I don't think you are ready for this!
So Monday and Tuesday were pretty boring. We had pretty much done all of our classes and stuff so we just helped out our other district in their teaching stuff. We also took a lot of time to pack and clean so we could get ready for Oregon!
Wednesday I woke up at 5 and we headed down to the cafeteria for a small breakfast before going to the bus. We hopped onto the FrontRunner and took it to SLC, where we caught the Traks to the airport. There, we had like an hour and a half to kill so I made calls home (and Dad never picked up!!! Come on Pops!!) Anyway, as we were getting ready to board, we realized that we were missing two of our 11 sisters! Turns out they had gone to another terminal and were just making phone calls. They just caught the plane. Very scary moment! Plane ride went smooth and we landed in Eugene without incident. There we met President Young and Sister Young and the two AP's. We loaded up a trailer and traveled to the stake center in Eugene, where the trainers sang and did some recitations. We had a pulled pork lunch before we started receiving some training and having interviews with President. After the interviews, we got our iPads! We are a Facebook mission so we can be on Facebook! Pretty sweet! But don't try to contact me on there! I cannot respond back! Anyways, Elder Flora was chosen to be my trainer in the Philomath area. He is from Idaho and has some offers to play basketball. He's a pretty fun guy to be around! We headed up to Philomath and got some food before falling asleep.
Thursday was interesting. I got yelled at! Some guy asked us if we were Jehovah's Witnesses and we told him we were Mormons. The moment we said that, he started yelling at us about grace and how we don't have to do anything to be saved. He needs to read Brad Wilcox's talk on grace! Anyways, we went tracting and we stumbled into a less active! He isn't ready to come back to church (that is what he told us) but is thinking about it. He didn't want to be taught but when we asked if we could leave him with a prayer and asked if he needed us to pray for something, he did. Turns out, his nephew in Brownsville, Texas, had gone into the hospital that morning for heart surgery and it wasn't looking good. Pretty small miracle!
Friday we had Zone Training Meeting all morning and tried to tract but we didn't have anything go. We actually had a guy stop us while he was driving and wanted us to stop by! We invited him to church but he didn't come.
Saturday was good and bad. We had a high schooler yell very obscene things at us and someone stuck chewed gum on our windshield. We talked to two recent converts, Charley and Robin. We had a good lesson with Charley and we were starting to talk to Robin about his conversion story before he got distracted!
Sunday we had meetings all morning and I learned very quickly what it meant to be a missionary! I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting! No rest for the weary! We had a good gospel principles class about tithing and some investigators and less actives asked some really good questions. After church we had lunch with a family in the ward before going and talking to Robin and Dave Y****, a less active who came to church and is trying to get home to Alaska. The cool part was that I felt prompted to ask Robin, who was baptized in November, if he was preparing himself for the temple. As it turned out, he had a lot of questions that we were able to write down and study up on so we can start preparing him for that!
Mom asked me some questions so I will try to answer them real quick.
- Haven't ridden my bike. We put it together but the town is small enough to walk most places and we have a car.
- The weather is nice but can get a little hot!
- Elder Flora is awesome! We have already had a lot of fun times together, from him doing nasal cleansing to him losing it because TiWi (our car's voice that tells him what to do) said he went 80 in a twenty! That was super fun! :) (He didn't by the way. We weren't even in the area it said we were and it's impossible to do so!)
- Church was awesome! Lots of good people!
- The apartment is small and its ok I guess! It's in an ok part of town I guess!
- It's small population-wise but a lot of people live in the hills!
- They are either super friendly, friendly, or really rude
- We have a small teaching pool... We are trying are hardest to make it expand!