Just because I'm not in classes at OU, doesn't mean that I don't have plenty of studying to do and presentations to prepare. . . . . . May 2016
This week Elder Andrew and I achieved the Standard of Excellence. Basically that is a set of goals from our key indicators that President and the MLC have determined shows that an area is really progressing. These indicators have changed a couple of times over the course of my mission, mostly in the direction of making it harder to achieve. I had never been able to reach that standard until this week. So it was kind of a big deal to me and it was cool to finally achieve it.
Shaking hands with Elder Christofferson was pretty cool. I was actually the first one to shake his hand. I had been asked to play prelude along with several other missionaries. I was the last one playing prelude, so when he entered the room, I stopped and stood of course, and he walked in and waved and smiled, and then he came and shook my hand first! It was pretty awesome. The rest of the conference was good as well. Most of the general authorities are actually pretty funny and they had us all laughing as they were telling stories or explaining concepts. Elder Christofferson doesn't look nearly as stern in person as he does on television during General Conference.
So it's been a little while. This week our P-Day was changed to Wednesday due to our temple trip and we had exchanges on Tuesday so everything feels a little weird since our weekly routine was changed up quite a bit. We should be back to the regular Monday P-Day next week.
We celebrated my birthday several times throughout the week.
The first celebration included a traditional birthday cake complete with candles and ice cream.
We also attended a Samoan Mother's Day Feast with non-traditional candy leis.
We had breakfast at Denny's with half the MoVal Zone on P-Day.
I'll just share one quick missionary experience this week. So after we Skyped with our families on Mother's Day, we went to see a family that was a referral from a member in Hemet. The member who referred them had prepared them very well. Apparently they had already had several Gospel conversations with the mother in the family. So we were able to talk with them about their religion background and what they are looking for in terms of a church. They have 3 children and are a super cool family. They were receptive and are willing to investigate further and see if it is what they are looking for. I'm super excited to be teaching a family for the first time on my mission. I can't wait to teach then about the blessings that can come to their family through accepting the Gospel in their lives. We will be going back on Tuesday, and hopefully one other day this week, to introduce them to some ward members and teach them. I'll keep you posted on their progress. They seem super awesome though!
See you soon,
As for teaching it was pretty eventful. On Saturday we still hadn't heard from Elvis, so we were starting to wonder how he was doing and if everything was alright. So we headed over there around 7:30 because we were in the area and we were able to catch him at home. He said everything was going alright, but he'd just been super busy. We asked how his scripture study was going. He said he'd been reading the Pearl of Great Price. That strikes fear in the hearts of missionaries everywhere. But he said he really enjoyed it and it felt like it was inspired scripture to him. So that was a bullet dodged. He said he didn't really have plans to come to church this week but next week it was on his schedule. He still wants to be baptized on the 15th! He can make it as long as we meet with him a couple of times this week and next week, and he comes to church both weeks.
I'm a missionary for the LDS church, teaching the Gospel while soaking up some California sun!