I'm finally starting a weekly group email! If you know of anyone that I need to add to my list please send me their email and I will add them to the list. Thanks!
This past week was a good one. We were spoiled by the members on Christmas and Christmas Eve, however; it was a slow week in the actual missionary work sense. Monday was p-day and we had fun with a nerf war and a game called scatterball which is kind of like free for all dodgeball with some extra rules. On Tuesday we had Zone conference, which is where our Mission President and the assistants to the president give some inspired training. We always talk a little about 3NE 5:13 to start our meetings, it is our mission scripture. We also talked about virtue and valor. One of my favorite things I took away from the conference was a quote from my Mission President . He said whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. We had dinner with a family on Tuesday night. We had some amazing spaghetti and garlic bread. Their youngest son is a senior in High School and older than me so that was weird and he made it weirder when he said, referring to me and my companion, "you two look like you're old enough to have kids." One of his older brothers was super friendly went on a mission and everything, but had some hard times on his mission and ended up coming home with a tattoo. He didn't know if he wanted to go to church anymore or if he even believed, but when he got home many of the members judged him really bad instead of loving him. So he had his records removed from the church. It is unfortunate, but situations like these are what we work with the most. Please love those around you. Look to Jesus Christ as your example. And if any sort of judgement comes your way from other members of the church, please do not let it affect your testimony of the restored gospel. Their judgement changes nothing. Sorry for that little tangent. Anyway we asked him if he had any interest in coming back to church and he said no not really so we left it at that and he gave us a ride to our lesson after dinner. We are currently teaching a recently turned eight year old because his dad wants us to. He doesn't need the lessons but they are good for him and help keep us a little busier and help us teach more simply. His dad is a convert and they moved here from the Philippines several years ago. Wednesday was a slow day, our one scheduled lesson canceled and not much happened. We came up to a stopped car just as the owner of the car and another person were finishing putting the spare tire on. We asked if there was anything we could do and gave our number to the owner of the car who seemed to be a non-member and the other person was a member of one of our wards. That takes us to Thursday, we went to one of our favorite places to eat for lunch, Joy Luck, and I got the Mango Chicken. Later we had dinner with a Tongan family who had us eat before them and then they ate after we left. Both of their sons are inactive. One was really nice and said he would like the lessons to help him become active again, but he is 24 so we will be giving his info to the YSA Elders to teach him. Then on Friday we had district meeting. Not much else happened Friday. Saturday was also a slow day. We watched the Lego movie as a district and played some board games until about 9:30 and then we went home. The Lego movie was funny and everything is funnier on a mission so we were all cracking up. I love you all!!!