(Props if you got the reference.) Hello again from sunny Arkansas!
we went to SAMs club for shopping. A member let us use her
card, so we got to buy in bulk. We'll see how long a 10 pound bag of
pancake mix lasts :P but yeah, we did that and then hung out at the
church, played a little dodgeball, and some cards and stuff. It was a
lot of fun! Then we dropped off the other elders and got ready to head
out, when we got a call from one of the families in Russelville that
Contreras was good friends with. Their daughter had just gotten set
apart for her mission, and was leaving the next day, so she wanted to
say goodbye to him and Schoenfeld. So we called them and Salazar
figured it would be a good a time as any to do exchanges! So we went
back, Moore packed his stuff, and we got picked up by the other elders
(the APs were sick so they took their car since they are neighbors)
and we went out to say hello/goodbye. She seemed pretty excited! She
is going to Kansas (ironically), so if anyone knows anyone, tell them
to keep an eye out for someone from Arkansas! So yeah, that happened
and we took Salazar home with us.
Exchanges went really well. To start the day, the office
elders called and said they would need our van for the meetings on
Tuesday and . So, we made a trade, and we got the newest car
in the mission, their 2015 Chevy Silverado with unlimited miles.
Booyah. After that, we went to pick up some stuff from the other
elders (Moore had grabbed the wrong iPad) and went to go see some
people. We got to go and visit J, the kid who came to church last
week. He is so ready, it's incredible. He understands everything we
teach, and with his member girlfriend in Idaho helping answer his
questions, it's a really good system. He said she's already taken him
to see the Rexburg Temple and talked about how eternal marriage works
;) After that, we had dinner at A's house, which was delicious as
usual, and then tried some more people. We didn't have much success,
but at the end of the night we got to visit G and her kids,
F and W. They are a less active family, and they are super
sweet. Apparently in high school they called F "The Preacher"
because he always had a Bible and Book of Mormon he would read from.
:) They said they would come to church !
we had zone meeting, which went well. We went over what we
learned at MLC, so I was already "in the loop." Plus, the Spanish
sisters had made us cookies, so we could make it through the meeting
just fine. :P Then we had lunch with the APs and the North elders at
this Mexican place called Las Palmas. It was super good. Big fajitas
for little money. Enough said. Then we went and dropped off the other
elders. I have to be honest, I wasn't much of truck person before
now, but these past few days made me reconsider. That is a darn nice
vehicle. Anyhoo, then we went home to change. Then President called
with some devastating news. Since he wanted Elder Contreras to be
proficient in English so that he could benefit from it in Guatemala,
he made the decision to MOVE HIM! We were pretty surprised. He didn't
even want to wait for the transfer to end, because supposedly he is
going to train an English missionary soon. Yeah. We have no idea how
he works sometimes. So that put him off for a bit. Then we went to the
Book of Mormon class. I've been "volunteered" as the new teacher for
the class, so I've been looking for ways to go about it. Luckily,
there are manuals on the iPad for Seminary and Institute classes, so
those have come in handy. After that, we were talking with the other
missionaries and an English member who plays piano by ear. I don't
even know how it came about, but after 10 minutes we had a sweet
mashup arrangement for "He Sent His Son" and "Love One Another" in
Spanish that we're singing in church in a few weeks. It's sweet,
Sister Bennet and I were kinda geeking out musically for a bit there
since we both like doing stuff like this.
was a bit slow. We had to wait for the other elders to bring
back the truck they borrowed the night before. Then we had to take
them to their place, and then we did some planning on the iPads to
figure out some new areas. We got to go visit Lucy, which went pretty
good. She was busy cooking, but we talked for a bit and she fed us, so
all went well. Then we saw the less active family we saw in .
We had planned to re teach them the lessons, which worked perfectly
because they had some friends over! They are super cool too. One of
the girls, C, is super legit. She reminds me a lot of some of my
friends back home :) those were the only people we got to see that
was also slow. The APs needed our car for the day, so they put
us on walk and basically ruined all our plans. So we walked to some
close people so we could "use time efficiently." So of course no one
answered there. Then we went to where the APs were going to drop off
the car. They weren't answering the phone, and finally said they were
late. So we started walking home. The other elders got our car for us
up north and came down to pick us up. Then we went to soccer, which
was fun! A lot of people showed up, and we played hard. The other
elders stayed the night with us to see off Contreras the next morning.
Contreras left for Choctaw, AR. He didn't seem super excited
to go (I mean, we're so cool, why would he be? :P) but he will do
fine. We had studies with Schoenfeld and Salazar, which was cool. Then
we made some pancakes from our endless supply and headed out. We tried
out some new trailer parks, which went super well! We found some super
cool people and it was great! Then we grabbed some dinner and headed
out to go visit R, the guy I met my first week here. He was
actually home this time! We had a good talk with him, even though the
TV was on the whole time. (What on earth is going on with politics?
That's like all they talked about, but it was in Spanish so I didn't
get a lot of it.) but anyway, it was a good lesson. He said he would
come to church too!
was pretty good. It was Labor Day, so basically no one showed
up to church. We had about half of what we normally had. After that we
practiced our super cool mashup song, and it's going to sound awesome,
just saying. Then we headed out to go see J. We had met her in
Walmart the day before my and she seemed super excited to have us
over. She lives WAAAY out in the outskirts of town. So we finally make
it out there after getting lost a few times, and no one is home. So we
headed back, got lost a few more times. Then we got to visit L,
which went pretty well. She didn't come to church because they went on
a day trip. National holidays are dumb. But anyway, that was our day.
Hope you all have a great Labor Day! Have fun doing nothing or
partying or whatever it is you people do! We are going to go have a
water fight now. It'll be sweet. Love you all so much! Byee!