Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 26, 2009

I've got to make this quick. The rule is, if the library is closed on Monday and we can't email, we get an hour and a half for emailing/lunch on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the library is about 15 minutes away, so it must be very quick and a quick lunch. I don't remember if I said it last week, but I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time on the mission. I've also read The Pearl of Great Price, Our Heritage and True to the Faith. I'm over half way through Our Search For Happiness, which is a really really good book thusfar. I hope everyone had a good Memorial's Day. We had to put both our bikes into the shop (mine's only costing me a suprisingly $11--nice) and won't have them until Wednesday. When we were picking up some loaner bikes (from a neural seurgen in the war (AMAZING home!)), they were having a pool party/bbq with several families in the ward. I was pretty jealous. Good times. I haven't gotten the package you sent, Mom, but probably will at the zone meeting on Thursday. I'm sending one of my own home (mainly letters I've received and some ties--you'll see.) I'm trying to do better about writing letters. There are some who haven't received one in awhile and I'm sorry about that. Monday is the shortest day of the week, and it's far from relaxing, trying to fit in as much as possible. It's still the best day of the week though, in my humble opinion. Time's up and I need to get back to work. I hope everyone is doing great!
Love,
Aaron

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 18, 2009

Summer is here, even if it isn't in Missouri. The past two days have been 100+. I keep hearing about random snows and cold weather back home and I'm thinking, what? It's been hot here for the past two months. Crazy stuff. Karen, you were talking about the baby and mom mentioned that he tried to break your ribs... I just had this great mental picture of a little Barnard/Jacobs "Clifford" fetus, with the psychotic smile, finding a rib with his little foot and giving it several firm kicks. Then I'm thinking about when you were talking about him finding your sciatic nerve and pushing on it. I'm imagining the smile and him rubbing his big toe into it thinking "found it...." Awww... Good stuff. Oh, both Elder Jorgensen and I will be here for at least another transfer. He had me convinced that I would be going elsewhere as this is my third transfer and usually missionaries get transferred after their first. I'm glad I'm staying though. We have two baptism dates set for next transfer, and many more that will be as well. It'll be good. I'm glad you're almost at summer vacation, Mom. That was always my favorite part of the school year. Will you be doing summer school or anything like it? In regards to what I say next, don't worry. I'm not overly-trunky or anything, and I'm not pining my days away wishing. So don't worry. :) It was so hard yesterday though. We walked into a member's home yesterday and I heard this music playing from the computer and I was like "OH! I know that music!" His son had been playing Runescape and it was on. Elder Jorgensen never got much into Runescape, but was into World of Warcraft, so he had pity on me. He says he feels the same way when someone's playing that. Anyway, they've made it with half-decent graphics and full screen now...bah! Forget all that productivity I had planned about a fulltime job and school and girlfriend and church duties. I'm spending the year after my mission vegging! Ok, not really. But I will have to find time to veg every once in awhile. This week was weird. We actually found someone to teach while tracting. It's the first time that's happened on my mission, and we knock on doors most every day. We've had several people tell us we can come back when they have more time, but none of which have actually let us teach them until now. Good stuff. Elder Jorgensen was lying in bed singing Christmas songs. I had to tactfully ask him to refrain from such actions. I was getting that ridiculous giddy feeling and the goofy grin and giggle I get when I think of Christmas. Yeah, "You're either too early or two late." There's a time and a place, and it is NOT in May. ...not that I have strong feelings on the subject. The bishop has offered to take us to his office one of these p-days. I'm really excited about that. He has all the animals he's shot, there. Apparently he just got his elephant head back from the taxidermist. It's too bad it's illegal for him to bring his polar bear into the United States. It's huge. I'm going to have to request a picture of it. Jeanne, the lady who had the stroke, is now back in our area. I'm really excited about that. This next transfer is going to be really good, I think. At the end of the first one, I still pretty much knew nothing. I had a really hard time getting to know both the people and the area. Now I know most of the streets by name and where they're located and most all the members in the ward, active and less-active. I feel like I can do a lot more good now. Alright, I'd better get on with my day. I'm hoping everyone is doing great, and have a wonderful week! Love,
Aaron

Sunday, May 10, 2009

May 4, 2009

Unfortunately, I had to get my bike seriously worked on. I'm roughly 260 lbs (at least a month ago I was, haven't checked recently) and the back tire just wasn't wanting to support that. I had to get a double-walled tire and it checked out. The tire was getting constantly all wobbly and bent out of shape and scraping against the brakes really bad. I still need to get a couple things fixed, but they may be things I can figure out on my own...hopefully, they're kind of annoying. I got a call from the mission asking me about the warranty and all that, and I really don't know anything about it, and I already had it in the shop. It turns out if I had gotten it to Fresno, I could've gotten it fixed a lot cheaper because of all the bikes they buy from the place there. But then again, I'm a good, 2, 2 1/2 hours from Fresno, so it wouldn't have been realistic. I'm sorry about having to call and ask for the money in the account, but I didn't have a choice.

This week went really well. We had two of our investigators commit to baptism this week, which is always fantastic. The mother had been investigating off and on for 11 years and is now excited about it. They won't get baptised until sometime in the middle of June, because her husband has to go out of town for work for about a month, so it had to be pushed back, but it's going to happen, which is great.

Transfers happen two weeks from Wednesday, which I'm kind of nervous about. Last transfer, I pretty much knew what to expect. Elder Whitney was going home, and so I pretty much just assumed I would stay here, and I did. This time I don't have any idea what's going to happen to me. Elder Jorgensen is thinking that I'll be transfered out since it's my first area, but who knows. Either way, it'll all work out.

Karen is getting so close. It seems so unreal because I'm not there to see it progressively happening, but I think it's so awesome. Poor kid, both a Barnard and a Jacobs. He'll be all over the place.

For my Mother's Day call, I will be calling home at about approximately 4:30 -your- time. We have to squeeze our calls in between when we get out of church and when we have our next appointment. I hope that time will be ok. I'll be calling from our cell phone from our apartment. I'm not sure why they're doing that, but they decided that's the way they're going to do it this time. I get 45 minutes, so, I'll be looking forward to that.

Everyone out here is freaking out over this swine flu thing. It's kind of pitiful. Mass histeria over the littlest thing...swine flu, sars, west nile, whatever the fad is that happens to be going around. Everyone with a cold tells us that we have to keep our distance because they may have swine flu. I didn't get my nap last week, but it was a busy p-day. This week shouldn't be that bad, so I'm really hoping today will be the day! I look forward to calling Sunday, and I hope all is going pretty well at home and with everyone!!
Love,
Aaron