Monday, February 13, 2012
How are you all doing? Things have been going really well here, not really anything new, just still teaching our awesome investigator Kennan and our less active members. I'm really sorry to hear about Teresa Boyce's dad. Let them all know that I'm thinking about them.
I don't think I've told you about the Thomas' yet have I? Sister Thomas is a member and very active and very strong in the church. Her husband Travis is not a member. He has big long dread locks, and a nose ring and a big bear claw thing in one ear, but he is super awesome. Every week he comes to church with his wife and children (Apple, Benjamin Kai, and Rebecca Rose). He believes in the church, but he hasn't been baptized yet because of a few life style issues. He just "isn't ready to commit to anything yet." But he will get baptized eventually. He helped out in primary for a long time and also helps out at a youth camp every year cooking meals, and he helps with the dinner every week at the institute building here at San Jose State. He is really super close with the missionaries and everyone in the ward. He plays raquetball with 3 other ward members every week, has us over for dinner every week, and plays basketball with us and 6 other elders every Monday. Last Sunday was Rebecca Rose's baby blessing. Sister Thomas' dad gave the blessing, but Travis was making other people from the ward go up to stand in the circle. It was actually really cool. Anyway thats about all I have for now. I don't have a lot of time because we had to email today because we had a zone activity that used up all of the time yesterday so our zone is writing today.
Thank you all for everything that you do and for all of your thoughts and prayers. I love you all and as always, hope to hear from you soon!
Elder Spencer Grant Harbold
Mom, if you cant find my vest its ok, but if you run into my ankle brace, I could use that as well. Thank you so much and I love you! You are the best missionary mom in America!
Monday, February 6, 2012
How are you all doing? I have a little bit more to write about this week. One of the less active members we have been teaching, Linda, is doing super well. She has had a problem with substance abuse pretty much her whole life but she is trying so hard to get off. She was a heroin addict and an alcoholic but has recovered from both of those, she has been off pain pills for about 2 years now, and now she is just working on smoking and some sleeping pills. But she is so awesome! She is trying so hard and really doing everything we ask her to that we know will help her. We usually meet with her twice a week and she always has new things she has found in the Book of Mormon that she really likes. Until yesterday she couldn't really remember where the Book of Mormon even came from. I really love Linda, she is so awesome. And we have been able to teach Joe again. I talked about him a month or more ago, but he has been out of town and just recently came back. We had a lesson with him last night and it just kind of seemed like religion is more of a hobby to him than something spiritual. But we will keep teaching him and trying to help him feel the spirit and realize what it is he is going to need to do if he is really serious about religion. But he is a super awesome guy, he is very smart and just very interesting. Those are the people that I'm kind of excited about teaching right now.
There is something kind of funny that happened. Last Monday when we were leaving the library, we got outside and realized that someone had stolen the front wheel off of Elder Benner's bike. At first we were worried about it because those things are expensive, but when we were at a bike shop looking at some wheel sets, the owner came out and was talking to us and ended up selling Elder Benner one that someone had donated to the shop for $20. That's a screamin' deal! Anyways that's all I really have for this week. Except for I'm not sure if you have gotten my 2 emails about things that I could use in a package if you haven't sent it yet, but if you can I could really use my blue and green Nike basketball shoes that are in my blue tote and also my weighted vest and ankle weights that are probably also in my tote and also a pop up laundry basket. Thanks!
Elder Spencer Grant Harbold
Things have been pretty good this last week. We have been able to teach a lot of less active families in the ward so its been really great. I just wish we had some real good investigators. We just can't seem to find any good investigators to teach. We do have a baptizimal date for July 7. The reason it's so far away is because thats when he is going to marry his girlfriend that he is living with (who is a less active member of the church.) But we have been really working hard and trying to find people to teach, and I'm sure they are there, we just need to look harder and rely on the Lord. I'm sorry but I don't really have a lot to write about today, its been a pretty routine week, nothing really special happened. But I love you all and really appreciate all of your support, prayers, and letters. I love you all and hope that you have a great week!
Elder Spencer Grant Harbold(written 1/23/12)