Olga and Edir got married!
Pres. Atwater, Elder Biggs, the happy couple and Scottie
Monday- 5/12/14 –
Scottie and his companion doing the "Gallon Challange"!
Today was a pretty sweet day. We had the normal morning and afternoon, but the evening was really cool. Every once and a while, when he has a chance, President Swain (Scottie’s Mission President) will come out to lessons with the zone leaders. He came out with us tonight, and the people we were teaching are in their early 20s so they spoke English and Spanish well. So we did a Spanglish lesson so President Swain could participate (Pres. Swain doesn’t speak Spanish, and that is usually how Scottie teaches), and he's such a spiritual giant so it made a huge impact. It was awesome, but slightly nerve-wracking because I felt like I couldn't make even a small mistake, but it was really good overall :)
Wednesday – 5/14/14 -
Today was another good and busy day! We got up and ran and then had our normal morning, District Leader Training in the afternoon, then we helped some people out with service. We had Pepe come out with us all night and had solid visits with Maria, Ramon, and Diana. It was a good night!
Thursday – 5/15/14 -
Another busy day! Normal morning, followed by a lesson about family history with Alicia Ramirez. Then we went around and visited all the weekly planning sessions in the zone (part of his duties as Zone Leader), people are doing well! We had an awesome dinner with the Balderas family (didn't help my new healthy-eating plan), and then we ran around contacting referrals. We met a new guy tonight though, named Josue, and he seemed super interested.
Friday 5/16/14 -
Another awesome and busy day! We got up, ran again, and then went to Elder McNeil's district meeting. We spent the afternoon doing our weekly planning, and halfway through we got a call to go help a family move (service is a big part of what missionaries do). The husband was a mechanic, so he had a ton of heavy tools and equipment, including a cherry picker used to lift engines out of cars. Haha, it was comical watching us try to lift that up into the big moving truck they had, no ramp though, we almost squashed ourselves but we got it in there! We had dinner, and then we spent a good chunk of the night doing baptismal interviews. The zone had 6 baptisms this last weekend, and we did 3 for Elders Balino and Martinez in another area (they didn't have ZL's that spoke Spanish). They were all awesome experiences, I'm pretty tired though!
Today was really cool! The Gomez family from my last area was going to the temple for the first time, so Elder Chavez and I went with them. We spent a good chunk of the morning and afternoon there, and it was just a beautiful experience. In the afternoon, we went to go visit Alfonso, and he was making carnitas. He had this huge cauldron looking thing full of them, they were so good!!! We taught Olga and Edir about the commandments and they've got their marriage license so we're pumped for their wedding next Saturday! They're progressing really well :)
Busy day today! Church and meetings from 10:30 to 5, dinner, and then the mission president's devotional. We took Pepe and Levi and it was a really nice one for sure, we had a great time, and so did they. We collected all the numbers and we're ready for sleep!
I love y'all so much, I hope you're having a great week and I hope that the first little bit of summer is awesome :)
I'm on the lds.org webpage!! (This picture is from a youth dance that he attended while he was still in high school!):
I'm so sorry I couldn't respond last week, we just had a crazy schedule and I couldn't email much.
I cannot use words to tell you how awesome it was to see you and Tess yesterday via skype/facetime. (We were able to skype them from another line and let them see and talk to Scottie!) That was the coolest little surprise, it made that call even better. I'm sorry we couldn't talk too much via that process, but it was so good to just see you and hear your voice for a little bit, so thank you for taking the time to do that. I hope you had a very Happy Mother's Day, you deserve it!!
I'm glad to hear things are good there, it's so funny that Tess and Tate and everyone are in the real, grown-up world of work and school now, I remember going down the river in Helen when we were all just care-free kids, how time has flown by!!
Word of the week is fidedigno, it means reliable. There's a lot of people, companies, and circumstances in life that are not reliable, but the scriptures, prayer, and our loving Father in Heaven will always be there for us, giving us the tools we need to succeed.
I love you Aunt Tammy, I hope you have a beautiful week :)
So on Monday, we went to the planetarium for P-Day, which was pretty cool...but it's no basketball haha. Thanks for bringing me.....(inside family joke!)
Missionary on Mars!
5/21/14 - On Wednesday we had a pretty normal start to the day, and at night we had an awesome lesson with Edir and Olga. They're super excited for their wedding this Saturday, and so are we!
5/22/14 - Thursday was a crazy busy day! We got up, and exercised, then ran all over to check on Weekly Plannings. Plus note of the day: a missionary just gave us the Insanity videos so we're about to start getting up early to do those in the morning, we're excited! We had a stake meeting tonight called Hastening the Work meeting. Pres. Swain (Mission President) and Elder Evans (Area 70 – a church General Authority for that area) spoke and it was great. They focused on making the ward council meetings more focused and more effective.
5/23/14 - Friday, we started our first day of Insanity (exercise plan). The workout is pretty appropriately named, it's gonna be intense! We went to Elder Burgin's district meeting today, and at night we went with Alfonso to temple square (Levi drove us down there). It was amazing!
5/24/14 - Saturday was just an excellent day! Olga and Edir got married today. We spent some time with Sis. Kitchen (his land-lady) picking flowers from her garden and making all the arrangements and corsages and such, then we set up the room at the church. Pres. Atwater (our branch president) performed the ceremony, they had some cake, and it was just lovely! I'll send pictures :)
Elder Biggs working with flowers!
Sister Kitchen making corsages!
They caught Edir smiling - finally!
The wedding cake!
So it's been a crazy busy week, but I’m loving it and loving life. The mission is super good! I can't believe I'm about to hit my year mark, and transfers are coming up on the 3rd, so time is just a flying! I hope y'all are having a great week and loving the summer :) Talk to you again next week!