Welp, I prayed for some help to overcome my pride this week... and I am considering not doing that ever again. I got a bajillion opportunities to see a situation where I could be way proud and then recognize it before hand, but it is still way tough and really annoying sometimes. BECAREFULWHATYOUWISHFOR.
Congrats for everyone at home. Snow, College, money, jobs, etc. Highscore.
I am still way happy. Obviously like anything else it has it's peaks and valleys, but the valleys are still pretty high up there so I am not complaining.
In this area that I am in one thing that we are doing that is something way basic that everyone does all over the world is just work with the members. That has been pretty rewarding because the local leadership hated us when we got here and now they just look at me and burst out laughing (that freaks me out) and help us out a ton (that makes me happy). Every single person we are teaching either lives with or is best friends of members of the church, so that helps. We are going to baptize a lady and her son where the husband/father is a returned missionary. Probably the easiest thing I have ever done.
Also I asked the members to help me update the ward member list and find out who moved and who is living here and who has died already and they got it mostly done in 1 day. about 66% of the members on the list don't live here anymore. Big surprise considering there are 400 on the list and 70 going to church. And now we have a lot of families who expressed desire to be helped in various ways who we can help and we are going to be way busy until I go home. So that is good. Now I just have to let myself work with these people and not think about anything else, which will be way easier now that I know who they are.
So yeah the members are cool. I am buddies with this dude named renato who is like this little hilarious black dude right out of the 70's who has the SICKEST ties I have ever seen. He got them all in thrift shops and they are legit. I am going to see if I can't buy some of them. He just sits around playing video games all day too so he has plenty of time to help us. Good times.
M. Russel Ballard will talk to our mission tommorrow. That should be cool.
Welp. I am out of ideas.