Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week 29 - Transfers, Fiestas, and Not Knowing Spanish

Helloo,

It was a pretty solid week. We had some super lit lessons with people and some not so lit lessons with other people. So I guess you could say that it was another week in the mission.

So this past week I have been trying to help Elder Lewis improve his Spanish and Tuesday night we were tracting through a neighborhood and Elder Lewis started talking to a lady who opened the door for us. I had the wonderful idea of pretending to not know Spanish and being super timid about speaking (without warning my companion that I was going to do so) and had a great time trying to speak super terrible Spanish. Well my companion totally managed his way through teaching most of the lesson on his own and the people loved it! He set up a return appointment with them and did practically everything by himself!

We biked on Friday which was pretty good. We had some people yell some "adult" words at us, but hey if that is how they feel better about themselves then I guess so be it. We also had a ward party and the members did some really cool dance stuff. I have no idea what they are called, but one of them did involve pineapples so that was kinda strange.

Today we found out transfers and I'll be staying in ParaĆ­so for a third transfer and I'll be getting Elder Manrique. He came in the next transfer after I came to Vegas, so I'm super excited to see what will happen this next transfer.

And that's pretty much all I have to say.

Until Next Week,
Elder Lawson

Pictures:
1. Members gave us money for dinner and they wrote on the envelope the most amazing thing
2. RIP Elder Lewis

 




Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 28 - Racists, Rain, and Facebook

Hey,

So this week was pretty decent.

We had some people yell at us on the street and then on Saturday this one dude literally backed up his car to tell us we were racist. When explained to him that no we in fact are not and that the church is actually pretty big over in Africa. He replied with, "Well they just confused and ain't know what they doin'.", but with much more vulgarity. He then continued to get into an argument with a lady, who accused him of breaking into her car earlier that week, and in turn used a lot more "adult" words. That is when we made our exit.

Later as we were walking back to our car it started to rain. Luckily our car was a twenty minute walk from where we were...

We ended up being super soaked by the time we got to our car and our investigator David was very surprised to see our condition when we knocked on his door. Being drenched definitely made it a lot easier to get into our investigators house. That totally didn't make it less uncomfortable though.

Yesterday we also got to hangout in Primary again because we had some more investigators who brought their kids. I used to think that Primary was super boring as a kid (which it was), but now as a missionary who can't go anymore, except for special occasions, I have realized just how much fun it is. I'm still learning a ton of children's songs in Spanish, but hopefullyI'll have some down soon enough.

Also a few days ago we learned that President Youngblood has authorized Facebook for our mission so within the next few weeks we should start being able to use it. I still haven't decided whether or not to use it, but we will seešŸ¤”

Until Next Week,
Elder Lawson


Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 27 - A Miracle, A Stripper, and Chapel Issues

Hey,

So it's been a moment since I have given an update on the condition of Las Vegas, but as of the time of writing this Vegas is still very hot, dusty, and of course sinful as always!

The most eventful stuff that has been going on recently deals a lot with the church buildings. The buildings are wonderful spots for high schoolers to hang out by and smoke weed or for home-less people to set up a camp site for a few days. The only issues with those are that sometimes a door might be left unlocked or someone might find a lost key to the building and use it to get inside. That is why we had a problem with the chapel part of the building smelling like weed for a few months and also finding teenagers making out in one of the side rooms. The part with the homeless people is the fact that they leave all of their trash around the outsides of the buildings. We tend to find lots of pillows and blankets and the occasional pornographic magazine littered about the sidewalks and flower beds.

Now I'm not saying that Playboy magazines and marijuana do not invite a nice environment filled with the idea of families and other gospel related things, but at the same time I'm not saying that they do invite those things either.

So because of this we have been making regular checks to our building to make sure the doors are all locked and that no one has figured out a way to sneak in and trash the place. We have also gotten key-card scanners installed on the doors so that no one can get in without one.

This past Thursday we were tracting in a neighborhood and we met a girl who was sitting in her garage about to smoke a blunt. It turned out that her name was Angel and that she was a dancer at "Cheetahs". Well we ended up talking to her about the church and she said that she wanted to go. Hence we got a new investigator who is a stripper! And then referred her to the YSA ward.

Also miracle time.

So Saturday we only had four new investigators and our goal was to have nine. So Sunday never is too good of a day for finding because we have church until super late and then dinner and we end up with three hours to proselyte. So everything was kinda depending on Saturday. Well after tracting for a long time and having no success, we decided to go to an investigators house to see if they were home. Sadly they were at work, BUT! Her three kids that we didn't know about were at home and let us in to teach them! Then later we found two other people and we ended up reaching our goal for nine news!

So yeah that was pretty much the week I had.

Until Next Week,
Elder Lawson



Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 26 - Six Months, Primary, and Not Much Else

Hey!

So I totally didn't write an email last week because nothing cool happened that week!

ParaĆ­so has been super slow lately. We have been finding a ton, but sadly after the first lesson most people tell us not to come back...


But in better news! I reached my sixth month mark this past Tuesday. It definitely has felt like no time since I left the small town of Willard, Mo. But at the same time it has felt like years.

We had Zone Conference this week and it was super lit. We used to have them with multiple zones, but President Youngblood has changed that so now it is just individual zone conferences! It is so much better than the huge gatherings that they used to be.

Also this past Sunday we had an investigator at church who is ten and so we got to go to primary with him! It was probably the best Sunday I have had in a while. We got to sing all the primary songs in Spanish with the kids and it was so much fun!

So yeah not much has been happening, but let's hope something changes soon!

Until Next Week,
Elder Lawson

Picture:
1. Us in primary

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 24 - Eviction, Birthdays, and Being Threatened With Knives

Hello people,

Firstly we found out transfers this past week and I'll be staying with Elder Lewis for these next six weeks. This sadly signifies that my streak of having a new companion for every transfer has come to an end, but at least we both know the area! So we should get a lot more work done this next transfer.

So Tuesday we were finding all day. Later that night, while Elder Lewis and I were finding in an apartment complex, we were going through our area book and this group of about five people were a ways off in the distance and started yelling at us and asking in a variety of ways if we wanted to fight.

Now, I'm not one for unfairly matched street-fights and especially while in dress clothes and neither is my companion. So we promptly decided to start walking towards the opposite direction from them and they started running at us! Luckily a member lived within like twenty feet of where we were so we went to their house and banged on the door until they let us in. They were pretty confused as to why we were banging on their door late at night until we explained our reasoning for not wanting to go to the hospital that night.

And that ladies and gentlemen is how we avoid fights as missionaries.

 So Thursday! We started with helping this dude move his stuff out of his house because he had a twenty-four hour limit before the apartment complex threw it all out. The house had been boarded up for the previous month because the guy was evicted. When the boards were taken off we found out that a group of home-less people had been living there at one point and had completely trashed everything that was possible to trash.

The guy was soooo furious when he found out what happened. So that was pretty interesting.

Then later we went on exchanges and Elder Rivero and I were in their area. We went to talk to this investigator they had. We met her outside of her apartment with her Mexican neighbor and her "Boyfriend". Her Baby-Daddy/Boyfriend ended up yelling at her and us for talking. About thirty seconds later the Mexican man, who had previously been showing the boyfriend a certain pancake mix and syrup, came up to us and told us to look at the knives he had as he pulled each individual one from it's sheath and flashed them around in front of us.

He then proceeded to ask which one we wanted. We said that we didn't want any of them and we especially didn't want any of them in our stomachs. We went back to talking to the lady and the man pretended to "trip" and bring the knives very close to Elder Rivero and I. We told him we didn't want any issues and left.

And that ladies and gentlemen is how we were threatened with being stabbed this week.

Friday was Elder Rivero's cumpleaƱos and so we had dinner at a members house and they even bought him a cake! It was super cool of them and we all had an awesome time. Later that night we went to Sonic as well because half-price shakes and such.

All in all this week was pretty dangerous, but we also had tons of awesome lessons! We also found a ton of people to teach and it was super lit. So yeah.

Until Next Week
Elder Lawson

Pictures:
1. Elder Lewis falls asleep each Sunday in church so I took a picture!
2. Also a video from the party we had for Elder Rivero




Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 23 - Hoarders, Possession, and Primary

Hellooo,

So this week turned out great!

Firstly, we met a lady named Marie on the street a week ago and she needed help in her backyard because she is 89 year-old and can't do it by herself. So we head over on Tuesday and we found out then two things:

1. She is a hardcore hoarder (like television show bad)
2. She is absolutely crazy

So yeah we ended up being shown her house, which had mounds of stuff everywhere and walkways to get through it all. We then tried to help her with her yard, but she wanted to keep half of the branches and stuff on the ground so that it could be used to sue her neighbors....

After helping as much as we could we left and have been getting phone calls from her every few days with crazy long voicemails. So yeah that was weird...

Friday, we got to go to the Northside of Las Vegas for a doctor's appointment and the entire day we haf one of the priest from our ward with us. We then had exchanges and Elder Tolman and I were in his area. We were tracting and met a possessed lady which was super crazy. She was throwing herself everywhere and had super creepy eyes and all of it was freaky. She kept walking weirdly and wouldn't calm down until we gave her a Jesus card #JesusPower

We promptly went home and said a pray to help get rid of any dark stuff that may or may not have followed us home.

And Sunday! We had our investigators come to church finally! They brought their grandkids too! Their grandchildren don't speak Spanish, so we ended up hanging out with them in Primary all day translating for them. So yeah Primary was super lit and I would definitely do that again. Later that day we found a lady who is in-active, but loves the missionaries! So we are definitely going to work with her and her husband a ton!

Until Next Week!
Elder Lawson

Pictures:
1. Me in front of the MGM and if you zoom in you can see that Tiƫsto and Calvin Harris are at Hakkansan right now
2. The four missionaries of the ParaĆ­so ward looking tough
3. Also we found a trampoline






Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 22 - News, Tracting, and My Opinion of Flan

CĆ³mo estĆ”n?

So this week started out pretty bad, but it got a ton better as the week went on!

Tuesday we literally tracted all day. All of our lessons dropped us and I wanted to just die...

And that was how Tuesday became the worst day of the week, but Wednesday was better! We had dinner with the Bishop's family and they gave us some really good food (totally forgot what it was though). We also found this super awesome family this week. The mom is a Less-Active because her husband hates the church, but she wants us to teach her kids, so that's what we started doing! They are super solid and its such a blessing because we haven't found any really solid people in a super long time.

And Friday we had a really amazing lesson with a Less-Active family and some members about the importance of the temple and being sealed together. The mom gave us flan afterwards, so that was nice. For those of you who don't know what flan is, imagine this:

You are eating cheesecake, right? But wait this cheesecake is like super soggy? How can that be? That's because it's flan. Super soggy cheesecake....

So yeah besides chimoy, flan is also disgusting, but I haven't seen much chimoy lately for some reason, maybe that's a good sign?

But that was pretty much my week so yeah. I hope everyone else had a good week!

Until next time!
Elder Lawson

Pictures:
1. A nice picture of the Stratosphere
2. When you don't try to be original in your logo