Monday, February 3, 2014

3 Feb 2014

Here is zachs letter for this week. 

How has your week been?
My week went by really fast compared to last week. Last week was soooo slow. This week was a lot faster. It's kinda crazy that it is P-Day again.
What is your biggest trial/frustration?  How do you plan to overcome it?
My biggest trial has been getting others to be obedient. I am still working through it and am being more firm and stubborn so that we can be as obedient as we can. Prayer really really helps.
What was your greatest achievement?  How did you do it?
My greatest achievement this week was probably getting the trust of the members. This year, my ward completely redid their ward mission plan. They have a lot more organization, and have identified families that need help and have really pushed the members to talk to their friends. They are really excited about this, and needed missionaries who were equally as enthused as they were. Luckily, a brand new missionary who was pumped to be there was just what they need. I feel as though I will be in this area a while, and that my companion and I will be the missionaries that either push the work forward, or ruin the enthusiasm for everyone. So I am really going to start pushing to be more obedient.
How many new investigators did you find this week?  Describe a few.
We only have 1 new investigator. An older lady in her 80's. She had a previous baptismal date, but was dropped due to health issues. She had 3 surgeries last week, all minor, and we have picked up the teaching again. We decided to just start it all over again, and have taught her the first 2 lessons and have committed her to reading the Book of Mormon to know if it is true. She is an amazing woman. She has had such a hard life, but loves God so much and has always tried to keep her head up. She asked us about Heaven, and she said her idea of it is a green hill, and all her family will be there waiting for her. It was so perfect, because it lead right into me telling her that families can be sealed together forever and she just smiled real big. She is amazing.
How many lessons did you teach?  Please describe a couple of them.
We only taught a few, mainly to the investigator I just described, but we taught the Plan of Salvation in a temple prep class for a kid who just got his mission call. He is going to Mexico in April, and he is so cool. He reminds me A LOT of myself when I just got my call. He is so excited and we want to take him out with us. I really wanna go to the temple with him, but I'm not sure that will be possible.
What Christ Like Characteristic did you work on this week?  How is it going?
This week has been virtue. Mainly, the control of thoughts aspect. I have been really striving to keep a hymn in my head and upbeat no matter what happens.

What service were you able to give this week?
We helped 2 people move, one to a bigger house and then another to Bakersfield. We didn't go to Bakersfield, we just packed. But the ones who stayed in the area had a crazy game room, with a ridiculous computer and stuff. My companion was a bigger gamer than I was, and so it sucked seeing all that. Mainly because I really don't want to even think about that stuff while I'm here.
What is the most important thing you learned about yourself this week?
The most important thing I learned about myself is that I am good at teaching, but there are things I need to improve letting the Investigator talk, or involving my companion.

LA Sunrise

This tree only grows 1 inch/yr.  It is really old.