Monday, June 13, 2016

Week 29 - H2

Hi Family,
So this week was a crazy one!! We had Hugo with us for most of the week, making it feel like it was super productive. It was super productive actually. All of our 'other lessons' were turned into 'Member present lessons' because we had him -haha It was so fun!!  Having Hugo here made me want to work harder and be a better example to all of the guys younger than me that might be considering serving a mission. Throughout the week I had a bunch of opportunities to work with Hugo and "train" him on how to be a full-time missionary. I hope I get to train at some point on my mission!! He had so many questions about the rules and why we can't go swimming and a whole myriad of other silly questions. We had a fun time teaching him that we follow all of the rules even if we cannot always understand them completely. We follow them because we know that we will be protected and blessed if we do. Obedience is a huge part of our life on Earth. We have been given agency and have the freedom to do whatever we want. I just wish everyone knew how it felt to be obedient.

   This week was packed with lessons and various hurdles put in our way. Last Sunday it rained super hard for a while, making it impossible for us to bike and effectively use our time to teach people. So what we did was bunker down and read the missionary handbook with Hugo. It was fun and we learned a whole bunch. Hugo had a hard time with some of the rules, but we helped him to understand by sharing personal experiences with him. Then on Monday we woke up and had our studies. Hugo fell asleep for most of our personal study hour... After that we finished all the rest of our studies and went to email. At the library Hugo fell asleep because he did not want to email. One of the librarians yelled at him and it was hilarious. Apparently sleeping in the library is prohibited, something about homeless freeloaders, who knows. The rest of Pday was pretty uninteresting.   On Tuesday morning after studies Elder Spjute noticed that he had a flat tire, so we delayed getting out and Spjute put a patch on his tube. As soon as he was good to go we prayed and were about to leave when I noticed that I had a flat. Elder Spjute had just used our last patch so we looked through our "bike tool/English stuff" closet to see if we could find any more patches. We found one cruddy looking little sticker patch and I slapped it on good ol' Skeletor (my bike). It seemed to be holding pretty well so we rode the two miles to the chapel so Elder Spjute could do My plan. Stuff for dying missionaries (aka missionaries about to go home at the end of their 18 or 24 month service). When we left the chapel, MY TIRE WAS FLAT AGAIN!!! So sad. ugh. so we walked our bikes home in the dreadful heat. Got home and borrowed the car to go to wally world to get a new tube. haha Then we taught the husband of Hermana P. She is a way nice older lady and she is in the hospital because she is really sick. Her husband is not a member and just recently moved here from Central America. We feel like he could get baptized pretty soon. Wednesday was pretty standard, nothing amazing happened I guess. On Thursday we had weekly planning and Hugo slept for 3 out of 4 hours of that. Haha, that kid could sleep anywhere. 

On Friday we had a big mission conference and Elder Foster of the Seventy came and talked to us. He did a big Q and A session that was pretty cool. Three questions stuck out to me. 
1. Where is Kolob?
2. What is the temperature of translated beings?
3. Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?

These were anonymous questions and went unanswered :)

Hey, I fit comfortably into medium shirts... who knew?  And while it is on my mind, Elder Spjute is just like Andy, they are like the same guy! Super funny. 

We went to China Star with the Ward Mission Leader on Saturday and Sunday was pretty much normal.

I miss Hugo!

Love you all,
Elder Grimes
My 6 month burning of a tie!
Skeletor's flat tire.
If I am watching where I am going how the crud am I supposed to take awesome bike selfies??
The Peculiar Purple 'Eye' Man - of Porcupine Peak!
Bright Sun and clouds leaving China Star.

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