Tuesday, 15 September 2015

September 14, 2015 - The One Where I Only Have to Make Two Meals

This was probably the best week ever. No joke. It went by so fast which was great and it was so full of so many miracles it wasn't even funny!

It started Wednesday with one of my best exchanges ever. Elder Mautz, one of our Zone Leaders, came with me to Albemarle. They came to our district meeting and our district went to this nice Japanese Restaurant for lunch. Then I said goodbye to Elder Burkhart and we headed back to Albemarle. By the time we got home we really only had an hour to proselyte so we tried to see some people quick and do exchange criteria and an iPad check. We got picked up by a Hmong YSA and a recent convert and we went to the Hmong house for dinner. It was a blast! Elder Mautz got a Hmong name by eating a pepper. He struggled, it was really funny. I got it on video.

After that we taught the recent convert and the lesson went amazing. We were really able to teach well and bounced off each other nicely. We got dropped off at the church where we met a YSA girl in the Ward who we took out to see one of our investigators. We couldn't stay long but it was a nice visit. Then we went and visited a less active lady and that too was a short visit because it was raining and she never lets us inside.

Since we already worked through our plans and it was only 7:40, we decided to go to Dairy Queen since our back up for the night wasn't home until 8:00. Elder Mautz and I have identical tastes in music so we were able to reminisce and remind each other of everything we've forgotten over the months. We then went to our next appointment and walked into a miracle.

We were intending to teach a recent convert about the temple, but instead found a members aid in the house. We decided we would read out of the Book of Mormon with them and invited her to read with us. She agreed and we read two chapters together. She loved it! We taught her all about the Book of Mormon and how it helps us. When we were talking to the member she was just sitting there reading it. She took our number and is going to call us and set up a time we can teach her family!

The next day was great too. We weren't exchanging back until 1:30 so we had the morning to get some things done. We headed to the church to make a Facebook post and I ended up teaching an investigator over Facebook. I was not intending to do that but we were not complaining. After that went to our first appointment for the day. We started teaching this one guy who we met on Labour Day but he left halfway through the lesson because he got called by his sister to go give her thirty cents. Seriously. He got a phone call right during our lessons and he had to leave to give his sister thirty cents. We were very confused but oh well.

We went to Sonic for lunch since Elder Mautz had gift cards and he spent over twenty dollars on the two of us. There was so much food! We went to the church to eat because we wanted to watch the new Addiction Recovery Program videos the church put out. They are amazing by the way. We ended up giving some of it away to the other Elders since we saw them at the church about to teach a Facebook lesson.

Sadly the time came that the best, most productive, most fun exchange I have been on came to an end. But we did see them shortly after they left because Elder Mautz forgot his towel. The rest of that day was weekly planning and dinner. We went out with a member but no one was home. Oh well.

This Friday we were very glad we didn't die. We got a voicemail from our mission president the day before saying that a bunch of stuff was apparently going to go down and there was a chance we might get shot or set on fire. That didn't happen though. We did help a lady in the Ward pack up and move some things to her new house.

That afternoon we ended up dropping one of our investigators. It was really sad but it was a clean break.  We got picture with him though and we left with hugs even though I hate them. He said to come by anytime. We had dinner with the C family that night and went out to Wendy's with them. I ate out so much this week that none of the food I bought last week I ate so I hardly had to buy anything today.

Saturday was full of miracles. We spent basically the whole day with a couple of recent convert YSA people trying to visit some less active YSA. We had moderate success there. We went out to lunch with them (more eating out) and afterward to visit the M family. They are the tracting miracle of the area. Since I've attempted contact with every former investigator on our area book,  and physically talked with about 80% of them, we have had to do something to try and talk to people. So we have been tracting. Everyone always knocks it (haha pun) but we have seen some great success from it.

We taught the M's the Plan of Salvation and they agreed to be baptized! After we taught them their friend walked in and said she was interested in learning more so we taught her right there too! They all agreed to come to church the next day but only the M's came.

There was also the Ward picnic on Saturday afternoon which were able to go to. It was a lot of fun and there was more food we didn't have to buy or make there. We were supposed to teach a YSA couple at the church that night but they didn't show up. Instead one of the other Elders investigators decided to show up to the church for the first time so we toured her around. She said she was going to McDonald's but ended up at the church for some reason. It was meant to happen that
way I think.

Sunday was great. The M family came to church and loved it again. They are coming again. Lunch yesterday was one of two meals I made all week. Oh I just remembered. We got transfer call on Saturday night and Elder Burkhart and Kristensen, and Sister Stiemle are getting transferred. It's sad to seem them all go but we're looking forward to new missionaries!

Well, it's time to play some uno!
Send me pictures, read your scriptures!
Love you!
Elder Galvin

Elder Mautz and I

Our "tough" District Picture


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