This week we had an awesome service opportunity. The Phoenix zone
leaders emailed us and told us to be at the
downtown stake center at 6:30 AM on Thursday. We didnt really know
what we were doing but we knew that there would be a total of 5 zones
there so we were pretty excited. It was an activity where homeless
people would come and we would guide them to all these different
stations where they could get insurance and ID and a ton of different
stuff. It was a lot of fun helping out the people. But by noon 90% of
the homeless people left so it was just a missionary hangout until
three when we could start cleaning everything up. I met a lot of new
people. Almost all the Spanish missionaries were there and so I got to
meet all of them. I saw everyone from my last area including my
trainer. It was a lot of fun.
On Friday we found 2 new investigators. They seem really solid.
That night we went to our wards volleyball activity. I blocked the
bishop so I felt pretty happy with my day.
Some other missionaries saran wrapped our car. We will get them back soon.
This Wednesday we have a worldwide missionary broadcast. Last year it
was focused on preach my gospel fundamentals. This year there are a
ton of rumors. Word is they are completely changing the daily
schedule. They are piloting it in a couple zones. We will see what
The highlight of the week was that Elder Clough and I took our
quarterly trip to the temple Saturday morning. We went at 7:30 in the
morning because it is the only Spanish session that isn’t during prime
proselyting time. I understood a surprising amount. It was awesome.
The spirit was really strong, even in Spanish.
Next week P Day is on Tuesday because of transfers. So i will talk to
you all then!
This week I had two exchanges. One with the other zone leader, and one
with his companion. For the first one, I stayed in my area and for the
second, I went with Elder Connover to his area in Peoria North. It is
no wonder I haven’t really gotten homesick yet, none of the people in
my wards have really been very similar to mine. That’s not really the
case with the English wards. It was weird, to say the least.
We had a lesson in the park. We chilled with a couple of peacocks. We
had a couple of good lessons this week and tracked down a couple of
We did some service at a thrift shop in the old person neighborhood.
This week we have a multi zone service coming up in Phoenix. We don’t
really know what it is yet but I’m excited because most of the Spanish
missionaries in the mission will be there. I’m excited to see some of
This Saturday we are going to go to the temple. It will be my first
session in Spanish, I don’t know how that’s going to go. I’m a bit
This P Day we played soccer with some of the men in the ward, that’s
always a humbling experience. After that we went hiking with a family
in the ward. The perfect weather here seems to be the first half of
January. We are trying to enjoy it while it lasts.
We have been doing Spanish lessons with Elder Clough, just like
school. They are surprisingly helpful.
This week we are going to try extra hard to work to find referrals
from members. We have a few and I’m excited to work together with the
members in the coming weeks.
I’m sorry I don’t have much time today. We have been busy. Have a great week!
This week we had interviews with President. They went well. All we talked about was the new mission president coming in. He is pretty excited. He says that he is a young guy, he owns a lot of restaurants, and he speaks Spanish. That’s all the details he would give me.
On Thursday, Elder Clough decided that a few of us would be performing a musical number in some meeting the next day. Video is included.
[actually, video can’t be included on this free wordpress account. The video is spectacular! I will post a link on my (Launi’s) FB wall. You can also request it via email at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Thursday night we went over to a recent convert’s house for Día de los Santos Reyes. Apparently, it is tradition to eat this ring of bread called Rosca de Reyes. Hidden inside the bread are these muñecos (tiny plastic baby dolls.) Since I found one of the muñecos I have to now provide a feast on February second. They will likely be disappointed.
Friday we had some meeting, it was a tad long, like 3 and a half hours (ish). One of the elders gave his departing testimony and we surprised him by singing and playing his favorite song, Take Me Home Country Roads. It was cute. 😜
On Saturday, we helped decorate the primary room for the new theme “Has lo Justo” or choose the right. I was pretty happy with myself. That night we decided to take advantage of the temple being in our area and drove up to do our nightly planning. It was really beautiful.
By far the funniest thing that happened this week was when I discovered that my nine year old brother signed me up for the Pokemon Go newsletter. I can’t stop them from coming because the unsubscribe link is blocked on my iPad. Nice troll Gideon, nice troll. 😂
I think I will be staying in Agua Fría with Elder Clough for a few more months. But president has been known to change his mind, who knows.
Thanks for all your emails. I love reading them all every week.
The big news this week is that the new mutual music came out. It also has
all the chords so I’m learning how to play it on the ukelele. We are
This week I had two close calls with menudo. Menudo is a soup made out
of the stomach lining of a cow. Look it up. We went to one house for
dinner and the member said, “Just so you know, I have menudo, do you
like menudo?” I was about 1000 percent sure that I didn’t, but for
some reason I decided to tell the truth and responded that I have
never had it. Luckily she then said “you’re not trying menudo for the
first time in my house.” Disaster averted. Saturday’s dinner
unfortunately didn’t have the menudo ready in time so we had to take
it to go. It is staring me down at this very moment.
We thought we had New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day off, but president
texted us on Friday and told us we just got Saturday night off. So
like any other sane person we went home and went to bed early on New
Yesterday I gave my first talk in Spanish. It was about goals,
obviously. It was pretty painful. That’s all I have to say about that.
Hope you all had a great New Year’s.
Here is a picture from a few months ago of us setting up Christmas
lights for a member.