Another cool experience from this week was that I got to talk with President Norman. He was my ward mission leader back in Valley View Ward, but now he's the 2nd counselor in the mission presidency. He spoke in the ward before ours, so I caught him before our ward started. He said that the Dotson's are doing alright, though they don't like church at 11:30, it's hard on the kids. He also said that the ward clerk is doing a lot better. His cancer is in remission, and a lot of complications that arose during the treatment have been cleared up, so he just needs to recover a little more and he'll be back at 100%. He also gave me random updates on how the rest of the ward was doing and it sounds like everything is going well. I didn't realize how attached I was to them until I got the chance to hear how they were doing, so I will definitely visit that ward anytime I come back to visit the mission.
We had a crazy teaching experience this past week too. Remember how we said that lady yelled at us when we were leaving Walmart on Elder Riding's first full day? Well we called her one afternoon, and she said to come by right then! So we did, and she was interesting to say the least. She grew up around the church and has met with missionaries a lot, but she hasn't been able to get baptized because of Word of Wisdom issues. When we showed up, she lived in a little trailer on a dirt lot out in the middle of nowhere. She brought out some Arizona Tea drinks for us, which we awkwardly set to the side, and we tried to read the Book of Mormon with her. In the middle of the lesson she started smoking a blunt, and kept saying "Thank God it's legal!". She also had to run off some random guy walking around that yelled at her, but then she continued yelling into thin air. At that point we decided to graciously excuse ourselves, but not before she determined to give us all hugs. Later, we realized that she actually is about half a mile out of our area, and is in Elder Brown's area, so we reluctantly passed her over to him. They went over there on Friday and apparently it was a much tamer experience for them than it had been for us. So she'll be a long process but at least there might be hope.
My exchange with Elder Lewis this week was super fun. I went into their area, and they live in a home-share. We had a good dinner with a part member family that should be coming to church soon (they just moved here), and we did a lot of seeking with faith and had success, which was a good reminder for me that we need to make that a priority if we want to find people to teach!
I think that pretty much sums up this week. Things are going well and we are teaching more and getting more help from the ward. So I'm optimistic about the direction things are heading. Elder Goodrich has been doing a great job to go on team-ups and befriending the ward, which is good because he'll probably be here longer than I will (I am kind of anticipating a transfer next time, but you never know) So I will leave the area better than I found it.
From the West Side . . . .