On Monday, we went to the Olympic Training Center and took a tour of the campus! It was pretty cool:) I remember vaguely being there as a little kid when we visited the Springs. So the tour started off with a cool video about some athletes and then we went and walked around the campus. It was pretty cool to see all of the different training areas for the Olympians. We saw places like the shooting range, the wrestling room, the pool, the gyms, and the exercise rooms. There was so much for all the athletes to do! After the tour, we went and took some pictures outside with the statues and at the Olympic rings. It was pretty great.
On Thursday, we started out Thanksgiving by going and playing in a Turkey Bowl!! Since our ward wasn’t having one, we got in touch with the Sand Creek ward and went to play with them. It was cool because Elder Stark and I were there last year as well. This time, it was not snowing but we still had a great time
After that, we met with President and went over the new missionaries' applications and then went to the airport to pick them up! It was good to see all of the newbies come off the plane just ready to go:) We took them to have dinner at the mission home and it was great! There were only 6 new missionaries that came out this transfer.
On Tuesday, we woke up a little earlier and headed to breakfast with the new missionaries. After that, we drove them down to the Aeroplaza building and did a little orientation to the mission. Then, I got to monitor transfers while Elder Stark taught the Trainers. The transfer went really smoothly. We are planning travel arrangements so that we have everyone spread out so they arrive at different times to control the amount of missionary traffic in the building. This time it was smooth. After lunch, I taught the trainer and new missionary meeting and then transfers concluded! Another transfer past already. It's going by too quickly. We had an appointment with Cynthia, but she didn't answer the door when we showed up. To celebrate our work with transfers, we went to Texas Roadhouse and had a good dinner. We at buckets of their delicious rolls haha.
On Wednesday, we did some weekly planning and then at J It hit the spot., We went and did service for Operation Turkey. What they are is an organization around the world that helps bring home cooked meals to families in need on Thanksgiving. So they buy, cook, carve, and deliver a bunch of turkeys. What we did was help out with the carving. We went and carved a ton of turkeys. I carved probably 10 turkeys that day. After that, we went to the office and figured out some things for the miles document. We didn’t have anyone signed up to feed us that night so we looked around the area to see what restaurants were close by. We found this German restaurant called Edelweiss and we had to go. The food was super delicious and I got a full plate with Spätzle and Jagershnitzel
. Afterwards, Elder Stark gave us haircuts. We went to dinner at Mike and Randi’s and it was greatJ we had great turkey with green bean casserole, stuffing, and cheesey mashed potatoes. It was great food and great company. We got to watch a PG movie as well so Elder Stark and I watched Finding Dory. It was pretty good! Worth the watch.
On Friday, we had a good district meeting and then we went and had lunch at the Mecham’s. We had to play a couple of rounds of Spot it too before we left. Afterwards, we went to the office and while we were there, Elder Stark and I put on these fake mustaches on that his friend sent us and made some funny videos. It was great.
On Saturday, we got to go to the Temple with Mike and Randi for their first time and that was awesome! We got to do baptisms with the youth in the ward. After that we went to Five Guys and then made the trip back home. It was so neat to be there at the temple with them. Such a great spiritual strength.
After we got back to the Springs, we went and had a lesson with Anthony and Deborah. We are hoping to help them start progressing again. That evening, we had the baptism for Jesse and Diana! I was asked to baptize Jesse, and confirm Diana. Elder Stark was asked vice versaJ The baptism was great and we were happy to see them so happy. After that, we celebrated by going to Burger King and getting ice cream.
On Sunday, we had ward council in the morning and then went to church. Church was really good and we were asked to teach Gospel Principles. It was about the Gathering of the House of Israel and so that fit right in to what we do full time! After our church, we hung around so that we could be at the 18th ward sacrament meeting to confirm Jesse and Diana. It was really great to be there for that. Dinner was that evening on base with the McEchron’s and the Hess’s and had some great curry. We had a lesson with Greg and Shannon that evening and then finished the week by taking call ins.
It has been such a great week and I hope that everyone had a great thanksgiving! Love you all!