Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Elder May: Chapter 48

Elder May’s birthday is just around the corner as well as his “hump day”.  I will sending out an email for well wishes for his hump day soon.  Many of you have asked about gift cards for his birthday or just because.  He wanted me to let you know that they do not have panda express, in and out or sonic.  They do have Chili’s and Red Robin.  I asked about Burger King and McDonalds but didn’t hear back.  

Elder May is doing amazing and we love and miss him so much but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 48:

1.      15-0 at Pool!

2.      This was a weird Thursday

3.      It's like a clown bike! COME TRY THIS THING OUT!

4.      You scientologists?!

First off, I wanted to write my personal record at playing pool with Elder Swapp. I won 15 times in a row and then it was time for dinner. 

Second was our weird Thursday. We had interviews first thing in the day, then came back and had a quick weekly planning session in order to make it to a dinner with our recent convert, Dorian Drossos,  which had to be over quickly because we went on splits with the high priests to visit new people that recently moved into the ward and finally we went and read in the Book of Mormon with three people we are teaching Taitai, Uveta and Donavan. It was a good but a long and rushed day. 

Third we went to visit a less active member and then planned to find in his area after the lesson. It took us 15 minutes to find the entrance to his subdivision because it was disconnected from any road, then we finally found it and he wasn't home. But while we were knocking we see these two guys. Deciding to see what happens with it one of them rides a bike up to the other. He gets off and the other guy gets on and immediately starts saying "Your seat is too high! How can anyone ride this?" Then after he saw us standing and laughing he said "THIS IS A CLOWN BIKE, YOU KIDS COME TRY TO RIDE IT!" We went over and instead we tried to teach him but he said the people inside would be more interested. Apparently they used to meet with missionaries so we taught the restoration and planned to come pack this upcoming week. 

Fourth, we had a lesson with a 20 year old kid named Jamar at 8:30. We are teaching and he is understanding everything and suddenly a car pulls into the driveway. It's his grandma who quickly and rather loudly says "Can I help you?" After telling her we are teaching a message about Christ to Jamar she says, "you scientologists?" because Clearwater is the scientology capital of the world and both of us do dress nicely. We told her the name of the church and she, much more calmly, says "I've heard of that church, how are y'all doing?" Then she started ranting about how terrible her car is compared to ours and then went inside. After we taught Jamar about the Book of Mormon and set a baptismal date. 

Fun fact about this week, we had 15 people set up to come to church with the families we are teaching.  No one did. One family has bronchitis, one the dad got sick and had to stay in bed so the kids couldn't come, and the other just slept through it. Funny stuff.

Anyway, all is good her in Clearwater! Love you all!

Elder May

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Elder May: Chapter 47

This missionary amazes me... I have personally struggled alot the last two weeks with wanting to bring him home.  I told him that in my personal letter and he very Hayden-like told me that he promised that if he stayed in the field, I would be blessed and not feel this way anymore.  I am waiting patiently but exercising faith as I was asked to do.  I love his dedication to the Lord and the people he is teaching.  We love him, we miss him but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 47:

1) Sorry I forgot to write last chapter
2) "Elders! I met the coolest lady!"
3) That moment when you pull up to the church for a Book of Mormon class in a Mustang.
4) No mucho Espanol. Muy Poquito.
5) it's part of my culture but I guess if you say it's wrong I won't do it anymore.

First off, as the first verse says, I forgot to write last week's weekly email and thats my bad. I should be able to more now because we aren't on carshare with a different area. We are on carshare with sisters but still. 

Secondly, we got a call as we were planning for our day on Tuesday from a Sister in the ward. She told us that she went to do her taxes and that before she went in she asked God that she can carry the Spirit with her, especially for patience and peace. She went in and, along with getting some of her taxes done, shared the gospel with the person helping her for an hour and a half. She taught the restoration, Book of Mormon, and what Elder Swapp and I do as missionaries. Then after she called to ask if we can go over and deliver two copies of the Book of Mormon to her. That was a pretty great phone call and lesson we got to have. 

Third, we were able to have dinner with a less active member who made us spaghetti, told us he wants us to come by and read the Book of Mormon every couple of weeks and he'll make us food, and then drove us in his new Mustang to the church so we weren't late for our class. That was a pretty cool drive. 

Fourth, I got to go on an exchange to a Spanish area and because I don't speak much Spanish, I mostly just sat as if I was a potted plant and talked with the people who I could guess spoke English. It was a fun day though! We went with a youth in the Spanish branch who is going on a mission in a couple of months and speaks no English but he is really funny. I got to teach him how to say the word Duck in English and it was pretty fun to listen to him say "Duck" 100 times.

Last is a lesson that Elder Swapp had with Jonathan, a progressing Micronesian that we are teaching. We taught him the Word of Wisdom because he has a lot of Chewing tobacco around his house. He knows the Book of Mormon is true, loves us coming by, wants a church that teaches him new things instead of just being a social gathering, just needs a license and a car and his whole family will be baptized. Elder Swapp taught him and Jonathan told Elder Swapp that it is the culture in Micronesia to chew tobacco. On one hand that's pretty gross but on the other after he said it would be hard for him to stop because he has chewed since he was 11 he said "I guess I will just throw it all out and never buy it again." So far, that is what he has done. It is him, his wife, and two kids we are teaching. I will try taking a picture with them this upcoming week. For now these are the pictures I do have.

I love you all and appreciate the prayers on my behalf - 

Love, Elder May

Monday, March 6, 2017

Elder May: Chapter 46

We are so amazed at all the stuff this Elder is doing.  District Leader, teaching, working hard and still maintains his fun sense of humor.   We love him so much and miss him even more, but oh, so proud of him!  He would also love to hear from anyone through email or letter.  His current address is on the blog and his email is hmay@myldsmail.net.  Enjoy!!

Chapter 46:

1. Gandy Beach Cleanup time!
2. Akino came to church!
3. *cough cough* I don't feel good...
4. Sooooo what do you need to review this lesson?
5. You and Elder Swapp are staying

Hey everyone! I had a really great week this week! We were able to stay busy and teach a lot.  That is always the better week to have.

Wednesday is where the first quote comes from. We were able to go to the beach and help clean it up a bit. I don't have the picture yet but I will try and get it. It was really fun! You never know what you are going to find. We found alcohol bottles, miniature kit kats, crabs, a tire iron, fish skeletons, a dining room table and a monkey wrench. Crazy stuff.

We can skip to Sunday when we finally had some Micronesians come to church and want to come back next week. They drove themselves and everything. #blessings

We called a lady to confirm with her so we don't need to bike to her house if she isn't ready and she answered and after we introduced ourselves she said "ohhhh *cough* I don't feel good." So after I tried setting up for next week she said "I talked to my dad and he said we should look for a Christian Church instead." Too funny when we get dropped for silly reasons.

Fourth  is a lesson we had with Semisi who asked if we could go over the Plan of Salvation again because he loves it. We asked what he remembered from when we last went over it and he explains all of it perfectly including the Spirit World and what happens there so I asked why he thought he needed to go over it again and he said, " I don't but I like it so much." So we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and explained more in depth about everything.

ps- the word for repentance in Pohpeian is Kelula.

Last is our transfer calls for this past week. Elder Swapp and I are going to stay here and kill it. I am excited! Talk to you all next week and I love you all.

Love - Elder May