Monday, October 27, 2014

So Apparently, Tonini sounds...Samoan?

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone had a good week. I know I did, despite the rain that will probably stay for the next couple of months!

Monday after emailing we went and played some basketball at the stake center and did some shopping at Walmart (my first time being in a Walmart in 5 months)! On the way home, we got caught in a super intense brief storm that produced a pretty intense rainbow!

Tuesday was pretty uneventful. It was my 5 month mark! The other Elders had to get some food coloring for an object lesson so we took them around for a little. We had a great lesson with Charlotte in the afternoon! We finished watching the Women's Conference with her and man, I took a lot out of it! After our lesson, we had to run a quick errand for the Bishop before heading up to Harrisburg for dinner with him! We had our Book of Mormon class that night and as we pulled into the church parking lot, we saw three kids on their bikes just chilling like villains. One of them turned out to be a member and he got his two friends into the class towards the end of the hour! It was interesting trying to go from teaching the Book of Mormon class to cent converts to kids that have had very little interaction with the Book of Mormon.

If there was one word to describe Wednesday, it would have to be miserable. It was a torrential downpour all afternoon. The morning wasn't too bad and we were able to post some flyers for the Trunk or Treat around town. After lunch, we headed to the church to pinpoint what potential investigators we were going to try and see. We walk outside and it's just pouring. Bummer. We saw a potential and we got a solid return appointment for this week.

Thursday we had weekly planning in the morning. After lunch we went to the Junction City Local Aid for an orientation of sorts. We have been trying to find opportunities to do service and this seemed like a good place, until we met the manager! She didn't want us to wear our name tags in public so we are going to help sort stuff on Thursday nights. We did Gleaners in the afternoon up in Harrisburg before heading back to Junction. I ended my night with Elder Bassett (he is feeling under the weather) while Elder Cook and Elder Enman taught a young family.

Friday we had district meeting in the morning before doing exchanges with the zone leaders. I went to Santa Clara with Elder Walton. We had a pretty busy day in the rain! We tried to see an investigator but he wasn't home so we went and saw a guy named Ed and shared a message about praying always. We then went and saw Chris, a guy who had dropped the elders previously but wanted to meet with us again after realizing he had some misconceptions about Joseph Smith. We watched the first half of the Restoration video with him and he enjoyed it. We wrapped up our night doing an iPad check and setting up appointments with some members.

Saturday we got permission to go play football with some members and nonmembers for a little bit! I scored the only two touchdowns haha! We tried seeing some other investigators and less actives Elder Walton had but they weren't available. We switched during lunch and tried more potentials before dinner with a recent convert family who took us out to eat. On the way to the pizza place, we saw a guy on a fence....on a freeway...about to jump. Oh man the freeway was shut down and everything! Pretty insane! We had basketball in the evening and we had a couple of people show up!

Sunday was the first time I hadn't had to go to ward council in five months! We got to church about 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the sacrament and the primary program! It was a good day at church! Afterwards Elder Cook and I traveled with Brother Thorenson to see Renee in the hospital. While we were there, we decided to see another member who was in the hospital. The member is 16 and his parents were there. I hadn't met the Goodman's prior to Sunday and when we got up to leave, they said that when they first heard the name Tonini, they thought it was Samoan... Huh? Haha it was pretty funny. We ended the night with the Rose's celebrating Elder Enmans birthday!

I love you all! You have been such an inspiration to me all my life (or for some of it!) and I thank you for everything. I know this church is true and that we have a living prophet on the earth today. Have a great week!

Elder Tonini

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