Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy birthday Fionnula and merry Christmas!

How are you doing?   Also, this time is going to be a short email so we have stuff to talk about this Christmas. I am kind of glad I missed the 17 hour car ride (we recently traveled to Amik's sister's graduation, a road closure changed our 12 hour drive to at least a 17 hour one), but then again I missed the Star Wars movie.   I heard from your emails that it was really good.   

Currently, we are having an interesting p-day.   This last week was pretty interesting.  We had a ward Christmas party on Friday.  We also kind of had service on Wednesday.  The High Priest group leader wanted us to help with cleaning out a yard that had a lot of overgrown plants.  Including a lemon tree. It smelled so good.   We were just taking the lemons off the branches and putting them into separate piles.  Every time I found a lemon that was nasty, I would just squeeze it and just smell the juice.  Then,  Elder Cook started puking so we had to stop. 

These last few days have been interesting.   Elder Driggs has been puking all night, so I went out with Elder Van Dyke to his doctor's appointment that was outside the mission while Elder Cook stayed with Elder Driggs. Also, Elder Van Dyke then really cut him self with a butter knife so he is going to the urgent care with Elder Cook.   At Christmas I will tell you about the werewolf we met at Panda Express who liked Joseph Stalin because of his mustache.  We also might be changing apartments this week because the north Bloomington elders are being transferred and Elder Cook and I will be taking over the whole ward. And getting a car.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

4 month mark (Dec 14)

It is weird to think that it  is almost Christmas because it just feels like autumn.   It is only raining all the time and kind of being slightly cold.  Nearly everyone is wearing cold winter coats even though the lowest it gets is fifty.   Yesterday Elder Cook and I gave talks in sacrament meeting.  We only knew we were giving talks at
about 5:00 Saturday night.  They were supposed to be about fifteen minutes long.  Mine was almost exactly fifteen minutes long.   Elder Cook was about the same, but he ran out of time.  The topic was
missionary work.  We were told we could choose the topic and we needed more lessons with members present.

Speaking of lessons currently this area is pretty much dead.  We have only one really good investigator who isn't even making it to church, so he is not that good.  Yesterday we went around and knocked on the doors of a few potential investigators while it was raining.   We walked and it was pouring rain and I felt fine.   I didn't even have my jacket on or use my umbrella.

Also, it sounds like you guys have had a great week and will be getting another great week coming. To celebrate Mom and Dad's anniversary we stayed in all day on Wednesday.   Elder Cook was really sick, really really sick.  So sick in fact that the next day he thought it was Wednesday for about half the morning.   Also, Tuesday night we went and helped serve at a relief society activity.   Also, while he was sick, I learned how to solve a Rubik's cube.

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I went golfing today (Dec 7)

Golfing is an interesting sport, but more on that later.  

First Wednesday,  not sure what President Van Cott told you, but I am fine.  (Wednesday was the day of the San Bernardino shooting.  Amik is in Bloomington, not far from San Bernardino.  But we did receive an email that afternoon from the mission home telling us that all missionaries in the area had been contacted and were safe). The only missionary hurt that day was Elder Cook, my companion, but that was from dropping a table on his foot.   

However, on Wednesday we helped one of our investigators move, kind of.   What happened was that she was told that she needed to leave before Friday, however, she had no place to go since the place she was moving to was not ready yet.  So we moved all of her stuff to a U-haul storage facility.  However, it was a lot of stuff.  It took two trips and we really filled the storage to the limit.  At the end we just throwing stuff into it and
seeing if it would stay.   The main thing about it was that it was seven hours long.   It was in the middle of the day at first,  so we could not get any to help.

Also, I do not know if I told you, but Elder Cook really likes Mountain Dew.  This week alone he had 4 twelve packs.  On the other hand,  I am getting really sick of soda and meat.   They were both good because when I was at home we hardly had them, but now we have soda and meat nearly every night.   I am starting to get a few favorites.  Panda Express is really good, and just down the street.  Also,  I have found that I don't really like steak that much.   I did however, have one really good Mexican steak that was made by non-member.  The husband of a less active, but that was in Banning.  I also really like chicken, pasta, and breakfast food since we hardly have that.

Besides that we also taught the young women yesterday like Dad did. The lesson was on missionary work so Sister Procter, one of the young women leaders, asked us four missionaries to give the lesson.   It was great and we gave out 15 copies of the Book of Mormon.  The young women all said that they would give the book to a friend or someone. We were also able to watch the Christmas devotional yesterday.   We were kind of allowed to.   We were only supposed to go if we got an investigator coming.  That day in sacrament meeting we got an investigator to say they would go.   So we went.   However, we got a text that said they were not going when it started and since we got a ride to the stake center, and our ride was staying, we had to, got to, stay and watch.  

Also, before I ran out of time. The golf trip. I believe that it is basically pool on a larger scale.  My highest score was twenty, that is good right? Also my lowest was six, which was Elder Van Dyke's highest.  Also, the best part was the carts.  Those golf carts were the first time I have driven on my mission. 

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Out with the old, in with the new (Nov 30)

The most eventful thing that happened this week was transfers.  So I will talk about that first. Elder West left Monday afternoon, 4:35and took a lot of stuff with him including his collection of 150 ties. I was hoping to get a few ties off him, but he kept pretty much all of them. I don't know if I told you this, but before I was companions with Elder West I had heard of his tie collection.  However, I did manage to get the two best ties of his by trading.
After he left I mainly just started to throw most off what was left behind in the trash.  

Tuesday I was with Elder Morgan.  He came out with me, and his companion, Elder Johnson, also left for home, which is why we were together.  We stayed in my area and biked over most of my area.   Since Monica has left we have been focusing mainly on finding, since our golden investigator is now a member.   Elder Cook and I have been going though our potential investigator list and getting in contact with them or dropping them when the address does not even exist or is all locked up, empty, and for sale.   

I also biked for the first time in rain on Wednesday.   Speaking of the weather it does not snow here, but it is apparently getting a lot colder than usual for California and everyone is putting on their winter coats. Thanksgiving was slightly odd because it really was like just any other weekly planning day.  We just sat around and planned what we would be doing for the next few days.  Then we went over and had dinner at a member's grandmother's home.  The turkey was the best part.  

We have been getting some good potential investigators as we have been going though our list of referrals.  The Book of Mormon and the priesthood seem to be the most unique parts of our religion and what gets most people hooked. However,  most people that don't like us say that we have a different Jesus or that we are satanists.  We are current teaching a free mason, who is one of our best investigators, while we are also teaching another investigator who thinks that free masons are satan worshippers and that the Mormon church was made by them.

Also,  Elder Van Dyke and Elder Driggs moved into our apartment, replacing the Spanish Elders.  Elder Driggs was in my MTC district and was the one that took Bayley's and my picture at the MTC.
Also, they are in the Samoan ward and they always have some interesting stories. 

Elder Reeder, Elder Fuller, Elder Wilson (He came out with me from Colorado), Elder Enright, Elder Morgan, Elder Schmucker (Zone leader)