September 7, 2015
This week has been a pretty good one. I have a lot of pictures I took this week...
Elder Smith's bike broke earlier this week and we've been borrowing another Elders ever since. It was hilarious. I'm biking ahead and lose track of him and then I just see him come strolling around the corner with his pedal in one hand and his bike in the other haha. So we walked the rest of that night...
We did LOTS of door knocking this week and met some interesting characters and some awesome potential investigators. My favorite was probably Phyllis. It's this super nice house with a couple of lion statues out front and she comes out rocking some high water shorts and a bunch of clips in her hair. She's like 90 by the way. So we do an approach telling her all about how amazing the Book of Mormon is and she asks us how much she needs to pay us for one and we tell her it's free and give her one, and then right as we are about to go she asks us if we believe in spirits and we said yes. So she goes on about this chair that she has from the 1530's or something and that a Viking spirit appears sometimes and she doesn't know what to call it so she calls it Sir Viking. Haha it was pretty funny.
Also I found my dream house that day. I couldn't resist taking a picture. We had dinner with the Foglemans in our ward on Thursday night (my hump day) and they are awesome! The best Mormon family ever. Their kids even made a temple out of Legos. My goodness haha. They invited us back today to burn a shirt since they found out it was my year mark. I'll send y'all pictures. We had Timothy(their son) and Frank out with us a bunch this week.
A bunch of my bread is about to go bad so I thought it would be a good idea to make a five layer double decker PB and J. I was wrong.
Saturday was very spiritually exhausting for me. I gave two blessings and had to get in a biblical debate with a couple of our investigators. Very tiring stuff. And then yesterday the Gordon's had us over for dinner and we brought Frank. We went out to Archer and had to change a tire for Donna, a recent convert, at like 8 at night haha. I think it's the strangest thing that I've had to change a tire on a Sunday in every single one of my areas so far haha.
I usually listen to a conference talk or two a day and something I really loved was President Uchtdorfs take on the grace of God ( a term thrown around a lot down here) and he said this, "When we kneel to pray, is it to replay the greatest hits of our own righteousness, or is it to confess our faults, plead for God’s mercy, and shed tears of gratitude for the amazing plan of redemption? Salvation cannot be bought with the currency of obedience; it is purchased by the blood of the Son of God. Thinking that we can trade our good works for salvation is like buying a plane ticket and then supposing we own the airline. Or thinking that after paying rent for our home, we now hold title to the entire planet earth."
Anyways, that's just about my week. Love you all! Have a great week! Also, thanks mom for the hump day package!!! It was AWESOME.
Elder Smith's Broken Bike