This week we hit the jackpot and got 2 letters !! We sent a form letter to him to fill in the blanks and to circle answers and we found this worked really great!
In response to our questions —he said the flight to Detroit from SLC was long and boring. He misses Chalula sauce (all they have in Detroit he could find was “Franks Red Hot” hot sauce and he didn’t like it. )(so …..I sent him some today) I think this might mean he is eating ramen noodles–he used to put this sauce on them at home.
When choosing a word for the weather there Erik said: The weather is weird–Detroit went through an indian summer and now it’s starting to get cold.
His companion, Elder Parker Erickson from Bluffdale Utah has been in Michigan for 9 months. He really likes him because he is spiritual, strong in the gospel, determined, nice and smart.
The best thing so far? Being in the poor part of town—-The worst thing so far? Being in the poor part of town
His favorite scripture right now is 1st Nephi 3:7 (because with God all things are possible)
9/24/2010 Excerpts from his letter: Well I’ve been here for a few days. Not much has happened though. Everyone keeps canceling their appointments and we haven’t had success anywhere. We keep running into weird people at all of our investigators houses. It’s like someone’s brother will show up right in the middle of a lesson and totally throw everything off.
We took one of our investigators to a fireside with us and that was pretty cool. His name is Glen and he is a pretty cool guy. I guess that he just barely started meeting with the missionaries but he has been reading the Book of Mormon everyday. He was asking me questions throughout the fireside and it was really cool to be able to answer him. If he comes to church this Sunday, we will probably ask him to be baptized when when we teach him the next lesson.
Story from Detroit: I heard gunshots for the second time today. They’re always really distant but you can tell it’s a gun. My companion told me that most of that stuff happens on the East side of Detroit. All of the gangsters live on the West side but do their dirty work on the East side.
9/25/2010 The day started out crappy like usual. Everyone canceled their appointments except for Charles. We had to stop teaching Charles though because he’s been meeting with missionaries for a month now and hasn’t progressed at all. So unless he shows up at church tomorrow, we’re going to have to quit meeting with him.
We got one great lesson in today and I really needed that confidence boost. We met with Jeremiah, Tyree and Phil. They are about 20 years old and really cool guys. We taught them all about Christ and the Book of Mormon and then committed them to baptism! Next time we meet we will put them on a baptism date and then it’s just a matter of teaching them the lessons. They should be baptized around the end of October.
Story from Detroit:I saw a squirrel get run over today. It was gross! I heard gun shots last night around 2 AM. They were pretty far away but still close enough to wake me up.
Sept 26th: We had church today. Our branch is only about 25 members. It’s so small that it’s not even a ward, it’s a branch. Two of our investigators showed up which was kind of disappointing because we had about 12 say they were coming. I sat with one of our investigators that is kind of weird. She believes that when she feels the spirit she can speak in the gift of tongues. (But really all she is speaking is gibberish) She’s been very hard to teach because of all the different things she believes in.
There was one really cool thing that happened today at church. We met a guy with really cool dreadlocks named Kenyata. He just wandered in and sat down for the service. Nobody knew who he was so my companion and I went and talked to him after church. We found out he was a college professor and was doing some religion hunting. He saw us out tracting the other day and then decided he would come to our service. He was very interested in the Book of Mormon and we set up an appointment with him. He could very well be a new investigator by the end of next week.
After church we went and taught Sister Lockhart. She’s been inactive for awhile so the missionaries drop by to talk to her from time to time. We had the best lesson that I’ve had so far! It was amazing! She really opened up to us and told us that she picked up a cigarette about two weeks ago and felt horrible about it. So we taught her all about the gospel of repentance and forgiving ourselves and we ended up having a great discussion. We’re going back to her house next Sunday for General Conference.
Detroit Story: I saw a Cadillac today that had 30 inch chrome rims, hydraulics and a really bassy stereo. It was wild watching it move up and down.
9/27/2010 Detroit has been an alright place so far. Very poor though as you’ve probably seen from google maps. We don’t do too much tracting around our apartment. We usually only tract when one of our appointments falls through so we end up tracting by where our next appointment is scheduled. I don’t think I will ever be a door to door salesman!
My companion tells me it’s pretty safe here. He’s only been robbed once and that’s because he ignored a prompting from the Holy Ghost. He said that as long as you listen to your feelings, you’ll be ok. The gangs don’t mess with us. We’re actually teaching a kid right now who is a member of the 6-mile gang. As long as you put a picture of Jesus on something, it won’t get stolen. We have a picture of Jesus on our car, our bikes and our apartment door. My companion said that sometimes our apartment complex gets broken into, but nobody messes with ours because we have Jesus on the front door! But like I said, there haven’t been any incidents involving missionaries. I guess if it was truly unsafe, our Mission President would make us move.
Love you all! Elder Erik Rushton