Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oswego week 2 - 7.25.16

This was a crazy good week! 11 lessons with investigators. I think that is about how many I had the last month, and now we hit that in one week. We were able to get members to 4 of them. We now have Elsa Guzman (previously thought her name was Vazquez) on date for baptism for August 27! Her and her soon to be mother-in-law came to church yesterday! 

So with Elsa, she has had a pretty tough go about these last couple years. She's been kicked out of her house for reasons unknown to me. She now lives with Connie Vazquez and Juan, her boyfriend. She's been baptized in three different churches now and she can't seem to find all the pieces of the puzzle in one spot. She's been so awesome as we've taught her and we have been pondering and praying about a date for baptism and we felt like that was the day. There's a big obstacle to overcome as far as the law of chastity since she is living with her boyfriend and her family. We mentioned it as we passed by her house one day to follow up with her reading and we said hey just by the way there's something that you have to do before you get baptized... She said okay and that was it. Well later that same day Connie texted us and said Juan and Elsa are going to get married this upcoming week! Haha I don't know how it's going to work out that quick, but where there's a will there's a way! They came to church yesterday and bishop talked with them about getting them married and he thinks they're okay so they're gonna go for it. What a miracle!! Again I don't know how it's gonna happen, but we'll do it (:

I forgot to mention that it's really hot here. It got up to 107* plus 95-100% humidity this week. There were a lot of thunder storms. Our power got knocked out 3 times. It's pretty terrible trying to sleep with that kind of heat and no A/C for three nights. Could be worse I guess. Haha good times I guess.

The St John's didn't show up to church yesterday. Not sure why. She feels okay about the church and stuff, but she still doesn't quite understand what the difference is between our church and other Christian churches. So we are trying to work with her on that.

Elder Scherer
:Long Live the 3 er's:
Heroes get remembered, but legends never die

As for pictures this is all I got for this week. Elsa is the one on the far right. It was one of connie's granddaughters birthdays so we stayed a little extra long after the lesson for some cake and to sing. Don't mind my face I look like an idiot.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Transferred to Oswego 7.18.2016

Back to the land of my nativity, Joliet stake. It's been about 16 months since I left here. It's all still standing. Oswego is a nice place Ok hand sign🏼 We live in Montgomery, Illinois in Boulder Hill. I haven't been able to figure out if it's a different city or if Boulder Hill is just a subdivision or what. It takes up at least 1/4 of Montgomery. Kinda like a city within a city, I guess. #Vatican

Every one prepare yourselves...
We had investigators at church. 3 of them! We started teaching the St John family. He's a member, but his wife and kids aren't. She agreed to take the missionary lessons. That is super exciting! We got a referral from a less active member, Connie Vazquez. It's her son's girlfriend, Elsa Vazquez. Same last name, but no relation (so they say 🙄) anyways, Elsa is super cool. She's been going to some different churches and says she picks out what she likes from each one. She says that she is looking for one that has it all together. We got one for her! We've taught her the first lesson and going back tomorrow.

The Ward here is amazing! They have welcomed us in and have had a lot of members invite us over for dinner. It sounds like there's a lot of missionary work going on here. We've had some good meetings with the Ward mission leader and the assistant Ward mission leader (Brother Doherty bought the most heavenly doughnuts I've ever had; better than Krispy Kreme [Barrett, Auti, Jaylen, and Ashlynd know I love Krispy Kreme; remember that one day we had Golden Corral and got 6 dozen doughnuts? #bestdayever]). They seem to be really engaged. The Ward has a strong Ward council as we saw yesterday in the meeting. I'm glad to be here.

It's almost like we're whitewashing. Elder Harris was only here for 2 weeks before there was an accident with his companion. Elder fry broke both of his wrist from falling 10 feet off a stack of hay bails. (No comment, Jacob 6:12) Elder Harris has been in a trio in a different Ward. So there weren't missionaries here for about a month. All the members we have met so far have been excited to have us back.

Well things are better now that I'm in a different area. I probably could and should have been better at finding happiness and trying to be happy where I was at.

Elder Scherer
:Long Live the 3 er's:
Heroes get remembered, but legends never die

In desperation, we tried to ask Siri how we could find people. Didn't work...

Sister Lynch. We took her the sacrament every week in canton. Amazing lady!

The Kent's. Love them! They told me I can come back and stay with them!

The Brancecum's - they started coming back to church and have now gone back to the temple after 20 years!

Robert and Verna the ones we were teaching. Really gonna miss them, I hope they get baptized soon.