Monday 7/20: This morning we played Racquetball with President Lowery again. I'm starting to get a hang of the game. So since today is a Elder Allens last normal P-Day we wanted to do something fun so we drove out to Lowell, OR which is in the middle of the woods and did some hiking, ate a ton of blackberries, skipped some rocks at the river, and just hung out and had a good time. We also played some Dunk Ball at the park. They have hoops you can adjust so we moved them to 8 feet and played 21. I was slam dunking like crazy and I kept swating down Elder Allen and Elder Johanson. Tonight we taught L and a couple of his friends. We also played some soccer with them.
Tuesday 7/21: This afternoon we went with Hermano Salgado to give a blessing to one of his employees daughter. When we got to the house we noticed it was a lady who rejected us the week before and didn't want anything to do with us. This time she was very nice and we gave her daughter, L a blessing. We also shared a message about Christ and His Atoning Sacrifice. R, the mother, now wants to come to church and learn more. The Lord works in mysterious ways but he is always guiding people to where they need to go. We are just the instruments in his hands. Tonight I went with Hermano Deluna on splits again. He also brought his 8 year old daughter, A with him. We went and saw V and her family. V's daughter, D became perfect friends with A. We had the opportunity to give V a blessing. She's been sick so we were glad to do it. After we were done she said she felt a warm feeling come over her body. The Priesthood power is real. Her mom and sister were also there so we started talking with them and 2 hours later we were leaving after a great lesson with them and a belly full of pisole. It was a sweet lesson!
Wednesday 7/22: For lunch today we ate at the Salgados store. We saw J again today and talked to him about Baptism. He wants to be Baptized but we need to talk with his mom again about it to figure it all out. Tonight we went on splits with the Priests and Young Men's leaders. It was fun. It was good to take the Priests out to get them ready for the mission life as well as getting the leaders out so they can get some taste of missionary work as well. Brother Marchant came out with us and we saw D and L again. D started chewing again which sucks but he isn't chewing as much as he use to. We are starting the program up again and this time he's going to do it.
Thursday 7/23: Elder Allen went to the Temple today so Elder Johanson and I spent the day together. We spent half the day doing service. This morning we went to Eugene to do some service for St. Vinnie's. It took us forever to find the place we were suppose to go. So we had 3 other cars following us around Eugene until we finally found it haha. We did a ton of yard work and it looked a ton nicer afterwards. We taught R today, we finally caught him home. His girlfriend K also joined us and we had a great lesson with them. Tonight we had dinner with President Lowery. It was also Elder Allens 20th birthday today. We had a blast with the Lowerys. They are super funny and it's fun being around them. Tonight we saw D again. He failed with 15 step program so we started it up again and bought him all the stuff he needs. He should be good now!
Friday 7/24: This morning we had a good district meeting about door approaches and planning for our investigators. We saw I today and I guess my trainer Ammon Johnson is engaged to a Hispanic girl. Good for him. I is a funny dude. We had the opportunity to meet J. She needed a blessing and the gift of tongues is real. Words were just flowing out of my mouth that. It was sweet! She said after the blessing the pain lessened and the burden left. Amazing experience! We also saw C and S and their whole family. They are a blast. Got some good carne asada. We had dinner with Berta and Scott. She made some BOMB enchiladas, rice, and beans. It looked like a 5 star restaurant. So we got calls today and I'm the new Zone Leader in Springfield. President said it was rare that I am called to be a Zone Leader without first being a District Leader so that's really cool. I also get Elder Strech so we are still in a trio. Another Party transfer.
Saturday 7/25: Today was a party. This morning we went to the Pioneer Party for the stake. There was a ton of food and lots of games. Tonight we went to Corvallis and had dinner with the Islas and then went to O's baptism. I was so grateful to be able to go! It was by far one of the best baptisms I've attended only because the baptism had so meaning behind it. Brother Amaton is a recent convert and baptized his 20 year old son O. It was sweet! It was nice seeing everyone is Corvallis. I miss all of them!
Sunday 7/26: Today was crazy! Church was good. Went to both wards. It was Elder Allens last Sunday. He said a lot of goodbyes to everyone today. We had dinner with Veronica and her family. It was bomb Mole. Tonight we took Elder Allen to the mission office for a big meeting while we went out and taught. Tonight we have Elders Pickett, Burnett, and Cook with us. 6 Elders in one apartment is a party. All 5 of them are going home soon. It sucks that all my homies are taking off.
This week I read something in Alma 7 I would like to share...
22 And now my beloved brethren, I have said these things unto you that I might awaken you to a sense of your duty to God, that ye may walk blameless before him, that ye may walk after the holy order of God, after which ye have been received.
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
25 And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless, that ye may at last be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the holy prophets who have been ever since the world began, having your garments spotless even as their garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven to go no more out.
26 And now my beloved brethren, I have spoken these words unto you according to the Spirit which testifieth in me; and my soul doth exceedingly rejoice, because of the exceeding diligence and heed which ye have given unto my word.
27 And now, may the peace of God rest upon you, and upon your houses and lands, and upon your flocks and herds, and all that you possess, your women and your children, according to your faith and good works, from this time forth and forever. And thus I have spoken. Amen.
The Lord has given us His Gospel and His Teachings. He has prepared the way for us. All we have to do is give heed unto his words and we shall be blessed forever.
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