Friday, February 17, 2017

Week 28

So this week has been just another week haha. We went to the temple this morning and had to be there at six-thirty so we ended up waking up at four-thirty to get there on time. But it was alright because we got in and out and had all of our pday to chill. I bought a small quad because my scriptures are enormous and hurt to carry around all day.
We had a family home evening last night with a super super rich family in our ward. It was dope. We thought we were gonna share a lesson and everything but they invited the family that we live with over, we chilled in their backyard and he just talked about how phones are killing the young people these days. Haha and then they gave us Papa John's Pizza which was pretty sweet.
On Wednesday the senior couple in our mission came to our room to help us clean and make it better. Hahahaha he was trying to fix the shower and idk what happened but he blew out the power and almost started a fire in our room. Nothing huge happened. But we didn't have power for a day and it ended up knocking out the power to the whole house where 3 other families live hahahaha. But they got it all fixed and we didn't end up proselyting until like 6 that night hahaha.
I have to get my suit jacket cleaned sometime this week because my comp opened up the drawer to his desk and a cockroach jumped out and started running so i grabbed my slipper and splattered it because we have competitions every night to see who can kill more, and it ended up splatter juices all over my suit coat so that is just great. But anyway, i usually end up winning the competitions like 11-5 or so if you were wondering.
I didn't really mean to this week but i kinda burned my comp on learning English because he just kept complaining and complaining about how i didn't teach him and stuff. Lets just say that he never studies and his family wants him to learn super bad but i had had enough and whipped the scriptures out on him. I felt a little bad afterward haha.
Haha we were asking some investigators if we could go visit them today in the night and they were like "For real, it's Valentine's Day!  You guys aren't gonna be doing anything special?" We both looked at each and busted out laughing and ended up telling our investigators that actually yes we were planning on taking each other out to dinner and whatnot. It was so funny but i guess they don't understand that we are always with each other and that we don't have relationships...or maybe they were referring to the fact that we're "companions". Who knows????
I'll send you guys some pics of Elder Peterson and me from today. He is from my group and he and Elder Hunt are probably my favorites out of my group. He is from Brighton...and yes knows Simi. But this is us in a store near the temple.

Ya so that is about it for this week. Happy Valentines from my love, Elder Peterson, and I.
Much Love,

Elder Mortenson
Week 27

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 
Don't feel any different and the goal still seems far away but its hard to believe i have 6 months already in the mish haha. To celebrate we burned a tie but the video is super boring so i won't send it to you, it's just 7 minutes of us standing there. We also went to Pizza Hut again because that is like one of the only places i like here haha and they had a good deal going on. I wanted to go to Chili's but it's super expensive and i felt weird among so many people as a missionary. 

Anyway, this week has gone pretty well! Our family that is going to be baptized freaked out the other day because she saw some pics of a kid's baptism in our ward and they threw like a whole party for him and so she thought she would have to do the same and she doesn't have any money because she is a teacher and they are on vacation rn. But its all good we moved her date to the 18th and they will be fine to be baptized then so i am excited! they had us over for dinner last night and she made us salchipapas which is just fries with hot dog but i really liked it...i do miss eating hot dogs roasted over the fire up in the mountains with the boys. 
I have now seen the glory of God while in my youth and it was amazing... My comp burned a Jehovah's Witness yesterday without even doing anything. I now know we have the truth. Somehow my companion got a hold of their bible in one of his other areas. So what happened was i told him just to give the true doctrine to this like 70 year old man like we are supposed to do, not burn him but just teach as Jesus would since the truth "pierces" the hearts of the wicked. So anyway they were talking and whatnot and he got riled up as Jehovah's Witnesses sometimes do and my comp told him to turn to some random scripture in John. Turns out they are missing tons of random scriptures in the bible and the dude knew it and didn't have it and didn't know what to say. My comp said, "When you have this scripture in your bible we can talk!" and we walked away. You actually had to be there to see the hurt but it was pretty sic. 

They put all of the schedule changes in this week so we are waking up at seven and we do our comp and language study after lunch rn. I really like it tbh. Being out in the sun at 2 in the afternoon is the worst, i just want to die everyday! They say the radiation from the sun here is really bad too so i am using tons of sunscreen. 

I started Studying Jesus the Christ this week and am making progress. The book is amazing and holds so much doctrine. Haha i have learned soo much in only 6 months. It is absolutely amazing what you can learn when you read the scriptures every day and are helping people with their problems and have to live in a way to have the spirit constantly with you. 

Nothing much really happened this week. It has been just one of those weeks. I think we had like 3 lessons and just contacted and contacted and i just want to die sometimes. Haha we asked our ward mission leader what we could do and he just told us to keep on going. hahaha we both laughed at how easily he said it but its true you just gotta keep knocking on doors and teaching. 

To sum up my mission so far i would have to say that it has been the absolute weirdest thing i have ever done. I always saw the missionaries as a kid like they were Angels but actually being a missionary i feel very differently. It has been super weird and difficult to leave my old life behind, from just chilling, playing ball every day and whatnot to talking with everyone we see. I have been so humbled just seeing the way others live and being able to live in the same circumstances. I think one of the coolest things is though, that the church is the same here in our humble 100 member ward as it is there with the 3 wards of like 500 that attend our chapel in North Logan haha. But ya anyway that's about it... 
Much Love,

Elder Mortenson