Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Setting Tables + Lightning 18th P day in Peoria, 41st P day in Phoenix Mission

Setting Tables + Lightning  18th P day in Peoria, 41st P day in Phoenix Mission


Good day, friends and family! Sorry it's a bit late, but we have been
pretty busy today. It has been a pretty good week! Nothing miraculous
or spectacular, but still great! Well, something miraculous happened
today. As I was reaching into the freezer at Walmart to grab a box of
Hot Pockets, I felt our phone buzz. I answered the unknown number.
"Hello, this is Elder Jones." It was Sister Tanner from the Centennial
Ward. She then told us about someone's friend from e temple who wants
to hear from the missionaries. Their names are Randy and Ranae.
Apparently they felt prompted to ask their friends if they could be
taught by the missionaries. They want us to go contact them this week.
Soooo...that was a miracle for us! We fasted for missionary work this
Sunday and look! The Lord answered our prayers. Anyway, here was my
week! :)

Monday: Pday. Went to Ross and Which Wich. We then went to the stake
center and played volleyball and frisbee. I made it known to everyone
that I'm a terrible volleyball player. I hit it over the net once and
everyone freaked out and cheered and picked me up. It was pretty
hilarious. Elder Langi gave me a chest bump and I almost died because
he's so big hahaha. Chris fed us dinner and we had a great lesson with
her. SHE ACTUALLY PRAYED AT THE END OF THE LESSON. Elder Flynn, yes,
I'm not kidding. Haha! It was amazing. The Spirit was so strong. I
almost cried. Almost. :p
Temp: 102°F

Tuesday: It was a good, hot day. So none of the missionaries went to
the thrift shop for service today and didn't tell us until we asked
who was picking us up...so that threw off our plans. Kinda
aggravating, actually. An older couple needed some help pulling some
weeds in their back yard so we went and helped them. At like 1 pm. It
was pretty dang hot! Brother Murri said I we looked ready to work! It
was pretty fun and hot. They got us Burger King afterward. I miss
eating fast food a ton....since I basically lived at Taco Bell my
senior year. We showered and got ready for the evening. We had a
wonderful lesson with Brother and Sister Reese. It got kinda off
topic, but we were productive. Brother Reese shared some really cool
experiences he has had recently. He said that his prayers are all
being answered and that he's ready. SO exciting.
Temp: 101°F

Wednesday: Whatta ya know? Everyone cancelled on going to the thrift
shop. Last minute. Again. Sooo our plans were thwarted twice in a row.
We went out finding and met a guy named Sean and set up an appointment
for Friday. He was a pretty cool guy. After more biking and knocking,
we had dinner with the Babbels. Sister Babbel makes such good food. We
then went on visits with Brother Wincek and met a lady named Angel. We
set up an appointment for her for Thursday. A couple more visits, but
no more luck. Sunscreen is my best friend. :)
Temp: 101°F

Thursday: Weekly planning. It was overcast all day which was really
nice. We plan in the church because the A/C is better. We kept hearing
noises in the church so we had to keep investigating. We didn't find
anything, though.....we then had dinner with the Dutsons, a recent
convert family! We had lasagna with homemade bbq sauce in it. Sounds
gross, but it was SOOOO good! I never thought bbq sauce would be good
with lasagna. I stand corrected!  Angel wasn't home when we went to
her appointment! After that it was just a bunch of doors. Sad.
Temp: 95°F

Friday: Another pretty bland day, Sean wasn't home when we went by for
his appointment. It poured down rain most of the day, so we were in
and out of the church. We didn't want to go far in case we got
stranded. We did our best to stay productive. We had dinner and a
lesson with Chris again Friday. After our lesson we helped her set
tables for a party of 40 for the next night. We did a pretty good job,
if I do so say so myself. Elder Bradshaw mainly helped cleanup the
plates and stuff and I put them on the table. Oh yeah. :) They were
playing some cool percussion music that sounded a lot like what we
would do in percussion ensemble. It was fun to hear that music again.
I couldn't control it, so might as well enjoy it...we then biked home
in a lightning storm. It was pretty sketchy hahaha. I was saying
"Heavenly Father, please let us get home safely." Over and over. Haha!
Temp: 90°F (rainy and humid)

Saturday: We had zone meeting. The main focuses were weekly planning,
nightly planning, online proselyting, and developing relationships
with ward and stake leaders. It was a pretty good meeting. I didn't
really get a ton out of it, but it was still good! We had dinner with
a pretty weird, witty family. It was good. Then a lesson with Britney!
Her spirit is just as strong as ever. It definitely recharges any who
meet her. We then stopped by Chris's to grab a homemade green chili
burrito. SO good. I had two! :)
Temp: 94°F

Sunday: Fast Sunday. BROTHER REESE CAME TO CHURCH!! Yes!! It was a
miracle. He's doing so great. After church we got a text from Brother
Pottle in the bishopric asking if I could speak next Sunday. So, if
any of y'all would like to learn what I'm learning, I'm speaking for
20 minutes on "The Parable of the Sower", a talk given by Elder Dallin
H. Oak sin this past Conference. I wrote it all in studies today. We
then had dinner with the Foulks. I told them about my family's green
bean sandwiches. They're going to try them. I said I promise they'll
like them!! We then had a lesson with Leah. It went well! She asked
her mom about baptism and her mom isn't too thrilled, but she'd let
her do it. Hopefully she'll get baptized before she goes to college in
August!!
Temp: 100°F


So that was my week! Thanks for all the prayers and support. I love
you all! Have a wonderful week!


Much love,

Elder Jones
Oakwood / Centennial Wards
Arizona Phoenix Mission


Waiting for a rainstorm to pass


Still waiting!




new watch

P day

Elder Bradshaw wearing Elder Jones' shirt!
I don't think they can share clothes!
 
Elder jones hiding under the curtains!
Setting tables




Lookin' Good!



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