Another week in the OEM has passed by. I feel like I'm in hyper speed now haha.
Monday: We did a lot of chilling today. We played basketball for about 3 hours which was a blast. It gets intense sometimes and I probably get too competitive but that's just my nature. I just have to win haha. We had dinner with the Nielsens in the Philomath Ward. It's brother Joseys in laws. Brother Josey is a cool guy and we had some fun talking with him.
Tuesday: This morning we woke up at 4:50 and got ready to drive to Roseburg which is a 2 1/2 hour drive. We had fun taking the back roads there. I love windy roads. They are a ton of fun. So this was the first OEM mission wide conference ever to happen which was awesome to be a part of. So we took a huge mission photo. Pretty legit. Elder Nielsen from the Seventy came again to teach us. So we are getting new IPads now and are unleashing them to all the missions that can have them. We are now Digital Disciples of Christ. We learned about how we can better protect ourselves from dangers and also be able to use them without fearing of those dangers. It was a great meeting and was filled with the Spirit. We also watched the new Easter Mormon message that they are coming out with. It's still a work in progress but it was sweet! I can't wait to show people it. It was awesome seeing all the missionaries there. Definitely was a party. I drove both there and back so I'm just sick of sitting in seats haha. We basically spent the whole day sitting down. I'm seriously spiritually drained today.
Wednesday: This morning since we didn't go to Community Outreach on Tuesday we went today. Jeff had us do a bunch of weed pulling and landscaping which is right up my alley so it was a blast. Afterwards we were starving so we went to this Bomb Chinese Buffet. Mongolian grill, tons of Chinese food, and even sushi! Yummy! Jeff is a great guy so it's always a blast hanging with him. Tonight a member forgot about bringing us dinner so dinner came really late which was awkward but I'm super grateful still for awesome members. She gave us this dark green salad stuff which we found out was kale. The whole salad was just kale and dressing. It was actually pretty good and really healthy. Now since we have a weight set in our apartment we are going ham on weights and getting huge! Trap gang!
Thursday: This morning we actually went for like a 2 mile run out to the marsh lands. Elder Thompson said it looked like the Lord of the Rings haha. He doesn't get much water and nature in Arizona haha. We had weekly planning this morning so Thursday's are always super long because we don't leave the apartment until like 2. We went to lunch with Elders Roller, Garrard, Scott's, and Hales. Then they all came back to our apartment and chilled and had some fun. It's good hanging with the guys. Today the college hill sister, Sisters Crabb and Jones set up an appointment for us to meet some hispanic kids. Which was cool is we played some street soccer with these kids for like an hour then shared a message with them. I felt like I was in Mexico haha. It was so cool. We had dinner tonight with the Collins. Some of the coolest people here! They asked what we wanted and we told her Fettuccini chicken Alfredo and salad and she made it. It was bomb and then she made this Hershey Chocolate cake that was to die for. It was super dense and moist. It's great having cool members.
Friday: We had training meeting this morning for Elder Thompson. He's continuing to progress and become a great missionary. It's awesome to see a new missionary come out and start to strive in the work. We had an awesome District meeting by Elder Ricks. He talked about the importance of dinner messages and how we shouldn't just share a scripture and call it good but to actually plan something out like a lesson and make it great. So we are definitely going to work on that. We also had a sweet activity where we walked in the gym in the pitch black dark and there were objects that you had to figure out what they were. Then if we listened to the spirit and did what we were told we got glow sticks of the light of Christ with us and we could see a little better. When we listen to the Spirit and obey God then we are guided to what we need to do. God sees everything as all the lights being on, as we just see pitch black and are guided the the Light of Christ through this world. We had exchanges today and Elder Ricks who is from Southern California came with me. He's a cool guy. He likes guns, camping, from California, so he's cool haha. We also dropped by the 3rd Ward potluck party and hoped set up and got some food from that. Yum! It was good seeing everyone. I miss them all. We also helped at the Men's Homeless Shelter. We helped check them in as they came in and got to talk to a lot of guys. Lots of crazy guys but a lot of good guys as well. That was a good experience. It was nice being able to help them out. Finished the night with a good Caramel Sundae from McDonald's.
Saturday: Elder Ricks snored like a wild bear last night. Holy cow I didn't think I was going to be able to sleep haha. Today we helped out the Bradberry family build his huge play set made out of wood. It had a rock wall thing, a slide, and swings. It took us like 4 hours and there were 6 Elders and 2 Sisters working on it. Probably too many people but it was fun haha. They made us some good hamburgers, hot dogs, and deer meat. It was a party! We had dinner with the Eltons tonight and they are always fun. It's always so loud in that house because everyone is always talking haha. We took some funny pics with the Kids there too.
Sunday: So today was fast and testimony Sunday which was awesome. The Jimenez family came to church! It was a miracle. Pedro got up and bore his testimony and it was great to hear from him. We hung out in Philomath today doing work. Small little city haha. We had dinner with the Islas family and she made a million homemade tamales. They were Bomb! Reminded me of Grandmas tamales. Yummy! We got a ton of tamales to take home to! They also taught us a bunch of slang street Spanish so I can start to work on my street reputation you know haha. We also gave Sister Crabb and Jones some tamales and we gave them some hot ones. Hehe. It's going to be funny.
So I read this, this week and I have been using it as a dinner message with the Bible Video of Christ calling Peter, James, and John to be fishers of men. We are all fishers of men and need to make sure we keep our line in the water at all times. We are always on a mission!
“None of us should be like the fisherman who thinks he has been fishing all day when in reality he has spent most of his time getting to and from the water, eating lunch, and fussing with his equipment. Fishing success is related to how long you have your line in the water, not to how long you are away from the apartment. Some fishermen are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the water for ten hours. Other fishermen are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the water for only two hours. This last type may wonder why they do not have the same success as others
“The same principle applies to missionaries, whom the Master called ‘fishers of men.’ A missionary’s line should drop into the fishing water the moment he or she leaves the apartment” (Dallin H. Oaks, seminar for new mission presidents, June 20, 2000). (8: How Do I Use Time Wisely?)