Monday, July 25, 2016

Good, Solid Week!

     Hey everyone this past week was pretty good and we had some good things happen. It's still a little different being a "regular" missionary, but it's been fun. We have a couple people we are working with and hope to see some baptisms soon, I guess we will have to justwait and see, but I'm sure something will happen soon.
     Anyway Monday was p-day and we went shopping at a fancy shmancy Wal-Mart. It had an escalator and part of it was for the shopping carts! It was crazy haha. After shopping we want to the Centreville Stake Center to play some basketball. There were quite a fewmissionaries there so it was pretty fun, there were some good games. We had dinner at a member's home tonight, so that was kind of nice.
     Tuesday we had a quick Zone Portion before our District Meetings, then we had our District Meeting. I talked about our purpose as missionaries, the powers and authority we have in our calling, and how we know we are successful missionaries. My district is pretty sweet, so it went pretty well and then afterwards we got lunch at Cafe Rio. After Lunch Elder Horman and I had service at the Jansen's. We helped Brother Jansen put a screen up around his porch and pull a bunch of nails out of boards, so he could put them back up on the porch. Then we had dinner at the Bywater's, our Ward Mission Leader, with Mary Susanand her son and another member her son is living with. Mary Susan is going to get baptized as soon as we get permission from the First Presidency and we are going to start teaching her son (he has graduated college) this week. His name is Daniel and he's cool.
At Barrett's church, Cornerstone
Chapel, at the pulpit! Woot Woot!
     On Wednesday we had a pass-off lesson with the Oakton sisters with someone they found. Her name is Alphonsia and in the lesson we talked about the Book of Mormon mostly. After that we did some service and then we drove to Leesburg and saw Barrett. We got to watch him give a sermon in his church which was pretty cool, he talked about Joseph(coat of many colors) and forgiveness. He did way good and it was good to see him again. Afterwards we went to Dairy Queen with him, his sister, and his girlfriend and got ice cream. We had a good conversation then, they had a bunch of questions about what we believe and we tried to answer them the best we could. It was awesome.
     Thursday morning we went to the leasing office and did some online work and then grabbed some lunch and went to do service. We went to an Assisted Living Center kind of place with the McLean elders and helped people with technology. If they are having a problem and can't figure it out they bring it to us and we fix it for them. After dinner we hada lesson with a less-active named Jonathon, we talked about faith and looking to the future and it went pretty well. Then we checked a potential and knocked some doors, but no one would even let us talk so that was a bummer, but oh well.
     Friday morning we went to the Food Bank to do service there with a bunch of missionaries. We unloaded and sorted a truck full of food, but because there was so many of us there it only took an hour or so. After lunch we cleaned the apartment and did our weekly planning and then we had dinner at the Martinson's. They are a young family with some funny kids full of energy. Then we checked on some potentials but didn't get anything, like none of them were even home. Today is Elder Horman's year mark so we met up with some other elders and they burned their shirts. It was pretty fun.
     Saturday morning we did some online stuff in the morning and then had lunch. After lunch we tried a bunch of potentials, but had nothing and then we had dinner. After dinner we checked on more potentials but again got nothing and then we headed home.
Broke and beggin'
     Sunday we had Ward Council and then church. The talks in sacrament were all about pioneers and what they went through. It was really good. Elder Horman and I taught the lesson in second hour, Gospel Principles class about The Church of Jesus Christ Today. It went pretty well and most everyone contributed even Mary Susan, our investigator. In third hour we went to the Priest's class and they did some role play teaching of the Restoration. I got to go with one of them named Nick and he did a pretty good job even if he was a little nervous at first. After church we did our studies and made a mini golf course in our apartment, it was awesome! Then we went to dinner at the Nielson's, they're an awesome family and their whole family was there plus a non-member family. We played games with them and had a BBQ, a couple of the guys there had recently returned from their missions so it was cool to talk to them about things.
     Well this week was pretty fun and we had some good lessons. The members in this ward are pretty sweet and I'm enjoying being here. We have some good people we are teaching too, so it's been good so far. I hope y'all have a great week and remember Christ in all you do!
     ~ Elder Brady

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