Monday, July 25, 2011

Area frog hopping

Definitely had a different week here in Findlay, technically the Findlay Zone.
Monday was a nice p-day it was mostly spent relaxing but we did get some fun stuff in. That night Elder Green and I ate dinner at the Caldwells and that was fun because they've got some nice quirks to them and they are both RM's and have been trying to find us people to teach, plus it was raining like a hurricane outside the biking Elders got absolutely drenched.
Tuesday we went to the Fremont District Meeting which was very well done by Elder Pratt. Afterwards Elder Green went on exchanges with Elder Farmer and I went with Elder Metcalf in Tiffin. We were going to have Elder Farmer work with Elder Green and the walking Elders over the next couple days and I was going to go to Tiffin one day and Fremont the next. Elder Metcalf is a great missionary, I was so very impressed with him, he is light years ahead of where I was when I came in the mission. At the beginning of the exchange I had put my sleepover stuff in the Trunk of their car and it ended up being a fail because when we tried to open the trunk it wouldn't because my blanket got stuck in the lock. We had to go get some nice professional guy help us get it unlocked. Tiffin was just full of opportunities to contact all day and we had a great time doing that.
Wednesday I went to Fremont with Elder Pratt and we had a miracle. First off the entire day was planned with appointments (which was awesome) but we got a call from one of them and she cancelled and literally minutes later we got another call from a member and he invited us over to come and meet some people he was planning on inviting to church at the exact time of the cancelled appointment. It was awesome! We got there and after about a half hour of talking to them the member forced all of us into a Restoration lesson. We ended up picking them up as investigators and they are relatively solid. Just a good exchange with Elder Pratt altogether. That was pretty much the highlight of the week.
I also went on exchanges with Elder Ditto when the AP's came for exchanges. He's a good missionary and we were able to teach Charlie who has been difficult to teach since he was baptized and that went really well too.
Sunday was weird, our ward went on the Trek this week and also a missionary came back from her mission this week as well. So we had a two hour sacrament meeting and that was different. It consisted of a homecoming talk and then pioneer day music and testimony's that had come because of the trek. I liked it a lot reminded me of the Trek I went on like 4 or 5 years ago weirdly enough.
Anyway love you all. Transfers happen on the third so we'll see what happens.
(*)<~Elder Sumsion

Monday, July 18, 2011

Just a sickling away.

Lots of good things happened this week. We have been able to start meeting with our investigator Shawn twice a week now for just a half hour each time. I think that will help him to progress quite a bit compared to the slow pace we've been going at. Most of our work has just been with people that we have tracted/contacted into and hasn't been super effective. A couple of them have not made any contact with us for quite a while so we're not working with them anymore. Lots of good people still to work with though.
Zone Development Meeting was this week. Its kind of like a zone conference but the pres. and ap's aren't there. I was very spiritually uplifted and we have just amazing Elders in this zone right now.
After ZDM we went on a double blitz exchange. Elder Pratt and Elder Green worked in Lima with those Elders and Elder Farmer and I went to St. Mary's. I worked with Elder Butcher for the night and Elder Conlin for the day. I had a good time down there and I was very determined to find someone for those Elders to work with. We got a couple potentials that I'm hoping work out. I was also able to meet Sis. Kiefer who is one of Elder Cardenaz's (he's getting married in the Oakland Temple on the 5th of August by the way) first baptism's. That was pretty awesome to see a life my dear trainer changed in his first area.
I was also able to go on exchanges with Elder Ditto this week. We had a good time and we biked like beasts in around 90 degree weather. Did a lot of good work that day and had a pretty good time with him. He's pretty dang funny.
Well love you all.
(*)<~Elder Sumsion

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pathways to the Heartlands?‏

It has been a pretty sweet week here in Findlay/Toledo/Cleveland(Strongsville)/Kirtland(Mayfield). On Monday Elder Green and I did some teaching in a place called McComb to a good guy named Brad Todd and then we took off up to Toledo to spend the night there.
Tuesday we went to Zone Leader Council which was pretty sweet. We counciled about some "heated" mission topics (sometimes it is just silly stuff). Then I spent the night working in a place called Strongsville(Elder Parker and Elder Ehlert use to work here together) with Elder Judd (He came out right after my transfer).
Wednesday the meeting in the Mayfield Ohio building was truly inspiring and it felt awesome listening to Elder Dowley's testimony (He's a District Leader now, the stud). He has changed so much in the 3 months it has been since I've seen him. I really appreciated the opportunity to serve with him.
After the meeting Elder Green and I were able to go contacting the next day in our area (after a very long drive home). We had quite a bit of success. Two return appointments (one of which we are teaching today) and another interested Jew named Joshua. Hopefully everything works out well with them since our other investigators don't really seem to be committed. We are looking forward to zdm on Tuesday and afterwards we will be going down to Lima and St.Marys with the Fremont Elders to blitz that area because they are very low on people to teach down there. It should be an exciting exchange.
Well I love you all so very much and thank you for your letters and your prayers.
(*)<~Elder Sumsion

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Death of Hawkins!!! independance day aliens.‏

Had a great week. After being in this area for a little bit over two transfers we finally achieved a goal of 20 lessons in a week and then we beat that and made it 21. I'm so grateful for my companion and the members of this ward that helped us get that, especially Bro. Fagan. Whose determination to help the missionaries is almost overwhelmingly awesome at times. Well I kinda forgot my planner and that's how I usually remember the things I do in a week. As Elder Pratt (and I think Elder Decker as well) calls it "our second brain."
Lets see, I went on an exchange with Elder Michelson this week. He's a good missionary pretty much all around in appointments and getting appointments and stuff. Plus we were able to teach 2 non-members that day and one of them is very difficult to get in contact with so it was pretty much great.
Lets see, we had a small miracle while we were about to bike away from an appointment a non-member called us over and asked us to teach her basically, it was pretty sweet. She's a very smart and nice lady and I hope working with her ends up in baptism.
Yeah, I don't really have much to say other than it is unbelievable that it has been two since I've seen Troy. Like literally my brain is exploding.
Ummmm, Well I get to go to Toledo tonight and then Cleveland tomorrow and then Kirtland the next day. So this week is gonna be pretty awesome, also I get to see my beloved boy Elder Dowley. The stud is a district leader now.
Well I love you all to bits.
Happy 4th of July and don't blow yourself up too much.
(*)<~Elder Sumsion

Friday, July 1, 2011

Current Address

Elder Lance Sumsion
2001 A Sterling Ct.
Findlay, OH 45840