Dear Family and Friends,
My mission president went home this week and I lost my camera. It’s been the saddest week of my mission. Which means I’ve had a great mission ha-ha. I also got to eat Curry and Biriyani. There is an elder in our zone from Sri Lanka and his comp is from Texas but he is Thai. So they know how to make spicy as mess food. It was good; I had to drink half a gallon of milk with it though. So anyway our week didn’t get interesting till Wednesday. We had an all mission conference in Santa Rosa to say good bye to the Bunkers. It was a sad day, full of singing hymns as loud as we can and taking pictures. (Which you may have recalled from the top of my email I lost). It is indeed a bad time to lose a camera. But I will just drive down to Las Vegas after my mission and get another picture with the Bunkers. After that we came back to Fairfield and ate dinner and by then it was day over.
Thursday was busy, I went on an exchange with Elder Camper, who has been out 6 weeks less than me. But he is an amazing missionary, he is from Maryland. We worked in his area all day. And we had some sweet miracles happen. We got to do some service for a lady who needed some work done on her deck. She had some paint stripper that I’ve used before so it worked out perfectly! I knew how to help get it done. Then we talked to this girl named Shelby who didn’t believe in God. We talked with her for a good half hour and while we were there Elder Camper wanted to share a scripture with her. He asked if I knew where it was. And it turns out I had read that exact scripture that morning. It was way sweet. We had good times.
Friday I was still with Elder Camper and we got to teach a sweet lesson to a guy named Ishmael. He knows German! and English. He is 20 so we will be teaching him from now on but he had a lot of great questions for us and is going to read the Book of Mormon this week. We get to see him again this Friday. We then exchanged back at In-n-Out.
On Saturday we did weekly planning and taught a guy named Bobby, I may have told you about him before. He was taught almost everything by the zone leaders but we get to teach him now because he is coming to the singles branch. He is doing great; we are going to start planning his baptism this week. He did tell us that he wouldn’t be at church this week though. So we were bummed about that.
We did see something cool this week; we were walking down the street when we heard a lot of sirens. No big deal though we hear them all the time. Then we saw this Cop SUV fly around the corner and down the street at 70ish miles an hour. He slammed on his breaks and gets out. We saw another cop with his gun out pointing it at someone. Then we looked and 4 other cop cars all pulled onto the street at the same time. (It looked a lot like those cars from “the Truman Show” that blocked the road whenever he tried to leave) but it was crazy. They arrested some guy at gun point and they were looking for another so they surrounded a block of like 5 houses. It was SO COOL!
Sunday, we had 5 hours of church. We were greeting people at the singles branch when we looked and guess who walked in. Bobby! He came anyway and surprised us all. I enjoyed seeing him there. We then had a break the fast in the Hmong branch after church. Then we ran over to another break the fast for the singles. We then went to our dinner appointment with a less active family from the Hmong branch. It was a bad day for my stomach. But the food was great! We did survive.
Now I am emailing. This next week will be great. We get to meet President Alba on Wednesday and we are going to the Oakland Temple on Thursday. Finally! But I don’t have a camera…so I was thinking I might buy one today. Then if you could put money on my card I could buy an SD card on Wednesday right before we go. Cause my camera died the last time I went to the Oakland Temple and it is beautiful there. I need some pictures. So yeah.
The Gospel is true, the church helps us live it.
Love you all!
Dear Family and friends,
Well President Bunker dies this week. The next time I email you I will be under the thumb of President Alba. I’m super bummed, but I know that President Alba is called of God and set apart to direct us in the work. So I’ll follow him just as I have been with Bunker. This week was different though. We have been lower on miles in anticipation of driving to Santa Rosa next Wednesday so we have been doing a lot of walking.
So last week we actually had P-day on Tuesday. Those of us who stayed here in Fairfield went to a theme park called Scandia, and played Laser Tag! We get in free cause a member works there and it’s owned by a bishop. It was great fun, but I must add that the one in Provo is infinitely better. We had a good time, we road go-karts afterward, then went to pick up the new missionaries. Then we went to institute. I love going to institute. I feel selfish cause we get to listen instead of teach, but it’s a great opportunity to be with all the members and meet their friends.
On Wednesday we took some of the Elders who just came in shopping then went to Rio Vista. We have an investigator out there named Zane. He’s a cool kid; he was looking online and found some bad info about the church. He thought the prophet was something like a dictator. But we were able to explain the role of a prophet to him and give him a Book of mormon. It was sweet!
On Thursday we met with Ryan. He is great, he has come to church for 3 weeks in a row now. We went over the Baptismal interview questions with him and shared the plan of salvation. He has so many questions that we feel like we share so much information with him. But he just takes it in and listens. He is sweet.
On Friday we met with this girl named Breanna. We walked to Suisun City to see her. She is very quiet and shy but she took a copy of the Book of Mormon and accepted to read it. As long as she does that I know she’ll feel the spirit. We are excited to go back and see her again. On our way back we were walking on this pedestrian bridge that takes you from Suisun to Fairfield. We met this guy named Larry, he was super open and wants to see us again. Unfortunately, he is not Hmong or Singles age so we had to let the other Elders have him. That happens to us a lot, but it’s good that he’ll hear the message anyway.
On Saturday we did weekly planning and a lot of walking, and preparing for Sunday.
Sunday was packed; we had Ryan and Bobby come to church. Bobby is an investigator that is going to be taught by us soon that the other Elders found. He has a copy of the D&C already and has been to church many times already. I’m excited to teach him, he already volunteers in class and talks to everyone at church. He’s more outgoing than I am. We went on splits again after church with 2 boys from the Hmong branch. I took one tracting and we had a great time. We talked to a super nice lady on the first door I knocked on. It was a good experience. I love trying to help others prepare for missions, it’s so much fun. Well that’s all I got.
The Gospel is true! The church helps us live it. Love you all! -Elder Tubbs
This week was great! We are emailing late cause transfers are tomorrow so P-day is too. We get to email today though. I am going to Eureka! Naw, I’m staying in Fairfield. My companion is too! Elder Blowers will by my first companion for more than a transfer. He finally made it longer than I thought was possible. I don’t know how he can stand me. This week we have new planners so I completely forgot what happened last week. I did just pick up my package today. Thank you!
Anyway to more important matters, we had a great week!
We invited one of our newer investigators named Ryan to a Baptism this week. Ryan found the missionaries in Cordelia Junction and pulled his car over to talk to them. He has been living in Utah and has a lot of RM friends who have told him all about the church. So he called us and came to church last week. We taught him the restoration on Monday, and then he came to the baptism on Saturday. Right before he came he asked if it would be ok for him to bring his girlfriend. We were like “heck yes!” in more appropriate terms. So they both came and they both loved it! We invited them both to church again the next day but only Ryan came. Sarah (his GF) didn’t feel comfortable coming cause she has a hard time forgiving herself for something. So we are going to meet with both of them on Thursday and help her out so she will come. We went on splits after church with a couple of boys from the Hmong branch, Hue-ye (foo ye) and Bryan. They are so cool! They both got their Eagle Scout award last week and are super excited to get ready for their mission. We also brought Hue ye to a lesson with us to teach on of our investigators named Seffie. They know each other from high school so it was way cool. He taught her about the Pre-earth life and the spirit world. He bore his testimony about the Book of Mormon as well. He will make a great missionary. He wants to go to Brazil on his mission. We have been talking with the Hmong Branch President and we are going to start teaching a mission Prep class next week on Sundays. The sisters were doing that when they were here last year so we are going to start that up again. It’s gonna be sweet!
And today we are not doing P-day things but tomorrow we will. We’re gonna have fun at laser at, cause it’s owned by members. Well that’s all. Say hi to the ward for me.
It has been a great week full of miracles. On Monday we did many P-day things. We ate, and then we did missionary work. We talked to this girl named Jessica. (There were a few Jessica’s this week) She is the one who has been reading the Book of Mormon because she likes the stories in it. She doesn’t want lessons but is going to allow us to come and read with her. We read the intro and told her what it means if it’s true. She just texted us this morning and has been reading still.
On Tuesday we had District meeting. Then we talked with a member of the branch named Robert. He has had back problems that have prevented him from coming to church. But he’s coming back now! He is the only one in his family though that is religious. So we went over and talked with him about how he can be a good example to his family. He has been coming for a few weeks now and is now starting to come to institute. He’s an awesome guy. Institute was actually later that day. The Kemptons talked about finances and how important tithing is. They are great teachers.
On Wednesday we had a blitz in 2nd wards area. We talked to this very nice lady named Tanya who had a very Mormon looking home. But we couldn’t tell if she was LDS. It was a little awkward. She invited us in, we met her family, she talked about her friends sons who were on missions, and she knew what a ward was and a stake center! But she had no pictures of Christ or the Temple so we don’t know if she’s a member. We got her address and gave it to the other Elders. It was kinda funny. We then read the Family: Proclamation with one of the Recent Converts in the branch named Ashley. She loved it. Then we had dinner, then we met with the other Recent Convert named Alex, we more fully explained the Atonement and talked about how amazing it is. She is waiting for a missionary who is in the same mission as Ryan and Tyler, named Elder Seegmiller. It’s a small world.
On Thursday we met this girl named Jessica. Her mom is a member but her dad wasn’t. We just taught her the first lesson. She has had missionaries over with the family before but she was 12 at the time. Now she is 18 and just graduated. (Half our investigators are 18 year old girls…) She took a copy of the Book of Mormon and should be at church next week.
On Friday we did weekly planning, we then exchanged. I was in our area with Elder Hatch who was there when I was born! He served in Santa Rosa for a long time. But we were able to read 1 Nephi 1 with Micah who has been wondering about the Priesthood. Then we taught a Hmong Lesson! Those are rare them. They spoke English. But we used our Hmong stewardship. We visited this guy named Chang who hasn’t been to church in a while. He is into Shamanism, and his wife who is not a member was raised as a Baptist in Stockton (lots of Hmongs in Stockton, a whole stake) so she said we could come back and share our message with her. 😀
On Saturday we had a sweet lesson with this guy named Anthony. He was contacted by the Elders in 2nd ward. We met him by rite aid. He wanted to have some help moving forward in his life because he felt stuck. We told him about the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost. He was enjoying it till someone walked by and told him the church was racist. (He’s black.) (He also has anxiety problems) So he kind of freaked out and didn’t want anything to do with us. We promised him if he prayed and asked God what he should do then the spirit would tell him. He let us pray and then left. At 9:30 he called us to ask if we could meet him this week! It was sweet.
Then on Sunday we had 4.5 hours of church. We had Cookies and milk during Hmong Sunday school. The milk is like the water and when we dip Cookies in the milk it’s like being Baptized ha-ha. I love the Hmong branch.
Well we are short on time and I have to play Frisbee.
Dear Family and Friends,
We had a good week; I’ll go through it day by day.
On Monday we did P-day things, I got to wrestle another Elder who’s energy level was very high. He’s a lot of fun. We then had dinner which was a BBQ. The singles ward had a Memorial Day BBQ and invited us to come for our dinner appointment. We had some good food and I learned a few more names. I also ate these brownies that were amazing!
On Tuesday we had district meeting. We played jeopardy with the Scriptures from Preach My Gospel. It’s been great practice to know all the references off the top of my head. The Scriptures really can answer any question we have. We then read Alma 34 with a member of the branch named David. He has been struggling with coming to church. He is way cool and really enjoys having us over. We’re trying to help him get back into the habit of reading the scriptures every day. We went to institute that night. We have a lot of members bring their friends to institute so President Bunker said it would be a great use of our time. And I love institute. I miss going every other day. But now I can go! And the teachers are great. It’s the Senior Missionary Couple the Kemptons. This is their second mission. They are the best ever. And they are amazing teachers.
On Wednesday I was on exchanges with Elder Brower from PROVO UTAH! He went to Provo High with me till we were sophomores, then he moved to northern Utah, Layton I think. It was cool; we visited David again to help him clean out his back yard. We moved some old chairs and things. Then I mowed some grass that was about 2 feet tall. A few exciting things happened as I mowed the grass. First the Lawn Mower caught on fire! 🙂 Then I accidentally hit a PVC water pipe and shattered it. But thanks to my years of expertise and training I know exactly how to handle such situations. We first found the main water valve which was rusted in place. So we ran to Lowes and bought a metal key specially made to turn it. Then we ran to a lesson and taught it. Then we ran back and fixed his pipe. We turned the water back on and water started shooting out of a hole on a different part. So we ran to dinner and another lesson then came back and fixed it. This time it held! But by now it was 9:30. So we had to exchange back. It was a very productive day.
Thursday: We went to Rio Vista (which is part of our stake and Zone) I got some cool pictures on the way. We don’t go out there often cause of the miles it takes. We saw some people, we ate dinner with one of Elder Blowers recent converts who lives out there. He served in Rio Vista before he got transferred here. We then ran back to Fairfield in time for our lesson with Crystal, another member of the branch who can’t make it to church. She found her scriptures and read Alma 7 with us. We talked about the Atonement and after the lesson she agreed to say the prayer. it was sweet, she hasn’t said one out loud in a while apparently.
On Friday, we did weekly planning, then exchanged with Spanish East. I went with Elder Eaton to the Spanish area again. I bore my testimony in Spanish! (Extremely horribly) But that’s about all I can do in his area. It was so fun to be with him. This is his first transfer out but he’s already an amazing missionary and he is so good at Spanish. I’m glad I’m an English Elder. I couldn’t do Spanish work. Yo hablo no espanol.
On Saturday we had Stake Conference! Elder O. Vincent Halleck from the 70 was there. He is a great speaker and a funny guy. We also went to a Spanish funeral in the morning. I got to help set up and help them get rid of the excess refreshments. There were a lot, but I took care of it.
On Sunday we had more stake conference! We got to see President Bunker speak there as well. This could be his last Stake Conference. We then realized we were almost out of gas, so we walked all day. We didn’t have any appointments too far away so it was all good. We got to talk to a lot of people along the way which is the best! It was like being in a bike area again.
Well that’s my week.