On Monday, we had a great start to the week by going on a hike to St. Mary's Falls with Sister Mismash and Sister Topham and Sister House. It was a good 8 mile round trip and a good time at the top at the falls. They weren't as impressive as the ones down in the San Luis Valley, but the hike was beautiful. Of course, Elder Constantine and Elder Stark and I took a sip from the water falling from the rock and then went and explored around the mountain looking for a geocache on Elder Stark's GPS.
We came back and got base passes for Peterson Air Force Base so that we could get onto base without having someone come out and get us. We had dinner later on and then had a lesson with Tyler Shumway. We also went to the Fosters to have a great lesson and then retired for the night.On Tuesday, We had our transfer coordination meeting with all of the office missionaries. We had lunch and then met with President and Sister Rehm to finalize all the Trainers and their areas. After that, we met with Brother Powers and had a great lesson. We talked about helping him and his wife progress towards being sealed in the temple. After that, we met with the Ward Mission Leader. That evening, we had a great lesson with Jimmy Avila. We moved back his baptism date to September 10th so that we could prepare him better.
On Wednesday, we got a new van to drive, so we cleaned out the old one. We now have a 2016 Toyota Sienna haha we named it the Turtle Van from Ninja Turtles.
We also got an emergency service call from some Elders in Fountain that needed help doing yardwork for a family that would be evicted if it didn't get done. So we went and helped them as much as we could. We had dinner at the Puzzo's and then headed to Pueblo for exchanges. I stayed in Pueblo with Elder Calderon.
On Thursday, we went to the Pueblo Zoo to do service. We sprayed and washed a pavilion down and then headed out. We had lunch at a place where you can get a Slopper. Which is a huge hamburger that is smothered in Pueblo green chili that is only available in Pueblo, CO.
Elder Calderon then had to take care of some stuff with a booth at the fair that was going to be happening and then we went and stopped by a lot of people. We did some more service for a man who later took us to dinner. We drove back to the Springs and then met up with our companions.
On Friday, we were asked to teach district meeting on service. So we came up with a super short but funny skit about Ammon and King Lamoni. Then we talked about the Parable of the good Samaratin. Afterwards we had a great lunch where the 5th Sisters made us a cake! It was a happy bday cake for me slash goodbye cake for Elder Constantine slash welcome cake for Elder Stark. Afterwards, we went and met with President and Sister Rehm to finalize everything for transfers. After that, we had a good lesson with Joe and Ami on Christ's earthly ministry. After our lesson, we worked on travel arrangements and had dinner in between that. We were able to get through a good bit of them that night.
On Saturday, we had a Training conference call to conduct and I spoke on preparing for the rest of your mission. After that, we were able to run through all of the travel arrangements, fix the spots where we messed up, and manage to transfer the whole mission across Colorado in our heads. All of the teaching appointments we had cancelled so we ran some errands for President Rehm and then had dinner at Chick-fil-a.
On Sunday,we had ward council in the morning and then church right after that. We had a good number of people come to church! Jimmy wasn’t able to make it because he was with his mom who was in the ER. We taught the gospel principles class that day and the subject was developing our talents. One of the things I learned from that lesson was that when we are given more responsibilities, we have different ways to look at it. We can look at the responsibilities as a burden and additional work, or we can look at additional responsibilities as additional opportunities to receive blessings from the Lord. After church, we grabbed some lunch and then had to make some changes to the transfer after we got a call from President Rehm. Once we took care of that, we went out and tried to see a couple of people. A few weeks ago, a couple pulled over to the side of the road as we were walking and asked us to come by their place. We had been stopping by pretty frequently but had always caught them not at home. Well, yesterday, we were finally able to get in contact with them! The wife is a member and wants to get back to church! Her nonmember husband seems really receptive too and we were able to set up an appointment for next week. They are both in the military so working with their schedules will be a little difficult. We are so happy that we were able to contact them. We had dinner at the Mecham’s and then were cut short when the sisters asked if we could come give a blessing to one of the sisters they are working with. We went to the Hospital where the sister was getting ready to have a baby in the next couple of weeks. We gave the blessing and then went to the church to practice in the choir for the special conference that is going to be coming up for the Fountain stake. We stopped by Greg and Shannon too to have Elder Constantine say his goodbyes before he gets transferred tomorrow. It was a great week☺
Thanks to everyone again and just to make mom and dad feel old I want to remind them that I will be turning 20 years old tomorrow☺ Love you all!
Elder Kyler LaRose
4090 Center Park Dr
Colorado Springs, Colorado