Monday, March 31, 2014

Transfer Week - He stayed

March 31, 2013

Transfer Week 

i decided i really hate transfers but only if someone actually gets transferred out. Sister Adams was transferred and we were all pretty bummed about it all week. 

we had a pretty sweet lesson with mike & he said that he and his daughter are ready for baptism. and will be getting baptized on the 12th! so we were pretty excited about that. he also came to church with us this week! 

thursday literally all the plans we had fell through which was dumb.. so we pretty much knocked doors all day! 

on friday we had to wait for a package cuz its the only way fedex could get it to us then he never showed up.. so please dont use fedex just use USPS mail... its much better! 

i'm still extremely happy about everything thats going on, i decided that i know exactly what i need to do and that i've been focused on comparing myself to other instead of looking at how i can be the best me i can be!

love you! Elder Rollins

Here are are pics from last week:

He got the package from the Bishop's service FHE night.

By the looks of how empty his pantry is, the package came in the nick of time! hahahaha He assured me he does not drink monster drinks! It was just a poster or an advertisement. lol

For those of you who receive letters from Hayes, I'm sure you'll be seeing these stickers again!

Here are the "Random" Pics he sent! lol

Hayes wrote nothing about any of these pictures so I'm not sure if he drew this or just found it on the chalk board! hahaha

A flock of birds! hahaha

Sister Adams was transferred. :-(

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Wake Up Call!

March 17th

A Wake Up Call Produces Results!

so this morning i had fun being creative with Sister Harris's email so i decided that thats how im going to do my email home now cuz it makes them more fun to read and less boring to write! so here we go! 

so Tuesday was an interesting day! we had the AP's come down and talk to me because our mission President told Elder Lunt that he has been worried about me and that Elder Lunt was the one that was going to be able to help me the most. so basically he came down and took me on a long drive and told me a bunch of mistakes ive been making and all the rules i had broken thus far on my mission... i had never been so hurt in my life. i thought that i had been a pretty good missionary thus far but apparently i am a crapy missionary. he said that basically im a terrible missionary with all the potential in the world and that i need to step my game up so that i can be trusted to get the stuff done the Lord needs me to do. kinda had like a little mini melt down and freaked out on my self.. you know how hard on myself i can get but its EXACTLY what i needed to hear. the Lord knows how to get me remotivated in a very effective way.

so the rest of  the week we spent flying around like we were crazy people and stayed pretty dang busy. im pretty tired! surprisingly i never thought that i would be so happy while riding my bike up a 45 degree incline and then no one being home when we got to the top.

i already feel a change inside of me since tuesday because normally im content as long as we are out and at least talking to families and i wasnt to worried about things but now its like if dinners are going long or if we’re just wasting time i cant handle it. also i now have no fear. its like Elder Lunt scared the fear outta me :p i can just walk up to people and talk to them like its nothing really big where as i was always super worried about being reject but as long as im trying my best i have nothing to fear! the fear should only come from wasting the Lords time which i have done to much of.

thursday i felt like one of the pioneer children cuz we just walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and walked and then got to sister deans house then no one was home so we turned around and Walked and walked and walked and walked back into town.

we did have a little party, not really, it was Brother Queens birthday and he was turning i think 42. so we stopped in and wished him a happy birthday and gave him a card that Elder Bitton and i thought was super funny but he didnt even crack a smile.. i think he's a little dejected from us cuz of our last failed appointment with him. so we are trying to get back in his good graces before we try to teach him again!

Cool Experience of the week! we were looking for a less active lady but she didnt live there anymore.  instead an older guy answered the door said he was busy but said we needed to come back because he needs help getting back to church and quitting alcohol and he knows we can help so he said come back thursday at 12! so i was pretty excited about that! :)

love you ! Elder Rollins

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Service FHE

March 10, 2013

Our bishop’s family invited Scott and I and the other parents of missionaries from our ward, to attend a FHE at their home this past monday. The focus was on service and ways we can serve others. They invited 5 other families from the ward to come and bring fun things for a gift box they were sending to the missionaries as a thank you for their service. I asked Hayes to tell me some experiences he would like me to share, as well as, thoughts and feelings about his mission. I also asked what advice he would give us pertaining to being good member missionaries. This is what he wrote:

okay so stories, not a whole lot of ones that are just super tender. its just been a really fun mission! we go out and work hard from morning til night and put all we got on the line! we had a cool experience yesterday! we were going back to follow up with an older Methodist guy. he invited us in and told us he wouldn’t be interested in learning about our church. so as we were leaving we noticed his guitar and started talking to him about the guitar and stuff. then we asked if we could play it a little bit before we took off. Elder Bitton is pretty good so he just played a little, then we asked Larry to play a little for us. he sang us some cool hymns from his church on the condition we would play and sing for him. so we kept our end of the bargain! Elder Bitton played Come come ye saints and i sang with him and it was a pretty cool experience! 

everyone there will know how much i love wrestling, right?? if so, tell them this.. seeing the people that i have come to know and love out here, take the steps to follow their savior, has been more joyous then when i won state! watching Makasa get baptized and hearing about Jillian getting baptized was more exhilarating and i felt a stronger happiness than what i felt after that state finals match! there is nothing else in this world like this work! and we are all called to do it! 

advice would be just open your mouth and share it! i know it can be scary but it shouldn't be if you're doing it out of the love that you have for the gospel and the love that you have for the people you are sharing it with, then everything will be fine. the Lord promises us he will tell us what to say when we need to say it but if we dont open our mouth, then we dont have that promise or get that blessing!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Scavenger hunt, Tire blow out, Critters in the attic, Taught a lesson, Church was cancelled

March 4, 2014

Scavenger hunt, Tire blow out, Critters in the attic, 
Taught a lesson, Church was cancelled

Monday was a huge service project so no time to email. 

so the sisters set us up to do a scavenger hunt at the church this week. they said they had something for us but they wanted us to find it and when we found it, they had taken one of the signs from the state wrestling tournament that Odessa had put up! lol probably the funniest thing that happened this week! 

tuesday i had a bike tire blow out on our 12 mile bike ride down to odessa and ended up walking the last 4 miles into town. one of the awesome sisters in our ward picked up our bikes for us.. i was joking around with Elder Bitton that each car that passed us that didnt help us was going to be cursed in the day cuz they didnt help a servant of God in need and then #100 came around and i didnt say anything cuz i knew that that car was going to help us and sure enough it was Sister Bischoff! :P so that was pretty cool. 

then we walked the rest of the way to the Barbers so that we could check out the critter in their attic! but we found nothing. so while we were there we also gave sister Adams a blessing cuz she had been feeling sick and really wanted one! Im so thankful for the priesthood and the role its played in my life!

we have our first lesson with the gorlines tonight! really cool story behind them! a member in another ward has been trying to set us up with them so finally he decided that he was just going to pick us up and take us over because he has felt that this is their time to hear the Gospel! im so glad that he did because i feel that Tim has been prepared for this! :)

other than that, its been really cold! Church was cancelled. we road our bikes cuz i went and bought some stuff to make it run right! so fingers crossed that it keep going cuz i'm gonna be puttin a lot of miles on it! 

love you! Elder Rollins