Monday, November 2, 2015

Four Months Down!!!

Hi everyone! 

This week there isn't too much to report on. We had a lot of lessons cancel so that was really frustrating. We did do a lot of tracting/contacting and a lot of service throughout the week.  We met some pretty cool and interesting people ... along with getting yelled at a lot!

Tuesday I conducted my first district meeting and of course the APs decide to come, but it went well and was a good meeting! 

One of the biggest highlights of the week was Gilbert committed to be baptized!! We had a couple lessons with him throughout the week and our first lesson we felt prompted to go over the baptismal interview questions and we had the best lesson! We taught him the law of tithing, the Word of Wisdom, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ all in this one lesson. At the end he said he is going to get baptized and that he is going to pray on a date to be baptized! He also said that he is going to start coming to church every week. Our second lesson with him he said that he is still thinking about a date, but that he is excited about being baptized. He also told me the coolest thing. He said, "when you and Elder Parker showed up at my door and we started meeting together, I don't think I would have kept meeting with you guys if it was just Elder Parker and someone else. God knew that it had to be you that would help me change my life and that I would actually listen to you because we can relate so well. You're my little brother man!"... I thought that was the coolest thing because people always say that you're sent to a mission for a certain reason or you're sent to an area for a specific person, and it is totally true! I was sent to Portland and specifically the Moreland Ward to meet Gilbert and to help him! Pretty cool. 

Friday we spent a lot of the day helping a non-member move all of their stuff to a new place, and it was pouring rain all day so that was fun.. Not really, but it was good to help them out! 

Saturday was Halloween!! Portland is weird on Halloween. We saw so many people dressed in strange costumes walking on the streets and in stores, it was pretty funny. So myself, Elder Giles and some other missionaries wanted to go to Chipotle to get discounted burritos for wearing a costume (we were going to switch name tags so I was dressed as Elder Giles), but the Chipotle was closed. So we went to the food court right next to the Chipotle and everyone thought we were dressed up as missionaries and not actually missionaries haha. People would walk by and say, "Happy Halloween I like your ties!" or "nice costumes!"... We were just like no we are actually missionaries come back so we can talk to you!! It was funny.. Missionaries are supposed to be in by 6:30pm on Halloween, but we got permission to go to Gilbert's house and hangout. So we went over there and ain't a bunch of candy and hung out with him, and it was super fun! (He may or may not have had the World Series on in the other room so I could listen to it.) 

Sunday makes four months down!! We had three investigators come to church and Gilbert bore his testimony again!! He got up and was talking about his situation and he asked if everyone could pray for him to help take the next step and be baptized, and at the end he said, "I would love to be a Mormon!!" It was so awesome. After the meeting, so many members came up to him and hugged him and said they would pray for him and that they loved him. Best sacrament ever. 

Have a great week!

Elder Hill

Tyler's Highlights and Hints this Week!

*At one of our member dinners they let us make our own caramel apples covered in a bunch of candy, and it was awesome. 

*It is raining every day now and biking in it has been rough.  My foot keeps slipping off the pedal and I've almost ate it a couple times, but I haven't yet! 

*A couple weeks ago we were interviewed in the park about "lost souls" and the lady sent us the podcast so we could listen to our interview. She said that it is streaming in Canada now haha so that's kinda cool. 

*The amount of candy we have in our apartment from members and investigators is ridiculous!

*When we helped the non-member family move, they gave us a couch and a mini trampoline so now our apartment is decked out. 

*Just in case, you want to send me a letter or package for the holidays, here is my current address :) 

Elder Tyler Hill
1830 SE Linn St., Apt 5 
Portland, OR 97202 

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