A glimpse into the life of a Mormon missionary (Elder Creer) as he serves a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He began serving in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission- Spanish speaking. On July 1, 2012, he was transferred to a new mission- the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I was surprised I was able to communicate so well...

Hola Familia!

Every Sunday Brother Wilson lets us have dinner with him and his guests. He takes great pride in his dinners and says I have been deprived for not having fried eggplant, buttered beats, zucchini soup and custard pudding, haha. Last week at dinner the guest was the son of Ezra Taft Benson..the prophet just in case you didn't know, haha. It was cool and he told some stories of his dad. Brother Wilson also is a famous gardener in Salt Lake. Every year they have the fair and they have a garden competition and Brother Wilson is notorious for winning it. He has been on the news, in the paper and everything. In his garden he grows literally almost everything. We did some service for him on Wednesday and helped him go through his whole garden and pick the best fruits and vegetables out, it was fun! He ended up winning tons of prizes and money!

As for the dinners - I just had the best dinner ever on Friday. We went to these members home who were baptized like a little over a year ago and they love feeding the missionaries (that is rare around here believe it or not). Anyways as dinner started, on the table were two huge bowls of meat, one was steak and the other was something else. But there was a bunch of toppings since we were having tacos. At first there was 15 tortillas on the table we started eating and the food was the best Mexican food of my life. When the tortilla stack got down to a couple the guys put on 15 more and they told us to keep eating- so we did. He did this two more times! We put down at least 50 tortillas between us and the family lol. I felt so sick after. But it tasted good. Haha

On Saturday we had companion exchanges. I was with Elder Yancey. He is the District Leader that is from Iowa Mom, he is from Cedar Springs or something with Cedar but I can't remember. Is that close to you? Anyways it was the most fun day in the field for me. We get along great and have a ton in common. Elder Yancey doesn't speak Spanish, and we were on exchanges in my area, which meant I had to take the lead for everything. I was surprised with myself how I was able to communicate so well. No doubt with the help of the Lord. It was nice to have Elder Yancey encouraging me too. We weren’t fed lunch or dinner that day but not to worry. Sister McPherson came to the rescue! They are a missionary couple…Technically, I think they are seniors but they are super young. They assist us Spanish speaking missionaries and I love her to death! Anyways she brought me some cookies! So that is what we had for lunch and then we went to Taco Time for dinner since it is free for missionaries.

 The exchange ended with the baptism of a mechanic from Peru. I didn't start teaching him but the missionaries have been working with him off and on for like 7 months. That was a neat experience.

We also completed the standard of excellence this week again which makes two weeks in a row. To get the standard, you need to get the highest numbers in all of the categories, (lessons, a baptism, progressing investigators, a bunch of stuff).  We had a miracle to get it this week. We need to get 5 investigators at church to get it. At the start of Sacrament Meeting we only had 1 and then God started working miracles. 3 more showed up so we had 4. Then at the last minute 2 more investigators who said they could probably never come to church came! It was cool to see again how if you do all you can and then trust in the Lord, he will provide!
Siempre Crean,
Elder Creer

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