Monday, August 31, 2015

Morton 8.31.15

I realize that my emails have kinda sucked as of late. I'll try to
keep you entertained for this one.

Elder Renlund from the first quorum of the Seventy came and spoke to
us. It was awesome. He shared a lot about what the roles of a Seventy
Tasks of the Seventy:
Exodus 24:1, 9 witness of Christ
Numbers 11:4, 11-17 help bear the burden of the prophet
Luke 10 preach and heal

He also talked about how we are in this mission for a reason and that
President and Sister Griffin are here for a reason as well.
Then came the funny part. Sister Renlund, his wife, called for
volunteers. Elder Boulton volunteered us to go up in front of everyone
not knowing what we were getting in to. She had us role play teaching
her the Law of Chastity... It was the most awkward thing I have every
done in my life. But I can say I taught a member of the Seventy's wife
the Law of Chastity! She made us look dumb..

But then after that we were friends with her. She was talking about
inviting people to do things like read and pray. She asked if anyone
had ever been to a party without being invited and me and Elder
Boulton laughed. She was like, "Oh I see we have the party animals
here." She is so funny. So yeah I got called a party animal by Sister
Renlund. No big deal. haha

Margret came to the the Luau! and she also came to church! It was so
awesome. She made so many friends and she is fitting in nicely with
everyone. The big thing that was holding her back from leaving her
other church was the choir that she was a part of. BUT! The ward
council decided that they were going to start a ward choir and as soon
as she found that out she was so excited! It was so awesome how that
worked out. She is going to get baptized on September 12! I'm so
excited for her (:

Someone at church gave us peaches and I was super stoked, but then
when we got back home and opened the box I was sorely disappointed...
They were the size of apricots. Nothing like the good ones from back
home. I didn't even eat any.

We taught a fire lesson to Debra on Saturday right before the Luau.
She was like, "okay so do you want me to be a Mormon?" Uh yeah Debra
that's kinda the goal! It was awesome. We just found her like last
Tuesday and taught her Saturday. She said after we were done teaching
her that she mostly just wanted to see if I would talk the next time
we came back. So I guess I need to talk more? I have been told twice
now that my laugh sucks. First I was told that I looked like I was in
pain when I laugh and some sister told me I look awkward when I laugh.
I was really tempted to pull out my pocket knife and cut her hair off
and be like hah now you look awkward! But I didn't do it.. So my self
esteem is at an all time low and I no longer laugh. (:

Have a good week. Try not to miss me too much!

G. Franklin Scherer

1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Monday, August 24, 2015

Morton 8.24.15

don't remember anything that happened this week. It went by pretty quick.
We have been meeting with Bro. Herlihy, who is inactive by
circumstance. He lives in an assisted living place in East Peoria. He
has an ultra rare disease. Not sure what it is, but there's only 2
other people in the world who are known to have it as of right now.
That's what he said anyways. He is the smartest guy I have ever met.
He is kind of like a mad scientist. He is really smart among all these
disabled people. He's kinda like their king. His body just doesn't
work, but his brain sure does.
We stopped by an investigator Daniel. Well he's more of just a contact
because we haven't been able to teach him anything. We stopped by the
other day and he invited us in, but then he told us, "I just smoked a
whole ton of weed I'm gonna be honest." So we left and said we'd see
him later. Haha
Margret is doing great. She finally "broke up" with her old church. We
shared the story of when Christ called Peter and Andrew and how they
"straightway left" and left everything behind to follow the Savior.
She was like I want to be like them and leave it behind now that I
know the right path. She is going to be baptized on September 12!
We got to go to Peoria today to get our oil changed. I kinda sinned...
There was a tv on there showing so,etching on the history channel
about Atlantis.. I tried to read Jesus the Christ, but yeah. Haha it's
amazing how interesting it was since I haven't watched any tv in 9
minutes. There's someone playing Michael Jackson, don't stop til you
get enough, right behind me. I kinda want to dance. lol
I have some cool pictures to send also. Love you guys.

We went to teach Brother Johnson: an apostatized degenerate who only
likes to argue, but we destroy his views and he gets mad, and he took
us and showed us some cool stuff about Creve Coeur, Illinois where he
lives. I guess there was a man named Robert Cavalier Seul De La Salle
who had a fort here to protect them from native Americans in the
1600's. He came back from an expedition to find all his people dead or
something. I can't remember the story, but anyway so,etching broke his
heart when he got back and so he named the place Creve Coeur, which
means crevasse heart, or broken heart.
My companion found some obsidian and he picked it up because he wanted
to make a tie clip. So what did he do to make a tie clip? He picked up
our 45 lb plate and put it on the table, poured a whole ton of rubbing
alcohol in it and lit in on fire and put the rock in there. Apparently
he thought he could weld rock? I told him to put it out and he was
like no it's gonna work. Yeah it didn't work and he almost burnt down
our apartment building. He definitely gets the golden helmet award for
the century. I almost called the president, but then he finally
stopped when he realized you can't weld rocks. 

G. Franklin Scherer

1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Monday, August 17, 2015

Moore town 8.17.15

Another week in Morton. It was a pretty great week. The highlight was
that we were teaching Margret Bjork, our investigator, and she got her
answer to the Book of Mormon right in front of us! It was amazing! We
were reading through Moroni 10 and when we got to verse 8 it was her
turn to read. She got about halfway through the verse and just stopped
and looked up and said, "This is all true, isn't it?" She started
crying and was just overjoyed. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. It
was me, my companion, elder Pierre our zone leader, and her. The
spirit just flooded the room. This was probably the strongest I've
ever felt the spirit.

She accepted when we asked her to be baptized on September 5th! And
she committed to come to church. She ended up not being able to come
to church because she couldn't get her handicap daughter ready on time
and she didn't want to be late. We stopped by after church to see what
was going on and found everything out. Unfortunately we are going to
have to push her date for baptism back, but she is still on board.

That's pretty much the biggest news. Everything else was just regular
missionary work. Same thing everyday. 
But something really funny about him. He's black and also a member of
the kkk. He wanted to dress up like them for Halloween so he signed up
online and they sent him the official cape and hat and everything,
it's super funny.

Pray for Margret! Love you all.

G. Franklin Scherer

1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello Morton

First week in the Morton ward was awesome. I love my new companion,
Elder Boulton. he is awesome. we have a ton of fun together. we finally get to play
basketball. first time in 13 weeks that I've done something for p day.
I'm super stoked. first time my Kobe's have been on a wood floor since
October 2014.

we have two people preparing to be baptized. Margret is trying to pray
for a date to be baptized because the ones we have proposed she hasn't
liked. Damien is progressing really well, but might be moving to Texas
later in the month.

I'm still trying to figure out this place. its a lot smaller, area
wise, than Galesburg, and there's a couple big cities we cover. I'm
super excited about that! we do a lot of finding in trailer parks and
apartment complexes. we ran into this drunk guy named John. he was
hilarious. he wanted to battle with us but we kept shutting him down
in a calm way. just asking him to ponder little questions that can
confound the wise. 

Not really anything note worthy has happened this week, just trying to
get my head wrapped around my new area.
love ya!

my first day in Morton, Tuesday, we became the lord of all the ducks in our lake. We have this cool lake that we live on and we fish every night after planning. we have a ton of duck feed that we just threw out and they all loved us.
you kinda have to zoom in, but that car has my name on it! theres a Scherer dealership somewhere i guess. 
 we went tracting in some apartment complexes and we found this nice breakup letter

G. Franklin Scherer 
1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515 USA 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

bye to Galesburg

Well Phillip didn't get baptized, again.. Tuff! (credit to Jarum) His sister and he are allergic to corn... Well guess where they live, in the middle of corn fields! Sophiya had a really bad allergic reaction from the sea of corn that surrounds their house so they had to go all the way to Joliet to get some special allergy shot. I wish I could go up to Joliet. 
I'm getting transferred to Morton. Still in the Peoria stake -_- I'm pretty bummed that I have to stay in this stake, I want to get back up into Naperville or Joliet stakes. Naperville stake center is the only church in the mission with a wood floor basketball court so my dream is to go there so I don't have to play on carpet anymore. So not too exited about staying down here, but I am pretty stoked about my new companion, Elder Treante Boulton. He's from Alabama. He's been in the stake almost as long as I have and I have gotten to know him some. Hopefully it will be good!
The good part about staying in the Peoria stake is that if and when Phillip gets baptized, and Christina & Marshall and Sadey & Andrew, I will get to go and see them get baptized! I'm pretty sure Christina and Marshall are going to get baptized. She is working on quitting smoking. Saturday we went in to teach them about the word of wisdom and the law of chastity. I am always nervous to teach those lessons because it's usually during those, and teaching about tithing, that people drop you because they don't want to do those things. But to my surprise Marshall has already given up drinking and smoking during the past couple years and Christina is working towards it. It is amazing how the Lord prepares people.
On one of the days this last week we were headed out to our car after dinner or supper or something (People in Illinois call lunch dinner, and dinner supper. I'm starting to catch on...) anyways while walking out to our car a big guy with a name tag came up to us. Now I know what people feel like when we come up to talk to them with our name tags on. His name was Michael and he lives in the apartments across the parking lot, he asked if we could help him move a couch into his new place, we said yes of course. After we helped him he said that he owed us pizza. He promised that he would take us out to eat and that we could talk to him about what we do! We might be doing that tonight, but it may also be after I'm gone since I leave Tuesday morning for Morton.
I'm trying to memorize John 15. "I am the true vine and my father is the husbandman (farmer). blah blah blah Abide in me and I in you blah blah blah no something beareth fruit by itself except it abide in me" It's coming along great (; 
Yesterday was a little emotional saying goodbye to everyone at church. Not nearly as bad as when I had to leave Naperville 3 because I loved everyone there, but some people it was hard to say goodbye to. We went and visited Raymond's family after church to say bye and that was tuff. Then we had a lesson with Jo and that was just terrible. She was bawling the whole time and couldn't hardly read when it was her turn. She didn't want me to leave and she was so sad because I am one of her "honorary grandchildren". She said she would come see me in Morton since it's only about an hour and 15 min away from Galesburg. She said she would come visit me wherever I went in the mission, even if I got transferred to Beloit Wisconsin! She, the Barton's, and the Brundidge's are the hardest ones to say goodbye to in this area, everyone else is just like k see ya. haha I'm gonna miss it tho!
Love you guys! Don't forget to read the holy word this week. 
If you are trying to teach somebody about the Book of Mormon, don't get confused and share 3 Nephi 3:7 instead of 1 Nephi 3:7 (;

G. Franklin Scherer