Thursday, August 22, 2013

Week 59: A special zone conference

Last week when I mentioned zone conference, I didn't think it was going to be quite as special as it turned out to be. It was President Cannon's first. He did a great job teaching us about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's basic, and everybody should have it. Faith will give you something to reach for. Repentance will prepare us to enter the path. Baptism puts us on the path. The Holy Ghost will keep us on the path. Enduring to the end is the battle to make it as long as we can.

At the end of each zone conference, the mission president has all of the missionaries that are departing before the next zone conference share their testimony(their trunkimony). My old companion, Elder Barnes gave his. It was a tender moment. I've found unity to be a very important trait of any group that is going to succeed. I'm learning that. Elder Barnes was able to express how he lives it.

At the end of the trunkimony meeting, President Cannon shared a special treat. He gave each of us a movie ticket, and the three zones went to the dollar theatre to watch Ephraim's Rescue. That was a great movie. It's kind of a sequel-ish thing to 17 Miracles. I say sequel because it is actually a story that happens at the same time from a different point of view done by the same director. If you've seen and liked 17 Miracles, I definitely suggest this one.

There were a few different service projects that happened this week as well. We spent 5 hours splitting and stacking wood. We spent 3 hours cleaning up someone's lawn. In this case, we doesn't actually include me. We is my companion and another missionary, while I was inside cooking with a different missionary. It was quite the cooking experience. This guy was a flavor master. He'd ask us to test the food. He'd tell us that something was missing, add it, and then have us retaste it. Somehow it tasted better each time.

Saturday we got to take the roof off of a house. That was also a pretty cool experience. I've learned quite a bit about demolition as a young adult. I'm pretty sure I could safely disassemble and mostly reassemble houses now. I know roofing. I know plumbing. I know sheet-rock and insulation.

Earlier today we went caving. Those caves are pretty dusty. It's still fun to go on PDay adventures, but it's also important to make sure everything important like emailing home happens too. Peace be the journey!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Week 58:Some more exciting emails are on their way

Well hi there! Sorry about missing you last week. We did some Pday exchanges so that some of us could go hiking while others that didn't want to could do whatever else they wanted to do. The hiking group ended up only having a little bit of time to email. It's a lame excuse, I know. On my side, I feel like no email is better than a short one that just says I'm alive.

Last Monday marked 13 months. I've now been out for more months than I have left. Another month and I'll be down to counting time on my fingers. I don't think about myself being an older missionary, and really I'm not. I'm old in some ways because there are only 15ish missionaries that have been out longer than me out of our 90ish missionaries. 2 1/2 transfers from now, all of my mentors will be dead. Then I'll have to start being that example-old guy person.

The hike I got to go on last week was fun. We hiked to a waterfall. It's weird how there are random creeks everywhere. We didn't have as much water down in Socal, so this is still new to me. I guess it helps being as close to a river that actually has water in it as we are.

With the mission split, we can't go to the temple regularly since it's out of our misison. Now, we can only go for our half way anniversary. Luckily, mine was after the split, so I'll get to go with the next group when they do at the end of August.

Tomorrow is our first zone conference. What'll happen? No idea.

Plus, our backpacks are outdated. We can't use backpacks after tomorrow in accordance with new mission policty. We have to use "shoulder bags". That'll be fun. What to do with my backpack now...