Monday, September 21, 2015

Homeless guys & Hard hats!!

Hi everyone!

Here's what happened this week in Portland ...

Monday we went to downtown Portland with Gilbert to the famous Voodoo Donuts and some other stores. Gilbert said that he feels like he's known us forever, and it really does! Monday evening to Tuesday evening, I went on an exchange with Elder Roundy to the Milwaukie area. In Milwaukie's apartment they have English speaking Elders and Spanish speaking Elders living together and it was so fun going over there and staying the night in their apartment. They're hilarious!

So Tuesday Elder Roundy and I did missionary work in his area and it was cool meeting the different members and investigators that they have in Milwaukie, but I still love my area in Moreland. 

When you don't have a bike helmet ...

Elder Roundy and Tyler...

Wednesday I was back in my area and we had a few lessons during the day. Later when we were at the park planning a lesson, a homeless man comes up to us and asks what we're doing and so we talked to him and told him who we were and he seemed like a nice guy.  He even told me I was pretty! Haha. After we talked for a little bit he asked if he could have some cash and we told him we couldn't give him any (I didn't have cash on me and Elder Parker forgot his wallet), but I did give him a granola bar that I had in my bag. We grabbed our bikes and we started walking away, but he still wanted money and we kept telling him we didn't have any and he got really angry. He walked up to us and yelled, "you guys better call the cops because I'm about to beat the *beep* out of you if I don't get some money," then he grabbed my bike and threw it aside. He got closer and said "nothing huh?" and he was starting to clench his fist. I was like, "ohhhh crap were about to throw down with a homeless guy," but then Elder Parker said, "wait I might have something in my bag" and he pulled out a couple of crumpled dollars and gave it to him. He said, "it's about time," and he took off. Haha it was quite the experience.

We played basketball with Gilbert in the evening and had a lesson. He's coming, slowly but surely, along.

Thursday we had Zone Conference! Our Zone and two other Zones met together and had training practice and did a lot of other stuff.  President Ballard did some training and gave us instruction. We were at the conference from 8:00a to 5:00p.  It was an awesome meeting!  It was super long, but I learned a lot and I love seeing the other missionaries and getting to know them.  After Zone Conference, we went to dinner with Brian Da Hawaiian again at the same Chinese place he took us to last time.  He took 12 missionaries this time! Crazy.

Thursday to Friday night, I went on another exchange! This time I went with Elder Johansen to his area.  He is in the Young Single Adult Ward and their area covers the entire Stake.

Friday I was with Elder Johansen and we had four lessons. It was so weird teaching people the same age as me because they're at the same stage of life that I'm in, and it's really easy to relate to them. They were all good lessons and then we went and played basketball in the evening with some guys from the ward. I love the YSA ward!

Saturday I was back in Moreland again and we went to the Care Center and played Sorry with Sister Pierce, Brother Roberts, and Rowan. Sister Pierce whooped all of us haha and then we had a good lesson with them. We had dinner with the LaPlants and then a lesson with Carissa finally! She set a goal to be baptized on November 14!  So hopefully we can keep that commitment and she can be baptized!!

Sunday we had Stake Conference and President and Sister Ballard spoke. There were some great talks given, I learned a lot! After conference we met our investigator Jonas at the church building and we gave him a tour and had an awesome visit with him. He wants to come to church! We had dinner with the Keys and then we had a lesson with some recent converts. It was a pretty crazy, but solid week!

Have a great week!

Elder Hill

Tyler's Hints and Highlights this week!

* We gave two more blessings this week! I think I am close to 20 blessings since being in this area, and they have been great experiences and have really built my faith.

* "Sacrifice is being willing to do the Lord's will. Consecration is wanting to do the Lord's will. Immense growth and immense change can only come from consecration."

eternal. SMILE.  Read 2 Nephi 9:39

* Read the scriptures!! The things you can find in there, especially the Book of Mormon, are awesome!!!

* Go like and share my posts on Facebook :)


  1. Way to go Bone! Proud of your commitment to getting in the REAL game of life... :) Enjoy the journey!