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No lions in our missionary work! – August 25, 2014

Hey Yall!

This week was pretty fun and such and stuff.  For P-day we just lounged around for the most part.  But it was fun.  I enjoyed it.  Then on Tuesday we had an awesome district meeting.  Part of our discussion was about lions.  We talked about the story in 1 Kings 13 where the not quite exactly obedient prophet was killed by a lion.  Then the scripture in Proverbs 26:13 that teaches us that a slothful man says there is a lion in the streets.  So we talked about how we have to make sure there aren’t any lions in our missionary work.  It was fun.  The other things we talked about were really cool too.

Those were some of the more interesting things at the begining of the week.  We did a lot of tracting this week because sadly a bunch of our appointments cancelled again.  Some of the tracting was with Brother Elder Dickman Jr though.  That was fun.  He even gave a Book of Mormon to somebody by himself.

We also did some service!  On Friday and Saturday we went over to the Sanchezs to paint.  They are recent converts.  It was fun.  We were painting part of their house.  And it was only about 105 degrees.  That’s not too bad.

Sunday was a pretty cool day.  We had church as usual, and that was cool.  After church we went over to the Pouliots.  Brother Pouliot invited one of his coworkers over to have us teach him.  We had a pretty good lesson with him.  He lives in Lawrence though, so he will eventually have to get taught by the missionaries there.  But, the Pouliots can keep fellowshipping him.

So yeah, last week was pretty cool.  But this week will be even better!  We are going to do some awesome stuff!

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Lots of stuff – August 18, 2014

Hey Yall!

This week was a little more unexciting.  But it was also exciting at the same time.  Every day is different in missionary work.  P-day was really fun.  We just lounged around and stuff.  Then on Tuesday we did stuff.  Like district meeting stuff.  It was a good district meeting.  We talked about stuff.  Then we went tracting!  And that’s what we did for most of the week.  Almost all of our appointments fell through sadly.

Here are some exciting things that happened.  On Wednesday during weekly planning we had a guy come to clean our carpets.  The funny thing is that he spent more time talking with us about the gospel than cleaning our carpets.  It only took like 20 minutes to actually clean the carpet, but he was there for almost two hours.  It was awesome.  On Thursday we went tracting for a couple hours with Brother Elder Dickman Jr.  It was fun and stuff, but not much happened.  Then after dinner we went on splits with two of the high priests.  Friday we had an awesome zone training.  Then we went on exchanges.  I went to Kaw Valley with Elder Simmons.  Then on Saturday and Sunday we did some more tracting!

So that was the week.  I’d put more, but I’m too lazy.  You get a lame email this week.  I want to P-day and stuff!

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Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Preparing for baptism – August 11, 2014

Hey Yall!

This week was pretty good.  We had some awesome stuff happen.  On Monday we did the usual P-day stuff.  We played some Catan and stuff.  The competition is tough in the district.  But I can usually at least get second.  I just don’t win every time anymore.  But anyway, P-day was fun.

Tuesday was fun too.  We had district meeting in the morning.  I trained on helping people read the Book of Mormon.  Then after the meeting we went around and tracted.  That was for most of the day.  The last thing we did on Tuesday was visit Shihan at the Dojo.  We talked about the priesthood with him.  He wants to work on getting that.

On Wednesday we had a really weird day.  Not much happened other than planning.  It was just weird.  We did go tracting with Brother Elder Dickman Jr though.  That’s all.

Then was Thursday!  Thursday was an awesome day.  We had Specialized Training in the morning.  We talked about helping people prepare for baptism.  Part of that was inviting people even if it’s the first time we meet them.  We were asked to try and invite someone to be baptized every day.  After Specialized Training I had another three hour meeting!  It was District Leader Accountability.  That was a really awesome meeting.  It was all about how we could be good leaders and help the zone out.  Right after the meetings we went and taught Rick.  He decided that he wanted to be baptized on September 13th!  So we are going to help him prepare for that.  The last person we visited Thursday was Branden.  We focused on the Book of Mormon the whole time.  He wants to make sure he’s ready before he decides to be baptized.  So we told him to read the Book of Mormon to get ready.

Friday was another tracting day.  It worked out well though.  One person told us to try their neighbor.  So we did!  It was a family and we talked to the husband.  We talked for a couple minutes about the Book of Mormon, then asked if he would be baptized if he knew it was true.  He said yes, then we set up a time to teach his whole family 45 minutes later.  That’s when we taught them the Restoration.  They said they have been needing to go to church.  They are also going to work towards being baptized on August 30th!

Saturday was slightly less awesome than Friday, but still really good.  We taught Tom right after lunch and then Rick later in the day.  Rick knows a lot since he has been taught various times over the last ten years.  He’s a cool guy.

Sunday was cool.  One of the youth had his mission farewell at church.  He is going to Peru.  Then we did the other usual Sunday stuff.  We tried some investigators.  We also visited a recent convert and taught part of their family.  It was cool.

And that was the week of this last week.  It was fun.  That is all.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Y’all! – August 4, 2014

Hey Yall!

 

This week was fun.  P-day was relaxing as usual.  We just did the usual.  Played a couple games of Catan and such.  I finally lost a game.  I am no longer undefeated in the district.  It is a different transfer though.  That has to count for something.

 

Tuesday was district meeting!  It was my first one as District Captain.  So I did the training.  It wasn’t too bad.  We talked about using the scriptures when we talk with people.  After district meeting we did a bunch of tracting.  Not much happened though.  We did go to the Dojo to visit Shihan that night though.  We are going to start studying Preach My Gospel with him.

 

We spent a lot of the week sharing messages with the members.  We are trying to get them to study Preach My Gospel.  It seems to be helping out.  We start out by reading part of Elder Ballards conference talk called Follow Up.  We want to get all the members more involved in missionary works.  This is a good first step.

 

On Thursday we went on exchanges with the zone leaders.  I stayed in Sherwood and was with Elder Beckstead.  It was fun.  We spent the whole day walking around talking to people.  We did a lot of tracting.  We met some cool people.  Friday we went with Bro. Skow to teach both Tom and Branden.  We are slowly making progress with them.  Then we went with Bro. Skow to help with the Rhodes move.  We got dinner while we were there too.  Dinner and service!

 

Then on Saturday we did more service!  We helped Tom do some yard work.  It was cool.  The rest of the day was a little slower.  All of our appointments fell through.  So we shared messages with the members.  We did the same for part of Sunday.  Church was really good.  Then we went with Porter on team-ups.  He is leaving for his mission in Peru next week.  So we brought him along to help him get ready.  We’ll be doing the same thing with some of the other youth this week.  They have nothing better to do.

 

And that’s about it.  Things are going pretty well.  District leadering is intersting and fun.  I’m finding creative ways to make it more fun for everyine in the district.

 

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Heat Wave – July 28, 2014

Hello Mortals!

This week was pretty fun.  We had some nice adventures.  Most of them included 110 degree weather.  But some of them included 100 degree weather.  On Monday we went to the capitol building and went on the dome tour.  We went all the way to the top.  It was fun.  I got some cool pictures overlooking pretty much all of Kansas since it’s so flat.  We also got our transfer doctrine.  But I already told you about that.

Then on Tuesday we rode our bikes around and almost died of heat stroke.  But not really because we drank lots of water.  But it was still really hot.  Elder McIntire spent part of the day packing for transfers, then he said goodbye to some of the people here.

Wednesday was transfer day!  I stayed up in Topeka with Elder Simmons in the Kaw Valley ward.  We mostly worked in my area because we had people to visit.  One of them was Maxx.  We taught him about missionary work and stuff.  He said he would want to go to Hawaii.  We are still awaiting permission for him to be baptized.  But we keep visiting with him while we wait.  He’s awesome.  Wednesday evening our companions made it up from Wichita.  And that was Wednesday.

On Thursday Elder Johnson and I did stuff.  Just like we did in Wellington.  I mostly brought him around to meet our investigators and a couple members.  We only were able to teach a few people.  After dinner we taught Branden and had a pretty good lesson with him.  He’s so close, but just isn’t quite there yet.

Friday and Saturday we did pretty much the same thing as on Thursday.  Since they took the sisters out of the ward we have all of the people they had.  So we are working on contacting them and going through their area book.  There is a lot for us to do.  Saturday morning we did some really fun service at a members home.  We went with a bunch of other members and helped cut down two trees.  We couldn’t use the power tools, but we still made it awesome.

Sunday was a good day.  It was only 95 degrees.  Quite the cool down.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Church was awesome as well.  There was a missionary that just finished his mission in the MIM that was visiting.  He served in Sherwood when I first got to Kaw Valley, so we knew each other.  He was on his way home with his family.  It was cool.  Not much else happened the rest of the day.  We did some tracting and talked with some people.  Nothing came from it though.  We’ll just keep on tracting!

That was the week.  It was fun.  Hopefully we don’t melt this week!

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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District Captain – 7/21/2014

Hello Family!

This week was great!  We taught a bunch of our investigators and they made some good progression.  Monday was fun.  We played some more Catan.  And I won.  That was about it.

Tuesday we had an awesome district meeting.  I learned a lot.  Then we did some other things.  I might have to wait until later when I get my planner to finish this email.  Then I can remember what we did the rest of the day.  Until then I will continue on with Wednesday.  We had weekly planning and it was normal.  Then we went on to teach people.

Okay I can’t remember the exact details of every day.  So I guess I will just give you the highlights.  We taught Branden on Thursday and had a pretty good lesson.  He is doing pretty well.  He isn’t set for baptism, but he is really close and will be ready soon.  I’m thinking the beginning of August.

We also taught Tom this week.  He’s doing pretty good too.  We’re mostly just reviewing stuff since he’s been taught all of it.  He is working on getting baptized soon too.  So exciting times here in Sherwood.  Hopefully we can get permission to get Maxx baptized soon too.  Until then we will just keep teaching him and help him keep going to church.  He’s a cool kid.

On Saturday we had a ward BBQ at Gage park.  It was really fun.  Both Branden and Tom went.  Branden actually drove us there.  We spent about three hours there hanging out with members.  Our investigators got pretty good fellowship there.  Later in the day we went to the sisters baptism.  It was cool and stuff.  And then church was really good.  It’s always good.

So we got the transfer document today!  I actually got a call from President Bell last night.  He said I was going to be district leader here next transfer.  And the transfer document says the same thing so it wasn’t a dream.  What’s even more interesting is that I’m going to be with Elder Johnson again.  He’s the one I finished training in Wellington.  Also, they are taking the sisters out of the ward.  So it will just be us.  There will be a lot for us to do.  We’re going to get a lot of work done.  It will be fun.

That’s all for this week.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

Family,

Sounds like fun stuff at home.  But I’m too interested in transfer stuff and doing shenanigans to finish this email though.  But I did put all the highlights.  I’m excited for this transfer.  Elder Johnson and I work well together.  It will be interesting being a district leader.  I think I’ll call myself district captain instead.  It sounds cooler.

Well, have a good week.  Go have some fun adventures!

Love,

Spencer

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Sickles and Sick Beats – 7/14/2014

Good Day!

This week was pretty awesome.  We did cool stuff.  The first half was actually pretty slow.  But it was fun.  P-day was enjoyable.  That’s all I remember.  That’s not true.  I remember buying an elephant tie at Goodwill.  It is similar to my squirrel tie.  Not quite as cool as squirrels, but still awesome.

Then on Tuesday we had district meeting.  It was cool.  We learned things and did stuff.  Then we taught a couple of people.  Our investigator Branden brought us to Hu Hot for dinner.  It’s a Mongolian buffet.  It was supper delicious.  We kind of made a mistake though.  We ate at Cici’s for lunch after district meeting.  So we double buffeted(that’s probably not the plural for buffet).  After dinner we taught Branden.  He is progressing well.

Not much happened on Wednesday or Thursday.  We were apartment hunting for some more missionaries that we were told would be coming next transfer.  But, we found out on Friday that they no longer were going to.  So all of that apartment hunting was a waste.  Oh well.  Thursday night we had another good lesson with Branden.

On Friday we had zone conference!  And that took most of the day.  It was a really good conference.  We learned a lot of awesome things.  The mission is trying to focus more on teaching families now.  We also had to official mission album release.  It’s called “Sickles and Sick Beats”.  A bunch of missionaries from around the mission made songs for it.  I enjoyed the meeting quite a bit.  Then I realized I had to bear my testimony at the end it.  That wasn’t very fun.  It was one of the hardest things to do ever.  But I survived.  So that sadly means that I have no more zone conferences for the rest of my mission.  After zone conference Elder Moyle went teaching with us.  We were both wearing our squirrel ties and got to relive the glory days.  It was fun, but we didn’t have much time for the exchange.

On Saturday it was really hot.  We walked around in it a lot.  Not much happened though.  What we did do was fast for and with Branden.  We did it to help him prepare for and decide if he wanted to be baptized.  We went by and visited him after dinner on Sunday.  And the fast worked!  He is doing everything he needs to and wants to be baptized on July 26th!  He also shared a scripture with us that he said helped him make the decision.  1 Corinthians 9:19-27.  It’s a really good one.  That was probably the coolest part of the week.

And that is about it.  Things are going awesome.  We are hoping to be able to get Maxx baptized soon.  We just need to get his dad’s permission and are having a hard time finding a good time to meet with him.  It will happen though.  Now for the P-day stuff!

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Robot Missionaries – 7/8/2014

Hello Peoples!

We had a good week.  It started like all weeks.  With P-day.  Nothing too exciting happened.  It was fun though.  Then on Tuesday we had an awesome district meeting.  But other than that it was actually a pretty slow day.  Wednesday was awesome though!  The first thing we did was contact some people the Kaw Valley elders met on the bus.  Their names are Chandlin and Miranda.  We taught them the Restoration and they accepted a baptismal date for July 26th!  They are pretty cool.  Later that day we did some service.  We went with Brother Johanson from the Colley Creek Ward, formerly Kaw Valley.  It was at some friend’s of the Johansons that lived by Lake Sherwood.  We help remodel their deck.  We mostly just dismantled things.  It was really fun.

Thursday was a little slower as well for the first little bit.  But in the evening we taught Branden again.  It was a really good lesson.  He is making really good progress.  He’s just super awesome.  On Friday we had zone training.  It was a good one.  Each district did a short skit that represented one of the fundamentals of missionary work.  Ours was teaching people not lessons.  So Elder Clay and I pretended to be robot missionaries to show how it wasn’t done.  We had fun.  Later that day we met with Branden again.  We watched the Joseph Smith movie with him because he wanted to learn more about him.  He liked it.  Then we watched a bunch of fireworks from our balcony that night.  We had a really good view.

Saturday was an awesome day.  First thing in the morning we went to the Carver’s baptism.  They are the ones we started teaching and then they moved into the Lake Shawnee ward.  It was a good baptism.  Later that day we met with Tom.  We talked about the requirements for baptism.  Then he accepted a date for July 26th!

Sunday was a really good day as well.  We had four investigators at church!  Tom, Chandlin, and Miranda all came.  And Branden drove us to and from church.  It’s nice having him live so close.  Chandlin and Miranda actually live closer to us, but they don’t have a car.

Well, that’s all the exciting stuff from this week.  Things are going super awesome here.  We have some solid investigators that are progressing well.  This should be an awesome week.

Stay Classy!

Elder Tubbs

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Double dinnered! – 6/30/2014

Hello Humans!

This week was awesome!  We did stuff.  P-day was full of P-day stuff.  And the rest of the week was full of rest of the week stuff.  That is all.

On Tuesday we had district meeting.  It was cool.  After district meeting I fixed my bike.  Then we rode around and tried to meet with a couple of investigators.  Not many people were home sadly.  We visited a recent convert named Jared after dinner with the member that fed us.

On Wednesday we didn’t see to many people.  But we did teach Mazz twice!  First at his grandma’s house, then at the church after scouts.  He is ready for baptism, we just need his dad’s permission.  So pray for that!  We’ll be working on that now.  Thursday was fun.  We got a church tour!  It was our shift at the church.  Nobody showed up though.  Well, until the end when a maintenance guy showed up and gave us a tour of the attic.  It was fun.  After we left the church we walked around and talked with people.  Nothing too exciting until after dinner though.  We taught Branden again.  He is still doing awesome.  He isn’t set for a baptism yet, but he will be soon.

Friday was day.  We went over to east Topeka in the morning.  But nothing worked out over there.  So we made our way back into central Topeka.  We visited with Jared again.  And we also met with a guy that we talked to a couple weeks ago.  We shared the Restoration with him.  It was a good lesson, he liked it.  After dinner all of our plans fell through.  So then we moved on to Saturday!

Saturday was fun.  It rained a lot.  I like the rain.  First we visited a guy named David.  He was taught in Manhattan and moved here temporarily.  Now he is moving down to Wichita, not temporarily.  He’s a cool guy.  The coolest part is that he said he wants to be baptized!  But since he is moving  this week we didn’t set him on date.  That was the coolest part about Saturday.

Sunday was really good.  I enjoyed church a lot.  But we sadly didn’t have any investigators at church.  But after church we double dinnered!  That’s always fun.  One of them was more of a late lunch though.  So I call it linner.  Both linner and dinner we’re both really good.  Ummm, and that’s about it.  The week was good and such.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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