Monday for pday we had a sweet hike planned, but it started pouring just as we were getting ready to leave so we just went to the church gym and played basketball and volleyball. In the evening when we started working again we were walking to the apartments and a guy pulls over off the road and asks if we can come give his wife a blessing, she was having a rough pregnancy, so we hopped in and went to his place for that. (Don't get in strangers cars, kids.)
Tuesday morn we had district meeting, elder Kremer and I gave trainings that went really well which is good because right as we were starting President Chambers walked in. It was a great meeting, we got trained by the district leader on something new (ish) called 4 minutes of restoration. Which was awesome. It was pretty much exactly what I was giving my training on since I love teaching the restoration simply to all those we meet. After the meeting we went to Elder and Sister Blocks house and made baptism programs for Angela and Andrea. Then that night we taught James, a less active we work with, N., who I baptized last transfer, A. and A., then C. and A. who are both investigating the church. It was a solid night.
Wednesday we taught W., an excommunicated member who is working on being able to get re baptized. Great guy. Not much else happened till the baptism that night. It was such a killer service. So cool to be able to see their dad R. who had just received the priesthood a couple weeks before be able to baptize his two daughters after it being pushed off for too long.
Thursday not a ton happened. We had lunch with one of our Ward mission leaders as usual, then later that afternoon we were knocking on some random doors in some apartments and a Spanish lady answers, and she speaks no English. Then her husband comes, and he too speaks no English. Before we could say anything they invited us in and had juice in our hands. As soon as we got in we could tell they were members, given all the temple pictures and pictures of their wedding at the temple. We talked to them a bit which was super fun. My Spanish is slowly improving with all the Hispanics we talk to haha. Maybe I'll get transferred to the Spanish assignment... We had dinner with a super nice family. When the mom asked Elder Kremer how long he had been out he said "two weeks" and she quickly said "oh I could tell you were green!" Haha. Poor kid... He puts himself in a lot of situations like that on accident. That night we taught A. and committed him to stop chewing tobacco. The lesson went really well. After that we had a training meeting with all the Ward mission leaders which went great. We even had the Ward mission leaders that quote "have been Ward mission leaders so long they don't need training" role playing and learning new things. Which is great, cuz they're the ones that need the most training ironically.
Friday was my dads bday. Happy birthday dad. We spent the morning doing weekly planning, then had lunch with the Blocks, then did call ins with the district leader. At about 4:30 while headed to the apartments we get a call from the sister missionaries saying they need us to unlock the baptism clothing and font for them. We don't have a key for that... But we rode our bikes allllll the way across our stake (don't worry it was like a mile) so we could do it. Lucky for them Elder Ray is a professional lock smith, and I was able to get it all opened up for them. Then we rode to dinner and ate with Frank Arnold, who apparently used to be BYUs head basketball coach or something like that. After dinner we road to the apartments and figured out one of our lessons got cancelled so we were just sitting on our bikes thinking of where to go when I look over and see a guy looking under his hood like something's wrong... And in a voice just like the black guy from the movie 'Holes' I say to my companion "I can fix that." So we ride over there and long story short I fix it. Then he invited us up to his apartment to wash up, and we get up there and ask him and his girlfriend if we can share a quick message. So we shared the video by Jeffery r holland entitled 'Always Remember Him' which powerfully focuses on the importance of the sacrament. By the end they were both in tears. We aske the, what it meant to them and they both said they hadn't been able to partake of the sacrament in a long time because of choices they had made. It was such an amazing spiritual visit. He-K.- said that for the past couple weeks he has been praying for someone to help him and his girlfriend get their lives back on track. He said he knew that we came because of that. I love more than anything being led by our father in heaven to those who need their prayers answered.
Saturday was a bit slow but another good day because we were able to be in the right place in the right time to meet new people that needed help. We were able to set up many good appointments.
Sunday A. and his wife, S., came to church! Booyah. We asked him how he was doing with not chewin tobacco and he said really well because right after we left Thursday his gums started hurting bad and he had to go to the ER. They found a nasty gum infection that's gonna make it a heck of a lot harder to chew. Tell me that's not a miracle from God? No one else came to church tho which is always extremely disappointing. Still a great day nonetheless because we got to be there for the confirmations a bestowal of the gift of the Holy Ghost for A. and A.. That night we taught K. and K., who we had taught a month or so ago but never were able to get back in. He is a member she is not. Hopefully we can help them understand the joy that comes from knowing their family can be together forever!
Don't die of heat stroke down there in good ol AZ.
|Elder Ray and Elder Kremer with R., at A. & A.'s baptisms|
|Seth and Elder Kremer with A. & A.|
|Elder Kremer trying to encourage Seth to do a backflip|
|Elders Ray & Kremer with "some of the local hobos"|