Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Stress and Refiner's Fires, Better, & Getting Better!

Jan 16 - Jan 22- Another great week, though filled with plenty of stress and refiner's fires. Here are a few of the highlights-

Tue Jan 17 2017
Today….Was intense to say the least. We started the day with a little personal study which was good and I studied about church tours to refresh my memory on that. We then had to leave at like 8:40 and that was weird. We had to go to District Meeting early because of the new schedule changes. We were getting ready to start talking about the changes when President walks in. That equals intensity intensifying. We then talked about the changes and they are pretty intense to say the least. From the time we get up to 10 o’clock it is up to us what we do to prepare ourselves for the day. Like, if we want to take a long time to take a breakfast or take a long study. So yeah, they want all of us outside at 10 AM every day. I guess its going to help with missionaries who have depression and stress and stuff. After that, we had District Meeting and it was really good! President came to that too and we talked about casual and exact obedience and it was a really good check for me to make sure I was doing all I could to be obedient. We came back and had a church tour with Jim Button and Brother Rogers and that was good. Brother Rogers basically took lead and that was good because I think it helped their friendship grow more.
Oh yeah, also, when we got back to the apartment a drunk lady waved us down and was saying that she needed Jesus. We were like “Is there something we can do to help you?” And she was like, “If you don’t get on your knees and pray you are Satan’s people” Also, because we smiled we were satanic… So yeah, then she got down and said the Lord’s Prayer. Then the cops got her.

Wed Jan 18 2017
Today has been pretty awesome! We started out the day with the new schedule and that was 5 weird. We did a little bit of exercise and then got ready and chilled for a bit. It was super weird because we did all of that and it was only like 8 and then we made a big breakfast. Still really weird. Then we planned after that. Weird. Then we had personal study at 9. Weird. Then we left and all that. It was so weird because I felt terrible doing all of that and it was a battle of what I have always known and what I now know. It was weird. It really is cool. Yeah, it will get some getting used to but it is what the Lord wants. Elder Gurr and I went over to Mason Valley Residency to give Elizabeth Wellman a blessing. She was in a ton of pain because she fell and broke a leg at age 92. We gave her the blessing and she was so thankful.

Thu Jan 19 2017
8:38 AM
I just had a really cool experience that I wanted to put in. My oil vial popped yesterday and spilled out all my consecrated oil. Today, I decided one of the things I could do “to bring to pass much righteousness” with my time this morning would be to consecrate more oil. I am not the best at consecrating oil because I have only done it twice before. Today I did the prayer but I jumbled through it a bit. I closed the prayer and I was wondering if Heavenly Father had accepted it. As I stood there pondering I felt the spirit wash over me, testifying that that was acceptable. It was a wonderful experience because now I understand more what the scriptures mean when they say the Holy Spirit of promise. It was a wonderful feeling and it really brought that knowing that what I had done was acceptable.

Jan 23 - Jan 29

Mon Jan 23 2017
So today has been really good. It’s the first time that we have done the new extended P-Day and that was pretty good. I think it will be even better when I get to a bigger city again. Then, we stayed in for a bit and then went thrift shopping and I found a tie and some sick flags so it was chill. We emailed and then came back and napped for an hour or so. We then went to dinner with the Iveys. Brother Ivey is the Stake Patriarch and dinner over there is always really good. I especially like dinner there because they are just so missionary minded so conversations are always on point. We committed them to do the Book of Mormon initiative and they were pretty pumped to start that! We then went and tried some people over in Mason and no one was there except the Thompson family. They let us in and we were just trying to set up a dinner or something. We ended up talking to them for quite a while, and it was really neat because we got to talk to Brother Thompson. He never comes out, he usually stays in the back room. This time and he came out and actually talked to us about his work which was really cool. He watches the acid ponds here and is de-aciding them. That was cool to find out.

Wed Jan 25 2017
Today has been pretty good. We had exchanges and we also had a worldwide missionary broadcast and that was super cool. We saw most of what they talked about coming like the new schedule that we are already using. That was pretty cool. We had a good day down in Silver Springs, and a couple of good lessons. I decided today that I would rather live in Sun Valley than Silver Springs, it’s pretty ghetto. Anyways, the whole day was kind of weird because it felt like I was a junior companion in a new area and I haven’t felt like that in a while. It was also super weird to try to be switching off with a trio again. It was still a super good day, Elder Smith, Soto, and I all bonded really well and Elder Smith planned more of the 2k18 summer trip. It was pretty good and now I am down in Yerington again!

Thu Jan 26 2017
Today has been really good! We went over to the Greenhouse and went ham sorting the books and they are looking better and better. It was funny because there was a ton of JW’s (Jehovah's Witness's) there. It was cool because we were all doing what we could to help and serve as the Master served.

Fri Jan 27 2017
That lady that came up to Elder Bentti and I last week and said that we are going to hell knocked on our door today. She needed help activating her phone and she was really nice now that she wasn’t drunk! That was a cool little miracle!

Sat Jan 28 2017
Today has been awesome! We got to go see Susan, first thing in the morning and she was really happy to see us. We stacked her firewood for 3 hours and got a nice big pile. We had a pretty cool experience. We were going to do a lesson with her but then I realized that it would be super awkward and forced, so we decided to invite her to church, because that felt better, more right. She was super excited when we invited her! We got a ride all set up and everything and she is coming tomorrow! I set a goal on Thursday that I would exercise portion control and so since then, everyone gives us tons of treats! -_- I don’t know if I am happy or sad…..

Sun Jan 29 2017
Today has been sooo good! We had church and studies in the morning. Susan came to church! So did Sister Bryant! Also, we had 8 investigators at church! That was sooo cool! It was sooo great to see them all there!

Jan 30 - Feb 5

Mon Jan 30 2017
So today has really been good! We had an interesting P-day to say the least… We had planned to leave to Fallon at 10 to go to racquetball and we were like 5 pumped for that. We went over to the church to email and I forgot all my pictures and stuff and was like 5 bummed about that. We got a call from the Zone Leaders saying we were banned from doing racquetball… forever…. We call Sister Cliften and Nathan Johnson to let them know and they were super bummed too. We decided we would hike Wilson Canyon at 11. We show up and Sister Cliften still is super bummed and doesn’t want to even do the hike. Nathan said he knew about some arch down at the bottom of the valley that we could try. We all decided to do that instead. We drove like 10 miles south past the last home in the valley. We eventually found the arch. It wasn’t that bad of a hike, super short, super steep. We got up there and took pics which was sweet but Elder Gurr and I hiked to the summit. Tough is the word for that part. It was steep and snowy and wet, and I had running shoes on. Not the best for snow. Anyway, I also haven’t used a lot of hiking muscles, I usually use my preaching muscles. We get up there and it was cool for a lot of reasons. One, it was just so peaceful up there, there is something special about feeling the spirit at the top of a mountain. The snow made it so silent, talk about truly being out of the world. It was also really cool because we could see both Smith and Mason valleys… at the same time. That was cool, and it was fun sliding down as well. When we got to the bottom, we hiked along a riverbed and saw a frozen waterfall. All this hiking in frozen/snowy/muddy terrain reminded me of home and that was pretty funny.

Wed Feb 1 2017
Today has been pretty good. We are currently on exchanges. Elder Bentti is down here with me and it is pretty sweet. Also, I got my bag and it is pretty sweet. It is super big so more room for more stuffs! We had a pretty good lesson with Jim Button. We talked a lot about prayer and he liked that a lot. He still is pretty non committal about coming to church still. He was very happy to see us. We then went to see the Funks and we got to see Sister Funk. She gave us a cake and we talked about a trial they are going through with one of their workers. We talked about fasting and prayer and that was good. That’s about it besides I saw a porcupine.

Thu Feb 2 2017
Today has been pretty good! We had the end of our exchanges and that was pretty good. Elder Bentti has a point, a 24 hour exchange in Yerington is kind of useless. We don’t get that much done because of all the travel we have to do so that’s weird. We were doing our morning stuff and all and for studies Elder Bentti decided to rearrange/clean Elder Gurr’s desk. We then had to go and drive up to Fernley to end exchanges. I felt all depressed on the ride home and I don’t know why and it was pretty weird. We then weekly planned and got that done. We had another really good companionship inventory just about helping Elder Gurr cope and that was great. I felt really close to him after that. We then went to the Bryant’s house for dinner and a lesson. Brother Ehly’s car was there and I was pretty confused and then it clicked that Brother Ehly was their new home teacher! We were pretty excited about that. We had french toast for dinner and it was awesome. After that, Brother Ehly got to know them better and by then it was time to leave. We went over to the church to print out copies of the weekly planning for this week and then we came back here to do language study. Today has been awesome!

Fri Feb 3 2017
Today has been pretty good. We had to basically get up and go to Zone Conference. When we got there our zone was there, but the Carson City zone wasn’t there yet and that was kind of weird. They showed up kind of late. The conference itself was good (see notes). It was cool to see Elder Franco and Elder Abbott and talk with them. We went over and saw Gail Jacobson, she was a referral from Brother Bohner. She has been feeling like she should investigate the church for 5 years now and now she is starting. She literally said to us “I’m interested”. That does not happen. That was so cool! We then went and tried knocking on a couple less actives door’s and no one was home. We then went  to the Cliftens and picked up some dessert and then we went to the church to have a little dinner. Then we came home and did our studies. It has been a great day!

Sat Feb 4 2017
Today has been pretty good. We had coordination in the morning and we gave a typed copy of our weekly planning to Brother Rowley and he kind of fan-girled about that. That was funny. He also signed up to feed us again today. We then went up to the Landa’s house for a quick lunch and the Book of Mormon Initiative. That was really awesome, they were the first family that had someone in mind and it was really cool to see the drive that came from that. We then left and went to Smith Valley. There, we ended up seeing the Funks and Brother Schofield. We saw him first, he was making a couple of doors outside and we talked for a bit. We haven’t been able to see them in about 2 months so it was good to invite him to church. He says he feels so sad he wants to cry in there and that he feels really lonely. It was good in a way to find that out so hopefully we can help him come back now. We saw the Funks and set up an appointment with them. We then went over to pizza with the Rowleys and that was good. It is hard to portion control with pizza.

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