Richard's Mission Address

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

Monday, June 27, 2011

#43- Prompting

This week has been pretty long. I think because nothing exciting happened 'til Friday. The week from Monday to Thursday was pretty normal. So I guess that I'll start there and go to now.

Friday June 24, 2011: After weekly planning we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I stayed in my area with Elder Matthews. Do you remember him? I went on an exchange with him when I was in my first area, we buried a sheep remember (Mission Adventure #9). So yeah, This exchange was super cool, it went from 2pm today 'til 5ish pm Saturday. It was great to be able to get away from my companion for a day. While on this exchange we did quite a bit of tracting. Elder Matthews made it more enjoyable, teaching me how to play Book of Mormon Baseball (I'll teach whoever wants to learn later). Today we found two potentials. Elder Adair and I are going to go back this week to see if they are still interested.

Saturday June 25, 2011: Still on an exchange with Elder Matthews. We had a few really cool, little, miracles happen. First we stopped by a less actives house and they were home! It was cool, he expressed a little wanting to come back to church, that's a start. Another we were biking down a street and said hi to someone sitting outside. As we passed we got a prompting to turn around and go talk to her. We found out that she was praying for guidance and help a few days ago. Low and behold here we are riding down the street. This happened at her boyfriend's house, she lives in Madison Heights (Not our area, but its all good). Later in the evening, the Luis's had all the missionaries over for dinner, all 6 of us. That is when we changed back.

Sunday June 26, 2011: There was a less active that we got in contact with last week and we have been working with her and her daughter quite a bit this last week. They both came to church today for the first time in about 7 years. It was great to see them come.

Monday June 27, 2011 (Today): Today is Joseph Smith's Martyrdom, did you know that? It's also Elder Adair's birthday. Mine is on Sunday. So to celebrate everything we are going to the Detroit Zoo!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

#42- Teaching and Learning

Wow this week was crazy. My companion is still driving me nuts, I'll leave it at that. We are trying to get through the stupid things.

I went on 2 exchanges this week. The first one (Wednesday June 15, 2011) was with Elder Greenwood (District Leader), I went to Van Dyke with him. It was pretty fun. We stopped by to see a bunch of people, taught a few lessons and saw some street art. It was really cool. My second exchange (Saturday June 18, 2011) was with Elder Charles, Greenwood's companion. Elder Charles is a super goofy kid, uh, yeah. We had fun.

On Tuesday June 14, 2011: We had Zone Conference, which was really cool. The Mission President is so knowledgeable about the Gospel. It's always great to hear him give instructions.

Sunday June 19, 2011: Happy Father's day all you fathers. Church was good we had awesome talks in Sacrament and great lessons. After church we had ice cream and brownies!!!

Nothing too extravagant happened this week. We taught some powerful lessons to our investigators and some of the less active families we were able to teach.

Monday, June 13, 2011

#41- Dirty Detroit

What a week! This week has been pretty fun and weird. I have a few things to tell you about. Some I thought were funny, others dirty (dirt not crude) and some a little inappropriate that I won't share the entire context of.

As you all have found out, my companion has been getting on my nerves lately. This week has been better, we've had more fun, so things are working a little better.

We've had some great lessons with some of our investigators and with some less-actives. Investigators first:

Candice, she is making some good progress. She has stopped drinking but is working on another commandment and also having some trouble coming to church. She is really cool.

Rita and Toby, they are doing pretty good. Toby is on date for July 17. He is trying to overcome smoking which last we checked with him is that he is doing a little better. Rita is struggling with the Law of Chastity because she doesn't want to kick her boyfriend, Kevin, out. She really wants to become a member. Rita comes to church every week. The last two weeks Toby couldn't come because of a last minute call into work. Not yesterday, but last Sunday Toby was in the parking lot at the church when he got his call for work. Tewan is Willie's brother. He's 12 and pretty cool. His Baptismal date is July 3. He should be ready for that date, he doesn't have problems like most of the kids in Detroit.

Speaking of Detroit, Detroit is such a dirty place. It's like one of the only places where you'll get a black line on your white shirt where its tucked in your pants. Also your white shirt gets dirty just from the air. Also it doesn't help when you play Pros-ball with some kids and the back of your shirt is completely brown and the front has ball prints on it. Two of my shirts were super bad.

As we've been riding our bikes we've been playing tag. Yeah that's right just the two of us, I started it. But it gets pretty fun, biking somewhere and randomly reaching over "TAG YOUR IT" we've been having fun doing that.

We have been having some great experiences with some of our less actives. We saw Brenda (last week I called her Barbara, it's Brenda) She is super funny. Like I said last week she had a bad relationship, her husband cheated with another member and then left with another. She told us who that member was. She so happens to be one of the members in Hamtrack's area who does a bunch for the missionaries so she got the name Mama -----. We told Brenda that Mama ----- takes care of the missionaries, then she said something so funny "She's not Mama nothing........" Not going to finish the rest. I love Detroit so much, the people here are so different and interesting.

Monday, June 6, 2011

#40- Feeling the Spirit

This has been a really interesting week. The end of the week was the best.

Just when things were going good with our companionship, the boat tipped a little. Seams like we are still on different pages but not that many pages away from each other.

Wednesday June 1, 2011: HAPPY BIRTHDAY VERONICA!!!!

Thursday June 2, 2011: The evening was the best part of the day. We stopped by a less active member, Barbara, she came out and we had an amazing lesson with her. We were going to teach the Restoration, but switched to the Plan of Salvation, but it turned out we talked about the temple a bunch. We found out that she really misses the temple and wants to go back. We also found out that she left the church because of a bad marrage relationship. We asked her to come to church on Sunday and she said yes.

Friday June 3, 2011: We had an awesome lesson with Rita and her son Toby. We taught...I don't even remember what we taught but it was such a good lesson. I think I wrote it down in my journal so it's in there. But the lesson, whatever it was, was really good. Toby accepted a date to be baptized on July 17. He wants to get baptized in the river, that would be super cool.

Saturday June 4, 2011: We had another amazing lesson. We taught Willie (LA, I think). He's 19 and a really cool guy. We get along with him really well. He has the same vision as most Detroiters, "I want to make a ton of money but I don't want to work for it." For the last few months he's been selling weed to get some cushion cash. At first he was being really stubborn but towards the end he was seeing where we were coming from and loosened up a bit. We committed him to not sell weed any more and to give us his weed so he wouldn't have it anymore. He gave it to us. It wasn't that much, $20 worth. We got back to the apartment and flushed it. I still can't believe that he actually gave it to us.

Sunday June 5, 2011: Rita came to church but Toby got called into work. Sister Smith was there too!! It was great to have them there with us. After church we had a really good lesson with Candice. She openned up a bit more and I think that she felt the spirit very strong.

That's about it for the week. It as a nice week. I'm glad that I was able to help those people feel the spirit.