This is has been a crazy week. Being a trainer is more stress but it's a lot of fun and I just feel like I'm babysitting one of my siblings so it's not too bad haha.
Monday: I woke up at 5 this morning and got ready to head out. Brother King helped us load Elder Lucas's stuff in his van and went to the transfer spot. Elder Lucas and I drove our car to Eugene so it was pretty fun and relaxing. It's awesome being here in Eugene because there are tons of missionaries serving around here and I was able to see a ton of good friends. I spent the day with Elder Hooker. (One of his former companions) It was like good ole times. I've missed being around him. He is now a Zone Leader for Springfield. It's super crazy. Elder Jafid Garcia is going home so I said my good byes to him. It's weird he's gone now. I am now staying with Elders Romero and Barton for the next couple days. (He's waiting for his new companion to come in from the Mexico CCM on Thursday)
Tuesday: Today we went to the Mission office which I haven't been there in so long it seems, so it was nice to see everyone there. Elders Romero and Barton's kitchen sink is clogged and DrainX isn't doing the job so I talked to Elder Christensen to see if I could take the plumbing apart under the sink to see what the problem is. He said I could so I had some fun doing that. Good thing I'm very handy. So way back in the pipes was old rice that had turned into cement so I had to scrape all that out. Problem solved. (What a handy guy.) We went to the Eugene public library. Let me just say that I will never live in Eugene. It's just a weird city. On the way up the stairs at the library, there was this homeless guy walking up in front of us. As he was walking he let out a huge fart that was super loud. I couldn't help but just crack up laughing. I haven't laughed that hard in a while. Hahaha. Then this old guy was watching porn on the computer as we were walking by. That was just weird. Come on man. We are in a public library and you're like 60 something! We went to this Voodoo Donuts place downtown where they make all these weird donuts with random things as toppings. Pretty cool place! We had dinner with Sam Flores, one of the Spanish members here. He's a super cool guy. Man it was an interesting talk with him. He's a funny guy who has lived through it all and is now a wise guy.
Wednesday: Today we rode the bus everywhere in Eugene. Let's just say I saw some interesting people haha. Tonight I had training meeting with President Russell, President Lowary and the A.P's. I learned a whole lot and I'm super excited for my new companion. It's going to be a great time to learn and grow. (He's waiting for his new companion to come in from the Mexico CCM on Thursday)
Thursday: We went to the church at 8 to eat the breakfast that the senior missionaries prepared for us. It was awesome! I've gotten to know them a lot better which is great. We sang the EFY Medley as the new missionaries entered into the Chapel and it was so powerful. I was given the opportunity to bear my testimony to these new missionaries which was a privilege. (So cool!) I remember when I was in their shoes and it's crazy to think I am now training a new missionary. My new companion is Elder Caleb Thompson. He is from Arizona and is 18. He's a baby! Haha. He has a 21 year old brother, a 15 year old brother and a 12 year old sister. Pretty close to some of my siblings. He is 18 and his birthday is June 16. He's a super cool kid. We have a ton in common and I know that President Russell was inspired by the Lord by choosing me to be his trainer. It's so exciting! We had a good day after we got back in the area. We did some weekly planning, some grocery shopping, showed him the area a bit, did some finding and knocking on doors, had dinner with the Tryons who both speak Spanish and are in the Philomath Ward. He kept saying "it's all good in the hood" to them so I had to correct him on that. It's was pretty funny though but he can't be saying that to members. Haha. Did my first training session with him and some role plays to break him in. He's a great kid with a ton of potential. I'm proud to call him my son. He reminds me a lot like a younger me. (Haha. He acts like he is so much older and wiser. Well, actually he is more experienced with the missionary stuff. Not sure about the mature part though :)
Friday: This morning we went to community outreach to move 6 big dressers into the rooms there. They were heavy and a lot of work. Jeff gave me the nickname of MasterP like the rapper. Haha I thought that was pretty funny. I also woke up super sick this morning and have been all day. This is like the first time I've actually gotten sick. Usually I'm good but I have a killer headache, my throat hurts, my body is all achy, it's just a party. I endured to the end today though. Elder Thompson had training and killed it which was awesome. My boy is making me proud. He's going to be a great missionary. In district meeting we talked about being diligent and how we all have afflictions for our benefit. Elder Thompson got his new IPad but we spent most of the day trying to get it to work which it never ended up working. We talked to a lot of people today which was great for Elder Thompson. Last night I had him pray about a street to tract today. He picked Arrow Wood circle which was in a super super super rich neighborhood which was fine. These houses were huge. He was tripping haha. We talked to a few guys that were outside and he gave one a Book of Mormon and the other a Restoration pamphlet. Elder Thompson was inspired by the Lord to find these two guys. It was a great experience to see him give out his first Book of Mormon. It was awesome!
Saturday: I guess it was moving day today. In the morning we helped a sister in the 3rd Ward move a couch and some shelves, then later in the day President King called and asked if we could help him with a piano. Pianos are always fun. We did a lot of walking and Elder Thompson loved it for some weird reason. I didn't realize walking was fun haha. He just loves being out and about where he can talk to people. He also loves tracting. This kid is one in a million. Tonight we had Saturday session of stake conference. We were able to hear from President and Sister Russell as well as the Seventy of the Missionary Executive Council. Super cool to hear from them all. The Seventy, Elder Evans said its great to see you all here. I love saturday sessions because only the people who want to be here are here, especially since it's Valentine's Day. Haha. The topic for tonight was Ward Councils and the huge role it has in hastening the work of salvation.
Sunday: This morning we had Stake Conference where Elder Evans of the seventy spoke to us again. We also heard from our amazing Mission President. The topic seemed to be on the Atonement and how if we want forgiveness we need to forgive first. Later in the day we watched On the Lords Errand about President Thomas S. Monson's life. He has had a crazy life of serving the Lord. So I found out today that Elder Thompsons nickname is Heybub, because when he was little he couldn't say Caleb so he said Heybub hahaha. So I call him that now haha. We had dinner with the Islas family. Elder Thompson eats a ton! It's crazy! I use to be like that but now I can't haha. I told him to be careful when eating at Hispanics homes because they give a lot of food. I barely finished my plate and then Elder Thompson asked for seconds. He regretted that one because they gave him a ton of food that he had to shove down his throat. It was pretty funny. I warned him but he wanted more food. That's why I never ask for seconds haha. We also had a lesson with L. tonight. He's definitely not interested. He just has a hard heart.
So in district meeting we talked about why we go through afflictions. Well here are some scriptures...
3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him. (Helaman 12)
The Lord gives us afflictions so we become humble and remember him.
7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. (D&C 121)
And if we endure them well we shall be rewarded.
Love you guys!