Kentucky, Louisville Mission

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Week 17 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." 1 Corinthians 2:12

What's up family!
This week was another great week! This transfer has flown by! I can't believe its already week 6!  How was trek?  Bro Todd emailed me and said to ask about picking up babies or something haha and he told me he was blown away by dads bird identifying skills! Something about a "blue crested whifle-bird" haha.  Chandler Leavitt emailed me too and said he's going to Baltimore Spanish speaking which is awesome!  State side Spanish is where its at!  I'm excited for him and think he'll have a lot of fun.

Not to much has happened its been pretty much the same.  Its the end of the month so don't have a whole lot of money left for food but we got fed a lot by members this week which was a huge blessing!  Missions are definitely not easy but I have felt so much strength through the Lord.  He definitely guides us and its hard sometimes because I think I know everything and I think I know what's best fut when I follow the spirit and what the Lord wants it always works out exactly right.
 Like for example we met a man by accident one day last week and he told us to come back next Sunday night and so yesterday we went to his house and knocked and of course no one answered so we went and tried another door that we had talked to before and of course there was no answer and I was feeling pretty discouraged but I thought we should try one more door so we went and knocked on it and of  course there was no one there!  I had about had it and was ready to throw in the towel when the door next to us opened and it was a less active older lady named Guadalupe and she told us to come in so we had a really cool lesson about faith with her and it went really well as we were leaving we saw the guy we were trying to see next door getting out of his car so we got to talk to him and while we were standing there talking to him I looked over and saw the family across the street we had tried to see before him so we went over and talked to them and we were talking to them and they said they were really sorry because they weren't there for our earlier appointment with them on Friday and I thought it was a miracle they remembered! haha so I was really happy about that and as we were talking to them one of their little 2 year old daughters went in and grabbed this book called "Baby's First Bible"and went and sat in her little chair haha it was really cool! She knew what was up!  So the moral of the story is to not get discouraged because often God is just testing us on how much we would try and as soon as we wanna give up, if we endure just a little longer, God will bless us.

Love you guys
Para siempre Dios este con vos!
Elder Follett

We saw this truck in the middle of nowhere!

Apparently Shelbyville is the home of Kentucky's 1st Woman Governor!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 16 "endeavoring to teach them the everlasting gospel and call them unto repentance;" D&C 138:25

Hey Everybody!
This week was another week haha they are all starting to blend together!  So I guess something I could tell you all about is Centro Latino!  I can't remember if I've told you about it yet!  But every Wednesday we go to this little place called Centro Latino that is run by the local Catholic Church and they get a lot of food donation from companies and stuff a bunch of stuff that the stores can't sell because its almost or already expired but most of its still good and we put it into little bags and hand it out to people who need it but its a lot of fun!  We usually get to take some free food home with us too which is always good!

Not a whole lot is new!  We've been looking for new people to teach lately because we don't have to many investigators right now but its been pretty good.  Last Saturday we did exchanges but the exchange was with the other two guys in our apartment so it really wasn't any different then everyday life haha but Elder Vidaure contacted a guy and he said we could come visit him so we went and saw him on Friday and he was actually there which was great and he had kinda forgotten about the appointment but he let us in and we started talking and his wife came and talked with us two and we taught them the first lesson and they actually had a lot of questions and seemed pretty interested which is exciting.  I love all parts of missionary work but by far my favorite part is teaching!

So every Saturday we usually try and play soccer and invite a bunch of people and try and see if we can end up teaching some of them or get some less actives back to church and sometimes it works pretty well because almost all Hispanics love soccer and will never turn down an opportunity to play.  I'm really starting to love soccer haha. I'm not very good at all but I'm trying to tap into my inner Hispanic so I'm hoping the more futbol I play and the more spicy food I eat the better my Spanish will get!  But one of the members who likes to play with us came and brought some of his friends and one of them actually ended up coming to church the next day and it turns out he used to meet with the sister missionaries a while ago and we actually got to re-teach him lesson one in priesthood hour at church and it went pretty good!  We are going to play soccer with him again today and go to noche de hogar with him and the Hermanas are trying to set something up to meet with him this week but it was just kinda cool to see other ways of finding people to teach even though he didn't live in our area!
Love you guys hope you have a great week!

Para siempre Dios este con vos!
Elder Follett

Monday, July 14, 2014

Week 15- “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5)

This week was another crazy week in KY!  I don't even know where to start! So I guess I'll start with our friend Gisifredo.  So we have been struggling to meet with him a lot lately but we kept trying and Friday we brought a member named Mauricio over to go visit him and it wasn't too great.  Before we could even say anything he told us that he couldn't see us anymore and that he had to focus on his work more and he told us he didn't want us to come over anymore because we worked for the Government so we probably won't be seeing Gisi too much anymore but strangely i wasn't sad!  I felt kinda like content with it like I knew he wasn't ready and maybe somewhere else down the road he will be ready.  He said he still likes to read out of the Book of Mormon so there's still hope for him!

We've also been trying to see Yvette more but its been hard.  Every time we go over there she's not there but her mom Pearla is there every time so we decided to try and start teaching her and she's really nice and receptive but its been hard for her to read the Book of Mormon because she can't see the small words so we ordered a large print Book of Mormon for her and hopefully she'll be able to read after we get it to her!

Other than that we don't have to many investigators so we've just been contacting a ton all week!  It's kinda hard because if we want to get a good number of contacts we have to contact a good majority of people who speak English so if they are interested we don't get to teach them we have to refer them to the English Elders but it's still important to talk to them to give them the opportunity to hear the gospel.  Just the other day we were walking back from an appointment that fell through and we saw this lady a couple houses ahead of us get out of her car and start walking in her house and I thought I need to talk to her but I ignored the thought because she didn't look interested or happy really and I didn't want to bug her so we walked by and I stopped at the last second and said hi to her and started talking to her and we shared a prayer and she was actually really nice.  She said she just got back from a 12 hour shift at a hospital and she was really tired and that she wasn't super interested and I don't know if anything will ever come of it or if she needed to pray with us but I was just happy that I recognized that prompting and I followed it.

I love you guys!
Para siempre dios este con vos!
Elder Follett

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Week 14 "the Spirit Speaketh the Truth"

Hey Everybody!
This Week went by so fast!  I can't hardly remember what happened!  It was kinda a weird week!  So we met with Gisifredo again on Monday night and Tuesday night and it was interesting.  He has really been struggling lately and he told us that he needed time to figure everything out in his head and we told him that's exactly what we are trying to help him do BUT that is something really hard for him especially when he drinks and its been hard.  We wanted to try and keep daily contact with him so we have gone over there every night but he hasn't answered since Tuesday so that's been kinda hard.  We had to drop his baptismal date as well so hopefully we'll be able to start meeting with him again more regularly.

So this Thursday we had a zone conference and we finally got to meet President Brough, the new mission president!  He was a really cool guy and him and his wife were hilarious!  I'm really excited to get to know them throughout the next two years!

THE FOURTH! was crazy haha it was a total non-stop day! So the bishop had a big breakfast at his house in the morning so we went over to his place at 8 to help set up and this is Kentucky so he lived super far on one end of the county and then when we were leaving a family named the Jeffery's asked us if we wanted some milk because they had a coupon or something for a bunch of free milk so we drove back into town and got some free milk and then they invited us to go over to their house that night for dinner and some fireworks and se we went from the grocery store to another members house who lived on the other side of the county about 30 minutes away and did a bunch of yard work on his property and I think I got poison ivy again haha but we'll see!  After that we went over to another members house named the Caballero's because the Spanish group was having a little picnic party and that was a lot of fun but we had to leave early because we had to go over to the Jeffery's for dinner and fireworks! and that was really fun!  They have 4 really little kids who are crazy and hilarious haha we had a lot of fun.  It was different not being with my family, and everything but it was so busy and fun it was hard to be homesick!  Me and Vidaures FABULOUS baking skills! AMERICA!

This week in my Book of Mormon study I was reading in Jacob and I read a couple verses that I really liked.  One in particular was Jacob 4:13, "Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not.  Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore; these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls.  But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old."  I just loved how it says we as missionaries should prophesy to the understanding of men. So it's not so important to be really elegant of speaking or very knowledgeable of all things in the scriptures bu the most important thing is to have the spirit with you and to teach simply to the understanding of men.  This is something that has really helped me especially being new to the language and feeling insufficient.

Hope you all had a great week!  Love you guys!
Para siempre Dios este con vos!
Elder Follett

A member named Olga made us some really good tacos!  They were actually a lot like dads!