I want to say thank you for the prayers and keeping me in your thoughts. its been another hard week. we were dropped by 3 of our investigators. so now we literally have no one to teach. we have one last hope i guess. a lady named courtenay, we are having dinner tonight at the ward mission leaders home. she is pretty close, i think she understands and accepts the doctrine, she just doesn't see the need to give up drinking wine occasionally. i hope tonight will have a positive impact on her. i dont know what i am ding wrong or what i can do to get people to teach. i read a good section in preach my gospel about patience. i think that's what i need, i need to be patient, but i don't know how long i have to be patient. i feel like I've shown enough faith and that i should be seeing some success by now.
I spent a couple days down in Joliet this week. It's pretty ghetto down there in some parts. I was on exchanges with elder Adams. We got to teach this guy, William, that was a referral from the hermanas. It was cool to teach him. It was way funny tho! He had this big ol gun tattoo on his bicep and he kept pulling up his sleeve and telling us, "I've been out there, I've seen things." His mom was there and she kept interrupting from the other room and asking us questions like do we use the King James Bible and other stuff like that. One time she asked, "do you believe that Jesus is lord?" And every time we would answer her question, she would just say "Praise the lord!" It was the funniest thing I've ever been a part of. That made my whole week. I think he will be pretty solid. He seems really interested. I hope elder Adams and elder Heiner will be able to continue teaching him.We also had new missionary training this week. I got to see elder Frehner and elder Heiner for the day so that was cool for us all to be together again. We shared all our experiences and got some good laughs. I see elder Heiner every Wednesday at district meeting, but it was cool for us all to be there at this meeting. I don't know if I've told you, but there are some kids from my MTC district and we became really good friends. It was also good to hear from President Fenn again.i did get the card from Alyssa and the one from Keaton and Emilie, and the package from the Taggarts and the one from Jared. the Taggarts sent me a tie, i like it. Jared sent me some jalapeño Cheetos and a jar of cookie butter. that was really nice of him. will you get me the Taggarts address and Jareds so i can send them a thank you letter.i bought some boots so i will be able to get around this winter without ruining my shoes. its been cold, but nothing i cant handle. we went out and shoveled some people's driveways around our apartment. on the way back we helped one of our neighbors bring in her groceries, that's the second time we've helped her with that. its nice to be able to do service.If you want to send me anything, you can send me one of those small iPods with some good music on it. anything you put on it has to be uplifting and cant distract from the spirit, but it can still be regular music. a lot of missionaries have like bob Marley on theirs. A Capella stuff is good too, I like it. Keaton could probably help with that since he knows mission rules about music and knows how to get music on an iPod. you don't have to, i don't want you to spend money on me since it was just the holidays. but maybe eventually you could that would be cool. thanks for your prayers. make sure Alyssa knows i love her. i think about hanging out with her almost every day. Love, Elder Scherer