our Thanksgiving was good. We got up at 530 so we could study and whatnot and then go to the turkey bowl at 9. We played football for a while and it was fun. The ground was super slick but it made it more fun. But yeah after that we came home and did our weekly planning session, we went to a less-actives house for lunch. His name is (Mr. no name). He co-owns a restaurant downtown and lives in a pretty big house downtown. Elder Terry is pretty close friends with him. But yeah it was delicious. We had twice-baked potatoes which is something I don't remember ever having before, but they were DELICIOUS. ahh. haha. But yeah funny story about (Mr.No name). He's been less-active for a really long time. Elder Terry's been here for almost 7 months. Elder Terry's been visiting with (Mr.no name) since he started here and (Mr. no name) has only been to church 3 times in that 7 months. So we were having a lesson (two days after Thanksgiving lunch with him and his family) and he was complaining about how the bishop wouldn't "get off his lazy *bleep*" to help (mr. no name) get back to the temple. And we talked to him about this all and said well (mr. no name) you need to come to church, or at least partake of the sacrament in your home. Well (Mr.No Name) has had really REALLY bad back problems, so he took that as we were judging him or something and got really angry. So Elder Terry, (with the spirit guiding him I might add) explaining to (Mr. No Name) that we loved him. And his Heavenly Father loved him. And that we only want to help him. We would do anything we could to help him. And the lesson ended with a very spiritual prayer, and (Mr.No Name) was crying and elder terry was crying and they hugged and he was nice to me as we left. He was quiet but we figured everything had been figured out. So we go on our way to this town way out in the boonies called Grottoes, and we are working out there and we get a call from the Spanish Elders who are in our area. Now unbeknownst to us, for some weird and ridiculous reason, the spanish elders are working with (Mr. No name) too. So they call us and are like "Did you meet with (Mr. No name)today?" "ya? why?" "WHAT HAPPENED?!"
So we explained it all and they were like holy cow. Basically (Mr. No name) sent them a text saying that he wanted to be excommunicated and all this garbage because of Elder Terry "judging him and putting all this pressure on him"
what a load.
Anyways that day was a horrible and as far as I know (Mr. No name) is still pretty ticked at missionaries in general.
Yeah the Roarks are awesome! My old branch was basically made up of two families: The roarks and the Daltons. Everyone was either a roark, a dalton, or married to one of the too. haha. Except, ironically, the branch presidency. But sis. roark is so nice and you should send her something thanking her. Send me a copy of that picture! haha.
My talk was actually pretty good, I thought. It was the first talk I've ever given where I didn't write it out. I just made a rough outline on what I wanted to talk about, and did that. And what was REALLY weird, is that I didn't even have enough time to say everything I wanted to. It was four of us speaking, to recent converts a missionary and a returned missionary. It was missionary sunday I guess. So I gave a talk about what else? missionary work. So I talked about why missionary work is so important, and why we do it, and how we do it, along with what members need to do to help that work along. I had a whole big meaty section on attributes of a good missionary, but I had to cut that out because of time restrictions. The only thing I could've done better I think is tabbed my scriptures that I was gonna use haha. I took forever finding some of the scriptures and stuff I was using haha. Also, you know how I make stupid little comments when I'm up there and am trying to fnid something but I don't have anything to say? Like "ooo maybe I should've marked these scriptures" yeah I did that alot and everyone was just like, what the heck? lol. but the talk was good and I wasn't very nervous just hoping that it got accross what I was trying to tell them.
I'm also going with the mission president to a small branch out in west virginia this sunday to talk about missionary work again. It's closed right now but I have a feeling that us giong out there is a sign it's going to open up soon. They want missionaries so bad out there.
I'm glad Dad did all the talking for me! haha no one would know what was going on if you cried through it all! hahahahaha just kidding mom. I love you and I'm glad you still miss me cause I still miss you guys alot!
Your mexico pictures were awesome. YOu probably could've refrained from sending me the ones with girls in bikini's in em, but I forgive you! haha. There was only like, one so I just put it outta sight. ha. So don't worry about that. But the resort was awesome looking! I'm glad you had fun though I certainly would have haha.
OH. Another funny story about getting sick. SO. Three days ago my companion (Elder Terry) and the other Elder who lives in our apartment, (Elder Hiltbrand) started getting sick. The next morning they woke up and they just felt TERRIBLE. So me and Elder Stokes (elder hiltbrands companion) went out and worked in my area and I was senior companion for the day so that was a little different experience. But we worked all day and it was good. We came back and apparently Elder Terry had got a little better, but Elder Hiltbrand had gotten much worse. Temperature of like 103+ degrees all day. like 103.7 degrees. And we were planning for the next day, and Elder Hiltbrand comes in and is like, totally delirious. And he's super weak and can barely stand up. And then he's just like "I think you guys need to take me to the hospital." So we called the mission medical officer, (she agreed) gave him a blessing, and then elder terry and him left. It was interesting because they left at like 10:20 pm and we are uspposed to be in bed at 10:30. So I did Elder Hiltbrand's district leader stuff for him while he was gone and then went to bed. Apparently it took them two hours to get into the hospital and then when they got in, he had to get into one of those stupid hospital gowns, and then the doctor came in and all they did was put a stethescope up to his chest and said "well looks like it's only bacteria. Go upstairs and get some antibiotics and go home"
haha it was so bad. BUt they are doing much better now.
With hte video and cassette player thing, if you send me a cassette or a cd or a dvd, as long as it's from the family or the ward, and it's like a letter I can watch/listen to it. SO if the ward sent me a video like they do every year to all the missionaries, I definitely could watch it. Same if you sent me one. Just nothing like actual movies obviously haha.
I wanna hear dads song so send it to me!
haha make sure dad doesn't hurt himself up on the roof. You should take a picture of the house when it's done and send that too me! haha.
I doubt it's gonna snow enough to take the power out so don't expect it. haha. It's funny cause you know how the whole state freaks out in oregon when it snows there? Yeah it's basically the same in virginia. No body knows how to drive in it. hahaha.
Thank you so much for all you guys do for me. I love you so much and miss you alot. I'm a little nervous for the christmas season because it's gonna be hard not spending christmas with you guys. It's gonna be even harder after I have to hang up the phone with you on christmas. BUt look at it this way: at least I get to talk to you all on christmas! haha I'm excited!
Keep me in your prayers so that I can continue to become a missionary and not just do missionary things. Love you all so much and I'll hear from you again soon I hope!