Well this week was eventful for Elder Makoni and I. It was our last one together, he is being transferred to be a DL in Novato. He’ll do a good job, I cant remember the name of my new companion coming in right now so i’ll let you know next week. I am staying here for the rest of my mission. So i’ll be here for the next two years roughly. Its going to be great! I found out brother Parker in the ward is going to the BYU Utah game next week so i’m going to send him with a suit case full of my stuff to make my flight easier. He’s the one who said he’d take me deep sea fishing so be really nice to him!
This week we went to Bodega Bay again for P-day, then taught David with Milton there. We left david with some scriptures to read about the doctrine of Christ. He texted us later that night and told us that he really enjoyed 3 Nephi 27:19-21.
We had District meeting the next morning where we practiced using our new Skype capabilities. I taught the restoration to someone who was at least 150 yards away! And I didn’t have to yell at all! God is good at what He does. These new tools would seem like magic to the people in the Bible. Now we know what Isaiah was talking about when he said the world would see eye to eye. I found a new investigator online this week, she is in Colorado. Her cousin is a missionary in Salt Lake and referred her to me. She told me that the bible was too confusing and gave up on church because of it. She told me she would read the intro to the book of Mormon and I’m going to Skype her tomorrow morning. So i’ll be teaching in Colorado tomorrow.
Wednesday I cant remember what we did. It must have been fun.
Thursday I went with Elder Kenny for most of the morning and helped him move apartment supplies. He is one of the senior missionaries who is in charge of our apartments. With our mission doubling in numbers we need to find a ton of new desks tables apartments and junk. Its been amazing all the miracles that happen around them every day. About a month ago they found a new apartment for the Bennett valley elders and then found that it didn’t have a fridge. They didn’t know what to do. Then for the first time in history a member in Petaluma called asking if the mission needed their extra fridge. MIRACLE. But anyway Thursday we ate dinner with President and Sister Alba, cause I was thinking. I’m in Santa Rosa I need to capitalize on this situation. So I called em up and asked em to feed us.
The next day we had weekly planning and transfer info.
Then Saturday we went to a baptism at the church for the Healdsburg ward. During the service there was a quinceanera (google it) going on in the gym. So when someone was saying “I testify that the priesthood is on the earth again…” there was music bumping from the gym. It was super hilarious cause it wasn’t my baptism haha. But our investigator david still liked it. He’s 17. He was trying to get us to come bowling with him but its packing P-day so we cant.
But sunday david came to chuch, we had a very spiritual lesson with a family we are teaching the Van Lares. The Parkers came and shared some powerful testimony. We then ate dinner with 10 other missionaries. It was eventful.
So now i have a TON of stuff to tell you. This transfer everything has been going my way i feel and i love it. God is taking very good care of me. To start off i pulled some strings with President Alba and now i am the proud designated driver of a Dodge Grand Caravan 2011 :). I’m a happy missionary. Then this week i started teaching one of Bryan McDonnells former investigators Latisse. She is super sweet, she wants to be baptized but has to wait and has been getting discouraged. But she started reading the Book of Mormon again and went to church this week. I’m trying to have her set up a time to meet with the elders out there. Its still a work in progress online. I also got to teach Bennett. The German foreign exchange student i met in the Bennett Valley area. He is back home in Hamburg. So when he is online at 11pm its like 1pm here. So its perfect! that was one of their main ideas. they did a study and found that most people are online between 9 and 12 pm. While i’m at my apartment. And missionaries generally have nothing to do between 1 and 3. So if we use the internet i can teach people in europe between 1and 3 and be super effective! so our focus is europe. The elders in Asia will be instructed to focus on California and the western Us. Its AMAZING! thats why they put the Apostles in charge. The 8873s (ipads) are amazing but are at a limited use right now because we dont have Iphones to go with them yet. When we get them we will have mobile Wifi so we can be even more effective. As for right now the church buildings, all of which have free wifi, are packed with missionaries. They allow us 3 hours a day of 8873 time. we also use it to download videos with which we can teach with later. I’ve made more people cry with my ipad then the entire rest of my mission put together. When they can see the savior in the Garden its just much more powerful then me telling them. I LOVE THIS THING. Which brings me to my next point… I would like to have one all set up and good to go the moment i step off the plane. I might go through withdrawls without it. And you cant tell me its bad cause The Prophet gave it to me. HAHA We have been teaching people in the “real world” too. Thats our focus is to make sure we balance out the work and make sure to do both. We picked up a few new investigators. But they arent as cool as my online ones. One is named bobby, i think i told you about him last week. Hes an old boxer who says the most awkward stuff ever. But hes a good family man, and loves his kids. We are going to introduce him to some members tomorrow. We had a kid named David come to church yesterday. He lives in our apaprtment ocmplex an we see him everyday. He even does morning exercise with us sometimes. He has read the bible 15 times and has been reading the book of mormon a bunch. He didnt have church clothes though so i traded him some pants for a baseball jersey, and elder makoni gave him a suit and shirt that didnt fit him. Hes a funny kid. He’s 15. We gave his little brother a bom too and he loved it. The parents like us a lot but arent too interested in it for themselves yet. So keep praying for them. I’ve also been adding more people on facebook. Make sure they dont think i’m going disobedient. I got that from Elder Maryott already so i sent him a disgruntled email. But its all good now. I’m doing good, trying not to get trunky. I have my last temple trip on thursday. My eclesiastical endorsment is done. hmmm what else is there. Emily lasley gave me a sweet friendship bracelet which is now on my side satchel.
This week we received a device called the 8873. (ipad) it is named the 8873 because of the scripture d&c88:73. read it! The spirit in our mission has been so strong i cannot put it into words. Brother Donaldson came to train us and told us what some of the apostles have been telling him about the announcement to teach the world over the internet. L Tom Parry said “it is as significant as the first vision and the coming forth of the book of mormon” Neil L anderson “it is the meeting of the century” With that announcement matthew 24:14 is being fulfilled! we’ve had missionaries here teach people in the following places that i know of so far: