We had a really busy week. We spent the whole week visiting less actives and trying to get them to the baptism on Saturday. The baptism went well, only a few minor hiccups, like Maria forgetting her towel, the brother giving the prayer not coming, and everyone showing up a half an hour late. Maria also brought two of her friends which is really awesome. We are going to try to teach them this week.
This week is Maria’s baptism. It will be the Monte Vista Branch’s first baptism. Her story is pretty cool so I will probably just share that.
This week was good. Pretty normal.
We had zone conference in Flagstaff on Tuesday. Flagstaff is further from Prescott than I thought. It is also much colder than I thought. But it was a good meeting. Not much to report. It snowed a lot on our drive back. We didn’t end up getting home until 6pm.
We had some good splits with the branch members. Being in this branch stresses me out. It’s only about 2 months old and I feel like every week if enough people don’t come we will go back to not having a branch. We are really lucky to have a lot of support from branch, stake, and mission leaders. We have been seeing a lot of the stake president recently. He has a genuine interest in helping us in the branch and in general missionary work. On Thursday he invited us to give a training on the area plan in the stake bishopric meeting and the mission president came as well. There were a lot of keys in that room.
This morning the stake president took our district out to breakfast. He’s the best.
That’s all I have for today. This week is interviews with President Collins so I will let you know if he drops any good chisme [jokes].
Oh yeah I also saw a heard of wild javalina running around the city. Scared me half to death. I don’t understand how something that large can just chill in a city like that.
Good first full week in Prescott Valley!
This is the first letter I am writing from Prescott Valley Arizona. I
am sitting on the couch in our house. There aren’t any apartments in
PV. In my last place the beds and the desks couldn’t fit in the same
room. Now we have a 3 bed two bath duplex. Our roommates took the
master bedroom so we sleep in one room and study in the other. The
garage has been converted into a gym.
Last week I found out the winter olympics were going on. I asked out
loud “I thought south Korea was in northern hemisphere, why are they
doing the winter olympics in the summer?” Guys, I legitamemtly forgot
it was still winter. And as it turns out just because Phoenix is 85
degrees does not mean the rest of the world is. It has been snowing
for a good 3 hours now. That’s not okay. It’s too cold here.
So this is my first time covering an English ward on my mission. They
asked me to say a prayer in sacrament meeting. It was rough. Elder
Groesbeck mentioned that I sound uncomfortable praying in English. I
cant imagine what it would be like actually serving a foreign language
mission. I think I got over it pretty quickly though. The members are
cool, They don’t cook quite like the hispanics down in the valley. I do
bring with me a bottle of tapatío and a bag of chile tepín with me
wherever I go just in case.
The spanish branch here is pretty new. This was its third Sunday and
we had about 60 people. There used to be a branch here about three
years ago but it had to be dissolved when the branch president went
inactive. So right now we are just searching through the cities of
Prescott and Prescott Valley looking for hispanic people to come to
church. I had the bright idea to go get a phone book and visit anyone
with a hispanic name, its much more effective than knocking random
doors. I feel like if the average american knew that phonebooks still
existed they would be offended that their name number and address was
Our english area is tiny. About 4 square miles. Half of it we can’t
tract or they will call the police on us. Our spanish area however is
huge. We have to go to places like Chino Valley or Williamson which is
all dirt roads. Last week I was afraid of a pitbull knocking me off my
bike and this week I am taking cover in my truck from a mad ostrich.
Missionary work is the same everywhere.
Oh and we heard that a bunch of the branch was playing soccer on
saturday so we showed up. It was a lot of fun. My legs are really
sore. I take it as a warning to start running again before i get home
and cant run for 2 minutes without falling down and dying.
Well i think that’s my week. I will try to send pics later. Hasta luego!
We had a good week. Not too exciting. Just good.
This week was slow. It started with being sick. So not much happened for the first few days. Except for sleeping. A lot of that happened.
On Friday was zone conference. It was really good. We had training on being a consecrated missionary and helping investigators keep commitments. But with all kidding aside, the highlight was most definitely getting smart phones. It feels weird. I don’t feel like a missionary with something so big in my pocket. But I’m not really complaining. It’s a very different mission experience from those who go third world.
Saturday we did a service with the city cleaning up alley behind people houses. I don’t really know what they are for, trash and used needles I guess. It was fun to get outside when it wasn’t too hot.
Sunday President was going to present some training in our ward council meeting. About 20 minutes before the meeting started bishop texted us to tell us that he was sick and wasnt able to come. So that was super stressful. He still came and it was really good. It was full of over emphasised ‘erre’s and Chilean accents. But the ward seems to be getting really excited to help us in the work.
I am having trouble thinking of things to write about this week.
This week was hard. I was back on bike in the most downtown area of our mission. We dont live in our area, the church isnt in our area, and the members, and therefore our dinners are not in our area. Its hard to fit in studies with everything else we need to do.
Saturday afternoon we went to the temple with some recent converts to do baptisms. That was a lot of fun. They seemed to enjoy and understand it well.
It was fun coming back into the ward. It is never fun being transferred, but it only took me about 2 days to remember how much I love Encanto. On Saturday there was a party for a young man who is leaving on his mission tomorrow. We worked with him a lot before. This morning he took us to ihop so that was cool of him.
The ward seemed more or less happy to see me. I think most of it is that the other three are kind of struggling with spanish and they were happy to have someone to communicate with. The ward boundaries changed since I was gone so there are still a lot of new people to meet.
It feels like I never left. Which is kind of nice.
Talk to everyone next week. Love yall.
Sorry for no real weekly today.
This is all I got.
On new years eve we had the classic Mexican celebration food. Menudo. I tried a little bit. I ate a good 80 percent of it until I had only the big pieces of stomach left. I couldn’t do it. I kindly declined the rest.
I got transfer news today. I will be in Encanto South again. On bike again. In zone transfer again. So that is kinda exciting. Lol 😂
Love yall. I will get a real weekly next week.