My Last Preparation Day

Elder Blodgett is scheduled to fly into Appleton on Wednesday 5/24/17 at 9:35pm.  Please join us for open house to welcome him home – on Sunday 5/28/17 from 4-6pm, in the community room of our condo.  We live at 400 N Richmond Street, in Appleton (Richmond Terrace Condos).  Entrance is at the northeast corner of the building at the corner of State & Packard streets.  I’ll post signs in the lobby directing people to the community room on the 2nd floor.  You can park anywhere.

This has been a crazy fast week. I thought this would be a much slower week than this, but as we were obedient and went out and worked hard, it went faster than any other week on my mission and we had many miracles.
On Monday evening, we were out visiting potential investigator when we came across one. We sat down with him and taught him the restoration and picked him up as a new investigator. Later, we taught another new investigator we picked up earlier in the transfer and continued on with our teaching.
Tuesday, we weekly planned (sadly, me for the last time). We were able to get permission from our 17 year old investigator’s father over the phone who left their family unannounced (it’s a really sad situation). While, we don’t have her on date for baptism yet, we at least have necessary permissions in placed for when she receives her answer that the message is true and wants to be baptized. She has been reading the Book of Mormon every day and is now in Mosiah 9 or so.
Wednesday was really fun. We biked around all day. Sadly, for the last time on my mission. We don’t really have time to do that for the next few days. We talked to a lot of people and encouraged them to read the Book of Mormon.
Thursday, we went to a funeral viewing for a member in a nearby ward that Elder Clark used to serve in. He was very close to the family. This is probably too soon to say this after the previous few sentences, but it was my mission “funeral,” meaning, it was my last district meeting. I gave my “departing” testimony, even though I am not quite gone yet.
Friday, was a great day. We had the departing missionary temple trip. This is when it truly hit me that I was going home soon. After we got back to the mission office, I had my final interview with President. It was weird, he told me to marry somebody with as great of faith as my mother.
Saturday, we went to the Temple Visitor’s Center with our investigator who is currently in Mosiah 9.  After we got back to our area, we went on another “roadtrip” to Canoga Park for the baptism of Jose Lopez, who I found and taught a few times in Tarzana before passing him off to missionaries in another ward.
Sunday, was my last time at church on my mission. It was sad to say goodbye to so many wonderful people. After church, we helped a less-active family move out of their house because they are getting evicted. Then, we proselyted to the rest of the evening.
I’m almost ready to go as far as packing goes. Emotionally, not so much.
Elder Blodgett
California San Fernando Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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