Andrew's Address

Elder Andrew Reay
2250 Meadow Glade Ln.
Apt. 1
Memphis, TN 38134

Elder Andrew Reay
Arkansas Little Rock Mission
905 Kierre Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72216-3709

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bread, Baptism, and... Something else that starts with B

Monday was a TON of fun. We went to Shelby Farms, this big farm/nature
park by our place. The six of us had planned to go watch the buffalo
or something. Elder Heaton and Elder Spencer were late, so the rest of
us started hiking this random trail by our car. Somewhere along the
way, Lord of the Rings was brought up, and before long all of us had
found appropriately sized sticks and it was a quest. The others got
there, gave us a funny look, and then joined in. We had a pretty great
time adventuring around and stuff. There were a lot of trails that
went off the main one, so of course we went exploring all over the
place, all in character. It was a good de-stresser. Then we had some
Steak N' Shake and went back to work. We had a good lesson with Y.
We had thought his name was J, but I guess we had been wrong the
whole time. Then, we went to Family Home Evening at Bro. L's house.
A few other families came too, so it was packed. We had a good time,
and a good lesson too!

Tuesday was district meeting. We talked a lot about how to help people
feel comfortable praying. That is a common problem for Spanish
missionaries. I have no idea why, but the people we teach seem to be
very shy when it comes to saying a prayer, usually because "they don't
know how." So we focused on how to teach them that it's really easy!
We consider prayer as the way we can talk with God. We can tell him
anything we want! He is our Heavenly Father! He wants to hear how his
kids' day went! So that was good. After that, we all kind of
scattered. President Wakolo sent out both sets of other elders to go
"scout out" new areas for Spanish to go. South went to Oxford,
Mississippi, and East went to Jackson, Tennessee, which left us alone!
Before East left, R, one of Moore's investigator friends from
Jackson, came down and had lunch with us. Then he took the other guys
and we went to work. We tried a few people, and met some more. Then we
had dinner at the Hs, which was super delicious. Then we went
to W's house to go see them. It was just her husband J and
M, but we just taught them anyway. About halfway through,
J's brother A came in, so we summarized what we had talked
about and kept going. Then, about two minutes later W, her kids,
and another guy came in! So, we summarized AGAIN and finished the
lesson. They seemed really interested, so hopefully they read and pray
about it! Then we drove back down to the church to substitute for the
elders at English class. The sisters were there, too, and some members
and investigators. It was really fun! I never realized how hard
English was for them.

Wednesday was crazy. We had planned to get the oil changed, but they
were full so e couldn't. Then we took Moore's bike to the shop to see
if they could fix it. Turns out his axle was broken, and it fell apart
as soon as he looked at it. So he got a new wheel and we kept going.
We tried a few people with limited success. Then Sis. P called us
to pick up some bread. Sometimes she gets the leftover bread from
Panera (Paradise Bakery sort of thing) and gives it to us to eat and
share with people. Normally it's a garbage bag full, which is a ton.
This time it was 3 bags and a big tote box full of cookies and muffins
and stuff. It was a LOT. So we took all that home, gave a third to the
Rs to take south, and put the rest in ziploc bags to distribute.
We had about 30 gallon-size bags stuffed with dread and bagels and
muffins and Danishes and goodness like that. Our freezer is full right
now. :P We actually found a lot of success giving it out too! Bagels
are an excellent way to soften hearts. Life lesson there :P

Thursday we biked out to F's since our car had been kinda
overused, and we didn't want it to die on us due to the oil. We had a
really good lesson with him, it really stuck with him and he
remembered it, which is something we had been praying to know how to
do. Then we biked down to the Triangle again. Our plans have sort of
changed with the Triangle. When we went there to do the "breakups," a
few of the people actually got more solid than before. So, we plan on
seeing them still, just not doing much else down there unless we need
to. So, we went and saw Y, aka J. He actually committed to
come to church! Woo! Then we saw F, but she was a little busy so
we didn't say much. Then we biked back up to the Vs house for
dinner, which was super good. Sis. V can cook really well. After
them we drove out to see a recent convert that had recently moved up
to our area named E. We couldn't go in (no guys in the house)
but we did get to meet her and talk for a bit. She is really nice.

Not much happened Friday but it was good stuff! We got the oil
changed, which took a bit longer than expected, so we hurried
afterwards to go see some new areas. It was pretty successful, we
found some cool people! Then we biked down to the T's
neighborhood to contact a referral there. Neither of us had tried
going there before. We got there and started looking for the house,
but couldn't find it. Some kids asked us what we were looking for, and
we told them Hispanic families. So, they pointed out every house. It
was great. We only tried one, and it was a SUPER cool family. The wife
had listened to missionaries before. We had a sweet lesson with them.
But then it was late so we biked home.

Saturday was crazy. So, our original plan had been to go teach for a
bit, then get the other elders to have lunch with a less active lady
who wanted to feed us, then do some  more appointments. Well, about an
hour before, she texted and said it would be an hour and a half later.
When we told the others, they said they couldn't because there was a
baptism that we didn't really know about that was happening. Everyone
else in the branch was going to it too, so we felt we should go. So,
we went to the lady's house to invite her too. She actually had the
food ready, so we just ate there anyway. Then we went to the baptismal
service, which was good. Lots of kids though, it got kinda crazy. :P
Then we went back and went out teaching with President P! It was
great. We met some more cool people with him, and then he took us to
try out this taco cart. It was pretty good.

Sunday was great. Y came to church!! He seemed to like it too. We
went to the youth Sunday School class with him, since we thought it
would be in English and we'd need to translate, like usual. It turned
out they had a sub who only spoke Spanish so we ended up translating
for Bro. Rs' kids. They came to church too! It was great to see
them again! After that we went to the triangle again to make another
attempt at giving our investigators to the other guys, but no luck. We
had dinner at the Rs' house, which was really good. The girls
had bought this huge sheet of home button covers for Apple stuff, so
we all got one. Mine is pretty classy, it's a bow tie with little tux
shirt buttons underneath. #classy Then we saw F. He's been
going through some rough stuff, so pray for him please. We couldn't
talk to him much.

And there you have it folks. I will see you later! 3 months to the
day, actually. 😬😱 eew. Bye!
The Fellowship of the Frisbee! (Feel free to Instagram this. It's
about the coolest picture out there now. :P)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Random Adventures

Monday we all got together, per Sister Reed's requests once it was her
birthday that week. We hung out, played some signs and ultimate
frisbee, and basically had a lot of fun. Then we grabbed a bit to eat
and went back up north. Then we went to the Triangle to go see why
nobody came to church. We couldn't really find anyone home, but we did
give one of our investigators a blessing, which was a cool experience.
Then we went up to Bro. I's house for dinner and family home
evening. He had invited some other families over too, so it was a full
house! We had a good time there too, and gave 2 more people blessings.
It was cool to be able to use the priesthood so much. Then we went
home and let the other elders in to spend the night, since there was
no running water at their complex for the day.

Tuesday was Specialized Training, which was super good! We have been
working a lot on presenting the lessons in a simple and short way, and
we talked a lot about that. Then, we went out to practice what we
learned with people! I got put in a pretty upper-class neighborhood.
Not many people were home, but we did manage to see a few people. We
got a surprise when we came back: Elder Reed came to visit! Elder Reed
was basically the technical genius of the mission. He was an office
elder for a year, and got everything organized for the iPads when they
came. He is also a pro beat boxer and standup comedian by trade. It
was a great skill set. So that was cool to see him again! After that,
we drove to go to some follow up appointments, but no one was home.
Then we picked up the APs truck for Wednesday, and had dinner with the
Hs. It was really good,  we had a good talk with her fiancée,
Bro. V about how he joined the church.

Wednesday was an adventure! We left early and headed off to Little
Rock. Elder Moore hadn't been there aside from meetings, so he was
pretty stoked. We made good time, and we stopped by my old apartment
to pick up Elder Diaz and my "son" (it's great, Diaz and I had a kid
together! :P) so they could borrow the car. As it happened, they were
supposed to have the truck that week but due to my appointment they
couldn't have one at all. So, out of pity we let them have it. It was
great to see them again! Moore is doing great, he and Diaz are having
a lot of fun there. So we went to the dentist. My temporary crown had
fallen out literally the night before, so it went pretty quickly. We
waited around for the other guys to bring the car back, and then we
drove to Memphis again. It was a long day in the car, but it was still
fun. Then we got to see some referrals and find some new people, which
was great!

Thursday was pretty good, but very all over the place. We saw
F. He moved the week before to another friend's house in a more
stable neighborhood, which is good. So we met his friend T 
and her 5 kids. They are super hyper, but
pretty cool. She also had a lot of cats, which set off my allergies
pretty bad. After them we tried to do some finding, but didn't have
much luck until later that night. We stopped to see W, this super
cool lady we found last week. She wasn't home, but her niece M
was! She is also really really awesome.   She is 20 and just moved to
the States a few months ago. She's going through some rough stuff
right now, but she handles it really well. We are excited to work with

Friday we went back to the Triangle to continue our process of weaning
everyone off of us and onto the other guys. I don't remember a lot.
The allergies disguised a cold I was coming down with, so e next
morning I had slept about 3 hours and was dead tired. We did have a
super good lesson with L though! She is the daughter of one of our
investigators, and she is really interested. She is reading the Book
of Mormon and has a lot of questions, which we are happy to answer :)
After that we had dinner with the Rs, which was delicious. They
make some really good homemade pancakes, I will have to steal the
recipe. Anyway, then Bro. I came and went out teaching it's
us. That man is awesome. He is a huge joker a lot of the time, but he
also loves the people to death. MIRACLE OF THE WEEK: We had been
thinking of seeing this one man named D that they had met a long
time ago, but hadn't seen. Another appointment had fallen through and
we both felt we should go there. When we told Bro. I, he said,
"oh, you mean D so-and-so? I've been friends with him since I
lived in Honduras. He'll let us in." Turns out, not only were they
friends, but he had talked with him ALL THE TIME about the gospel. God
knows stuff, guys. He runs our work.

Saturday involved a lot of driving everywhere. First, we tried going
to see W and M with the H's daughter, but they
weren't home. That was sad, since we had a set appointment with them.
But she bought us Sonic for lunch, which helped.  She is really cool
too. :) After that, we went and printed some stuff off for he branch
activity that night. They were doing a Family History night, and so
everyone was told to bring a board with information on one of their
ancestors. I picked Daniel W. Jones, mainly because I already knew a
bit about him. As it turns out, he was one of the FIRST group of
Spanish missionaries ever! They went to Mexico to go set up the church
there. Kinda cool, Spanish missionaries are in my blood on BOTH sides!
:) So we did that really quick, then we went to go invite F and
T. She couldn't come, but her kids wanted to! We said that would
be good, thinking that it was an "activity" it would be pretty fun. As
it turned out, it was actually much more of an adult thing. But,
F and his 5 little friends still came! It was a good event, and
PROPS to Elder Moore for keeping 5 kids under the age of 9 entertained
for an hour with a pocket notebook and a box of Tic Tacs. I do t know
how he did it.

Sunday was good too! Four of the 5 kids came, which was great. I gave
a talk, which I had been assigned to do he night before (thanks Pres.
P) and it went pretty well. After church we saw the kids and
F again so we could get permission from their mom to teach them.
She said it was fine, even though she isn't too interested. She wants
her kids to grow up in a church, though. After that we did some
finding, with limited success. We did stop in and see M for a
minute, just missing W as she left. Other than that, nothing
really happened. Oh, and we also made no-bake cookies. Shout out to
Anjilee Amos for sending the recipe, they are SUPER good. My companion
sends his heartfelt thanks as well. :)

Hope you all had a fantabulous week! Enjoy the fall, while you can! I
sure will!
I love you all!
Elder Reay
Pic: Saying goodbye to 2 of the Konway gang! Elder Mitchell and Sister
Armstrong. It's weird seeing Armstrong go, she is he first sister I

have seen start and finish her mission.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bikes are fun now!

Hello from Memphis everybody!
It was a pretty good bike week! We went over 100 miles, so our legs
are pretty beat. But other than that it was great!

Anyway, the week:

Monday we didn't have a whole lot planned. We went tie shopping at Burlington (which was a good idea, they had some nice cheap ties) and then had lunch at Steak N' Shake again! It was great to go back again, that is the best tradition we have. We have one waitress who serves us 90% of the time, she is super cool. She knows exactly what we'll order every time, it's funny. After that we went to the mall to window shop. We tested out the massage chairs in this one store. They were great. If you ever get $6000 I recommend them :P They also had a ton of clearance IPad cases, so we took advantage of that. Then we all went back to our areas, and Elder Moore and I went to go do some finding in a new area. It went really well, we met some cool people!
Tuesday was our designated "Go Ham Bike Day." First, we went to the Triangle to go see as many people as possible. You see, the Triangle is kinda far from our apartment, and over the years there hasn't been much success there. Yes, there are a ton of Hispanics, but very few of them want to listen and keep commitments and such. So, this week we decided to abandon it. We went to go see all the people we still taught there, mainly to tell them we probably wouldn't be coming back. If they still wanted us to, then we planned to send the East elders over there. We didn't get to talk to too many people, but we did see some.  We had a really good lesson with F and his friend S. She had always been kind of hanging around the apartment, but never sat in on the lessons. But Tuesday she brought up going to church and why it was so important. And we were more than happy to explain it to her! After that, we biked up to the north, about 7 miles of hills, to the huge trailer park we had gone to last week. The people we had planned all fell through, so we looked around and found some more. Then we got ready to book it back down south to have dinner with the Hs, but before we could a pastor stopped us and explained to us for 15 minutes or so why we were wrong, and how we needed to REALLY be saved. It was... Interesting, to say the least :P It's stuff like that that really strengthens my testimony, though. Some of those people can be really persuasive and make you doubt everything out believe in. But every single time, they bring up something that I have a very strong testimony for, whether it be the Book of Mormon or the nature of God, and it instantly destroys any doubt I had. But anyway, that made us late. So, we covered 7 miles of night biking through a really pretty back country road and then down another 5 in less than an hour, which was pretty awesome, I have to say. We still got to dinner 30 minutes late, but they were running behind so it was ok in the end. We had a really good enchilada that the oldest daughter made. Then we biked home, for a grand total of almost 36 miles. Needless to say, we slept well.

Wednesday was a lot easier. To start we had zone meeting, which was really good! The mission is setting a goal of doing a 40 day "fast" for things we could change as far as mission standards go. It's kind of like Lent, but with more accountability :P Then we went to this Mexican restaurant called Gallo Giro, like the Spanish district always does. After a bit, we heard the zone leaders and APs were coming, so we asked to pull over another table. The lady who owns it likes us a lot, so she told us to move everything wherever we needed. Good thing, too. Within 5 minutes 27 elders  had shown up, since none of them knew where to go eat. I attached a picture.

The Spanish sisters were the only sisters that came, and since they can't technically eat with us they had to sit alone at another table :/ It was good though, I had a steak and lengua burrito, and it was huge and delicious. Then we drove back, and went out to go find more people close to our house. We had about a 2 hour conversation with a guy named P outside his house, which was... interesting. He has some unique ways of thinking about things, let's put it that way. He was about the only one we had a full conversation with.

Thursday was also pretty short. We had planned to contact some referrals we had gotten in Bartlett. On the way, we stopped at a bike place to get some parts fixed on Moore's bike. It was busy (I know, a bike store is busy?) so it took a LOT longer than we thought. But we still made it, and contacted the people we needed to. Then we got picked up by President Perez to go to dinner. We went to this local place in Arlington called Off The Hoof Burgers. Honestly the best burger I have ever had. Probably the highest calorie one too. It was a 12 ounce patty bacon cheeseburger with a huge thing of fries. I think I replaced the weight I lost on Tuesday :P

Friday was our "day of reckoning" for the Triangle. We biked down there and went to tell off all the people who were not progressing. It didn't go quite as planned, mostly in good ways. We had quite a few of the people we were going to drop suddenly have desires to do stuff without us having to tell them! It was great! It did start raining at 5 though, and no one let us in until about 7:45. We stopped at F's for a bit to make sure he was coming to church, and then started the 10 mile bike ride in the cold rain down busy streets with dying bike lights. (Btw Mom, I may be getting more of those. This time some that actually work.) we made it most of the way, and a guy in a pickup truck pulled over and told us to get in. It turned out he had a friend who had served a mission, so he knew who we were. He also had done his second Iron Man competition two weeks ago, so he knew biking in the rain wasn't that fun. So, we got home covered in mud splatters, soaking wet, but we met a cool guy, so it was worth it. I think we will meet him again, though. I hope so anyway. I left my helmet in his truck :P

Saturday was more bike drama. We were going to bike the 13 miles to a trailer park, but Elder Moore's back tire was rubbing the brake really bad so he couldn't go fast. So, we took off his back brakes. Then the wheel started rubbing the frame. At that point we figured there was a problem, so we took it to he shop again, since he couldn't ride it like that. We inured they could just adjust the wheel, but when they looked at it the frame was actually bent. That was unfortunate. They straightened out the wheel to the point that he could ride, but that was all they could do. So we limped around the area around there to look for people, which was actually a great plan because we found a TON of people! Then, we rode down to the Triangle to go see J and his friend E. E is a less active member, but has been teaching J about the church. We had an awesome lesson about the Plan of Salvation. He had a lot of good questions, and while Elder Moore was talking with him Eric and I started talking. He is a really cool guy. His family was among the first converts in his part of Honduras, and we talked a lot about his life growing up and what he wants to change. All in all it was good. It was also long. We got finished about 8:45, and we were an hour away from home. Also, it was cold enough to see your breath (which is ridiculous, I was sweating like crazy on Tuesday) so we called the other elders and they saved us.

Sunday went alright. No one showed up that we invited, which was sad. We got a car back though! We spent the rest of the day with Elder Doty on exchanges. He is the Spanish zone leader, so he goes out with all of us. We went finding, and it went pretty good! We found some cool people. Then we had a good lesson with the Ps. They have been taught for years now, and we decided to settle some stuff. Hopefully they start reading and having some desires to learn!

That's about all! I hope you guys have a good week! I guess for some of you it's fall break, so enjoy it!
Love you guys!
-Elder Reay

The district! From left: Sister Reed, Sister Brown, Elder Butler, Elder Peterson, me, Elder Moore, Elder Heaton, and Elder Spencer. 

New movie poster for the District season 2

Monday, October 5, 2015

#LDSconf #newapostles #ponderize #allthehashtags

Heylo everybody!
So Monday, we went to the Pyramid (I already sent the pics, they're on
the blog I think.) It was pretty cool. Hey had a lot of cool manly
stuff and we all felt pretty awesome. Also everyone thought we worked
there, so we kept getting asked where stuff was. #mishprobs :P
After P-day ended we couldn't really go far, since our car was
basically out of miles and so we were biking. So, we went to a trailer
park close to our place. We got to see the P family, who have
had the missionaries coming over for a while now. We talked to them
about general conference, and how cool it was to have an actual
prophet and actual apostles on live TV. (Doesn't that just sound soooo
cool?!) Then we helped some kid track down his dog and went home.
Tuesday we had district meeting! It was really good. We talked about
how we can help people to want to change, and want to keep the
commitments we leave them. A lot of the time, our investigators do
stuff out of motivation, and that's good, but we want them to do
things because they truly want to come closer to God. We had a really
good discussion about it. After the meeting and some cookies (I am
basically the "refreshments" guy for district meetings I guess :P) we
got picked up by an investigator from Humbolt, Tennesee named R. He
is Hispanic, and is good friends with Elder Moore and Elder Peterson.
So, he took the four of us to a Chinese Buffet place. I ate a lot more
fried stuff than I probably should have. (Don't worry, Mom, my blood
sugar stayed fine.) After that, we did exchanges! Elder Moore went to
South, and I got to spend the day with on of my favorite companions,
Elder Heaton. It was a great day. We were still biking, and had to go
pretty far up north. It was worth it though, because we had a really
good lesson with C and E, two people we had met last week. They
have a lot of really good questions, and we LOVE questions :P We also
got in to see F, which was good. He may be moving to Oxford
soon, which is sad, but he has a good job offer down there. Then we
went to the Hs for dinner. The whole family was there, and
some friends, plus four missionaries. It was a party! Elder Heaton and
I spent most of the time playing with I, one of Sis.
H's grandkids. She is very adorable, and insisted I take a
picture of her with the flower crown I made her.

Tuesday I also learned that God really knows how to communicate with
us in a personalized way. We were biking down a hill after an
appointment. We had just biked up that hill before, so both of us were
glad to be able to whiz down it. We were going towards a
T-intersection at the bottom, and both streets were empty. I was going
in front, almost to the intersection, when that little voice in my
head said, in a pretty cynical voice, "You'll totally get T boned by a
pickup here, just watch." I kinda laughed in my head, but then out of
curiosity looked both ways. That gave me plenty of time to skid to a
stop before a big old GMC flew by. Elder Heaton thought I was going to
die. We both had a good laugh about it afterwards, though. It's nice
to know I'm being looked after.

Wednesday we exchanged back, and Elder Moore and I set off on our last
day of biking, because the miles refill every month. And it was a
great day to be outside! I hardly sweated at all, which for me in the
South is an achievement, trust me. We saw Fernando again, and also
this cool lady named F. We taught her about the Restoration and
she really found it interesting! We invited her to conference too, so
hopefully she comes! We had dinner at this super popular shaved ice
place in the middle of the Triangle called Jerry's. It looks kind of
sketchy, but the food was really good.

Thursday we had a good day. We went to this one lady's house to help
with her garden. We had found her a week ago. She is 94, and was
trying to operate a Rototiller. Yeah, we told her she would need some
help with that :P So we show up with Butler and Peterson, and she
doesn't answer the door. That was too bad. But we were all there, in
service clothes. So we walked down the street to Sis. H's house and
asked her what we could do at her house. And so we weeded her garden
for her. It hadn't been done for a bit, there were little trees
growing in it. Do you know how hard it is to pull out a tree? Pretty
hard. But we did it, and it went fast. Sister H took us out to eat
as a thank you. It turns out that it was her BIRTHDAY (none of us
knew) and she had just been "thinking about how much God had blessed
her in her life," as she put it, when we came. She was really grateful
for us. It was sweet. After that, we got changed and went out to find
people. We have been trying to work closer to our apartment, because
the area we normally work in is really burned out. And we had a lot of
success! I honestly didn't think there were any Hispanics that lived
near us, but there sure are. After a bit of that, we had dinner with
the Rs, which was really good. Then we went to a trailer park
pretty far north of town that we had heard had Hispanics. And boy, did
it! There is a ton of potential there, and we met some cool people.
Friday we went back to the Triangle. We talked to F again, and
helped him make a commitment to change for real this time. He has been
going through some of the old struggles he has had in the past. We
helped him to realize that Christ is always there to help him, even
when we weren't. I have learned that a lot. I have had to go through a
lot of hard change in the past year, and I know for a fact that
without God, NONE of it would have happened. No one else could have
done it. Anyway, after that we saw A and went over the Plan of
Salvation with her. I love teaching people about this, because so many
people have a general idea of it, but no one has really told them
specifically about it. The reason it sounds so familiar no matter what
is because we all already knew about it at one point, and it's fun
watching people "rediscover" it. :) After we saw her, we had dinner
with the B family again. They are really great. When I was here
last time, I went to their house one time, and talked to them maybe
twice. But every time Bro. B saw me he would act like his long
lost brother had come to see him. He is just a really loving guy, and
so is everyone else in his family. I love eating there. Anyway, they
fed us, and then we went to see this guy named J. He is American,
but his wife is a Hispanic member from Nashville. He had been taught
by the missionaries a lot there, and they moved here about two months
ago. We had a really good talk with him, and he opened up a lot. We
are excited to work with him, he already is gaining a testimony.
Saturday!!! Woo! General Conference is always the coolest weekend for
missionaries. It just gets us pumped. And this one was great! I really
recommend watching the talk by Dieter F. Uchdorf on the simplicity of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, if you are going through some rough
times, with anything at all, watch the one by Dallin H. Oaks. And by
the way, I am talking to all of you, member or no. These are apostles
talking here. Like, the equivalent of Peter, John, and Paul. Thats
just AWESOME. Sorry, I keep saying that. But it really is just so
amazing! So they really know what is going on in the world today, and
they put it simply how to help us. Also, this conference was
especially important because three NEW APOSTLES were called. You see,
apostle is a lifelong calling. You only get released if you want to
leave the church, basically. So three of the apostles died since the
last conference, and they called Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson,
and Dale G. Renlund were called to be their replacements. SO cool. It
was great. I would put all my notes, but none of them would make sense
if you hadn't been watching. So watch it. Then if you want my notes,
email me :P Between sessions, we just hung around the church for a
bit, then blitzed the area inviting people, and then had a party with
the Spanish branch guys, the English missionaries, and us. It's still
really weird to have Elder Erickson around all the time. If his
parents are reading this right now, then I'll just let you know he is
doing great! Don't worry, I'm keeping an eye on him :P But yeah, there
was a lot of good food. Bro. B made some Honduran food, and Bro.
T brought some homemade guacamole with some jalepeño in it.
Suuuuuper delicious. (Mom, did I tell you I like guacamole and
avocados now? I do.) So we went home full of good stuff, in our
stomachs and souls. :)
Sunday was basically a repeat of Saturday! I watched the first session
in Spanish, since most of the branch showed up for the morning
session. It was pretty good! I'm going to study it in English, just to
make sure I got everything :P I really liked Russell M. Nelson's talk
on how important women are in the Church. There were some good talks
on that subject, actually! Between sessions, all the missionaries just
kinda sat around. Some of the members stayed and made some tacos and
stuff, so we had that too. For the afternoon session, literally no
Spanish members showed up, so I watched it in English. Again, it was
fantastic. I'm stoked to start "ponderizing" the scriptures like Bro.
Durrant suggested! After conference, all 6 of us gathered at Juan
Rs' house for Elder Petersen's "initiation." He had some
beetles, and we all celebrated together with some dang good  food.
That was our week! All 6 of us are together today, so it'll be a
party! Love you guys!

Some random pics this week! First one is from the 4th of July, when
all of us had to hold a tarp over the earth oven for about two hours
in a solid downpour. The second picture is whatever happened when the
wind stopped. Yeah, most of us almost suffocated a few times. Then
there's Js pork wraps with rice and homemade fries. He is just an
incredible cook.