On Monday, we hiked the incline as a district in the morning and that was super fun! This was my 3rd time doing it. I timed myself all the way up and was able to do it in 39 minutes! It's pretty hard. I got up there about 15 minutes before the next missionary and so I got to watch all of them finish. It was a great day. Once everyone was up, we hiked a little further and went to this place called Eagle's Nest. We scrambled over some rocks to get to the top and the view was amazing. We hiked back down the Bar Trail and then all went to lunch at Rudy's to celebrate our accomplishments.
After all of that, we emailed and then went shopping before dinner. We had dinner with Gilbert again! he is so awesome. FHE was pretty cool. We had a good lesson in the beginning, but they were going to watch a movie and so we had to leave.
On Tuesday, we had service at the YMCA and helped out the staff there by cleaning windows and wiping off the handrails around the track.
Afterwards, we went and had a lesson with one of our investigators Dennis. We found him a week or two ago at the park when we were walking around. We had a great lesson about the Restoration and at the end, invited him to be baptized and he said yes! Unfortunately, he is not YSA age and we will have to have a transition lesson with the family ward missionaries. We went and saw some more people and then headed out to dinner. Josh Peterson had us over at his home for dinner and it was great.
On Wednesday, we took some time to clean up our apartment and then went over to the Turner House to play bingo with the old people. We went and did some visits with Talon and stopped by a couple of less active YSA members that he knows. We went and visited a guy named Cody and he was very open to meeting with us! We were able to set a return appointment and had a good talk. We visited another guy with him and he was also interested in having the lessons, so we set an appointment on Sunday. Dinner was up in Black Forest with the Harlines. They are super awesome and make great food. We came back and cleaned the rest of our apartment. The Sisters pranked us by putting a creepy nutcracker on our doorstep that made Elder Luker scream haha so we will get them back.
On Thursday, we had our apartment inspections and passed with a celestial score! for lunch, we met with Taylor Tamacori at Denny's and had some great food. We weekly planned for a good while and then I had to prepare a talk. I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting. Gilbert took us to Albertacos for dinner. Institute was after and it was a great lesson. I love going to institute and feeling the spirit there.
On Friday, we had a great district meeting and Elder Wallace taught the lesson on the power of the spirit in conversion.
After that, we drove down to southern springs to go and contact a referral that we had gotten. We had another lesson set with Dennis and this time, we contacted the family ward missionaries. I am confident that the teaching will go well because it is Elder Lloyd and Elder Pexton, the APs that will be teaching Dennis. We taught him a good lesson about the Plan of Salvation and he received it really well. Afterwards, we went and helped out an elementary school set up for an event that they were hosting. Our dinner canceled and so we made stuff on our own. We had a mingle that night too and played some basketball and board games. There were a good amount of people there. There was also a temple trip going on for the wards and so the sisters got to go and left their car in the church parking lot. For no reason we checked to see if it was unlocked and it was!! It was payback time. We went and got dry erase markers and wrote all over the car inside jokes and funny statements.
On Saturday, we did service as a district and helped pick up trash along a trail for Earth Day. It was snowing in the morning, rained in the afternoon, and was sunny and warm haha. We went and did some contacting with Gilbert and then met with one of the YSAs to go over their list of friends. Dinner was at the Allreds and we got some great Chili. We continued out stop bys after that and then I finished my talk for Sunday.
On Sunday, we had ward council in the morning and that was a good meeting. We helped set up the gym before church started too. My talk went pretty well I think. I talked about 5 things we can do to overcome our trials. They were: Courage, Perspective, Preparation, Perseverance, and Obedience. I tied a funny acronym into the talk for people to remember the 5 things. Think of C3PO! That's one way to remember it haha. When we focus on those things, we can overcome the trial that will always come our way. After church there was a linger longer with food for everyone. Then, We went with Gilbert to go contacting and we met these people at memorial park that were totally wanting to bash with us. It was a little frustrating and the Spirit told me not to argue, but I ignored it a little bit and disputed some things. We left on good terms but I was still frustrated at their blindness. Then, we met a really nice man who was interested! He took a copy of the Book of Mormon and we got all of his information so that we can have the lessons! So it was probably the Lord leading him to us saying Elder LaRose needs to learn how to teach by the spirit again haha. It was a great week! We have been working really hard. Thanks for all the support and I hope you all have a great week!
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