Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Jesus saves

Hola y'all!

The end of training Week 3 is upon me. That is 25% of the way and no one's been emergency transferred. That's success. Elder Edwards is doing great as always, usually better than me. But we are making it here at the beach! Sometimes I tell people I'm from St. George and they give me a weird look because St. George is a gay bar here in MB. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🍻🍻🍻

We have hit kind of a slump, and by hit I mean we had a slump and then we beat the crap out of it. We're not going down that easy! Probably our biggest struggle right now is where do you get those huge maps that missionaries always have hanging up in their apartment? We have one, but our area boundaries have changed so we need one that we can actually see all our area on. Like a third of it is just ocean. I would proselyte to sharks and and surfer girls if I could, believe me

What happened this week that was interesting? Nothing really, I'm trying my best to eat a lot of calories but most ways of doing that cost too much. So I eat a lot of peanut butter. I buy the big 4 pound tins that they sell, I'm on my third one.

I usually don't know what to talk about in these emails or can't remember. If you have any questions or anything, email me and I will try to reply today!

Have a good week and "don't ever sell your saddle." — Randy Travis


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Find the Lord before you need Him

Hola y'all!

I don't have much time to write which is too bad because a lot has happened of course. But yeah my trainee and I are whitewashing Myrtle Beach South! His name is Elder Edwards and he's awesome. He's from Provo and he's a beaming ball of positivity and potential. It's too bad he's been put into my shaky, inexperienced hands.

We've been spending a lot of time inside, which is terrible, but there's so much stuff to do between training and whitewashing. We tried to meet a lot of the ward yesterday and it was tough because it was Ward Conference. It's ok though, we will get to know people over time. The old MB elders left behind two solid investigators on date for baptism, which means Elder Edwards's first baptism will be mine too. We're still getting to know them but I have no doubt that they will continue to progress!

It has been raining a lot here, you just gotta love it or you'll go crazy. I thought things would slow down here for sure but traffic and whatnot is still crazy. Maybe it's just always like this.

We went mountain biking today and it was fun, I guess! I crashed once or twice but that's ok. Scars heal.

But that's all the time I have folks sorry

Be safe


Monday, September 5, 2016

We're pregnant! 👨‍👨‍👦‍👦

Hola y'all!

A lot of things are going on, but first I'll give a hurricane update. Hermine hit us this last weekend. We had a Zone Meeting in Florence on Friday, and we were told to pack extra clothes because President wanted us to spend the night there with the Zone Leaders so we could be safe. Well first of all, dumb. Second of all, stupid.

So we go to their apartment, it was raining from when we left the beach at like 8am and still going hard. Us (Surfside), the Myrtle Beach South elders, and one of the Elders from Cheraw. The elder from Cheraw was there because the Zone Lords had already planned having exchanges with Cheraw. So there were 6 of us and only one person actually knew the area. What's better than that is we split up into two 3-packs, meaning 3 of us didn't know the area at all. Elder Holt, the remaining ZL, told us to go knocking down two streets in the rain. We're not gonna be disobedient, is it crazy to assume our leaders are righteous enough to be inspired of God? So we went in the pouring rain and we knocked those two streets. Few people answered and the ones that did all asked us "what the devil are you doing don't you know there's a tornado warning out?" We did find one potential investigator, so as long as he becomes a stake president someday it will all be worth it. I hate knocking with a fiery passion, so I figured I would hate it even more in the rain. But it was by far the most fun I've had knocking ever! But then the rain got real bad so we headed back and stayed for the rest of the night. The worst part is the hurricane ended up hitting Florence harder, so wow ok

It was fun though, the hurricane didn't do any damage, structurally or emotionally! 🌊🌊🤗

Transfers are coming up, and the Saturday before, phone calls go out to everyone who gets told they're whitewashing, getting whitewashed, called/released as district leader/zone leader/assistant to the president. And also training. Well I think I said in an earlier email that my biggest hope would be that Elder Staker and I would 3-pack train. Well that dream is.............not coming true. But we did both get phone calls! From president himself so you know it's important 😬😬😬

First things first, Elder Olmstead and Elder Lamping, the Myrtle Beach elders are both leaving. Elder Olmstead (our DL) is going home on Wednesday and Elder Lamping has been here too long. They're
whitewashing their area. So we needed a new District Leader! Elder Staker has been here 7 months but I guess that's not long enough because he's done been made the new DL. AND he's gonna train! But wait, if he's staying, and he's training, and not 3-pack training, what's gonna happen to you, Elder Berry?

Well let me tell you. I'm training too. Yeah. Even worse, since I'm not training in Surfside, I'm whitewashing into my area. I would be terrified but president told me something: I'm not going very far. Remember how I said Myrtle Beach elders are getting whitewashed? THEYRE GETTING WHITEWASHED BY ME BOOYAH

It's a weird situation and I'm sad I'm leaving Surfside as minimally as possible, but on the bright side I don't have to pack up my stuff and take it to Columbia. I just have to move everything to the
apartment upstairs!

So yes, Elder Staker and I only spent 3 sweet months together in Surfside, but we're going to help each other as we raise our children together. Only 48 hours until we pick our boys up

Also shout out to my papa Robison who's dying this transfer, thanks for everything and I hope to make you proud as I carry on our posterity!

Alright see y'all later and I think I have a picture of us with a bunch of $3,000 toy poodles a member is breeding.

See everyone next week and pray for us please