Richard's Mission Address

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

#64- Back in Order

This week has been great. 

We've done a lot of referral work this week, we had 24 referrals that were not updated correctly or at all. We set out to to contact all of them this week and try to sort the wheat from the tares. We have reduced our referrals down to 12 with about 6 that we have yet to contact, and a few of them that we were already teaching. Most of these referrals date back to June and July with one all the back to February, it feels really good to have everything back in order. 

Part of Monday November 14, Friday November 18 & Saturday November 19 went to trying to contact Referrals.

Monday November 14, 2011: We switched our Preparation Day to Thursday so that we could go to the Temple with the Pickett's. Just what the above states, we used a big chunk of time to look for and try to get in contact with some referrals. We were able to contact a few of them.

Thursday November 17, 2011: We went to the Temple with the Pickett's. It was great! I love going there. Later in the evening we went to see Mary Cook (LA) the Pinto's came with us to fellowship. We had a great lesson with her on the Gospel. She opened up and we addressed some of the concerns that she has. She's not quite ready to come to church, she says, so we are giving her some time to warm up to it. 

Saturday November 19, 2011: It was a good day. We did our normal Saturday day morning routine. At 8 AM we were at the Church to play Basketball with some less actives and a few members. There were 8 total including Elder Lewis and I. That's the most we've had in a couple a weeks. It was really fun. We then went to go do service at the Church across from Danita's car wash in Detroit. That was great too, and then out to find a few more referrals. We found one, Max, he was really interesting. He records music at his house and apparently he has a song playing on the Radio. He seams to be really religious but has a lot of mixed beliefs. He is really open to having us over more, he knows that we are doing the service of God. 

Sunday November 20, 2011: We had a really cool experience last night. After we stopped by an investigator family, the appointment we had after that canceled on us. We parked the car in a nearby parking lot and took a look at our GPS. "Who should we stop by?" as we looked for a few minutes I got a feeling to go stop by Cassie, a less active that we haven't been able to get in contact for awhile. We got there and she let us come in to see her, she expressed that just moments ago she was praying, and asking for guidance, when just a few minutes later we pulled up in front of her house. It is definitely a testimony builder that God really does guide us to where we need to be.

I love you all. Hope things are going well. Hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving!

Tune in next week for more of "Richard's Mission Adventures!!!"

~Elder Richard Aufdermauer :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

#63- Good - Bad - Good

This last week has gone by pretty fast.

Like I said last week on Monday, November 7, 2011: Elder Lewis and I went to The Henry Ford museum and did the Rouge Factory Tour, it was a lot of fun.

Tuesday November 8, 2011: We saw Matt today, he is the media referral that we got a few weeks ago. He ordered a Book of Mormon. He told us that he loved Jacob 5 and that he was at Mosiah 3. Don't know how far he is now, but we'll find out this week. After seeing Matt we got our hair cut. Michelle, who works at the barber shop we went to cuts missionaries hair for free, it's really nice of her. Not much more happened the rest of the day. We stopped by a few more people.

Wednesday November 9, 2011: All day was taken up by Specialized Training. We left at 7:30 in the morning to go pick up some other missionaries and got home around 6pm, then we went out and tried to find a few people.

Thursday November 10, 2011: Cool thing today was that we had a lesson with Mary (LA) and we watched the Finding Faith in Christ DVD and after our discussion about it, she gave us a lesson about Bumble Bees. She even brought some from work to show us. It was really cool.

Friday November 11, 2011: Probably the best yet worst day of the week. We had 5 set appointments 3 cancelled on us. It's tough when an awesome day planned gets pulled apart. The other 2 were good lessons. We saw Danita, we helped her paint some more. I think we finished all the painting now. We shared some scriptures to help out with something she's struggling with. Later in the day we saw Rosy and addressed some of her concerns and things she needs help with, we also put Rosy on date for December 24. And to end the day we were blessed when Sean (Member) called us up and invited us over and as an extra bonus, he fed us. Good day turned bad turned back to good.

Nothing else from the week really stood out. Except that we got transfer calls this week and Elder Lewis and I are staying together for another 6 more weeks!

Monday, November 7, 2011

#62- Lots of Fun!

This week has been pretty slow, but for some reason it went by kinda fast.

Monday October 31, 2011: HALLOWEEN! It was pretty fun. We went bowling with the Schaefer (Mortensen & Green) and Greenfield (Whicker & Bingham) Elders. After bowling we went out to eat at Applebee's for Elder Mortensen's birthday on the 30th. Following dinner, because the Detroit areas have a curfew of 6:30 tonight they stayed with us while we went trick or treating to a few members and investigators houses, we only got 4, but it was fun.

Wednesday November 2, 2011: After our District Meeting I went on an exchange to Schaefer with Elder Green. It was pretty good, I got to be on my bike for the rest of the day and part of Thursday.

Thursday November 3, 2011: Elder Green and I went to play basketball with the Greenfield elders in the morning. While we were playing Elder Bingham came down to get the ball and elbowed Elder Green right above his eye, it split open and he started bleeding a lot. We fixed him up when we got to the apartment, it's going to leave a mark.

Saturday November 5, 2011: We went to Danita's car wash to help her out and to wash detail our van. We had apartment inspection and they check the car too, so we had a very clean apartment and a very clean car.

Sunday November 6, 2011: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIAN!!!! The church was all fixed up from last week so things were good. This guy came into church near the end of sacrament meeting and a member called us out to talk to him because he had a question. He was a Southern Baptist (white guy) and he asked about the curse of dark skin given to Cain and how it relates to black people. We explained that it was a curse of dark skin and not of black skin, we also gave him the account of Laman and Lemuel receiving the curse of dark skin. Definitely a common question we get.

Monday November 7, 2011: To celebrate Christian's birthday Elder Lewis and I went to The Henry Ford. Thanks to the Montierth Family who got us in for free. We went around the Museum and saw a bunch of the stuff there, unfortunately part of the car area was closed for some construction. The really cool part was going on the Rouge tour in the Factory. We got to walk around and see the assembly line and the workers working on the Ford F-150s it was really cool. Sorry you had to miss it Christian.

This week we were also able to see Malissa, and talk to the Velasquez family. Both wanted to and hoped to come to church but come Sunday none of them were able to make it. :( Hope they come next Sunday!

Also sorry I can't get the pictures of the service in Detroit or the pictures from Halloween party stuff, I guess you'll all have to wait until I find a computer in the library that will do it or just have to wait until I send a card home (I will, I still have one that I was suppose to send awhile ago, I'll get it to Christian and Molly soon).