Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's a New Year

January 7, 2015

Hey Y'all!
     This past week has been pretty interesting... So this week on New Years Eve I went on a trade off with Elder Mann who came here to Starke! He's awesome. We tried several people but not a ton of people are all there on New Year's if you know what I mean... We went to this super good southern place called Grannies in town and it blew my mind. So good. Probably the best grits I've ever had in my life. We saw a less active lady Sister Busterna and shared a little New Year's message with her. We've been using that New Year's Mormon Message a ton since there's only like 6 days out of the year where it's actually relevant. The Barbers invited us over for New Years and that was insane! They know how to party. They made Elder Mann like double over crying he was laughing so hard. We ate these taquitos things, but they weren't really taquitos if that makes sense. Grace (a Barber) made them and it was like some recipe from the Philippines (where she's from) but they were super good. We played Apples to Apples with them and talked.  It was awesome.  One of my favorite New Years ever even though I didn't see the ball drop. We traded back in the morning and New Year's Day was probably the worst day for missionary work in the world. Everyone was still recovering from New Years Eve and spending time with family, so many people got mad at us. But later in the day one of our investigators, Japan, invited us over for a little party they were having for the Oregon/FSU game. That was intense! Everyone was flipping out every few minutes and yelling stuff at each other, Japan is probably the funniest guy ever. We took off after a little bit and went to go see Larry (a less-active) and talked to him for a little bit too. The rest of the week has actually been surprisingly uneventful, just normal missionary stuff. Oh, except one night we tracted into this lady and she answers the door and is basically like, "Oh yeah I have all your pamphlets and I read from the Book of Mormon every day." It was crazy stuff. But anyways sorry for the lame- semi short letter. Hope y'all had a great New Years!

Elder Toolson

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