Friday, 16 October 2015

October 12, 2015 - The One with Tracting in the Rain

This has been a great week here in Albermarle. It was pretty solid overall. Our investigators are starting to drop off but we have been taking in the counsel of a mission wide call in we had on Wednesday night and have found some wonderful new people we are excited to start working with.

The conference call was all about how we need to be putting more of an emphasis on finding new investigators and consecrate three hours a day to finding. That can be a bit tricky for us when we run from appointment to appointment but we are excited to see what miracles it brings.

One lady in particular comes to mind. We were in a town looking for a less active member we had never contacted before but it didn't work out. We were hoping to use Family History to bridge the gap for him to come back to church. Unfortunately he wasn't home so we tried talking to his neighbors. They weren't interested but when we asked who do you know?, he said we should go down the street onto another street and at the end of that street was a part of town where people needed the gospel. We followed his advice. After knocking on the doors of some disinterested people, we found tis woman. She was very open and accepting to our message. It turns out she had talked to the Elders about a year and a half ago but it never really went anywhere, though she did have fond memories of the experience. She seems a lot more
ready this time and accepted the invitation to be baptized. We are going back on Tuesday!

Funny side story, one of the ladies we talked to who wasn't interested was convinced that we were Amish polygamists from Pennsylvania. When we told her we weren't she said that's what she read. We told her that weren't again. But she still didn't get it. ;)

We were able to use Family History to pick back up a former investigator!  We went over to teach a different investigator one afternoon with a member but they weren't home. We knew this woman lived
right nearby so we went over to talk with her. Her issue before was that she was on a sabbatical from church. We introduced family history this time and she was really interested. We told our Family History director about her and he thinks he might be closely related to her! Him and his wife are going to pick her up and bring her to the church on
Wednesday night to help get her started! Our missions presidents son was right when he said that the Spirit of Elijah might be the only way to get people to the church!

This week we also decided to go tracking in the rain. Without umbrellas. We got absolutely soaked. We walked around and knocked on doors for two hours on Saturday morning. We thought that would be a good time to catch people at home. Turns out it wasn't.

This week we also went on exchange with our zone leaders. Elder Hettinger came here to Albemarle with me. It was a good exchange. We taught a lot which was nice. It's always good to show off all the great things happening here rather than having a bad day and having to be like,  I swear we do better than this!

Overall a good week! Hopefully everything stays the same this time
around for transfers.

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Love you!
Elder Galvin

In Honor of Columbus Day

October 5, 2015 - The One with the Bug Investation

This week was a great week. It was full on a lot of non proselyting activities but overall it was fairly successful.

Last Monday we had a Zone Activity in Charlotte which was a lot of fun. We went to this park and played different sports and brought a bunch of food and had a little cookout. I saw Elder Burkhart again which was a little wired since he only just left but it was good. I played some volleyball and Ultimate frisbee which was fun.

This week we had an all day mission conference in Charlotte. We had to leave at 6:30 so we could there for when it started at 8:00. President and Sister Alexander's son gave a training on how to use Family History more as a tool in missionary work.  It was really good!

We also got these black boxes called Tiwi's put into our cars. They are basically Satans plan. ;) Even our mission president thinks so. They are plugged into the mainframe of our cars and monitor our speed and a bunch of other things. If we accelerate or brake too hard, turn too hard, aren't wearing our seat belts, have the tires come off the ground it reports us. If we get too many violations we lose our driving privileges. To make it worse it will yell at you as you're driving to tell you you're doing something wrong. 

We also had some more interesting bug stories this week. The first one is an ant infestation in our study room. I have now have a testimony of not leaving a cup with a milkshake in it on my desk. We came back from the nights activities and went into the study room to plan, inside my cup of milkshake there was about 100 ants. There was also
about 50 on my desk. We killed them all! The next morning they were all over Elder Simpkins desk too. We have been vacuuming ants up like crazy all week and they are slowly dying off.

The same night we found all the ants we also had an interesting experience with a cockroach. Yes, round three with the massive cockroach in the apartment. This time it was about 10:25 at night. I was sitting in bed reading Jesus the Christ and Elder Simpkin had just got in bed to lie down to go to sleep for the night. I look up for my book and on the wall I see a huge cockroach. I just sit there and say "oh". As soon as I speak it falls off the wall and lands on his pillow. I shout "get out of your bed!" And he jumps out of bed. We spent the next half an hour tearing the bedroom apart, throwing mattresses and
box springs everywhere, vacuuming it up, not having it die in the vacuuming process, and disposing of it outside. It was pretty insane.

This week we did the most cliche missionary service project ever. We moved one of the members of our ward out of his house and into an apartment right across from the other Elders. It was a lot of fun. Especially since it was raining so we got pretty wet.

We taught some people this week.  Not as many as usual with all of the meetings we had but it was some high quality lessons even if the quantity wasn't as high.

Love everyone so much! Have a great week!
Send me pictures, read your scriptures!
Elder Galvin
At the church for General Conference!!

September 28, 2015 - The One with the Most Normal Week EVER!

This was a bit of a crazy week here in Albemarle but it all turned.

First of all, congratulations to my cousin on getting married! Best wishes!

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to write this week, we have a zone activity in Charlotte all afternoon so we'll spend a lot of time there.

The week started off pretty bland. We didn't teach anyone on Monday night because no one was home. We were supposed to have a lesson at our Bishops house with an investigator but she ended up getting sick so
wasn't able to make it.

Tuesday morning we met with our ward mission leader to discuss the new and returning members of the ward and how we can help speed that process along. After lunch that day we headed out and picked back up a
couple of former investigators.
That night we had a great dinner appointment with some tasty food. We had a soup that a Lao lady made. It was delicious.

One of the most fun moments of the week was when we got to meet amissionary who just returned back from his mission in Chile. We made a poster and met him and his family as they came back from picking him up at the airport. We had dinner with his family that night and it was just a great experience!

The other Elders had a baptism on Saturday. It was a really nice time and a lot of people were there. Unfortunately we weren't able to bring anyone. I got to play the piano for the baptism. Afterwards one of the members of the ward wanted me to play a song on the piano so she sat down next to me and we did a duet of Be Still My Soul. 

This Sunday our mission president and his wife came to our sacrament meeting and taught our ward in the third hour block of church. It was really great! All of us missionaries here sat down with him afterwords and had a great conversation. He is really impressed with our ward as a whole and encouraged us to keep it up!

Overall this was a pretty typical week of missionary work. We taught people, had appointments cancel, had good days and bad days, and everything worked out in the end. Most importantly, we enjoyed ourselves and had a good time while doing it all.

Send me pictures, read your scriptures.
Love you!

Elder Galvin

Elder Simpkin, Lopez and myself on our way to our activity.

September 21, 2015 - The One Where I get a New Companion!

This was another amazing week here in Albemarle. As I'm sure you have already heard my new companion is Elder Simpkin from England! He is from Southampton. We get along great and have a lot of fun together.
The new Elder with Elder Valgardsen is Elder Lopez. There are also two new sisters and one of them, Sister Flaherty came out with me and was just serving in Lenoir! She was able to tell me all the wonderful things that are happening there.

This week has been another really busy one. Our teaching pool is growing and we are seeing more success in the work. One of the families we are teaching continues to do well. 

We are supposed to be having a child of record baptism this week and his name is very American!. We think it's funny that the two people not from America are going to help baptize the person whose name is so very American.

This week has been full of a lot of meals from members so I  still haven't really even needed to buy any food for a while now so we have been eating out a lot.

Sunday was Ward conference. The stake leaders came to our ward and gave some great instruction. The mom of a ward member was there on Sunday. She is not a member but she has met with missionaries in the past. After church was
potluck which was a lot of fun as usual. I love all the members here in the ward and we have a lot of fun together.

I've decided that when things are going well there's not a whole lot to talk about. We spent so much time teaching people
there's not a whole lot of room for anything crazy to happen. Things are definitely going to look up this transfer. Hopefully we will be seeing a lot more miracles and baptisms.

There was funny thing that happened today. We have a member that works at a dry cleaners and was going to get us free dry cleaning. She told us to drop it off this morning and she would bring it to us. Long
story short. She wasn't there when we went and I'm too honest so I ended up dropping $35 there because Elder Simpkin
forgot his wallet. We did make a funny Mormon tabernacle choir version of The Circle of Life music video I'll send next week.

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My new companion Elder Simpkin and I taking a crazy selfie!