Salutations, Y'all! This has been a great week.
Monday, we played volleyball as a district, plus two elders from another district. The highlights for me was, first when I hit the ball multiple times in between a few who kept teasing me about my serves. Next was when Elder Crystal spiked the ball into the face of another Elder. They were trash talking each other all week (he was ok, except for his pride).
Tuesday, we did service in the morning. We first moved thin cinder blocks that made up an old patio. We then smashed some that were mortared to bigger ones with a sledgehammer. :) Then I got to use my master gardening skills and transplant two plants. The member we were doing this for also wanted a rose bush and a butterfly bush separated, but that would have taken a lot more time than what we had. It was great doing physical work. That evening as we were trying to visit some members in apartments, this guy walks up to us and starts asking questions. I am positive that there is a web site that tells you what to say if you talk with Mormon missionaries, "Act super friendly, start out with these innocent questions, work your way up to these questions, share these scriptures to prove them wrong, and use these scriptures to follow up with. Remember to always act friendly and repeatedly say you only want a good talk about each other's beliefs, but ignore anything they have to say." That is the basic layout EVERY TIME. But they can never deny pure testimony.
Wednesday, we had district meeting, then afterwards we went on an exchange, and I went to the other area with Elder Stedmen, it's the first time I've been on an exchange with him since I first came out, so it was great going with him. We first did service for some members, digging holes then filling them back in. He was getting a storage container and we were getting the foundation ready with this interesting gravel. Then that evening we were meeting up with the other elders because they had both of the phones. We were about two miles away, when Elder Stedmen blew his tire, so we started walking and trying to find somewhere safe to lock the bikes up when we came across a fire station. We explained our situation and they let us leave our bikes and we started off again, oh and it's raining this whole time, and as we are walking and laughing (because there's no point in complaining), we are soaked, and we only see one sign and it was just for us. It said "Jesus cares", it was de best. Well we got the phone, walked back to the fire station, got our bikes and walked home.
Thursday, we were out all day trying people, nothing too interesting happened, except for we almost got soaked by a flash storm, but we took cover. Then the Zone Leaders brought the other two elders back, then they had coordination, so we got to see how to fit 6 Elders in a 5 passenger car. You guessed it, Elder Crystal got in the trunk!
Friday, we did our weekly planning, then had coordination again, and he is great because he brought orange slices! And he also wants to do the job right so that helps a lot.
Saturday was busy, we saw some less actives, and tried a few people. Then we biked way up to a part members home and had breakfast for dinner, hopefully soon we will be able to start teaching their kids.
Sunday, was a great day. We had ward council in the morning, then had a good day at church. We then took the sacrament to some people in the hospital. Later we had dinner with a young family, so while they were finishing getting it ready, we were playing Frisbee with their boys. When we got home, we returned a call from another member, he asked us to come over to give him a blessing because he couldn't stand up, so we dashed over. Now this guy is big, so we first tried to help him stand, but his knee was giving him too much pain, so we gave him a blessing. He tried to stand up, but he still couldn't, so we talked for a few minutes. Then Elder Crystal asked if we could give him another blessing, so we did, and he simply said, "By yours and our faith you will stand and the pain will go away." Then we stood back and after a moment he stood up with no pain! After that my testimony shot through the roof! I never thought I would actually be a part of a blessing like that. God is good. The church is true. And the book is blue!
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