Monday, June 8, 2015

Nothing New Really

     So Monday, yeah P-day was a flop this week. We couldn't go shopping or go do anything with other missionaries because our ride didn't work out. So we went to the leasing office and emailed and then I shot pool and Elder Merrill played with his Yu-Gi-Oh cards.... Yeah. That was a bummer, but a good thing is we had dinner with two guys we talked to a week or so ago, Donny and Barrett. They are pretty cool and they were asking us all these questions about missions and rules and what it's like to be on a mission, so it was sweet.
     Tuesday we had district meeting and then we went out to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings with a bunch of elders so Elder Grow could try the Blazin' Challenge. The Blazin' Challenge is where you get 12 hot wings with their Blazin' sauce, the hottest sauce they have, and you have to eat all of them with no drinks or anything but the wings in 6 minutes. Elder Grow did it in just over 4 minutes! After that we had an exchange, our district leader (Elder Rice) came to our area with Elder Merrill and I went with Elder Harper to theirs. It was awesome! Elder Harper is 26 and is way cool, we had a lot of fun together.
     Wednesday Morning we went with some other elders and got breakfast and then off to work. After we exchanged back, Elder Merrill and I cleaned the kitchen and then I went through all the food and got rid of all the stuff that had expired. There was a lot of it. I then did my studies and then we went to the leasing office and called people to see when we could stop by as it was pretty late to go out.
     On Thursday we had Missionary Correlation and that went well, we had the Spanish 
Elders there too because they are teaching a lady
Making dumplings (we made soooo many!)

that will go to our Ward but she speaks Spanish. Later in the day we went to the Mung's to teach them some more English, it is super fun and they are awesome. After we taught some English we helped make dumplings and then ate them. Yummy! We then went to the Canigiani's and had a lesson there which went pretty well, Sorangel (mom) and Gabby (one of the daughters) said they would come to church so that's good.
     Friday was our weekly planning wooooo. After planning we went out and tried to see some people. After dinner Elder Harper and Elder Rice came and helped us do some service for a lady in our complex that will be moving soon, then they gave us a ride to the other end of our area where we were checking on a guy. Well he wasn't very interested so we started the long trek back and then we got a call, Sis. Fairchild asked us to give her a blessing. We told her where we were, but that we would love to give her a blessing and then we called a member who said we could give the blessing in their home. Sis. Fairchild met us there and we gave her a blessing, Elder Merrill gave it, and then we started talking about her husband who is not a member and she wants us to teach him! Yeah buddy!
     Saturday morning we got a service call from the Gardner's, they needed help setting up a ladder so it would be quick. The ladder was huge! Well we got the ladder up (it took 5 of us) and then we helped them put in a chandelier and take the ladder down. The whole project took about 4 hours. So much for being quick but it was fun! After dinner Elder Merrill's bike broke, but we happened to be right in front of the Jones's so they helped us out.
     Sunday was Fast Sunday and it was great. It was just a really good day at church, I got some good feelings and thoughts today. After church we had dinner at the Smith's and then they dropped us all off at the other elders apartment. Elder Gledhill and Elder Galbraith ran their farewell to the mission and homecoming talks by me so that was fun, then Elder Merrill and I started walking home which was going to take all evening. Not very far into the walk though the Carpenter's drove past, picked us up and gave us a ride home, it was really nice.
     This is from one of my favorite talks from last conference, President Boyd K. Packer's "The Plan of Happiness." "The Atonement, which can reclaim each one of us, bears no scars. That means that no matter what we have done or where we have been or how something happened, if we truly repent, He has promised that He would atone. And when He atoned, that settled that. There are so many of us who are thrashing around, as it were, with feelings of guilt, not knowing quite how to escape. You escape by accepting the Atonement of Christ, and all that was heartache can turn to beauty and love and eternity."
     I know the atonement can and will help every single person if they but use it. So use it. I miss you guys and hope everything is going well and that you have a great week. Love ya'll!
     ~ Elder Brady
My man, Jakey Jones.
Shooting some pool.

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