Sunday, October 20, 2013

Week 21 - A Big Change!

Dear Family,
This past week has been pretty crazy I am not going to lie. I went from one end of the spectrum to the other within a week. I will start out at the beginning of the week It just like any other day of the week we got to do a lot of service for the members and have a lot of meetings with less actives. Members would have us over for dinner, I was driving around enjoying missionary life comfortably. On Friday we had just finished lunch and service with bro. Rodgers. During the ride home the phone started buzzing, President Richards was calling, I answered the phone and he asks, "Elder Datwyler are your bags packed?" I said "no....why would they be?" then then preceded to tell me to "pack my bags you are going to Inner Harbor Baltimore tomorrow." I packed my bags that night and the next day I was in Inner Harbor. I was emergency transfer for another Elder. 
My apartment is straight in the heart of the city of Baltimore its pretty awesome. Here in Baltimore we get to rely on public transportation like the buses, light rail, and metro. Compared to Damascus there is only about a bajillion more things to memorize like bus routes and the millions of roads that make up Americas Finest city. Here in the center of the city, my new companion, Elder Yardly and I are like the only white guys for miles. Its pretty exciting here.  The ward here is pretty sweet, we meet in a business building that has been converted into a ward building. There are like 600 people on the ward roster here about 100 are active, and then anther 100 off and on. So there is plenty of less active work to be done here. We do not go door to door proselyting here due to the risks involved. I saw my first leaner on Monday so that was exciting and sad at the same time.  Being here makes you realize how good of a life you have so be grateful for everything. We do a lot of talking to people on the streets, everyone here is very friendly and is willing to talk with you. So yeah, that's what is going on in my life. I LOVE BALTIMORE CITY
Have a blest week! as they say here in Baltimore.
Elder Datwyler

Week 20 - Damascus for another month and a half and conference.

Dear Family, 
This week has just slipped by. It was the last week of the transfer and I was super nervous the last half of the week thinking about call outs coming up Sunday night. Once Sunday night night swung around we got the call from the zone leaders and out of our district only one person is getting transferred. I get to stay in Damascus for another month and a half. I am super excited. We got to watch the Saturday sessions of conference at our ward mission leaders house. During half time we fired up some hamburgers on the grill. For priesthood session we caught a ride with several active members of the ward and Bro. Schieve, we watched it at the stake center. 
For the Sunday Sessions we watched them at an active members house with some members and the sister missionaries. We watched it at the Williamson's house, they are the members we killed chickens for and for the lunch between sessions we ate one of the chickens that we killed last week. This past week has been pretty exciting, we spent the week visiting less actives and actives. Our investigator who is reading the book of Mormon right now. Mr. Hons Gaussman was out of town this week. Brian the bird man is a former investigator who we are trying to get re-fire his interest. we did some service for him this week which was a lot of fun. This morning we got together as a district and a half and played some soccer and then some ultimate frisbee until the rain decided 
to torrentially pour down upon us. We called it a game then went home. 

The end.

Love ya!
Elder Datwyler

A Bird. 

Week 19 - Pop Eye and Puppy Treats.

Dear Family,
This past week has been great service wise. We started off the week by doing some more service for Brian the bird man, we helped him do his daily routine of mopping the floor and feeding the birds. This time we got to take the fruit/vegetable dishes out to the birds, I tried to feed one of the birds named Pop eye a grape but instead of eating the grape he tried to bite my finger off instead. That was pretty exciting, and only hurt a little bit. On Friday we got to participate in killing chickens with one of the ward members. We were not able to stay the whole time but I was able to kill a couple of them, we caught them, tied up their feet and hung them upside down and then used a pair of loppers to cut off their head. We then took the body and threw it in a plucker machine and out popped a featherless chicken body, we then gutted them. That day they killed 30 chickens and froze 200 pounds of chicken.
For the day of service on the 28th our ward decided to plant trees. So on Saturday morning we met up with a ward member and drove to the nursery to pick up the trees. We picked up 123 trees and brought them to the Church to divide them up. We then spent the rest of the day driving around and planting trees at schools, members houses and less actives homes. It was a lot of fun, and by the end of the day all of the trees were in the ground. We did some sort of service everyday this week. Spiritual thought of the week brought to you by the Book of Mormon.
3rd Nephi 9:14-15
14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will acome unto me ye shall have beternal life. Behold, mine carm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.
15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I acreated the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. bI am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.
Jesus Christs arm is extended towards everyone and all you have to do is embrace his gospel and endless happiness awaits.
Elder Datwyler

This is a picture of Pop Eye the pirate bird

This is a picture of me holding the evil rooster named Wasp, he was attacking the children so sister Williamson said off with his head.  

Warning some of the following images are kinda nasty:

like this one: :) hehe

Wait a minute, here you GO, It is puppy treats.

Week 18 - The Bird Man and a Study Guide for 1st Nephi.

Dear Family,

This past week has been great. We were able to finally volunteer with  Brian the Bird Man, that was pretty exciting. We set up a appointment with him and went to his house on Wednesday. When we showed up he was no where to be seen but his front door was open so after trying to call him a couple of times we just awkwardly walked in, the birds made sure to welcome us both in extremely loud screeches and words. We were exactly on time so we just kind of stood there. Eventually we called him and he answered and told us to start cleaning the floor. We ended up spending our morning cleaning up bird poop off of the tile floor. It was pretty fun, all of the birds were just a talking while we were there. I got a few great pictures that I will share next week, since the computer I am on right now cannot handle pictures. We had interviews(interrogations) with president this week that was great to have a little one on one time with president. He is pretty much one of the nicest people I know. 
We had a appointment with one of our investigators this week. He is the one who is a retired AP English teacher, he is currently reading the Book of Mormon right now and just loving it. We do service with him every week so this past Thursday after doing service we sat down to discuss his reading. He hands us each a study guide he typed out on what he has read so far in 1st Nephi. He had just finished 1st Nephi then decided to reread it to get the deeper message. On the study sheet it, he had observations and also some common themes that he was seeing as he read. After some discussion we asked if he would pray to find out the truthfulness of the message for himself. He then told us he didn't need to, he believed that it was the word of god and that the Mormon church is one of the true churches upon the earth today. So our goal for our next visit is to help him understand that there is only one Church upon this earth that Christ set up. Wish me luck. We just got done playing volleyball this morning as a goodbye activity to an elder in our district who is getting sent home due to some back problems. Hopefully he will be able to get the problem fixed and get sent back out. That was all of my adventures this past week so yeah, HAVE A EXTRAORDINARY WEEK!
Elder Datwyler

Week 17 - "A visit to the ER is not complete without McDonalds."

Dear Family,
This past week has been great. Yesterday at Stake Conference we were able to get a less active to come who has not been to Church since 2005. He is a guy who joined the church, hurricane Katrina took forced him out of Louisiana and when he got here to Maryland he had a Stroke which paralyzed his left side. He has been through some rough times but his faith in Christ has pulled him through all of those trials. We were able to find some church clothes for him to wear and then he committed to come to church and he did. He made sure to come and talk with me afterward to let me know that he had made it. It was awesome to see him there. The choir performance went great, we sang hymns 264, 265 and Army of Helamon. 
On Thursday there was going to be a stress seminar for all of the missionaries in the zone. On Thursday at 5 a.m. Elder Urses woke me up and then preceded to tell me that his shoulder had popped out of its socket in his sleep and that he could not move it at all. It was stuck at a 45 degree angle. We called the members we live with to find out where the nearest hospital that would be open was. They came down and decided that Bro. Michaelson would drive us to the ER at Frederick Memorial. We shoved elder Urses in the back of the van and took off to the ER, making sure that we stopped at McDonald's for a sausage McMuffin because no trip to the ER is complete without McDonald's. Once we got there we ended up waiting another 2 hours for a doctor and then eventually 2 hours later Elder Urses was released with is shoulder popped back in to its socket. We made it to the stress meeting just in time for it to end but we made it. While there the president announced that P-Day starts as soon as we get up and just some time between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. we have to have 1 hour of studies. It has been hard this past week to meet with our investigators just because they keep canceling appointments but this next week is going to be great. 
Have a Great Week!
Elder Datwyler