Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I thought padre could appreciate this one :) i didn't actually drive it, no worries!
Update for the family!!

Hey y'all! Sorry it's been a bit since I've sent an update, we've had an incredibly crazy and busy last couple of weeks, so here are the highlights.

Last week:
Friday 4/4/14:
Today was a super good day. We had zone training in the morning, led by Elders Driscoll and Ulu'ave and Sisters Ashcroft and Unga. They trained on the atonement and setting meaningful goals, so that was awesome. We had lunch afterwards, and then that evening we went to the Jordan River Temple with the ward. It was a special trip because it was the first time that the Valencia family was able to go (recent converts, baptized back in late January). So we helped them do some family history prior to the trip, and then helped them print their family history cards so they could do the vicarious work for their ancestors. It was so cool, and I was able to baptize Andres for his Grandfather and Maria for her Grandmother. Afterwards, on the way
home, we stopped at In N' Out Burger, which was awesome because I'd never been! It was an exciting day, to say the least.

He finally got to try In-N-Out Burger!

Scottie and his companions with the Valencia Family 

Saturday 4/5/14:
Today was the first day of the 184th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We got up and watched the morning session with Bro. Christiansen upstairs, then the Valencia's came and picked us up and we went downtown (Salt Lake City) to the conference center to watch with them. We even ran into Savannah Bassett (a friend from home!) while I was down there, it was so good to see her and her mom! After the afternoon session, we ate at this awesome taco cart with the Valencia's, then they dropped us off at the center again so we could go to the Priesthood Session. It was an amazing day of talks. It's such a blessing to be able to hear from the living Prophet, Apostles, and other general authorities who act as the Lord's mouthpieces so that we could learn what we need to. I felt like a lot of the talks today focused on obedience and the blessings of righteousness, which is so important!

Savannah Bassett and Scottie

Sunday 4/6/14:
More General Conference!! We watched the morning session with Bro. Christiansen again, then we went down to the afternoon session with the Chiriboga family. Today, I thought it was so cool that the talks
focused on the love and Atonement of Christ, which are so important to understand in this crazy world we live in. After the conference, we came back, ate dinner with the Bronson family, and then taught the Chiriboga's. I feel like my spiritual batteries have definitely been recharged, and although it's nothing new that we heard, it's so cool to feel the spirit strongly as we listen to the messages and feel that confirmation of the veracity of the messages. I also particularly like Elder Ballard's talk about missionary work; I thought it was so cool that he challenged all members to obtain and study the Preach My Gospel booklet as well as invite someone to meet with missionaries 4 times a year; that'll be a big boost to the hastening of the work.

This week:
Monday wasn't a regular P-Day since we had a temple trip, so Monday was just a regular  proselyting day.

Tuesday 4/8/14:
Today we had our mission temple trip (well, the Hunter Zones that is). We went, as a district, to the Salt Lake Temple and it was a beautiful experience. It was a beautiful day too, so that was great. We came back, did shopping, and then made some ceviche with fish and shrimp and a habanero salsa that was SUPER spicy but super good. My stomach was on fire afterwards, but I loved it. We went and played some football and ultimate Frisbee, and that was awesome, then we got cleaned up and went out to visit. The last 5 days have just been so full of spiritual experiences that it's been awesome! I'm loving my mission and can't believe it's flying by so fast!

4 elders, 1 gets real sometimes :)

This past Wednesday and Thursday we had pretty normal days, we got some good lessons and weekly planning in, but other than that nothing too out of the ordinary.

Friday 4/11/14:
T-Minus 1 month till Mother's Day (he gets to call/Skype us on Christmas and Mother’s Day!), I know you're excited Madre haha :) So today we started off with District meeting, and I trained on using family history and the pamphlets to teach and invite others to come unto Christ more effectively. Training went well, and then we came back to the house and made an habanero chicken stir-fry for lunch: tasty but also extremely spicy, we loved it! We made some awesome referral contacts, met a new guy just talking to him as he checked his mail, then we came in for the night. At 9 we started exchanges with the zone leaders. I went with Elder Driscoll into his area, which is a YSA (Young Single Adults) area. We planned and then were ready for bed.

Saturday 4/12/14:
Today was awesome. We started off doing a good bit of service for the Walgamott family.  Bro. Walgamott is building a stone/concrete shed, so we were moving lots of bags of concrete and digging out the
base; it was really sunny too so it was way fun to be doing that work. We showered off, grabbed lunch, then headed out to teach. Their YSA area actually covers my first area in Magna, and we ended up in that area and I got to run into Tomas Carrasco and everything, it was so cool! We had dinner from Cafe Rio (apparently in YSA, they get food
from restaurants and taken out to eat a lot). Then, we went and taught Sharon. Her family is from Honduras, and after the lesson we invited her to ask her parents if Elder Chavez and I could come back to teach them, which would be way cool. It's kind of weird being in YSA, because we're teaching people that are all almost our age, so that's a funny change. We unexchanged (met up with their original companions), and then it was time for bed.

Sunday 4/13/14:
Today was a good day at church. A girl in our ward just received her mission call to Seattle, Washington, so she's really excited and got to speak 
(give a talk in Sacrament meeting) today. I remember opening my mission call, it seems like it was ages ago, almost 1 year ago when I opened it! That's crazy. After church we had lunch here, contacted, then we ate dinner with a less active family, the Rojas family. They made carne asada and it was super good, and we got to share a message with them, then head home. I collected numbers from the 6 companionships in our district, then we turned them in to the ZL"s (zone leaders) and it was time for bed. We're really excited for our P-Day tomorrow, we're going to have a zone barbecue since Elder Ulu'ave goes home next week, and we're going to cook out and play sports all day, it's going to be awesome! I hope y'all are doing well! The church is true :) Talk to you next week!

BBQ, sports and color-water war!!
Ulu manning the grill
me, SIs. Ashcroft, Sis. Unga, Elder Ulu'ave

post food-color-water-war pictures :) sis. ashcroft and I
Love Always,


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