Miracles ( San Antonio, Texas Week 16 )

Week 13

Monday January 16, 2017

Well today for PDay we went and did our shopping then we went and emailed then we went fishing 🎣. But we didn’t catch any thing it was close though we decided we wanted to have a camp fire đŸ”„ in the fire pit out front of our house 🏡 so we did and we did our daily planning around the fire.

Tuesday January 17, 2017

We finished our planning on the way home stopped at a store to buy marshmallows and an elderly gentleman need to borrow a phone to call. So, we let him borrow the phone to make a call. Then we went on our way then we went home we had a camp fire đŸ”„ and roasted marshmallows and elder Jacobs made an amazing African chocolate sauce.

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Today was great we went and found a new investigator. He seems great so far. We were actually trying to talk to his neighbors because they were in our area book. So, we knocked on their door but they didn’t answer. So, we knocked on their neighbor’s door because they were in a duplex, we figured they would know each other. He opened the door we asked about the neighbors and said the went to prison hahaha. So, then we got to know him and we taught him about the Book of Mormon he was super receptive, we may try to set something up with him on Friday.

Thursday January 19, 2017

So, we did service today. Painting a wall at our family history center hahaha. They told us one thing and that was to not get paint on the carpet. Well we painted the whole wall. When we were done, we were asked to take off the rollers. So, elder Jacobs was trying to pull them off. Well he was having trouble and we told him it will just slide off, and to try harder hahaha. Well he tried harder and it did slide off, then it flew on to the carpet and rolled across the floor and it painted a large white paint streak on the dark carpet hahahahah. We got the paint out eventually. Then later that day we are at a member’s house and they have like 12 little dogs and they don’t go outside ever not even for the bathroom they have those indoor potty pads. Now this house smelled so bad because of these dogs and makes me want to pass out it is so strong. But I learned it can smell much worse when Elder Webb steps on a pile of dog poop that was in the middle of the room. It wasn’t even on the potty pad. As we taught the member he didn’t even notice the smell at all.

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Friday January 20, 2017

We took Elder Jacobs to San Antonio because he is headed home today. On the way, back we got lost and we ended up at the San Antonio Temple haha.

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Saturday January 21, 2017

So today was so great we have some audio recordings.   I was unable to attach the audio so I have transcribed what Elder Thompson and Elder Webb sent in the audio’s.

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Alright so today was the family history event and it was great. We get there hoping for a good turnout and it was a full house in the class, it was fantastic. We had a couple investigators come up and we had a good time. After the family history event, Elder Webb and I decided, let’s go teach some people who are up here in Buchanan. So, we were looking for the Oddy family, and I pick a dot on the map and I say this is where they live and we get there and the person who opens the door says I don’t know who that is. So, we start teaching them.

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Her name is Lynette, come to find out her brother is lds, we gave her book of Mormon and a pamphlet, and we got her phone number to come back. We contacted so many people in Buchanan. We didn’t know there were that many people there. We knocked on the door of the Oddy family, they were gone on a trip. But there was a 20-year-old girl there taking care of the dogs and we talked to her and gave her a Book of Mormon and we set up a return appointment for tomorrow. She is interested and religious. We are seeing so many miracles.

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Then we were almost out of gas, we thought we weren’t going to make it to a gas station. We turned the corner and we were like there is a gas station, it was a tender mercy. We hadn’t eaten and there was also a cafĂ© in the gas station, it had like the best food ever.

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Sister Richens and some other sisters all went to the gas station, and we got to talk to them about how it went at the family history event.

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I learned today that they don’t have fry sauce in Texas, they don’t even know what it is.

We drive home and we go do studies, then we are like ok we need to go to our appointment with Destiny. We head to the appointment, she had forgotten and she was asleep. We set a return appointment for after church tomorrow. We also had an appointment with her neighbors. I think they are going to be Elder Webbs favorite investigators at this point.

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She is the wife of a Spanish guy we talked to yesterday. She is literally on of the nicest people I have ever met, we found out she has 8 kids. She was so enthusiastic and the nicest lady ever. We gave her a Spanish pamphlet and Spanish Book of Mormon, and an English pamphlet and English Book of Mormon. We set up a return appointment. Man, I love missionary work.

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After those appointments were like let’s pick a random street and go walk around. We are walking down the street and these guys have their music blaring. Elder Webb and I thought we were going to get mugged or something because they had weed out they got cigarettes, they got beer they are just partying on their drive way. These two guys make eye contact and say hey. We just kept kind of walking by. They then turned their music down and then asked hey do you guys have any of those pamphlets.

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Heck ya we have some pamphlets, we gave them the one English one we had, and we went to the car to get more English ones.

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We were walking down the street and we are trying to go to this person who is in our area book as Ben’s mom. I know we are going down the right street, Elder Webb asks if it’s the right street, I say yes. I see a Volkswagen Beach Buggy sitting on these people driveway that they are standing around, I want to go and talk to them. I lean over to Elder Webb and I’m like let’s go talk to them. We are going to talk cars to get their attention, he says you take the lead.  So, we go up to them and start talking about the Beach Buggy, they got like 12 other cars on their driveway. Kind of reminded me of my family when we had 6 cars on our driveway and only one of them worked. It was great though because we started talking to them they didn’t sound that interested but when we started talking about cars they got more and more interested, it was sweet.

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The older two brothers walked away and started working on a car, but Nick started talking to us a little bit. He was our age or a little older. But we just started talking to him and sharing our message. We believe in a modern-day prophet and we have more teachings and the fullness of the gospel. We invited him to read the introduction of the Book of Mormon. As soon as we gave it to him he started reading, he said it was interesting and that he would read it. I couldn’t stop thinking that we are missionaries with a sacred calling we are 18-year-old kids that are doing this, it is all possible through Jesus Christ and through our Heavenly Father, we are just normal guys who believe in something extraordinary. To be able to talk to this fellow peer who is around our age, we are normal guys who believe in this, it was so cool. Heavenly Father wants us to be us when we talk to others, to let our personality shine. It is so cool that Heavenly Father is so involved in this work. We handed out 6 Book of Mormons today. We got 4 new investigators today. I know this work is true, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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My New Area (San Antonio, Texas Week 15)

Week 12

Thursday January 12, 2017

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Jaden’s new companions Elder Webb and Elder Jacobs       

So today we got to our new area and we are in the area that is the farthest north in the mission. We have the biggest house in the mission; it’s a three bedroom two bathrooms and we are walking distance from a lake that the elders go fishing at sometimes. Today was a good day we taught some new people and they were great. The people up here are really funny hahahaha.

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Jaden’s new home

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Jaden’s home overlooking the  Colorado River.

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The dock by Jaden’s house.

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Friday January 13, 2017
Well today was interesting we did service and that was great. We raked leaves
🍃 for a member, they even fed us lunch it was great đŸ‘đŸŒ. Then we went and visited some nice old people. The husband was on hospice he wasn’t supposed to make it through last night, so he doesn’t have much time. After that we went to dinner and well we got lost. None of our maps were working  hahaha. We had to call the member and ask for directions hahaha. Then after dinner they pulled out a bass and guitar 🎾 and played us music hahaha. It was great, they were super old and sweet. They gave us eggs and a toaster oven. Then we started to drive to our next appointment, but we got lost and ended up 40 miles in the wrong direction. We were an hour late to our appointment but they were still grateful to have us.

Saturday January 14, 2017
Today we did service and we helped an man in our ward that’s less active make sausage hahaha, like the whole process. it was really interesting to learn hahaha. He thought I knew what I was doing hahaha. I guess I’m just really good at guessing and lookin like I know what I’m doing hahaha.  They gave us sausages to take home as well as 18 eggs.

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Notes from Jaden:

At the airport I was stopped because of my tin of colored pencils haha, but they let me keep them.

The area is super cool, we are in the middle of nowhere.

We have a car, and 1625 miles that we can go.

We are hoping to go fishing for pday today.

Thanks I love y’all I’ll talk to you next week
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A church that our church rents for the Branch.
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I’m Coming Home (San Antonio, Texas Week 14)

Week eleven in Texas 

Monday October 3rd

Today we started by going to the doctors. Then off to the store. I was in charge of looking up times for the bus. While we were at the store I found one on google maps we had 40minutes till we had to be at the stop, so we hurried home and cleaned the whole house in like 10 minutes. We ran and got in the truck and drove down the street to the stop. We made it there parked, ran to the bus stop, called the number to see if we had missed the bus. It said the next bus wouldn’t be there for an hour, but as we started to walk we saw the bus it was late hahaha. We got on and I think the bus driver knew we were lost from the beginning, as we sat down we continued driving down the road we noticed every one paid when they got on but we never paid. When we asked him when we were about to get off he gave us bus passes for our next bus for free and told us to hurry over to the other side of the bus depot to get on the next bus that would take us to the market. We almost got lost a few times today but we somehow found our way. At the end of our PDay we had to figure out how to get home, we were walking we saw the bus we had just missed it. I look at it, I’m like there is a stop on the other side of the market. So we ran to the bus stop thinking we had missed it. We start looking up busses but a bus came and we got on it and hoped it was going where we needed to go, luckily it did we made it home in time.

Tuesday October 4th 

I got two ties to day for some other elder that was on exchanges. One of them he made from women’s yoga pants he got at a Good Will, so I have a spandex tie hahaha. I also got a penguin tie it’s a brand of tie.

Wednesday October 5th

Well today I crashed my bike, I was wearing my suit haha. I rolled across my bike and tumbled and I killed my front wheel. My bike wheel is bent it wobbles so bad we are getting it replaced tomorrow.

Thursday October 6th

Today was good we had dinner with a member and we brought an investigator with us that was their neighbor. He also is one of the people with a baptismal date.

Friday October 7th 

Well today we found out I am going home on Monday. We also didn’t have anyone for dinner between the four of us elders. So since no members signed up, I said dinner was on me kinda joking but not really because I would be home before PDay so I couldn’t help with the groceries so I paid for us to go to a sushi restaurant. Well we bought 5 rolls of sushi and we got free miso and salad I also bought mochi ice cream for the four of us hahaha. Well in the end our dinner was kinda expensive, but it was really good hahaha it was 73$.

Saturday October 8th

Well today I had two flat tires on my bike I got them fixed though.

Sunday October 9th

Well today was my first day wearing my leg brace at church. People were all asking questions hahah. But only 3 found out I was going home tomorrow hahaha. If they didn’t ask if I was leaving soon I didn’t tell them hahaha. My companion is now companions with the zone leaders. I got pictures with all of them tonight at dinner. We had it with the Yenchik’s they are super nice. Sister Yenchik really reminds me of someone I know but haven’t figured out who yet. Well they found out I was going home and they called dinner the last supper hahaha.  On our way, back to our apartment I of course crashed my bike hahaha. Then after I got up and started riding I almost got hit by a car again.

This makes a total of almost being hit by a car 5 times and crashing 13 times

I Believe I Can Fly ( San Antonio, Texas Week 11)

Week Eight In Texas

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Elder Jaden Thompson and his Companion Elder Wesche with Sister and Elder Schorr. They are from Jadens ward in Star, and ended up in the same mission.

Monday September 12th

We went to the mall I got dress slacks that are skinny fit hahaha they are so much more comfortable. I also got a brown belt so I can wear my brown shoes to zone conference tomorrow. I also found out why we never see hobos it’s because it’s apparently illegal to be homeless in San Antonio so if they find you being a hobo they deport you to Austin hahaha😂😂😂😂

Tuesday September 13th

Today we had zone conference so that took up till 2 we learned all about the power of prayer in conversion. Also today I adjusted something on my bike it’s working more normal now.

Wednesday September 14th

Today we helped brother Auble with the chicken coop. Then we had dinner with the Davis’s. Then had a lesson with the Oberst. Then went to some less actives gave me and my companion a demonic looking nativity set hahaha. So we hid them all over the other elder’s room hahaha.

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Thursday September 15th

Today I have been really sick. I was laying around all day during planning. Also my knee has started hurting recently, it hurts to stand for long periods of time. I think 15-20miles a day on my bike is too much.

Friday September 16th

Today the moving elders took my bike to the shop. I get to use the backup bike in the apartment, well the rear brakes are broken on that bike. So I have learned very quickly how to use the front break without me ejecting from my bike. I did fly off once and came close to a second haha.

Saturday September 17th

Today was good we visited some part member families, they are coming to church tomorrow. I’m going to have one of the people in my ward look at my leg tomorrow at church.

Sunday September 18th

Well today I had a doctor that is in my ward look at my knee and well he thinks my ACL is torn, so I told the mission nurse and she is trying to get approval for me to go to a doctor so we shall see.

Note: Jaden saw an Orthopedic Surgeon on September 22, 2016, his ACL is torn and they are scheduling an MRI.

Mission Things(San Antonio, Week 10)

Week seven in Texas

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Monday September 5th
Not much happened we ran out of time to go to the mall today. Transfers are tomorrow and one of the other elders are leaving tomorrow.

Tuesday September 6th
Today was a good day we did get rained on a bit though but not too bad. I met a heroin addict💉 she was interesting she gave me a head lamp hahaha. She had been living out of her truck. We told her about the ARP program the church has. She said she would look in to it so that’s good. At one point we saw all these weird people today, my companion said why does there have to be people weirder than us haha.

Wednesday September 7th
Today we are pretty sure this guy tried to poison or drug us he was just too nice and just agreed with everything we said. He gave us some homemade food as well as water bottles that had the seal broken so we took them but didn’t drink them. We tried to call him to set up a lesson but he gave us an wrong number so yeah today was interesting đŸ€”

Thursday September 8th
Well today we had weekly planning it was also my companion’s birthday. We had dinner at the Aubles they are a super cool family in our ward. We are helping them with the chicken coop/run when brother Aubles has time. I would love to visit them when I come back after my mission. Well, they made us cake. You know I used to not like chocolate at all but I’ve had to eat so many chocolate desserts that I actually enjoy kinda enjoy it hahahaha 😂

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Friday September 9th
Today was great our plans feel through, but as we were about you grab our bikes I looked over behind these apartments. It is where people park their vehicles and I saw this guy working on his Kawasaki Ninja. I was like to my companion; I wonder if he needs help so we went over. I asked if we could help he said he was ok so I started asking him what was wrong with it. We started discussing what it could be then he asks if we were on those mission things and then we told him about the restoration of the gospel. That we receive modern day revelation from a prophet. He thought it was really cool he liked what we were saying and we left him with a Book of Mormon. We may be teaching him tomorrow as well. But after we told him all of these things he asked if we wanted water hahaha so I said I’ll take some if you let us help you. So we worked on putting it back together. I looked at my companion; he like mouths we have to go. So in my defense I had thought we had only been talking to him for like 30mins maybe 45mins at most. When we finally leave I ask my companion how long we were there he said 1hour and 30mins. I thought there was no way but sure enough we were hahaha. He also had some crazy stories about bike crashes. 🏍

Saturday September 10th
We are so excited, so when I first came in to the area we started teaching a part member family the husband James Oberst was a member his wife is not. She had been taught on and off for a while and today we committed her to be baptized. It was super cool they are probably my most favorite people that we teach. They are always so nice they give us water or Gatorade every time hahaha. But we were so excited for them!

Sunday September 11th
We had a great day this lady from China wandered in to church the bishop’s wife introduced us. We taught the restoration to the lady her name was Ying Ying. She had poor English so the bishop’s wife was translating for us. She is going back to China for 2 months, but when she gets back she really wants to learn more from us. It would be really cool. We may be able to meet with her once more before she leaves, she was really nice. Maybe we could, if she would like to do lessons over Skype but we don’t know if China has Skype aloud.

Notes from Jaden:

We went to the mall today, it was fun. I bought a pair of slacks that are slim fit, a t shirt, and a belt. My side is doing good. It still hurts every once in a while but not too bad. I have not fixed my bike yet. We live too far from the shop to take it in ourselves. So the moving elders are going to pick it up when the have time. My bike works well enough to get me around right now. I am doing great and having fun. The baptism is October 15, 2016.

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Making Tortillia’s

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Making Tortillia’s

I Have Some Sewing Work To Do (San Antonio, Texas Week 9)

Week six in Texas

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Monday August 29th
Today was PDay it was kinda boring because we don’t have any miles but we did talk to this guy that was a police officer that worked at a mental institution. He had some interesting stories about devil worshipers trying to kill him.

Tuesday August 30th
Well today we were riding our bikes through a gated community.Well we sneak in gates after a car. While we were riding really fast to make it through this gate it was closing. There was like 4 feet left as I zoomed though the gate hit the curb and rolled in the dirt well it was almost cool hahah 😂

Wednesday August 31th
Today we had Exchanges I was with Elder Patiño he is one of our zone leaders. It was a great day,I didn’t crash. I got some packages, then we gave a blessing at University Hospital.

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The Aftermath of Opening Packages

Thursday September 1st
Today we were at the church doing family history all day. Then we we went to get our bikes to leave, but someone had taken our helmets. So we looked around and found them in the lowest branch of the tree. I think someone was trying to be helpful so they wouldn’t be stolen or anything.

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Friday September 2nd
Well today was great we talked to an old lady and she talked like the sloth from zootopia  haha. On the way home from that it was like 8:30 and we were taking a short cut like we do every day haha. It was dark this time though, I had my head light on but by the time I saw the tire track ruts in the rock hard mud it was too late. I tried to go over it but i was thrown in to a pile of weeds, flat on my back trying to figure out why I was looking at the stars hahah. Well it doesn’t end there hahaha. Well we were almost home and we were crossing the five lane road and we hopped our bikes on to the side walk and at this
point my bike derailleur was eaten by my 3rd gear and my petals stopped turning. Well we go it kinda working ,we are gonna take it to the bike shop on Tuesday.

Saturday September 3rd
Well today so we got asked to go to McDonald’s for breakfast to meet this guy at 7am. So we went, we are waiting for him we were hoping he would buy us food but he didn’t. When he got there immediately I was kind creeped out by him. He would just stare at us,it’s kinda hard to describe. When he walked in he brought his bibles we were disappointed because that means he wants to bash. He basically condemned us and said
we were enemies of God so that was a very interesting experience hahaha. Later that day I had to ride my bike I can’t use 3rd gear the chain won’t go on to the gear so I was riding in second I normally ride in 3rd all day so I don’t have to worry about my pant leg being
eaten . Well lets just say I have some sewing work to do. I may just buy a new pair at h&m they had a pair I liked they were a slim fit so they sounded better because they are also microfiber so they dry quicker. Also I have never been so sore after riding a bike it’s a weird soreness because it only hut when I am on the bike seat hahaha.

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I Ripped My Pants

Sunday September 4th
Today we gave a blessing to a member of the ward, we also dropped some people as well. Nothing really funny happened. I found some car keys for a ford, nobody was missing any keys we told them to call if anyone came asking so we kept them.

Notes From Jaden:Hey we are going to the mall again today for pday. My side is still hurting occasionally. We are planning on going to H&M, and Ross. So I may not be able to email as much today. So I’m doing great. I would love to get some Japanese Minty Eye Drops. Also did you buy the Japanese mints? I have been waiting for them. Also I bought and electric pad thingy for your muscles. We are doing great, hopefully I’ll be able to talk to you more than just this but if not I love y’all.

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Extra Large Miracle Whip My Parents Sent Me.

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The Baptism Was super Cool (San Antonio, Texas Week 8)

 

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Pday at the genealogy library.

 

Week five in Texas

Monday August 22nd
Today was PDay we are getting low on money haha we have 97$ between the four of us and one more Monday this month hahah. All of our lessons cancelled so we decided to go down streets were we hadn’t gone. In the end we met a bunch of really nice people handed out 4 Book of Mormons and got 6 phone numbers to set up return appointments.

Tuesday August 23rd
Today was a good day all we did was service and and go out to eat with a member.

 

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Wednesday August 24th
Well the power went out so we have no way to make food. It keeps coming on every once and a while so we caught it while it was on. We had district meeting today as well, then we had service. We are helping them build a chicken coop.

Thursday August 25th
Time is going by so quickly hahaha this morning in study I had to stand up to try to stay a wake. But I managed to fall asleep and hit the ground hahaha. We had a bunch of great lessons today. One was with the kids that are being baptized and they asked my companion and I to do there confirmations. I am nervous for it hahaha because we do it in sacrament meeting because they are converts. It’s the first time he has done this as well haha.

Friday August 26th
Today my side started hurting it kinda worried me because it is close to my appendix. I think I’m going to wait to see if it keeps hurting .If it does I’ll go to the doctor so we shall see.

Saturday August 27th
It hurt a little bit today but other than that my side is feeling better. Our baptism was super cool the rest of their families showed up they were really nice too.

 

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Sunday August 28th

So I got to confirm Camyrn today in church it was really cool. I’ve also been doing family history. I found I am related to the Greek gods and to the Norse gods and so many Julius Cesar. So it’s all pretty interesting.

Notes From Jaden:

Transfers are on September 6th. The other three missionary’s and I buy our food together, but it seems like we never have food haha. I’m not always starving. I did convince them to get lunch meet this week. We eat Ramen, Eggs, and Fruit. There are a lot of mosquitoes. I have bug spray but I always forget it. We get to go to the temple twice during our mission.

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