Tuesday the 27th we got haircuts. Elder Giar went to some fancy salon and paid $20 for his and he was not well pleased with the outcome. I went to Al's barbershop and paid $8 for mine and I am very well pleased with the outcome. After that we went and did some finding out on the east side near 26th street. It is as hood as you can get. We saw many drug deals go down in front of a house. It was text book two guys sitting in their car in the driveway eating chips, while cars would pull up and make a quick hand to hand exchange and be on their way. We just let them do their thing and they let us do our thing. Though as we were walking and talking to people on this street, a person got a phone call and he was told that he was talking to the cops. He laughed and told the people on the phone that they were up in the night and that we weren't cops but that we were the "Jesus people" he laughed and hung up. It was quite a hilarious experience. Then after that we met with bro. Howey who is doing well. Then we went to the Greg Boss family for dinner. We had a great time talking about church trivia over dinner with all of their kids. After that we called it a night.
Wednesday the 28th. Today we had district meeting up in Bay City. It was pretty alright. For district lunch we went to a place called Gatsby's. It was a cool little 1920 style place. The burger that I got was quite tasty. It was fun being able to talk to the other missionaries. After that we came back and went and knocked 27th street on the east side. Then we met with a lady named Jenea and her sister Jennett at the church and we were able to pick them up as new investigators. It was an awesome experience being able to teach them at the church and to actually have them show up to a lesson. We are so grateful for that. After that we had dinner with the Sheets. They made Russian food. It was very good. I loved it. They were like hot pockets with meat and potatoes on the inside, and fried. I could eat them for days it was so delicious.
Thursday the 29th. We did some area book work and some cleaning. Then we did some door knocking on Throop. Then we saw bro. Howey. Then we had dinner. Then we went with bro. Conley (who is testing to be a State Trooper) to visit some less actives. We met all of them only one invited us in. The Heglers they are 85-90 years old. They were hilarious. I introduced myself as Elder Fairbanks and they called me Albert Albrecht. It was so funny. They are good people but he hasn't been to church since he was 14 and she is a Lutheran. But we had a good time visiting with them. Then bro. Conley took us to Taco Bell for dinner.
Friday the 30th. Today we waited for T-Calls. I am staying here in Saginaw and getting Elder Caldwell. Elder Giar is going to Spring Lake. After T-Calls we went to the mall with the other Elders and had lunch there. Then we did some odds and ends throughout the day. Then we ate dinner at the Borland's. They are a great family. Then after that we went to the Trunk or Treat that was at the church. That was fun to be around there and get to know some of the members better. Then we helped the Johnson's clean up the church for the funeral tomorrow.
BOO!!!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.... We had a pretty fun day. We did not do any door knocking, because that is the number one counter productive thing to do on Halloween everyone thinks that you are dressed up and wanting candy. In the morning we went to a funeral at the church and helped with whatever they needed us to, on the bright side of that I was able to enjoy some awesome funeral potatoes. So delicious. Then we went and walked around the mall for a bit. That was fun. We found our Jehovah's Witness friend who works in the cologne section at Macy's. She got us some free stuff so that was awesome. It was fun to see all of the kids walking around the mall trick or treating. So that was fun. On our way to the Johnson's we stopped and grabbed drinks. I had a 64 oz Dr. Pepper. It was so incredibly delicious and refreshing. Lets just say I could taste all 23 flavors and that was treat. For the rest of the night we hung out with the Johnson's and had a incredible time. We talked, played games and handed out candy to trick or treaters from 6-8pm, because here in Michigan I learned that they have allotted times that they can trick or treat. So that was interesting. There were also four Chinese students there that were studying abroad that bro. Johnson (a professor at SVSU) invited. They experienced shock and awe when I stood up to shake their hands it was super hilarious. "Oh! WOW... You super tall!" They were funny. Then at the end of the night we had a NERF war with the kids. It was way to much fun. We had such a blast... It was a night to remember.
Sunday the 1st we had fast and testimony meeting that was really interesting. Then we had lunch at Matt Deibel's home and taught a lesson to Savannah and Collin. Then after that we went and saw Billie and took her the sacrament. Then we went and saw sis. Pittenger and helped her eat dinner. Then after that we had dinner at the Nichol's. Wes knows how to cook he made some Italian chicken smothered in cheese and green peppers and onions and mushrooms. It was incredible.
Monday the 2nd. Transfer P-days always suck. Before we left our Jehovah's Witness friend came to the church and gave us some free cologne which was awesome and smells succulent. But we went to Mt. Pleasant and got everything arranged there. On the way back we came through my old stomping grounds Alma and St. Louis. I was able to see sis. Muncaster and Jesse and Lisa. It was great to see them, it was kind of like going home, but not at the same time. During our visit with sis. Muncaster, it was just fantastic, I have definitely missed talking to her. When we got back into Saginaw we had dinner with the Zollinger's it was some tasty chili and cornbread. Then for dessert we had plain donuts dunked in apple cider which was surprisingly excellent. Then we taught their son Mathew who is 8 who wants a better understanding of the gospel before he is baptized. Then we went shopping for groceries. Then we called it a night.
That had been the week. Thank you all for your support and prayers. May God bless you and watch over your family's.
Elder Cody Grant Fairbanks