This has been a great week. We had a half mission conference with
Elder Nielson of the 70. I learned a lot from him and what he taught
us. (Even though some of it doesn't really apply super well to me at
this point... not trunky) One of the first things he shared though was
Alma 26:26-31 and he replaced the word wilderness with the California
Santa Rosa Mission. He called it the "wheels up" scripture because
it's how we should feel as we fly away and the "wheels fold up". I
really want to be able to feel the same as Ammon and I'm planning on
working in such a way that I can this last week. He also shared a lot
about the enabling power of the Atonement and how it relates to us and
to our investigators. He talked a lot about how we need to act, and
the importance of our action to do our best regardless of
circumstances and the difference between asking Heavenly Father to
change our circumstances and asking Him to give us strength to
overcome and endure trials and hard times.
He also had a question and answer session that was a great learning
experience for me. It was amazing to see the extent of his scriptural
and Gospel knowledge and he accounted a very interesting story about
when he was first called to be a Seventy.
Also this week we've been able to have some pretty good lessons,
unfortunately things aren't going how we would like with many of our
investigators, but that's kind of how missionary work goes some weeks.
One funny story from this week though is that we went to visit an
investigator named Roberto and while we were pretty sure he wasn't
home we decided to go try anyways. To get in we had to open his gate
with his dog, Pancho, right next to it. Pancho is really nice and
friendly, but is also pretty young and has a lot of energy. So, when
we opened the gate, out bolted Pancho and went running down the
street. After a few seconds of indecision Elder Foster hops into the
truck and we all pile in and drive off after Pancho. Finally down the
street and around the corner we catch up with Pancho and corral him
into the front seat of the car. We got a lot of pretty weird looks as
we drove back as missionaries with a dog in the front seat and
unloaded Pancho back into his yard. Luckily Roberto was not there and
so hopefully will not hear about the incident from his neighbors and
hold it against us.
Love y'all and hope y'all have a wonderful week!!