Sorry today's email is a little later than usual. We've been having too much fun this morning.
Monday 7/13: We played some Racquetball again this morning. It was a blast! Today we just chilled. We played volleyball again as a zone and that got pretty intense. We were invited to a birthday party for one of our investigators. He turned 11 and we played a ton of basketball at the park with a bunch of Hispanic kids. The rims were about 8 1/2 feet so I was just slamming dunking on them haha. It was a lot of fun and we even got some bomb hamburgers. Tonight we taught J and M. They are new investigators so we had our first lesson with them. They know the bible to a reasonable degree so it was fun talking with them. They seem to agree with most of what we teach so it excited to see where this goes. As we were walking up to our door tonight we heard a yell and all of a sudden like 5 feet from us a A/C unit came crashing to the ground. The guy was really mad so we just hurried into our house haha. That would suck so bad!
Tuesday 7/14: I did not want to get up this morning. We get up atto exercise more in the mornings but I was just so dead. I was a zombie playing basketball so morning exercise wasn't very good haha. Today was a BOMB DAY!!! We taught 9 lessons which is like a mission record for me. We taught E, A, B, B kids, V, C, G's, L, and J. It was a party of a day! Tonight I got to go out with Hermano De Luna and he's a great guy. He came here from Mexico when he was 19, got baptized when he was 20, and just worked his butt off and is now a Doctor. He told me if he could become a Doctor from where he came from than anyone can do it. They just have to have their minds set on it and work hard!
Wednesday 7/15: Today Elder Reid came on Exchanges with Elder Johanson and I. It was a pretty good day. We taught B and he was going to drop us but we had a good lesson with him and caught his attention again. We also helped Elder Christiansen move a bunch of furniture. There's going to be a bunch of new missionaries coming in the next few months. We saw A and talked to him more about The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. His testimony is getting better and stronger. Tonight we met up with D and L and talked to them about starting the 15 step program to quit addictions like smoking, chewing, and smoking. He said he would do it so we are going back over tomorrow! We are super stoked!
Thursday 7/16: Today we had interviews with President. We also got Facebook back but I chose not to get it. We would have to make a new account and just use messenger but I'd rather not use it and just stay focused. Interviews with President was super good. He was able to help me with a few things and it just always great talking with him. He gets me really pumped to get work done! I also had a really good talk with Sister Russell. I haven't really gotten to just sit down and talk with her so I did for like 40 minutes haha. For lunch today we went to El Pique. Great Mexican restaurant here. It's the place to go! Tonight we taught D the 15 step program and he's ready to go. He committed to do it. He even threw away his beer, Tobacco , coffee and coffee maker. It was sweet! So Elder Allen has been sick so we went to a members house who's all about the hippy meds. She gave him silver water. It's 99.9% silver. I guess it's super good for your immune system. Who would ever think that silver would be good to ingest. But you have to be careful to not overdose or else you turn purple hahaha.
Friday 7/17: This morning We played Basketball atlike we always do, but this morning I was on fire and won all 4 games of 21. Killed them! We had a great District Meeting today. We learned about asking good questions, checking for understanding, and resolving concerns. It was nice to freshen up on those subjects. Today we mainly passed out invitations to members and investigators to the Fair tomorrow at the church. It's going to be great. We basically invited all of Springfield so hopefully we get some peeps there. We had a good lesson with B and his daughters. We taught them the 10 commandments with the hand signals. We also put him on date for baptism for the 22 of August! We taught A today and yesterday his uncle passed away. He wasn't in a good mood but we were able to talk to him about a Eternal Families. I'm thinking this may help him decide to be baptized. We had dinner at Izzy's in Eugene. It's a buffet place and it's pretty good. The Lopez family took us out so I wasn't complaining. I love free food! We saw D tonight as well. He's a less active but he reads the scriptures everyday. He said he'd come to church this week so that would be awesome!
Saturday 7/18: This morning we helped the Nelsen family move a bunch of stuff from their storage unit to their new house. I'm glad we went because no one else was there. Today there was also a baptism in 4th Ward that we were able to attend. It was super hot today and of course we had a big Ward Pioneer party at the church. We had a really good turn out. Great food, fun games, and even some investigators showed up. It was a blast. The Bolanders did a pretty funny skit.
Sunday 7/19: This morning we had correlation with Brother Booren. Church was pretty good. The L and G families showed up who have been less active for a while. B, one of our investigators showed up as well. He seemed to really enjoy it. So funny story, at church today J wasn't in Priesthood so we went looking for him. We found him in the kitchen making a cup of hot chocolate. Hahaha. He's a funny kid. The rest of the day we visited a lot of people with little success. We taught A again and answered a bunch of his questions. Sadly he's not going to get baptized. He wants to go home and teach his family and get baptized with them. It would be better if he got baptized then went home and taught them but we can't force him. A also taught us a new word, "La Mole" which basically means someone who is just beast, like me! Haha. Things weren't working so we tried a new door approach. I started banging my head against the doors. It didn't help... Haha. Tonight I got a call from Elders Greer and Arias. They told me that O, someone I tracted into with Elder Thompson and turned out to be a members son is getting baptized on Saturday. I'm super excited that he's getting baptized and I get to go!
This week I flew through The Book of Mormon and read all of Mosiah and now I'm in Alma. I really like the ending of Alma 1.
24 For the hearts of many were hardened, and their names were blotted out, that they were remembered no more among the people of God. And also many withdrew themselves from among them.
-Many were excommunicated and a lot left the church (less active/inactive)
25 Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.
-Those who had a strong faith and kept the commandments did not budge.
26 And when the priests left their labor to impart the word of God unto the people, the people also left their labors to hear the word of God. And when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors; and the priest, not esteeming himself above his hearers, for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner; and thus they were all equal, and they did all labor, every man according to his strength.
-The Priests and the people were equal. They both worked for what they had.
27 And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted; and they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely.
28 And thus they did establish the affairs of the church; and thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.
29 And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need--an abundance of flocks and herds, and fatlings of every kind, and also abundance of grain, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things, and abundance of silk and fine-twined linen, and all manner of good homely cloth.
30 And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.
31 And thus they did prosper and become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their church.
-Everything we have is Gods and we should use it as he would. To help the needy and the sick. When we do we gain even more.
32 For those who did not belong to their church did indulge themselves in sorceries, and in idolatry or idleness, and in babblings, and in envyings and strife; wearing costly apparel; being lifted up in the pride of their own eyes; persecuting, lying, thieving, robbing, committing whoredoms, and murdering, and all manner of wickedness; nevertheless, the law was put in force upon all those who did transgress it, inasmuch as it was possible.
-Attributes of those who are not part of the Church but are with the Devil.
I love you ALL!!!