Phone Pranking

After a bout with a parasite early on in my mission, I spent a lot of time at the doctor’s office and subsequently spent time at the mission office between appointments. I got to know the senior missionaries that served in the office really well, but I got to know their accents even better. From [...]

2013-01-19T09:00:00+00:00 January 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

King John

I spent my MTC experience in the Brazil training center. I arrived healthy as a horse but a week into my stay, I was plagued with chronic diarrhea. I dealt with the most epic stretch of "rapid fire" bowel movements and it became widely known that when looking for Elder Hone, he was most likely [...]

2016-06-27T16:43:42+00:00 January 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Message From Above

The area I was in consisted of a massive sprawl of nameless dirt streets and numberless shanty-style homes. The only way to get to someone's house was to be shown by someone else who knew, and then to simply memorize the road systems. While I was in this particular area, we were informed by the [...]

2013-01-17T09:00:00+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Cat of Seven Legs

My trainer was from Puerto Rico and spoke Spanish at a rate of roughly 100 words per second. Our investigator, Jose, spoke even faster. At some point in our discussion, I felt my brain start to cramp and I would give up. I would smile and wait for clues that it was my turn and [...]

2013-01-16T09:00:00+00:00 January 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Spirit of the Toilet

We were given a referral from one of the young men in our ward. He was a gregarious 14 year old, a bit socially awkward (more than the average 14 year old) and as optimistic as ever. He handed us a sacrament meeting program where he scribbled an address and informed us his friend was [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 January 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Big, Fat Greek Rejection

I admit; there were days when I prayed that if we were not going to find the elect, could we at least encounter the entertaining? Fortunately, Austin Texas is full of odd characters, so that was an easily answered prayer. One extra-humid summer day, all our teaching appointments had fallen through, so we were knocking [...]

2016-06-27T16:44:03+00:00 January 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chicken in the Lion’s Den

On preparation-day, we made a long anticipated trip to the Maputo Zoo. Consisting mostly of empty cages, the only animals remaining in the zoo were ones the people didn’t bother eating during the civil war, which had ended only a few years before. The lions, hippos, gorillas, and crocodile appeared neglected and famished. We were [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 January 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

One Car, Five Mormons

Our car needed to some repairs. We arranged for our District Leader and his companion to follow us to the shop (which was out of our area) and drive us home. It just so happened that they had a third Elder with them that day. I will never forget the look of surprise and concern [...]

2016-06-27T16:44:13+00:00 January 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Free Food

My companion and I had just finished a day of work and were returning home to our apartment, eager to eat dinner and get some rest. We rounded the corner to our apartment building, only to find a huge wedding reception/party being held on our street–directly in front of our apartment. It was decked out [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 January 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’d You Say, Darlin?

We had an investigator who lived in a nursing home. He was the grandfather of a less active family that we were working closely with. Because of our frequent visits, we soon became familiar with the staff at the nursing home and they asked us if we would mind teaching a Bible Study class. We [...]

2013-01-10T09:00:00+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments