Monday, March 15, 2010

Great Baptism

Daylight Savings Time kills! Apart from the lack of sleep, no one was at church. It was kind of funny and sad the amount of people who showed up for ward council and then sacrament. Everyone forgot (as we would have if a member hadn't reminded us the night before.) It was fine, though. We taught the Restoration at a baptism for another ward on Sunday. That was pretty amazing. There were more people at the baptism than there was at our sacrament. I'm not sure if this is saying something against our attendance or the attendance at the baptism...but it's kind of both. 2/3 of the gym was filled (and this is a building close to the layout of the Edwardsville building). The Spirit was very strong and I still just can't get over how many people showed up the support that person. It was incredible.

I finished covering my new planner. I'm very, very happy with it. It looks amazing, quite frankly. It's the little things that excite a missionary.

I've had a cold the past week/week and a half. It made me mostly groggy the whole time. I'm almost completely better now, though.

I watched Together Forever for the first time (I think) this week, with an investigator. It was really great because it completely was made for him. All the clips seemed to focus on him and his life situations. We'll be having our zone conference tomorrow. Those are always great.

I had a dream last night that Elder Hansen (my companion) had super powers. I told him that in the dream he was telekinetic and that I was convincing him to fly. He really liked the idea that he had super powers in my dream. I don't really have terribly too much else to say, I guess. I just hope everyone is doing well.
~Aaron

Monday, March 1, 2010

Training Meeting in Fresno

The guy who brought us to the library and will take us shopping, this morning, made an interesting request of me just a bit ago. He has his 2 month old baby with him and I guess he was getting hungry. As he didn't want to drag the child into the nasty bathroom and couldn't leave him with us, he handed me a sealed baggy of frozen breast milk and asked me to thaw it out under some hot water in the bathroom. Soooo awkward! It was too funny, really. The sister missionaries got their kicks out of it as I passed, at least.

This week was pretty good. We had four investigators at church yesterday. That's just unheard of. The ward seemed really excited to see them there. We went to Fresno on Wednesday. They had a district leader council for district leaders and their companions. It's the first time they've done it. I think they're trying out new things this year. They've been mixing some things up. It was a good training meeting and it was fun being in Fresno. It was held in the mission office, which is a church building. The Spanish ward uses it for church, and it's also used for all the mission business. It was so weird being there, because the only other time I had ever been there was my very first day in California. There was a sister missionary there that was just here in Modesto. She got emergency transferred with a different one coming up here. It was interesting seeing that happen from the other side. Last week, there was a different sister walking up to the library, and it just blew my mind. It's something you just don't expect except for at transfers. I'll be 13 months this week. Every month, it's more bizarre than the last, since it seems like I'm saying it more and more often (because of the whole time going fast thing).

We set a new baptism date with a girl that lives across the street from the church. She said it's on condition that her mom will let her (she's 17). She has friends from school that are in the church. Unfortunately, she didn't come to church yesterday as she said she would. Hopefully everything will clear up with all that. She seemed really excited about the prospect of being baptized and coming to church.

It rained a little this week, but not more than a day or two. It should stop raining completely in a month or two. The blossoms are in pretty much full bloom, now. Elder Hansen and I are going to bike out into the country a bit, one morning, this week, and take some pictures at an almond orchard, I think. I really want to. I didn't get any good ones last year, and it's just too gorgeous. We haven't taken very many pictures at all this transfer. We're going to have to do better about that. Transfer calls are Saturday. I have no idea what's going to happen. Elder Hansen has been here two transfers and I've been here one. They could keep us both here, or do whatever they want. We'll be seeing. I hope everyone's doing well.

Aaron