TSAM Ring (San Antonio, Texas Week 13)

Week Ten In Texas

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We did Service at the Ronald McDonald House.

Well I bet you already know what I’m going to type next hahaha yeah that’s right I crashed my bike 🚲. So it’s kind of sad I have crashed more than the other three elders combined hahaha. It does now hurt to straighten my right arm and then I almost got hit by a car 🚗 that is number 3, ah 3times I’ve almost been hit and all weren’t my fault haha. I am at A totally of 11 bike crashes😂🚲

Tuesday September 27th

Today I didn’t crash but I did get my bike back today I also found a smartphone that had been in a puddle hahaha.

Wednesday September 28th

Today we were sitting around at lunch and I told one of the elders that I would buy him a ring for our mission (TSAM ring) but first he had to eat all of the terrible flavored jelly beans he said yes. But after many dead fish 🐟 flavored jelly beans he was throwing up in the toilet, then he came back and finished off the remaining 9 jelly beans. We had a ton of fun watching hahah.

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Thursday September 29th

I am really sick 😷 today I can’t remember what happened today.

Friday September 30th

We did weekly planning today and not much else happened.

Saturday October 1st

Today we were at the church all day. We ordered pizza. We were in charge of the broadcast of general conference at the stake.

Sunday October 2nd

Today we were at the church all day we were in charge of the broadcast again. We had lunch at the church, we found two roaches in the kitchen so I threw one a way and hit the other one out the door 🚪

I Tore My ACL…Again (San Antonio, Texas, Week 12)

Week nine in Texas

Monday September 19th

Well today we didn’t have PDay because we are gonna have it on Thursday but today we didn’t really get to talk to anyone we talked to a member that had just gotten back in town. Then we went around to potential investigators with no success, but this morning we did do service and power washed someone’s drive way.

Tuesday September 20th

Today was a really slow day after training and during lunch my companion tried to fix his bike tube. Well I took a nap hahaha, he woke me up an hour later. Saying we have to hurry to Walmart, it will only have enough air till then. So we hurried and sure enough he was out of air when we parked. Then We went in and got a new tube and I thought I would be nice and let him use the co2 pump hahaha. Well after trying to use it we realized the cartridge was not put in hahah. So I flipped it around and started to screw it in. Well I heard the click as it was punctuated and I hurried to screw it in, but I did a little cross threads at the beginning and then all I heard was a loud bang and a white cloud as it shot apart in my hand hahaha. But the threads are fine on the pump.

Wednesday September 21st

Today we were able to set another investigator with a date we had a really cool lesson. He is going to be baptized on October 22nd🎯. We did weekly planning so we didn’t have a ton of time today.

Thursday September 22nd

So today we went to the temple it was cool 😎. Then we went to the doctor I found out I have a torn ACL. I believe I tore it like six months ago there were three times at Danik that I was pretty positive I tore it. Every time it felt just like the first time I did it. Oddly enough it always happened when I taught the special needs class. I didn’t tell anyone because I wanted to still be able to go on my mission.

Friday September 23rd

Today was ok we did service, we helped move rocks it was hard on my knee. My knee is kind of in constant pain, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to dinner 🍴 today. I was dying, my knee pops a lot when I’m riding my bike 🚲 and just feels super weak. I also crashed my bike.

Saturday September 24th

Today we went on exchanges I crashed my bike flew off and landed on my wrist and on my knee. I just kind of laid on the ground for a minute. I also found an iPod 📱 today, it is so definitely destroyed.

Sunday September 25th

Well today it was the wettest and coldest day so far. First I found out water 💦 proof shoes are great 👍🏼 till the water 💦 is higher than the tops of your shoe when you are on your bike 🚲. Then your shoes become water 💦 shoes. haha. That moment at the bottom of each pedal your feet are under water 🌊 I was soaked for dinner they gave us towels so we could dry off. Then I crashed my bike twice today hahah.

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 🤔

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 PatiĂąo 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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When you Pedal and Your Feet Go Underwater ( San Antonio, Texas Week 7)

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Week four in Texas
Monday August 15th

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Today was good we went to the mall I got some sweet shoes. The brown wingtip shoes were $50, thought it was a great deal. We went to Chuy’s for lunch it was Tex Mex food, it was really good! Then we played pool.

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Chuy’s

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Brown Wingtip Shoes

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Shoes I bought from H&M that are like the ones I bought in Japan.

Tuesday  August 16th
Today was a very wet day haha I may have fallen in a puddle then into the mud on my back I wore my waterproof shoes.  Well they also keep water in really well when you peddle and your feet go under water hahaha it was also thunder-storming.

Wednesday August 17th
Today we had a zone training meeting after we went to Taco Bell. We had to skip dinner tonight we didn’t have Time. I am so hungry hahah. We knocked on a door today, the guy walked out and said look at the sign. There was a no socliting sign, then shut the door. Then we taught a family, then helped some lost Chinese people hahah they were playing Pokemon go hahah.

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Zone Meeting

Thursday August 18th
Time is going by so fast hahaha.  Today it rained on us us but I forgot a jacket hahahha. But we went to a investigators house they were super cool. We had weekly planning today so we didn’t do much today hahahaha. I did do some family history I found all the way back to Adam and Eve, 😊so that was super cool.

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Friday August 19th
Today we had service so it was at the Ronald McDonald house it was pretty fun. The baptism is a week away I got my fit bit today. We had dinner with a part member family hahah they are my favorite family they are really funny.To give you an idea how far we ride Between 50-75 miles a week.

Saturday August 20th
Today we went to a member baptism that was pretty fun. After we went to talk to people but nobody answered so we went to dinner. We may have a new person to visit. I was so tired today hahaha my pillow makes it hard to sleep but once I’m asleep I’m out Haha. I sleep though two alarms every morning. I was told I need a deaf mans alarm, apparently it shakes the bed. That would actually wake me up. We also met a very interesting person named Isaiah. He is starting his own religion and he said that money is God and that he is gonna write a book and use the Book of Mormon and the bible to help him write it hahahah 😂

Sunday August 21st
Today was stake conference it was pretty cool. Later in the day we met this one guy he was pretty cool. He had been to the city prison 2 times and the state penitentiary 4 times.  One time for murder, but he is now turning his life around also he has a crazy neighbor hahaha. He was so completely random but he was so drunk hahaha drunk people are very entertaining to talk to. Some times he tried to give us spaghetti but we had no way to take it home with us, so he gave it to the neighbor’s friends hahah. We talked about God with him. He wanted to prove that God didn’t exist. So he wanted to smash his head into the window, he said if God was real that he would stop him. We had to tell him that we have our agency to choose hahahahaha😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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The back of Jaden’s Missionary name tag.

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We Played Pool on Pday.

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Jadens Bike Mount for his iPad.

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My Dishwasher is Sick.

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1100HP

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