First off, saw some great Theme photos - sounds like it was great dance! Thanks BBall team for carrying on the tradition - going as a group and heading bowling after... Those are FUN memories with some great life-long friends!!! Second, S/O to BHS bball team, way to go to BEAT Bingham in their house... they may have Football but we own BASKETBALL!!! Keep going strong and aim for another Region Title! You can do it!
Wow what a week!!!! Going to start off with the climate down here.... I don't understand it at all! One day it is really 115 and before I realize it is dumping rain and back down into the 60s.... But it only adds to the fun! :)
Alright I can't keep in this news any longer.... I played REAL Basketball for the first time today!! 3 v 3 at the church with another kid in our zone who played High school Bball and played AAU bball with the Extreme team and Zach Wertz!! Elder Watts :) I was definitely rusty at the beginning, haha, but by the end I was feeling better and able to jump a little bit still. It was such a relief for me! 6 months of build-up was released!! It felt good!
So we had interviews with our mission president this week which was so awesome! I really have learned a lot from him and more than anything he has such great insights both with the work and how he can help us young members of the church. It has been such a blessing to have him as my president and I know that he will have an impact on my life. He gave us the example of being above the line and how to do that we need to SEE IT, OWN IT, SOLVE IT, DO IT. That formula can be put to any problem or any weakness that we might have. I have thought about that a lot the past week and I'm going to use that for the rest of my life, I think! It is so simple yet really is how we can progress and become better.
Cool experience this week though (and it has nothing to do with leaving the house without certain articles of clothing or bugs... :) ) We received a reference from Elder El Bakri about a man that works at a clothes washing place that they drop their clothes off every Tuesday when they pass by and the guy seemed interested. So we went and we were able to find him at his house. Started talking a bit and we didn't even have to bring up the topic of the church or anything, he started telling us that what we are doing is a prophesy being fulfilled in these days with the Gospel being brought to all the Earth. He then said that lately he has had a desire to truly know how he can save his soul as well as the soul of his family. Well folks... It cant get any better than that!! He only had a few minutes so we just bore our testimonies of the truthfulness of this Gospel and of Christ and how we really can be saved through following him. He was so excited to be able to talk to us this next week when all of his family is in town!! We were doing divisions within our house so I was with Elder Nelson. We both felt so good! We understand that feeling comes from knowing that someone wants to come unto Christ and truly change their life. So excited to be able to work with them and I hope Mario keeps the desire to continue!
It really made me think about what Christ says in 3rd Nephi 13: 20 & 21. There are so many great things we can do in this life, but most important is to think about the treasures we can take with us to the next life. So many decisions, temptations, failures, but with our "eye single to the glory of God" we can pick ourselves up when we fall and know that through the Atonement of Christ that we just need to give everything we can and accept Him in our lives. I know that He lives and wants to help us. He already suffered the pains and sins of the world and only feels joy for us when we repent, change, and have the desire to follow His example. This Church is true and through our faithfulness to the covenants we make with God we can be saved and live with our family forever in His kingdom. Love and miss you all!! Hope everyone is doing well and have a great week!!!
p.s. We had splits a few times during the week and one time Elder El Bakri was able to come to "our house" - we celebrated by having pizza - Uruguayan style pizza that is. It was fun having him there.