WELL THIS WAS ONE OF THE CRAZIEST WEEKS OF THIS WHOLE MISSION!
Doubling in is super hard. I have literally not been not stressed all week. I'm on the verge of strangling everyone that doesn't take care of the area book. There's like two to three copies of every teaching record in formers and literally two months missing from the progress records. I burned through like 10 sheets of hole protector stickers. Also for some reason there's always stuff in the area book that has no business being there like sheets from old training that happened in 2010. Sorry but I didn't realize preach my gospel listed "old trainings from 2010" as a necessary item to be filed under "potential investigators"
This probably sounds like alien language. Basically our book that's supposed to be really nice is really ratchet instead. One of the teaching records is so mean. It's just like bagging on the investigator and at the end it says in big letters "CATMUL IS A GAYTARD" So I guess there was an Elder called Elder Catmul and apparently they got immature one day and wrote that in pen in the area book. Sad because PMG says we will be accountable to the lord for what we put in the area book. Somebody is going to have to explain that.
The ward is really awesome. We met almost everyone in ward council. Our ward mission leader, Brother Armstrong, is SO AMAZING!! He's just really cool and really on fire. He was filling us in on who all of our investigators and recent converts are and he was like "we have these investigators" and "a lot of our investigators are getting ready for baptism." He's so enthusiastic. Also everyone loves us I think. Like I've felt nothing but love. We had an investigator at church and also we have an appointment tomorrow with a member present. Apparently in this ward ALL of our lessons are with a member present. Basically this ward is just the most amazing place ever. Newport Beach Zone #promisedland Also when I was a temple tour sister there was this Stake guy that I always saw and I was always like "oh man this guy is so cool I want to serve in NB so I can be friends with him." Guess what? HE'S IN MY WARD AND HE REMEMBERED WHO I AM!!!
Since we're the only missionaries in the ward they said we can participate in young men's because "you're this ward's missionaries and those boys need the exposure. They need to being seeing the tags."
We had dinner with our recent convert, Guiti, and she is SO SWEET! She's like the cutest sweetest lady ever. She's been a member for about a year so she can come to the temple soon.
I did forget how cold it is in Irvine compared to Mission Viejo.
Sister Call is flipping amazing. She's super obedient and a really hard worker. She is working me to death. I might literally actually die. We need to slow down by 10% as per adjusting to missionary life. How do you quantify that? She's also just a really strong sister. We have a lot of the same things that we struggle with and that we've been trying to learn. She's also so so humble and patient with her super cranky prideful companion. She's a lifesaver.
I secretly kinda feel like I'm going to one and done it in this ward. I hope not because I want to be in this ward for the rest of my mission. So I'm definitely not going to.
This week was basically really good. I've also felt myself be strengthened to be able to be really outgoing and personable. I'm usually kind of outgoing and personable, but I've gotten over almost all of my anxiety. It said that would happen in my blessing when I got set apart. I'm not even afraid of talking on the phone anymore. It's a miracle. Heavenly Father is so good to me. He is even really patient when I'm stressed out. I'm so thankful.
Here's not many quotes because I was like 5 days behind on my journal and my brain was jelly:
"Dear Diary, today Sister Atchley scooted up to me on her buns and gave me a book." -Elder Radeke
"You look like your mom's attractive." -Elder Kennedy (to Elder Mueller)
"How did you make this?" -Elder Kennedy
"I painted it." -me
"you PAINTED this!?" -Elder Kennedy
"I never considered that you could answer the doorbell at Target." -Sister Baker
"You guys aren't awkward like most Sisters." -Elder Sawej
"That guy was not adjusting your insurance he was trying to clone you. He has your dna." -me
"AND HE HAS A PICTURE OF ME!" -Sister Call
"It'll put fumes in our smoothies!" -Sister Call
"There are 6 missionaries in the zone representing Texas. Just saying." -Elder Mills
"I'm from Oklahoma. It's right above Texas. Where the humility is." -Elder Tree
"There were iguanas infesting his pool so he got out his pellet gun and spent Christmas obliterating iguanas." -Elder Boggess
"Oh well pick a Christlike Attribute anyway." -Elder Bowen
"Christlike attribute: Submissiveness to Christlike attributes." -Elder Boggess
"I really appreciate jogging right now. A sentence I never thought I'd say." -me
I forced Sister Call to go jogging with me. I was really stressed.
read 3Nephi27 and look for where it talks about the doctrine of Christ.
P.S. Sister Baker went home and I'm so so sad. I don't know how to be a missionary without Sister Baker. It's hard. Where are my inside jokes?
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