Monday, November 30, 2015

E-mail 11/30/2015

Monday our Branch mission leader, Bro. Roy and his wife took all four missionaries in the area to their house to do laundry and then to go shopping, the Roy's are awesome! Then when we got home we played Monopoly. I've been playing that a lot recently, but by the time we were done we were all sick of it. So throughout this week, in our free time, we have been working on making it more exciting and now we're not even playing monopoly any more, it's evolved into somethings completely different, and when we all finished our missions, we are going to become rich and famous with this game.

Tuesday all 4 missionaries went to do service in the morning. It's funny, all of the other people there are Baptist, and the guy who gives us rides to the different places and back home, is a retired professor and he has told everyone that he is the only one allowed to call us the "Mormons" :) He's really funny. Then that night we had interviews with President and Sister Brough, that's always a lot of fun, then we started an exchange and I was with Elder Sharp, who came to the mission with me, in my area.

Wednesday was very interesting, we had started getting work done then we ended up spending most of the day getting Elder Morrow a bike. We went on a long adventure with many buses. By the end of it I was very hungry, and I start to get cranky when I'm hungry or when people throw my sandwich out the door, but no one has done that in a while. We were able to tame the savage beast, and we finally were able to talk with Dennie who we had lost contact with for the last few weeks, so that was awesome! We ended up missing the bus, so we waited to catch the next one, and talked with a guy who got off his hand phone to talk with us. I'm still not sure what he said though... When we ended the exchange, the other two missionaries stayed at our house for the night.

Thursday Thanksgiving, we had the day off, so we worked on the board game, then we had an amazing Thanksgiving dinner (even though it was at 2) then went home and played our game for the rest of the night. I know that sounds boring, but we had a lot of fun.

Friday, we had another exchange (that's what happens when the district leader is sick for two weeks, there's a backlog of work to do) and I stayed in the area, it was a good day, and the best part was that we had a lesson with Dennie! He and his wife are still really excited for baptism. Sunday was good, not very many people showed up for church. But the theme was how we all need Christ like love.

I love you all
Elder Durrant
Great Kentucky Louisville Mission

Thanksgiving day
Thanksgiving day
Thanksgiving day
Thanksgiving dinner with Hunter Roy

Monday, November 23, 2015

E-mail 11/23/2015

Hello!!! People to talk to! That makes me happy!
Well from Monday to Friday was the same, me doing reading, cleaning, eating, pacing back and forth, and monopoly. Well Elder Morrow slept and slept and slept. We did have an awesome district meeting on Friday, and Tuesday, it finally got so bad that the mission nurse sent him to an instant care, so we spent all day trying to find one, then wait in line for the medicine, but we found out what it was, he had a sinus infection and a double ear infection, but it getting better now.

Saturday we FINALLY got out to see people, and we walked a lot because the other missionaries were borrowing my bike, I was cooled, I was hungry, and I loved it because it meant I was out of the house! Then we had a pretty good bible study.

Sunday, church was awesome, I did get distracted with some scripture
suggestions in the manual.

Love you
Elder Durrant

Great Kentucky Louisville Mission

This was a really rainy day. 

We have been stuck inside for too long.

Monday, November 16, 2015

E-mail 11/16/2015

(Head pounding brick wall) Ello there! 
Well this week can be extremely summed up.
So Monday, after emailing we went shopping and caught the bus home, then grabbed our laundry (it stinks not having a washer) caught another bus to a members home to do our laundry. It went well, all four missionaries were there, the members fed us dinner then we had a lesson for them. Then we took the bus home, because it goes right in front of our house, but on the 1/4 mile walk to the bus stop, the top clothes probably needed to be dried again because of the downpour, but it wasn't to bad, except for a car trying to splash us with a huge puddle of water.
Tuesday was fun, we got to teach a lot and several were with members that drove us around. And I got a haircut! It looks pretty good. The member doing it made the comment, "You're hair is changing colors, the longer it is, the redder, the short, the blonder." I found that rather amusing.
Wednesday, we weren't able to get a whole lot done, but we did go over to the church and helped out were we could.
Thursday we had district meeting, it was Elder Morrows first training as a distinct leader, and it went really well, then ten minutes before we finished a guy walked in and asked if this was a bible study, so that was interesting... But it all got taken care of. And everyone LOVED the cake cookies that I made. Then we went home and the next few days can be summed up like this. Elder Morrow sleeping on the couch because he gone done got sick. He was feeling good enough to go to the temple Saturday with someone he taught in Etown, when he served there a year ago, so that was a lot of fun.
And that was my week. Hence, Head pounding brick wall.
Love ya!

Elder Durrant
Great Kentucky Louisville Mission

Scripture for the week: 2 Nephi 11:4

"4 Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given; and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him."

The four of us on Elder Seymores last night. 
They told us to switch around, and this was as far as we got. 
This is what happens when Elder Morrow gets sick 
This is what happens when Elder Morrow gets sick

Monday, November 9, 2015

E-mail 11/09/2015

HELLO EVERYBODY! (Like Fozzy in the moppets)

So not a whole lot happened Monday or Tuesday, so I'll move on. Wednesday, we were going to help a less active member clean up his house, but Elder Morrow woke up not feeling well, so we had to cancel and let Elder Morrow sleep, so it was an extra long study time for me.  Later he was feeling well enough to see some of the people we had set appointments with. First we had Dennie, he is doing amazing, he said, in his own words, "I am determined to get baptized!" How awesome is that! And he really wants to be able to baptize his wife, I'm not sure how that will work but they both love the church. Next we saw a guy who was a referral from his catholic uncle, which that alone was funny, but this guy just soaks everything in that we say.  He doesn't argue about anything we teach him, and even with the chaos at his house, he can feel the spirit and readily accepted the baptismal invite. Last we saw a member family that we reactivated and they fed us home made fried chicken, it was delicious!

Thursday we went out teaching with the YMs president, Bro. Neilson, who has only been back from his mission for about a year and is already married. He is awesome to teach with. Well we first saw a less active member who will probably be coming back to church this coming Sunday. Then we taught Dennie and his wife with him, and that went really well. .

Friday we had Zone Meeting, which was fabulous! Then we had an exchange of prisoners, oh wait wrong kind of exchange. We had and exchange where Elder Matealu came down to my area, and we were able to teach the referral guy, Steven, which was interesting, because there were a lot of people in a small amount of space, but he loved it, then we went to catch the bus home, and this guy came up to us and was telling us how him and his family had met with missionaries in the past and was interested in meting again, so he wrote down his number on a card and told us to call him as soon as we could, then we got on the bus and went home, but when we got home I pulled the card out of my pocket and the number was smudged, nooooo! Oh well.

Saturday we went and taught Dennie and when we got there he was just finishing setting up a guest LDS account, how awesome is that?! Then we went and saw Steven again and taught him the second lesson and it went much better, because there were not nearly as many people as last time. Then we went home had lunch and then President Brough call! My hart nearly stopped because I forgot it was transfer call Saturday, but it wasn't for me it was for Elder Morrow, so I still have my hundred percent streak of guessing what happens to each one of my companions so far, Elder Morrow got called as District Leader, so that makes me District Monkey! Mwa ha ha ha!

Sunday was great! It was the primary program and we had The Adams family there, and they loved it! Then we got asked last minute to teach gospel principles, we had the Adams, the Carbines (Mission office couple), the Burrus's, the branch president and one of his counselors, so no pressure. But it went amazingly well and the Adams loved it! Sister Adams gave the closing prayer and basically bore her testimony and said she was home! Afterwards everyone in class introduced themselves! It was a good day!

Love ya'll!  Have a great week!

Elder Durrant
Great Kentucky Louisville Mission

Monday, November 2, 2015

E-mail 11/02/2015

Hey Family!

Thursday, we had our district meeting, and it will very inspiring. Instead of a planned meeting, we had an open discussion that ranged from gospel questions to how we can become better missionaries. Then afterwords we all went out and had lunch together. And yes I got pictures! Later we had a lesson with this guy we are sort of teaching, but he's fun to talk to, because one moment he's subtly trying to disprove us, then the next moment he's complementing us on how we follow Jesus Christ. He's a funny guy. Later we taught Dennie, who is planning on being baptized, November 21st, and we started teaching his wife too, and she is scheduled for December 5th, and they are both amazing!

Friday, we had lunch with an amazing older sister in the branch, she's always fun to talk with. Then in the afternoon we saw some less actives, then in the evening we had an appointment with a part member family that we have been trying to get in with for the past couple of months.  We tried really, REALLY, hard to get someone out with us but no one could come, so we went over and... They forgot! The daughter we were there to teach wasn't there, so we talked with her mom for a while at the door, and set up a return appointment.

Saturday we taught Dennie and his wife again, and they were exited to go to church. Then we tried to see a few more people, but when people started answering the door thinking we were trick or treaters, we decided it was time to go home. Then at 6 we were given time off, so all the Elders in the district went to one of the bigger church buildings and had a ping pong, and a corn hole tournament. That was a lot of fun!

Sunday, we had a great day, Dennie and his wife Mary came to church!!!! But we will be having to teach "keeping the Sabbath-day holy" soon, because someone mentioned going home teaching to "Sister Wendy's" or "Brother Burger King" and he liked that idea, so that will be fun to talk about. Then later we were asked to give the temple prep classes to a sister in the branch, so that will be interesting.

Today, we were going to go to the zoo with some other Elders, but they all pulled out at the last minute, so today will be a normal P-day.

Love Y'all!
Elder Durrant
Great Kentucky Louisville Mission

Look what I found!
My first KFC, in Kentucky. 
Corn hole
Us at the end of Halloween night. From left to right -
Elder Bennett, Elder Money, Elder Matealu, Elder Seymore,
Elder Durrant, Elder Morrow, Elder Waite, Elder Sharp,
Elder Millitt, and up front Is Elder Steadmen
Us at lunch after district meeting.