Flushing New York

Flushing New York

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Week #9 Letter

New ponderize scripture for the week is Matthew 25:40! I want to hear
anyone's ponderize scripture and share with me their ideas by the way!

This week, I studied 2 Nephi 32:3 and what I got from it is that
angels shall tell you what ye should do, through the words of Christ.
So you could have heavenly messengers telling you what you should do
at that time that will benefit you and maybe the other person you help
in some way. So always follow the counsel of Christ the He gives in
the scriptures. It may be an ancestor telling you what ye should do.

Daily Summaries!

"I designed this thing to come off. Ow!"
"What are you doing?"
"...Lets face it. This is not the worst thing you have caught me doing."
"Are those bullet holes?"
Preparation day! Not much though compared to last week. Just studies,
lunch, shopping, emails. Then we went contacting in 40 degree weather
with a wind chill. Defiantly the coldest night that I have been here
for. Then we went to visit a potential named Hugo. He wasn't home so
we went to Anthony's home and read some of the Book of Mormon with
him. Then came home and now in bed. Not very exciting.
"Three hours! Three hours you kept me waiting here."
"Yep, now we are waiting on you, let's go!"
Today was interesting. It was transfer day but since neither Elder
Reese or I am any sort of leader or getting transferred, we weren't
invited to go. We instead made pass along cards, which we found out
tonight was for nothing, then went to visit potentials. We knocked on
Hugo's door but no one was home, so we went to Myrtle's. She was home
and ended up feeding us spaghetti and we answered their questions
regarding the Book of Mormon. Then we taught her husband, George, the
entire restoration lesson. We weren't able to meet with Jay as George
took a long time. The. We had dinner, and went to Erik's and
Cataline's home. Taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invited
her to be baptized. She said not yet. But so close! Then we picked up
my package I received and found out the new video coming out has cards
for us to pass along and a challenge. We need to hand out 500 cards
with our info on it in the month of December. We barely hand out 150
in a month. We have to hand out 17 cards a day to meet that goal. So
we have to take all 150 cards we made and transfer the tape and paper
with our info on it from one card to the other. Ugh.
"No gang signs. I'm kidding, throw it up. Yeah, peace! We love peace."
1 month till Christmas!!! I already have started receiving presents
and it is so hard to not open just one. But I am honest and will wait
till Christmas to keep the Christmas Spirit. So today was really
disappointing as we had 3 lessons cancel on us. Our entire night,
after 6, was wondering from one appointment to the other and having
then cancel like 5 min before. It's hard but what ever, I go forth
with faith. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to it
and our zone activity in the morning, and the food. So excited!!! But
it doesn't even feel like thanksgiving, it feels like another normal
day with member visits.
"It's been a while since I've been in front of you. I think I'll just
stick to the cards this time." Thanksgiving! We had studies in the
morning and didn't have lunch but made a card holder for the new cards
we are making by putting our info on the card for the new video, "a
savior is born" to hand out. Then we went to the zone activity and had
a ping pong tournament. I was first against a Chinese elder named
Elder Hilton. He is actually really good but I gave him a game and
barely lost. I was surprised I did so well against him. Then elder
Reese lost his match so because we were the first companionship out,
we got to go pick up the pizza. Came back to watch Elder Hilton win
the tournament and around 2:30 we got a call to visit the Asai family.
They weren't originally on our plans for the day but we had time
before so we went with the Spanish elders. Ate for an hour and ended
up late to the next appointment at the Carpintero's home and stayed an
hour and a half there and went to Anthony's home for the final dinner
for the night. We were there for 2 hours and talked a lot. We just
didn't have time to visit the last family so we called earlier and
said we couldn't make it. So we had 4 planned out but only made 3
cause we just had no time to travel that far to only visit them for
1/2 hour. It was fun with Anthony as we were talking about cruises and
the ones we went on as we both have only been on one. I showed him my
YouTube video of the Formula E cars at long beach and then showed
where he can see my cruise on YouTube. He loved the cars one as he
loves cars and tearing them apart and making them. Also, I had clams
for the first time tonight at Anthony's house. They are really good.
That's about it for my Thanksgiving, and it was a great holiday to go
to so many members homes and eat with them and get to know them
better. Anthony's family even said that they will always be a family
for us as missionaries. So sweet of them to say that.
"Training exercise. Isn't that the usual b.s.?"
"It's not that simple, tony... An unfortunate accident happened
yesterday during a training exercise..."
Pretty normal day today with studies and lunch. Then did weekly
planning but didn't finish as we had to go to a lesson with Robert.
Then went to Valerie's and actually taught her! We are averaging one
lessons a transfer with her but it seems to be better now. We'll see.
Then had dinner, correlation, and a lesson with Anthony but he
cancelled on us till tomorrow. So we made calls and potentially have a
less active coming to church now. But yeah, that's about it.
"The truth is... I am Iron Man." Today, the unspeakable happened. Like
I can't believe I did it. I never thought in a million years I would
have done that. I can't believe it still. I had the option!!! It's not
like it wasn't there but I could have asked for it! But I choose the
path I have barely been venturing on. It has only been introduced to
me on my mission. I never had it back home. I always had the diet
version. Never have I asked for a regular Pepsi instead of a Diet
Pepsi. But most members that feed is serve regular cola drinks here
instead of diet so I am so used to just regular soda now. Not diet
anymore. But, all is not lost. I still have my "sweet nectar" as my
favorite drink and if available when we go out to eat, it is always my
first choice. Delicious Coke Zero. Ahh. As you can tell, today was
very boring. We spent 2.5 hours finishing our pass along cards as they
are supposed to be done by tomorrow as the new Christmas video comes
out tomorrow. So now we have 500 cards to give away by the end of the
month. Yay... Yeah. We ate at Pizza Hut for dinner which is where the
soda incident happened. Then we taught Anthony's girlfriend. It was
more of a QnA session though as she had some concerns about the church
but we answered them and helped her understand. She said she
understands now but had more questions but couldn't remember them. So
we will probably have more lessons with her. But yeah, not much today.
"I am Iron Man. You think you're the only superhero in this universe?"
The video came out today! It is interesting but we don't like it as we
have to have sound to play it so that makes showings on the street
hard. I'm now carrying around the Bluetooth speaker clip on my bag to
play from the iPad and have loud sound. So yeah. There was church
today, nothing new. Then we went knocking up in Murray hills after
dinner and found a lady at the bus stop when we left and showed her
the video. She liked it and gave us her contact info. But yeah, that's
it for today.

Hope you liked the movie themed quotes. They all came from the same
movie. I first saw this movie on vacation with my moms side of the
family in Jackson Hole. We were on our way back to the house we were
staying at and I rode with my cousin with my uncle and his girlfriend
at the time. It was a long ride so we watched Iron Man. That was the
day I got hooked on the marvel universe. All thanks to my uncle and
now my aunt:) thanks Brandon and Amanda:) haha.

So I am still in Flushing. This week was transfer week but I stayed,
like I thought.

Other than that, nothing else happened. Not an exciting week. But
still working hard and learning everyday.

I have been asked what my personal studies consist of so I'll share
that I guess. I read from the scriptures for 15 min, study from Preach
My Gospel for another 15 min, then read 2 general conference talks,
then finish with ponderizing the scripture of the week. Right now, I'm
reading John 11 in the New Testament as I have read the Book of Mormon
already on my mission so now I'm reading the New Testament. Next I
will read Doctrine and Covenants and then reread Book of Mormon after
that from then on. I've been told not to read the Old Testament as it
has no effect on my mission apparently. So I'll just read the Book of
Mormon a couple times after the doctrine and covenants. Looking
forward to it:)

I have been receiving letters all week from family members and it
brought great joy to me to see new ones everyday. It was so cool to
see everyone's letters. Thank you to all who sent one!

Love you all and I will see you in the next email! Bu-bye!

-Elder Heaton

P.s. 👊🏻 (bro-fist)

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