Monday, June 22, 2015

Week 45

Greetings from Arizona!!

June 16
Today I found out that I am going to be a District Leader in Prescott valley! I'm pretty excited. P-day was really good today we went to the transfer building to hang out with everyone and played some basketball and chair soccer. We had Priesthood visits tonight and Brother LaMunyon took me to make a visit but they weren't home so we went to Sonic and Brother Huff met us there with Elder Melsen. Brother Huff then gave us a ride home.

June 17
Today was pretty stressful. Brother Antie drove us to transfers.

Transfers went as expected. It was hard saying goodbye to Elder Madsen who goes home in 6 weeks so I won't likely see him again. With being doubled into the area it was really hectic and we didn't know what was going on when we got to the area. We had dinner with the Hoggard's and they had an investigator friend over and we taught him the first lesson which went really well. He will have to be referred to the YSA Elders. We then taught a Spanish speaking family the Hererra's because Elder Smith is a Spanish Elder which makes us a hybrid companionship.

The mother and two kids are on date for baptism on my birthday not the father though. Then we visited another one of our investigators and went back to have the Zone Leaders train me on District Leader stuff, but as all of those trainings go they really don't do anything but see if I have any questions, so Elder Smith will be a big help to me in helping me with anything I'm not sure about. Then we unpacked.  I hope everything settles down.

June 18
Today was good. We got groceries. Afterwards we went to the Church to check out how the Ward has been doing with Facebook and to talk a lot about where the Ward is at. We had dinner with the Call family. We had Coordination Meeting which was good and good to meet new people and get familiar with everything. We had splits where Brother James took me to a new member lesson with John Kristman. When we got back we went and talked to the Bishop for a bit which was really good. There is a lot going on and its been kind of crazy to absorb everything that is coming my way. I'm a little stressed about District Meeting tomorrow.

June 19
Today we had District Meeting which was nerve racking, but it went really well and I fell like I earned the trust of my District a ton and they all came away better off! Afterwards we went and taught Eduardo Herrera in English so he could help teach the rest of the family later that night in Spanish! Both of our lessons with the Herrera's went well! We had dinner with our Ward Mission Leader's family which was really good! I am picking up a lot of good information and philosophies from Elder Smith and am really happy to have him as a Companion! We made some visits to end the night.

June 20
Today was so awesome! After our language study and stuff we had a Coordination Meeting with Brother Jeffrey and Sister Schultz from another ward for the Stake social media fireside next Sunday which was really good and I was glad that the Zone leaders asked us to come. We talked a lot of logistics and this area is basically revolutionizing the online missionary efforts right now which is a lot of responsibility but also very exciting! We had dinner with the Joe family who is a single mom and three kids which was really good authentic Navajo tacos! Afterwards we went and counseled with some members on how to advertise the Stake Fireside and we got a really good idea from Brother Kleinman, the first counselor, to put little invitations in the closing Hymn of Sacrament tomorrow! So we ran the idea by the Zone Leaders and it became a zone wide initiative! We made up a sweet invitation and went to the Church and printed them and copied them and took the time to place them which was really exciting!

A whole new way of missionary work is coming forth from this Zone and I feel really blessed to be a part of this in a leadership position and feel the trust from President Griffin who is coming to speak at the Stake Fireside!!! After we placed the invitations we had a Coordination Meeting with someone from the Stake High Council for tomorrows Stake Coordination! And finally our day was over!

June 21
Today was really good! We had Stake Coordination which was nerve racking because I'm expected to have things to discuss about the other areas which I don't know too well yet but it went really good! Church was good, Brenda and Eduardo Herrera came to Church! During Priesthood we were asked to go to the Beehives class and talk about Priesthood Keys which went well! During Opening Exercises Missionary minute was so cool and we should have a referral coming in when they get back from vacation! We got a really, really good and huge mint brownie for Fathers Day! We had lunch with the Reeds and their non member friend which went well we didn't teach but had good discussion. We went to Ward Council but it had been canceled due to Fathers Day. We had dinner with the Wimber's. We met with Bishop to discuss the Stake Fireside a little more in depth with what the Zone Leaders talked to him about. We went and did some advertising for the Fourth of July activity with the Zone Leaders as well before heading in and calling all the Missionaries in the district.

It has been a great week here in Arizona.  I am so glad that I am busy doing the Lord's work!

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Here is the brownie

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