Richard's Mission Address

Elder Richard Aufdermauer
Michigan Detroit Mission
33505 State St. Ste. 101
Farmington, MI 48335

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

#39- Rough

I don't have my planner on me so I will probably forget some of the things that we did this week so bear with me. Yesterday was Memorial Day so the Library was closed.

This week has been pretty good in some ways and pretty rough in others. In the good way I've seen quite a few miracles happen. Most of them were being able to meet and talk to some people.

On Tuesday May 23, 2011: I went on an exchange with Elder Hoffman. I went to the Mack area. It was a lot of fun. We stopped by a former investigator who turned out to be a potential that Elder Hoffman ran in to on the street like a month ago. Her name is Flame, that's a cool name.

We've played some Pros-Ball. For those of you who are not familiar with that term. It means that we've played basketball while in our missionary attire. Like I was saying, this week we've played quite a few times. Two of those times we got an investigator from it, so it was good.

Saturday May 28, 2011: This is kinda pointless but we went to the ward Spaghetti Dinner, which turned out to be great. It started raining really hard when we left so we went back to the church and got a ride from the Anderson's.

On Sunday May 29, 2011: I gave a talk in sacrament metting about the Book of Mormon. It was awesome. There was a super big thunder storm while we were out and about. We were teaching the Tennate's, investigators that we found last week. It started to sprinkle a little bit and then stopped. We left, then a few minutes later, when we got down the street and turned the corner, it started raining super hard. We got soaked so fast. It stopped after like 10 min, but the thunder and lightning was so close to us, it sounded like it was right above our heads. It was super cool to me, but my companion, not so much.

Monday May 30, 2011: Memorial Day and P-Day we didn't do much. We played Basketball with a bunch of guys at the church, it was pretty fun. And then we went to the Bowen's because they invited all 6 of us missionariers over for a barbeque lunch and we were the only missionaries there, there were also a bunch of members there too.
Later in the evening we got a new missionary that came out with us. Transfer meeting was today and Elder Adair and I are staying(ugh). So Elder Gardner, who has been in Michigan for 6ish hours got to come biking with us. We played some pros-ball with some kids and taught a sweet lesson and found some potentials. Over all it was a good day, until we got home. Elder Adair and I are on different pages sometimes, we both work differently and experss ourselves differently. To me it feels like he wants me to become just like him. So right now we are going through a rough patch that hopefully we can solve, if not, the next six weeks are going to be really rough.

Monday, May 23, 2011

#38- Utah? I'm not from Utah!

This has been a pretty good week. Lots of things have been happening.

Some of our investigators are really cool. We have 5 on date.

We've also had some interesting things happen too.
Tuesday May 17, 2011: We went over to Sister Whitehead's house to mow her lawn, found out that her lawn mower doesn't work so we couldn't do it. I've observed that many people in Detroit don't cut their grass that much so their yard looks like a little forest, it's pretty funny. We also went to Betty's house and taught her, "Follow the Prophet" and "Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy." She understands it all, the only thing that is holding her back a little bit is having to be baptized again. She wants to become a member and understands that she has to be baptized again, she is slowly overcoming that.

Wednesday May 18, 2011: It rained so hard on us!!! It was really hard to be mad. We got soaked.

Thursday May 19, 2011: Today was a district meeting because of leadership training yesterday. Elder Adair didn't want to bike to the church because of him getting hit by a car so we went to ride the bus, but guess what? The bus passes we had were invalid for that bus (Smart bus) we only had DDOT passes (Detroit Department of Transportation) so we started walking. We went about 2 1/2 miles and the Zone Leaders picked us up at 7 mile.

Saturday May 21, 2011: Super fun day. We were on exchanges with Mack. I was there with Elder Chaus, he's my brother. We had tons of fun. We taught a few lessons got denied a few times. We got yelled at: this black guy walking with his kid and his baby's mama said "F you!!!" I'm accepted in Detroit!!

Sunday May 22, 2011: Today was a really cool day, church was good, I got to bless the Sacrament. After church on the way to an investigator lesson some guy drove by and yelled out of his car to me "Go back to Utah!" of course he was still driving and is far a way, And I said "I'm not from Utah!" I thought it was funny. Then again I was to only one that heard myself say it.

It was a really good week. Today we are going to go to the mall and hang out there for a little bit.

Monday, May 16, 2011

#37- Football = New Investigator

This week has been really busy. Nothing too crazy happening, just out on a bike all day trying to stop by to visit everybody in our area to meet them. It's been really tiring. Yesterday after Stake Confrence we were out in the rain, cold and wet. The perfect day to be a missionary....NOT! It wasn't that bad, I just like to make it sound worse than it really was, but I was wet and cold.

We've been teaching a lot of investigators here, it has been very nice. One is on date for June 19th her name is Candice and is 22 years old. She has been investigating the church for more than a year. She knows she wants to get baptized, she just needs to work on a few things first.

Something really cool that happened this week. We were going down to the little part of Detroit, that's in our area, to see an investigator that we have, but she called when we were right down the street and said that she had to cancel. A little disapointed we went on our way and found some kids playing football in their yard. We watched for a little bit and then they invited us to play, so we did, it was lots of fun. We got to play a little bit and teach them how to play better and after we played, we gave them all a card and told them a little about Jesus. The cool thing about this is that we had to go home after and on the way home we stopped and talked to Greg, who is now investigating the church. If we didn't stop to play football with those kids we would have never meet Greg. It's awesome to see how the Lord works in our daily life, and the promptings that he gives us.

Monday, May 9, 2011

#36- Accident

This has really been an interesting week. I have had a crazy thing happen this week, read to find out.

It's week 3 starting in Livonia and half way through the week here I am in Ferndale/Hazel Park. Ferndale is very densely populated with gays. I heard that 60% is gay. Things here in area 3 this week have been enjoyable, busy, a little stressful, but all is great. On Friday Elder Sisenrios came over to help transfer the members in our area with Elder Adair. Meanwhile Elder Evens, Aidan, and I went out tracting and found a few potentials, that definitely boosted up my faith seeing the Lord answer my prayers.
I am in the Palmer Park Ward. The church building is really awesome. I've been there once before like 3 months ago. The building is an old Greek Orthodox building, so it's a huge chapel with an awesome dome. As some of you may know already this area has just been reopened, Elder Adair and I are refreshing it and we are on bike. Yesterday, Elder Adair and I were riding our bikes home from church and Elder Adair got hit by a car. I'm not really going to go in to details. He wasn't paying attention, the guy driving wasn't paying attention and BOOM!!! I got a front row seat. We called the Mission President, he came and took us to the hospital. Elder Adair is fine, a little cut up, some bruises, and in a little pain, but he's doing ok now. We are going to take it easy for the next few days. If you ask me later I'll tell you more details.

I also got to call home yesterday after the hospital which was awesome.

So that's the really short week that I had. I enjoyed it, I'm doing great.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

#35 1/2- Transferred!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am finally in my new area. 2 1/2 weeks after transfer meeting I am finally where I was told I'd be. I'm pretty excited to be here in Ferndale/Hazel Park. My companion is Elder Adair from Monticello, Utah. Before today I've only known Elder Adair for about 20 min, we are getting along good for now.
Things have been pretty crazy the last few days. I'll explain in my weekly email.

Monday, May 2, 2011

#35- Straight Edges

I'm still in Livonia. They are supposed to move me today but said it might not happen. I'm kinda tired of waiting but there's nothing I can really do.

This has been a cool yet depressing week. I'll start with the bad news.

William was supposed to be baptized on Saturday (April 30). Sunday April 24th was the last time that we've heard from him. We've called, texted, and went to his house and we have had no answer. He didn't get baptized, and as of right now we have no idea what's going on with him.

The good news is that we had 14 long hours in Specialized Training Meetings. It was very spiritual. More good news, we taught Carol, a member's friend, and put her on date for May 28th. Oh we also did exchanges, Elder Kitchen and I stayed in Livonia, Elder Seymore came with us, and Elder Lewis went to Westland. That was a fun party!!! Another cool thing is that I got a straight edge razor, it's pretty cool I used it for the first time today, I got nicked a few times, it's not bad though. There is a guy at the Barber Shop here where we get free hair cuts that said if we get one (straight edge) he'd teach us how to use them. So we did and he taught us how to use them. I'll get better at it. Don't worry I won't die from using it. I know how dangerous they can be.

I don't know what's going to happen, if I get moved today or not. If I stay that would be cool. If I go that would be cool too.