Monday, December 1, 2014

Missionary competition

We have had a busy week. So in our Ward we had an idea for a missionary competition in the ward. We have a wooden Christmas tree that we made that is in the foyer of the church, and when any member of the ward does an act of missionary service they get to put an ornament up onto the tree with their corresponding color. We had all of the different auxiliaries be different colors so it will be sort of a mini competition.

So on Wednesday afternoon we went to Home Depot and bought some sheeting and the paint and some other stuff we needed to build it. We have a car so we had a member who could haul it come pick it up for us and take it to his house so we could use his tools as well. He was originally going to help us build it, but he had someone he needed to visit in the ward so he took Elder Johnson with him to go visit her.

Myself and Elder Thomas were left to build the thing. I think you guys should be proud that you taught me enough about building stuff that it went pretty smoothly. We were able to measure and draw everything out then start cutting. We used a circular saw to cut out the entire thing then went in with a jigsaw in the very tight corners to clean in up.

Felt good to actually build something with my hands. I did all of the cutting so I'm pretty proud of myself. Dylan might have mentioned something about it to you guys. I was able to show him when we skyped. That night we took it home and Primed it then painted it. I'll attach some pictures too.

On thanksgiving day we went to McDonald's for lunch. I was surprised to see how many people were actually there. We weren't really aloud to Proselyte so it was a slow day. We went to Walmart and picked up some other stuff to finish up the tree. Thanksgiving has turned out to be
just another day. It's so commercialized then with Black Friday right after it makes it difficult. Stores here were starting Black Friday at 7 at night. That was weird to see.

We ate at the readings in our ward that night. They are a younger family in the ward. They have one 2 year old who was the entertainment the entire night. We stayed for about 2 hours. It was a nice relaxing night. Elder Thomas really wanted mashed potatoes at about 8 o'clock so we went to target and bought some. That store was crazy busy. I guess that's what happens with black Friday.
Friday was a pretty slow day. Not a lot happened. We had lunch at Chipotle. Just a Mexican restaraunt similar to cafe rio, but not nearly as good. Afterwards we went and did some planning for our week. We have some things going on but not a whole lot. We are hoping with this missionary idea for the ward that it will take off and the referals from members will come. It is much easier getting into somewhere that the members tell us to go to than trying to get in by ourselves.
Saturday was another crazy day. So we decided to go to Red Robin for lunch...(yes we like to eat out a lot) So we ordered our food and then ate like normal. Since they have bottomless steak fries we had to take full advantage of that so we asked for more. About 10 minutes later our waiter came back and told us they were coming. Then he said, "You guys are going to think this is crazy, but there was a guy that was at that table over there and he already paid for your check." So we were stoked. We didn't even get to see who it was. 
Then he said, "and what is crazier is that he gave me this 20 dollar bill to give to you guys, and he already gave me a big tip so you don't have to worry about that either." So we got free food and 20 bucks. I guess that is one of the perks of being on a mission. People are super nice (sometimes) and are willing to do things for us.
After that we went to a recent convert in the ward who is a single lady in her mid 40's. We helped her clean out her gutters with a leaf blower and re-attatch a drainage pipe to her house. After we cleaned them all out we raked her entire yard. We ended up spending about 3 hours over there. After she thanked us and told us that she was going to buy dinner for us. So we went to firehouse subs. Again sometimes people are super generous to us. That was my week in a nutshell. Very busy and fun.
Love you guys. Looking forward to Christmas!!!

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