Monday, July 19, 2010

I hate my bike!!!

If I had known, I would have requested a new bike long, long ago. I had to swap my cassette, tire, etc. on my wheel. I also needed to change my front brake pads because they were very bare. My crank was also very wobbly and was starting to strip the threads on the frame, so I had to have them replace that. If I had known all this was going to happen, I would have gotten a more reliable bike. Now what do I do? It was another $85 at the bike shop to do those things... I probably should have just called my loss and not bothered fixing it, but I did. Then the next day a spoke broke on the front wheel. *grumbling growl...* Every time it breaks, I always tell myself that it'll be the last time and buying a new bike isn't worth it because of one excuse or another. It's never the last time, it seems. Most of the parts are not originals, anymore. It's a ridiculous kind of thing. Apart from the bike stuff, it was a really good week. We found a new investigator knocking on doors, which has been rare for my mission. We also had some really good lessons. I'm sorry this is all I have for his week's email, but I'm out of time. We had to split the time for emailing due to time restrictions. Have a great week.

Aaron

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I am now a district leader

Elder Nelson and I are both staying for another transfer, here, in Merced. I figured that would happen, and it's a good thing. President Gonzalez asked me if I'd be district leader, this transfer, as well. It'll be something new and different, but I think it'll be great. I've had a couple district leader companions, so I have a good idea of how everything works and what is expected of me.

We got bored of being in the city all the time. We decided to bike out into the "country" and knock on the sporadic doors that we came across. I put the quote marks around the word country because it's not the country. There are fields and everything, but it's still very cityish. It was a lot of fun, though. We'll probably be doing a lot more of that. A senior couple is coming to take over the work in the Mariposa branch (way out there, covering part of Yosemite). They'll be in the district. I'm not sure if they have served a mission, before. If you're going to serve a couple mission, that part of the country is not a bad place to do it, let me tell you.

We're going to find some way to get to Yosemite, this transfer. That's all there is to that. I also want to go to the Castle Air Force Museum that is in Atwater, right next to Merced. It would be a lot of fun. We have a ward missionary that lives up in Snelling. It's a tiny town that we cover that is way out there. It's actually no farther, probably, than St. James from Salem, but getting someone to take us way out there, especially when we aren't teaching anyone there, would have made it difficult. He's offered, and we will take him up on it, to take us up to work there for the day some time. I think it would be fun. It would definitely be different from the usual. It's getting hotter, more consistently, now. I'm ok with it, though. I'm very used to it. It's only in the 80s today, so it feels amazing, out. Have a great week!

Aaron

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Temple and Fly Catching -- What a week!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday was pretty much a normal day for us. We had dinner at a member's home and they had so much food! They had tri-tip (which I'll wager none of you know what that is, but everyone here loves--it's some kind of cut from the cow. It's really good, but they seem to only eat it here.) and things like that, but I mostly ate the fruit. I was pretty excited about the massive amounts of it that were available. It was a fun dinner.

We went to the temple, this morning. It still amazes me how small it is, but I imagine I'll be amazed going back to the St. Louis one, as well.

I caught a fly the other day. I have had companions who could catch flies pretty well, but I've never been able to do it. We were at a member's home and there were a couple of flies that had come into the house with us. I snatched it out of the air, but didn't think I had actually gotten it. I opened it up and it came at my face like a bullet before buzzing away. Needless to say, it stayed away for a long time and we didn't see it. It scared me, though. I jumped back in the couch.

We have been teaching a recent convert's (Sammy) kids. They were very much weary of baptism and are very shy, but they have been a lot more open to us and the idea, the past week. We will be seeing them tonight. I hope it all goes well.

I met the Fresno temple president on Sunday. He came to visit the ward. It's handy for him, I guess, because he lives in Merced. Today is so busy. It's 3:30, and we still need to go grocery shopping and do our laundry. I'd better head off here. I hope everyone has a good week.

Aaron