Monday, January 30, 2017

EMAIL: Week 26 "Field-trip to Morristown and Zone Conference"

WRITTEN 1/23/17

Monday: Pday and a member had a baby!
So pday we went shopping and then we came back to the chapel for emails and basketball and all sorts of different games with the whole zone. We've got a pretty awesome zone! After all the fun and games we took the Greenville elder home and then we had a dinner appointment with the Maldonados. The father is bishops second counselor so it was really nice to meet with him, talk about the ward and all. They made this shrimp soup that was soooo good! During our lesson the sisters called us and told us that a member in our ward is going into labor and we needed to pick them up (the sisters). We had to drive doing to Bayonne to pick up a bunch of stuff that a guy was donating for the baby. Stuff like a car seat, diapers, humidifier, tons of stuff. He really was such a blessing to that family because they don't have the money to buy that stuff. She didn't even go to the doctors once! 

Woke up, did some study'n, had lunch. Called some people and then scheduled some appointments during the week and then had to drop off the car at the sisters place cause they had to take it to a doctors apt. We figured out English class for that night and then went to an appointment with a less active. Her name is Iran, she's a single mother and she has 3 kids, 2 sons and a daughter. Super awesome fam. Loves the missionaries sooo much! She fed us some Brazilian BBQ, it was goood! We are working with her about pride. Pride always gets in the way no matter what. Pride is the thing that stops progression. And right now she has some pride issues with people in the ward and she's not progressing so we are trying to fix that so she'll come back:) Then after that we had English class and we had a solid 2 people there! Yeah it's not a lot but we're trying to get more to come. I even made brownies haha

We had four lessons back to back. All of them went really good! We gave a blessing to a less active member that has a lot going on in his life and he's trying to find a new job. He's a single father of 2, a son and a daughter. Awesome family who's just trying to figure some things out right now. Lesson after that, we scheduled a day for when Santos (our recent convert that just got baptized back in December) and his wife can go to the temple to do baptisms. His wife has been a member since 2011 I think but she has never done baptisms for the dead before so this will be sooo cool! Or last lesson was with the Pozos. They're from Peru and they make really good good! The father has been less active for years and years but other than him, his whole family is super active. His wife is the relief society president his daughters are in the primary presidency and also in young women's. Elder Jordan and I tried for 12 weeks to get inside their house but never did. Just about 2 or 3 weeks ago we did! Now we are setting up a soccer night (because he loves soccer!) every Friday. So I guess you could say good things are rolling along.

Thursday: Field trip to Morristown 
Had to take or car into Morristown to get the engine looked at by the ford dealership. We left our apartment at 6am, got there before they opened. Got the car in and we were ready to get this thing fixed as fast as possible. Was in the waiting room around 10 and the guy that was helping us came over and asked "you guys waiting? I thought it was a drop off. My guys have set that car aside and have been doing oil changes all morning..." we were a little upset cause we were there before the place even opened just so we could be the first ones out of there. Then he says "I'll get my guys to look at it right away but, it will be another 2 or 3 hours until we figure out what's wrong." Sooo long story short is we just walked around Morristown all day. Talked to some people, got lunch, did some weekly planning and stuff like that. We were notified that the car has to stay at the dealership till next week sometime so we got a replacement for the meantime. We didn't get back to jersey city till about 6:30ish. Yikes what a long day...

Friday: Zone meeting!
Friday was another super long day. We had zone conference. It started at 8 and didn't end till 4:30... tons of awesome training and talks given by president Taggart, sister Taggart, and the assistants, and of course the zone leaders. We talked about the sabbath day, revelation through the Book of Mormon, revelation through prayer, teaching investigators to pray the right way. So many important things were brought up for our use in our specific areas. Sooo awesome. Our mission-wide goal for this month is 50 baptisms! And I think we are going to do it!

We finally got to see a less active that I haven't seen since November. They have never been to church in the 6 months I've been here so yeah. We talked about the importance of the sabbath day and why we have it. She said that now because it's in the afternoon it's going to be easier for her to come, so we're crossing our fingers! We also saw Jasmine (our jersey city mom) and talked about an activity we can do with the ward to help unify the members. Had a lesson with one of our investigators and his brother. Our investigator is so awesome, he just listens to everything we say and he's super open about all this (which is super different cause here we are used to people putting walls up the second you approach them). He says something is missing in his life and he needs to figure out that it is this!

Sunday: Everyone at church!
Had to run over to the sisters to give them the sacrament because they can't leave their apartment cause they have a virus😬. Stoped by an investigators house to see if he was going to make it to church but he couldn't come cause he had to work:/ Other than that there were sooo many people at church! Maybe most of the less actives that we work with were there and even some that I've never seen at church once while I've been here where there! Such an awesome day! The talks were wonderful, clases went well, everything was super awesome!

Well I know it's long but I hope you all like it:)

Elder Marz

Sunday, January 29, 2017

EMAIL: Week 25 " Happy Birthday to Elder Marz"

WRITTEN 1/16/17

Monday: Pday
A new schedule for pday came out from our president and if that pday starts at 8 instead of 10. So now we have two extra hours to do what we need to, that's pretty cool! We went shopping and then the whole zone got together at menchies for frozen yogurt and then we all went to the chapel and played basketball, 21, pig, gatorball, lots of fun games. We would do emails in the middle so that's why it super hard to just crank out my emails out, so now I'm trying to write my email throughout the week so you guys actually get an update haha. Monday night we had an appointment with our recent convert Santos. Such an awesome guy! He has such an awesome family and kids. Hopefully in this next month we can take him and his wife to the temple for baptisms!

The sisters had to take our car up to transfer conference cause sister Freestone is getting transferred out. We had to go up to their apartment so they could put all of her stuff in the car and then we got dropped off back at our apartment. Finished our studies and then went over to the chapel to plan for English class. Then went over to a less actives apartment and she fed us so much food! (Look at the pictures!) we really needed to go so we weren't going to be late for our next meal appointment and she wanted us to take down her Christmas tree and in the mean time she was fixing up desert.... I was so done with food and even the thought that we had another meal appointment right after yikes! We went to our next meal appointment and ate some more food and then booked it over to our Spanish class. Only two showed up but they are the same two that have come every time so that's a good sign! 

Wednesday: First district meeting of the transfer
Well we had our first district meeting of the transfer and we got a pretty fun district. We got some new faces in the zone so it's going to be fun to get to know them all. Oh I met this one elder who now is in our zone, his name is elder Forsyth and he's from Parker Colorado and knows our family! Somehow there's a connection! It's a small world. I think he said that his sister knew the twins but yeah I don't think we actually knew each other, but we might have! Later that day we went over to a members house for some early birthday celebrating. He order some really good Dominican food, we ate everything and we hit a wall. We were so tired! The member we were with started to fall asleep as he was talking to us😂 Soooo we told him we needed to go, otherwise we were all going to fall asleep! We left and went over to Williams (young man who has been a member for a year) and was hoping to have a lesson but his little brother Will is such a little rascal. No joke this kid is crazy! When he's around no one can focus or pay attention, I mean this little kid is so entertaining!  After that we headed home.

Thursday: My Birthday!
Woke up, got ready. My companion made me French toast for breakfast (which was super bomb btw) and then had studies. Went to service and then got sandwiches after and ate them at the English elders apartment. Elder brewer made me a cake! Hahaha I wasn't even expecting a cake from anyone but he surprised me! It was like a maple spice cake and it was super yummy. Did some weekly planing and then we went to our English class. We brought the extra cake to English class and they all really liked it. Throughout the day I was getting little messages from people in the mission and calls from members, and then I got my bday present from home, it was an awesome birthday!

Friday: Happened to be Friday the 13th...
Well we had all sorts of things planed but not a whole lot of them actually ended up happening. First we wanted to take or car in to the shop to get the transmission fixed but they told us it was going to take like 4-5 days! Yeah so that didn't happen and then we were supposed to go help a member paint but that didn't happen cause they cancelled. Went to lunch at this Asian restaurant and we both got the same exact fortune! (I though that was a little creepy, I mean what are the odds of that?) Then had to go find a dentist for elder Johnson cause he has a few cavities that are bothering him. Found a dentist but didn't get them fixed. We were there like 3 hours... we just did X-rays and maybe we'll come back on Monday and get them fixed. After that we had coordination with our ward mission leader to discuss who we are working with and what we need help with. After our meeting we went over to a members house for dinner and talked about the less actives in the ward and how we can help them. It was awesome!

Saturday: Felt like we were living Groundhog Day all over again!
Man we had all these plans but almost all of them fell through, just like Friday. People canceling appointments, car service shop not open, had to go to the dentist again, knocking doors and nobody wants to talk, tried to set up a table stand but then it started snowing and no one is out walking around. Not a whole lot was going right for us. But one thing did go right for us and that is we were able to have an appointment with less active who's husband isn't a member. We had a really awesome lesson. They have never met elder Johnson so they spent some time getting to know him and then we were talking about Alma 36 and we had an awesome discussion. Hopefully we'll see them at church!

We had studied in the morning and then we had church at one. We went over to a members house for dinner, they wanted to celebrate my birthday. They decorated and got me a little party hat. We had some super yummy food! And then they had a cake and some presents too! It was so much fun, definitely a memory I'll never forget. The members here have been so nice to me. I have developed a love for the people here in our ward and it's going to be really hard to leave them. They've been so nice to me. It's weird to think that at the end of this month I'll have 6 months here! That's kinda a long time but really it isn't. I still can't believe it's been that long. Time just flies!

That's what my week looked like, sorry it's so long! I tried something new this week with writing my emails and it works better for me but I just need to shorten it up.
Love you guys!
Thanks for all your birthday wishes! 

Elder Marz

EMAIL : Week 24 "SNOW & Staying in Jersey City"

Written Jan 9th 2017

I'm doing good!
I'm staying with elder Johnson for at least another transfer here in jersey city so that's good I get to celebrate by birthday here with all the people I know really well:)... It's weird that I'm almost 19. Yeah that's weird. I'll only have one more birthday on a mission after Thursday!

Other than that I'm doing great.  It snowed like 6 inches on Saturday and all we did was shovel all day long! Our backs were sore Sunday! But I'm ready for a new transfer. We got our new Spanish class going and it's great! More and more people are coming every week! 

I'm having fun and it's crazy how fast these weeks are flying by!
I love you so much!

Elder Marz

EMAIL: Week 23 "Happy New Year"

WRITTEN Jan 2nd, 2017

Happy New Years!

New Years was pretty boring for us. We had 1 meal appointments (a lot less then usual on holidays) and no one was home cause they were all in NYC for the ball drop so it was pretty boring. We had to be home by 9:00 like usual. Yesterday was nice. Church got moved to 1 so we had a full morning of studies and then church and then we had a few meetings and then we went by a recent convert after church to see how he is doing. Oh and then the English elders in our area (just one companionship) came over and I made dinner for the four of us. It was pretty darn good.
Haha I'm glad you liked the cards:)

And for my birthday I'm not really sure. Space isn't really a problem. I can hawl it all around. I don't have to put everything in my suitcases. I've got a couple of those sturdy milk crates that I put stuff in. There really nothing specific that I think.

I had an exchange on Friday. An elder that is in training right now came up with me. His name is elder silliampa. Super cool guy. It was an awesome exchange, we had some fun!

No snow here quite yet, we should be expecting some soon though!

We've been teaching a lot lately with the ward members about new year resolutions and making new goals for this year. What things can they stop or start doing to come closer to Christ this year. Super cool stuff.

We are working with a new guy who's name is Ernesto super cool guy. Hopefully he can progress to baptism soon. Just barely met him on Friday!

That's pretty much it for last week. Not super exciting but now that we are past the holidays we can start working a lot closer with the ward. Sorry I don't have any pictures this week!  Next week I promise I'll have some pictures!
Love you all!

Elder Marz