Monday, August 25, 2014

What's good! Another week down and it's humid as heck out here. Had an unbelievable thunderstorm this week. One crack of thunder was the loudest sound I had EVER heard in my life. It didn't stop flashing lightning, honestly, for atleast an hour. Insane yo. 

I really wish I could find a way to make my weekly emails more interesting but I realize that nothing I do as a missionary is probably very interesting to any of you, ha.

Monday and Tuesday was nothing big. Went on exchanges with Elder Mancilla in his area so it was just kinda driving around to all his appointments like a chicken with it's head cut off haha. 

Wednesday. I don't remember the day at all to be honest, but I have that we taught Josefina, but I think we pretty much just sat and talked with her about what she thought of church on Sunday. She is more used to those churches that stand up and yell and clap so she thought it was odd how referent we are..... We will see what happens... We also found these two new Puertoriqueños that are brothers and they are really cool. Not sure if they are truly super interested but we are already bros and they want to come ball with us. They talk so fast I love it because my greenie didn't understand A THING, not ONE SINGLE THING that left those guys mouths was understood by him and he was so lost so it really just made me happy to see HOW FAR I have been able to come from when I first came out and I was in that exact same situation, but now I can understand it all. I did feel bad for my greenie though that he couldn't understand anything.... Maybe we will have to study spanish harder. ha.

Thursday.... Apparently we only taught one lesson Thursday and I can't remember why..... I don't have anything written on my planner for that day so lemme think.....I really have absolutely no recollection of that day but apparently it was a complete bust.

Friday I almost died of hunger. I was shaking haha. It was kinda scary. We eventually got Chinese food for lunch though and I lived. #sick.
We taught this woman Rosa that we tracted into. She opened the door and immediately started teaching her, she had no chance to say no. Haaaaaaaa. She seemed to like it though and gave us her address! We also taught Rodrigo who gave us a fake phone number so I was pretty salty about that.... (salty is angry...). We then taught my favorite Atheist Catholic Joseph Stalin tattoo wielding friend who happens to be named Adolf! He's super cool. I love teaching him. He is super attentive and asks a bunch of questions. He's a stud man. We also went by Catarina's..... house.... poor woman lives in a house that was under construction but never finished... All she has is like an outside wall around her house and everything inside is just the wood framing of a house. She has a little makeshift stuff and a fridge and a mattress and no air conditioning. Made me sooooooo sad. We read Lehi's Vision with her and she really enjoyed it. We then taught two other people who aren't really noteworthy, yet.

Saturday. Got into a nice little.... I don't like to consider it a bible bash, but we will call it that so you all kinda understand..... with an ex-Jehovah's Witness. It was really enjoyable and when we finally went on our he sent us out the door with some juice! :D Had correlation meeting. Taught Juan Garcia and this woman Maria. She absolutely loves us but I don't think she truly gets our purpose.

Sunday was Sunday. Ate lunch with the Coranguez family and was forced into singing Maroon 5 karaoke. Went to the popcorn party at the Senior Missionary Couple's apartment and then that was that!

Soooo.... another week down and we still here up in I N D I A N A yo. Ha.

Take care!
Les quiero mucho.

Elder J. Aaron Groseclose

Sisters Mayberry and Gil tho.
can't describe us better.
The last sunday for Sister Mayberry!
Popcorn Night!
Elder Van Haren yo
Balling it with my mannnnnn Hno Coranguez
Dinner appointment!
My homie Josefina!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Not an important day, just thought I'd give you a random countdown. ;) 

Like the biggest greenie in the whole entire WORLD, I forgot my planner..... AGAIN.

So, sorry, this letter will suck again....

JOSEFINA CAME TO CHURCH. I was stoked. It was super fun and the members seriously ALL said Hi to her and I think she really enjoyed so HOPEFULLY she will come next week too and it all can just go up from there!

Didn't teach Juan this week but it's fine because we are going by tonight and it's all good. Just a crazy week!

We really have just from there taught a bunch of random people. My boy Adolfo (the atheist) is doing good. He is reading in the Book of Mormon and I am now convinced that he is actually not Atheist, and just had bad past experiences.

The fair was fun and had a serious rain storm in the middle of it. But we lived, don't worry. 

Got to teach my convert Norma from my first area this past week!
She is in Relief Society Presidency and they plan on getting sealed by the end of the year! So cool.

Not really sure what else happened but I do remember we spent 8 HOURS helping Cristina (a member) move on Thursday so that was crazy. 

Had Birch's Birthday Party and BBQ so that was sick.

Life is just fun. Enjoying myself and time is flying. I'll be back to you all in no time, LOVE YOU ALL.

Elder Jeffrey Aaron Groseclose 

Hermano Orellana on the grill!
My homie Vickie!
Happy Birthday Biiiiirchy!
tacooooos. barbacoa. chorizo. al pastor. carnitas.
at the fair tho.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Don't expect this email to be as long. We are going to the State Fair today so I have less time!

This week was good, but frustrating. I am pretty sure that is every week as a missionary though!

On Monday we had our usual lesson with Juan and nothing out of the ordinary there!

Ya, sorry I have no time, lemme give highlights:

Everything got fast tracked because it's all falling into place with Juan and he may be baptized by the end of the month.

Josefina didn't come to church :(

Found 7 new investigators this week, including a hispanic family with the last name of "Welcher"...... They are ex-JW's so we will see how it goes!

A woman flagged me down while driving by to tell me "Your wheels on your bike are rolling". lol.

A Cuban man told us "I don't do the Spanish thing anymore" and refused to speak in Spanish... Idk what that even MEANS!

We heard a bird noise in the church so a newer elder says "DONDE ESTA EL PERRITO" (Where is the little dog!!!) he meant to say PAJARRITO (little bird)
Also, same elder told a member "Your text message no tiene contento" (is not happy) He meant to say doesn't have CONTENT (contenido) but said "contento" which is happy. So that member said to him "Porque se enojo?" (Why did he get mad?) HAHA.

That's that, sorry it's short, next week I will do better!
Take care LOVE YOU ALL
Elder Jeffrey Aaron Groseclose
Instagram @JeffreyAaron
^ haha

I don't know if you are ready for how high up my selfie level was this week....

spanish elders in the branch.
One of our investigators is interesting hahaha....
Elder Birch and I :D

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Another week down homies!
Thought I'd send pics in this email. My homegirl Sister Gil got transferred! So sad!

Shoutout to Paul George on breaking his leg. Such a nasty leg break, hope you recover soon bro! #PACERS

Lets refresh this week thoughhhhhh:

Monday -> P-Day so ya. We did have a lesson with Juan Garcia and put him on a baptismal date for September 27th buuuuuut, we will probably have to drop it soon because it's looking like thee are way more problems and obstacles he'll need to overcome before getting to the water.

Tuesday -> Tuesday was an interesting day. Went in the morning to breakfast at Denny's because it was the day before transfers so it was kinda getting the last hoo-rah in with the homies. But we ended up going to eat B-Dubs later that day so it was like the last hoo-rah..... part 2. The Tuesday before transfers is just always crazy. We did teach Rodrigo though which is a guy I actually found on exchanges like a month and a half ago. Interest level? Idk but we shall see.

Wednesday -> TRANSFERS ): I didn't leave though, neither did I get a new companion. We just had to go because Elder Baird had to go to the new missionary training before and after the meeting soooooo we went. :) It's always nice getting to see missionaries that you have served with/around before and see all the magical moving happen! Transfers took all day and then we had a lesson that night with Josefina, but I will take about Josefina later on...

Thursday -> lol. So we found out in the morning that we needed to change cars with other Elders and that we would now be sharing a car sooooo, we ended up on bikes Thursday and we planned as if we'd have the car, so it was interesting to say the least. I worked Elder Baird so hard for his first bike day as a missionary. We went to make some lists at the library in the morning and then Weekly Planned, then we had to book it like 5 miles to our lesson with Juan Garcia (who gave me a Shakira newspaper !!!) and then we had 30 minutes to make it 10 miles to our dinner appointment haha. Poor trainee mio was DEAD by the time we got to our dinner. He also somehow popped the tire on the way and was riding on a flat tire until I gave him my bike and I just troopered it along!

Friday -> Had district meeting and it was interesting lol. We went out to Mexican food after because apppppparently we don't eat it enough. We then all went to my area for an hour to try and help us find people so it can grow because it's a new area. Not much happened but Mancilla and I were together and taught a woman. We also got stuck in the train yard as a train went by and did a lot of stupid things we were taught to never do (i.e jump onto a moving train, stand next to a moving train, put coins on the track so the wheel smashes and presses it (SO SICK BY THE WAY!!!)) The little kids came out and we luckily survived. After that we just went and worked more in our area and we found this atheist guy (doesn't believe in God) and taught him haha. His huge thing was "Why do bad thing happen" and the lesson actually went well enough that he told us we could come back. His name is Adolf and he has Stalin tattooed on his arm, but I don't even care though, seems like he'd look good in white baptismal clothes #GIVEHIMJESUS. We then had a good lesson with Catarina from 2 Nephi 31. She wouldn't accept a baptismal date but she seems to be willing to soon.

Sábado -> Found pretty much Mini-Mexico Indianapolis on this random street and taught two guys there. They are just kinda wait and sees. Eventually had the baptism services to go to and then afterwards had dinner with the Garcia family! On the way home we stop by Catarina to confirm she wants a ride to church and she says YES.

Domingo -> After church we had dinner with Maria and that was great as usual. I am cutting to the chase because pretty much two events from Sunday stand out
           Catarina -> So we had it all set up for Catarina to come to church. Maria and Marta were going to go by and pick her up around 10:30 and bring her to church and it was going to all be great. Get a call at about 10:35 from Maria saying that she knocked the door and a guy answered and said Catarina wasn't home. Marta says that she saw a woman peeking out the window as the man talked. I am just super frustrated and angry that we got it all set up and then the investigator HIDES FROM HER RIDE. I am super angry and dead set on just dropping her and never going by her again because she obviously is NOT interested. At dinner with Maria she tells me the story in person and it just makes me more frustrated than I already was! So I decide in that moment that I am gonna just give up on her and never go by. Well.... as we are driving home I have a feeling that we really need to go by her. I really really didn't want to...... but I couldn't deny the prompting. As we pull up to her street, we see her on the porch and make eye contact. We keep driving a little to park on the curb and go by and see what happened. Well, SHE HAD LEFT HER PORCH. I am even more angry and we knock the door and a woman tells us that Catarina is out back. I ask her if Catarina even wants to see us or not. She tells us she isn't sure but that we could go around back if we wanted. So we do. She is standing next to the fence holding it and looking up to the sky in the opposite direction and so I am like "Bueno....?" (pretty much the Mexican way of like getting someones attention) and she just keeps staring away, so I say it again, and nothing. So I just stand there about 50 feet away staring at her and she is not biting. Eventually, after about legitimately 5 minutes, she looks over and I can see she is BALLING CRYING. So I quickly scurry over to her and she just pours out "SORRY SORRY. I AM SO SORRY." She had been preoccupied and felt bad about it all day. She told me she thought that it would be ME picking her up for church so she got scared and hid when she saw two women come for her. I felt so so so so bad. She was ready and willing and everything to go, she was just scared. I eventually calmed her down and changed the topic to food and everything turned out alright.

Josefina -> She is honestly top 3 favorite people from my mission. She is amazing. We go back on Wednesday for our return appointment, she is already in 1 Nephi 8. Go back Sunday, she is in 1 Nephi 11. She loves it and says it's so much like the Bible. Elder Baird is too shy still since he is new to the mission and so I get to do all the talking in the lessons and I love it because Josefina is rad. She's like 30 and single with 2 kids and just is at the point in her life where everything is clicking. She just GETS IT. We are already like best friends and last night she accepted baptism for September 20. I am seriously so blessed to be able to teach her and I pray that she will continue to just stay this ROCK SOLID!

That's my week!

Not my baptism but taught this girl a bunch of times. Congrats Katherine!