This was the first week of the transfers. My companions name is Elder Derhak. He is from Rochester New York. Elder Derhak’s most notable accomplishment is coming in third in a national cooking competition. So I have been enjoying that. The members however don’t seem to be at ease when they find out at our dinner appointments. Haha. Today we went to Costco and bought him about anything he could ever want in terms of ingredients. It sounds like any hopes of going home skinny are officially lost.
We were meeting with our New Ward mission Leader this week and as we were leaving a bunch of non members came into the church to play soccer. Our WML started to talk to one of them because he is the guys dentist. I recognized him because we had played soccer with him a few times down at the park. He was a really white guy named Dan but spoke good Spanish. So I asked him where he learned Spanish and he said he used to live in Bolivia. So we started chatting with him about the Spanish branch and we invited him and gave him our number. Here comes the cool part, today, he texted us. That’s right, HE TEXTED US. That’s never happened to us before so that’s pretty cool. We are excited to start teaching him in the coming week.
Saturday and Sunday was full of General Conference which I am sure you have heard all about. I really liked the idea and focus on ministering. Here in the America South West area of the church we have been implementing a organizational strategy called ‘Ministering the Ordinances of Exaltation to Individuals and Families (MOE.) ‘ The changes that were made only seem to mirror the success that I have seen in my mission from using the MOE. So needless to say I am excited to see this plan emphasized and expanded to the whole church.
Despite all the changes I thing the most exciting part was when they were announcing the new area 70s. I know. No one ever pays attention during that part, but I joked as they started that I was just waiting to hear out old mission president’s name (he is the only person I know who might be called) Then they did! Either that or there is another Spencer Griffen who got called to be an area 70 instead. But with all that aside I really enjoyed President Nelson at conference. I feel like he brings a whole different personality to the meetings as a whole.
We had a good Easter Sunday. We ate dinner with the Walker family (pictured) , they got a hoot out of that. 4 boys, tall, skinny, and loud. It seemed like a younger clone of our family. The oldest one’s name is Seth. He was baffled that there might be another Seth Walker in this universe.
Right now we only have one investigator in the English ward. Her husband actually called brother walker as we were leaving. Apparently the investigator was in tears because she thought that the other Elders were transferred because she didn’t get baptized. So we went over to calm her down and fix this little misunderstanding and she showed us a picture of her son, who looks JUST like the missionary who was transferred. So that was a new one for me. We got everything figured out and she is better now. I think the transfer might motivate her a little bit to take the church more seriously.
That’s this week. Really busy but really good. I hope you all had a fantastic Easter.