Friday, February 12, 2016

The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days...

Wow, is it already another week? IS IT REALLY FEBRUARY? That saying in the subject is so true though. Our days consist mostly of going all over the place, visiting less actives and referrals, and people often don't want to talk. As far as blindly knocking on doors, I literally have only done that to about five homes. Elder Clarke knows how to take full advantage of the time we have. He knows that there is more success in doing other things rather than knocking on random doors.

As our beloved Mission President, President Taylor, rests from a heart surgery, we have a new intern Mission President, President Ferrin for the time while President Taylor recovers. President Taylor did not get released, but his priesthood keys have been rendered dormant and have been given to President Ferrin. I met President Ferrin in a meeting on Tuesday of last week and he is a great guy! I am so thankful for his willingness to carry on the wonderful momentum of the Washington Vancouver Mission for a few weeks.

Brothers and Sisters, the Washington Vancouver Mission is THE BEST MISSION in the world. One of the great cultures of this mission is that it is not cool to be a disobedient missionary. Everybody work hard and does their part. Also, the presidency and office couples are SO NICE. President Anderson, first counselor in the WVM Presidency
likes to say "every day, every day, every day". If you listen to a general conference talk in April of 2015 titled "Stay by the Tree" by Kevin W. Pearson. I found out mid-talk that President Anderson was a counselor to him in the Washington, Tacoma mission. If you listen, he says "every day, every day, every day." :D

Another talk! If you can find a BYU devotional talk titled "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox, LISTEN TO IT. It has changed my view, and increased my appreciation, for the Atonement and Christ's grace, I LOVE IT.

On Wednesday, we had an appointment with a person who has investigated the church before, and wanted to take the discussions again. After we discussed with him, I invited him to be baptized and he said YES. He came to church yesterday too so he's progressing well! We have also been teaching this less active family almost every day this week. The husband is super hyper and he reminds me of Homer Simpson. After every discussion, he is calm and over the course of the week, the faith in this family has grown so much! It is so great to see the faith of these people grow so much!

As far as quirky things this week, in sacrament meeting for the special musical number, a guy played the clarinet accompanied with a singing piano player to "Amazing Grace" that lasted eight minutes long....YUP.

Fun things: Every missionary knows how to use AirDrop and we use it all the time. For photos, notes, and other things, IT IS SO USEFUL. Also a random thought, here is a business idea and present it to any company in the world: You take eighteen-twenty year olds, pair them with a person they don't know in a place unfamiliar to them, give them a car, a debit card, a phone, an iPad....WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? But, it works! Because it is the LORD'S work. Also, something President Anderson also said is "All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough." I went to an L&L today and got a Loco Moco and a Spam Musubi. They were pretty decent!

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