Hey everyone! This has been another great week!
, we all went to the park to play some games. First off, we played a little bit of soccer, next we played ultimate frisbee but we didn't have a frisbee so we used a football instead. Then I broke out the flags for some good flag football and we ended our pday with some basketball. Right towards the end, it started to rain and the concrete got really slippery so we decided that we probably shouldn't have any broken ankles. Dinner was up in Black Forest with the Harlines and we had amazing homemade pizza. We got to help make it too. We made a couple different kinds like barbecue chicken, pepperoni, and a basil margarita. It was like having homemade Pepe's pizza from Connecticut. For FHE, we were combined with the Mt. Herman ward and had a good spiritual lesson before the activity. For the activity, we actually made dream catchers! Haha mine isn't too bad but you can definitely tell that I am a rookie. It was really fun!
, we had a good time at the YMCA doing service. We helped clean up the track area by wiping down the railings, cleaning the windows, and vacuuming the floor of the track. After that, we did a lot of stop bys and were able to get in contact with a few people, but not much of them were home. We spent a lot of time driving from place to place as well. That's something that I have noticed in this area, because we have such large boundaries, it takes time for us to get to our appointments. It's alright because Elder Nelson and I have good sing offs in the car. We went to what is certainly the most sketchy apartment complex in out area. There is like caution tape around the property, it always smells like weed, and everything else. We were able to have a retry good discussion with this one lady who wanted to ring her family to church so we gave her all of the information. We also met this younger guy who is in a pretty rough place and wants to get better. He showed us his arms and there were tons of scars in every direction from him cutting himself. It was pretty humbling. Hopefully we can help him get back on his feet. We had dinner on our own that night and later we went and exchanged with the Mt. Herman elders.
, I was with Elder Johannesson in my area for the day. In the morning, we did our studies together and that was awesome as always. It was graduation day at the United States Air Force Academy and so there was going to be a flyover and then an air show by the Thunderbirds for the graduates. We met up with our district and watched them perform! It seemed like all of Colorado Springs was standing just off the highway to watch them as well. It was super cool to watch. After watching the Thunderbirds, we went to the turner house and it to play bingo with all of them. They really do enjoy us coming over and they are all growing on me haha. Afterwards, we were able to go and do some finding around an apartment complex. Elder Johannesson and I were able to have a really good time there where we were able to have really effective approaches with the people we taught. We found a new investigator named Joseph that we really hope to see progress. For dinner, we met the other missionaries at a park and had some hot dogs. They weren't too bad. We drove down to fountain after that and stopped by a less active member Emily. We had a really great talk with her! We didn't know anything about her going into it and so we were able to really see how the spirit guided our conversation. It was really cool to be a part of! She is having a hard time coming because of her work schedule and schooling. She told us that she really wants to go to the temple as well! We are really glad that we were able to have such a good talk with her and it was all on their front porch! The drive back from fountain was pretty long but we made it back and then exchanged back with our companions.
, we went to UCCS in the morning and got to talk to a lot of people there! We met one girl named Sammie who really loved hearing about the Book of Mormon and wants to come to the activities with her friend too! It was really cool. After that, we went and weekly planned for a good while. We had another lesson with Joseph at his apartment and his girlfriend was there. They were smoking weed in front of us but we were still able to teach and testify. I think that's a good example of standing in holy places. Where we were standing physically and the environment around us was definitely not holy, however, the message that we carry and our own testimony allowed us to bring the influence of the Spirit into that setting. We had dinner with Josh and his family as well as the other family ward missionaries that were over there. So there were 5 of us missionaries over at their home. We went to institute later that night and it was great. We have been having some great lessons and I always love going.
, we had a pretty good district meeting. We learned about hope and motivation from Sister Anderson and she did a great job. We had lunch after that and then called a ton of people and set up a good amount of lessons. We were able to meet with Ron finally! He actually took us out for lunch and we were able to have a good lesson with him there. He is fairly new to the Springs and hasn't been coming to church that often. He doesn't have a car so when he gets one he hopes to make it to church regularly. We had dinner with Gilbert at Chick-fil-a and that was great. Gilbert is a superstar. For the mingle, we played volleyball and Ron came to that too! It was really fun because some Polynesians came and they always make things a good time. As we were racing the sisters home, we got water balloons and threw them at their car haha. I actually made one in their window too!
, We had Daniel's baptism!! It was so great to be there for that. Daniel is like the most prepared individual ever. The baptism was really cool! Elder Nelson and I got to be witnesses. It was awesome. After the baptism, we went downtown with the other YSA missionaries and hopped in and out of stores talking to people. We were able to hand out a couple of copies of the Book of Mormon too! We then drove all the way out to Peyton, Colorado for dinner and that was great! Afterwards, we got a call from the sisters. Sister McFarland has been not feeling very well for a little while. She has been throwing up a lot so we went with them to the ER to figure things out. We notified President Rehm and he asked us to stay there with them until things were good. So we stayed there until pretty late when she was let go. They weren't able to much of anything for her. The meds they gave her didn't take away the pain. So we just went home and crashed because it was late.
, we had a great time at church! Daniel was confirmed and we got to stand in the circle for that. However, we missed the sacrament in our ward! So after church, we were able to get permission to administer the sacrament to ourselves! That was really cool. Elder Nelson gave a talk in sacrament meeting on Family History and it was really good! Afterwards, we had a good lesson with Miriam about missionary work:) Then we went to Memorial Park because of the holiday weekend and talked to a lot of the people that were over there. Dinner was down south with Mike and Randi!! It was so good to see them again and to have a good time there. They fed us good hamburgers haha. That night, we got a call from the sisters asking for a blessing. Sister McFarland got news that she would be heading home to better figure out her medical issues :( We were pretty bummed to hear that. She is a great missionary and brings a lot of joy to the people around her. We gave her a blessing and then headed home. She leaves morning this week. Keep her in your prayers please! Thanks for all the support from everyone! I love you all!
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