Monday, July 25, 2016

ASAP: A Surprisingly Agile Pachyderm

Well my first transfer here in Surfside Beach has come and gone and I'm still here! My arms aren't quite burnt to a crisp from biking so I guess President has more trials for me yet. One of the sisters in our little Myrtle Beach district is getting transferred, which is sad but we're getting a brand new sister in her place! For once I will not be the youngest missionary in my district. About time.

My official prediction for next transfers (in Septiembre) is Elder Staker is getting transferred and I take over the area. Not only that, but I'll become district leader and get a trainee of my own! Although my speculation may be a wee bit crooked after comparing the transfer call to my speculation board. Oh well.

As a missionary, you have to get used to people staring at you. When we went to the aquarium, it felt like we were one of the exhibits. We were more popular than the live mermaids! People couldn't stop looking! And just in general, I think it's just funny how shocked people look when they see missionaries. It's not bad, really all it does is inflate my ego. I had no idea I was so captivating πŸ˜Ž

I'd like to tell a story about something that happened just a few hours ago. First of all, we biked today so I asked Elder Stake Center to pick a tie for me. One that I can wear while biking without being concerned about it being destroyed by neck sweat πŸ˜‰ So he picked one of my lovely Goodwill ties, one with lil elephants on it. Well then Elder Stake sauce and I biked to this neighborhood on the Intracoastal Waterway. Meaning they're super nice houses who have docks and speedboats for a backyard. We were walking through the area trying to find a member and we saw something amazing. We saw a legit elephant. Like there was a dude just riding an elephant down the street of this secluded neighborhood. There were old people driving by in golf carts and man I don't even know what happened. I would assume I hallucinated but I have photographic evidence.
PLUS the scariest thing is Elder Stake knife picked my elephant tie to wear!!!! It was a prophecy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But yeah I really don't understand

Spiritual thought this week is 1 Cor. ch 13, Charity is better than everything!!!!!!

Here are some pictures also of our district btw

K see yall later


Monday, July 18, 2016

Surfyside Up

Hola y'all!

Greetings from icky sticky Myrtle/Surfside Beach. Humidity is unreal and everyone's so sick of even talking about it that I'm rolling my eyes as I write this. When it's not humid, it's raining. And a lot of the times you can't tell which is which. It's cool though because it's still hot even when it rains so after a while, you just see this steamy mist coming up from the ground. Spooky, it's like we're watching Twilight

I've actually managed to catch a cold in this weather as well. We come home after biking and we're just completely wet. That's not an exaggeration, our clothes are dripping. And apparently if you go inside to a nice air conditioned apartment while covered in water from all sorts of places, you catch a cold. I'm fine but that's just weird that that would happen.

Today for P-day we went to Ripley's Aquarium! It's not often we go and do the typical Myrtle Beach attractions. There's simply no room on our MSF cards for that. BUT the Myrtle Beach ward baptized someone last week and she works there and she got us in for free! It was packed but it was so cool. We went in one of those shark tunnels like you see on commercials. Ooh wee how fun 🌊🌊🐠🐟 I don't have any pictures but I might be able to get some next week to send.

The work this week has been really good, we teach a lot of cool members and we're working on finding investigators, an effort which I am sure we will be rewarded soon πŸ™πŸΏπŸ™πŸΏπŸ˜‡ Remember that each of us has divine potential! We don't have to be a prophet to be foreordained to do something great. Figure out what it is you and only you can offer the world in this life and find a way to unite that with the will of our Father in Heaven. It will probably take your whole life, so get to it!

Transfers are coming up and the gossip here is so juicy. A lot of missionaries have gone home, which is too bad but sometimes it's the right decision. There's a video on Mormon Channel of Holland giving his thoughts on the topic, plus a guy who was called to this mission (SCCM!) and went home early and his story. Well anyway it just means a lot of changes will be going about across the mission. So we here in Surfside set up a way to stay ahead of the game, the Speculation begins NOW! I have a picture of the speculation for our district the next two transfers and we're working on the whole Florence zone (possibly, we may give up before we turn into psychos). But here's a picture!

Anyway stay fresh yall and I don't know if it's raining wherever you are, but if it is, drive safe.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Independenz Day

Hola y'all!

The Fourth of July is so great here! It's the only day of the year in SC where you will see more American flags than Confederate ones. But traffic is terrible and we can't watch fireworks because that's after our bedtime. They do them all up and down the beach all the way to Charleston! But President doesn't understand.

Last Tuesday I had a surprisingly fun experience. It was raining hardcore and we couldn't go out because every time we thought it was over, it would start pouring again. Finally it all cleared up, and we hopped on our bikes and headed out. We biked like 3 miles to someone's house, we had a fun visit with them, and then we headed back. And the rains came tumbling down. We were about 2 miles from home and we were basically under water. It ended up being really fun to bike in the rain, and it's the closest to swimming I'll ever get on my mission.

The rest of this week has been ok. We've taught a lot of less actives and given like 4 blessings. So I  guess that's actually cool. But our one investigator has been giving us a real hard time, he's ready to be baptized, but he wants to have like a perfect knowledge. He sent us an email with 49 questions and doctrinal concerns. We addressed all of them and most things weren't even true, I don't know where he's getting this stuff. The missionaries before must have sucked at teaching! Haha jk

But that's all I can really think about talking about right now. I'll send the rest of the pictures of the gardens last week. Oh and I took a picture of my socks because they're the closest thing to red white
and blue that I own. K peace