Thursday, January 21, 2016

December 7, 2015

This week has had its ups and downs teaching wise.  We started off
killing it getting three lessons a day tracting and then once Thursday
hit......absolutely nothing the rest of the week.  Its because the
people in houses suck and the people in apartment complexes are like
"Hey you talking about Jesus? I like Jesus." and boom we have a lesson
and they take a book of Mormon. But we have been doing a lot of
service as well.  The float that you saw for the parade was basically
built by Me, Elder Crisp and a Young Mens leader named Greg Allman.
It took us 20 hours in two weeks.  But hey it turned out really good.
We went and saw the parade and it was a great success.  We wanted to
have people down here realize that we want to be a part of the
community and that we are Christians as well and so that's where the
whole nativity theme came in.  We had young men dress up as wise men
and walk the parade and hand out pass along cards with candy canes on
it and they handed around 500 out and ran out half way through so lots
of people saw the float and it won an award I think and the Mayor said
it was her favorite.  So that was a big success.  And we built it in
reusable pieces so the Ward can be in the parade every year.  We then
went to Callie Knolls baptism (Brother Knolls niece) and that was a
good service and I got to hang out with the twins and have some
awesome desserts.  Immediately after that there was a funeral at the
church building and so I was guiding people on where to leave the body
for a viewing which was a little weird but at the same time it was a
old lady with Dementia and was in a wheel chair and it was more of a
blessing for her passing because she wasn't miserable anymore but I
set up for the funeral and went home to go work some more.  The next
day in church, because we had set up, the husband of the lady who
passed away gave me and Elder Crisp all the leftovers from the funeral
and the food is so dang good. We have food for a few days because of
it.  Teaching wise, we got back into contact with Monte.... kind of.
Whenever we have saw him this week, it was him outside smoking and him
trying to hide the cigarette because he knows about the word of wisdom
so that's another obstacle to add to the challenges of getting him
baptized.  We also taught Jim this week and he is a little cookoo but
he understands baptism and the importance and I think he is now the
closest to getting baptized.  He looks like an homeless Santa Clause
and he wont cut his hair because he made a promise with god a few
years ago that he wouldn't do it again.... People now a days.  Other
than that there hasn't been that much going on with me.  I had canes
for dinner on Thursday so the girls really did miss out that day
HAHAHA.  Sucks to suck for them.  This week should be fun.  On
Wednesday we are getting a ride to Hattiesburg for a mission
conference where a member of the 70, Elder Kopischke is presiding and
talking to us.  That should be fun.  And this weekend is Stake
Conference for the area down here and he will be at that as well.  So
it should be a spiritually uplifting week.  Hope you all have a great
week.  Love you lots!
Elder Crouch

So first one is there were these yard decorations that looked like

gnome hats so I had to put them on.

   Second, there is a cat that

follows me EVERYWHERE so I named it Ether and its pretty legit.  Has

sat in on some doorstep lessons.

This is the tree you sent to us 

The rest is from the Christmas Parade

Hey Padre,
This week has been a hectic one.  We have had so many things planned
like Christmas devotionals and parades and what not.  I have gotten a
little urked though because there have been a lot of things that I
would really have liked to go see but because the AP's don't ever want
to go to things and we cant get rides from the Sister Missionaries, I
have been stranded and left out of things like a night in Bethlehem
play/choir concert and the First Presidency Christmas Message. But its
alright.  I will make up for it next Christmas season haha.  Im glad
that you have been able to get on some dates with mom this week.  I
saw the pics of you as buddy the elf at canes.  You goofball.  I was
thinking about taking a similar picture at the Canes near me when I
went to it this past Thursday but Ill do it next time I go.  Teaching
wise, we haven't really gotten anywhere with our investigators except
Jim.  He is really thinking about coming to church and baptism.  Monte
is moving backwards since we caught him smoking....twice.  The world
is becoming a crazy place.  Its sad to think that the shootings really
happened this past week.  It will be alright though. And that really
sucks about the Patriots.  Hopefully they can still have a good play
off season.  There will be a really spiritually uplifting week next
week with us going to a conference as missionaries and listening to my
first general authority out here.  Elder Kopischke.  (Kapishkee is how
its pronounced apparently). And then we have stake conference where he
is presiding over our meetings as well.  Should be fun.  Hope you have
a great week.  Love ya!
Elder Crouch

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