Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Insert Clever Title Here" 22nd P day in Phoenix

Well, it was a pretty fun week! Pretty average, but still good. I'll
give y'all the rundown....

Monday: A very slow day. After P-Day, both of our lessons cancelled
within like 20 seconds of each other. Bummer...and during the day we
basically relaxed and emailed all day. Elder Shurtleff took like a
two-hour nap hahaha.
Temp: 74°F

Tuesday: After studies we had a lesson with a less-active lady who
hadn't been to church in over 25 years. She had found us walking in an
apartment complex and stopped us. (This was a few weeks ago). Anyway,
we ended up giving her a church tour and talking about how things have
changed in 25 years. She was surprised that we did a three hour block
rather than splitting it up throughout the week. Yeah, it's been a
while for her—before my time. She said she felt the Spirit and started
crying while we were talking in the chapel. It was a pretty great
experience. A member took us to lunch at Jersey Mike's Subs. Man! That
place is the bomb! Elder Shurtleff had a district leader meeting that
afternoon so we stayed in for that. After a couple lessons that night
we completely emptied our study room in preparation for the new
carpet. I'll write about that later in the email. Pretty crazy day
Temp: 75°F

Wednesday: Not much happened today, but what happened was great. First
of all, we didn't have any furniture in our study room because we
moved it all out. Soooo we studied on the floor so that was pretty
fun. Haha. We had a lesson with Joe and it went super well. We brought
the bishop with us and we talked about the word of wisdom. Joe said he
smokes but is willing to give it up. He has smoked since he was 12 so
it will be tough to get him over it. We have faith he can do it! He
asked, "So, are we only allowed to meet once a week...? Or can we meet
twice?" Yeah, needless to say he's solid and we're super excited for
him. It was cool to hear our bishop tell him about how the Lord can
help him overcome his addiction.
Temp: 73°F

Thursday: Weekly planning. While we were planning, the people came
over and installed the new carpet. It looks great! It reminds me of
the church carpet. It's a darker brown color and its low to the ground
and pretty hard. It's a business carpet. It works really well with our
rolling chairs! Plus the new-carpet-smell is hard to beat. We went to
a member's for dinner and they fed us taco soup "for the cold
weather." Yeah, you know you're in Phoenix when 68° is considered cold
weather. Hahaha. We had a meeting and it went well. That's about
Temp: 65°F

Friday: We had district meeting and after that we went to Joe's
apartment to read with him. We ended up answering a lot of questions
about the Book of Mormon and went through the baptismal interview
questions with him. He still has a way to go, but he is still wanting
to do all he can to be baptized on the 14th of February.  We ended up
reading Enos with him and talking about how prayer will help him get
through anything. He prayed at the lesson and said he felt the Spirit.
We had dinner with a family and they said they need some help chopping
wood. Oh yeah. Stay tuned for the next day haha ;)
Temp: 68°F

Saturday: After studies we went and helped Bro. Christian chop wood.
We didn't have an axe, just a sledge hammer and a splitting wedge. So
that was fun haha. The wood was pretty soft and fairly easy to chop.
It was nothing like the eucalyptus wood we "chopped" a few weeks ago
haha. A lesson cancelled but we were able to meet with a new
investigator, Pete. He's Mexican and a full-blown Jesus freak. He's
kinda crazy but it was fun and interesting teaching him the
Restoration. Too bad he's moving in a couple weeks...
Temp: 76°F

Sunday: Joe texted us and said he can't go to church because he's
going with his sister who is in town. He said he would be able to go
to the "What the Heck is a Mormon?" event that was being held that
night. Church was good, about as good as 7 hours of church can get
haha. Joe then texted us and said that his sister bailed on him last
minute so he didn't get to go to any church! Lame! Oh well, he ended
up coming with us to the event. He loved the church tour that happened
and got some more questions answered.
Temp: 73°F

Overall a good week! Met with Joe three times, had some lessons with
less active members, and got a new investigator. Things are going well
and I'm very happy! I'd love to hear from you all. Have a marvelous
week. Stay awesome!

Much love,

Elder Jones

Selfie of the week

new carpet in study room

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