I gave a training in district meeting. It was my third or so real training in my whole mission, so that’s impressive. Usually each missionary gets to train once every transfer or two. I guess people just don’t trust me with leadership.
But yeah, then we had lunch with Elder Gibbons and Elder Lanier and played some Dominion with them, which was kinda’ fun and silly.
I had exchanges with Elder Waters for whatever reason, even though I’m not a district leader and neither is Elder Brown, but whatever. Elder Brown kind of requested it, but he regretted it later because Elder Olsen, the other zone leader, made him feel like total beavernuggets.
My exchange was good though! At nighttime, Elder Paxton and Ockey were talking to me a lot and I definitely earned a lot of their respect, which makes me very grateful. Now, I don’t think there are any missionaries that downright hate me. And, I don’t hate Elder Paxton anymore. It was beneficial!
The exchanges themselves were just really fun, though.
We had a lesson with a lady named Cary, which went really well, thankfully. It was nice. We had a surprising amount of unity for not being companions.
I accidentally broke one of their darts for their dart board and hid it. I didn’t want to lose the respect I had just earned!
We tracted some houses with massive driveways. It was horrible. We literally hiked to each door, only to get rejected and hike back down. Those were the richest people probably in the universe. Afterward, however, we went to Hesperia Lake and tried to contact, but nobody was there to listen. As we were walking, we found a fish in a puddle that was not connected to the lake, and Elder Waters got so excited. He really wanted to catch it and take a picture! So we ran back to the car and, despite the fact that we were going to be late for dinner, grabbed the car, drove it back, got my camera, and jogged back to the puddle. As we were walking, he said, “If the fish is gone, I’m gonna’ cry.”
So we get there, and lo and behold! the fish is still there. So that was cool. He reaches down in and traps it as I prep the camera, then pulls it out of the water. I’m waiting for a clear shot to take the picture as he’s cleaning off the mud, and he drops the freaking fish!
But, the fish just flops back into the water, so we’re good. So he grabs it again and lifts it back out, and I’m watching his hand at this point, and he’s staring at the fish for probably three seconds flat before suddenly, like a bar of soap in the shower, it just slips out of his hand and into the lake.
Elder Waters gave a little whimper and I said, “… What did you just do?”
“I don’t know! I just let go of it!”
The temple trip! It was really good, and there’s a lot of things learned, but mostly too sacred to really discuss. The church is definitely true though! I can tell you that for sure. God thinks way too far ahead.
Elder Brown got called to the position of a trainer, so that was cool for him.
We helped with clearing the debris from the fire and stuff in Phelan, which felt really fulfilling. Most of the Just Serve stuff in the mission has been really unfulfilling to me, for whatever reason, but this one was good. Maybe it was just because I felt like there were actually people to appreciate my assistance. Most of the Just Serves are kind of thankless. I felt pretty bad for them.
So I was screwing around with cards and stuff and I was like, “The next card I draw will represent dragons.” So I drew a card and it was a 6 of diamonds. So I was like, “That’s cool. Now I’m gonna’ shuffle with my eyes closed, and see if I find a card I like more.” So I do just that, and I pull out a freaking 6 of diamonds again. At this point my mind is blown, so I do it again, and I draw one card that isn’t the 6 of diamonds, but the card I was actually going to draw before I switched to the one I got was the 6 of diamonds! And then, after some service, we came back and I did a card trick and the card I used to do the card trick was the flipping 6 of diamonds. Since then, the 6 of diamonds has been popping up everywhere. It’s my card officially. It represents dragons. Confirmed. No arguments.
I love things like that, ’cause it just shows that the Lord has a sense of humor and likes to play along with us.
Other than that, we helped Yvonne move and stuff, I tried fried ice cream (definitely not worth the calories), Elder Brown got his hairs cut, and we went to a glorious place for dinner.
At this place, it was one of those super awesome, authentic Japanese restaurant places where they have a chef come to your table and he has all the ingredients and stuff and he cooks it all right before your eyes. It was the coolest thing every. He was a super awesome guy, and he did all these tricks with his knives and stuff in passing while food cooked and stuff. He made it look like the most fun profession in the world!
I also ordered a red dragon sushi roll. What? It was calling my name.
Not much. I mean, we learned some awesome things, like the whole “Utah means tops of the mountains and the Isaiah scripture says the mount of the Lord shall be established in the mountaintops” and how the government fulfilled that prophecy for us and everything, but he just said goodbye to peeps and stuff like that.
Now, I’m with Elder Francis. I hope this is a good transfer! Pray that I can get along with him, hahah.