How's it going? I'm doing great! This week has been a fantastically
fun week! We decided that we want to be outside more in order to be
able to talk to more people. Well, we borrowed these bikes from a
member, and it all started out great! The weather was great! We were
talking to a lot of people. Then, out of nowhere my front wheel falls
off, and I went right over the handlebars. Luckily, I didn't get hurt
or anything, but I took a good roll. Then, later my back wheel falls
off as well, and I fell again. It's all good now! I have fixed it all.
Hopefully, it doesn't happen again haha
Another interesting thing that happened this week is we met this guy
that is teaching us the trumpet. He is a very interesting person. I
invited him to come to church and he said the only condition was that
Elder Miller had to slap me in the face. It was a weird deal, but I
accepted. It is so worth it. Unfortunately, he ended up having to work
on Sunday, so he couldn't come to church. On the bright side, I didn't
have to get slapped.
Anyways, that is the fun stuff that happened this week! I love you
all! Have a great week!! :)
Monday, July 10, 2017
In case you are wondering, I am doing lovely. I know it's been a
while, and a lot has happened. I won't bore you by telling you all
about the last three months of my mission. I will be able to tell you
all about it in person because I go home in five weeks! Time is flying
by. I can't believe it. Don't worry though. I'm still working hard.
I'm a district leader right now, so that keeps me going. I'm also back
in Molalla which has been a blast. Unfortunately, there is no more
Spanish branch here, but I am part of an amazing English ward. Many of
the Spanish members attend the English ward that I am in, so it has
been such a blessing to reconnect with all of them. It also means that
I get to translate sacrament meetings ;) That has been an adventure.
As I come closer to the end of my mission, I have been thinking a lot
about change. I think back to when I was a kid seeing all of the
people I looked up to return from their missions. I remember thinking,
"Wow! They have changed a lot!" I have been worried lately that I
haven't really changed on my mission, but then I really think about
who I was before the mission. I didn't really care about a lot of
things. I sought out things that brought me temporary happiness, but I
never really looked for joy. Now, I know what it means to have joy,
and I know how to find it. I feel joy by loving other people. I love
the missionaries I serve with. I love every single person I have met
on my mission. I love my family. I love Jesus Christ. And I love you.
And that is how I know I have changed on my mission. I feel joy.
Looking at the list of people that I send these emails to, I realize
that every single one of you has made a positive impact on my life,
and I thank you for that! I look forward to seeing all of you in five
weeks! Bye :)
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Finally it's pday!
So we got to meet the new mission president, and he is amazing! It's
actually kinda funny because he was telling us that Elder Ballard
called him the other day looking for President Ballard. He said that
that scared him a little bit. He is an awesome guy though. He was
definitely prepared to come here. I'm excited to have interviews with
him on Thursday. It should be a good time.
I think I forgot to tell you guys last week, but I am district leader
right now as well. I wasn't too excited about it, but it is what it
is. It has actually been a pretty good experience. It's mainly just a
bunch of annoying extra little things that I have to do.
I did get your package by the way. I've been eating candy all day
thanks to you guys haha. So we do have some fun stuff going on today.
We are going to the Pederson's for lunch and basketball and whatever.
Then, we are going to the rodeo and fireworks tonight. It's going to
be a fun time.
The work as well is slow but starting to pick up. We went on exchanges
with our zone leaders a few days ago, and it really helped us to
figure out how we can better work with the members. We have been
spending hours this week just calling a bunch of people and setting up
stuff. It's quite a process, but we are hoping it will help us find
people. I love it though. We are really working hard to get to know
all of the members of the ward.
Anyways, have a great 4th doing whatever you guys do! Love ya! See you