He's Hearing Plane Sounds-week 92
90 weeks in Phoenix mission, 5 weeks in Buckeye
Dear friends and family,
This week was pretty uneventful, but I'll try to squeeze out a decent letter. My apologies
if it's pretty short...
A week before I got to this area, the missionaries baptized a brother and a sister who live
together, the Gomez's. They are really awesome; they're both teachers and have a great
sense of humor. They have three dogs—BIG dogs. For this reason, we usually meet at
the church for our lessons with them. We had dinner with them this week, so we met at
their house. They have two really big dogs (I'm not sure the breed) and a huge Dalmatian.
I'll attach a picture I took with him. His name is Max.
Elder Sumsion goes home a week from today so he is definitely "hearing plane sounds."
One morning during studies I looked over at him and he was just reading his flight itinerary
and a plane was actually flying over us outside. I said, "hey, you hear that?" He replied with,
"Yeah, that plane was so close it almost hit me." From what I have observed, he is most
excited to lift weights for longer than 30 minutes a day, and go to the gym whenever he
wants. Can you tell we're pretty opposite? Haha!
We also had interviews with President Griffin this week. During my interview he thanked me
for what I have contributed to the mission. He said that he's "expended his limits" on asking
me to do difficult things for him. Haha. He told me he's going to give me a companion who
will be able to take over the area when I go home. He said I'm either going to train a new
missionary who is really solid, or I'm just going to get a solid veteran. (Crossing my
fingers for that one...) So I guess we'll see! I'll find out next week.
Bike Box Hassle
Elder Sumsion has been trying to mail his bike home all week! We had interviews in
Goodyear this week so while we were over there we took his bike in to Sport Chalet,
a sports store that ships bikes. Well, they're going out of business so they discontinued
all services. They referred us to a bike shop in Litchfield Park that ships bikes cheap.
So we went there, and they told us they don't ship bikes. So we drove back home...still
with his bike! We're pretty sure we figured it out though.
We've been struggling finding new people to teach out here, but we're still working hard.
The investigators we do have are pretty solid. The three we're working with the most right
now are Stephanie, Ladonna, and Ruth.
Stephanie: She is our most solid investigator. I have talked about her before in previous letters.
She is the referral we got from the Solar guy. She just got a new job that allows her to have
Sunday's off and come to church! She recognizes that the Lord helped her get that job so
she could come to church. She is accepting almost all of what we teach her, but she has a
couple hang ups. Her biggest one is how her family will take it. She's working on that, and
continues to keep all of her commitments. It's really refreshing to have someone who
doesn't cancel appointments, keeps commitments, and isn't absolutely Glendale crazy.
Funny story—she asked me what my favorite soda is and I told her Mtn. Dew Baja Blast
from Taco Bell and at our next lesson she gave me a can of it. She had gone out and
gotten me Baja blast! It was awesome!! Luckily she doesn't like it so she said every time
we come over I have to drink one to get rid of them. I think I can handle that!!
Ladonna: Ladonna isn't the most solid investigator in the world, but she's really sincere.
Missionaries have been meeting with her for a while now, but recently she's been making
some progress. She loves the Book of Mormon, but she also loves the current church she
attends. She also has 6 children at home from the ages of 6-20. The two oldest boys are
huge NBA fans and huge black guys! (20 & 17). I started talking basketball with them
and really connected with them. The 17 year old said, "Man, for a little white guy you
sure know your hoops." Hahaha. I jokingly told him I probably know more about it than
he does! So now they love it when we come by, when before they would usually just go
into separate rooms. The next step is getting them to sit in on a lesson!
Ruth: She is an older lady for whom we have been doing a lot of
service. She is so grateful when we help her out. She was pretty
closed off, but since we have been helping her recently she has been opening up
and actually becoming more interested in coming to church. It's been awesome
seeing her change!
Yep, it's summer again. It's been in the 100's quite a bit this week. Lucky us!
I find it quite confusing why they would hold graduation on Sunday, May 22 this year...
I hope no one is superstitious...
A lot of members have been asking me about the tornado recently. Home will definitely
be in my thoughts this Sunday. Can't believe it's been 5 years since that monster
Anyway, that was my week! I hope all is going well for everyone. Keep praying and
loving one another. I'm looking forward to finding out who my new companion will
be next week! Elder Sumsion is looking forward to flying home! As of today, I will
be home in exactly 3 months. It's getting close! Too close!
Buckeye 1st & Sundance Wards
Arizona Phoenix Mission