Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Week 103

August 1
Today was good. We played Basketball all pday. We had an open night of making visits. It is super weird that today was my last pday. 

August 2
Today MLC was pretty good. We then had to go to a dentist for Elder White. We made some visits before having dinner with Brother and Sister Earle. We made visits with one of our appointments falling through. We had a good coordination to end the night. 

August 3
Today was really good. We enjoyed some Rain!!! We had our zone leadership counsel for zone meeting. We had coordination with Brother Heaton. We made some visits before having dinner with the Anderson's. We made some visits before sharing a message with the Clouds. We met with the Young Women's presidency to end the night. 

August 4
Today was pretty good. We had weekly planning. We had a lesson with Dean which went well. We had dinner with Bishop Abbott and his family. We shared #SeekAndServe with the Barker's, then the Kauer's to end the night. 

August 5
Today was good. Zone meeting was super good! It was weird to give my departing testimony. We had dinner with the Montgomery's which was awesome! We made some visits before sharing a message with the Eiselin's. We then exchanged I went to Elder Melsen's area (my last area)!

August 6
Today was pretty good we went to a couple baptisms. We had dinner with Travis. We made some visits before sharing a message with Sister Haley. We then exchanged back. It was a good day with Elder Melsen! 

August 7
Church was good today. It was really weird say goodbye to people. After lunch we had my exit interview with President Griffin which was really good but things started setting in. We had dinner with Sister Franklin. We made a couple visits before going home to pack...

Well that is it from my mission! 

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Monday, August 1, 2016

Week 102

July 25
Today was alright. Our car broke down outside Walmart so we spent a couple hours with it getting it repaired. We played basketball as a zone. We made visits all night. 

July 26
Today was good. We had interviews with President Griffin. We had a zone leader Webex meeting. We had dinner with Sister Jordan. We made some visits before sharing a message with the Johnson's. We then exchanged. Elder Wells is with me in my area. 

July 27
Today was good. After Lunch we had coordination with Brother Heaton. We had our church tour fall through with Gayle. We went with Brother Wakefield and President Heikkila on their home teaching visits. We had dinner with Sister Slocum. We made some visits before sharing. Message with the Moore's. We then exchanged back it was a good day with Elder Wells!

July 28
Today was pretty good. After lunch we went to family services. We had weekly planning. We had dinner with the Taylor's. We made visits all night until we had coordination with Brother Bowler. 

July 29
Today was good. We had a good district meeting. We made some visits before having dinner with Sister Hopkin. We made visits all night. 

July 30 
Today was good. We helped Joan Picha move which was pretty hectic but got taken care of. We made some visits and worked on the spreadsheet. We had dinner with Sister Mangum. We had our lesson with the new referral fall through. We made visits all night. 

July 31
Today was good. Church was normal. We made a visit in Sun City to a member Dean that has come back after 50 years of activity and come to find out he had his records removed a long time ago so we started teaching him so he can be rebaptized. We had dinner with the Spear family who are really cool. We visited with Bishop Abbott for a little bit. We had a baptismal interview to end the night. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 101

July 18
Today was good. Since we hit our zone goal last month as a zone we got to watch the movie Freetown which was pretty good! We played basketball and speedball. We visited the Lowe's. We made visits to end the night. 

July 19
Today was good. We worked on the stake spreadsheet project. We had a lesson with Richard Kuchan. We made visits before having dinner with the Maughan's. We met with the High Priest presidency in Sun city. We had a lesson with Sister Murphy. We made a couple of visits to end the night. 

July 20
Today was good. We worked on the Stakes spreadsheet. We met with Charles. W made some visits before having dinner with the Romig's. We made visits the rest of the night. 

July 21
Today was good. We met with Brother Heaton for coordination. We had our weekly planning session. We had dinner with the Montgomery's! We shared a follow up lesson with the Maskovisch's. We made a couple visits to end the night. 

July 22
Today was good. Zone Conference was a good meeting. We had dinner with the Squires. We made visits all night. 

July 23
Today was good. We had Sun Cities ward breakfast for the 24th of July. We then went to a move which was good. We made some visits before having dinner with the Cherrington's. We made visits all night with our lesson falling through. 

July 24
Today was good. After Church we met with our ward mission leader Brother Bowler which was good. We made some visits in Sun City before having dinner with the Browning's. We shared #SeekAndServe with the Pribyl's who are awesome! We made visits the rest of the night. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Week 100

July 11
Pday was pretty good today. We played basketball and volleyball. We shared a message with the Montgomery's. We then went and visited the Albertini's before heading in. 

July 12
MLC was pretty good. We taught Richard Kuchan. We had dinner with the Ogan's . We gave a blessing and made some visits to end the night. 

July 13 
Today was pretty good. We met with the leadership of the zone to coordinate zone meeting. We had coordination with Brother Heaton. We made visits before having dinner. We made visits the rest of the night. 

July 14
Today was good. We weekly planned. We had dinner with the Hughes. We made visits before sharing #SeekAndServe with the Cherrington's to end the night. 

July 15
Today was good. We had zone meeting which was a good time. We had dinner with Sister Kunz and her friends. We made visits before sharing a message with the BaƱuelos family to end the night. 

July 16
Today was good. Gayle rescheduled on us. We met with a brother Womack. We made visits until dinner and we made visits after dinner. 

July 17
Church was good today. We made a couple visits before having dinner with the Smiths. We made visits the rest of the night. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Week 99

July 5
Today was a good pday. We played basketball. I got the transfer news taking me back to my last area in Peoria North. Brother Husk took us out to dinner. We had a good coordination. On splits I taught the Ortega's which was a super good lesson and I'm really sad that I won't be able to continue to teach them. Really good day though. 

July 6
Today transfers went down and yes I'm back in Peoria North. After we went shopping we had a couple lessons with the Speaks, Richard Kuchan, and the Hansen's. Brother Maskovich took us out to dinner. We made visits the rest of the night. 

July 7
Today was good. We had our Weekly planning session. We helped Sister Dineen assemble and move her tv. We had dinner with the Genchi's. We made visits all night. 

July 8
Today was good. District meeting went well. We made some visits before having dinner with the West's. We made visits all night and we helped the Romigs move some stuff out of their uhaul. 

July 9
Today was good. We had a lesson fall through so we made visits. We had coordination. We had dinner with the Johnsons. We shared a message with the James. We made visits to end the night. 

July 10
Today was good. Church was pretty normal. We made some visits in the afternoon before having dinner with Sister Horn. Our lesson with Dorothy fell through so we made more visits. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Week 98

June 27
Today was good. We played volleyball and basketball for pday. We made visits before FHE. FHE was a talent show and our performance went really well. It was a pretty fun activity. 

June 28
We made visits all afternoon. Our dinner cancelled so we ate at home. We had a good coordination. We met with the Ortega's which went well. We made a couple visits to end the night. 

June 29
Today we helped a member of the YSA move afterwards we had dinner with the Eisenbarts which was good. We had rescue visits with the YSA to end the night. 

June 30
Today was good. Weekly planning as usual. We had dinner with the Davis family. We made some visits before going back to the Davis family with our ward mission leader to follow up on the ward mission plan. We made some visits to end the night. 

July 1
Today was good. District meeting went well. We made some visits before going to give the Lynch's a blessing. We had dinner with the McClellan's which was good. We taught Ashley. Our lesson with Justin rescheduled so we made visits all night. 

July 2
Today was a very slow day. We made a lot of visits. We had dinner with the Stevenson's which was good. We made more visits before meeting with Sister Haley. 

July 3
Today was good. Church was good as usual. We dinner with Rachael and Hailey. We made visits all night. 

July 4
Today was good. We had a service project with other Elders where we painted the inside of someone's home. We got back and had dinner at home then we were in the rest of the night. We chilled and played some board games and had a good time. 

Week 97

June 20
Today was pretty good. Basketball was the story of pday. We had Alondra's baptismal interview went well. FHE was fun. We made some visits to end the night. We were told we have a mission conference on Wednesday which was a little surprising. 

June 21
Today was pretty sweet! We met with the Relief Society presidency again. After lunch we made some visits and then shared a message with Joe Fullmer. We had dinner with President and Sister Lee. We had stake coordination for Peoria North. We taught the Ortega's and Put Yolanda, Karina, and Maria on date! We met with the King's shortly to end the night.  

June 22
Today we had our mission conference meeting that we found out about on Monday. Elder Holland came to the mission and gave us some training!!!!!!! It was super cool! After lunch we went to Eve's treasures. We mad visits before having dinner at the apartment. We taught Ashley. We made visits the rest of the night. 

June 23
Today was good. We went and helped out at Eve's Treasures. We made some visits. Julian Jenkins took us out to Red Lobster again. We went out with Brother Selin to the Biorns, Plockes, and the Randell's to end the night. 

June 24
Today was good. We did our weekly planning. We had dinner at the apartment. We made visits before going to the YSA stakes pool party which was a good time especially seeing a lot of people from the Phoenix North ward and Elder Balenacagi!

June 25
Today was good. Alondra's baptism was hectic but ended up turning out really good. We then went to Peoria North's Stake Priesthood leadership meeting and provided training for the ward mission leaders. We had dinner then went and did a baptismal interview. We then went out and made visits the rest of the night. 

June 26
Today was really good! Alondra's confirmation went well. My talk went well. Karina and Maria came to church! We had dinner with the Kings. We made visits all night. 

Week 96

June 13
Today was pretty great! We played milk jug lactose and basketball. After pday we made some visits before going to FHE where we played marshmallow baseball which was a lot of fun haha!

June 14
We made visits before our Webex meeting interrupted by a lot of cops. We had dinner at the Baileys. We had coordination and splits where I taught the Workman's. Elder Melsen taught the Ortega's which went really well! We hunted some scorpions after planning which was fun but the ring of fire myth was not able to be determined. 

June 15
Today was good. We served at Eve's treasures. We met with the Wentworth's. We made some visits before having dinner at the VanAlstines. We had splits with the YSA ward which went well. We caught another scorpion tonight and the ring of fire myth was confirmed! It was pretty sweet!

June 16
Today we did our normal weekly planning. We had dinner dropped off by the Le's. We went with Brother Selin to visit the Biorn's, Surratt's, and Davis family to end the night. 

June 17
Today was good. We had zone meeting which was a good meeting! Jacie dropped off dinner. We had our lesson with Alondra reschedule. We made some visits before going with Weston to one of his home teaching sisters. We went back to the apartment to pack for exchanges. Tomorrow I'm in Peoria North with Elder Hulett!

June 18
Exchanges with Elder Hulett today was good. Not a very productive day of finding. We had dinner with a really cool family the Tuitas. We taught their investigator Damian to end the night. 

June 19
Today was good. We got an ice cream bar at the end of church which was good. We had dinner with the Biddles which was super good. We made visits the rest of the evening. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Week 95

June 6
Today was awesome! Basketball was intense! We had our lesson with Jesus fall through. We made visits all night. Elder Miller came over to the house on exchanges with Elder Waters which was pretty good the whole apartment had a good heart to heart to end the night. 

June 7
Today was good. MLC was the normal frustrating meeting it usually is but it was good to see everyone. Now that Elder Balenacagi and Tomayo are zone leaders it was awesome to see them! We had dinner at the apartment after some visits. We had a good coordination and then we taught Larry to end the night which went well. 

June 8
Today was good. We went and served at Eve's Treasures. We made visits before Haleigh dropped of dinner to us. We made some visits before having a lesson with the Ortega's which went really well. We made some visits before heading in for the night!

June 9
We did our usual weekly planning. We had dinner at the apartment. We taught Ashley Dutston and then Sister Haley to end the night.

June 10
Today was good. We had zone conference which was good. We made visits before having dinner at the apartment. We made more visits. Both our lesson with Sean and Larry cancelled. 

June 11
Today we are on exchanges. I am with Elder Waters in his area. We had. Couple lessons fall through. We taught Brian. It was. Pretty fun day, Elder Waters is a good missionary. 

June 12
Today was good. We met with the primary presidency before church. Church was good. I went into the primary the third hour to play guitar and sing with the kids which was a lot of fun! We had dinner at the Bone's which was good. We had our lesson with the Watsons fall through. We went to the YSA Wards ward prayer which was a lot of fun! 

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Week 94

May 30
Today was awesome! We went to Skyzone all day! It was a blast! We went to FHE. We went and did a baptismal interview for the Spanish Elders. We then exchanged with the Assistants. Elder Ockey is in my area with me. 

May 31
Today was a good day. We made visits all afternoon we street contacted a lady names Kathy and she said we could go to the park down the street to teach her and at the park Brother Danielson walked up and joined our lesson. It was an awesome lesson! We had dinner with the Biorns which was good we had a good coordination visit then we shared the ward mission plan with the Kings before exchanging back. 

June 1
Today was good. We went to Eve's Treasures to do some service. We made visits before having dinner at the apartment. Our three lessons fell through. We taught Jesus  on his doorstep. We went and contacted a referral who doesn't live there but we had a lesson at the doorstep of Cecilia! We made a couple visits before heading home. 

June 2
Today was good. We had our normal weekly planning. Kathy didn't hold her appointment. We made visits before having dinner with the Selins which was good. We made more visits before having a new member lesson with Sister Haley to end the night. 

June 3
Today was good. We met with Ashley for a new member lesson before lunch. We had district meeting which was good. We made visits before having dinner at the apartment. We made a couple more visits and then we had a lesson with the Ortega's which went well. We made a couple visits to end the night. 

June 4
Today was good. Sean Clark canceled his lesson. We made visits before sharing a message with the Stauffer's. We made visits before having dinner at the apartment. We made some visits then taught Larry which went really well. 

June 5
Today was good. Church was normal. We had dinner at the apartment. We made visits all night. Excited to get together and ball with the zone tomorrow!

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Week 93

May 24
Today was a pretty low key pday. We dropped off the truck to be repaired. We went to get pizza with some of the other Elders and their member. We picked up our replacement car. We had dinner with Sean, Eric, and Jenna. We taught Ashley to end the night.  Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONICA!!!

May 25
Today was pretty awesome! We had to deal with the transfer craziness and making sure everyone was taken care of.  We had a lesson with Rachael. We made some visits before having dinner with Julian Jenkins. We had a lesson with the Ortega's which went GREAT! That family is super awesome and interested in reading the Book of Mormon!

May 26
Today we had weekly planning. We had dinner at home. Our lesson with the Bernalls fell through. We made visits all night. 

May 27
Today we went to two district meetings. Both were good. Julian took us to P.F. Chang's for dinner. We made visits all night. 

May 28
Today was good. We met with the Leadership in the zone to brainstorm some creative ideas for motivating the zone. We met with the Wentworth's. We made visits before having dinner with Ex which was really cool. He's a very interesting guy. We had a lesson with Justin reschedule. We made visits the rest of the night. 

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Friday, May 27, 2016

Week 92

May 16
Today was pretty awesome! Basketball was a lot of fun! We had to reschedule with Rachael. We went to FHE then we went and made visits the rest of the evening. 

May 17
Today we went and got an appraisal for the car and then picked up supplies. We made some visits before having dinner with the McClellan's. We went to the relief society presidency meeting and then coordination. We made visits the rest of the night. 

May 18
Today I was with Elder Hulett in their area. We had a really good day. The afternoon we had coordination with their Ward mission leader and then it was full of visits. After dinner we had a lesson fall through and then met with a family that has the husband excommunicated and it was a super spiritual lesson and they are now going to work their way towards being sealed. We had coordination with all their ward missionaries before exchanging back. Elder Melsen and Glanzer had a really successful day in our are as well! 

May 19
Today was good. After weekly planning the Le's dropped off dinner. We made a couple visits before going out to visit the Bones and then the Workman's with Brother Selin. 

May 20
Today was a struggle. I was sick all day so going out and working was a grind but it was a good day nonetheless. District meeting went well. We made visits including sharing a message with Brother Danielson. We had dinner with the Bierman's who re really cool. We followed up with the Kelly's. We made some more visits to end the night. 

May 21
Today was good. Jesus rescheduled on us. We made visits all afternoon until our lesson with the Ortega's which went super well! We had dinner with the Hadley's. We made a couple visits before meeting with Bishop Alkema who is the man!!!

May 22
Today was good. We went to the Bierman's to meet with the priest presidency. We had church which was good. Nick VanAlstine came! After dinner at the apartment we made some visits. We shared a message with the Watson family then finished the night with more visits. 

May 23
Today was good. Our lesson with Jesus fell through. We plugged in our indicators for the zone into the computer. We had a lesson with some other Elders and Alondra who will be moving into our ward before her baptism. We helped our YSA ward set up for their picnic activity then ate there made some visits and came back to tear it down. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Ashby

Week 91

May 9
Today was really good. We played a lot of basketball for pday. FHE was good. Larry cancelled so we made a couple visits. 

May 10
This afternoon we helped out at Eve's place. We had dinner with Haleigh and she let her uncle who is a cop taze her which was pretty awesome haha! We shared our initiative with the Biorns and then met with Larry to end the night. 

May 11
Today I was on exchanges with Elder Gonzales in his area. We mowed some ladies lawn. We taught one of their investigators. We had dinner at a good Mexican restaurant. We went to their coordination meeting then a made a couple visits before exchanging back. 

May 12
Today was good. We did weekly planning. We had dinner with Tyler and Emerson Smith who then went with us to our lesson with Ashley. We made some visits before our lesson with Brother and Sister Mcclellan family to end the night. 

May 13
Today was good. We went to two of the district meetings. We had dinner with Ariana Jackson and Seth which was some good gumbo! We made visits all night. 

May 14
Today was interesting. We had a meeting with Brother Muller the High councilor over missionary work in preparation for stake coordination tomorrow. We met with Sister Wentworth. We made visits all afternoon and had an early dinner. On our way to our lesson we got rear ended so we had to take about an hour getting that sorted out. We made visits the rest of the night. 

May 15
Today was crazy but good. We had church as usual. We had stake coordination with Peoria North afterwards. We had dinner with the Sharpe's which was good. We had our lesson with Jaclyn fall through and then we went to the cottage meeting at president Williams house to end the night. 

Love you all,
Elder Ashby

Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 90

May 2
Today was really good. We played a lot of Basketball which was really fun but made me really sore. We had a new member lesson with Rachael. We went to FHE. We then went and visited the Weiss family and a couple more people to end the night. 

May 3
Today was good. MLC was really good. We had dinner at the apartment. We went out to coordination and splits. I went and visited the Hall's and made a couple more drop in visits to end the night. 

May 4
Today was good. Zone conference was good but a lot of the same info as yesterday. We got back and had dinner with the Hunsakers. We had a couple lessons fall through but we got to teach Larry which went well. We made a couple visits to end the night. 

May 5
Today was good. We had our weekly planning. We had dinner with the Workman's who are cool. We made visits until splits. I taught the Hunters then we came back together and we taught the Kelly's to end the night. 

May 6
Today was good. We went to the temple and had a good session. We went to Barros with our member for lunch. We made visits before dinner with the Moore's which was interesting. We had our lesson with Gorge cancel so we made visits all night. 

May 7
Today was really good. I was on exchanges with Elder Waters who was a lot of fun. We helped some Elders with a service project for their member. We made visits all night. After dinner their ward was having a party so we went and helped set up and made visits the rest of the night. 

May 8
Happy Mothers Day!!! Today was good. After church the Skype call was awesome really weird that it's the last one. We had dinner at the house. We went out and made visits the rest of the night. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Ashby

Monday, May 2, 2016

Week 89

April 25
Today was really good. We had zone activity. We played Volleyball and Basketball. We taught Rachael a new member lesson and then we went to share the ward mission plan with the Carson's who are really cool as well. 

April 26
Today was good. We did some weekly planning. We had a Webex meeting. We had interviews which went really well. We had dinner at the apartment. We had coordination and then splits where I shared the ward mission plan with the Hadley's. We then exchanges with the Assistants. 

April 27
Today was stressful and good. I was in Glendale with Elder Byington. We had a busy day full of teaching. Elder Byington is really cool. Nice to head back to the area tonight though. 

April 28
Today was pretty stressful and disappointing. Elder Holland's flight was delayed so he didn't end up coming to the mission meeting which was a big bummer. President Lynn G. Robins was really good though. We had dinner at Red Lobster with a YSA member. We taught Ariana a new member lessons to answer all her questions from the Book of Mormon to end the night. 

April 29
We met with Sister Wentworth. We did weekly planning. We had dinner with Julio Denoso. We made visits all night. 

April 30
We worked on our title of Liberty for the zone. We visited the Copes. We made some visits before having dinner with the Young's. We made visits the rest of the night. 

May 1
Today was good. We had dinner at the Starchman's with the Garbetts who signed up but were invited to a birthday party haha! We made visits all night. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Ashby

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Week 88

April 18
Today was really good. We played a lot of ball! We also got the news that Elder Holland is coming to the mission on the 28th!!! So stoked for that! We taught Racheal a new member lesson. We went to FHE then made some visits to end the night. 

April 19
Today was really good. Our lesson cancelled. We served at Eve's Treasures which was good. We had dinner at the apartment. We had coordination and Splits where we shared #inspireinviteexcite to end the night. 

April 20
Today was good. We did our weekly planning. We helped Julio Donoso clean out his pool. We had dinner with the Alexander's. We made visits all night. Including following a cat!

April 20
Today our morning and afternoon was filled with project connect which was interesting but fun. We had dinner with the McClellan's. We made visits all night. 

April 21
Today we participated in the service project Project connect which was fun. We had dinner with the McClellan's. Then we made visits all night. 

April 22
We had district meeting. We met with Sister Wentworth. We had dinner dropped off by the Hicks. We made visits before sharing a message with the Stauffer's. 

April 23 
Today we cleaned up the riverbed as a zone. We worked on our signs for the initiative. We had dinner at the apartment then made some visits to end the night. 

April 24
Today was good. My talk went well. We went to mission prep after church. We had dinner with Julio and his family which was good. We made some visits to end the night. 

Love,
Elder Ashby

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 87

April 12
Today was good. Got the transfer news that I'm going to be companions with Elder Melsen again!!! Staying in the zone! We played some ball. We had dinner at the Livingston's. We had coordination and then shared #SeekAndServe with the Darrow's.

April 13
Today was good. After transfers we got settled into the house. We made some visits before having dinner at the apartment. We coordinated with Bishop Stringem and then had a lesson with the Helton's to end the night. 

April 14
Today was really good! We worked on stake reports all afternoon. We had dinner at the apartment. We made some visits before going on splits where I visited a brother Smith. We then visited with Bishop Alkema who is awesome!

April 15
Today was good. We made a lot of visits and got a lot of no answers. We had district meeting which. We met with sister Wentworth. We had dinner with Julio and his girlfriend. We made visits all night. 

April 16
Today was pretty good. We had both lessons cancel on us. We met with both High councilors over missionary work for the two stakes. We had dinner at the apartment and then made visits. 

April 17
Today was good. I got to go to the YSA ward today. We had dinner with the Weiss family who are cool! We the went to a Stake Priesthood meeting to end the night. 

Week 86

April 4
Pday was pretty good today. We made cookies as a district then played ball with the zone. We made visits all night. 

April 5
Today we had MLC which was good. We had dinner with the Gibson's. We had coordination and then shared a message with the BaƱuelos to end the night. 

April 6
We met with the leadership in the zone today to coordinate for zone meeting. I then went with Elder Melsen for the day. We had an interesting dinner with the Bone's. And made visits all night before exchanging back. 

April 7
Today was good. We did a cool service project where we highlighted Book of Mormon copies for one of the other Elders members who has a really successful scrapbook it business send out. We practiced for the musical number for zone meeting. We weekly planned. We had dinner with the Agren's. We made visits all night. 

April 8
Today was good. Zone meeting went really well! We had dinner with the Copenhaver's. We visited President Womack and then made some more visits before ending the night. 

April 9
We went on exchanges today. I was with Elder Glanzer in his area. He's a really good young missionary. Not any set teaching appointments but dropping by and sharing messages. Pretty good day. 

April 10
Today was really good. Church was normal. We then taught our new investigator Marie which was really great! We had dinner with the Freeman's which was good then made some visits to end the night. 

April 11
Today was good. We met with the a Relief Society presidency to go over the Perry plan. We did the same service project as earlier in the week. We made some visits before having dinner with President Hinton and his family. We made visits all night afterwards.