Monday, August 29, 2016

Respect your elders! (And sisters!)

Hola y'all!

This area is great, because every once in a while, a member likes us enough and for a long enough period of time that they want to take us to dinner. We went with a member to Miyabi Japanese Grill. It's one of those fancy hibachi grill places where they cook the food right in front of you and they mess with you and they throw stuff in their chef hats. And they make the volcano with the onion. Oh man it's sweet. They put alcohol in it and light it, and then they through seasoning in it and it looks like hot ashes. Then they put some kind of sauce in it and it heats up and overflows man it's the coolest thing ever. And the food is so good. Very expensive, I will probably never go there without my tag on. The opportunities you can only experience as a missionary πŸ€‘

We've got some solid stuff lined up right now, we should be having some awesome stuff happening in the next couple weeks. The Lord prepares people! I just don't have anything specific to say about it
right now

From what I understand, this area will die after Labor Day weekend. Exciting! Sad! I have no idea what the 1000 beach stores are going to do, and everywhere else is going to lose a lot of business. I'm not sure but I guess we'll see.

I'm never sure what else to talk about in my weekly emails, I always think of things but the Spirit must be confounding me and keeping me from saying them, so they must not be important

Ok have a good week and if you want to talk to me, feel free to email me just about any time today, and if you don't want to talk to me, try working on Christlike Love for a while

Included in this email is a picture of a sweet serving paper we got at Chipotle


Monday, August 22, 2016

The (bi)Cycle of Life

Hola y'all!

I wish I could tell you something interesting happened this week! Who knew the work of salvation would become kind of boring to talk about? I'M JUST KIDDING CALM DOWN

Things are slowing down here at the beach. I'm sure it will get crazy for Labor Day, and then die down for the rest of the year. Everybody get ready, Christmas is almost here πŸŽ…πŸΏπŸŽ…πŸΏπŸŽ„

We biked a lot this week. In the last two weeks we've probably biked about 150 miles. But there is hope, because the Myrtle Beach elders are probably going to be whitewashed! Why hello, new Myrtle Beach elders, welcome to your new bike area! Then we will have the car all to ourselves. It's so simple.

Biking's not even that bad, but cars are better.

The work is going good here, we've got a few prospects that we're still in the middle of getting together, but I will definitely say when something awesome happens!

Spiritual thought this week is James 1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the  world.

Do your best to help those around you, they're around you for a reason

Ok that's all I got and I'm not sure I have any pictures but you never know there might be something at the bottom of this email

Peace out and don't go chasing waterfalls


Monday, August 15, 2016

Chipootle Weekend

Hola y'all!

Nothing too major has happened this week, we had interviews with President, and that was fun! We've had to go to Florence twice this month so far, so that's 300 miles down the drain. Just kidding it was worth it

We helped this young couple move and they bought us Chipotle! It was good, the only other time I've had it was in the ATL airport on the way over here and it wasn't that good of an experience. But this time it was. And they gave us coupons to go there again, so that's what we're doing for P-day!

The work is going alright here, we put someone on date for baptism which I think is the second time I've done that. We're still working with her so I'll give updates as she progresses.

But here is a spiritual thought: because Jesus was perfect, he never did anything wrong, and everything he did do is not bad! Well remember the time he got angry and flipped the tables of merchandise and made a whip in the temple? That means there's such a thing as righteous anger! Don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in!!!!

Ok I only have one picture from this week and it's a funny picture from a BBQ place in our area


Monday, August 8, 2016

A Storm on Mount Olympics

Hola y'all!

Wow I never realized I loved the Olympics until it was a sin to watch them. We go to members' houses and it's ALWAYS on. I didn't think there would be anything out here that was bigger on tv than Nascar, but this part of the country is no different than anywhere else. It's cool to see in this day and time an event that unites the whole world for a while. Rio's economy might tank when everything's over but whatever not my problem

I had a good birthday, I decided to fast because I've been struggling with a lot of different things. The other elders decided we should go somewhere for lunch and I didn't remember I was fasting until we got there. So they enjoyed a nice birthday lunch for me, and I just watched πŸ™ƒ

But it's not a big deal! I've never not been blessed when fasting before, so I'm sure the blessings will be coming by at any minute

What else happened this week?  I can't remember honestly. Nothing too interesting, the tourist wave of the summer seems to be dying down, soon it will just be locals and us missionaries. Then they'll have nowhere to hide hahahahahahaha

I'll miss the summer craze but it'll be interesting to see this place in the slow season. And I could very well be here until Christmas, it's only been a transfer and a half, and no missionary has ever served in Surfside for less than six.

It's been actually kind of mild here this week, it's been raining a lot, which is always welcome, even if I'm biking.

Spiritually speaking, remember that we're not given any obstacle that we can't or won't overcome and that won't be for our benefit. So how do we change our perspective from whether or not we can do something, to what our reward or growth will be when we do over come it, that's the question. I don't have the answer so who knows man

But anyway I know I forgot to talk about something, but there's always next week for me to forget about it again. Bye!!


Monday, August 1, 2016

"Apply Sonscreen to prevent Sinburn" — Socastee Baptist Church

Hola y'all!

This week's been tough, but that's ok! I think the heat officially singed my nerve endings, because I think I've gotten used to it. I've taken 13 showers in the last week. I never thought I would measure the success of a day based on whether or not I had to change my clothes because of sweat. There was only one day this last week where that happened (yesterday), every other day I had to change.

I don't really know what else to say, the elephant from last week was so interesting we're going back to that neighborhood tonight to see if we can see it again.

This area makes you really miss the world sometimes. Like why aren't I allowed to go to Calabash Seafood Buffet and see the live mermaids? But usually this area just makes you glad you're not a part of the world, like when you hear about all the murders and human trafficking going on right under your sunburned nose. I'm learning to really appreciate the spiritual environment that can only be found in missionary service. It'll be gone before I know it. Sometimes you can literally feel the Hand of God placing you somewhere you need to be. Other times you have to lift 3 couches up the stairs to a second floor apartment and you feel like crap. Disneyworld may be almost 9 hours away but every day as a missionary is a roller coaster ride.

Thursday is my birthday, and Friday is my companion's year mark. So we're going to party hard! We have a zone meeting on Friday so we'll probably go somewhere cool for lunch. Maybe Hard Rock Cafe. It's expensive but we've gotta go at least once! It's going to be demolished soon. Apparently it's literally sinking into the ground. That's what happens when you don't build your foundation on Christ. So much sin everywhere

Well ok my spiritual thought for this week is 2 Nephi 2:11. We need obstacles in life, how can we succeed if we have nothing to overcome?
K peace and enjoy my birthday without me πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚