Thursday, April 27, 2017

You're not going to want to miss reading this! (Sorry it's so late, I have been out of town)

It was a very memorable week...I'll put it that way.

Monday night we went to the Stevens for dinner and we had a great time.  We made plans to clean up Micah's (brother Stevens) horse saddle this week for him.  Sister Stevens also gave me this Doterra oil mixture that is supposed to ease my twitches and stuff so we'll see how this goes haha.

Tuesday, we had a bit of a surprise!  Elder Ortiz, or Will, came and showed us a visit!  We talked a bit and went to the Rogers for lunch after district meeting.  We also had a lesson with a less active and his non-member brother and a few other non-members!  A couple are promising and we're hoping to baptize a couple of them!  The brother and the son and daughter of the lady living with him (she's not interested but has had a few blessings from us that have worked 🤔 weird I know).  The brother, Mike, will most likely end up being baptized!  He's been to church a bunch so it's just a matter of teaching.  We also got Micah's saddle and we started cleaning it!  Elder Hill is gonna make a cowboy outta me yet.  Now I just need my boots and hat.

Wednesday, we woke up early and worked on the saddle again.  It was starting to look mighty purty.  We also had more service with Micah.  We helped another guy move.  I also got the chance to edge a few lawns!  You have no idea how happy that made me.  Talk about memories.  Never thought I would miss yard work like I do.

After that we got the guy working with us to commit to coming to church!  So that was awesome.  We were told by our ward mission leader to not do service for members unless we cleared it with him...I'm still not good at following rules I guess cause every time we break a rule we get referrals and people to teach :/. Darn, it's almost like it's a made up rule to gain control.  *imaginary tear drop rolling down my face*.

After that we walked 9 miles to get told to come back next week...SCORE!  My feet and Elder Hills were completely toast.  We came home, drenched in sweat from a 90 degree day and just tore off our clothes and laid in bed.  Four hours of walking, but all was well cause we were honked at and waved to by some women.  Confidence booster, but doesn't help the fact we were dead.

Thursday, we went to Walmart to get a card so I could send to Kaeden, he's gonna love it by the way ;) and got a shirt that makes me so proud to be an American.  Yup.  I got another one 🇺🇸.  We finished up the saddle!  Yeehaw hoss!  We tracked Walmart while we were there too, to no avail.  I feel like I'm in Babylon.  Anyways, we taught Mike again and set a date with him!  He seems super down!  We invited him to church and everything and he is excited to meet again!  Hopefully we keep racking up baptisms so elder Hill and I can stay together!  We did a lot of dumb things later that night...well I did.  I wanted to know how bad getting hit with a ruler on my calves would hurt.  I took 4 hits.  3 from a golfer and 1 from Hill.  Goaslind (nicknamed goose in case I ever say Goose) killed me haha.  I'll send videos cause they're funny.  I'm still Kai sadly, sorry dad!

Friday, we had a 30-minute-long weekly planning session (it's supposed to be like 2.5 hours) because we literally have 3 people we are actually teaching.  So we planned for them and then deuced out to do some service for Micah again.  We moved stuff from the one guy we moved last week into a different storage unit.  And by stuff, I mean 12 eight feet tall grandfather clocks and countless other little clocks.  I guess Tom used to be a clock fixer dude.  I never thought I would be attracted to a grandfather clock!  Those things were NICE!

After we moved those we had to make room for them in the other unit so we moved a crap ton of furniture and trash out of this one unit and I thought I had the black I'm not kidding.  Elder Hill and I are drinking a bunch of water cause we're always walking and we have drunk about 2 or so gallons a day each.  We filled like 10 jugs of water at the spring on Monday and we only have 2 left...whoops.  And we still feel dehydrated.

We also are ALWAYS HUNGRY!!  I've never been this hungry.  Ever.  But we're working out a lot and we're in week 3 of the vertical jump workout and I can now dunk a football and almost hold onto the rim with both hands.  Look out SUU.  Oh and there's a corvette parade thing that went on both Friday and Saturday and I've never been so happy.  I was literally surrounded by my dream car, of every year.  From 60's to 2017 stingrays and I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, we were finally able to teach some more lessons!  We've taught a total of 4 in 4 weeks and 3 were this week!  We're being blessed!  We got back in contact with an investigator named Jeff.  He's super chill and laid back and he's gonna start coming for Thursday night volleyball!  We walked a lot and got rained on again cause servants of the lord get that kind of stuff a lot.  But we could hack it and not get too drenched.

Elder Isaacson, our District leader, went on exchanges with me and we found that almost every car passing by stared at us so we decided to make awkward eye contact with all of them.  We got some good laughs and made some people feel pretty dumb.  They try to be sly and kind of look out of the peripherals or barely over their gigantic sunglasses, but that don't trick us.  Some women were see 2 handsome young men staring back at them...some even honked or winked.  I'd say the South only doesn't like missionaries because we have the potential of stealing their women!  I mean shoot, we own most of their hearts!  I will not apologize.

Now...with Sunday...nothing more could have gone wrong than what happened at this horrendous sacrament meeting.  I'm not kidding when I say I was baffled.  To begin, it started with miracles!  It starts at 9:30 and no investigators were there.  None.  So we open up with "Did you think to pray?" And I said a little prayer in my heart that they would show, and not even 30 seconds later 2 investigators come walking in within 15 seconds of each other!!  I almost lost it!  My comp and I split and sat by both!  But one older member made Elder Hill and Jeff move cause "that's her spot".  It was ridiculous.  And

The first speaker was wonderful!  But what happened prayer could have saved this.  The second speaker is from Tonga and not an English speaker, but it wasn't a bad talk - until she took it upon herself to sing "The Spirit of God" in Tongan...bishop was speechless haha.  But the last speaker...his name is Crazy Dave, or Doomsday...he started off on obedience and ended off with Planet X, nuclear weapons, food storage, government was a freaking mess.  Bishop had to get up and ask him to wrap it up. hahaha.

Our gators eyes were gaping wide...we didn't know what to say besides how sad we were that it happened!!  He even called out a member and said "oh I see him rolling his eyes!  In fact I see all of ya rolling your eyes!"  I didn't know whether to laugh or be shocked at what I was hearing!  I couldn't grasp what had just happened...AND THEN ANOTHER MEMBER SHOUTED OUT "you crazy old fool!" LIKE WHAT EVEN WAS GOING ON?!?!  And throughout sacrament music kept blaring on and off.  It was a week for the books.  I wouldn't blame Jeff or Mike if they never want to come back to church.

But all in all, it was a pretty good week!  We taught some dope lessons and talked to some dope people, even if there were a few who said some dumb things to us.  A woman literally used her daughter to tell us that "Jesus is the only answer" and then stopped and turned around and drove off...they literally went out of their way to tell us we don't believe in Christ...and then some guys were recording us while flipping us off and shouting "hail Satan" that took a lot of patience for me not to say something to them.  If I wasn't on exchanges, Elder Hill would have joined me in burning this whole place to the ground.  #SonsOfThunder.

Kings Do King Things
Goin' Buck Wild

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