On Monday, we drove all the way down to Alamosa again to spend our Pday there. We left early in the morning and got there at like 10 and did our emailing. We left for the sand dunes again and took a couple vans full of missionaries with us. We took a pretty epic picture of the vans haha. The dunes were so much better than last time! It felt a lot better being in a 5mph wind versus the 50mph wind from last time. We had a great time with everyone and made great memories.
After we got back, we went to dinner with the zone leaders and then worked in their area for the night.On Tuesday, we had our first Zone Conference with the San Luis Valley Zone. It was a great conference and it is always interesting to listen to what President and Sister Rehm speak on and see how much it relates to what we had prepared. We gave a good lesson about coming to understand our mission. We took the Plan of Salvation questions (Where did I come from? Why am I here? & Where am I going?) and applied them to the mini-life that a mission is! On a mission, coming to understand and know these questions is vital. Where did you come from before your mission? Why are you here on your mission and how do you know that? and Where will this knowledge take you and who will it help you become? It was a great conference and there were a lot of great comments. I also got to see Elder Tallman again and that is always a treat:) We had dinner in Monte Vista with Sister Anderson and Sister Topham and then drove up to Pueblo that night.
On Wednesday, we had Zone conference in Pueblo. Again, it was a good zone conference and it was great to see all of the missionaries. After the conference, we went and got dinner with the zone leaders at Sunset Inn Grill & Bar and got Pueblo's classic Slopper. A huge hamburger covered in green chili. We went to some appointments that night and then begun our exchange in Pueblo. I would be staying there for the next day.
On Thursday, I was with Elder Stewart in Pueblo. We started our day by going and unloading food from the bishop’s storehouse to give to people who are in need. After we did that, we went and did some service at the Zoo in Pueblo. We went and hung up some Christmas decorations around the park and got them ready for display. They are already putting lights up and we haven’t even had Halloween!
When we got done at the Zoo, we did our studies and prepped for the day. We had a good full day of contacting and stopping by people to visit. Elder Stewart even got lost and ended up driving like 10 miles in the wrong direction trying to find this one address. We went and had dinner and then afterwards, we were able to find a really good potential investigator for their area. We then were part of a Just Serve meeting for a couple minutes before we had to leave and drive up to the Springs. We exchanged back that night and got some rest.
On Friday, I began my first full day back in Colorado Springs since Monday haha. It was good to be back. We had a service project as a district in the morning where we went and helped set up care stations for refugees. We set up tables and then brought pallets of rice and vitamins and other things down. Some of the pallets weighed over 5,000 lbs. After that, we went to the Mechams and had district meeting. We had to leave a little early to go attend the departing luncheon for the vehicle coordinators, the Tufts. They are being replaced by the coordinators that were here at the beginning of my mission, the Stokers. After the luncheon, we met with President and Sister Rehm to discuss a couple of things that we needed to do for the transfer. This transfer is going to be a little weird but a little easier as well. After we met with President, we had dinner with the Fosters and had pizza. It was a fun time being over there. In the evening, we had a lesson with Jesse finally and it went great! We talked to him about baptism and he accepted a date for November 26th! His wife is still thinking and praying about it but we are excited for them both.
On Saturday, we had a training call in the morning and in the middle of it, some Elders came to our apartment with a broken phone and so we helped them with that too. We got our apartment inspected too and passed! We went to see a lot of people and they were actually home. We met with Jose and Jimmy and got in contact with Joe & Ami and Anthony & Deborah. That night we had the ward chili cook off and it was great! Elder Stark and I even entered in and submitted our own chili! Tons of people dressed up and it was a good time. We had to be the judges for the cook off too and we got to try all of the good chili.
Then we handed out candy at our trunk for trunk or treat. It was a fun day.
On Sunday, we had a great day at church. The lessons were good and we learned a lot. Afterwards, we had lunch with Mike and Randi. We definitely left stuffed.
We did a little more preparation for Zone Conference and then had a great dinner at the Hess’ home. We came back and got some documents prepped to be sent out and then took call ins that night. It has been such a great week! Love you all
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