A Rainy Week In Southern California
In the morning we went over to start our laundry at Elder Beddes/Jones apartment. We then went and did some shopping and what not. We then hit the mission office and helped them sort a ton of packages. We hit max muscle and got some in body tests. Then Cali taco with Elder Henkel/McMurry/Lopez. We stopped by target before we went to pday activity. They played volleyball with a exercise ball. Elder Thomas got a helicopter that squirts water so I went with Elder Philips/Thomas/Hansen on a battery run. We played a little gator ball before it was time to leave. In-N-Out for dinner with Brother Ryan's son. We finished the night getting our laundry and Walmart.
We did finding for most of the day. We talked to Armillo about the Christmas season and his atheist friend. We went to the church to drop off our stuff for the Book of Mormon challenge. It turned out to be a zone Elder meet up. We did more finding till dinner. Our dinner was with the Deans at El Chef taco. We saw Paula and talked with her. Brother Walker met up with us and the sisters at the Baskin-Robbins to end the night.
In the morning we went to my cardiology appointment. It was the longest appointment I had there by far, it was filled with waiting. It was busy with all of the kids not in school. Just so happened we needed to be somewhere. We left then headed back to the apartment and quickly went to the Lora building for the Christmas music devotional. We were just a few minutes late. It was a good program. We got some good pictures. After the devotional we had a lesson with Megan, we were met by her outside the apartment complex playing in the puddles from the rain. Brother Larkin came and we taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ. We had a service over at the Dean's, we helped them do somethings outside they couldn't do. We had a birthday dinner with the Walkers for sister Jensen at sammys stack house. After dinner us and the sisters Caroled at the bishops house. We then met up with the district to go caroling for the rest of the night. After a while it started to sprinkle then it began to actually rain. So after a lot of walking we all were completely soaked. There was iPads to worry about though. There was some water fights in the knee high water. We got back to the church for a picture then went back for the night.
In the morning we had district meeting we focused on the last of the Christlike attributes. We had a zone lunch Elder Pruitt made crepes and we did a elephant gift exchange. After we did stop hunger now with the sisters we packaged 600 meals. We then went to dinner with the Kaaiakamanus, we shared the nativity with them. They enjoyed it. We were able to see Lisa and Pedro then share some of the restoration with them. We then went and exchanged with the zone leaders and I stayed in the area with Elder Pruitt.
After studies we went to the Citrus hills nursing home. We helped them with bingo. After lunch we went out to do some finding. We met several people none interested in listening. We stopped by the Schollick family and shared a message with them. We got invited to their Christmas Eve party. They recommended that we visit Sister Griffin so we did. We met this YSA that was pretty interesting to talk to. After dinner more finding and a lesson that fell through. We stopped by Nehra then exchanged back. Some guy in a truck decided to go crazy drifting and etc in the wet parking lot while we were exchanging back.
In the morning we stopped by the Walkers to pick up our breakfast for Christmas morning. We went to a party at the Schollick house pretty solid lunch we jumped on their trampoline. We left then met up at the circle with zone leaders and the district. We chalked the circle for a while it was well covered. We left then went to dinner with the Sheslys. After dinner we met up at the church for caroling, well our district did the zone was supposed to be there. So got to the circle and start caroling then people started to show up we did that till we had to turn in for the night
In the morning we headed to the church and the zone had parking duty. The stake sacrament service was pretty cool. The church building was packed with people they ran out of chairs in the whole building. They broadcast it to the other rooms of the church. After we went back and Skyped our families till dinner time. We had dinner with the Owen family. They were cool they even had machines that shot out fake snow as you walk out of their house. We went back to the church and the Zone leaders were there with Elder Beddes/Jones. They left the whole building unlocked and all the lights on after the meeting. The result was a transient less active member was in the building. So we hooked her up with the transient bishop and got her some blankets. We then turned all of the lights off and locked the building. That we pretty much the end of the night.
It has been a busy week. Well I have not put any thought into a topic. Now thinking today was a special day. We had the opportunity to partake of the sacrament on Christmas Day, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. We truly have been blessed with a great gift. We too often forget the meaning of why we partake of the sacrament. One thing I have been trying to do to bring great meaning to the sacrament is trying to only think of Christ as the sacrament is passed.
Hope y'all have a great new year