Monday, January 9, 2017

Week #77--January 9, 2017

Hello Everyone!

This week was crazy!

We taught 20 lessons this week which is my mission high!

Half the mission went down the hill for a meeting, and while I didn't get invited (they literally were SUPER random) Elder Prestwich did and the Zone Leaders both went and we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders so I got the gist of it. 

Basically here's the recap:

1) We're getting IPads pretty soon
2) The Book of Mormon is so cool.
3) We've been doing missionary work wrong this whole time!

It was a big wig from Salt Lake and the head of the Missionary Department at the MTC who came and they re-taught us how to do missionary work. Hard to describe over e-mail, but basically it's all about focusing on just the 3 commitments of church prayer and reading, simplifying things A TON and making people's 1st experiences with the Book of Mormon a lot more meaningful. So that's going through the mission like crazy and has changed a lot with how we teach! And we're already seeing huge results!

Also, went on exchanges with Elder Parry. He's from St. George and looks like Calvin Klein. I'm not even joking. He is just a good looking guy. 

We had a referral from Church HQ's that lived out in Hinkley which is in the middle of nowhere, but we found out she actually lived about 8 miles north of Hinkley on some unlabeled dirt road, so we spent 2 1/2 hours driving around the desert trying to find it. Also it was raining so the road was legit mud. 

It was so much fun. We finally found it, but as we drove up to it 5 HUGE dogs ran out and surrounded to car and tried to attack it. Obviously in a Dog vs. Car matchup, Dog's don't win so we escaped unharmed. 
This time we decided to sneak in the back way. 

But to no avail. The dogs saw us and came at us. Surrounded the car. Mission failed. We were about to pack up and call it a day, but we thought "NAH" We'd made it all the way out there and we were not going home that easily!

So we drove very quietly until we were somewhat close to the house and parked. We both looked at each other and Elder Parry was like "If god shut the mouth's of the lions for Daniel, he can help us see this referral."

I would be lying if I said I was anything but scared out of my wits. So we got out and started the long walk! We called it "The Brown Mile". It was SO INTENSE. 
And the crazy thing? NO DOGS! They had all gone to the back door and the owners let them inside for a bit with no knowledge that we were out there and that happened to be the time that we walked up. 

She wasn't that interested and just wanted a free bible. 

BUT STILL! It was super awesome. 

So that pretty much wraps up this e-mail. I love hearing from you guys! Let me know how you're all doing. 

Love you all!
Church is true!

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