Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Week 22: New Area Added to Mission! Whaaat?

Hola mis amigos y familia, Les quiero mucho!

Well I hope that all of you have had a good week! We have had some CRAZY things happen down here in the Fort Lauderdale Mission...Let's just say next transfer meeting is gonna be pretty interesting:D

So ya last Wednesday we had a mission wide conference call which was pretty unusual; that almost never happens so nobody quite knew what to expect. Well after a few minutes of 200 missionaries trying to talk to each other on one line, President Richardson finally got on and made the announcement that the First Presidency made the decision to cut the Fort Myers Stake out of the Tampa mission and add them to our mission!! WHAAATTTTTT???? Pretty crazy stuff. So basically we just had a zone of 30 more missionaries added to our mission and pulled out of Tampa. That means that our mission now covers both the west and east coast of the southern tip of Florida. Basically we only covered the East coast of the southern tip of Florida but now we cover the West Coast as well. If you want to look at a map basically anything below Stuart on the East Coast and anything below Fort Myers on the West Coast is now our mission; it's enormous!

But anyways, apparently it was pretty traumatic for all of the Tampa missionaries that got reassigned because they had Ipads and now they don't. Which, I have to be honest, is pretty hilarious from my point of view but I suppose that I would be traumatized as well. Anyways basically transfers will be crazy now because they'll have to mix up all those Tampa missionaries with our mission to get everyone on the same page, so who knows what will happen. So ya that was quite the surprise, but pretty cool as well. Now that I've explained this I can get on with the mission part of my mission:)

So let's see. Elder Swensen and I definitely had a better week last week even if it ended up with the same results:/ We picked up several new investigators--several of which were very promising! The coolest of all was probably a younger couple with a 2 month old baby! Eddy and Yamy. They let us right in when we knocked the door.  We were able to pray with them and then taught the Restoration to them and Yamy read in the Book of Mormon. So things were going pretty well; we were able to go back and teach the plan of salvation with a member and they committed to come to church on Sunday! Elder Swensen and I were pumped and couldn't wait to see them at church because they had given us such a solid commitment. Well come Sunday they didn't come or answer the phone when we called to remind them about Church, which was weird, so we went over to their house to follow up and see what happened.

Well, we got to the house and knocked the door. Nobody answered, but we saw them look through the peephole several times so we knew they were home. Definitely not the first time something like this has happened, but it was entertaining because we called them (note: we had called them at this number not two days before and they talked to us over the phone) and they told us that we had the wrong number. We think they got a dose of anti from a family member of another church, but we don't know for sure. Anyways basically it's sad to see people stop investigating the church because they listen to other people instead of us.....but that's ok because Elder Swensen and I just laugh it all off:) That's definitely one thing Elder Swensen has taught me is to just laugh stress away when you've done everything you can to help people. He has definitely helped me to learn to cope with the stress of salvation a little bit better:)

Anyways those are the craziest things that happened this week. Florida is quite the environment to be a missionary in. Sometimes I think it's a lot like Palmyra back in the day. There's churches everywhere fighting for attention and definitely more than your average dose of anti down here to be honest. But at the end of the day none of that matters because I have a testimony from God that I'm on the Lord's errand and that those honest seekers of truth are out there waiting to be baptized! So we continue onward despite all of the craziness :)

Anyways that's about it for this week, Elder Swensen and I fortunately have a bunch of return appointments set up in the next couple of days with different people, so hopefully we will be able to get them to church!

I love all of you and hope that you have a great week!!
Elder Butterfield

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