CONFERENCE IS THE BOMB DOT COM XD
but there's a whole week to catch Y'all up on (Elder Sanches appears to be wearing off on me...)
Monday (♪I don't care about you♫) (Got music on the brain long story)
Monday after emailing we went to Dan's Dogs a great little Hot dog shop in Medina where we all ate 1/2 pound hot-dogs... (yes I mean 1/2 pound I will take a picture next time we go they are HUGE) then Elder Sanches and I crashed at home while Elders Gledhill and Koppenhaffer had an unavoidable appointment so I just drew while Elder Sanches played his Guitar (I swear I am going to get hooked on country music and I am not down with that XD)
Once the others got home we all just chilled and talked and went shopping for food. after Preparation day ended Elder Sanches and I went to the Stiggins who unfortunately HATE Utah Mormons with a passion.. dangit I really tried to not fit the box they shoved me in but oh well I can only do my best.
Tuesday(♪ Wednesday Thursday tooo♫)
Mornings were the Usual studies which are awesome in my Swag chair (see photo) After lunch we drove around trying to meet a soul but no dice till around dinner time when we got to talk to the squires about general conference. a really sweet older couple that is only less active due to inability to go to chuch so they are always excited for the conference broadcast. After dinner we drove up to Brunswick to meet Nathan and once we had that AWESOME lesson with him we found out he's on the other elder's side... Dangit, this is a becoming a pattern.. :P
Wednesday was kinda Apprehensive for all of us as we had the MISSION PRESIDENT in our district meeting, He was there for interviews but he also gave us a great message of Miracles from Mormon 9. in my interview I felt much better afterward verses my original interview with President Brown. Once we got home it was on the bikes for us to meet up with Lee, Unfortunatly he wasn't there but Minnie his cousin was! so we taught her and gave her a Book of Mormon to read! The rest of the evening was a whole lot of moving and not alot of talking. when it gets cold in Ohio every one stays in side and you can't knock doors effectively out here. they just get Slamed in your face the second they open them because they all think we are Jehovah's witnesses which doesn't go well with Medina.
I finally broke the Ice with Elder Sanches!
It took all day weekly planning and doing yet more area work (taking over a new area that is being split from an area where old missionaries didn't even record ANYthing is REALLY FLIPPING ANNOYING but I digress) I finally got Elder Sanches to talk Trucks with me, He has a really nice '92 Chevy that he told me all about and then it was like he finally relized I want to talk to him so we just talked and talked and worked and worked and I felt comfortable around him at last and he feels more comfortable around me so all is much better. That evening we met with Karyn Schultz a service referral. Super nice lady but Devoutly baptist, we promised to come back Tuesday to help with staining her Deck and we also gave her a Finding Faith in Christ DVD. I hope we can teach her when we see her Tuesday!
So the music came from this night as we all 4 elders sang every pop,rock and country song imaginable and that we could remember, Badly off key and tune mind you XD it was a Good time all around
ZONE TRAINING MEETING!! AWWWWW YEAH
My first Zone meeting in Akron which was cool cuz I got to see Elder Vaughn again and now he's already got a boy of his own! I hope I can train but we shall see what God has in store for me :)
After ZTM we had a lunch as a Zone at Five Guy's burgers and fries! it was really good food as usual
that evening not much happened but I we walked so much my feet were starting to actually blister thankfully they didn't quite get that bad
Cuz you know we get to listen to CONFERENCE
So after a powerful study where I refined many of my questions for conference we got to go out for lunch at a Chinese Buffet with Willy and his wife Ola (if I misspelled Ola its cuz its Ukrainian ) then We received permission to watch Conference at members homes so we went to the Huffackers who invited us for Both Saturday sessions
Conference itself was revelatory and many of the talks felt directed so perfectly at me and things I can work on and change to become more like my Father in Heaven. I have already started applying many of the teachings of these prophets in my life
Preisthood session was preceded by a ward icecream social which was nice, it was a little off however to not be with my Dad that evening. I love you Dad and I can't wait to see you again in a few months shy of two years :)
This time we went to the Kings (yes that is the COOLEST last name except maybe Bone XD)
for the Morning session. While it was really hard to watch the prophet speak I know his words were from God and He gave him strength enough to say them.
All of the new Apostles bore powerful testimony and I fully sustain each one as Witnesses of Jesus Christ
For a REALLY early dinner (seriously who has dinner at 3 in the afternoon?) we went to the Bingham's the High priest leader for the ward. while we were there I learned far too much about the political scene from the rightest of wings side of things. It was interesting but not overly instructive. I still am struggling internally on what should I do about Voting. I want to Vote but I want to do so as an educated Citizen which I can't do as a missionary so bit of a dilemma.
We watched the last session with them and I loved the idea of Poderizing; so much so I have chosen to do just as we are invited to do so my weekly email will include my scriptures and I would love to hear yours!
Love you all and have a great week!
Second Timothy Chapter 1 Verse 9
Who hath saved us, and called with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,