Monday, August 3, 2015

T-shirt Weather

July 27th - Aug 2nd

Monday was Christmas in July!  Elder Jones (my district leader) and I received iPads today.  Excited is an understatement.  We played Christmas music in the background (specifically "where are you Christmas") (Gabby would have been proud) while we set them us.  It was so cool, because Elder Jones is kinda a nerd like me so we took about an hour organizing our apps.  I still have the plastic wrap on my because I want it to be perfect when I put on the screen protector.

The carpets were getting cleaned in the stake center where we normally play on Pday, so I suggested that we to the the Craig ranch park.  It was to hot but is was the best p-day ever!  Some member gave elder Jones BBQ and rolls so we had a little picnic.  Then we played sand volleyball.  It was kinda lame because the san was so hot.  But the nets were super cool, they have sprinklers come out to the top of the nets to wet down the sand.  It was the closet thing to swimming while on our mission.
Then we play kenacky (not sure how you spell it).  I was killing it!  I would make my mamma proud!  The elders in my zone seem to think I am cool because I am athletic and I can catch and throw a football.  They also think that my "sense of humor" is funny but in reality it's just me saying stuff very straight forward and them thinking I am joking.  Kinda like Grandpa!  I am still very awkward so I guess not everything can change while you are on your mission. was to hot I felt like I was going to throw up.  So we went to the water park thing and ran through the water shoots up and splashed each other to cool off.  This zone is the best!  Hope I don't get transferred soon.

Tuesday we tried walking fore instead of using miles on the car.  It was nice.  I can proudly say that I am not fat! (yet).  Later the sisters in our zone help an investigator go though stuff to move and clean.  We had to organize everything outside and I got a little sunburned.  But when I went inside I had the worst allergy attack ever because the lady had a cat.  My eyes ere so red and swollen and I started togged hives.  I was miserable!

Thursday we had our first Zone Conference.  It is where two zones come together and have training given by President Snow,  his wife, a few others and yes ME!  Sister F and I were asked the week before to give a 30 minute training lesson not realizing that the other people who were asked had been out on their missions for at least a year.  It went well though!  In part of my lesson I boldly read D&C 88:124 "cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated".  A couple of the elders burst out laughing because I was so direct with it.  Haha.  I don't understand why God trusts me with all the responsibilities he had given me.  Honestly, it's is overwhelming to think about where I am now and the potential I have. (letters of encouragement are accepted)
Thursday we had a really neat experience with a lady named Karmen.  We were kinda lost but God put someone inner path.  Karen was walking her dog and wanted to talk to us.  Immediately, she recognized the spirt and she was ashamed that she was drinking in front of us.  We found a bench to sit a while.  For an our she poured out her soul to us.  While we were sitting there, the picture by Greg Olsen of the young man with a backpack who is sitting on a bench with Christ came to my mind.  At that moment, I truly felt like a representative of Christ and even though I had just met her my heart ached for her and I could feel how much God loved her and how important she is in our Heavenly Father's eyes.  No words can express how much our Heavenly Father loves us and the indescribable sacrifice Christ made so that we all can return to our home above.  As we left her my eyes filled with tears.

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