Thursday, January 12, 2017

Transfers and the Best Day!

  Hello my dear Subjects from the far off lands!
We had a super awesome week! And it finally snowed for real! And
someone wrecked my car!
    This week was super good. We had a ton of lessons and did a ton of
work. It was really funny early on in the week because me and Elder
Trask had to give a training to the whole zone on Influence and we
were trying to find a fun way to keep everyone's attention. So we came
up with a short skit! There are a lot of inside jokes in it but it's
goofy and lame enough to show everyone, the video is provided below.
    After that we got to go in Exchanges with the Assistants. I got to
go hang out in Elizabeth for a day with Elder Wildman. It was super
cool. Elder Wildman is a spiritual powerhouse. He taught me a lot
about how to feel the spirit and he is a great example of a
missionary. Now for the sad part.... so I told you guys that we got a
new car last week! Brand new Subaru and it is my baby, I love it a
lot. And while we were on exchange the other missionary got in a wreck
with my baby!!! So now there is a big dent in the passenger side rear
corner of the car and we have to lose our car for a week to get it
fixed.... it deeply saddens me.
    It snowed! Saturday it snowed a bunch and I was so excited to try
out the new car in the snow! I was throwing it in spins in the snow
and slidin around all day long during the storm! I was so happy to
finally have snow!!! My Californian companion was not to happy about
it though. He doesn't like the cold.
    Sunday church got cancelled. It threw us off a ton and we didn't
know what to do. Super annoying. So we just took off and started
visiting people. What started off as a super down day were we didn't
know what to do turned into one of the most effective days of my
mission! We ended up getting 2 super solid new investigators and put
both of them on Baptismal date in the first lesson! I have never done
that!!! It was super sweet!
    Now last but definitely not least... transfer call was last night
and I found out I am staying in Englewood for another 6 weeks. But I
am getting a new companion. Elder Peterson from Draper, Ut. Now I
freakin love this guy, we are already best friends out here and we
know a bunch of the same people back at home. So it'll be a good
transfer. Especially because there is so much going on here and so
many people to bring to the waters of baptism!
    Love you all and thank you so much for your support! I hope you
have a great 2nd week of January!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!!

  Happy New Years everybody! I hope you all had wonderful parties to
go to! I didn't, you know, because I'm a missionary and stuff.
So this week was Exchange and meeting madness.... I finally feel like
a Zone Leader!
    On Tuesday I got to go on exchange with Elder Clark! He's from
Colorado and he's one of my new best friends. Both of us have an
obsession with Lord of the Rings so it clicked from the beginning.
He's in a Spanish area so I got to sit through some Spanish lessons
again. It was really bad this time because the one lesson we taught
was to a Dominican lady.... like straight off the plane Dominican....
now if anyone is familiar with their dialect it's rapid fire fast and
they don't pronounce half their letters. Now my lack of understanding
Spanish and Elder Clark being a newer missionary put us in a bad
place. She was talking to us faster then a machine gun telling us some
kind of story about how she felt about Catholics and God. We were
completely lost to her story. But because we are lucky people she
finished her rant with a random comment. "Por que no misioneras en
Dominican Republic?" So we were able to answer and survive the lesson,
I also met the demon dog that lived next door.
    And then I went on a second exchange with Elder Miller from Neola,
Utah.... he's a super farmer handyman guy. Super cool! We talked a lot
about smithing........
    Now for the Meeting madness! Friday was Mission Leader Council.
Where all the Zone leaders and Sister Training Leaders sit down with
president for 5 hours and talk about how to lead the mission. Then on
Saturday we had interviews with President. And the twist was that we
have to give the training's to the missionaries waiting to be
interviewed. So we had to give the the same training 4 times as the
missionaries cycled through their interviews.... It was pretty rough.
I was absolutely exhausted.
    So between 2 exchanges and 2 really long meetings, and now I have
to plan another training for tomorrow.... I'm absolutely tired.
    Happy new year everybody, I'mma take a nap..... oh wait, got no
time for that.

Merry Christmas!!!


 Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful
Christmas and are psyching up for a party filled New Years!
    This week was pretty crazy for us. We are in a super duper finding
stage so we've been out knocking doors Day and night. We've been using
this new door approach that I've never tried before. It's a 10
question survey that leads us into talking to people about the Book of
Mormon. It's been working pretty well.
    We went out knocking almost all of Christmas Eve and it actually
worked! We managed to get 14 new investigators out of it! I've never
seen that much success my entire mission. We honestly in one day got
more people to listen to us door knocking then I've had in the rest of
my mission combined. It was ridiculous!
     We got to have a Christmas Eve and a Christmas dinner from the
members. It was super great! The Christmas Eve one was super Italian
with some accents from other countries. It was crazy good. Christmas
Dinner was super good too! I love food, and I'm not even fat yet.
     Me and Elder Trask got the opportunity to go back to Clinton
Yesterday too. One of my old investigators there was getting baptized
so we got to be there. It was refreshing to see all the people that I
love in the Clinton Ward. It was a good Christmas present.
     Another great present! We got a new car! 2017 Subaru Legacy...
it's Super Fancy! And it can practically drive itself.
     I don't know what else to talk about so I'll stop now.
Merry Christmas everybody! Thanks for all the love and support. Talk
to you next year... he he he.

                      Elder Anthony Sleigh Hicks
                  New Jersey Morristown Mission

The Wimmers Christmas puppy named Sleigh