Tuesday, October 30, 2012
elder weaver and i are both staying here for another transfer! that means i will be in these wards for 3 more months at least. yay!
i have mixed feelings about i. i'd be super glad to stay here if we just had at least one person to teach! it'll come.
today we had our first turkey bowl practice :) 24 days till game day. dont wory, i wont hurt mysef too bad.
this is elder weavers last transfer, so we'll be working hard right up until the end for him :)
he had a halloween party with the samoan ward. it was awesome. they had a dj and it was basically a giant dance party. giant because of how many people were there and how BIG the people were lol. we didnt stay very long, just for dinner.
this week we have a mission halloween party/talent show that should be a lot of fun.
not much else happening. everything is going pretty well.
love you all,
elder donovan :)
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
this past week has been an interesting one! we went on exchanges with the AP's on wednesday. it made me thankful for elder weaver and his fun attitude. the elder i was with on wednesday was pretty dry and it made for a quite boring day.
friday was exchanges again. this time with other elders in the zone. it was good. nothing ground breaking. just knocking on doors most of the day with no seen success.
saturday we found out that our only Samoan investigators are now meeting with the white ward elders. we we're pretty mad. we're trying to figure out how we can steal them back for the samoan ward :)
yesterday the stake had a missionary fireside for all of the high schoolers who want to go on missions soon. with the age change things are going CRAZY.
this is what the guy doing the fireside told us:
36 hours after the age change announcement Salt Lake surveyed utah bishops and the average number of missionary interviews they had done was 10! in 36 hours! one had done 28!
he also said that, on average, salt lake processes 700 missionary applications in a week. 2 weeks ago they processed about 5000! they expect that number might double in the coming weeks.
right now there are about 55,000 missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints around the world. its been estimated that with this age change and the resulting spike in missionaries that number could bee over 100,000 this time next year! thats absolutely crazy and im excited for it!!!! all the missionaries are. and the youth as well.
AND today we went on a hike and i was super excited for that as well! we went 3 miles up a mountain. it was super cold and windy! as much as i dislike the desert, high mountain desert is pretty cool and no doubt is one of the most intense environments. it was cool to see all the things that live up there. REALLY interesting plants. lots of bristle cone pines (oldest living things on earth, super cool) we even saw a bit of snow! we are all really tired now though, because none of us were even close to in shape enough to do that. but it was a lot of fun :)
transfers this week! not sure if im moving or not. not sure if im staying zone leader or not. we'll see. my vote was i want to go back to riding bikes! cross your fingers for me.
the weather is now beautiful. i dont know how long it will last but its been great for the last week. two days were super rainy and a little chilly so i wore a sweater :) nothing is better than a sweater day! it actually felt like Fall!!!!!! right now its about 82, but compared to 106 thats awesome!
we finally found some Samoans to teach! we went and visited them on saturday. they are a younger couple with 3 kids and they basically have realized that they want to raise their kids in a church. we told them about ours and they were excited! but they told us they wanted to go to the white ward, not the samoan ward! we were/are very upset. we havent told the elders over the white ward yet. we're hoping if we go back and teach one more time we can convince them to come out to the samoan ward.
we have a couple other leads, but nothing too outstanding.
elder weaver and i are getting along well. im hoping i get transferred in a couple weeks though. i miss teaching people!!! and if i dont get transferred in a couple weeks then that means i'll have to stay here for 3 more months and i really dont want that. we'll see what happens. maybe there is a reason im supposed to stay here 3 more months.
i found this quote this week, and enjoyed it all week because it went along with our weather :)
"some people feel the rain, others just get wet"
i've been thinking if i have been just "getting wet" or if i've been "feeling" what God is giving me. my situation, missionary work wise, stinks. we have no one to teach. but ive realized i have at least 2 weeks here, in my current situation to to get better. i might have 3 months here to get better (i hope not lol) but i've recommitted myself to being optimistic about the "rain" of my current situation and to learning whatever it is im supposed to be learning.
idk if that helps any of you, but it's helped me.
-elder donovan :)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
General Conference was great! I learned a lot of really good stuff! I especially liked Elder Bednar"s and Elder Perkin's talks, both on conversion and Elder Andersen's talk on faith.
President Henry B Eyring's talk was about trials in our life, and how sometimes it seems like God is not present. answering the question: Why does God let us suffer? He, said "the Lord's delays are always calculated to bless" i really like that. Gives me peace
this week we hand ZLC (zone leader council). i really dont like those meetings. people ask questions that waste everyones' time and we end up discussing things that dont need discussed. the new rule is, we are not allowed to call the spanish speaking elders "span-ams". we discussed this new rull for about 20 mins. dumb.
but we also had interviews with president black this week, that was really good! i got to talk to him for awhile about how i was doing, how i felt about my mission and being halfway done, how my current area was going, things like that, it was really good! he told me to do my best to enjoy my current assignment because i have different ones on their way. i hope that means i'm getting transferred in a few weeks lol.
its cooling down here :) kinda lol
i wish i had more to report this week, just not a lot happening.
heres a joke:
what farm animal says boo?
a cow with a cold
lots of stuff this past week!
2 of my friends went home unexpectedly this week, that's always tough, but its good to see them taking care of things that need to be taken care of.
we met a few really cool people tracting this week, i just hope they let us in the next time we come over!!!!
i had a chance to spend an afternoon with people from my first area. that was really really awesome! i was there over a year ago, so it was nice to sit down with a few of them and see how they have been doing. everyone is doing well! brother lamphere was diagnosed with alzheimers a few months ago, it was pretty sad to see him deteriorating, but i kinda knew he had it ever since i met him. his wife is taking good care of him though.
i can't wait for general conference this weekend! its probably just what i need to be able to hear from the prophet and apostles. i've been feeling kind of run down recently, so i look forward to hearing and studying what they have to say.
i hope everyone is doing well! please keep praying for my grandpa!