Monday, September 29, 2014

september 29, 2014 letter

Well you said that I don't send very much information in my letters so I tried to write some stuff down so that I can send you a little more information! there is definitely way more that goes on then I write in my letters, but I never remember what happens, so its kind of hard for me! haha so I tried to write down a little bit of what happened this week!

Well first off on Tuesday we went to the temple with one of our families who are the sweetest people in the world and I love them to death! (by the way we are going bowling with them today for p day) (: but we ended up taking them to the temple and they were in love with it. the whole time the two little girls were talking about how it was a castle and how it reminded them of Disneyland and that one day they wanted to go inside too. it was so cute and precious to see them so excited about the temple, which I feel we take for granted way to much in Utah! but we went there and went through the visitors center and two sweet hermanas helped us though the tour and we talked about eternal families and what goes on in the temple, and at the end we watched a video called "because of him" and it was so good! at the end of the video I talked to them about mark 5: 36 and how the things that we were asking them to do might be a little scary, because its new to them, but that they just needed to take a couple steps into the darkness and take hold of the Lords hand and let him guide you. FEAR NOT, ONLY BELIEVE. we actually got to take them into a garden that is inside the temple and let them feel the spirit of the temple, and they loved it so so much and said that they wanted to go some day! the whole trip was so awesome and it helped me appreciate the temple even that much more!

yesterday we got chewed out by a jehovas witness, which definitely wasn't very fun.  we've been chewed out by lots of people, Baptists, catholics, 7th day advenests, jewish people, Christians, and some just have wacky beliefs! haha but out on my mission I've learned that the jehovas witness is probably the closest church to having the truth, so when you talk to them about stuff you agree on a lot, but there are certain things that are in our church, that are true, that you can't explain and you just have to go by faith. like the 7th day advenests and believing that church should be on Saturday. in the bible it says that it is, but Jesus was resurrected on Sunday, and that's why we have church on Sunday. but when we were talking to this jehovas witness he told us that we didn't have the holy ghost because if we really did, we would preach for our whole lives and not just for two years, like the other prophets and so on. and then he got into why we didn't baptize or give the priesthood to black people for a while and how that if this was the true church we wouldn't have done that, because in the bible there were black people that had that opportunity for this. keep in mind this whole time he is talking in Spanish, I can understand Spanish almost perfectly when we are talking about the gospel, but when it comes to talking I cant say everything that I want yet. so it's frustrating sitting there getting bashed on and I can't really say much back. finally at the end I was like "podriamos hablar sobre este y este, pero solomente tengo una pregunta para usted... esta feliz?" which means "we could talk about this and this but I only have one question, are you happy?" and he replied to me that he was, and so I told him, "than I guess your not ready for this message". he looked at me kind of puzzled and confused, and so I said "just keep believing in Jesus Christ, and that's the most important thing you can do." and then we went on our way.

oh and also this same day that I got chewed out by the jehovas witness we ate 4 dinner in 4 hours... literally one of the hardest things ever. I would have rather eaten 5 salads than do that. the food was so good, but by the second one I was already full, so you can imagine what it was like for the other 2... haha by the last house elder Solano and I were so full that the lady, the lady we took to the temple, asked, are you guys okay? you look like you're going to throw up? well, she was right, I was about to explode out of my ears! but you'll be happy of me, because I finished all of everything anybody gave me(: and I'm proud to say that when I got home I weighed 175 pounds!! haha luckily this morning I was back to my normal weight!

this week we are on the bikes, so we had to bike 10 miles to gervais which was awful in the baking heat! haha just to give you a little backround on my bike, who knows how old my bike is because it's been passed down for so long, and the other day I was riding and the seat like fell off, so I had to ride standing up the whole time! haha it's a very very pitiful bike... but it's a bike non the less and I'm super thankful (: that night we ended up at the highschool football game because one of our investigators was there and we talked to her about the word of wisdom. we both were too cheap to pay to get into the game, so we just ended up watching from the fence and talking to her the whole time. it was fun(: by the way I miss football like crazy, and this crisp fall air is killing me because it reminds me of football season!!! but anyway, at half time, all the cheerleaders ran up to us and were like "MISSIONARIES!!" haha it was the funniest thing ever, and so we ended up talking to them for a while too and found out that some of them are members too (: but by the time it was 8:30 we were ready to bike home, but one of our investigators offered to give us a ride home in his truck, which was super nice that we didn't have to bike another 10 miles(:

oh and as a little side note, every person we walk, or drive or bike by we wave at them and sometimes they wave back, sometimes they cus at us, and sometimes they just look at us. haha and in the case that they just look at us, I just whisper under my breathe "oh hey how are you doing? oh great, what about you? oh so good!" haha its a little joke that elder Solano and I always do! so either way it's like they are saying hi to me when I say hi to them(:

October is going to be so fun! we get to watch the meet the Mormons movie, go bowling, it's my birthday, go on our temple trips, have interviews, Halloween, transfers, and conference. and hopefully a lot of baptisms! ahh i'm so excited for this month!! but its been really good out here and the work is going well! had 7 people at church again and we are hoping for more soon!! love you guys!!
Love, Elder Romney

Just messing around at the temple

One of our families and us at the temple.  It was such an awesome experience!!!!

Elder Solano and me chilling at an investigators house, waiting for her to get home.  Haha, this was a little after we had biked all day, so we were exhausted!

This is my district! The pictures behind us are some pictures that Hermana Kitchen (Cocina) drew of us and we are lined up in order underneath them :)

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