Monday, April 9, 2018

Hammock Tricks

Hello all!

Elder Pinster and I are keeping our heads up and plowing through. These last six weeks have FLOWN by (for me at least!)

We had a cool experience this week. I like to surprise Elder Pinster with responsibility (keeps him on his toes! Not that he needs it) and this week he chose where we went finding and was in charge of . After 20 or so doors and no answers, we knocked into De’Andre.

We knocked into De’Andre on a Wednesday, and his sister had just died on Saturday. He had been crying and praying for three days, waiting for a sign.

I couldn’t be prouder of Elder Pinster. He did a great job. He taught him the doctrine and shared scriptures to help De’Andre feel peace.

Elder Pinster is super excited about him. I’ve seen so many miracles like this that didn’t turn out… My expectations just aren’t super high. But my green companion has never been disappointed, and he has tons of faith! So we’re going to keep on working hard.

This P-Day I tried an idea from a friend (Shout-Out to Kelleen!) That I used to tease her for: home-made bedsheets hammocking! See the attached video for hammock tricks.

I hope everyone at home is having a great week and stayed warmer than we did. Our weather dropped 40 degrees into the mid 40’s this week! It’s better now though.

Be safe! Have fun!

Elder Derek Troy

Lunch with Mission President Peterson

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Short Message from Elder Troy

We actually didn’t have a family for Easter. It was the only day this
month we didn’t have a family signed up. But somebody (not a member)
gave us some chicken and steaks so we marinated and grilled those. It
was pretty good!

Love y’all! Hope you’re having a great week.

Elder Derek Troy

Couple of NW born and raised boys in the heart of Texas now. (his companion is from the Portland area as well)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Washing machine woes...

Hello All!

No time to email today, my washing machine destroyed every piece of white clothing I own. About to run out and buy it all. That’s what P-day is for, I guess! Have a great week, love Y’all!

Talk to you next week!

Look at this lady we met! She paints like crazy! Thousands of them! We’re going back to help her organize them.

Elder Troy

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hail and Thunder! Oh, my!...

Hello All!

Our apartment is driving us nuts. Our upstairs neighbors smoke weed constantly (who smokes weed at 7 in the morning?) our AC just broke, and our next door neighbors get into some colorful, heated arguments about their relationship quite frequently haha. I’ll let y’all read between the lines on that one.

We got news that more missionaries will probably be filling in College Station next transfer. The good news is that we won’t have to double cover! The bad news is that Elder Pinster and I may get split up just halfway through his training. That would be twice! :(

We still have three baptismal dates:



And Morgan’s son, Logan.

We’re gearing up for conference here in a couple of weeks, and we’re going to be entering a Chili-Cook-Off this weekend!

We did have one noteworthy event this week: A massive hail/thunder storm. We picked up hail 2 inches across! It was crazy, but brief.

We also finally got to go fishing on P-Day. It was a nice break from College Station’s traffic and noise!

Here’s a bunch of pictures.

Love Y’all!

Elder Troy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The hardest three months

Hey Y’all! It’s been a great month, full of new challenges and big surprises.

Before I left Brenham, my companion and I were able to get Kaylyn baptized, finally! I was even able to confirm her as a member, give her the Holy Ghost, and bless her, which was amazing.

Now I have a new companion, and I’m serving in enemy territory: Temptation Station. (College Station) I was really hoping to never serve here, but at least I’m in a family ward instead of being on campus!

My new companion is fresh out of the MTC. I’m training again! His name is Elder Pinster. He grew up about 45 minutes South of me, in Portland OR. But since he’s in a different state, stake, and 5 years younger than me, we never met. He’s great! President knew we would have a pretty challenging area, so he gave me the most solid trainee, I’m convinced.

In addition to my original responsibilities, and aside from the challenges of all the pretty girls and partying, we’re whitewashing two wards together (we’re replacing both missionaries in those wards)

However, we inherited a baptismal date and set another one last week. We plan on setting four more this week or next. It should be a successful and busy transfer!

Hope y’all are having a great week back home. Thank you for your prayers and support. Here are some pics and a video of our war on the roaches in Brenham.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Wait a week

Longer email next week!  Transfer day...

Elder Derek Troy

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Exceedingly blessed

Hey Y’all! What a fantastic week it has been! We’ve been ‘exceedingly’ blessed.

First of all, Kaylyn has finally resolved all questions about her baptism on the 24th with her Dad. I know that part of his heart softening was the many times we reached out to him, so we’re feeling very rewarded! Now there’s nothing getting in the way of her baptism on the 24th.

We’re trying a different approach to finding new investigators now. We’re knocking doors less and trying to get more members of the church to share the gospel with their friends. We’re hoping that this will result in us having more people to teach, as our teaching pool is looking a little sparse with Jason out of town this week! So far, the fruits have been slow to materialize.

Part of the inspiration we received about how to help us to solicit more referrals was to create a training for the Sunday School instructors. The hope was that they instructors would be impressed by our teaching ability, and their increased confidence in the missionaries would make them more likely to let us teach their friends. 

We have a number of bad habits that we use when teaching in the church, and we talked about a few of them. Some people obviously resented the criticism of the teaching approach they grew up with, but overall it was well received and had at least one member of the stake high council speaking in another ward about broadening it to the rest of College Station. Pretty cool! I’ve attached the agenda we used for the training if anyone is curious, though I’m polishing up a better version this week.

It was also Elder Pacheco’s birthday this week!

Have a great week Y’all!

Elder Derek Troy