Monday, November 24, 2014

So I hit my six month mark!

Hey ya'll!

So this was a busy and crazy week, adjusting to a new area and a new companion! We had a lot of stuff go on! Ya'll ready for this?!

Monday was transfer day. We were up at 6 and out the door at 7 to head down to the 18th St. building so I could get on a van to go down south. We were on the van for a long time (2-3 hours) and we ended up driving through my new area, just like last transfer! When we got to the transfer spot in Medford, there were actually a ton of missionaries that I actually recognized and knew! Elder Peas, a senior missionary, took my stuff back to Central Point and it turns out, he did a lot of work in North Dakota! After we unloaded my things, we went grocery shopping at Wal-Mart and then headed to the stake center to email. After dinner we tried to see a couple of potential investigators that we have but no one answered the door.

Tuesday we walked down to the temple to go help with the grounds!
On the way there, the ZL's texted us and told us that Elder Galloway had district leader training so that delayed us doing service for a little bit. We pulled out a bush and worked on getting all these annoying little plants out so the grounds crew could plant some new plants. On the way back to our apartment, we had two appointments cancel so I took the time to unpack all my stuff before heading out. We tried to contact people up until dinner but we didn't quite see the people we wanted to. We did stumble on a member of the ward who is less-active while looking for an investigator! After dinner we had a couple of lessons set up with members so we could really get to know the ward. We had a blast with the Cop***'s, talking about the gospel and other things! We shared the "You Never Know" video and they really enjoyed it. We then ended our night with the Day family. We had a missionary-specific lesson set up for them and we had some awesome discussions about missionary work as a member and other things!

Wednesday we got on the bikes and biked to the east side of our area to try to set up appointments with some potential investigators. Unfortunately, they either were not interested or had moved out and not interested haha! We then biked over to a neighborhood closer to our apartment and tried seeing some members to set up a family home evening with them but they were not home either! It is almost as if people work during the day haha! :) After lunch we went on foot to the west side of our area. On our way there, we walked past a group of high schoolers and one of them looked at my bag (which I had strapped around my waist to help my back) and said "nice fanny pack!", thinking that he would get a reaction or something I don't know! I just laughed and said thanks! We then talked to an investigator who said she was too busy at the moment for missionaries to come by. Bummer! As we were heading to our appointment with a guy named Jay, the sisters pulled up and gave us a referral! Our lesson with Jay went well! He is a big dude covered in tattoos but he is an awesome guy! He had some big dogs too! We read some scriptures with him and invited him to the baptism the sisters were having on Saturday but his kids have a wrestling tournament that whole weekend. After we taught Jay, we went to the Twin Creeks neighborhood to see some members and set up FHE's with them. We had dinner with an older couple who were actually engaged when the husband was called to serve a mission! I thought that was pretty cool! After dinner, Brother Ped*** drove us to another member's house who let us in but had to get going to Mutual. We had an appointment with a couple in the ward in an hour so we went and street contacted on the way to their home. We walked past a basketball court and there was a guy shooting a basketball in the light drizzle. We talked to him and shot hoops with him for a couple of minutes. Although he wasn't interested in our message, we hope that we nourished a seed that was already planted by missionaries he had met before! The family home evening we had with the Goe*** family was awesome! Brother Goe*** was going to the temple for the first time Thursday and so we were able to talk to him and Sister Goe*** about their conversions!

Thursday we had weekly planning so that took up our morning. We had an appointment set up with a member to come over and introduce ourselves to him so we hopped on the bikes and biked over to his home. Brother Skin*** was pretty cool! He served in the Vietnam War! Anyways, on our way back, I noticed my pedal wasn't rotating as it should have. It got worse as we got closer to the freeway and I noticed that the pedal was stripping the crank bar! I was praying the whole time that my pedal would stay in long enough to get over the freeway and we were about less than a block away when it finally popped off. Luckily, we have an investigator who works on bikes and has fixed Elder Galloway's bike before for cheap so we are taking that to him on Saturday. We left our bikes at the apartment and walked over to see Dana. We watched President Eyring's talk at the Vatican Summit and talked about how the world is changing according to the wishes of the people and not the Lord. We went back to the apartment and got changed into our suits for preparation for stake correlation. The stake president shared a pretty cool story about his mission in Scotland and we talked about the work in the Central Point zone/stake. When Elder Galloway and I walked out, the member who was going to the temple with the 
Goe***  and had to cancel dinner was standing there with a pizza and some root beer! We did a dry run for the baptism on Saturday and it is going to be interesting to see how it works out! Nikki, the sister who is getting dunked, has severe MS and so we are having to take a lot of precautions and safety measures to ensure her safety. Elder Galloway was supposed to interview her at 7 but she could not make it so we had correlation to finish our night.

Friday I hit my six month mark! Holy cow the time has flown by. We had district meeting in the morning and it was Elder Galloway's first ever district meeting as a district leader and he knocked it out of the park! We talked a lot about how we could work better with the members and also the ward councils. We went to Sonic for lunch! Oh I was SO excited! We have the only Sonic in our mission if I remember correctly! After lunch we came back to the apartment and I burned an old tie that I found in a closet here in Central Point. It didn't burn very well though but that is ok! I still burned a tie at my six month mark! After the burning of the tie, we went to Nikki's home for her baptismal interview. She had quite the collection of country music, especially George Strait! Afterwards, Elder Peas needed help moving a couch from a widowed sister's home. It took a little longer than we expected (we had to take the door and the legs off) and so it took us right to dinner. While we were there, we got a call from an officer saying that there were shots fired at the apartment complex across the street and was asking if we could check for bullet holes in our apartment! Apparently some lady got into a fight with her boyfriend and tried killing herself... she missed herself five times! Luckily, we did not have any bullet holes in our apartment. Dinner took longer than expected so we only had a short window at the end of the night to go try talk to people. It got really rainy so we took shelter for a couple of minutes at the Abby's pizza town. We have an investigator that we normally see Friday's but we couldn't see him.

Saturday was pretty dang awesome. We went to the Calvary Temple Church food pantry and helped deliver the food to the people's cars. It was awesome hearing the members of this church telling us how much they appreciate us helping them out! While we were there, Elder Peas called and asked us to help move another couch from the sister's home. We did it much faster than we did the other night and then had lunch with Adam B. He got reactivated a while ago and is now looking to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood! We shared D&C 84 with him, a couple chapters in the Gospel Principles book, and a Mormon Message! He got super pumped up to progress in the Church!! We walked back to our apartment and got dressed for Nikki's baptism! We had a light dinner with the Sta***'s and while we were there, Brother Sta*** asked his neighbor, who fixes bikes for St. Vincent de Pauls, if he could fix my bike and he said yes! We had to leave early to get to Medford because the font is bigger and better there so we arrived at the stake center at 5:30 and we were one of the first ones. Elder Galloway and I got dressed and man I was getting nervous! This was my first time being in the font for a baptism! Nikki showed up and she got dressed in no time for pictures. We had meticulously planned out how the baptism was going to go, especially with getting her in the font. Well, I witnessed a miracle. Not only did she walk into the font, she walked out of the font (with help, but we were planning on carrying her up and down the stairs). In the font, she had this big smile on her face and I knew she was feeling the Spirit. She is such a sweet spirit. The Bishop was talking about how she was able to walk and be able to be baptized and she said something I will probably never forget. She looked up and said "Yes, I did it. I believe!". It was a brief testimony but to hear her say that with everything that the MS is doing to her body was powerful. We came to Central Point and went to a fireside that was being held at our church building. A young man named Luis Be*** was talking about his experiences growing up in Africa and watching his mom, dad, and older brother all die. His brother was preparing to serve a mission and that made Luis curious. He got baptized and his brother served until he got sick and ended up passing away. It was amazing to hear his story and his faith in the gospel. He had gone through so much yet was adopted by a LDS family in Arizona, went to BYU (and I swear I had him in a class or saw him at the Y) and even went on a mission to the California Ventura Mission (he said it was paradise and the Riverside mission was close to paradise!). It was an amazing opportunity to hear from him.

Sunday morning Brother Sta*** came to our place and picked up us and our bikes to get them to his neighbor who fixes bikes. It looked as though I was going to get out of this without paying a penny but the crank bar he had didn't fit on my bike. We had lunch and had some time to get ready for church. When we got to the church, we greeted people at the door. When we got the programs to hand out, I looked at it and saw that they had misspelled my name, spelling it with an O at the end instead of an I! To make it worse, the Bishop pronounced my name the way it was spelled in the program over the pulpit! It was Invitation Sunday so all the missionaries got to speak. I spoke about faith and I thought it was a pretty good talk! After three hours of hearing the gospel and trying to help people pronounce my last name, church ended and we went back to the apartment. We walked pretty much the rest of the day. We tried to see one of our progressing investigators but he wasn't home but we were able to catch another one of our investigators and taught them a little bit about prayer and man it was a good time for it! They had just lost a friend and needed prayers and comfort so we were able to help them out.

It has been a great first week here in the Central Point 2nd Ward! I am so grateful to be here! I love being on a mission soo much! It is blessing my life immensely and I hope I am a blessing to the members and the bishopric! I know that this church is true! My Savior and Redeemer lives! There is no doubt!

Love you all! Hope you have a fantastic week!

Elder Tonini

Monday, November 17, 2014

Here comes the cold!

Hey everyone!

So this was a very interesting week!

Monday after we emailed we went to the mall so Elder Bassett and Elder Cook could get some things they needed. While we were there, we met Santa! He is a member in a ward down south and was in one of Elder Cook's old wards. We went into JC Penny and they had their clearance tie section so I was looking through that and I found a $30 tie that was marked down to four bucks! I was doubtful, however, and asked the lady at the check-out if she could check the price on the tie. As it turns out, the tie was actually $2.49! SWEET! After the mall we went to the stake center to play sports with the other elders in the zone. We started off playing basketball and then we played some dodgeball! Man, I have not thrown that much in a long time! We came back to Junction City for dinner with the Fr*** and we ended up teaching a short lesson out of Preach My Gospel! They were super pumped up to do missionary work after the stake conference we had this weekend and wanted to learn more about how to introduce the gospel to those they meet!

Tuesday was Veterans Day. I want to take a quick second to thank all those who have served our country! I am so proud to have the grandparents that I have who were both in the military and I thank them especially for their service. It was super cold all day and sunny, which made for an absolutely beautiful day! Unfortunately we did not have much go for us early in the day but we had the opportunity to help a less active member named Cami start her move to St. George, Utah. Her father came up from St. George to help her with the move and we connected pretty well. I ended up bragging to him about my awesome siblings as I helped him organize the truck! I also ended up taking a bed apart by myself! One hand holding the headboard and the other hand unscrewing screws out of the bed posts! It was a great workout to say the least haha! After dinner with the Hi*** we went and saw Dotti to see how she was doing. Knowing that she has had a rough couple of weeks, we shared with her a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland about enduring to the end and she really enjoyed it!

Wednesday we got into service clothes to go over to Cami's at 10 to help her continue her move. We got there at 10 and they were basically already done so we went to the church and did Facebook for a little bit before lunch. We had a lesson with Charlotte scheduled for early in the afternoon but something came up and she couldn't meet with us. We decided to go share a Mormon message with Bob and Margret before we got ready to go to Camp Alpine for the rest of the day. Elder Tucker came and picked us up around 2:30 and took us up there. Upon arrival at Camp Alpine, Elder Cook and I decided we were going to go around with Elder Tolman and get some wood that they had cut up around the property. The first load was pretty easy; pretty level ground and the wood was relatively light. The second load, however, was tough! The load was next to the lake down a small hillside. With me being the biggest and having the shoes with better grip, I decided to go down and haul/throw the wood up. It was probably the toughest workout I have had on my mission haha! I was battling the mud and the incline as I was throwing up stumps of wood to Elder Cook and then he had to deal with hauling the wood through the mud. During this, I was trying to throw up another stump when I lost my balance. I fell forward but the incline threw me down the hill and onto the other stumps. Luckily, I was only battered and I didn't hit anything important on the wood! We wrapped up the second load and got it unloaded before doing a third load near the other elders. We split wood using the splitter and I got to split some wood with an axe before dinner, which consisted of Hawaiian haystacks! We got back into Junction City at the end of the evening and we tried to go see Dotti again but she was passed out! After all that work at Camp Alpine, I was sore and extremely tired and promptly fell asleep after planning!

Thursday was my first taste of the cold rainy weather of Oregon! We had weekly planning in the morning. As we were doing our weekly planning, the potential investigator that we had a lesson planned with for today canceled because her and her family were sick. We decided after lunch to go see Brother Thorenson and share a lesson with him. While we were there, we had ANOTHER lesson cancel on us. Bummer! So after Brother Thor***'s, us and the other Elders went up to Harrisburg to search out the less actives and also try to see some of the people that other missionaries had visited with in the past. The couple of people we tried to go see before helping out with Gle*** either had a bad address listed or just weren't home. We did our service at Gle*** before dinner.

Friday we had district meeting in the morning. We talked about how to get the members more involved in missionary work. After district meeting, we had a pizza party because our whole zone got the mileage reports turned in on time!

After we stuffed ourselves with pizza, we got dressed in service clothes to go clean a house. This house wasn't just any old house however. It was a hoarder house!! There were newspapers and other things EVERYWHERE at least 4 inches deep. It took a crew of about 13 elders 15 minutes before we could even see carpet. There were a lot of things that we saw that I am not going to include in the email is disturbing. You really don't want to know!

Afterwards, we helped Elder Bassett do his last exchange with the 3rd ward Elders and headed back up to Junction City for a much needed shower! We had an excellent dinner at Abby's, a pizza chain that is pretty popular apparently in Oregon. With most of our lessons bailing and Friday night being the night when leadership positions are called, we decided to take an invitation to go play dodge ball at the River Road building to be able to get an inside scoop on who is leaving and who is staying. By the end of dodge ball, two of the district leaders were called to be zone leaders in Springfield and Klamath Falls (one being Elder Bassett!) Elder Cook and I did not receive a call from President Russell or the AP's so we had to wait until Saturday!

Saturday we headed down to Santa Clara to exchange Elder Watson back for Elder Bassett and to go to a baptism that the 6th ward Elders were having. After the the baptism, almost the whole zone was in the Young Women's room to see who was being transferred. The Junction City Elders were the last two sets of missionaries and with us knowing Elder Enman was staying and Elder Bassett was leaving, it came down to me and Elder Cook. I was then told I was going down to Central Point 2nd ward with Elder Galloway, who actually went to the same high school as Elder West! This is my first six-week hitch of my mission! After we found out where everyone was going, we went back to Junction City and got some stuff Elder Bassett and I needed for the weekend. We had a great lesson with Charlotte at 3 o'clock! We went over the chapters she read and shared a Mormon Message about praying to know what path we should take. I got to bear my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the importance of prayer! We saw a couple families in the ward before dinner and then we were invited for a volleyball night at the church. Since we normally did basketball, we agreed and played some volleyball with some of the ward members to end the night.

Sunday all we pretty much did was pack. We had a couple families to go see and had an opportunity to give a blessing. Other than, I have nothing else to report!

I am in the transfer van right now. It is awesome having iPads on the mission because I get to read emails and letters in the van. I am grateful for this wonderful thing called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Atonement and that we are being prepared everyday, if we do the right things, to live with our Heavenly Father.

I love all of you! Have a great week and I will talk to you next Monday!

Elder Tonini

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Facebook Post: #KeepTheFaith

When Joseph Smith was imprisoned in Liberty Jail, he asked Heavenly Father how much longer he and the Saints had to suffer. In response, Heavenly Father said "my son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment" (D&C 121:7). We all go through trials in our lives but as we endure to the end and keep pushing forward, we will be blessed. Maybe not now or tomorrow or even next year, but there is "help and happiness ahead" as we endure our trials with faith!
‪#‎keepthefaith‬ ‪#‎endure2theend‬

Monday, November 10, 2014

Where had the time gone?!?

Hey all!

So yeah this week was a decent week. We didn't have too many lessons unfortunately but we have a lot of good potential for the following week! You ready? Leggo!

Monday after emailing we did our usual grocery shopping and playing basketball at the stake center. We didn't do much that evening because of the late dinner we had with a family in the ward! The other Elders had taken the car to go run some errands and it took longer than expected so we were a couple minutes late. The greatest thing about Monday was I came home and I saw two packages on our doorstep! It was a box from Aunt Sheryl and a box of cookies from Mom and Dad! And I got a letter from Grandma! So it was a pretty great day!

Tuesday we had our normal studies before heading down to Santa Clara for our zone training meeting and specialized training with President and Sister Russell and the AP's. Before the ZTM, Elder Cook and I ordered some new nametags and then we went to Goodyear for an oil change and tire rotation. At the ZTM, we had a couple of lessons from the zone leaders and Sister training leaders before hearing from Elder Argyle and Sister Russell. I really enjoyed the message the zone leaders shared with us about building a celestial area and how we as missionaries can do that. We then heard from President Russell and he went into so much depth about the Plan of Salvation that my head almost exploded. It was insanely awesome! He also challenged us to stretch ourselves and set a new standards of excellence for the mission. Elder Bassett and Enman did an exchange with the Santa Clara 3rd ward elders and Elder Fernilius. We had an appointment set up with Charlotte but she canceled so we tried to see people to end our night.

Wednesday after studies we set out for the church to work on a Facebook post for both of us. On our way to the church, we found a drainage ditch that had some water in it that Elder Cook eventually used as part of his post about sin and the Atonement. As we were taking pictures, we had more flyovers by military jets! It has been crazy how many planes we have had flying over the past couple of weeks. After we did our posts, we saw Bob and Margret and Elder Cook and I had the opportunity to bear our testimonies of the Savior. We walked back to our apartment and got changed for Camp Alpine. Elder Cook and I threw wood onto a trailer and stacked some wood in a wood shed. There might be a time lapse video included later! We had dinner with the senior couples and we learned about how the temples used to work back in the day, like how you had to get a temple recommend for EACH temple and such! It was pretty enlightening!

Thursday we had weekly planning in the morning and spent our afternoon trying to see some potentials before we headed up to Gle***. Gle*** took a lot longer than expected because they had their monthly meeting that took FOREVER so we were only there helping for less than 30 minutes. We didn't have much going on for us that day... a lot of appointments fell through...again.

Friday we had a great day of going through our potential and formers list planned out.... annnnddd it didn't happen. We went to the church to plot out where people lived and we realized several things while we were doing this;

1. Multiple people live 30 minutes or more away from us
2. A couple of addresses were bad
3. The map function on our AreaBook app can't plot addresses very well

So because of the three reasons above, we didn't do much finding. We helped out Brother Thor*** at the church for a little bit and super glued Elder Cooks shoes back together (his dad is sending him a new pair; his sole on one shoe isn't connected to the rest of the shoe). After dinner, the other Elders picked us up with sad looks on their faces. Upon inquiry, they told us Roscoe had received anti-Mormon stuff from a friend of his... The good news is that it just made him more determined to come closer to Heavenly Father so that's awesome.

Saturday we got dressed in service clothes in anticipation of a move that was happening at 9 a.m. We showed up at 9 and, along with 15 Boy Scouts and other members, got the whole truck unloaded by 9:20. The heaviest items they had were the washer and drier (no pianos!). We went to the church to help clean but it was decided by the members to do a quick clean of the building since we had stake conference over the weekend. The four of us then decided to take some time and scrape moss off the concrete near the Relief Society room. Elder Cook and I finally got to see Dotti around lunchtime! After lunch we got dressed and freshened up for the pre-adult session social that was happening at the Danebo building. We had a great adult session of stake conference! President Todd Knapp talked about the stake's focus on missionary work and what more can we do to become like Christ. The other members of the stake presidency gave excellent presentations (just like Dad will this coming weekend if I am correct!). It's been an awesome experience not being distracted by cell phones or social media at church meetings because I stay awake and am more attentive!

Sunday we were on the road at 8:30 with Brother Thor*** so he could help with the parking. To save miles and to get a good parking spot, we left the car at the stake center overnight when we showed up for the adult session. The session started at 10 and it was pretty awesome! We heard from President Knapp and had a musical number before turning the lights off for a broadcast from Salt Lake City. Elder KentF. Richards, Sister Jean A. Stevens, Elder Neil L. Anderson, and President Thomas S. Monson all spoke. They all shared things I know I needed to hear! The coolest talk (all the talks were amazing; I am talking about the coolest talk) was from Elder Anderson. He spent a couple of minutes talking about the World Series and Jeremy Guthrie, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals who pitched in Games 3 and 7. Before Game 7 of the World Series, Guthrie shared his experience as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Pretty awesome. In fact, he is an Oregonian native and his parents live in Ashland! After stake conference, we had a late lunch with the Ga***'s, who also invited Roscoe over for the meal. We watched "On the Lord's Errand" with them before our lesson with Charlotte. We also saw the Goo*** and Brother Thor*** to end the night.

I am so grateful for this gospel. It is an amazing feeling to be serving a mission right now. Yes I get doors slammed in my face. Yes I spend hours walking around. However, despite all the negatives, I get to testify of my Savior Jesus Christ on a daily basis and strengthen my testimony of the Book of Mormon and also the divine call of President Monson and the other General Authorities. I cannot believe that I am almost done with my fourth transfer and will hit my six month mark on the 21st of November! It is going by so fast. I am so grateful for the time I have to serve a mission and I hope I make the most of it!

I love y'all! Have a great week!

Elder Tonini

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Facebook Post: #BecauseOfHim

Sometimes life gets hard. For some, it might be getting through college to earn their degree. For others, it is to put food on the table. And then there are those who struggle with every aspect of life. Yet, in the darkness of trouble, there is a lighthouse who will show us the way. Jesus Christ is that lighthouse and as we put our trust in him and "walk as He walked", He will show us the way back to our loving Heavenly Father.#becauseofhim #firmfoundation

Monday, November 3, 2014

So, you are telling me that my wife will be hotter if I work hard as a missionary? Cool!

Hey everyone!

Holy cow it is already November!? Time is just flying by! It feels like yesterday I was in the MTC! Now I am approaching my six month mark fast!

Ready for my week? I hope so!

Monday after emailing we went to the Danebo stake center to play some jack o lantern kickball! It's like normal kickball, but you have to wear a pumpkin on your head. We lost though... I did have an awesome sliding catch though! :D we got a pizza party despite losing because we had the cleanest cars in the whole mission! The other Elders did an exchange with the 3rd ward Elders so we had Elder Fernilius for the night and the next day. We had an awesome time with the Fra*** at dinner! They are an awesome family:)

Tuesday we had a lesson with Charlotte. We decided to go over the restoration again by watching the first half of "Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the restoration". She really enjoyed it. However, we found out she wasn't doing her scripture studies so we left her another chapter to read in the Book of Mormon. We tried to see some less active members but they weren't available so we took the other Elders back to Santa Clara to exchange back. The Book of Mormon class is struggling at the moment but we are trying to expand our horizons and get more people to it! We then exchanged with Elder Bassett and Elder Enman for the next day. Elder Bassett came with me to my area!

Wednesday morning we went to the church to do a Facebook post and meet up

with the Zone Leaders to give them a HDMI cable for their iPads. Unfortunately at some point in the morning, I lost one of my name tags! Oops! I'm glad I can just order another one from the mission office! Anyways, we decided to focus on the extensive potentials list we had so we took off walking. We were walking down Prairie Rd when an F-18 flew over us only a couple thousand feet above us! It happened twice! We got to talk to some people along the way but for the most part the address we had were either wrong or we just didn't try hard enough! We did meet a woman who looked like a Stephen Tyler look-a-like! That was interesting!

Thursday we had lesson set up right after weekly planning with a potential named Natasha but she went out of town unexpectedly so that didn't happen. The member we were with offered us turkey soup and we said yes. We headed up to Harrisburg to visit less actives before heading over to Gle***. After Gle*** and dinner we headed up to the church to help set up for the Fall Festival!

Friday was Halloween! Before we went to district meeting in the morning, we had to swing by Walmart to pick up some stuff for district meeting and we saw someone getting arrested in the parking lot! After district meeting, the district leaders organized a costume contest to see who could have the best costume for under 5 dollars. I was going to go for a tacky tourist kind of deal (socks with flip flops, button shirt, etc.) but I went with Asian Tourist and got second place! And then nothing really happened because it was Halloween. We went to the Fall Festival at 7 for a few minutes before leaving to go home (we had to be in at 7 but we got special permission from President Russell).

Saturday we helped Brother Thor*** clean the church along with a member family. After that we had lunch and were walking over to the church when we remembered that a sister in the ward told us on Friday that a sister who lives near us needed a blessing. So on our way to the church for a lesson, we stopped and gave a blessing to the sister. After we had done that, we were about to keep going on our journey to the church when an older gentleman stopped us. He asked "who is Jesus Christ" and my first thought was "man, this guy might try to bash with us!" We told him that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and he responded that he hears a lot of stories about the church and wanted to know. He also asked us how many wives we were going to have (only one!) and then told us that he respected what we did as missionaries and the devotion we give. So that was pretty neat!:) We met with Charlotte at the church to finish watching the Restoration movie. She had read the chapter we had given her so we talked about the movie and gave her another chapter to read. Later that day we went and helped Cami, a less active, break down her daughters bed and vanity for their move to Utah. We had basketball that evening with Roscoe!

Sunday was fast and testimony meeting. We had an interesting testimony meeting to say the least! Apparently, the harder I work determines how hot my wife will be and that drugs are bad and should be voted against in the upcoming election. We had a huge turn out for gospel principles! After correlation, we had a lesson with Margret and we shared a Mormon Message about the hope of Gods light. That video has become one of my personal favorites! We had planned to go with the other Elders to a lesson with Roscoe at 6 but they never told Roscoe the time that the member was going to pick him up! Oops! So we talked to the Goodmans for a little bit before Elder Cook and I headed to Brother Thor***'s to share a message with him.

That was my week! I love you all so much and thank you for all your prayers and your love! I know this gospel is true! And to end this email, I am going to use hashtags to honor my companion! If you don't know what hashtags are, ask Corina, Carson, or any other young adult/teen!


I love yall! Have an awesome week!

Elder Tonini