Hello! Greeting from bazillion degree weather here in SoCal!
This last week has been good! We’ve meet a lot of interesting people!
me and Elder Phillips (Our district leader) got to go on exchanges. He’s an
awesome missionary, we really got along good.
We went and visited a less active named Brother Buffington. We go to his house
every Thursday at 2pm. He’s 91 years old but surprisingly mobile haha. His
wife passed away about 3 months ago and his son just passed away on the 9th
so it’s been hard for him but, he’s still happy
as can be! Him and Elder Philips really hit it off. They are both from
Tremonton, Utah. Brother Buffington started talking about all the things
there from 70 years ago and I guess none of it is still there haha.
We also got to visit one of our new investigators this last week. His name is
Tuan. He’s 14 and from the Philippines but he’s been in the states most his
life. He just moved to California from Arkansas a few
months ago and says this is the worst summer ever haha. He has no friends
so he just sits at home all day. I asked him what he likes to do and he
plays tennis. I told him I do as well and he lit up like a light bulb haha.
He made sure to get our number and we had plans to go out today and play
tennis but they fell through. Hopefully next week 🙂 He’s not too
interested in the gospel but what 14 year old boy is haha. I got him to
commit to baptism though! Hopefully he’ll stick with it.
Yesterday we went out with Brother Stacey again and meet a guy named John.
Him and brother Stacey really hit it off. They both served in the military at
the same time and were talking about all sorts of stuff.
Brother Stacey served for 33 years in the Air Force and was some Chief
General of Command or something like that. I guess it’s the highest rank
you can receive so that was cool to find out 🙂 We go back to teach John
Tuesday with Brother Stacey so hopefully we’ll have another solid
investigator soon! We also have dinner with Brother Stacey Saturday so that
will be fun. He’s loaded and always takes us somewhere cool to eat haha.
The Marshalls also got back from their
trip this week. It’s nice to have them around, they always brighten the
mood and will do anything for us.
I have no opportunities to take pictures haha. When we’re out for the day
Elder Yoon gets mad if I’m not focused on the work which is great, but
means I don’t have any chances to take pictures haha. I’ll try and get
some. I also got a plant today 🙂 It’s pretty cool. I figured it’d teach me
to be a good parent. If I can keep a cactus alive I can for sure keep a
child alive 😉 Basically the same needs.
Here’s one of the malls near me. Literally everywhere here is Chinese.
You’d think you’re in China if you didn’t know any better. I’d say only
about 4/10 people we meet on the street speak English. It’s crazy.
Here’s a kid pushing his two little siblings around his apartment in a
shopping cart haha. We’re in such ghetto places sometimes. But those places
are usually where you find the humble people willing to let you in.
My iPads about to die so I better go, but week 4 has been good! Iearned so
much and I’m trying my best to apply that into my
teachings. Anyways, always look for missionary opportunities at home!
There’s always something you can do to share the gospel with others.
And “Remember who you are!” –
Trevor Collings 😉
One last thing, “You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your
mountain is waiting, so get on your way! -Dr. Seuss
Love, Elder Collings.