing everything that we are teaching, so hopefully something can come from that.

And those were pretty much the biggest things that have happened this week. Hope that you all have a great week!

Love, Elder Foxx