The Simmons Family

I had posted a video of missionaries coming home and Sis Sara Simmons commented on the post.  She is Zane’s recent convert.  Her whole family got baptized and have been preparing to go to the temple.

This was Sara’s comment,

As a new LDS member…because of meeting some amazing missionaries, one being your son Darcey Whiting and another being your son Katie Peterson, as well as others, I cried because we are so blessed to have them but when they actually go home we will be so excited. They miss their families so much and they work so hard and are such great people. We are so thankful to all of you wonderful people who raised these young men and young women and share them with us. My husband, myself, and my three daughters were living in a life of just existing. The way of the world and some of the people in it just had us so beaten. One night two young men knocked on our door. It was cold and dark and snowing. They had Elder name tags on and I knew a little about Elders so I invited them in to get warm. They were great young men but it was transfer week and they were leaving and we were introduced to Cole Peterson and Zane Whiting who took over from there. They worked with us and taught us and had patience with us. They invited us to a baptism and to church and answered a million questions. They helped us learn the truth and find joy in life again. They helped us become part of our Ward and helped us feel like we matter. Our faith in people was restored and our family stepped into the light again. We thank our Heavenly Father everyday for the missionaries. They change lives. They helped my family become more of a family and less like five people living in the same house. Sorry for the long post, I just want everyone of you to know how blessed people in this world are because of YOUR CHILDREN!!! Also know that we love them too.

She is amazing and I am so grateful that Zane has been able to spend time with them as they continue their conversion.

April 29th 2018

April 23rd didn’t have much to say, play some basketball and went bowling with his recent converts.

April 29th

This week was pretty good we were busy basically all week but having a blast said bye to Elder Peterson and he headed over to the east side of Detroit. My new comp is Elder Jensen. The Simmons/McCollins family is doing great it was kinda hard for them to lose some of the missionaries from are ward but they are great! Nothing to crazy happened we just met some more amazing people and are teaching another great family they 5 little girls and the oldest is 8, it’s crazy! But they are so great and working towards baptism on the 19th of May please pray for them. Oh that’s cool she sent a clip hopefully I didn’t say something dumb. Um good was just all the miracles they have been great and the weather has been so nice. I did not buy shorts I brought them out and just never have worn them. Yeah the glasses have very low magnification so basically for looks because I found them when I was in Roseville and why not I was also hoping it would help me see the pins better didn’t really work because I only bowled a 102. Don’t have to much planned today but will figure it out. Transfers went well it was pretty big lots of people moved around but it’s all well. We basically assist President if he needs something down we do it and then makes sure the mission runs smoothly and That President doesn’t have to worry about little things. But this week was pretty good. Love ya lots sounds like things are going well and I love the talk am I a child of God.

 

April 16th 2018

Hey Mom all is well this week went good but yes it is still cold, but overall everything has been great we were able to get some new investigators but we havent got our recent converts there yet hopefully the 24th, food is going well transfers arent this week but the following week. Nothing to crazy exciting this week just having sacrament in the dark because we had no power but all is well but not to much going on love ya lots.

the power was out all day and some into today and in lots of different places we seriously had ice freeze over the window that we could roll it down and it still had another layer.

Spending sometime at the mall in a massage chair.

April 9th 2018

hey mom, not to much has been going on this week just kind of the grind trying to get our recent converts to the temple and teach more people as well.

it was super crazy that the sister ran into slade this week as president has made and is making a big push to find you “family” and they are my real family if anything i want to be able to meet with before i go hopefully they will be open to it. this week we had a meal with our recent converts and we also had a meeting with mission leaders and stuff but not to much. food was good and things are going well im actually becoming a mediocre cook. i did get the package and i have started taking it daily but also got sick about the same time with a runny nose and sore throat so fighting that off but hopefully this will stop my skin from breaking out its had little flairs but no hives so wish for the best because it actually did it in a meeting the other day…🙄 no luck with new investigators but we are working with some great people. work outs have basically been non existent at the moment with being sick and so busy but not to much going on did some service and cut my hand oh and it snowed again this week so yeah thats basically it.

April 2, 2018

Hey Mom,

This week was good and conference as amazing lots of amazing thoughts shared and the spirit was so strong. we did watch all the sessions and we watched Saturday at a members and then we watches Sunday at out recent converts home. i think my favorite talk was the first day by i believe elder Taylor when he talked about being children of God. food is good we have been super busy lately though so with our schedule and stuff we haven’t been to any members. some of the miracles from this week was probably conference it was great and to spend it with our recent converts who are doing so well is even better. i wouldn’t say everyone is talking about Michigan but some are getting pretty excited definitely some more Go Blue’s this week. Being AP is going ok, and im starting to figure everything out but its sometimes a challenge but its great. wow sounds like a lot is going on and you are headed over to cali thats awesome hope its great love ya
Went to the Zoo with the Simmons family.  Their recent converts.

March 26th 2018

hey Mom,

this week was pretty good, nothing to exciting besides watching a swat team bust into a house right next to the house we were just contacting, we also picked up some cool investigators so thats great but overall not to many we are working with. nope no basketball but we did play some sand volleyball with our recent converts and there friends in town and explored downtown Detroit it was crazy cool. i haven’t got any claritin but i have broke out multiple times this week. we got the groceries it was great. there arent to many restaurants in our area Detroit is pretty deserted of that and shopping places but there is some stuff in southfield and surrounding areas just not sure what they are. the caramel Gatorade bars are great. sounds like all is going great back there but that is pretty warm we got into the 50s today which was great.​​
The Swat team.
On top of the Pebscot building

March 19th 2018- spending some time in downtown Detroit

HEY MOM!

This week was good nothing to crazy just living the life. transfers went well got everyone everywhere… Elder Amoah went out to Chelsea so i might send him over to Uncle clints for me do you know his address. food has been going ok a member feed us this week and his place is dope, i have been sleeping ok but have been rashing out again pretty consistent when working out. dang seems like i am missing the best tournament ever even though Arizona lost and i heard it was bad. sounds like a good week love ya
um the members house was actually the opposite it was very small basically a shack made bachelor pad and its in a rougher area of detroit.

i will try that for my hives its not anything crazy i just get real red and warm when exercising and get the hives so…
 they have murals painted so they dont get as much graffiti or i guess just let them graffiti better and take there time instead of the crap they put sometimes.  we dont see to many gangs i have met some gang members but nothing crazy its really just been abandon in lots of parts 
Sent me this picture and said I am coming home.  I told him I would love to have you home but the Lord needs you right now.  He was dropping off missionaries that were going home.
 

March 12, 2018 Baptisms!!

This week was good all is going well. yup day lights savings it kinda sucks but just adjusting now. this week has just been go go go with meeting and and the baptism so cant say anything to exciting besides that. the Baptism went great we were able to baptize the whole family and it was the first family baptized here since president has been here. but overall a big success lots to do with it but it was amazing! we are still getting snow we have light flurries right now it hasn’t been to bad though we have a couple of wild storms that really pilled up but most of the time it melts off  in a week or two so nothing to crazy but it has been pretty consistent at coming down but i definitely thought it would be worse. Craziest thing from this week would be helping with the transfer board. this week the miracle was just the baptism and the example we were able to set with it. we have been eating ok we are always go go go so we eat here and there sometimes we miss lunch so we got to a restaurant for dinner but we should be getting some meals from the members soon well at least our recent convert signed up to feed us. im getting some sleep we work late hours sometimes in the office trying to finish things up so we have some later nights, and because of that i leave Facebook on if we have WiFi in case someone trys to get a hold of us over messenger, but im really trying to retrain myself on how to use facebook because you just want to go back to what your used to which was a time waster so trying to work on that sometimes i do it without recognizing i just pull out the phone and pull up facebook and start scrolling without really even looking at it so thats a new challenge but its awesome being able to see our investigators on there and interact with them.  i get emails from you and dad and a sister missionary from Florida and thats about it regularly so… not to much but a couple weeks ago i talked to Jake and nico like last month and he didnt say much and zach hasn’t returned the last 2 emails but i understand they are busy. so not to much going on just working hard and trying to do whats right  seems like the world keeps turning and QC keeps going so thats awesome. love ya

 

T

This week has been a blast we have been working with some amazing people and doing our best to push forward the work while all the time exploring the amazing place we call Detroit… i cant even describe what its like because it sounds like i do the same thing everyday but it is really never the same it is an adventure in itself leaving the apartment and coming back later that night, I LOVE THIS PLACE! there is just never a dull moment and the people are the best. this week was filled with exchanges running around and meeting with some of the amazing people we are working with and they are working towards baptism in the beginning of March! Also it was my comps birthday so we had to party Elder Peterson hit the big 20. OVERALL another Excellent week in Detroit!

March 5th 2018

This week was really good we had lots going like always but it was a blast of course we have tough time and times that Satan gets us down but all is well. Im doing good just the constant grind, so a little tired but this transfer has just flown bye its super crazy it is  already the last week of the transfer. not sure if i need groceries the highs of this week were the family we are working with who are going to be baptized on Saturday so that’s just amazing the low would have to be the snow storm we had or being so tired. i definitely learn something new every week and this week it was being in tune with the spirit and making sure there is nothing blocking our signal especially with the new blessing but also distraction sometimes of smart phones. but it is starting to warm up and the snow is melting but still some on the ground. yeah where Uncle Clint lives had a bad power outage when i served over there but it was  from a wind storm but the same thing happened to many of the members the water froze in toilets and it was like 40 degrees in there house so hopefully it is back. love ya

love you lots, tell melissa she is in my prayers and i love her and know all will be okay.

love ya to the moon and back thanks so much big hugs
and remember we are never to far apart no matter what we are all gods children and he knows us perfectly.
No pictures this week.

February 26th 2018

Hey Everyone,

this week has been a blast we have been working with some amazing people and doing our best to push forward the work while all the time exploring the amazing place we call Detroit… i cant even describe what its like because it sounds like i do the same thing everyday but it is really never the same it is an adventure in itself leaving the apartment and coming back later that night, I LOVE THIS PLACE! there is just never a dull moment and the people are the best. this week was filled with exchanges running around and meeting with some of the amazing people we are working with and they are working towards baptism in the beginning of March! Also it was my comps birthday so we had to party Elder Peterson hit the big 20. OVERALL another Excellent week in Detroit!