Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Week 20!

I think my sister told me it's Week 20, so I'll go with that. 
WEEK 20.

That makes me like almost a fifth of the way done, that's weird. Seems like it's been forever but it also feels like I am almost home. Ha. 

So like, the longer you are in the field the more you realize that you just simply cannot do an organized weekly email anymore. So much random things happen and you forget what goes with what day and it's just a mess. Every week is pretty much go out and explode and then you have PDay and do it all again. Haha. Anyways, something cool: We got an email from President and he said by MAY (so yes like 7 months) every companionship will have 2 iPad Minis and and iPhone. You will be able to have Facebooks and Skype and you can teach Skype lessons you people you know from HOME that may be interested in the Gospel. A missionary in Florida, for example, is teaching his non-member mom over Skype, SAY WHAT?!?! It just like makes my mind blow up. I cannot even comprehend it lol. 

Anyways, so for some weekly highlights:
-Visited Catalina and David and got to talking about the "Don't add or diminish from this book" scriptures and it was cool to see how misinterpreted it is and it was cool to learn about the history behind the Bible. 
-We got fed 4 dinners in one day. Blah. WHILE BIKING. 
-Arturo y Ana still make us the most amazing food as always. So perfect. 
-We were biking and someone hung out the window and pointed and laughed at us and 10 seconds letter got pulled over by a cop. HAHA. 
-Helped Arturo with his landscaping job and he said he wants to come to lessons with us if we ever need a ride! 
-Played a prank on the other Elders into thinking the car was stolen and it was their fault.
-Knocked a trailor and asked a guy if he knew where any Spanish speakers lived and he started yelling at us to leave America and go look in Mexico and it was funny that he got so worked up about it hahaha.
-Had Arturo y Ana over at the Nehring's house and got to roast marshmallows with them and share a GC talk! 
-Norma got baptized on Saturday!!! 
-Arturo stayed all 3 hours at church :)

Have a great week my beloved family and friends. 

Elder Groseclose

ps: i speak spanish. weird.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Wowwww, I am running low on time so bear with me if this letter is shorter than usual!
Anyways, last Monday was just a regular P-Day and nothing was too special and Tuesday we just went around so Elder Oliva could say bye to members and investigators and all that beautiful stuff. Yawn. ANYWAYS: New companion.

So Wednesday was transfer meeting and I got a new companion. His name is Elder Barrio. He is from Chihuahua Mexico and lives in the Mormon colonies there. He lived in the states for a little bit in HS because he is near Juarez which is like awful with drug trade and all that. But he knows English and Spanish perfectly so it's such a blessing to have. He has been out 11 months and he really is an amazing missionary. I have learned so much from him in our short time that I cannot even begin to explain it. I think I will grow 2489361 fold this transfer. 

Anyways, I am so sorry for how lame this email is but truly, it was just a week of adjusting and getting ready to work hard. We are still set for the baptism with Norma on Saturday and she passed her interview last night so it's all pretty much good to go. I absolutely love the branch and the people we work with and I blow my mind every day that I speak a language that isn't English...

So just some weekly highlights:

-Pruned a pine tree
-My new district seems really fun
-District lunch at China Buffet
-Seeing my investigators have a lot of opposition which shows me how true the work really is, the adversary tries so hard to stop it! 
-Late night Taco Bell run!

Yup, I am boring this week! But let it be known, I am thankful for everyone and you all have no idea how much I appreciate the emails and letters!

Tengan una buena semana mis amigos :)
Elder Groseclose
My new companion Elder Barrio

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day 7361279, but in reality, Day 125. And the end of my third transfer and 2nd in the field, which officially makes me DONE with training. That's nice! I have no words to even BEGIN to describe these last 2 transfers. They have been LONG, they have been difficult, they have been A L O T of work, they have been exhausting, but, they have been FUN. How much I have learned and grown and seen in these past few months is unexplainable. I can't even wrap my head around it. And to think I still have somewhere near 590 days to go is really cool but also bizarre. Time is an interesting concept...

MONDAY: Last monday, the usual, PREPARATION DAY. Zone Preparation day though so all the missionaries in the zone who wanted to came down to good old Columbus and we hung out at the church playing Chair Soccer and Dodgeball. Of course, being me, I made an alliance in chair soccer to make sure I did as good as possible. Not being a soccer player, it was my natural instinct to use my witty ways and make allliances and welp, I won. It sure made me miss all my TV shows of who can outlie who, bahaha. Then P-Day ended and we exchanged and Elder Combs came to Spanish land for the night! 

TUESDAY: Our real exchange was today. We biked around trying to find people and of course everything, naturally, fell through that we had planned. Expected. We did though get the chance to visit Jacie who is one of the newer converts to the ward. We talked with her for a little bit and it's always interesting times with her. From there we had Chilean food with the Bejars, whatever in the world that is. They made some great quesadillas though so I definitely was digging that. Afterwards, we went with President Nehring up to Greenwood to teach Norma. Her husband Chris is a member and she has decided that it's time for herself to be baptized also and she has such a strong testimony that she just never knew she had. We set a baptisimal date for October 19th. :) On the way home, President Nehring got a call that two kids at Institute were sick so we stopped by their and helped out with that! We got in at 10:36, we are supposed to be in BED at 10:30, WHOOPS.

WEDNESDAY: Went in the morning with Brother Sanchez to visit and teach Norma again. We breezed through two lessons and it all went swell. After that we went to teach Luis Jaimez and he actually read in the BOM and it was so cool! Who knows what else will happen but it was cool to see him actually keep a commitment. Like I've said before, Arturo y Ana used to own a Mexican restaurant and since Wednesday was Ana's birthday, we went with them out to dinner at their old restaurant. It was SOOOOOOO good. Divinely good. SO GOOD. The tacos were perfect. I had 10 of them. They changed my life. Arturo said it's his recipes, he is a freaking amazing cook! Then for dessert we had Tres Leches cake (3 Milk) and that is seriously my favorite cake now. It is perfect!

THURSDAY: Helped Sister Nehring in the morning out in the yard and then had weekly planning after. I got a great package from Lauren and it had the cutest family pictures!! Got to have dinner with the Richards and taught a lesson with our newest investigators Karina and Ben. It was a great lesson!

FRIDAY: Zoooooone training!!! We learned more about how to work with members and it was great and really productive. After the training we went and taught Norma again and then they feed us this Argentinian food Milanesa, SOOOOO GOOD. Oh my goodness it's crazy the things hispanics can cook! We had a dinner scheduled right after that but thank goodness it cancelled! So we just headed home and did some studies and all our lessons fell through so we visited a referral we had and he was a Jehovah's Witness so we had the usual talk there. Those are always fun though, I enjoy them. I learned that their Bible they take out a lot of the verses. It was really weird to learn. 

SATURDAY: General Conference! A missionaries dream! The talks the morning session were SOOOOO good. It's crazy being a missionary and seeing how everything is about missionary work! After the first session we went with the Sisters and the 2nd Ward Bishop to lunch at a Mexican restaurant and he paid for us so that was super sweet! Marcelino was in town because he needed to exchange something at the local pawn shop so we went and helped him communicate because he knows no English. He then came with us after to a session of General Conference and loved it :)  After the second session we just visited people and one of our investigators was absolutely wasted out of his mind. 8 beers and he was smoking who knows what. He was talking to us and was like an inch away, he totally had no sense of distance. He then started just randomly hugging us and he started to speak in English. It was bizarre. He asked how to pronounce my name for some reason and when I said it he started yelling "YEAHHHHH MAN!" He then proceeded to tell us he was drunk as if we couldn't tell and then started apologizing profusely. Interesting. We then returned to the church for pizza and watched the Priesthood Session. 

SUNDAY: General Conference part 2. Luncheon at the Church. Took district pictures. Killed off Elder Isaacson (when a missionary is about to go home you take a "death" picture, his was being killed by a star on a christmas tree). No investigator lessons today, all fell through so we went and visited a part-member family Catalina y David and just had a great time chatting and what not. She gave us hot cocoa and bread.

AND NOW FOR THE FEATURE PRESENTATION.... So last night we got "THE CALL", which is when we find out who is being transferred, who is staying, and whether either of us will be training or what not. SOOOO....
My trainer Elder Oliva is.... LEAVING. Sad to see him go. I am so thankful for my trainer. I was truly blessed. 
I am...... STAYING. YAY! I am so glad for more time here in Columbus, especially with a baptism in 2 weeks!!

Anyways, running out of time so I gotta send the family pictures. Bye!


me and elder oliva dressing up.
my new nametag because groseclose is too hard for hispanics.
the taco sign in arturo's old restaraunt 
Arturo singing Te Amo (i love you) to Ana!
Arturo y Ana's kids!
Elder Oliva and I made a rap and so we got an award.... lol
Our district!
Catalina y David. They didn't smile because they are too cool. Haha
Columbus :)