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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


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

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 


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.


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
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:

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

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!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Riding a Horse...Sort Of

Hey everyone hope you guys had a good week. Is was a good week, but it was super hot and humid, with a lot of rain, and we where on bikes pretty much all week haha!

Other than that not a whole lot happened. We had MLT which is where all the leaders in the mission get together and talk about how we can help the people in our districts, and zones work better, and have more success. President hewlett was their and all I gotta say is that man is a spiritual giant! He talked a lot, but I learned so much and I can't wait to try and apply the things I learned! I also got to see some of the homies I served around and it was good to see them again. 

In our own area we have been working with a lot of old investigators who are ready! Well I think they have always been ready, but most of them just went on vacation to Mexico haha! I am excited to work with them and see how they turn out. 

Something funny this week was we had dinner with la familia Rodriguez and they had one of those toy horses and the hermano said " I bet you won't ride it around like a cowboy", and I was like alright you watch. We took a video so you guys can see how much I've learned down here in Texas. Make sure you listen to hermanos laugh haha, super funny :) 

Things are going great! I am really loving the mission and I can't believe how fast time is going! I love you all and hope you have a good week! 

Love Elder Stringfellow 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Email is Back

Hey everyone sorry it's been a while, my email has stopped being stupid but it's working now hopefully! 

Things have changed a little bit since the last time I sent an email, both me and Elder Nabo where transferred from galena park... I am gonna miss my boy Nabo but anyways  I am the district leader here in Houmont park, with my homie Elder Romero! Things over here have changed a lot, we are now in a all Spanish zone, and everyone in my district is Spanish speaking, so we are pretty much speaking Spanish 100% of the time. Not gonna lie it was kind of hard at first because it was quite a big adjustment but I am doing better. I had to give district meeting in Spanish and that really helped out a lot! 

Not gonna lie I really don't know a whole lot about this area, but the ward is awesome! They are so nice and helpful, and they are will to do anything for the missionaries, I love it! We have some people we found this last week that seem solid and I can't wait to work with them! 

We had a small miracle this week that was pretty cool! We where eating a Chick-fil-A and I went up and asked the lady for a refill and I really didn't pay too much attention too it and after we went on our way. Later that day we went and did an hour of power, which is when we just go knocking doors for an hour straight, and we decided to bring a member and his non member brother with us. We knocked a couple houses and got doors slammed in our face and we where kind of bummed. So we asked Omar the non member to choose a house and he choose this one house that had a cool car in front of it. We where like alright sure, so we go and knock it and a nice lady answers the door and we start talking with her. As we are talking her daughter comes and starts to listen. Then out of the blue she looked at me and said I know you, I saw you earlier today, and I was like OK where? She said I filled up your drink at Chick-fil-A and I was wondering what you guys where doing and who you where. So we told her that we are missionaries and we talked about the restoration, and we are going to talk with her some more this week! She is really solid and I am excited to work with her! 

That's all I got this week. I will probably have some more interesting things to write next week haha! Love you guys and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Email still not working...

Sooo my email isn't working again, but I got transferred and I am a district leader in Houmont Park. It's right next to Galena Park, but I am with Elder Romero and doing great. If I get anything to work o will let you know. Love you guys :)

Élder Stringfellow

Monday, July 24, 2017

My email wont connect to the server or whaterver....

Elder Stringfellow did not send a big letter this week but could only email chat with his Parents but all is well...we think.  This was the beginning of a patient time for his parents as we received very little information.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Transferred to Galena Park, TX

Hey everyone hope you guys had a good week! This was a good last week here in liberty! I am getting transferred, but I don't know where yet haha!

This was a good week this week! We had some good progression with Rosa! She is still doing good with no smoking and drinking! Hopefully she will be baptized here in the next couple weeks! Nothing really much to report on this week! 

Me and Elder Paulsen just had fun this week! We got work done and had some good times! One thing we had to do this week was give talks in sacrament meeting. All 4 missionaries in the branch had to give one on the same topic and it was kind difficult because I was the last speaker and most of the stuff had already been talked about haha! Anyways it went really good! 

Had to say bye to a lot of good members this week which was kind of sad... This area has been good to me, but I am ready for a change! I love you guys and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow

Pics: me with some of my favorite families, and my good friend Lewis haha! 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Power of the Priesthood

Hey everyone hope you guys had a great week! I am here in galena park with my boy elder nabo! He is from Africa and he is about 6'7! Super cool and funny also! 

Well let's just say, I got so many hispanos on my hands I don't know what to do with myself haha! Here there are so many more than my last area! We get fed so much also, I probably had more dinners this past week here than I did my entire time in liberty haha! We have a hermana that makes homemade betos burritos and they are sooooo good! Best things I have ever had! Also had some bomb tacos as well! 

When it comes to investigators we have some solid people. Taught a guy named Carlos yesterday that is super ready I am really excited to work with him! 

Yesterday we had an experience that really opened my eyes... we where driving back from dinner at our bishops house and all of sudden traffic stopped and we had to slam on our brakes. There was obviously an accident and we knew that there was a person in the car. So we pulled the car over and ran over to the car and saw the young lady sitting there barely breathing with a big giant cut in her forehead. I'm not gonna get too graphic but you could see her brain, and the first thing we tried to do was give her a blessing.  We did, and waited about 10-15 minutes for ambulance to show up. When they came she was still breathing and everything but right as they tried to take she passed away. If their is anything that I learned from yesterday is that god has a plan for all of us. It was definitely shocking to see someone pass away right in front of me.  I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and everything it has in store for me. I really hope that she had a taste of what the gospel is in this life. I know this church is true and god has a plan not only for me but for everyone! 

Hopefully this all makes sense... Was a pretty crazy week not gonna lie.  Thanks for the the love! Love you guys and have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow 

Pics: only ones I got this week, but this is us at President drakes last zone conference, and the homemade betos burrito :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Patience Grasshopper...

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

Well not a whole lot of exciting things happened this week. We are still working with Rosa Chavez and she is still doing good with no smoking. We have her on date for this Sunday but we will see how that goes. The other rosas are doing good. They wanted to come to church this week, but it was stake conference and it's about a 45 minute drive to the stake center so none of the rosas ended up coming but that's ok:) 

As I said we had stake conference this week and it was really good! Elder Dube from the seventy came and spoke and he gave a great talk. He has a really thick accent and it was kind of hard to understand, but what I got out of it was really good! I also got to see some of my homies from other areas which is always fun! On our way home we got stuck in traffic for like 45 minutes because of a huge accident. They had to life flight the person to the hospital and the helicopter flew right over us. That was probably the most exciting thing of the week right their haha! 

I also got to go on exchanges with my good friend Elder Bingham. We talked a lot about the good times we have had, and we talked a little basketball as well lol ;) we also called up some of our favorite people from other areas and it was cool to be able to go with them! We did however have a very spiritual lesson with the husband of Rosa Chavez, Arturo. He said he wants to find ways to feel closer to god, and we where like well why don't you help out your wife, and stuff like that. Hopefully we can teach him more throughout the coming weeks. 

Sorry if these letters are getting boring for those who read, not gonna lie this is a pretty dry place haha, but I love being a missionary, and I wouldn't wanna be any where else! Love you guys and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Elder Stringfellow 

1: Homies from Port Arthur 
2: The elders in the district 


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
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