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Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Weekly Report

Hello everyone hope everyone had a good holiday week! We got work some work done this week but everyone was gone or didn't want to talk to us haha!

On Tuesday one of the Spanish Elders, Elder Bingham had a little medical problem.  He couldn't move the whole left side of his face so we had to drive him to the doctor like 30 miles away.  The doctor said he has palsy and that it should be fine here in a couple weeks.   
Wednesday we knocked pretty much all day and only like 3 people answered.   
Thursday was the fun day.  We went over to a members house and they fed us and there was so much food!! We helped them cook some of the food, and we got to help them fry the turkey also! It was so good but we had to leave and go to another house for dinner.  The second dinner was with a Mexican family and they tried to do a traditional American thanksgiving but it turn out so great haha! They made green beans but they just dumped them into a bowl and put a stick of butter on it! They where strange but still ate it! At the end of the dinner they walked out with a giant pot full of tamales haha! 
After our second dinner we drove by the Walmart here and it looked crazy!! Everyone one here is freaking out because some lady thought it was a good idea to bring her 10 month old baby to black Friday, and the baby ended up falling out of the mothers arms because they was getting pushed around.  Also in our mission boundaries some lady got stabbed because she wouldn't give up bath towels haha! People down here are going crazy right now! 
Anyways Friday was a pretty boring day, and Saturday we painted a house and put up Christmas lights for a member.  That pretty much took all day.  Sunday was a good day.  Had a good day at church and after we went and ate at a members house.  She made some Mexican meatloaf that was good.  After that we decided to go knocking and we found 3 women that wanted to talk to us.  We went in started talking and we started to talk about the Book of Mormon.  I gave it to the little girl named Emily and she opened it and started to read it right away!  I was talking with the other two ladies named Marisa and Cruz and they said that they would start reading it with her also! They want us to come back again and start reading with them and we asked if they wanted to come to church with us and Emily the little girl got super excited and yes i want to go so bad!! I pretty excited to work with them!

If any of you haven't had the opportunity to watch the new video the church came out with i would recommend it.  It has a great message on how we should light the world this Christmas season and that we should try to do what they savior did, and that is to serve others.  Like it says in the scriptures charity is the pure love of Christ.  So go check it out and see what you can do to serve others!

Anyways love y'all and hope you have a good week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow 

Fried Turkey
Inside a Mexican Kitchen
Putting up the Christmas Lights
The Finished Product
Samurai Sam


Some People are Crazy

Hey everyone hope you all had a good week! This was my first week with my new companion and he is pretty cool! His name is Elder Lake and he is from Oregon.  We get a long pretty well!

This week I was showing Elder Lake around our area.  We have a new investigator and her name is Sandra V.  Very weird name, but she is a cool lady.  We found her through her daughter who is an investigator for the English Sisters.  They are both really close and we want to try and get them baptized on the same day, because that would be super cool and a lot easier for all of us! 

So when we go to the soup kitchen every Wednesday we talk to this one guy from Vietnam. His name is Hong Tran, and he is the craziest man I have ever met in my entire life.  He came to America in 1980 and all he does everyday is chill.  He lives in a garage and everything he has is from the dumpster.  One day at them soup kitchen he said that he wanted to hook us up with some fresh shrimp.  So we went to go meet him at the Queen Of Vietnam Temple, and outside they have a giant statue of the Virgin Mary.  Don't ask my why they have it because I don't know.  Anyways we find Hong and we are talking to him and he wanted us to drive him to Galveston which is outside the mission to go pick up the shrimp.  We told him no and he said fine lets just go back to my house.  We had a lesson prepared from him and we taught him a little bit but them he just went off on how some guy stole his phone and he was going to kill him!! He took off his shirt to show us is muscles and all the tattoos he has and he has some pretty crazy tattoos! We left his house and I laughed so hard!! We gave him our number and he gives us a call everyday.  We are much his best friends and his only friends jaja!!   

This week I have been leading out the area, and it has been easier than I thought.  I thought it was going to be super hard, but we are talking to people and my Spanish is getting better every day! I have realized that prayer is so powerful! I have said lots of prayers asking for help, and he has helped me in more ways that I could have ever thought! I know Heavenly Father loves me and that he wants to help me.  I just need to do my part, by doing the small and simple things.  

Thats all I got. Love y'all and hope you have a good week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Transfers...One Day Late

Hey everyone, sorry that I am a day late my companion got transferred to a different area, but i am still here in Port Arthur!  I got a new companion named Elder Lake! He is from Oregon and he is super cool.  We are going to be getting some work done while we are here that's for sure!

Anyways not a whole lot happened this past week.  We knocked a lot of doors with a little bit of success.  We did find some people that we are going to go talk to later this week, but I am not sure that they are super interested about learning more.  

On Thursday we got to go to the temple as a mission which was pretty cool.  Not everyone from the entire mission was there I finally got to meet some of the Spanish elders, which was pretty cool because I don't know any of them.  They made us find a member to give us a ride out there and we got a ride from brandon p.  He is super cool and we love to hang out with him and his dad.  

Sunday we went and said goodbye to members for Elder Barrett.  He was sad about the whole situation but I was pretty fine.  The members out here in Port Arthur are awesome and I love them so much.  They help us out in so many ways!

One thing that I have been trying to do this past week is try and talk Spanish as much as i can.  Its still not the best Spanish, but i know if i try to work as hard as i can the lord will be there to help me as long as I am trying my best.  Not only in Spanish but in every aspect of my life!

Love you guys and hope you have a good week!

Elder Stringfellow  

Us with Brandon
Spanish Elders
District Superman Pics
Us with the Penas
Everything is bigger in Texas Jaja

Monday, November 7, 2016

Another week of the same....

Hey everyone! hope y'all had a good week! Everything here is pretty much the same! Trying to find people and doing service!

On Tuesday we where looking for the young adults in our branch because President Hernandez asked if we could help out with that, and we found some pretty interesting people not gonna lie! A lot of them don't even live in the house that it says they live in, and the people that live there now are pretty interesting not gonna lie! People thinking that we are Amish and that we churn our own butter.  Then the guy told us he was high and we where like oh thats nice, but we gotta go! We are going to talk with this guy again this week! Pretty excited for that haha!

Wednesday we where riding bikes looking for some people and we found some kid that is from the church of La Luz de la Mundo which means "light of the world."  He went off saying things that I can't even remember but I'll give the kid some credit, he did know his bible! After all that he told us he had to leave because they have church 3 times every day and he had to leave to get ready! I don't know why you would have church 3 times everyday but thats not my problem haha!

Thursday we did weekly planning and then we did more service! we helped a man from the English ward help him with his tree house.  He built the coolest tree house i have ever seen! I don't know how long it took him but man its pretty dang cool! Ill send some pics.

Friday was zone meeting some we went up there and got some really good  insight about how the members can help us better.  The members from our branch are really cool and help us out a lot! Most of them are really cool!  Then after the meeting we went to go talk to some referrals but they weren't there.   

Saturday we had more service! We helped a guy out in our branch named Victor V.  This guy is awesome and he makes some good food! We helped paint railings and cabinets that took all day but it was fun with Victor!

Anyways that is all I got this week! Love y'all and hope you have a good week!

Elder Stringfellow