September 23, 3014
Well this week was pretty crazy.
Tuesday i moved to my new apartment. I live in the basement of a very old widow. She is turning 94 in December… she makes us say goodnight to her every day, and she makes us call her Granny. She is so funny, she is still totally there, remembering everything that happens. I was laughing the other day, she was watching a show on FDR and she told us that the year she got married was the year FDR passed away. She remembers everything!!! Also, she is a champ! She still manages a garden, every day at about 9, we hear her walking around and she is weeding the garden. She is so cool!!
Tuesday was pretty much just a cleaning day for us… The Elder that I replaced went home, so he left a lot of stuff... I mean a lot!!! Most of it was food, and it was killing me to be throwing food away. After living in LIB, I have a new sense of 'if I’m not gonna eat it, I don’t buy it.' The previous Elder didn’t have that... he was a great missionary, but just left a lot of wasted food.
It’s taking me a little while to figure out the area, only because it is so big!! I cover 3 wards in the YSA stake. so my area is pretty much the city of Murray and then some. So I was lost most of the week. Thank goodness Elder Hale knows quite a bit of the area. Being on bikes does save some time, yesterday we went from 900 east and 4800 south to State and 6100 south in about 8 minutes going through a construction site... i'd say we made pretty good time!
On Sunday church was canceled, but that was because of the Ogden Temple Re-dedication. (They broadcasted the meeting to the Stake Center buildings in the Salt Lake area) It was so cool be around to do that. There were three different sessions of it, and I went to the one at 1pm. I missed out on hearing President Monson speak, but I got to hear Holland and Eyring, it was so cool!!!!!!! i love listening to them speak. Holland said something that really stood out to me. It was about when he was in the area presidency in England, his son went through the temple for the first time, but he wasn’t able to go, his wife got to go. He said I really didn’t do much to prepare him, i just taught a couple FHE's and that was about it. That’s usually how the fathers are with preparing sons for temple covenants and missions. Mothers are the ones that prepare them. That stood out to me so much. Thank you mom for everything, and dad, thank you too buddy :)
On my mission i have met many people from around the world. On Monday I was on exchange with an Elder from Brasil. This guy is so funny. I learned a lot from him. It was somewhat of a long day but that’s just because we were in my area and I really didn’t know anyone, and where anything was, so that was a little tough. It was a good day though
My week was good. It went by really fast too.
The White African... in Utah
I asked him more about his apartment and his new companion who is from Ephrata, Washington. He said:
I got a couple of texts from Utah phone numbers with pictures, taken by people who were feeding them, I think. Big Thank you to those who feed my son!
This came on Sunday, September 15th
His companion was still Elder Franco
This came on Sunday, September 21st
This is his new companion, Elder Hale