Why hello everyone! We had a pretty crazy week this week... well, in a way. In other ways it was just regular. But whatevs.
On Tuesday we went and saw this old guy named Roberto. Roberto has only one tooth, right in front on the bottom. So it definitely takes some concentration to understand him. He is a nice man but whenever we tell him anything gospel related you can almost hear a "WHOOSH" as the information goes right over his head. So we stopped by a couple more times during the week but we for the most part done visiting him. Its just a waste of time and he just makes the same comments every time we go so he is just stuck in mud. We will probably go and see him some time in the future but it was fun while it lasted.
On Wednesday, we were just sitting there studying in the morning like we always do, when all of a sudden the phone rang. I saw that it was from the Zone Leaders so I suspected that they were just calling to see how we were doing like they usually do once a week. So I answered the phone and the convo went a little something like this...
Me: "Hello this is Elder Ericson!"
ZL: "Hey Elder Ericson, how are y'all doing?"
Me: "Oh you know, just studying like we're supposed to be."
ZL: "That's sweet. Well..... did you guys here the big news?"
Me: "Uhhhhh.... no we did not!"
ZL: "Well.............you guys are getting a car!"
Me: "SHUT UP! ARE YOU SERIOUS?"
Elder Stringham: "SHUT UP!!! YOU BETTER NOT BE MESSING WITH US!!!! YOU ARE MESSING WITH US AREN'T YOU????
And then a whole bunch of that and the ZL telling us it was for real. So we did absolutely nothing for the last 1.5 hours of study time and then went and picked up our car at the church here in Sweetwater! We are kickin' it in a 2014 Jeep Compass. Its insanely weird having a car, and we are still trying to figure out how to use it the most effectively. But that was def a blessing!!! Anyway, we visited Paul that evening and we watched "The Restoration" video with him. For once it everything didn't go basically right over his head and focused on his son... and we discussed how he felt watching the video and he def felt the spirit super strong. He mentioned how he felt way different when the two bright guys came to the boy. So we had to explain how that was God and Christ appearing to Joseph Smith and helped him recognize that the feeling he had was the spirit testifying of truthfulness to him. Its still a new concept to him but he loved the way he felt and so now we have something to work with and build off of!
On Thursday it was Birthday Eve! We found this one guy sitting out in front of his house, a very old/poor house. His name is Dean and we found out that he is actually a member but has basically fell off the face of the earth. His records aren't in the branch or anything. He hasn't been active in years and years. He seemed like a nice guy and he showed desire to go to church and read the Book of Mormon that we gave him. We walked just a bit up the street and started talking to these two guys that we talked to a few weeks ago and they said that he was a raging alcoholic. Btw, side note, these guys are weird. One of them basically thinks he is a prophet and tells us about his revelatory dreams and such. Its good stuff. Anyway, back to Dean. We went back on Saturday to take him a white shirt that we had in our apartment, and he was drunker than you could even believe. He should have been passed out, thats for sure. But somehow he wasn't. He was way more drunk than I have every seen anyone in my entire life! Anyway, he didn't make it to church and we now have a very interesting case on our hands!
Friday was my BIRTHDAY!!! It was pretty uneventful. We have one interesting event that day, but it has zero significance to anything so I am not going to waste time writing it all out. We did however go back to Allen's Buffet for dinner, you know, the place we went and had killer fried chicken and mac and cheese last week! The Patton's couldn't stay to take us to dinner so they just gave us some money to go get some. Lesson learned: Allen's Buffet is amazing, but is much more of a once a transfer kind of deal. It is just a lot to handle and having it two weeks in a row was a little much. But if I ever come back to Sweetwater, I will for sure be hitting that place up!
We got to go to the dump on Saturday. We were doing some service for this lady that lives by the church and she needed to take a load to the dump. So that was pretty legit. I love the dump! It's a cool place.
Sunday was just a whole bunch of awesomeness! The branch went crazy on Secret Santa stuff this year so we helped a lot with that... and we got some sick ties and socks from some members! The Thompson's gave us sweet Christmas ties and cool socks and the Patton's gave us some cowboy ties! So I have a legit tie to represent my time in West Texas! For dinner we went over to the Thompson's like usual... and we had briskett again... its just so good, people. So so good. I just don't know how people here in Texas make such good meat. It just blows my mind! So that was basically the best thing ever.
Anyway, I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas! Mi familia, I will see y'all on Christmas!