Game of Chicken – 6/23/2014

Hello People!

This was an awesome week.  But I might make this email a little shorter than last week.  On Monday we did the usual Monday stuff.  It was fun.  And after that was Tuesday.  We had district meeting and it was really good.  From there we rode the bus and tried to visit people.  Most of the people we had planned weren’t available though.  So we decided to visit Maxx’s grandmother so we could talk about how we could help him progress.  But he ended up being there!  So we just taught him.  It was a good lesson.  He’s ready for baptism.  We just need his dad’s permission before he can get baptized.  We’re hoping we can get it this week.  On Wednesday we just did our thing.  Nothing too exciting happened.  We saw Maxx after scouts again.  But they had to leave so we couldn’t really teach him.  And that was Wednesday.

On Thursday we went to the church at 10.  We are starting to have all the missionaries in Topeka take shifts at the stake center for church tours.  Ours is from 10 to 12.  Nobody came while we were there this week.  There was also a leadership meeting for the district leaders going on.  So after that Elder Clay and I were riding bikes around the parking lot before lunch.  And the next thing you know, after an inadvertent game of chicken, we crashed!  So I guess we both won the game of chicken.  Sadly my bike didn’t.  The front rim bent really bad.  REALLY BAD!  There’s a picture included.  So that took some of our Thursday.  After that we walked around and talked to people.  Not much happened though.  Thursday night was awesome though.  We went and taught Branden.  We haven’t been able to teach him for about a month.  But since then he has stopped drinking coffee!  So that was awesome.  Definitely worth crashing my bike earlier in the day for that.

On Friday we went on exchanges!  I stayed in Sherwood and went with the district leader, Elder Simmons.  All we did was walk around all day, talk to people, and tract.  It was really hot.  The last house we tracted into we weren’t originally planning to.  We were actually heading somewhere to get dinner.  But then we decided to knock one more door.  And it was a guy who has been having a tough life recently.  So we taught him a little bit and set up a return appointment.  He’s a pretty cool guy.

Saturday we spent walking around in the heat again.  That’s about it though.  We talked with a couple of people that we haven’t seen for a while which was good.  We were able to set up appointments to meet with them.  But that was Saturday.  Sunday was awesome!  Church was awesome and stuff.  And Branden went to church!  Later in the day we helped set up the relief society room for a funeral that happened earlier today.  Not very many other people could help so we did.

That’s the main stuff that happened this week.  It was awesome.  Good stuff and things.  Oh and today I recorded Elder Clay singing a rendition of Give Said the Little Stream on my MP3 Player.  It’s pretty cool.  So I attached it as well.  Enjoy!

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Central Park – 6/16/2014

Hello Everyone!

This week was pretty awesome!  We did all kinds of missionary stuff and things.  On Monday we had P-day!  It was a very lazy P-day.  I kind of just sat around and didn’t do much.  It was a very relaxing P-day.  It also rained a ton.  But that’s not really important.  I just like the rain.

Then there was Tuesday.  Lets see what happened Tuesday.  I don’t think too much happened.  Oh yeah we walked around Central Park, like we do a lot of the time.  It was pretty fun.  We talked to some peeps and taught the gospel.  We had a pretty good lesson with Antione.  He’s a cool guy.  He is working on getting baptized on July 12th.  We also went to visit Shihan at his Dojo.  He’s getting ready to go to the temple so we talked about that a little with him.

Then on Wednesday we had transfers!  And so we did some weekly planning because transfers did nothing to us.  After weekly planning we tried to go out and teach, but most of the people we tried were sadly not home.  We did do a little service for some members before dinner though.  All we did was help spread rocks around.  It was fun.  Wednesday night was pretty awesome.  We went to the church to teach Maxx after scouts.  We went over the Plan of Salvation with him.  He’s a really smart kid.

Thursday was another day of walking around.  Now I need to sit and ponder on what we did exactly so I can give more information on what we did.  That’s about all we did I guess.  I’m sure we did good stuff, but sometimes things just mesh together and I just forget when exactly we do things.  Oh we talked to a guy at the Central Park pond while he was fishing.  And he was pretty interested in what we were teaching.  So we are going to go teach him again this week.  And later that we were walking by a gas station and somebody in there car stopped us and talked with us.  He knows a bunch of members and wants to learn more.  People come to us if we just get out there and work!

Friday was fun though!  We had zone training in the morning.  It was awesome.  We talked about a bunch of things.  From studying to other missionary things.  Like missionary stuff.  Like teaching with pamphlets and stuff.  After zone training we went to east Topeka.  We don’t make it over there very often.  But we had some people we needed to visit and so we visited them.  While we were over there Elder Moyle called us.  He was using his AP powers to call us and extend a challenge to us.  All it was is to pray that the mission will reach 50 baptisms this month in every prayer.  That’s easy enough to do.  He also just wanted to say hi to me because he wanted to and could.

Saturday we did the same thing as Thursday.  It was pretty effective.  We talked to a bunch of people and got some new investigators.  For dinner we ate at the Bidwells.  We had a campfire and roasted hot dogs and made smores and ate other things.  It was fun.  They had some non-member friends there too.  So we talked with them about the church.  Now they might come to church with the Bidwells sometime.  And if not anytime soon then we can pester the Bidwells to keep sharing the gospel with them.  It will be awesome.

Sunday was an awesome day.  Church was really awesome!  The talks were all about fathers for some reason.  Maybe it was because it was fathers day or something like that.  Rick (Paula’s husband) got confirmed too.  He got baptized two weeks ago but didn’t make it to church the last too weeks.  Not the funnest thing in the world.  He is both blind and in a wheel chair though, so you can’t really blame him.  Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I talked about his baptism much.  Probably because he hadn’t been confirmed yet.  Well, his baptism was only one of the coolest things on my mission ever.  Since he is blind and can’t walk we had to carry him into the font.  One of the Colley Creek ward Elders, Elder Nerdin, and I did that.  We did the whole make a chair with your arms thing.  Then Elder McIntire said the prayer and we lowered him into the water.  It was awesome.  Well now you have that story.

Anyway, that was the week.  It was awesome.  I hope you like the long email.  I guess I just felt like actually saying stuff this week.  Time for other P-day stuffs!

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Hello people that read this! – 6/9/2014

Hello people that read this!

This week was pretty awesome!  It was a service week!  Monday we had P-day.  P-day things happened.  Really all I did was play Settlers of Catan.  I dominated.

On Tuesday we did some early weekly planning because we had district meeting on Wednesday instead.  After that we helped with a move.  It was fun.  We spent most of the day doing that.  Then after dinner we started walking around trying to find somebody to talk to.  At one point we saw a couple of people standing in their doorway.  We almost didn’t go talk to them, but then we decided that the worst thing they could do was kill us.  So we went up to talk to them.  As soon as we got to the door they asked if we wanted to help with something.  We then got to do more service!  It was helping them get ready to move.

Wednesday we did some service!  We went to a members home first thing in the morning to pull some weeds for them.  It was cool and stuff.  After that we had district meeting.  It was a good one.  From there we went over to east Topeka!  Not much happened over there though.  We had some referrals we were trying to contact, but they weren’t home.  After dinner we went to the church and taught Maxx again.  It was a pretty good lesson.  He’s a cool kid.  And he likes the Packers which makes him even awesomer!

We had a pretty good day on Thursday too.  In the morning we went with the Lake Shawnee Elders to teach the Carvers.  They are now officially the Lake Shawnee Elder’s investigators.  After that we taught a couple of other people.  Nothing to amazing happened.  After dinner we went with Bro. Angel on a team up.  We contacted a referral that we had gotten earlier in the day from a Lake Shawnee member.  His name is John.  He’s a really cool guy and wants to learn.  He actually almost got baptized around 40ish years ago.  Now he is hoping his wife will meet with us too.

On Friday not a whole lot happened.  We rode our bikes around a ton.  That was pretty fun.  But we didn’t see too many people.  It was still a fun day though.  Then on Saturday there was a baptism!  One of the sisters investigators got baptized, but we went to it.  Baptisms are awesome!

After that we had Sunday.  Church was awesome on Sunday.  Not much happened after church Sunday, but once again it was a fun day.

Now it is P-day.  We just found out about transfers.  Nothing is changing with Elder McIntire and I.  I get to be in Sherwood for at least 4 transfers now!  Other exciting news about transfers:  Elder Moyle is one of the assistants for his last transfer.  He now owes me 20 dollars.  Elder Howell is a district leader and training… Maybe.  Well, that’s the name of the person he is training.  Elder Maybee.  I would make too many jokes if I trained him.

Anywho, time for P-day things.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Awesome – 6/2/2014

Here is some more email!  So I just finished winning two more games of Catan.  Now I am 4-0 in the district.  I’m awesome.

So I remembered some cool things that we did this week.  On Thursday we went to jail!  It was fun.  We got permission from President Bell to visit somebody that wanted a Book of Mormon.  We only talked for a couple of minutes, and we couldn’t give him the Book of Mormon directly.  So we just left four copies with the chaplain at the jail.  It was an adventure.

Now lets see…

I think that is all of the epic adventureness that I can think of for now.

Now that should be all for real.

I’m awesome!

Elder Tubbs

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Seven new investigators! – 5/26/2014

Hey Everyone!

This week was awesome!  We had a lot of success.  On P-day we did P-day things.  Mostly basketball.  It was fun.  I also bought a couple of disc golf discs for future P-days.  We went a lot last summer and we are probably going to in the next few weeks.  It’s really fun.  Then we had Tuesday.  On Tuesday there was district meeting.  And district meeting was good.  Not a whole lot else happened on Tuesday.  We did a little tracting.  Or maybe a lot of tracting.

Wednesday was when things became awesome!  We did a lot of finding.  Mostly we went around contacting the referrals that we were bombarded with the last two weeks.  It was pretty effective.  We found four new investigators that day!  They are pretty cool people.  The awesomeness continued on Thursday.  It was raining on and off all day.  But we rode our bikes around anyway.  And rode the bus.  Anywho, we started teaching a former investigator again  Thursday.  It was cool.

Now I’m trying to remember what happened on Friday.  I think we just had a ton of appointments all day.  That sounds right.  We just went around and taught a bunch of people.  It was a pretty good day.  We were able to get one of the priests in our ward to come teach with us too.  Then on Saturday we walked around in the rain.  It was enjoyable.  A lot of our appointments fell through. But we had a couple of good lessons still.

Sunday was pretty uneventful.  Church was really good.  But sadly we still didn’t have anyone at church.  After church we met with another new referral that we got this week and got another new investigator!  We actually ended up finding seven this week!

So yeah this week was awesome.  We found a lot more people to teach.  We just need them to come to church!

Anywho, that’s all.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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May 19, 2014

Here is my real email.  I’m forcing myself to write.

We have gotten a ton of referrals this week.  The Spanish elders and sisters are finding a ton of people in our area.  It’s pretty cool.  We just have to go contact them now.  On Tuesday we taught some people we met last week.  They are super solid.  They picked June 21st as there baptism date!  Then on Wednesday we taught one of our member’s grandson.  His name is Max.  He’s only 10 years old but he is super excited to learn and wants to get baptized.  We taught him at the church after scouts.

On Thursday we had specialized training.  It was really good.  During it we went through the rejection gauntlet.  It was a tracting role play.  Everyone was supposed to very rudely reject us.  It was fun.  I quite enjoyed it.  After specialized training we went on exchanges!  I went with Elder Clay in Kaw Valley.  While there we went tracting with one of their recent converts that is thinking about going on a mission.  It was pretty fun.

On Friday we continued exchanges.  Not a lot happened though.  Elder Clay and I did do a lot of walking though.  After that we had Saturday.  Saturday was good.  We went to the Kaw Valley elders baptism.  Then we biked around and visited a couple people.

Sunday was a good day.  Church was awesome.  After church we walked to an appointment that ended up cancelling on us.  That wasn’t very cool.

Anyway this week was really good.  I just didn’t want to spend too much time emailing.  You got all of the highlights though.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Skype! – 5/12/2014

Hey Everyone!

So this will be short.  This week was really good.  We got a ton of referrals and contacted a bunch of them.  And now we have a couple of new people to teach.  Things here are going pretty well.  We just need to get people to church.

On Monday, we had zone P-day.  It was pretty fun.  We just did a bunch of random sports.  I did some foam sword dueling since it was Revenge of the Fifth.  It was fun.  Then from Tuesday to Thursday nothing too exciting happened.  We just went out and worked.  A lot of good stuff happened but I don’t feel like putting all of the details.  Friday we had zone training.  It was a good meeting.

On Saturday we biked around a lot.  It was a good day.  We talked with a bunch of people.  That evening there was a ward activity at the church.  There was some good food there.  Not too much happened on Sunday.  We got to Skype home though!  That was fun.  That’s about it though.

So that was last week broken down into a really short email.  This week should be pretty awesome too.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Mega District Meeting! – May 5, 2014

Hello Everyone!

This week was pretty good.  On P-Day we did P-day things.  Mostly basketball.  And a little sitting around.  It was fun.  Then on Tuesday we did some missionary work.  I actually forgot what we did Tuesday.  It was good though.  On Wednesday we had transfers!  But that didn’t mean anything to us.  So it was a regular day.  We did some weekly planning and then visited a couple of people.  We had a couple of good lessons.

On Thursday we had a mega district meeting!  It was our district and the other one here in Topeka.  It was a good meeting.  And I got to see Elder Howell!  He’s in Topeka now too.  After that we rode the bus a lot.  Not much happened on the bus that day though.  Friday was when the more exciting things started happening.  In the morning as we were riding our bikes somebody stopped us from behind to talk with us.  He said he got baptized in Kansas City seven years ago but hasn’t been going to church for a few years.  He wants to now though.  What makes it cooler is that he had just moved here a week before!  That was the coolest thing on Friday.  We spent the whole day riding around on our bikes talking to people.  Good thing it was only a little hot.

Saturday was really good too.  We did more talking to people.  On the bus and just out walking around.  We also ate lunch at a members.  They made grilled turkey.  It was the best turkey I have ever had in my life!  Super tasty.  Later in the day we had the adult session of stake conference.  It was really good.  Everything was about missionary work.  After the session, since we don’t have a car, we had President Bell drive us home.  We joked around with him during the drive.  It was funny.  Then on Sunday morning he picked us up for the regular session of stake conference.  It was really good too.

That’s about all I have to say for this week.  It might not sound like a lot happened, but we did talk with a lot of people.  Just regular old missionary stuff.  This next week should be awesome!

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Polynesians vs Missionaries – April 28, 2014

Hey Everybody!

This week was awesome! On Monday we did P-day things. We did a basketball game with some members. Polynesians versus missionaries. The missionaries won! It was fun. Then we taught somebody that the Spanish sisters referred to us. His name is Edwin. He’s pretty cool. Then on Tuesday, not a whole lot happened. We had district meeting and that was good. From there we went around without anything really happening. After dinner we went to the church. We were planning to meet an investigator there. Sadly he didn’t show up. But the Bobets from Kaw Valley showed up. Kathy was getting interviewed for baptism! So that was cool.

Wednesday was a little slower as well. We did some weekly planning. Then we did some bus riding. Then we taught Branden. It was a really good lesson. He’s doing awesome. Thursday was a pretty good day. We rode the bus some more. Talked to a couple people and stuff like that. Nothing too exciting or anything. Friday was awesome! We didn’t have too much to do. So we did a bunch of finding. For dinner we went to the gas station to get food. Then we ate at the park. After we ate we talked to a family that was fishing at the pond. We had a good conversation with them. We are planning to teach them this week now. They seem pretty interested.

Saturday was a really good day. It was a baptisms day! None in our ward. But we went to two that were in Kaw Valley. One of them was Kathy Bobet. It was cool to see her get baptized since I taught her in Kaw Valley. Another awesome thing I found out this week was that Emily in Guymon got baptized recently! So that’s cool too. The rest of the day Saturday was pretty slow. We were at the church for a lot of it to help set things up. Sunday was actually pretty slow too. It was a good day though. Church was good. And there was a really cool thunderstorm while we were there. It cleared up in the afternoon though.

That was about it for the week. We also found out about transfers today. Nothing is changing though.

Stay Classy!

Elder Tubbs

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Awesomeness and Epicness – April 21, 2014

Hey Everybody!

This week was epic!  All kinds of awesomeness and epicness happened.

P-day was very fun.  We played ultimate frisbee.  I dominated.  It was super fun.  Then we visited Paula Monday night.  On Tuesday not much happened.  I got my bike tuned up and now it’s easier to ride.  And then we taught Chris.  It was a good lesson.  He’s doing awesome.

Wednesday was when the awesomeness started to happen.  But first we had to help the sisters move some stuff to their new apartment.  After that we got a referral from the Colly Creek elders.  So we went and contacted him later.  It was easy because he lives only about three blocks from our apartment.  His name is Trent.  He’s way cool.

Thursday we had Zone Conference!  It was awesome!  That’s what we did the whole day until 6.  During Zone Conference we got a media referral.  So after dinner we went and contacted him.  He also only lives a few blocks from our apartment.  His name is Branden and he’s way cool too.  He’s in the Air National Guard.

The awesomeness continued on Friday.  We went in the morning to teach a referral that the sisters had for us.  His name is Randy.  It was a good lesson.  We invited him for baptism on May 17th!  From there we went to the Washburn University Campus.  We tried to pass out flyers for the “Because of Him” video.  President and the Assistants wanted us to spend a lot of time there doing that.  Sadly it didn’t work out as well was we were hoping.  Later we went over to Trent’s.  He grilled us some food.  Then we taught him and his wife.  And we invited them to be baptized on May 17th!

On Saturday we had more awesomeness and epicness and stuff.  We went in the morning to the ward Easter activity.  It was fun.  The food was really good.  And our investigators, Chris and Branden, went too.  Chris brought his kids and his room mate went too.  After the activity we went over to Trent’s for some service.  We helped clean up some branches in his yard.  And from there we went over to help Chris paint his house.  So we got to do a lot of service.  It was awesome.  Saturday night we went and taught Branden a super awesome lesson.  And then we invited him to be baptized on May 17th!

Sunday was another good day.  Things slowed down a little.  But it was Easter!  So it didn’t matter that a little less happened.  Before church we went with Brother Elder Dickman to his setting apart.  So he is now Elder Dickman again.  He’s currently on his way back to Tennessee.  Church was really good.  And after church we had an awesome Easter meal with the Jones.  But that’s really about it.

Anywho, this week was awesome!

Stay Classy!

Elder Tubbs

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