Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 20, 2009

Wow, it's cold today. Well, I guess that all depends on your circumstance. It's probably only in the 60s, but around here, that's absolutely freezing. I'm looking for that Guam weather, I hear so much about. It's especially cold when you're wearing a short-sleeve dress shirt with no jacket. I'm going to need a light weight jacket sometime soon. Maybe next Monday I'll stop by a thrift store and see if they have anything. If not, I may have to get something at Wal-Mart or somewhere. The trench I have isn't as handy for every day use.

We don't have a new ward mission leader, yet. It's an interesting situation. Transfer calls are a week from Saturday. It'll be then that I know if I'm staying or going, or what's going on.

I wrote letters to all those who were baptized in Modesto after I left (which is 8), yesterday. I wrote a couple more letters to family. This next Monday, more get sent out. *pinky swear* I know I say that every week, but every week I mean to.

It was nice to see that pictures of the fall colors and things. Around here, nothing is really changing colors at all. There are some leaves that are just now beginning to fall, but nothing major. The last few mornings when we looked out, it had been pretty foggy. It's kind of a foretaste of what's to come, I think.

This week I'm on/will be on three exchanges. There's nothing like waiting till the last minute. For Halloween...I'm not sure what we'll be doing. We're having dinner with a family who has already offered to let us stay at their home for the evening while they have some kind of party... I'd really rather stay back at the apartment and get some things done. I'll have to buy candy next Monday, maybe. Maybe I'll fill a pillowcase with it and we can take turns knocking on the bedroom door and getting candy. I don't know...sounds like some fun to me! Elder Bean has two weeks until he goes home. I'm taking it easier on him now...more than I was anyway. :) He's doing pretty good though. He hasn't gotten trunky at all on me, so that's really good. Well, I'm currently staying healthy and happy, and I wish everyone else the same.
--Aaron

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trip to the Temple

Well, we got to go to the temple today. 4 1/2 months is a really long time between short visits, let me tell you. It was good though. It's always nice to go. We were apparently in a hurry to go afterward, so I didn't get any more pictures. I haven't taken all that many the past couple of transfers, unfortunately. I need to get better at that.

It's raining today, which is also really nice. The weather has been really nice the past couple of weeks. It'll start getting colder soon, but that's going to be ok with me. My cold is pretty much totally gone. It did the same thing it did at the MTC when I got a cold. I had it for a few days and then it was gone. My voice was terrible, but that cleared up. I'm very thankful for that.

Our ward mission leader was released on Sunday. We now have no ward mission leader, so...I hope they call another soon. We had a good turnout, with four investigators at church. It's better than the usual one or two we've been having. I know this is short, but they moved our preparation day to today (Tuesday) for this week because we were going to the temple and the temple is closed on Mondays. That also took a chunk out of our day. We pretty much have to rush. I hope everyone is doing great, and enjoying the fall weather!
Aaron

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Two Kinds of Cold

I think he washed whites with something red
He's not in this one, but did take the "foolery" picture.

As I mentioned a week ago today, it started to get colder out (which I'm eternally grateful for...I'm through sweating at 9:00 at night by just being outside). However, with the cold, come the colds. I started noticing my symptoms on Friday and was like "awww...man!" and on Saturday morning it kicked in full swing. Sunday night my voice started cracking and then almost completely lost it. It turned into an irregular croaking and made it to where either Elder Bean did all the teaching/talking at one point, or I try to talk and it comes out really strained and broken. It's......almost back to good now. Almost... It gets worse if I try to use my voice too much, so I've tried to keep my voice as low as I can and talk as seldom as possible.

General Conference was really good, of course. I didn't take any notes this time or even have my eyes open often due to my being totally out of it. It was rough, but I recognized a few really good talks. My preparation day has been changed for next week only. Because we have a temple trip on Tuesday, next week, our preparation day has been moved to Tuesday for the week so it won't cut into working time. I'll still email on the regular time, but it'll be a tight day. The trip will take maybe four hours, I'm guessing. It'll be weird working on a Monday during the day, let me tell you.

We were really blessed with people to teach this week. We were able to find seven new investigators, none of which were together. It helps, because we have been dropping a lot of our investigators who skip appointments and don't keep appointments. It's like a blood transfusion when the work is dying.

Zone Conference is this week. I always look forward to those. It seems like just recently that we had one, but I guess it has been six weeks since the last one. Our church building here is the stake center, so this one will be just a few blocks down the road. That'll be nice, but I admit I do like traveling to other cities. I have never quite reached cabin fever, but it's really nice getting out of the city every now and then.

Mom, Happy Birthday! It's also Elder Bean's birthday today, interestingly enough. It's interesting hearing things that people are talking about as though it's known knowledge, and haven't any idea what they're talking about. Apparently there is trouble in the Pacific...flooding or something. I have no idea about it. There's a ton of other things that are going on and I have no clue. I almost like it this way for the time being. It helps keep me more focused.

For Halloween, we have to be in by 6:00, unless we're with a member. We'll be in the apartment. They really would rather not have us out then.

My new mini bike pump was ten dollars and fits snugly in my backpack. I haven't gotten a flat for quite some time (knock on...there it is. The chair is wooden that I'm sitting in.), so I'm thankful for that. The Slime helps out a ton.

From talking to an elder that was serving up in Modesto with me, that is now down here, apparently a family I started teaching was baptized. That one really surprised me a lot! I was really excited about it though. One of the greatest things about zone conferences are the paper that says all the names of people who were baptized in what areas. I'm always excited for those.

Again, I apologize for the lack of letters that are being sent out. I need to set some preparation day time aside and turn out as many letters as possible. There's always so much to do (especially since I'm with Elder Bean. I've never cleaned very much in the apartment before or many of the other things that he's precise on the rules of. It's very time-consuming) and I'm always so busy. Soon the letters will come. I hope everyone is doing well.
--Aaron