Flushing New York

Flushing New York

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Week #21 Letter

Hello all!!!

This week was a pretty average week but welcome to the 20th summaries
of the day week. Today also marks my 5 month anniversary. Time is a
flyin now! Almost to my 6 month temple trip but next month!


"I'm walking through the kitchen. With a bowl full of chicken!"
Preparation day! Pretty good day. But these days go by so darn fast.
We had studies, laundry, haircuts! Then a quick snack for lunch and
went shopping. Got some sushi today and it was so good. I miss sushi.
More shopping and then emails. The server was a little messed up again
but a quick fix by our zone leaders and we were back to normal. Sweet!
Then we got a call during dinner for us to go to Rego park to sit with
a missionary so he wouldn't be alone but as soon as we got on the
train, they called again and said their zone leaders were coming....
So we wasted about 45 min as we left the station, got off at the next
stop, came back and then went about our night. We went to visit 2
people but none were interested. So then we contacted until the end of
the night. Got 11 seeds today:) our goal is to get 15 everyday as a
"Baby steps get on the bus. Baby steps get on the bus." Pretty good
day as we had 4 lessons today. But this morning, we got a call from
Hill saying she had some free time to meet today and we did too at
that time so we scheduled it. But then we got a call from Bodo and he
dropped us. He's not interested anymore. And we haven't taught him
anything yet. Darn, he was so good too! So we started off with seed
planting at Dunkin and got 12. Went to a lesson with Jay and it was
pretty good. Now we are starting to understand him on a more deeper
level I feel. Then lunch  and district meeting. Elder Finch, zone
leader, came in today and sat in on it. Interesting. Then we had the
lesson with Hill at Dunkin and then made some calls till dinner. After
dinner, went to a lesson with Robert. On the way down, there was a ton
of construction so we were really late. Quickly shared a 30 min lesson
and then went back to meet with Adrian. That then ended our night!
This day flew by with so many lessons.
"Hello, I'm Bob. Punch me. One quick one and knock me out." Today was
pretty good. We tried to do some contacting in the morning but it was
really hard rain so no one wanted to stop and talk. So we made calls
for a bit until lunch. Had lunch and then went to the church to start
our exchange! I'm with Elder Ng and we made some calls first as it was
still raining then we went to do look ups around Flushing. As soon as
we got to the first one, we got a call from one of the people we
called earlier and he wanted to meet up right then. So we went back to
the church and met with him. Spoke pretty good English so the lesson
was in English mostly:) then we went and contacted by the library and
that was great success. We talked to a ton of people and got a few
numbers to call later. There was one who spoke Spanish and elder Ng
didn't know any Spanish except the usual "Hola". I knew a lot more
than I thought. I had a very easy conversation with them but I knew
what they were saying and what to say back. I was impressed with my
self. That's what happens after trying to learn Spanish for 5 months
now. After the contacting, we went to get dinner at New World Mall and
we had this spicy chicken dish that feeds 5 but we ate it together
with a bowl of rice for each of us. Went to a lesson and this one was
all in Chinese. But they had some pretty cute kids that were very
entertaining to watch. Went to the church and grabbed my stuff and
went to their home early so we could be at home for a conference call.
It was all the zone leaders and stake leaders and representatives to
talk about JustServe. It was pretty boring for me but a little
introduction to the life of a zone leader. I have stuff like that to
look forward to if I become a zone leader. Then ended the night with
pillow talk for an hour. Pretty fun exchange so far:)
"I'm a sailor! I'm a sailor! I like to sail!" Today was pretty good.
We had studies and we even did language study which was fun to learn
Chinese. It helps. Then we had lunch and went to the church. We went
back to our companions and had weekly planning. It is so long! We had
weekly planning for 3 hours and then went to go visit Bodo. He wasn't
home so we knocked around him and then went home for dinner. No one
answered their doors or they were all Chinese. Dinner and then went to
go do some look ups and neither one of the visits we did was home or
they didn't want to answer. Bummer and then headed back to visit with
Adrian. We tried talking about Family history and tried to show the
videos that introduce it on the gospel library app but it was more
confusing than helpful for him. We ended up having to explain most of
it and the background of how it works. Lesson learned not to use the
Family History videos in a lesson. Then went home and tried to catch
up on sleep.
"Dr. Leo Marvin!! Dr. Leo Marvin! Dr. Leo. Marvin!" Today was
interesting day. We had studies in the morning and then made some
calls till lunch. Basically our usual in the morning now. We always
try to set to set ups lessons for that day or in the next few days
with the calls. We then had lunch  and was going to have a handoff
lesson but we are back to the streak of having handoff lessons fall
through. I know it takes 13 basically if history repeats itself and
I'm at 2 now... Long way to go. So we went and did a look up. Not home
and went to the church for our training form the assistants to the
president before our interviews. It was very inspiring and their
challenge is very simple but powerful. It's basically what we already
know but keeping the district accountable and setting goals for every
time we go anywhere. Then interviews and those were great. Nothing too
exciting though. Went to dinner and then went to a lesson with Robert.
Talked about repentance and it was a good lesson. Went back and went
to coordination. Then wet home. Simple day!
"To put it simply, I have problems." Today was a green day. A lot of
finding. We had 2 lessons but still a green day. We started off with a
lesson with Hill and we talked about scripture study and goal setting.
A really good lesson actually. Then we had lunch and went to do some
former and less active look ups down in our southern part in an area
called Pomonok. Not many peopled answered that we were looking for.
The ones that answered said the person we were looking for didn't live
there any more. So not much success down there for the 3 hours we were
there. But we went to Pizza Hut for dinner! It's been a while since we
actually ate there and they had a new pizza crust which was really
good. It was a garlic knot stuffed crust. Sister Sedenio suggested it
for us, the member that works at Pizza Hut. Then we went and did some
more look ups around Flushing area for an hour until we went to the
church for our lesson with John. We actually did a Skype lesson! Our
first one ever and it went super well. Just like a normal lesson and
it was really good. We talked about Jesus Christ a little and His
gospel He taught everyone. We even set a new baptismal date for March
27 just before the transfer ends. Hopefully we will have 3 as a
companionship soon!!! Afterwards, we went home as it was 9.
"I'm cured! I'm cured! Dr. Leo Marvin, you're a genius!" Pretty good
day today. We did some seed planting in the morning till lunch. We had
lunch earlier as we had a lesson before church but the person never
showed up. It was weird, some private number called us a few days ago
asking to meet today at the church but then never showed up. Well
then. Had church and after church, we went home and ate a quick dinner
so we could go to Rego Park. Elder Mitchell just had to meet with
President Reynolds to finish their interview from Friday. Came back to
flushing and went to go visit a referral in College Point but no one
answered. Came back to Flushing and did some seed planting by Dunkin.
Planted a total of 19 seeds today. Trying to make up for our slack
yesterday. Very low yesterday.

So John has been progressing once again and now had another baptismal
date! March 27! Jay is still the same. Just learning everything he
can. Katalin we haven't met with now in 2 months. Not sure she is
interested anymore but her husband, Eric, is really into it and loves
it when we come over. We didn't meet with Nira this week but hopefully
we will be able to meet with her this week! Then both Adrian and Hill
are awesome. Adrian will be receiving the priesthood this coming
Sunday! We are almost done teaching them the lessons again:( we have
come a long way and soon, they won't need us anymore. So sad but
exciting to see them progress on their own.

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

-Elder Heaton

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