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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Another Day in Liberty, TX

Hey everyone hope you guys had a good week! This was a pretty interesting week here in liberty! 

To start things off our #1 investigator Rosa Chavez is doing great! She has made it 6 days without smoking, or drinking or anything like that! We go and visit her everyday, and she loves it when we come, and we love going to visit with her because we always have great lessons with her! Without smoking and drinking in her life, she seems so much more happier, and it looks like she has a lot more energy to get everything done that she needs to get done. Yesterday she came to church and bore her testimony, and it was one of the coolest experiences of mission, hearing a non member bear their testimony in front of everyone saying, I know that this church is true and I can't wait to be baptized so that I can feel clean again, has to be one of the best feelings their is! 

Other than that this week, we have been trying to find people to teach. We thought their would be a lot more people at home because school just got out and what not, but we where sooooo wrong lol. The other day we probably knocked about 30 houses throughout the day, and we got 2 answers, and the where white people lol! Just gotta keep moving forward! 

On Tuesday we had dinner with an English member with the English members. The member that fed us is so nice and sweet, but she is about 90% blind and can only really see shapes and what not. She loves to have the missionaries over and talk with us, and we love to go over their as well! I felt really stupid because we where talking about a movie, and me, being the genius that I am asked her if she had ever seen the movie, totally forgetting that she was BLIND! I have never felt more stupid then I did in that moment haha! This is only the beginning of our dinner....

So this member lives with a man named jerry. Jerry is a returned Vietnam vet and this guy is something else... The reason he is living with her is because he got drunk and ran into her trailer and totally wrecked it. So he feels bad and is letting her stay with him because she has family all over the country. Jerry has PTSD really bad and he feels like the government made him into what he is today. He has been blown up about 5 times according to him, and his whole body is made out of metal because of all the operations. We where talking, and he looked at me and said, our you a nazi? I was a little surprised, and then he said, hitler made you in his laboratory didn't he?? I didn't know that to say so me and the other elders just kind of went along with it and it was funny! Then we where talking about something else and I was paying attention to what he had to say, then he looked at me and said whatcha looking at?? Don't think I won't come over their and best you up cuz I will said jerry. I said I don't doubt that as his fists where clenched ready to just deck me right in the face. He then turned to everyone and, I beat all of you up, and if I can't take you guys down, I just shoot you all! I gotta little scared right their because he has an assault rifle right next to his garbage can lol! Later in he clammed down a bit and went of on the government and what not, but that was one of the most interesting experiences of my mission to say the least haha! 

Kind of a long letter this week, but I love all of you and just wanna let you know that o love what I am doing, and I wouldn't wanna be anywhere else right now! Love all of you and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK 
Big Sexy
Found a pepper in the Toilet

 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Broken Frying Pan

Hey everyone hope you guys had a great week this week! This was a pretty interesting week here in liberty! As always it was hot as crap 

To start things off we went in exchanges this Tuesday and it went pretty good. The best part was I got my back adjusted and it feels amazing haha! Also got to play with a bulldog named Zeus and I thought he was gonna die because he was so excited and was breathing so heavy! It made me laugh! 

Well our investigator Rosa was doing really well. She is still coming to church reading and praying as everything but there is still that one thing holding her back.... We where walking to her front door going to teach her, and she was outside smoking:( I was super sad because she was doing really good, but I know This is something that is super hard to overcome. After we taught her and we had one of the best lessons of my mission! We went in their and and talked with her a little bit and shared ether 12:27 and after we read it she just let it out! She was crying saying that she wants to change and she needs to change, but she has zero support from her family.. We are going to try and do everything we can to help her out so she can overcome this! Gonna try and get the branch involved also 

Well this week our frying pan broke and I didn't think much of it because, i was just going to ask the zone leaders for a new one, but they can't get us a 5.00$ frying pan, but they can get us a 50.00$ blender... Doesn't make much sense to me, but anyways I was cooking my eggs yesterday morning and I had our oven mitts on holding the the pan while I was cooking because our handle broke, and I was making sure my eggs where cooked all the way and I didn't notice I was holding the pan for a good minute and when I took my hand off I noticed there was a lot of smoke and I thought my eggs where just burning... I was wrong lol my hand was on fire and I was freaking out, and their was smoke everywhere, but don't worry I am fine, just feel a little dumb that's all! Also yesterday we had to teach Sunday school with 5 minutes to prepare. Our counselors in the presidency are a little lazy but it's ok haha! 

This week I read a lot out of the boom of mosiah and I really like chapter 24.  If you have the chance, go read it because I know that all of us go through hard time but the lord will always be their, I know that to be true! I am so grateful to be out here in the field! Love you guys and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow 
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK






Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Mothers Day...

Hey everyone hope you guys had a great week, and a great Mother's Day! Hope you all had a great time talking and what not. This was another week here in liberty I guess you could say lol! 

This was really just a plain week. A lot of knocking and not a whole lot of answers haha! This week was also very hot! We had one day where the wind was blowing and it felt like a blow dryer and it was miserable... This summer is gonna be good but awful at the same time! 


We did do some service this week which was good. We helped a member tear out his back porch and that was fun. We got to use some big giant crowbars which made me feel pretty manly lol! 

This week I was thinking and I am so grateful that I was born and raised in Utah haha! We have been trying to help a member that has been struggling with some things at school, and it really made me grateful to have been raised there. These kids really do have it tough and I have so much respect for them because there really are some stupid kids here... 

Anyways that's all I got this week! Love you guys and hope you have a great week! 

Pic: gotta haircut this week lol probably one of the most exciting things 

Love, Elder Stringfellow


Monday, May 8, 2017

Hola amigos

Hey everyone hope you guys had a great week! This was a very interesting/busy week here in liberty. Oh and we received transfer calls on Saturday and me and Elder Paulsen will be staying together one more here! I'm excited to be staying with Paulsen but we will see how my 4th transfer here in liberty will go haha!

So to start off this letter we had the opportunity to be in a trio this week with our district leader Elder Despain. His companion went home on Wednesday so we have been with him since then. We have been covering both of our areas so it has been very very busy. It was a pretty good 5 days with him, but let's just say that I am very glad that those 5 days are over haha! He is a good kid and a good missionary, but being in English land all week made me miss the Spanish people that we are teaching! And the fact he used all my workout equipment in the morning before me made me angry lol!

The people we are teaching are doing good. Our friends Rosa, and Rosa are back on the map once again! We had some very good lessons with them this past week! They didn't come to church yesterday but, we had a good lesson that cleared up some of the doubts and concerns they had. We should be having some more good lessons with them this week! Cool experience yesterday we went and visited our friend/recent convert Enrique. He has been really sad lately and hasn't really been talking to us a whole lot, because there in something on his mind that is bothering him, you can tell.

So we went over there and asked him if he wanted a blessing, and at first he sad no I'm OK. I really felt like I needed to give him a blessing so I kept trying to get a yes out of him, and eventually we got one! He was saying no because his dad was right there and he didn't wanna look weak in his words. Anyways I gave him the blessing and right after it was over he got up gave me the biggest hug and had a huge smile on his face, and said thank you that's just what I needed! After that he was talking with us being the Enrique that we know and love!

The experience we had yesterday with Enrique made me so grateful to be able to have the priesthood here on earth again! It's real, it works, and it's available to everyone! God knows and loves every single one of his children, I have no doubt about that! Love you guys and hope you have a great week! Love, Elder Stringfellow

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Monday, May 1, 2017

David Enchilada

Hey everyone hope you guys had a good week! Not a whole lot of exciting things happened here in liberty this week... It is starting to get really hot and humid and it's making me less and less excited for the summer lol

Well to start off, last P-day was pretty good I guess..  Our district leader signed us up to do service for a national wildlife refuge, and we had to go around and paint the trunks of some trees so that people could follow the trails and not get lost even though the highway was like 2-3 miles from where we were at lol. That was the hermanas job lol, our job as Elders was to move trees and branches that had fallen on the trail. It wasn't the funniest P-day activity, but we had a good time and got some service out of it. 

This week we did a lot of knocking and there wasn't a whole lot of success, but that's alright! Just gotta keep moving forward:) One of our solid investigators Rosa Lauren told us that she had a dream and that me and Elder Paulsen where in the dream holding the Book of Mormon telling her this is true, and after we had said that she saw a bunch of men and women dressed in white saying what we are teaching is true! She didn't know what to think so we taught her how people can receive answers to their questions through dreams and then talked about lehi and his dream. She said she has been praying everyday to see if what we are teaching is true, but hasn't received an answer, but we helped her come to the conclusion that this is her answer right here! Pretty cool lesson, but she went to go get her coffee from the donut shop, instead of going to church haha! She makes me laugh sometimes. 

Yesterday was pretty awesome! Let me give you some background first, but David Archuleta came, spoke, and sang for a women's conference down here in Houston this week. Some of the members in the branch went and said it was awesome! Well davids little sister hermana archuleta is in our mission and she goes home in a week, so somehow she convinced president drake to have a fireside for some of the young adults in our stake and for the missionaries. The only way you could go as a missionary was if you brought an investigator or a recent convert. Me and Elder Paulsen invited the Garcia family they came, and they had a great time! David gave a good talk, and he can still sing pretty good! It was funny Hermano Garcia got in the car after the meeting and said, "dang, that David Enchilada can really belt it!" Me and the rest of the family where dying!! The whole time he thought that was his last name lol! Also got to see some of the other missionaries I have served with, and some of my favorite members from Port Arthur. Very good day :) 

Anyways that's all I got this week. Love being a missionary and I am having such a fun time! Love you guys and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
P-Day Service
Tanning
Only in Texas
His new toy

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bautismo!!

Hey everyone hope you guys had a great week! This was an awesome week here in liberty! 

This Sunday we had our baptism for Lali and Anthony Garcia! It was so awesome!! Their dad received the priesthood after church and then after got to baptize his two kids and it was amazing to see! We have been working with them really hard, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to help them get to where they are today! After they where baptized the came back into the chapel and we asked how they both felt, and at the same time they both said clean! It was so awesome to be apart of this great opportunity! Hopefully by them making this decision will help out some of their family members that aren't members have the desire to learn more! 

Other than that this week was pretty good! Me and Elder Paulsen had the opportunity to be some special guests in our district meeting! We where talking about how we can get out members more involved with the work and so our district leader wanted to do a role play, so me and Elder Paulsen dressed up as fake members and it was funny! I got to be the Spanish member Hermano guapo haha! It was funny they where teaching in English and I was acting like I didn't understand! Made the district leader a little angry, but you need to have fun on your mission!

We also saw a big giant flea market with a bunch of different booths! It was super big and there where a lot of drunk crazy rednecks their not gonna lie haha! 

We had zone conference this week and that went good! President Drake is a really cool guy and a really good teacher! He talked about how we shouldn't have any excuses and to go out their and get it done! Well if we go out their with faith and confidence we can do anything! I know that to be true! I have had a lot of faith these past couple weeks and it has definitely worked out for me! We need to trash our list if excuses and go out there get it done! I love being a missionary and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be one! 

That's all that really happened this week! Love all you guys and will continue to keep you guys in my prayers! Love you and have a great week!

Love
√Člder Stringfellow
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Baptism Photo 1
Baptism Photo 2

Investigator
Investigators

Flea Market
Flea Market


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

City Council Mtg in Liberty Texas

Hey everyone hope you guys had a good week and a happy Easter! This was a pretty interesting week here in liberty! 

So a while back Elder Johnson and I met the mayor of Liberty, Carl Pickett, and we had a nice little conversation with him. I didn't think much of it, but he called us the other day and asked if Elder Stringfellow was the one talking and I said yes, this is him, and then he asked us if I was able to say the prayer to start off city council meeting and if Elder Paulsen could lead the pledge of allegiance. We said heck yeah we can haha! We went and did that on Tuesday and it was really cool! Got to explain what we do everyday and that we are those crazy dudes on the bikes! Also found out that Texas has their own pledge of allegiance and and they recite it after the actual one. It was a little weird, but it didn't surprise me cause it's Texas, and it's it own country haha!

Other than that, everything here is pretty much the same. Just trying to find people really. We where going to have a baptism this Sunday,  but Lail and Anthony missed their interviews on both Friday and Saturday! That was super frustrating, but they came to church yesterday, said they where sorry and what not, and we ended up having the interviews right after church. They will be baptized next week by their dad who just received the priesthood! It's gonna be super awesome I'm super excited! Just please pray everything goes well! We also got their less active uncle Noe to come to church for the first time in 21 years! He loves us missionaries and he hooks us up with some cool stuff! Really cool guy! 

I love Easter time! It's a time for us to remember Jesus Christ and what he did for us! I am so grateful that he suffered and died for us, but knowing that he lived again, and we all will also, brings me great comfort! I am grateful for the plan our Heavenly Father has for each and everyone of us! He really does love us and knows what's best for us! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary! Wouldn't trade it for anything right now!

Love you guys and hope you have a great week! Go jazz :)

Love, Elder Stringfellow 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
With Carl Pickett...Mayor of Liberty Texas
Eating Healthy
Elder Paulson, Elder Hasson (ZL), Elder Stringfellow