Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day!

Missionary Leadership Conference
(All the Zone Leaders, Sister Training Leaders,
Assistants to the President, Elder Chan and I)
     Hey hey everyone, I hope you had a great week and to all the mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day! Yesterday. Anyway I hope y'all are doing good and enjoying life. This week was a pretty busy week, we were in meetings most of the week so, yep lots of fun.
     Monday morning Elder Chan gave me a haircut and then we went into the office and talked to President Lowe about what we needed to have for all the zone conferences and then it was P-day! We did our regular shopping and then went to the stake center and played some basketball, it was pretty fun and there were quite a few people there too. Sometimes the games get pretty serious and some people get mad, but uh oh well. After dinner Elder Chan and I went to the office to do some work there and to do the warrior report. President Huntsman was there, so we talked to him for a little bit and that's always fun, he's a great guy.
     Tuesday we went down to Manassas to the zone conference down there. It's the start of all 9 zone conferences, which basically means 3 weeks of straight meetings for us. Woo hoo! It was good though, this time through President is talking about faith in the Lord and faith in our missionary work. The Assistants are talking about baptismal calendars and the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders are talking about finding and working with members, so it's going to be a lot of good meetings. Lots to learn.
      On Wednesday we went up to McLean for their zone conference which was the same as yesterday's pretty much but still way good. After zone conference Elder Chan and I went to an apartment we are cleaning out and got a load out of there and took it back to the storage sheds. We barely made it to the Jones' for dinner on time and then after dinner we went to the office to get ready for MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference) tomorrow.
      Thursday morning was MLC and that was pretty good. President talked about leadership and what makes us good leaders. (It's always serving others, that's what makes good leaders) Then President talked about the Sabbath Day and how we can keep it holy because it really just feels like another day as a missionary. You do the same things for the most part everyday, except church, so sometimes it doesn't feel any different. He talked about how we can make it special to us and it was really good. The Assistants talked about attitude and the role it plays in all we do, it can make all the difference in the world. After MLC we went to the office and did some work there and then went to the William's for dinner. They are a super sweet young family and it was a lot of fun at their place. Then we had a lesson with a less-active named Brother Hew-Len. It was an interesting lesson, he kept saying he knows he needs to do all these things like come to church and read the scriptures, but since his wife died 10 years ago he just doesn't have the desire to. He said it feels empty. It's really sad, I wish he could see that the Gospel will help, but hopefully soon he will see it. He's a super nice, funny older gentleman and seems to like us coming by, so that's good.
      Friday was the Mt. Vernon zone conference and during this one we had to make a copy of one of the sets of missionaries key so we have a copy. After the conference we went to the office and we were on the phone with Salt Lake for awhile fixing the computers. Not my forte. We picked up our dinner from a member's and went back to the office to eat it so we could do some work there at the same time. Then we tried some potentials, but no one was home and so we knocked doors the rest of the night but got nothing.
      On Saturday we went up to Leesburg to take a desk and a whiteboard to two sets of sisters up there, I always like going up there. It takes awhile and we barely got back in time for dinner, again. We had dinner with the Wadsworth's who are great, they feed us quite a bit. After dinner we spent the evening trying potentials in the area book and doing some tracting. We did have one guy (he's a referral from the Braddock elders) say he was reading the Book of Mormon and to come back in a month, ok dude.
      Sunday was good. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! I hope it was a great day for all the mothers! Elder Chan skyped before church so I got to sit and listen to him speak Chinese with his mom haha that was cool. Church was good, we always have good lessons and the people are great. After church we had an early dinner at the Hodgdon's and it was so good! Roast beef and potatoes and gravy and biscuits and it was just really good. They're an awesome family. After dinner Elder Chan and I made thank you cards for all the families who have fed us and then we went to the office and I skyped my family! Whoop whoop!! It was great to see them and talk to them, they're awesome and I miss them a ton. Well this past week was fun and super busy, lots of meetings and lots of work to do but it's great. Elder Chan and I are really trying to even out the work we are doing in the office and in the area so hopefully that goes pretty well. I hope y'all are doing good and have a great week this week! Life is Good.      ~ Elder Brady
We be driving the truck!

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