Sorry I forgot to email you, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! It’s way late. I just transferred into a new area in Santa Rosa and my companion and I are both new to the area so it has been busy but a lot of fun. We have been blessed here to find a lot of people to teach quickly. We are bike missionaries. And I found out this is the same ward that President Shumway served in!! So it’s way cool here and we have been working hard. It has been a lot easier to contact everyone while we are biking around though.
Something we have been learning about is how important it is for investigators to pray on their own. I’ve been studying it and even Christ tells people to pray about what he teaches them. 3 Nephi 17:2-3. I feel like I haven’t fully realized how important prayer really is. I have been working on that since General Conference; which was amazing by the way! It was a great one. I loved the talks where they threw down on member missionary work. I’m going to share president Eyring’s with some members in my ward. We have an amazing ward here though that is very ready to help us. All we have to do is work hard and the Lord will take care of us. Keep working hard! I know there are people for you to teach in Kansas.
Oh! Around September request to serve in Kearney Missouri. Elder Johnsen from my mission will be going home and has some referrals for you. And he’ll go out with you daily to tract and teach.
Dear Family and Friends,
It has been a very blessings full week. I had lunch provided for me 5 out of 7 days of the week!
So I will try to give ya’ll the highlights of my week.
Last Monday we played UCLA a lot for P-day and had some fun. We had dinner with a member who just moved into our ward and had a fun time getting to know him. We rode our bikes to where we have never been before and found out that the road on our maps isn’t there in real life. So we picked up our bikes and walked through a giant field of tall grass. (We didn’t run into any velociraptors) and then climbed under a barbed wire fence and passed the bikes over it to one another. We are all terrain missionaries. But our appointment went to bed so we couldn’t teach him. So we rode home and talked to people along the way. I really enjoyed myself anyway.
Tuesday we called this referral from the Spanish Elders. Her name is Robin, she needed some service done and we rode our bikes all the way across the area to her home. But since I’m new I took a wrong turn and we almost rode our bikes outside Santa Rosa city limits! But we looped back when I saw Yolonda road so we were good. We did a lot of her yard work for her since she is a bit older. It was very relaxing; I got a good tan too. We taught her a bit about how the gospel blesses our families and how God teaches us the gospel through his servants. We left her a restoration pamphlet and are going to see her again soon. Then we road our bikes home as fast as we could for dinner, but on the way the singles ward sisters called and told us their recent convert needed a blessing. So we rode there and while dripping in sweat gave a blessing. It was kinda cool ha-ha. We changed, showered, ate at taco bell which was kindly provided by the Reed family. Then we went on splits. Brother Wiseman and I went to see a less active member that we contacted our first day in the area. We had a good lesson with him. I found out that Brother Wiseman is from Provo and owns an apartment off Geneva road and that I have mowed his lawn while working for Brother Biorgi! It’s a small world.
Wednesday was long, we tracted and contacted like crazy and got some good potentials for the rest of the week. It was hot and hard but I know it was a good use of our time. We reaped blessings the rest of the week because of it. And we did end the day on a good note however. We were obviously starving and super hungry by dinner. The Relief Society was having their monthly dinner and invited us so we went to join them. We were happy about it until they told us all they were eating was salad. AND THAT MADE ELDER TUBBS EXTREMELY UNHAPPY. But they had eggs and fruit and beans to put on top of it, so I made the biggest salad that you have ever seen and it satisfied my hunger enough. We then had our weekly BoM study group and headed home.
Thursday we had a lunch provided by a part-member family. This guy really likes to cook so he made us a meal from scratch that would cost about 25 bucks at a high end food place. It tasted great but has sabotaged the rest of my week. We had dinner at a very nice Thai food place with the Terriblini family which was also excellent but still sabotaged me. We then had an amazing lesson with a family named ELWOOD, and they have relatives from UTAH. I told them to find out if they are related. But to end my original story that night I was burning up from a fever and couldn’t sleep at all. So I tossed and turned all night just in time for zone conference the next day. It was actually a great day to be sick and exhausted cause I could just sit in a chair all day. So I was happy. I was feeling better by that night which was good cause we had 2 appointments. We picked up a new investigator that we contacted from Wednesday named Matthew, and then had an appointment fall through. So instead, we took our member to visit another less active. He wasn’t home but his buddy was who lives with him. His name is Dwayne. We taught him the restoration and he came to church on Sunday! It was a great experience.
Saturday was a lot like Wednesday, hard, but it set stuff up for the rest of the week and next week. We also had district meeting which was good. We did get to go to a sweet Taquiria (not sure if its spelled right) where I got a HUGE burrito.
Sunday was the best, We had church and had Dwayne there and our German investigator, Bennet. We then taught an amazing lesson on the Atonement to an investigator named Brenda and invited her to be baptized on May 18th. She said yes! So we are reaping many blessings. We ended the day with a sweet dinner at the Stake Presidents home. He is in our ward. He invited all the missionaries in the city over for pancakes! So he has won my love and affection for forever now. They had a devotional for us and just got to know us. They do one of these once a transfer. It’s way sweet. I hope I’m here for the next 2 years!
Well that’s my week.
I’m gonna go play football now.
It sounds like your week has been great. We don’t have too many Baptists here because it’s not the south, although we did have a ton in Vallejo. What we have here are a ton of Catholics and Jehovah’s witnesses. I am not fond of either of these groups. But anyway I digress. We have had a great week. The weather was a sunny 70 degrees the entire time, just like it should be. We have a nice sea breeze that rolls over the hills into Santa Rosa and keeps everything nice and cool. I ride my trusty Schwinn bike everywhere I go. It is a good bike. I have 24 speeds on that thing. We have a ton of members who are willing to help us out, splits on Tuesday and Thursday, Book of Mormon class on Wednesday, and we get priests out with us on Sundays. We have been teaching our investigator Brenda. We have a date set for her on May 18th. We taught her the plan of salvation and the law of tithing this week. Her son was baptized last year and he did a great job teaching with us and testifying. It was great. We have our other investigator Dwayne who can’t read. He loves coming to church. We helped him download the Book of Mormon on his I-pad the other day. He should be good to go now.
We ate dinner at a member’s home on Friday and they had a 5ft long Scottish claymore! I got a sweet picture. I was happy about that. They are the ones who are helping us to fellowship Dwayne. They love comics and stuff and so does Dwayne. Every time I see him he is wearing something with a super hero on it. Mostly iron man. But he does have some other stuff. But anyway keep working hard! I love ya, I tell everyone that my brother got to go to the 2nd best mission on the earth. They always think it’s cool that you’re in Independence.
Don’t get used to the long emails. I have been thinking of voluntarily giving up P-day altogether, or at least the email part of it. I’ll call ya on Mother’s day and then I’ll just tell you how my mission was when I get home.
I did not yet find out if we are related to the Elwoods. They do have relatives from Utah, someone way back named Harold Elwood. Is he in our family tree?
Brenda is doing well, she is still a bit shaky about her date but loves church and the members all know her and love her. Pray that she will feel the spirit more and more. The situation is already perfect and all set up for her to be baptized and join the church.
Our German investigator complimented my pronunciation when I did speak with her in German. On a side note all the Spanish Elders say my Spanish pronunciation is great too when I go on exchanges with them and we read from the Book of Mormon. I just have a silver tongue.
That’s sweet that the Davis family has so many missionaries out! If Megan and Matthew both leave now we can “one up them” Get a move on those papers Megan!
I love being a bike missionary. It is so much easier, when you have a car it’s hard to get going in the morning and to start talking to people. But on bike your heart gets goin and you’re having fun!
We don’t do that whole car share thing in our mission. That sounds like crazy talk. We do things the right way in California. If you get a car you keep the car. No car share stuff. Unless the sisters drive into a Walgreens and then they get your car. But that didn’t happen to me so it’s all good.
The weather here has been sweet, nobody in Santa Rosa owns an air conditioner. Cause you don’t need them! You just air out your home when it’s in the 50’s in the morning and close the windows as it heats up. And you’re cool all day. I love California. But I forgot what snow feels like.
This week we have been trying to work with the priests. And it’s like pulling teeth. But I know how to talk their language so they can’t hide from me! We got one out with us on Sunday and he had a great time. Now we are going to go for the rest.
On Sunday we had a family feed us a huge plate of French toast, because I requested it. Every time they ask me what I want, I always say French toast or pancakes. The ward thinks it’s funny.
We met this media referral named Jared. It took us 30 mins to get to him, and he is one block out of my area. But he is solid! He has been reading the Book of Mormon online and has been looking for a copy in all the Christian book stores. We gave him one ha-ha. He has been reading books by Hugh Nibly too. So he will get baptized for sure. Just not by me.
love ya all! Elder Tubbs