Let me add a couple of things that also turned out differently between Joshua and I. Joshua doesn't need to find the bus that goes to Temple Square, then figure out which way is the east gate to drop off luggage (I think it was East). Instead, he gets to drive to there with a cousin. I also had Elder Fisher traveling with me to Utah, that was kind of fun.
I enjoyed church yesterday, it was very enlightening. Both talks were awesome, and I had a great scripture referencing time, the 2nd hour we talked about the spirit world in our group of 5 people 2 of which was our investigators, 2 was Elder Gonzalez and I, and Brother Chipman, who was subbing for the gospel principals teacher.
When I saw you all Tuesday [when he was able to Skype us for Christmas], I think Robert asked for some funny moments. Well, Sunday evening, we had some:
First of all we knocked on some doors 8pm. On the first door we knocked on, the person didn't have windows, a peep hole, or anything to be able to see us on the porch, they kept asking us who was there and after answering "church people," after answering missionaries for the fifth time through the door, they apparently still didn't know who we were, so they told us that they were calling the police, I replied, "ok, sounds good" and wondered off to the next house. The next person we spoke to (at the next house) we had this discussion with (I can't completely remember, but this was basically our conversation):
Us: "Hi we're missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We'd like to share..." (cut off)
Him: "Do you know what day it is today?"
Us: "We sure do, we actually have a..." (cut off)
Him: "It's Christmas day today, you couldn't have picked a worse time to go around knocking on people's door talking about the 'good news' " <slam>
The next person we talked to on the next door we had a great 5 min discussion with him and he told us what a great time of the year we chose to go out to share about Jesus Christ, and we scheduled a return appointment. We headed back to the car after that because we decided that that guy was the person we were prepared to find on this particular street and we watched a police officer pull onto the street and shine some sort of giant flashlight or spotlight on and around our car as we walked towards him. After he saw us he headed our way and spoke to us. We confirmed that we were probably the reason that the police officer was there and we directed him to the house that called him and we told him that we were going to continue knocking on houses the rest of the way down to our car.
Next house we knocked on was the one directly across the street from the house that called the police. The person told us how rude we were knocking on his door on Christmas trying to share about Jesus Christ and told us that his neighbor called him (same one that called the police) and that we need to go apologize to that person. Ironically, the police officer was talking to the person at the first door the same time we were talking to the mean neighbor both on their porches at the same time. I don't think the neighbors recognized that the police officer and us missionaries were talking to them both at the same time. It was pretty funny to me in the moment. It was really obvious which people we talked to on Christmas that were prepared and that found Christmas as an excuse to send us away. It was kind of fun... once again the library is closed, so I need to cut this short.
Love you all
Elder Benjamin Walker