Elder Jake Hobbs

Elder Jake Hobbs
Elder Jake Hobbs

Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 25

Dear Family,
   Well sorry if you haven't received the details that you'd like. But as for the package you could just wait for my birthday and i'll let you suprise me with something. Haha I'm not an any immediate need of anything. It's good to hear how everything's going and exciting to hear a new call coming up. And also something that i'd like for my birthday... is for you to try and remember what happened at my baptism and maybe even ask grandma Hancock  i remember she had spoke.... And also could you send me her e-mail. Also I was wondering what's been going on with Trav is he feeling health now??? And make sure Mark gets me a wedding invite.
   Well where to start for the week..... This week was a great one we had our confirmation with little M. and it went really well. Directly after the bishop confirmed him he jumped off the chair and marched down the aisle and sat with his family. He was very very exicited. This last Sunday I also got the oppurtunity to bless the sacrament twice en spanish. We go on exchanges with the other elders that live with us and it was my turn to go and I got to take a greeny to the little casalinda branch for the first time. So I got to bless the sacrament there also it reminded me a lot of old West Weber and blessing the sacrament each week. But it was a very big confidence builder going on that exchange and being with someone who spoke very little spanish and just made me think of how far I've really come with my spanish. Not fluent yet but getting closer and closer each day.
   But we did well with finding we'll have some new people to start working with. We're working with an awesome family that invited us over for dinner on the first lesson and also a lady that couldn't get baptized in the past due to her husband holding her back so were trying to soften his heart and help her make that covenant with the lord. Also a divorced lady that is very open with us that is super super nice and has two little fat pugs that are super cute. And we also have a Mason that has been really interested with the priesthood and wants to come check out the church. I love the diversity of people down here you never know who your going to talk to and whether they speak spanish or english... or tex-mex. haha And we also found a bunch of less active part members to go work on so my list of part members is around 30 now.
   But I got a funny story for you this week. We had an exchange on Thursday and I got to go with an elder from Idaho with that had a graduating class of 14 and was a bit sheltered growing up.... (so it makes the story even better). Well all of our plans fell through and I ask him well elder where do you feel like we should knock. He points to a door and says that ones already open. And as soon as he says that a lady walks out and starts yelling at us to come over. So as a missionary I naturaly got excited and was thinking oh this lady is prepared or needs some service we can offer to her. Haha And we go up there and first thing I notice is there's 15 mujeres ranging from 40 to 90 that are playing mexican bingo in there. And this lady is like trying to grab us to pull us in and I ask her is there a man in the house and she says yes and points to her friend with short hair and then laughs and I finally get the point across to her we can't come in. (by the way this was in spanish) and she then says"where's the birthday girl..... The Strippers are here". And I had no clue what to do after that..... haha and then I explained that we were missionarys and not strippers and next thing you know me and elder Tew are sitting on the porch eating chorizo, barbocoa, and beans with tortillas. haha discussing with this lady where we're from and what we do and we quickly won over her heart and she apologized and admitted that she just wanted to play a joke on her sister (and right then and there i thought of Joanne and Valorie. haha). And then her cousin comes out that was christian and started asking a bunch of doctrinal questions and Maria (the lady,, whose catholic) just starts defending us like we were her sons and got mad at her cousin. haha and then she joined the conversation and turned out to be nice as well. We then reached the time to go and I asked if we could say a prayer before we left and she said oh yes. and went and rounded up everyone and I got to pray with 15 old ladies on the porch. haha the things you do as missionaries. haha we then spoke a bit more with the group and then I asked if I could get anyone's address to send missionaries over and that's when I lost the crowd. haha except for my newly made friend Maria that told us we needed to write down this experience in our journals. haha So we did and sadly we didn't get any refferals for any other missonarys and the lady didn't live there either.  But that was just another average lunch appointment in south texas. haha
   Hope that was enough deets for yuh this week madre y espero que lo disfrutes. Que tengan una buena semana y siempre buscen opportunidades de compartir el evangelio con sus amigos y vecinos y maise invite garret por un noche de hogar el lunes con la familia. Les Amo
Con Amor, Elder Hobbs

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