Hey guys, here's my week!
Monday- Monday wasn't too bad, we took the morning slow and did our shopping then we headed over to the church. It was a nice day so we all went down to the Point State Park to play football and ultimate frisbee. Point state park is the big park right across the river from Heinz Field downtown so it's super cool scenery! Ultimate frisbee and football were kinda lame but whatever. Afterwards we walked over to McDonalds to send some emails and I talked to a couple Spanish dudes and got their address then we headed back to the church to change and get ready for dinner. We had dinner at the Reyes house and it was good as always then we went to ESL class and then we went home.
|Selfie with Elder Halls :)|
|Had to show that it was warm enough to wear shorts today!|
|At Point State Park, downtown Pittsburgh|
Carter is in his new Huntington Surf and Sport shirt.
You can take the boy out of the surf, but you can't take the surf out of the boy!
|Goodbye to the old red Corolla. The Trio gets a new Chevy Malibu!! |
It's like being on Ellen ;)
Thursday- On Thursday we woke up and played basketball and got some good exercise and then we had District Meeting and it was good because we talked about the Easter Initiative #PrinceOfPeace pretty much the whole time hahaha then we had exchanges again! So Elder Halls went to SwissVale and Elder Chafin(The District Leader) came here with Elder Condie and I. It was technically my turn to lead out so I was in charge of everything and I was actually kind of nervous because we had 3 really important lessons planned and two of them were in Spanish so without Elder Halls(who's practically fluent) it was up to me but it was good! We grabbed some lunch and I bought some pillsbury cinnamon rolls at the store for Conference on Sunday because I wasn't about to miss out on those haha then we got to it. Our first lesson was with our investigator Dorothy and that one was in English. It was time for us to teach the Word of Wisdom and we were all kind of nervous because our first 3 lessons had gone super well and she is a chain smoker and she loves to smoke! She said that when she dies she wants a pack of cigarettes put in her casket with her She has been smoking for like 50 years but she's such a sweet old lady who wants to learn more about the church so we didn't want this lesson to go bad but it actually went great!! As we taught the lesson, she understood the reasons behind each commandment and knew that it was from God. She was reluctant about quitting smoking at first but we talked more about the blessings that would come from it and things and then I asked her again and she looked at me and said "So you guys want me to quit smoking?" And I said "No, the lord wants you to quit smoking" and it was one of those cheesy missionary moments where you throw out a crazy one liner but the spirit was strong right there! She sat there for a second and then she was like "actually for the first time in 50 years, I had started to think about quitting even before I met you guys." Then she said that she would try her best to quit! She said the one cigarette she had in her pocket would be her last and then she would give the rest to her friend So we are excited to help her further on her journey! This lesson helped strengthen my testimony that even people who aren't members of the church can understand and have a desire to follow God's commandments and that they are prepared to hear about the gospel. After that lesson we had a lesson with Erica and this was the Spanish one. It wasn't too bad but it wasn't great, I was the only one who talked during whole thing. The problem is that she doesn't understand what Jesus did during his life like the fact that he established a church or anything. It's a cultural thing though, people just think that he came to Earth and helped a couple people then was crucified on the cross. So it's hard to teach about the Restoration of a gospel that they didn't know existed. But she came to church last Sunday so she has potential! We just have to keep helping her understand. After that lesson we went to Dinner at the Stoddards house and Brother Stoddard is the Stake Patriarch so it was cool to talk to him. Afterwards he was supposed to come with us to our lesson at Wilbur's but Wilbur canceled so I called a million people trying to find someone that we could go visit. I actually got in touch with several people that we hadn't talked too in awhile but none of them were home or had time so we went to try and see a couple less actives but they weren't home.
Friday- On Friday we exchanged back and then we went to a lesson with a less active named Nicky and we shared the Easter Initiative with her and she loved it and then we spent the rest of the afternoon weekly planning. After that we went to our lesson with Jorge and taught him about Prophets and following them and then we invited him to come to the priesthood session the next day. Lesson was good though! Then we went and got some street tacos at Las Palmas for dinner and they were dang good Because we speak Spanish, the guy working there hooks us up haha we are buddies. I got a carne asada and an al pastor taco and then they have a little salsa bar where you load up your tacos with salsas and pico, it's wonderful and cheap. After that we went to our ESL class.
Saturday- On Saturday we played basketball again then we came back and showered and stuff and then we went to watch the morning session of General Conference with some members named the Ballards. They were super cool and they made us some brunch After that we headed over to the church for the second session. Half way through the second session, Jorge came to the church! So we watched it in Spanish with him. Then we hung out at the church until the Priesthood session potluck activity that we had. It was fun and there was some good food and Jorge got to meet a bunch of men from the ward and Spanish group. Then we watched the session and went home. On the drive home, we drive passed tons of bars and they all had the Final Four games on their big TVs through the window so we kept trying to purposely hit red lights so that we could catch some small glimpses of the game
Sunday- On Sunday we got up and did our studies in our pajamas and watched the first session at our apartment and it was absolutely great I made myself the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls because I didn't want to be left out of the tradition and we cranked Conference up on the Beats Pill and all watched in on our iPads and took notes. After the first session we got dressed and then went to this Hispanic members house who has a tradition of feeding all the missionaries in between sessions on Sunday. So they made tons of tacos and they had the best guacamole ever, it was fun. Then we headed to the church to watch the second session and then we went to our dinner appointment at the Ford's house. It was good and then we headed to our lesson with Sergio on the opposite side of the city. He didn't have a ton of time but we were able to share the Easter video with him and his family. After that we went to contact a couple referrals but they didn't answer. We found a JW pamphlet stuck in the door of one of the referrals so we switched it out with a #PrinceOfPeace card before leaving and that was my week. Conference was super good! I enjoyed it! I went in with a few specific questions in mind and they were all answered. My favorite talks were Gary B. Sabin's and Jeffery R. Holland's both from the Saturday afternoon session. And President Thomas S. Monson's and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's both from the priesthood session. There were lots of good ones though and I'd love to hear about your favorites. This week was good though, definitely some stressful points but it all turned out alright. Thank you all for your emails I'll go respond to them later! I love and miss you guys!!