Transfers!

So, we found out about transfers. We’re both staying together, apparently moving to a new ward (to be determined) and apartments. This should prove to be an interesting transfer again.
This has been a really fun week despite transfers looming around the corner.
On Tuesday, we had an awesome day of weekly planning. It took us all day until knockout to get it finished because we also had to find areas in which other people would knock as part of a zone blitz which happened later in the week on Thursday. Afterward we taught several less active members of our ward using the Christmas initiative.
On Wednesday, we did service for a Spanish non-denominational Christian church before visiting a bunch of people. After knockout we were supposed to receive dinner from a member at 6:30 and with poor communication between us and the member we ended up waiting until almost 8pm until we ate and we were unable to do any work that day. We both felt bad about that.
Thursday we had an awesome district meeting where we set goals as a district. That was followed by a zone blitz and we picked up a bunch of potentials only to find out we won’t be there to see their progression.
On Friday we had an exchange with our district leaders which went really well. I went with Elder Mahlum and we taught a recent convert that evening. Here in our mission, we do exchanges from mid-day to mid-day, so in the morning, I needed new bike pedals because mine were cracking plus a new back gear because a part inside the gears had gone bad. That cost $63 (see follow-up email). We managed to teach one of their investigators later that afternoon.
Sunday was a sad day. I know last time I served in this ward I wasn’t exactly sad to leave, I was more or less excited. This time however was quite sad. I actually grew to love the area, the members and non-members alike.
I love serving a mission and getting to know the people I am privileged to serve.

 

Elder Blodgett

California San Fernando Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Feast Week

Fast Week

Boy, this week breezed on by. Literally and figuratively. It has been a fantastic week and we’ve seen a lot of miracles.
Flashback to a week and a half ago Tuesday, we decided to elevate our goals.
We set high goals with the intention of working hard to achieve the higher goals and it worked.
So, now let’s move back to the week we’re currently in.  On Tuesday, we had our weekly planning. Afterwards, we set out to work. We found a new investigator at dinner time. We had dinner with a semi-recent convert. They had a friend over and we taught her the Restoration message and invited her to read the Book of Mormon. She agreed to us continuing to teach us. Yay!
Wednesday, we decided to forgo doing a regular service project we often do and instead went to visit a lot of people. We had been hoping to receive a referral. We weren’t terribly disappointed that we hadn’t received one as it was merely Wednesday. However, much to our surprise, just as we had finished visiting all the people we had hoped to visit and still had time left over to visit, we received a referral. So we visited him and contacted him even though he wasn’t the least bit interested.
On Thursday we had an amazing district meeting on finding and the importance of fasting.
Friday went on exchanges. I went on what would be the equivalent of my grandson. In the mission life. It is said that if you train someone, you’re their dad and they’re your son. So I went on exchanges with my trainee’s trainee. So in other words, my Son’s Son, or grandson. Anywho, Elder Johnson is a great missionary and I enjoyed our 24 hours together. We taught several less-active lessons what went very well.
Saturday, during the exchange, we found several new investigators as a result of visiting and checking in on other investigators/former investigators/potential investigators. After the exchange we went by all of our other investigators to remind them about church the next day even though none of them came.
Sunday was a fun day. Ha ha! We had an awesome time at church and afterwards we did knockout. We were invited to attend ward pie night. I made some pumpkin pie for the event since I had some canned pumpkin sitting in my cupboard. I put it good use by making the pie. YUMM! The other pies were also delicious. Sunday was also my 18-month mark. I’ve done a whole sister’s mission. WHOA! I now have six months left starting this Wednesday at which point I start 6 months to sexy.
What a week!
Elder Blodgett
California San Fernando Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Working Hard and Sick…at the Same Time!

Hi Mom! It’s been a crazy week. Having a cold made it a bit stressful, but it was still a lot of fun.
So Monday we had epic meal with a member at Hometown Buffet. It was super fun and we ate a lot of food. I love being around the members.
Tuesday we had weekly planning which was nice because we could stay in the apartment and stay nice and cozy too. It wasn’t until we hit the streets that I realized how bad this cold was. I felt miserable. We managed to visit a lot of people that day but I was slowly getting worse as the day went a long and I slowly was more and more out of it.
Wednesday was even worse. We had interviews with President Henrie which was great and I somehow had enough energy to walk to interviews in a suit and all but it wasn’t until we went to do some service later in the day that I felt like I hit a brick wall. We had TWO dinners that evening with some less active members of our ward which is when I found out who won the elections: Yay Trump! Well, sorta, because both options from what limited information I’ve heard about the two as a missionary was that both options were less than ideal.
Anywho, Thursday was my last day of feeling like a bag of garbage. We had a cool zone lunch and I brought a can of a diet soda that I’ll leave nameless (do you know who I’m paraphrasing?) and a couple of pulled chicken sandwhiches. We then had district meeting immediately afterwards which was about the importance of once again why we must open our mouths and how to help our investigators attend church, a common problem in our mission. Afterwards we had knockout and had an awesome lasagna dinner despite being out of energy and wishing to be in bed.
Thursday night I found some Robitussen which helped me to have a fantastic night’s sleep, and as I soon discovered as we went out to proselyte on Friday that my energy was back and I wasn’t feeling like garbage. I still had a cough and a runny nose, but that’s manageable.
Saturday we made a lot of visits. We were scheduled to have a meal with a member but he had to change the time around and instead have dinner at a restaurant. We were told we could pick where to have the meal and having been so impressed by dinner at Hometown Buffet, we couldn’t resist. Yay!
Sunday was church and we had an awesome sacrament meeting. The senior couple who serves in the ward spoke and they gave amazing talks on hastening the work in the Kingdom. Afterwards in priesthood I came down with a headache so when we got home I took some meds and took a nap before knockout.
It was a crazy week, but we toughened through it and all is much better now. Hope all is well at home!

This week has been interesting. It’s flown by despite the challenges that presented themselves to us. Monday was quite fun. It started with us having preparation day. Instead of proselyting after 6 (see Missionary Handbook) we had a combined zone activity with the Canoga Park zone. We had pizza followed by watching Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (2005). If that sounded like a carbon copy of last year for Halloween, I’m glad somebody was paying attention! Tuesday was once again weekly planning. We thankfully finished it with not too much time left over. I always fear that it will take too much time, but it was okay. Afterwards we taught a lesson to a less active guy and did knockout early so we could have dinner early so we could go tech a bunch of appointments. Sadly a lot of those fell flat. Wednesdays we do service at this weird Hispanic church. We gave out food to the homeless people that come for a sermon and then get food afterwards. On Wednesday I got a flat tire. After patching it with Elder Smith’s patch kit, we took it out for a spin and found out that his patch kit was a piece of junk. We were on foot until Friday when we managed to get a good patch kit and a second inner-tube. Wednesday was ward visits, which our ward does to try to get more home teaching done. On Thursday we had an awesome zone training meeting about having the faith to reap. Elder Smith and I did a musical number of Because I Have Been Given Much. Afterwards we had Knockout and went to a lesson with an investigator. He wasn’t home and after having been reminded of the fact that we needed to “open your mouths” (see Doctrine and Covenants) we did so and ended up having a bash for nearly 2 hours before it was time to go home and get something to eat before nightly planning. Ugh! Friday after getting the bike repaired we set out to work. We made a lot of visits which was of no success. Saturday was a bit of the same story. Church on Sunday was fantastic. It was fast Sunday. We had an awesome lesson in Elders Quorum on home teaching based on Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s recent talk in General Conference (see http://gc.lds.org). Throughout the day I thought I was experiencing some sort of fasting like pains, but my biggest fears came as this morning I awoke to what I thought the pains actually were–a cold.

This week has been interesting. It’s flown by despite the challenges that presented themselves to us.

Monday was quite fun. It started with us having preparation day. Instead of proselyting after 6 (see Missionary Handbook) we had a combined zone activity with the Canoga Park zone. We had pizza followed by watching Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (2005). If that sounded like a carbon copy of last year for Halloween, I’m glad somebody was paying attention!

Tuesday was once again weekly planning. We thankfully finished it with not too much time left over. I always fear that it will take too much time, but it was okay. Afterwards we taught a lesson to a less active guy and did knockout early so we could have dinner early so we could go tech a bunch of appointments. Sadly a lot of those fell flat.

Wednesdays we do service at this weird Hispanic church. We gave out food to the homeless people that come for a sermon and then get food afterwards. On Wednesday I got a flat tire. After patching it with Elder Smith’s patch kit, we took it out for a spin and found out that his patch kit was a piece of junk. We were on foot until Friday when we managed to get a good patch kit and a second inner-tube. Wednesday was ward visits, which our ward does to try to get more home teaching done.

On Thursday we had an awesome zone training meeting about having the faith to reap. Elder Smith and I did a musical number of Because I Have Been Given Much. Afterwards we had Knockout and went to a lesson with an investigator. He wasn’t home and after having been reminded of the fact that we needed to “open your mouths” (see Doctrine and Covenants) we did so and ended up having a bash for nearly 2 hours before it was time to go home and get something to eat before nightly planning. Ugh!

Friday after getting the bike repaired we set out to work. We made a lot of visits which was of no success. Saturday was a bit of the same story.

Church on Sunday was fantastic. It was fast Sunday. We had an awesome lesson in Elders Quorum on home teaching based on Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s recent talk in General Conference (see http://gc.lds.org). Throughout the day I thought I was experiencing some sort of fasting like pains, but my biggest fears came as this morning I awoke to what I thought the pains actually were–a cold.