Hey guys here is my week🌎❤️
|The colors are so beautiful!|
Monday- So on Monday we went to Harrisburg to play basketball and hang out with some other Elders and the Zone Leaders. It was fun to be with some other people outside of our district! I met this really cool missionary named Elder Bell from Oakland, CA. He's insanely good at everything, basketball, volleyball, missionary work etc. I heard that he got a perfect score on the SAT too😳 he got called to this mission English speaking and then he taught himself Spanish on the street and through his Spanish speaking companions so they switched his call to Spanish speaking. So yeah he's pretty cool but we started talking and stuff and we have a bunch of the same interests and became friends pretty quick. But the sad part is that he goes home next week😔 After basketball and stuff we went to dinner with the sisters at a members farm house and they made super good hamburgers😍🍔
|I keep asking him for pictures and he sends great ones!|
Tuesday- Tuesday was pretty normal, we just studied then taught Lloyd, our less active in the morning and it went good. He's been coming to church more and more lately the biggest problem is his health. He is like 500 lbs and eats absolutely terrible. He has mice that run around his house too and they distract me during the lesson! I will look at one out of the corner of my eye mid-testimony and it will stare at me then I look back at it and it's gone!🐀 They drive me insane hahaha rodents are a real problem in PA. After Lloyd, we visited this lady from Haiti and she has the coolest accent! It's beautiful. I want to live on an island someday where everyone sounds like that lol. After that we were taking some pictures of leaves in the park and we ran into this guy from Dominican Republic and he doesn't speak any English and he's Mormon he just didn't know where the church was! So we talked to him and helped him out. God truly puts people in our paths! Then that night we went to the Boggs house again for dinner and then Brother Boggs dropped us off at the church afterwards for our ESL class. Unfortunately no one showed up for the class except for the teacher who's a female so she couldn't give us a ride home(mission rules). So we had to walk home in the pitch black on a rural Pennsylvania rode 4 miles back to our apartment😅 But honestly it wasn't that bad! It was just a bunch of farms out there so there wasn't a lot of light and the stars looked amazing😍 so I actually enjoyed the walk! All I could see was the top of corn fields and stars for miles ✨⭐️🌟🌽 Idk if you guys have scene the spongebob episode where him and squidward have to deliver the Krusty Krab pizza and they walk in the middle of no where for miles😂 Anyways, spongebob starts singing songs that bug the crap out of squidward so I started singing the same songs to my companion and he knew exactly what episode I was talking about so we were laughing pretty hard😂
Wednesday- Wednesday started the same as most, we just did studies then visited the nursing home crew as well as did some puzzles. At first I was confused as to why we were spending our time doing puzzles in a nursing home BUT the lady that we do them with, who has been less active, has come to church the last 3 weeks! So I guess it's working😂 Our other visits weren't anything overly significant, Sister Bord still loves me even though I haven't cleaned my iPad case so that's good hahaha. That evening we got a ride from a member and spent the night in Harrisburg because we had Zone Conference the next day and my companion had to interview someone for baptism there as well. (Because he is District leader) So we stayed with the Zone Leaders, it was fun to spend the night with them and their apartment is huge!! I hope I get to serve in Harrisburg at some point.
|Zone Conference with President Johnson|
Thursday- On Thursday we had zone conference and it was good, I got to meet some more new people too. For every zone conference we are supposed to prepare a 5 minute talk and they call on 2 people to speak, and most of us kinda spaced it. The topic was Revelation through Church Attendance so it was kind of a weird topic. But one of the Zone Leaders hinted to me that I might be speaking 15 minutes before the meeting so I hurried and prepared a talk😂 sure enough they called me to speak and it actually went super good! Everybody there told me I did a good job and one of the kids was like "I think you've mastered the art of 5 minute talks with 5 minute preparation." Hahaha the zone leaders thanked me several times and they said they prayed about it and felt like I was the one they were supposed to call on. Even though I hadn't prepared it yet🤔 but it went good and now the Zone knows who I am.
|He called this park, "Cannonball Park."|
I don't know if it's the same as "Tank Park," but sure beautiful!
Friday- Friday was good! We went to Brother Alva's and actually worked this time! We got a ton done around his house, knocked down a shed, cut shelves etc. His attitude towards everything in life has definitely gotten better since we started helping him with everything. He's had a ridiculously hard life so to see improvement in him is amazing! After service we visited Modesto. Modesto is doing good, he just needs his dang transplant. Pray for him please! He is so accepting of the gospel and always helps me with my Spanish! It's sad because he's in pain all the time and he's on a bunch of medication. But he says that our visits with him make him feel better than his medicine does. Missionaries:1 Narcotics:0 So that made us feel good😌 We showed him a piece of a conference talk and he was like "I think Nelson will be up there one day" hahahaha. He always tries to teach me new words in Spanish as well but I shouldn't listen to those Puerto Rican's because they make up so many words!!😂 por ejemplo: chinna (orange juice) parkiar (to park) mopiar (to mop) checkiar (to write a check) trockar (truck) none of these words are real words and the letter "k" is really not even used in the Spanish alphabet lol. Puerto Rican's man. That night for dinner we went to the Boyd's house and it was so fun. Their house is really far away so when they come pick us up they keep us all night and call it service(games). Hahaha so we had an excellent dinner then played some games and had a spiritual thought and stuff. It was the hardest I'd laughed in awhile, it was just a fun night.
Saturday- Borrrrinnnggg. We had a service project planned for the morning but the family bailed on us last minute so we did weekly planning instead and it took 10 years. Once we finally finished that, we went to some Mexican stores downtown and put out some flyers for our ESL class. Then we went to another families house and gave a lady a blessing and then we went to Harrisburg for a baptism. It was a fun little trip but nothing really significant happened😂
|At a church in Lebanon|
|Another shot of that same beautiful church :)|
Other Items I thought were funny/weird😂
1. Every time we walk into someone's house during the day and they have the TV on, they are all watching super old TV Shows from like the 1960's. Literally everybody!! They all watch these black and white TV shows about WWII or Cowboys or something else old, it's so weird! Like does no one here have Netflix or anything?😂
2. Everyone smokes. I've never seen so many smokers before, part of the reason everyone has a front porch is so that they can smoke. No one vapes or uses E-Cigs here either! They are all just content with death.
Scripture of the week: Alma 48:17 - Why can't we all just be more like Moroni?
Anyways, thanks for your emails and stuff this week! It makes my week better when you send them💙. I will go respond to your other emails individually as usual💁 I love and miss you guys so much!