Monday, March 14, 2016

Saltar hacia delante y caer de nuevo

Hola y'all!

This week has been great. Simpsonville is cool. We managed to get down to Laurens twice this week! We're finally doing our jobs in the place we're supposed to do it in! If Gray Court is backwoods, Laurens is super ghetto. Like I almost stepped on a heroin needle while walking out of a Waffle House. Just kidding. Laurens isn't big enough to have a Waffle House. The heroin needle part is tru though 💉💉💀

We've had a couple policy changes mission-wide in the last couple weeks. The first is NO MORE TRACTING. We've got sort of a mission plan we're doing called the South Carolina Initiative. It's based off of something that the Boise Idaho mission did and they saw a lot of success. So we took the Idaho Initiative and just renamed it pretty much. The SC Initiative is the ward leaders prayerfully select less active and part-member families and contact them and set up an appointment to meet with the missionaries. The missionaries also take those lists of less actives, part member families, prospective elders, and unbaptized children ages 9-17, and they select people to visit as well. So we work together with our ward really closely, plus we work on helping and reactivating less active families. Then we ask for referrals from everyone. Plus generally less active people and part member families have more nonmember friends than active members do. In fact often times they are over at their house so we get to teach everyone! Hooray! So to further the SC Initiative we officially banned tracting, aka random knocking. We can still knock around a less actives house if they're not home and ask their neighbors a) if they know anything about their neighbor who is a member of our church and b) if they're interested in learning more. We find a lot of interested people this way apparently. So that's the first big change.

Second is NO MORE MEMBER MEALS. Active members can't have us over for dinner or whatever anymore. UNLESS there is a less active or investigator there so it's also a proselyting activity. So basically we're never eating again 😋😬 There are families that are feeding us a ton because they're worried about us haha. I don't think they realize we get money every month for food idk. We'll be fine though, I'm really good at making Velveeta and I eat the whole box which is like 850 calories which is a lot I think.

We spent a lot of this week worrying about our car. Like I've said before, we only have 1200 miles a month and our area is like 60 miles across so we burn through them REAL QUICK. But we had a Zone Conference on Friday and the APs choose the cleanest car in the zone and give them 50 extra miles a month for 3 months. So we basically turned into pro car detailers for like 3 days. We kept a bottle of Hawaiian Dream Febreze in the car at all times. We scraped dirt out of the door jams and around the gas cap. We took out everything and vacuumed the whole thing with a crappy church vacuum. We took it through a car wash twice and washed it by hand 3 times. WE WORE PLASTIC BAGS ON OUR FEET WHEN WE DROVE SO WE DIDN'T TRACK DIRT ON THE FLOOR. We needed these miles. When we got to the stake center in Greer we got out and did a last minute all-out cleaning session. Then we walked around the parking lot and inspected the competition. Our car was definitely cleaner than basically all of them. The only one that stood a chance was the STLs' car. And theirs is a 2015 and ours is a 2013. We probably had to do so much more work than they did. The zone conference ended and whatever and we just sat and bit our nails waiting to be scored. But the person inspecting our car was one of the STLs. Holy bias! Well it all ended up fine, we WON! We officially have the cleanest car in the zone, although I think the sister training leaders tried to choose themselves, because on our certificate, there were some names scribbled out and ours written above. But justice prevailed! The moral here is we will be judged righteously for our own works and not by the sins of others. Also there is a cleanest car in the whole mission award that gives some lucky companionship 50 more miles a month in addition to the first 50! Please keep me and Elder Robison in your prayers, and if you don't pray you better start!

To finish this week off, we got to go to the temple! That's a blessing, because missionaries can't just go to the temple whenever, they have to have a recent convert or returning member going through for the first time, and they can go to support them. Lucky for us Elder Robison had someone who fit that exact description. So a member gave us a ride down to Columbia which was awesome. The temple is super small. I'm lucky to go to the temple so soon in my mission, some missionaries don't get to go their whole missions! Plus I got to eat Bojangles biscuits! The church is true!!!

Daylight savings is brutal, we had to get up so early yesterday.

Ok folks have a good week and just be glad you're not me, I had a headache for the last 8 days. Count your blessings though, a member gave me an entire lemon pound cake yesterday!

No pictures this week, apparently I can't put my SD card anywhere into this computer.

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