Our intent of this blog is to share Brock's adventures in Orlando, Florida while he's on his LDS mission. Hopefully, by reading about how Brock is changing the lives of so many, and seeing Brock's own personal growth in the gospel, the people reading this blog will also be able to feel the spirit and be inspired to strengthen or develop their own testimonies of Christ and the LDS church.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A screaming hobo.........

In my email it sounded like Brock is struggling a little bit right now, he’s still loving his mission, but he hit the 10-month missionary slump.  I think he could really use some words of encouragement!

Friends and Family,

The "Sunshine State" lived up to this title this week, and the 7 year old's belting "Jesus wants me as a sun... BEAM" in the Primary Program helped as well! It was another great week in Winter Park, and Elder Wesemann and I are seeing a lot of
progress in the area, and in ourselves along with that. We have been meeting a lot with two of our main investigators, Tyrone, and Bob! Bob is the man in the nursing home who has a baptismal date! They want us to stop by just about every other day, so this makes our job easier! They are both really progressing towards the waters of baptism and enjoy the lessons!  

Monday- District had a sand volleyball tournament for P-day! It was a great time, and some pictures are included below! 

Tuesday- Exchanges with Elder Robert! Elder Robert finishes up his mission next Tuesday and will be heading back to Boston! It was great to serve for 24 hours with a very experienced missionary. We found some new people for me and Elder
Wesemann to teach and put in some time contacting as well. We found this Vietnamese church that was celebrating Easter at that time. We weren't sure why, but we took a sweet picture of the Church's name. As long as they are grateful for and worshiping Jesus Christ we were good with it :) It was pretty cool to see this group of people witha different culture, that didn't understand too much English, but they still believed int the same thing about Jesus Christ! 

Wednesday- Me and Elder Wesemann visited with Tyrone! He is still loving the Book of Mormon and knows it's true. His baptismal interview is coming up, and we can't wait! He is very excited and the change we have seen in him has made these 10 months worth it alone. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation changes people. He says that he goes around smiling now understanding what will happen to him and his family after they die, and is no longer afraid of death. Very great testimony builder, and experience to see him change! 

Thursday- District Meeting and some finding! Thursday night, Elder Wesemann and I had an awesome experience. It was around 6:30 and we were knocking doors in a pretty ghetto neighborhood just outside of Downtown Orlando. We were walking in between doors, and all of the sudden this homeless man jumps out from behind a bush and Screams at the top of his lungs for like 20 seconds as me and Elder Wesemann  just stare as we try not to laugh. After he no longer has any air in his lungs and his face is dark purple, he takes a giant breath in and says disappointed, "Man, you Mormons aren't afraid of anything." He then walks off  down the street and doesn't say another word. The people of Orlando are awesome. 

This picture was on the Florida Orlando Mission website.  It was labeled "A special musical number......"  I've heard Brock sing, it probably was really special :)

We had a long meeting with Bob after weekly planning. We were planning on going over the the Word of Wisdom with Bob. We were anxious to see how he would take quitting smoking because each time we meet with him, he smokes a giant cigar. During the lesson, when we told him he would have to quit, it was almost as if he checked out and didn't want to listen anymore. We asked him what was going on and he told me this story that blew my mind. He said that when he was 12 years old he smoked his first cigar, (That's amazing alone,) to make the story even crazier he said he has smoked a cigar every day of his life since!!! I honestly didn't know how he hasn't died from lung cancer yet, but the doctors tell him his lungs are fine! I couldn't and can't believe it. Now, the man has had 4 heart attacks and 3 strokes but his lungs are fine! To continue on, we invited him out to church and told him he wouldn't be able to smoke during the meetings. He said it would be a challenge but it would be worth it! 

Finding, working, teaching, and biking! Sorry the time is running short today! 

Bob and Tyrone were both at church, and loved it! They said the spirit during the Primary Program was fantastic. It was a pretty great couple of weeks for us as missionaries having General Conference then the Primary Program back to back! We finished off our Sunday night by meeting with some investigators and my favorite family in the ward which fed us! They day couldn't have gotten better. 

Today- We got a call from Bob earlier this morning. We could hear it in his voice that he was excited about something. Almost crying, he told us that yesterday (Sunday) was the first day in over 50 years that he didn't smoke. The spirit he felt at church was worth it to give up smoking for a day. It was definitely a miracle that Elder Wesemann and I saw!! We hare hoping to continue to see him and Tyrone change, and progress towards baptism! 

Things are great here in the F.O.M. Thanks again for all of the support and inspiration given to me! I hope everyone has a great week! 
Much Love,
Elder Doman

Luke 22:32-But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

District Pday volleyball 

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