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Monday, October 2, 2017

長老ストリングフェロー

Hey everyone! Hope you guys had a great week! Not gonna lie, after this weekend I think everyone is on a spiritual high, especially me haha! It was so good, and it was a great week to do missionary work as well!

This week was full of soccer playing! We played soccer on Tuesday and Thursday and it was great we had investigators their each day pretty much! One of our church members brought 5 kids from his soccer team to play some indoor soccer with us in Thursday! I have come to love soccer since I have been out here! I’ve got mad respect for the guys that actually play, because not gonna lie I’m gasping for air, and I probably loose a good 10 lbs of sweat after every game! But it’s ok because the members love it and it’s a great way to show investigators that we are actually normal people haha!

We had one of our really solid investigators come to watch conference with us on Saturday! Her name is Maria Gil and she is such so awesome! She has had lots of troubles in her life between losing two of her sons to overdoses, her husband leaving her, and be unemployed for a long time! The talks that she listened to in conference was just what she needed! When we where walking her out she seemed so happy and what not! Really was awesome!

Man I don’t even know where to star about conference! I really liked how they talk from President Uchtdorf about how we we can light other people’s lives through our examples and though trying to follow the example of our light Jesus Christ! Then I also really liked the talk that president Eyring gave in the priesthood session about priesthood callings and when we have faith we can receive revelation and excel more than we think we can! Our Heavenly Father wants to help us! I’ve have learned that the world is soooooo stupid haha! They made it seem so simple this conference of what we need to do to gain eternal life but so many people are caught up about how others look at them instead of god! You are perfect in his eyes! He knows your potential! He doesn’t care who you once where, he wants you to become the person he knows you can become!

I love you guys and hope you have a great week!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

The boyz
Rolls Royce
Happy Easter
The District
Getting a Haircut

Monday, September 25, 2017

Rebuild....

Hey everyone! Hope you guys had a great week! This was a good week for me and Elder Fraley! Had some fun and got some work done! Tuesday I got to go on exchanges with another elder and it went really good! We both learned something from each other and to end off the night we went and played soccer with some investigators!

Other than that this week was full of us trying to get in contact with our investigators that have a date and what not! They are so awesome the only thing holding them back is coming to church! Please pray that they will come!

On the service side of things, it was pretty slow. We are going to start helping people rebuild their houses now which should be fun! During this time I have gotten really close with some of the members, but more importantly with my lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

He is with us at all times and in all places and I know that he will always be there for me when I feel down! I know that he lives and this church is true!

I love it here, and I love serving the lord! Love you guys and have a great week!

Love, Elder Stringfellow

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Rat was as Big as a Chihuahua...

Hey everyone hope you all had a good week! This week was one of the funnest of my mission with my new companion Elder Fraley! He is from West Jordan and we get along really well! I had a blast this week and we got a lot of work done!

We put 4 people on date for baptism and they are super ready! The only thing bad that happened I guess was that they had to go to Mexico for a family emergency but other than that they are doing great! It feels great to get back out there and do missionary work, but to be honest I love serving the people and helping them out! It has gotten me really close with some of the members here and I love it!

Funny story we where mucking out a house yesterday and me and Elder Fraley were in the other room and we heard someone scream. We thought that it was one of the hermanas screaming but no, it was the second councilor in bishopric haha and we go see what's going on and there was a giant rat, like as big as a chihuahua big, and it was running around and we all had shovels trying to kill it but couldn't get the stupid thing. It ran past a hermano and he kicked so hard and so far, that he probably could've made a 50 yd field goal haha! But we finally got it in the corner and we pretty much chopped its head off haha!

This week I have been thinking a lot how much God really does love us! I know these times are hard but if we keep trying to show that we have the faith that everything will be alright he is going to bless us in so many ways! I love what I am doing here for the people in Houston! Love you guys and hope you have a great week!

 Love, Elder Stringfellow

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Exhausted but Happy

Sorry all I got this week are pics!! All we really did was service haha! Love you all and stay safe :)



 ~ Elder Stringfellow
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

GATORS in the Water...

Hey everyone, just wanna let you guys know that I am fine! Everything down here has been crazy and some people are starting to loose their minds haha! Al least now I can say that I have been in a hurricane lol.

Well to start things off on Saturday the 26th we had to stay inside all day and I wanted to kill myself cause we where so bored! It was a good time for us to study and what not and just talk about life I guess! I don't remember a whole lot because it's really a day I don't want to remember! 

Sunday was the crazy day! First off they cancelled church and me and Elder Romero where a little confused because from what we could see outside of our apartment window, there was nothing going on. We then decided to go outside and go look at our street, and we got out there and the water was about 2-3 feet high and we where like OK ya we need to get out of here, like now! So we ran inside and got some of our things ready, and we put stuff up on high shelves and got ready to leave. That took us about 45 minutes and when we went back outside the water was a good 3 1/2 feet pushing 4! So we start walking to this house and the water was getting deep, to the point where we could barely see the top of cars! It was quite the journey and definitely something I will never forget. We made it to the members house in about 45 minutes and I was so tired after all that and we were just sitting their soaking wet haha! Didn't sleep a whole lot that night as we heard boats, helicopters, and crazy winds going all night! 

Monday we stayed there and emailed for about 20 minutes then the power went out and it was still raining cats and dogs outside! We sat their trapped in the members house but we went out for a little bit and helped some people! It was crazy the street we walked on the day before, had 14 feet of water on Monday...Pretty crazy stuff. Right down the street they where picking people up in dump trucks and launching off their boats to go save people! Monday night was crazy as the member came and woke us up in the middle of the night and told us to come downstairs and help translate as a coast guard officer who was there to start getting ready to evacuate! We ran upstairs and got things ready, and I had about 45 seconds to myself and I said a quick prayer. After that I got this overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be alright and we where going to stay here.  I still got all my things ready and helped he members get things ready for his kids but it was by far one of the most spiritual experiences of my mission! 

We woke up the next morning with the water significantly down! It really was a blessing that we where able to stay! The crazy thing is his house is built to where it is not supposed to flood but it got dangerously close in the middle of the night... Like 5 feet away! Anyways we sat their and played with the kids and then it stopped raining at like 5:00 am. We decided to try and walk to our house as some of the neighborhoods didn't flood except for the streets! That was a bad idea as I almost got bit by 2 water snakes haha! That was pretty sketch! 

Wednesday the rain completely stopped, and we went outside to assess all the damage. We went to a different members house to start some service and out of the corner of my eye a saw something move, and I thought it was just another snake, but this time it was a baby GATOR! I was like no way at first so I ran to go get a shovel to start playing with it, but the member did the right thing and killed it haha! That was pretty cool! 

Thursday through Monday of this week was straight service all day! All in all we have probably destroyed 15 houses and we still have a lot more to go! So much damage has been done to some of these people's homes but most of them are so happy and grateful for the things that they still have! It breaks my heart to see their piles of debris just keep growing, but it makes me happy to see people doing things that Christ would do and begin to help their faith grow! The members here are super awesome! I have gotten so close to so many of them and I can't wait to continue to work with them! And by the way we got our power back Thursday night at 9:00! 

I have come so much closer to Christ in these last couple of weeks! I have no doubt seen the hand of Christ and felt of his spirit so much through this disaster! He is the light and he can lead us down the darkest paths! I know this church is true and he really does love his children! Love you guys and thanks for the prayers and whatever else you guys did haha! Have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow 
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey..

On Friday August 25th we heard from Sam via email asking us to put funds into his debit card account cause they heard of the storm coming and they needed to get supplies as soon as possible before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.  Over the next couple of days after that we heard bits and pieces of what was going on, but we do know for sure that he is ok.

Timeline

Friday August 25
First off we are fine right now, just everyone is freaking out haha! Ya I just wanna be safe and first off I wanna make sure everyone else is ok but we will be smart! So ya we are probably gonna be inside tonight and tomorrow but we are going to see what food they have left haha! Love you guys and thank you! Don't worry dad said he would put some money in!

Élder Stringfellow
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Monday August 28

- Just want to let you know I am still alive and doing fine haha! Just lots and lots of water! Love you guys ❤️ - Élder Stringfellow

 - We asked if there was any water in his apartment when he had to evacuate and this was his response

 - There was none when we left, but if me and elder Romero didn't leave when we did, I have no idea where we would be right now. Just thankful we decided to leave when we did - Élder Stringfellow

- This is a photo of him and his companion out front of their apartment.  The walked a mile in chest deep water to get to a member's house to stay

Walking in the water
Out front of their apartment
Top floor of member's home where they are currently staying


 - This is what he took with him...about all that he could fit in the backpack...

- I got 3 shirts, 3 pairs of shorts and garments, I pair of work pants and yes I have my card and everything. We just got word that by our house the water is up to people's necks!  - Élder Stringfellow

- Ya I got everything and we are watching the news and they are keeping us up to date. - Élder Stringfellow

After this, his email went out as did the family's WiFi connection.  From there we were able to communicate via text into the evening and that was permissible by his mission president.

Here are some excerpts from his Mission President's Blog:

https://texastimesandseasons.blogspot.com/

This was on KUTV News from Salt Lake City on Tuesday, August 29th

http://kutv.com/news/local/lds-mission-president-and-family-in-houston-rescued-by-boat

We are anxiously waiting to hear more but we know that Sam is safe.  Things lost can be replaced...lives cannot!  He is ok!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Calm Before the Storm

Don't have a ton of time to write anything this week! We have been kind of busy but the work here is good! It's freaking hot all the, time, but the Mexican food is still on point like always! Anyways I didn't take any pictures, but here is a video of my last comp Elder Nabo fighting a rooster haha! Love you guys and hope you have a great week!