Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Andrew 1-28-08

This week was pretty cool, but what week isn’t when you’re a missionary. The highlight probably would have been when I went to campus at NC State. It’s just north of my area in Garner. The beginning of the day kind of sucked, it was about 30 and we were outside the whole time. That wasn’t too bad, but no one would talk to me. I was getting mad they would just keep walking and I would walk with them and ask how their day went and stuff, but they wouldn’t answer. So I decided to find a captive audience so I would walk around looking for people who were sitting or smoking. A couple times they even asked my if I had a lite, then they’d be stuck hearing about Joseph Smith and I would have to explain things like polygamy and how we don’t do that any more. But, finally, we had an appointment in the library. Finally, heat, but the weird thing is that the people we were teaching were two girls who graduated in 07. It’s weird to teach someone your own age, especially if you’re used to teaching 50 or 60-year old black people. That went surprisingly well. Then we went and played 4 square. I’ve only played a couple of times, but I still think it’s pointless. Then we went to eat. It was cool, I owned my zone leader and his member at table soccer. Then we went night tracting. Night tracting on a Friday in NC State housing, it was cool. The first person we talked to was a guy who messed up his leg pretty bad and had to use a cane, but he decided to see how well he could walk with out it. I’ve never seen someone go slower. It was sad, but he showed us. We started to tract and the first 3 houses were Asian. They didn’t even believe in Christ, so we taught them prayer. Then some white guy who said he’d go to church just to get us to leave so he could go to his party. Then my favorite 4 black guys walked by with a couple 12 packs of Carona, so we taught them. Most went inside, but one stayed, but he was already drunk, so it was hard to reason with him. But we still got the message across. Then we retired to the car, but we saw a guy getting out of the car so we asked him if we could help. He said no, but we talked to him for a while. It turns out he had gotten a restoration pamphlet some how and was looking through it and was pretty interested, so that was fun. He was probably the only one who listened to me the whole day. Stupid students, lol.
Elder Wilson

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Elder Andrew Wilson letter 1-14-08

This weeks been different, on Wednesday we went over to a members house and gave them a priesthood blessing because they were sick, so that went well. They started feeling better and were able to go on their trip. In the middle of the night my companion Elder Hill started throwing up. I was fine though, but at about 8:00 am I felt horrible. So I just kind of kept working and luckily we did weekly planning which is 3 hours long. So I had some time to be a little sick, but after that I still felt like crap. At around 2 the APs came over (they are the missionaries that are over me. They came to see how I was handling the area I was assigned) then I finally puked. I felt so much better but I still felt like crap so we went out and did missionary work. We went over to Matthew and Sue’s and found out that they haven’t been married for 31 years. They have just been going out, so that was interesting and a bit of a surprise. If you’ve ever talked about not having premarital sex to a 62 year old, you know what I mean, lol. Then we came back and talked to a couple of other people and waited for dinner. I passed out on the couch because I was still pretty sick, but our dinner came and picked up us and the Spanish missionaries. When we got there, it was amazing. She had cooked 3 or 4 different types of Chinese food, but man I was not hungry. As a missionary, if we’re invited, we always come, if we like it or not. So I ate. I did pretty good. I said a lot of prayers that I wouldn’t puke. Luckily my prayers were answered and I made it. So then we went home and we still had a couple of hours before I could call it a day, so I decided I’d scare the A.P. that was with me a bit. So I did one of my favorite things: night contacting. It’s where we walk the streets and find a bunch of black people huddled up just hanging out and we would go teach them. It was fun to watch the A.P. When I told him we were going over there, he was scared out of his mind, but we found a couple people that were interested, so it was cool. The rest of the week we were pretty much just sick so we didn’t do a whole lot.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Andrew's letter Jan. 7, 2008

IT actualy happend, you got a van! i thought i would never see the day. it sounds prity cool, but im still kinda trying to get used to the fact and its a chrysler not evan a ford. it sounds like you picked it out, how did you do it? was dad blindfolded and def cause that dosent sound like a v8. i bet it smells like cryans too. i guess the gas prices must be high. how does jace feel about this? maby when i get home ill be used to the whole van idea, but im gunna need 21 mounths at least. im just kiding, it sounds cool at least its not a pt.
and i have the 2 gig card, ill try and fill it but i couldnt eaven fill the other one. but as time goes on i will acumilate alot of pitcures. this weeks gone pretty good. well kinda there were many good things but i've been working with this family that are resent converts. their son is on a mission (its the piture were were drinking) and this week the bishop called me into the ofice and told me to see what i could do to help them because there son got sent home early. so iv been kinda stresed out over that. i still dont know if he is EXed or not but ill get it in order eventualy. but we have found some cool new investigaters and we have acouple of dates set up for the 19th that might actualy go through. one will but the other two have to of stoped smoking yesterday. and i've been working with some of the youth. we are going to have a "Bible Study" this week with a couple of there friends who already have book of mormons, so im exsited about that. that was prity much my new years week. isn't really a holiday as a missionary, we got to go to sleep at 10, half an hour early it was good.
wow Rita is going to utah i know a couple of misionarys there. most of them are canadian wich is kinda cool i geuss. thats cool ill beable to hang out with someone when i get back who is still used to the same rules. its gunna be a difrent for the johnsons to go to public school. hopfuly everything goes well.
Britneys mom will get out of jail this week so we will probably be over there next week.
-Elder Wilson

Jan 7 2008

This is Chiristi,
I was supossed to show mom how to work blogger over Christmas, and it didn't happen, so I'm still posting for mom. This is a letter she sent to Andew on his mission. I thought it was a good way for you to see what's up at home.

Hi Elder Andrew,
How are you doing today? We are all doing well. The kids are happily back in school--that is they left happy. Kurtis and Jace may not be so happy when they get home and realize they have finals in a week.Julia and Cody got home from California on Saturday. We went through their house yesterday. It is coming along well. It will be finished in 2 to 3 weeks. It is coming up fast. Julia and Cody are getting excited about it.Christi and Ryan and girls are back in Wisconsin. Christi goes to work at the day care today. It will be interesting to see how she does. I hope she doesn't get sick. I hope Kaitlyn likes it as well. Emily rolls with the flow very well and should do well. She is like you in that way.Rita Havenar got her mission call. She is going to the Salt Lake City Utah Mission. She doesn't know any one there or have any relatives there so it ought to be a great mission for her. She is excited to go. She reports to the MTC on April 2nd., which means she will get home just about the same time you will.We got your SD card. I liked the shirt you put it in---very clever! I really liked the videos. Elder Hill really sounds a lot like Josh Matheney. I noticed it right away. Julia said the same thing. Josh was excited when I told him. He will come over soon and watch the videos.Bethany got married this weekend. Margaret Johnson is doing super well. She even did the music for us on Sunday and did a great job. It is such a miracle that she is doing so well.How are your investigators doing? Did the mom get out of jail? How is that situation going?I love you and I am sending this so you can get it.Have a great day!Love,Mom