Kentucky, Louisville Mission

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Week 46

whats up family! 
so usually i start these emails off by telling you that the week went either really good or just average but unfortunately neither of those are the case this week haha so this is what all happened. So last Monday our mission president called us and told us that we were now authorized to share the car with the English Elders so we worked it out with them and decided to go every-other day, which is great! so the week went by and we used the car on Tuesday and Thursday and had some great lessons and were able to cover a lot more ground then on bikes! Then on Saturday we drove down to Louisville and say Elder D. Todd Christofferson and it was a super cool experience! THEN on the way home it started to snow a bit and as we were about a mile away from home a good ole boy in a truck had a bunch of stuff in the bed and it got blown out by a big gust of wind and so the car in front of us stopped and the elder driving didn't see it so we slammed into the back of this guys car, and the front of our car was completely smashed but this guys car was completely fine, so i recommend that you buy a Nissan Rouge haha so our days of having a car were short lived and now all 4 of us are on bikes.  So not that bad right? just like before? nope. a huge snow storm came in Sunday night and its been snowing ever since and people here have no idea how to drive in the snow haha its actually really funny like every school and business in the county shuts down and they don't know how to plow very well here so the snow stays on the ground and it freezes so there's no room on the sidewalks or roads to bike so were hiking everywhere in the snow! So I'm really glad i got my boots sent to me haha but after all that was said and done God still thought the Georgetown Elders needed to be a little more humble! we went last night to visit our 19 year old investigator, Guillermo, and he answered the door and handed us his Book of Mormon and told us that he doesn't read it and doesn't want to and that we were wasting our time and he was wasting his so it would be better if we didn't come back haha it was like a punch to the gut! it was kinda funny though, it honestly felt like a break up! haha he kinda took the "it's not you, it's me" approach! but all said and done i guess its a good thing, if he's not ready we need to find the people who are! hopefully one day he'll come around and run into missionaries when he is more prepared! Even though it feels like things are falling apart here in Georgetown i feel pretty good! like circumstances are circumstances and you cant change them so you might as well be happy and work hard anyway! I kinda have the attitude like nothing else can go wrong now haha but i know it'll be alright and there's always gotta be ups and downs in missionary work! we still have a lot to look forward to here and a lot of work to do!
Just something i wrote down that Elder Christofferson said that i really liked, "It's a lot easier for the Lord to guide your steps when you're moving"

on the bright side there is the smith family! a few months ago me and my companion elder Henderson were sitting in the entrance of Walmart on a monday morningwaiting for the english elders to finish shopping when this guy walked up to us and said "hey elders my name is Rodney and i was baptized when i was 13 but havent been to church since and id like you to come over and reteach me everything so i can choose as an adult and id like you to teach my family as well" haha so we gave his info to the english elders and 2 weeks ago he received the aaronic priesthood and now his wife and son are scheduled to be baptized on saturday! this is a picture of the 4 elders and Rodney and his son tyler after some pday sledding!

Love you guys! Have a great week!

Para siempre Dios esté con vos!

Love Elder Follett

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week 45

What's up! another week's gone by! we had a really good week here in Scott County!

Tuesday we had another lesson with Guillermo and it was a good lesson but a little disappointing! we finally figured out his doubt! so he is working at a Hotel cleaning rooms and he works 7 days because he is saving up to go to college and because of his circumstances he cant get any type of help paying for tuition and what not so he told us his focus right now is work and saving money so he cant or more like wont get Sundays off! So its a bummer but at least now we understand his doubts! on a happy note his mom did make us some really good Mexican food after the lesson! I cant remember what they're called but I'm sure spencer will know! its like a little round tortilla with salsa Verde and like this white cheese on top! it was super good! and for dessert she gave us la arroz con leche, which is like kinda rice pudding but it was super good as well haha we actually came back to their house 2 days later on Thursday and taught his mom and step dad for the first time which was really cool! we watched the restoration video with them and the spirit was super strong! 

We also had a lesson with our 14 year old investigator and we decided to explain the restoration to her one more time, even though she has been taught it many times before. After about 30 minutes of explaining about prophets and the apostasy and joseph smith restoring the gospel,  we asked her is she believed that joseph smith was a prophet, to which she replied "yes, its just that I don't know what a prophet is" hahah so we are going to have to seriously re think the way we teach her, its been a struggle! she is great, super open and willing but really slow haha

Friday night we had a bunch of appointments fall through and so we were just trying some old/potential investigators and we knocked on this guys apartment door and were just standing there in the cold and the dark and we heard from the door behind us this voice of a Hispanic lady talking really fast so me and Torrico both slowly turned to eachother and laughed haha and we turned around and knocked this apartment door and the lady answered and let us in and we saw a guy on her couch and figured out his name was Isias, or Isaiah in English, and we started teaching them both and he was a little stand off-ish but still listened to us and agreed to take and read a book of Mormon and as we were leaving he actually told us he was a pastor at one of the local Baptist churches haha so hopefully he reads the book of Mormon and prays with real intent and gets baptized and brings his whole congregation with him haha one can only hope! 

Also, this Saturday some guy named D. Todd Christofferson from the quorum of the 12 apostles is coming to visit the Great Kentucky Louisville Mission so the whole mission is gathering in Louisville  for 2 hours to listen to him talk so I'm really excited for that!

Hope everything's going great back home! love you guys!

Para siempre Dios esté con vos!

Love Elder Follett

A few weeks ago we went and toured the Toyota factory here in Georgetown (the 2nd biggest in the world and 1st biggest in the US) and it was super sweet! if you people ever come to Kentucky we for sure are going to do this tour! super cool stuff! it was free and the drive you through while their building cars it was super cool! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 44

What's up Family!

On Tuesday we went out with a priest in our ward here and went and taught that 19 year old kid named Guillermo and it was seriously I think the best lesson I have been a part of in my whole mission! it wasn't perfect there are still things that could of gone better but the spirit was killer strong and he was really excited about what we were telling him.  He committed him to be baptized the 28th of February, which is kind of soon and hopefully he makes it, we might have to move it back a little bit but I'm not super worried about it.  He told us he works on Sundays but if he asks for it off he could probably get it because there's not like a set schedule. SO hopefully everything goes over well with that and we can keep helping him progress. As we were leaving his house his mom came up to us and said "hey anytime you guys want you are both welcome here, this is your house now, also do you guys like Mexican food? next time you guys come over I'll make a big dinner and we can have a little lesson together" haha so it literally could not of gone better! 

Later we had another lesson with Hilber and it was a awesome.  We have been trying to get in with him and teach his wife as well, but she doesn't speak Spanish and Hilber said he wants to be taught in Spanish so every time we went over there he would immediately start speaking Spanish to us and she would kinda hid in the back because she didn't know what was going on so we have been trying to get her more involved so this time we actually got her in the room with us and we taught 2 lessons at once haha while Elder Torrico was teaching Hilber in Spanish I was teaching Ashley in English haha it was kinda funny but it totally worked! She told us that she would really like to come to church but she didn't want to go with out Hilber (an excuse we get more often then not) But Hilber said he would be willing to go but Sunday rolled around and nothing. 

We also had a lesson with our 14 year old investigator that was pretty break-through! usually when we teach her, her aunt and uncle are there and they talk a lot which is great but I think Jennifer felt a little pressured or embarrassed to talk so she was pretty quiet, but we asked if we could just talk to Jennifer and she really opened up to us and we were able to figure out her concerns and now we understand her a lot better and know how to help her, so that's going really well! She comes to church every week and participates and is one of the only like 4 young women in the Branch so she'll get there eventually.

Things are going really good here and I'm loving Georgetown! Hope everythings going good back home! Love you guys, have a great week!

Para siempre Dios esté con vos!

This is just like a little square building in the middle of the trailer parks and they sell some good tacos here!