Monday: Today was a chill P-Day. We played a bunch of basketball and did some shopping. I did the most healthiest shopping I've ever done today. Time to eat good. Got vegetables, fruit, chicken, and protein powder and a bunch of other things. Good stuff. We had dinner with the Haslam family. One of the coolest families ever. He's the old Stake President and the wife is just an awesome lady. Dinner was great and it we had some good conversations. They have two sons out right now and one has a medical condition and was assigned to Portland Mission so I talked to the parents about my health condition and how I've come to see the positive in it and how we are all called to serve where we need to be. They are a sweet family though! They gave us a ton of food to take home. Awesome!
Tuesday: Today we helped a lady do a lot of work on her house that's being remodeled. The whole zone showed up so it was a huge party. When we hear of service you better bet there will be a ton of missionaries there haha. I'm glad we were able to help her out because she was old and couldn't do much anyways. This zone is a good one. We got a beater bike from a member because I really need a bike so now we are going to start riding but I couldn't find my light so we didn't ride today but maybe tomorrow. We had dinner with the Case family. He served in Brazil and his kids have some sweet names like Thor, Hazel, and Atlas. Unique names are the best. Then we enjoyed walking like 4 miles home which took over an hour. Walking is the best... NOT!
Wednesday: Today we worked at COI with Jeff making food boxes and all that good stuff. We also ate at Local Boyz. I love that place! Jeff has been opening up to us which is awesome. He told us a story about his first encounter with Missionaries when he was in his younger crazier stage. (Felt it was too personal to add to blog) When Jeff told us that story we started busting up laughing. Haha. Today we also biked to dinner and it's been a while since I've biked so it was good to start doing that again. We had dinner with the Sherry Jr. family. His parents are in the 3rd Ward. She speaks Spanish and so do her kids so that's cool.
Thursday: Woke up at 5:35 this morning to get ready to go to the Temple. It was about 1 1/2 hours to get to Portland so it wasn't too bad. We went through two missions. The Salem and the Portland missions. Pretty awesome. The Portland temple is pretty sweet. The tower things are pretty tall. Today I did my first endowment for a family name. One of my great grandfathers named Carmine Casamassa. It was an amazing experience. The Portland temple inside is super awesome. I've now been to 4 different temples. Sacramento, Mexico City, Medford, and now Portland. Time to keep it going. We took some sweet pictures there as well. It's all about those pictures. On the way out we met the Portland Mission, President Ballard which is the Apostles Ballards son. I even shook his hand. Super cool! We also stopped at Costco and Elder Wes Thompson bought a bunch of stuff in bulk. I haven't been to one of those in a while. When we got back we played some more soccer with those Hobart street kids which was fun and shared a message with them. They are all great kids. We decided to bike to dinner tonight which was a 6 mile adventure. Man I'm out of shape haha. It was a struggle but it was a blast. They were impressed we biked out to their house in the boonies of Philomath. We ate with the Bushnell family and they are a super cool family in the Philomath Ward. I love eating with different members in the stake because I get to meet all the cool members. They told us about the awesome crab fishing there is in Newport so I'm going to have to try that out someday. What was great is they actually gave us a ride home which was amazing because that would of sucked riding home haha. Cars are a blessing.
Friday: We had training in the morning for Elder Thompson. Then we had a super good district meeting. We had an activity where we had to shoot these balloons with a nerf guns that had pins on the bullets and what topic we got we had to teach about it. It was fun. We had lunch with Tom at Baja Fresh. He treated us which was sweet. It was good seeing him. We had dinner tonight with the Buys family. Super cool newlyweds in 1st Ward. Sister Buy is a convert and was born in Cuba and speaks Spanish. She was super cool. We also had family game night where we played a bunch of basketball.
Saturday: So today was another Service Saturday. Best day of the week. So around 10 Jeff picked us and 2nd Ward up and we drove to Junction City to help him pack up his Uhaul. We drove in his PT Cruiser with the top down. I had fun playing Tetris with all the stuff and I actually did a really good job packing his truck up. Oh and we finally met his Significant other Sable. She's pretty cool. When we got back to Corvallis the unloading part was super easy. We then made a dump run and had some fun throwing stuff and breaking it. It was excellent therapy. We then went to the Chinese Buffett and pigged out and ate a ton of food because we were all starving. Chang was driving Jeff crazy, I'm surprised Jeff didn't kill him haha. We also went and helped out at the Cold men's shelter tonight. It was a crazy night there. This one guy was super drunk and tried picking fights with everyone. He punched one of the old guys in the face and then stole another guys juice and then all heck broke loose. It was insane. I thought that drunk guy was going to get jumped haha. This one guy walked up to me and said, "talili talili talili... jackoff! I'm not sure what I did haha. Then later in the night a guy was talking to us about Christ and said that he believes Mary was abducted by aliens... what? It was just one of them crazy days in the service of the Lord.
Sunday: The time change threw me off this morning... The church was really good. Lots of good stuff taught. After church we went and chilled with Philomath Elders for lunch. It's pretty sweet! We did some tracting today in an apartment complex in Philomath and talked to a lady who we are going to refer to the English Elders. Then we found two other Hispanics. One guy was actually super interested and invited us in which was awesome. We haven't had any success tracting here till today. Now we have a new investigator so that's awesome. He's super curious and wants to learn more so I'm excited for the next lesson. We had this bomb ceviche and it was the one time I actually liked it because it has some good flavor. Good stuff. We later stopped by Jeffs and picked up two desk chairs. It was a blast trying to get them both to fit but we did it. We were both smashed into the windshield in the front but it worked out. It was hilarious! Jeff hooked us up with some BBQ chicken too. Yummy!
It's been a great week! Weeks are such a blur now a days. I don't know where the time is going. Crazy!
Something I read this week. Good stuff.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles described the “tender mercies of the Lord”:“I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often the Lord’s timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them.
“… The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindness, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly the Lord suits ‘his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men’ (D&C 46:15).
Love you all!