Good things are happening! That sounds like lots of fun! I emailed J today! I felt super bad for not emailing him in a long time. Claire emailed me the other week! She is super cute!
This week was pretty slow. We gave our car to another set of elders who got theirs in a little fender bender and can’t bike because of health reasons, so we are now on bikes till theirs gets fixed! We are hoping and praying that it will be either tomorrow or Wed that they get their car back. It’s been a bit rough being on bikes this last week! Lots of careful planning, but the ward members are pretty loving and willing to take us out and come with us to lessons.
So, last Monday we played some ball and it got a little too competitive. I was really getting into it and I stole the ball from an elder, there was another guy who we were playing with who got caught in the tussle, and well, then a chair decided it also wanted to get in the mix and I got the short end of the bargain. 5 staples in my noggin. It was gushing blood everywhere, but all is well now! The staples are out and its healing up!
So I was on an exchange with the YSA (Young Single Adults) elders and there was a companionship who found a ysa guy who wanted to have a hand off lesson at the church. So we showed up and it was Elder Chugg and Elder Rudd. Elder Rudd asks me “hey are you from Show Low?” (I had no idea who Elder Rudd was. He just came out three weeks ago.) He asked me if I knew the Swantys!!! He is Tavi’s nephew! Crazy huh? We then taught the lesson with them and ended up taking the elders to their next appointment and we just talked about Dustin and the Swantys the whole time. It was pretty neat!
Me and my comp are getting along. We have two totally different teaching styles, and it’s his last transfer so he wants to be the leader, and so for the most part I just step back and let him shine! We work pretty well together though and the area is awesome! The ward is nice and the people on the streets are a bit crazy. We talked to a guy the other day and he was just making us cry laughing! He just got a tattoo and so my comp asked to see it. So he takes off his shirt and shows us, but the problem was he was pretty heavy and super hairy and he didn’t even put on his shirt for the next 5 minutes and then just locked eyes with my comp and started purring at him! It was super weird, but so funny at the same time! He wasn’t interested in what we had to teach him though…
Well I have to go, but I am glad that I am able to serve a mission. There isn’t a better place for anyone other than out in the field serving the Lord. The pay ain’t great, but the benefits are unmatched. Have a great week! I love you!!!!
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So… I’m not going to lie, but this week was the longest I’ve ever had on my mission. The new area is pretty cool, but it is in the city, so that is taking a little getting used to coming from Buckley! Our apartment is right next to a super busy road and all you hear is cars rushing past, but I decided I’m going to try to learn to love the city! It was just a super hard week though. My comp and I get along he is great and a super loving guy! So coming into a new zone, and I only knew two elders, and so I now know what it feels like to be the new guy. It is SUPER hard! Up until Sunday I felt like I didn’t have any friends. Then Sunday rolls around and the members here are great and the ward is fantastic! I really like it! It will be a great ward to serve in during the holidays. So things are on the up and up!
Saturday morning we had one of the coolest experiences ever! The whole mission gathered and we were able to hear from Elder Rasband, Elder Clayton, Bishop Waddell, Elder Call and his wife, and our mission president! We had 5 key holders present!!!! Can you believe that!? The stake president was there too. But you will never believe this…Friday morning I got a call from the assistants and they asked me if I would say the opening prayer for this huge meeting!!!! I was scared out of my mind!!! But it wasn’t all that bad. When I was walking away, Elder Rasband told me ‘thank you’!!! Super cool, huh! It was a pretty sweet meeting! We don’t really know why it happened. Elder Clayton talked about the Book of Mormon, and Elder Rasband talked about the revelation that is given for us to serve in our respected areas and to never complain. He also went hard on obedience, and that we have to study the life of Christ and our obedience will go up as we learn of Him. So we were pretty much committed by an apostle of the Lord to be 100% obedient. Pretty crazy! But, way cool. He said something that really hit me and I would like to share it with you. He said something like “the 12 apostles have no problem recognizing his voice” referring to the Savior. When he said that it was like a grenade went off inside my chest and just exploded through my whole body. Then the blast hit my face and this liquid came from my eyes! Oh, it was so cool!
Well sorry for the super late email! We had to run all over the place. Being a zone leader is basically being a soccer mom! It gets a little frustrating at times, but we get by. The area is great and we have two people committed to baptism for the 12th of November! A 9 year old girl whose family are all members and she didn’t want to be baptized when she was 8. Not a good idea… now she is held to a bit higher of a standard, and we have to teach her all the lessons. The other one is a 28 year old who is changing his life around and wanting to be baptized super bad! Its pretty cool . He came out with us to a lesson after church and he loved it! We are working on our teaching pool. We tracted last night from 6:30 to 7:30 and it was in the heat of the Sea Hawks vs. Cardinals football game… literally everyone was watching the game… I wore my red and white tie just to talk a little smash. Haha just kidding. No one really wanted to go from watching their team loose to being baptized! We tried to relate to them super hard and it seemed to work. We found two new investigators that night!
Well I gotta run! I’ll talk to you next week! I love you!!!
The entire mission with Elders Ronald A. Rasband, L. Whitney Clayton, Robert M. Call, and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell