🎅🏿🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!
That being said, hello! It's been a crazy week filled with happy, sad,
funny, and just plain nice moments. I can't believe it's been a year
since last Christmas! It's freaking me out! But anyway, here was my
Monday I spent the morning with Elder Moore and Elder Jorgensen, since
my companion got his turn to go to the temple. Both of them (Elders
Moore and Jorgensen) got the transfer call, so they were packing and
such. Then we went to the mall with Salazar and Spencer, mainly to
just meet up. Then we picked up Peterson and went to Steak N' Shake
one last time together. Our waitress was sad to hear they were
leaving. Then we all left for the church building to meet the sisters.
They didn't end up coming for a few hours, so we played chair soccer
with the other guys. Then they came and we all played chair soccer.
Their ride ended up being super late too, and since they couldn't be
alone in the church building, we had to wait with them for a while. We
played baseball with a hacky sack and a flip flop and other assorted
boredom games and then they just agreed to wait outside. That was
about it for our day. Oh! Elder Jorgensen got this game from his mom.
It was a bunch of chocolate dipped caramels with fancy flavors that
you had to guess. I didn't do great (66%) but hey, free fancy candy.
My kind of game. :P
Tuesday was about the same. We were on bike week, and we realized when
we tried to bike to the other guys for a ride that our bikes were
still at the R's house. So we stayed closer to home. We helped
the other guys clean their apartment in prep for the new people. We
had the theory that it would be sisters, based on our counts, so we
had to clean extra hard. We had dinner at the H's and then
went to go see some people. We met a really cool family and taught
them, then we went to go see A. and L. They got a new dog,
who was extremely happy to see us.
Wednesday was transfers, and as usual there were surprises! So, here
is our new district: Elder Peterson and I in East, Elder Salazar and
Elder Spencer in South, Sister Brown and Sister Bennett (woo she's
over here now!) in Horn Lake and Sister Reed and Sister Madsen in the
NEW South area. So, Memphis North is now closed, and we are the only
Spanish from here to Jackson, TN. Elder Jorgensen is opening that area
with Elder Meza. Elder Moore went to Russellville with.... the OTHER
Elder Moore! My son is now with Elder Peterson's son, and both of them
have the exact same name. It's great. So that happened. Also, since
some areas closed, we got a car! So, with that, we immediately
proceeded to ransack the now abandoned North apartment. Elder
Jorgensen had left a lot of the food his family sent him since he
didn't have room. Now ours. They also have really good mattresses.
Also ours. Good office chairs too. Ours. In essence, we are now
stocked for the month with some really good stuff. Thanks guys! :P
After we finished our pillaging, we went teaching. We got to go see
the O. family with Sister Hunt and Abel, one of the youth in the
branch. It was really good!
Thursday we continued the Sacking of the Northern Territory. We got a
lot of good stuff from there. Then we started integrating the plan
Elder Peterson had come up with. You see, we have about 700 of last
year's Christmas pass along cards that they didn't end up using (who
knows why) and we decided that since they had the same website on the
back, they were still good. So we set the goal of giving out all of
them before Christmas. I'm not sure what we got ourselves into, but so
far so good! No, we haven't given out as much as we thought, but we
have met some pretty cool people doing it! It was also a good day
because it got cold and I could wear my coat. :)
Friday was really cool! We got together as a zone to go spend the day
working for Toys for Tots! It was a blast. Totally doing that next
year. We were there for 5 hours sorting toys and "shopping" for the
people that were coming the next day. It was exhausting, but great.
After that we did more Christmas blitzing and found more people. Then
Elder Heaton and Elder Doty came over from Little Rock for a sealing
the next day and spent the night with us.
Saturday was more service. We helped out a member's family clean out
their house. They'd had a small chicken fire (that's not autocorrect,
they accidentally left one cooking for about 6 hours and it
incinerated) and it had smelled like it for weeks. So, we got a deep
clean organized and took everything out, washed the walls and
everything, and put it back. And that was all before noon! Then we
dropped Elder Heaton off at the temple so he could go. I talked with
B. from Jonesboro in the waiting room (SO weird, I
Skyped for Christmas at their place LAST year 0.o). Then we got taken
out to eat by one of the families from Little Rock. The ex-elder
Ramirez came too! It was nice to see him again and get an update on
all the missionaries. Then we went out teaching for about half an hour
with the zone leaders before heading down to the church for our
interviews with President Wakolo. It went really well! I always like
meeting with him. We found out when we got there that they were having
a farewell party for J.T., who is going on a mission to
Kennewick Washington in a couple weeks. President Wakolo stayed for a
while and ate with his family, which was pretty cool!
Oh haha so funny conversation when he was talking to the entire district:
Elder Spencer: yeah, we've been eating a lot of tamales lately.
Pres: Oh, that is really good. It's not an avocado, but it's close, right?
Everybody: .....uhh.... What?
Pres: Isn't it green, you mash it up.......?
Everybody: oh, guacamole, President. That's actually avocado too.
President: Ah, I see. Well. (Points to Sister Madsen) What is a... Tamale?
Haha it was great. We are slowly converting him though.
Sunday was pretty good too! I gave a talk with about an hour of prep
for it since someone got sick. Haha that was an interesting
experience. It was alright though. We were there for a while planning
for the week, but later that night we went out with President Perez to
go see the P. family. It was pretty good. I really hope they come
to church this week though.
Well, hope y'all have a fantastic Christmas! I'll see a few of you
friday, but as for the rest of you, I hope you have a good one!
Remember the Savior and everything He did.
It's cheesy but He is the reason for the season. All of the seasons,
really. And everything else haha! Bye! Love you lots!
Pics: Didn't take too many this week, but here is a picture of the
sealing, with the Little Rock people!