Sounds like a fantastic week! We have been pretty busy as well and I took pictures. Tonight I will not be sleeping in Oceanside, I am getting transferred to who knows where!
Elder Quentin L. Cook came to stake conference on Sunday, and spoke to us and we had a few investigators there and they got to shake his hand! He talked to us about the drug culture in California as well as faith in Jesus Christ.
His wife told a great anecdotal story from their lives- One Monday night for family home evening they decided to reenact the Bible story of Moses asking Pharaoh to let the Israelites free. Larry, their 3 year old son dressed up and acted as Moses and Dad got to be Pharaoh. After the 3rd time of being denied his request, the young Moses lost his temper and socked mean old Pharaoh right in the nose. The purpose of her sharing this story is to provide encouragement for those who may have a hard time having family time and telling those all of us that it is often the times that didn't go quite as planned are the times that we remember most. I thought was really nice.
Well hope you enjoy the pictures and I will let you know where I get to serve now next week! I miss the rain!
I only have 3 minutes before the computer kicks me off, so it is a good thing that we talked 2 days ago! it was good to see you all and you looked beautiful and everyone else looked the same, except dad got skinnier.
Thank you for the picture of the cow! I can't wait to meet the newest member of the family! Well, missionary work is the most worthwhile use of my time that I have ever used my time for! I love the people that I serve and I hope that you have a great week!
The weather is the same up and down the west coast it looks like! This week was full of training meetings! I forgot to take too many pictures, but I did get one of some of us setting up for zone training meeting!
So my update is that picture! Elder Pendergast and I have been working hard; he wants to lose some weight, and I wouldn't mind using a different hole in my belt to hold my pants up either, so we do challenges, like not eating after 7, or doing a bunch of push-ups or stuff like that.
I just remembered a really funny experience that we had that I can share! So last week we went to Lisa's (name has been changed) house and helped her move a new coach into her place. She already had a couch in there and so we had to stand it up on end and make room for the new one. The old coach was pretty nice so a different person wanted to buy it. I should say that it wasn't exactly Lisa's house, but it was an elder person's care facility, so all of the people there are 65 and up and having personal problems. The lady that wanted to buy the coach said that she would pay us to move it and we said that we would move it, fine, but would not take money. The next day we went back and in order to get Lisa's old coach to the ladies place we had to more the lady's old coach out. the problem starts here, because after we got it out there was no place we could put it. The dumpster was too small and the property was strict on junk. So we had the lady's old coach in the courtyard and 3 other elderlies came by and started bickering and saying that people were breaking promises and causing quite a commotion. The lady buying the coach got really mad and said she wasn't breaking any promises, and then 3 other older ladies told Elder Pendergast and me that they were so sorry that we had to be abused and put through this like this. We ended up putting the old coach on the roof of the lady's boyfriend's car. It looked ridiculous. Then we moved the new coach in and tried to escape but they tried to give us money and the other 3 tried to say how incredibly sorry they were that we had to deal with backstabbing liars. We just told them that it was okay and started walking briskly back out to the street and we left them in the dust! We get a kick out of that every time we talk to missionaries about conflicts that they are having and we just relate this story to them and then they realize how immature that they are being about their issues, and that straightens them out!
Life is good. I love being a missionary. Elder Barton goes home in 2 weeks... wow When we heed the impressions of the Holy Ghost, we learn what is feels and sounds like. It is a process, and I am learning slowly, but anybody can learn this! As we are consistent to following the voice of the Lord, through the whisperings of the Spirit His direction comes clearer to our minds and truer to our hearts. And it feels really good! So keep doing that everyday :)
Thanks for the email and pictures this week. Missionary work is really going well! At the service project on Saturday the 3 amigos came and we had fun with them. It was at the cemetery of the San Louis Ray Mission and we sanded and painted the gate and fences, cut back brush, cleaned headstones, dug up bodies (just kidding) and put gravel around the headstones. There were about 400 people there.
What else this week... I went on an exchange with Elder Hegland and we talked in Mongolian a lot and discussed patience. We decided that we are starting to get a little impatient sometimes with the work and want things to happen faster then they are right now. We studied it out and understand more fully that God is in charge of the work and when we continue to do all that we can, then there is no need to be worried. It is funny that we talked about this because we each were having problems with being generally irritable and prone to anger, and we couldn't figure out why, until we studied out patience. To clarify, it was more of the mad on the inside and frustrated anger, not furious fighting anger.
I think that from now on I will just send pictures with captions, because I really don't know what to say, and pictures say a lot.
Life is good and I am really happy! God gives us commandments so that we can govern ourselves, He does not tell us each day the exact things that we must do at a given time. We can find happiness and build our faith when we follow God's commandments and that will also let us know what we do need to be doing.