Monday, June 22, 2015

The One Where I Went to the Special Olympics

Hey everyone!

Well, this was a good first week as zone leader in Medford!

Monday after shopping and some basketball, we had my first dinner in Medford with the Brum*** family. They are so awesome! One of our potential investigators, Cameron, was also at the dinner so that was pretty awesome. We then went and visited the ward mission leader, Brother Hazel***. I have a good feeling that we are going to get along pretty well hah! He has seen Three Amigos and went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner right before we came by!

On Tuesday we started off our morning doing some service at the Phoenix cemetery with the Phoenix and YSA missionaries. It was so much fun! I started off with a weed whacker but then I got to do some mowing! It was a great chance to do some service. After we did that, Elder Hinton and I came back and got cleaned up to go try and see some people but one of them was sick and no one was home so we decided to go tracting. We ran into some interesting people! One lady that we tracted into actually lived next to some missionaries in Portland so that was pretty cool. We dropped the van off at the apartment and got picked up at the church by a priest named Kellin for a lesson with Sister Mos***. She is an awesome lady! She actually lived in Spring, Texas so that was fun talking about Houston. We talked about patience and it went really well. Kellin dropped us off at the church and we walked to dinner with the Schm***'s. Brother Schm*** came with us to our lesson with Brent Robe*** in the Robe**'s home. We talked about Christ's life and when we got to the end of lesson, Michelle came in. She is on date to get baptized in July and she has had a CRAZY week. Anyways, we had some time to talk with her afterwards and set a time for Saturday. After we finished talking with her, Brother Robe*** took us to see Bishop Warr and I got to meet him for the first time. We then walked home and talked to the member who lives below us to finish up the night.

Wednesday morning we went over to the Brum***'s to knock out some cobwebs around their home. When we pulled up, Sister Cla*** was there!! She is one of my favorite people here in Medford! Anyways, we also had time to pull up some blackberry vines before we ran out of time. We correlated with the Sisters and then we went and contacted a couple of members and attempted to contact a couple of potentials. We decided to go tracting and we had some interesting visits with some people! We had one guy who tried to tell us that everything in the Book of Mormon didn't happen. We had dinner and then we had our Book of Mormon class. We then walked over to our lesson with the Schreff***'s and had a good talk about families. When we got back to the apartment, Elder Best called me and told me that Geraldine is getting baptized on the 11th of July!

Thursday morning we did weekly planning and I found out how tough it is planning as a zone leader! We had phone calls off the hook! After we finished planning and ate lunch, the Spanish missionaries came over and went through the clothes that have been in the apartment for eons. We were going to go contact potentials but then our phone went off the hook and we had to meet someone named Junior at the church. That was a super weird experience. We went to dinner and taught Sister McHat*** and her son. We went out with a member and he suggested that we contact someone named Sergio and we ended up talking with his son who is super awesome! We connected well with him!

Friday morning we had district meeting and then we helped a family in the ward move. They were moving into a different house in the ward so that made the move pretty easy. We had a lesson set with Junior but he bailed so we street contacted a couple of people and talked to one of our investigators on the street. After we street contacted, we went to youth conference and got over 240 possible referrals! It was super cool! President Cropper gave each of the youth a Book of Mormon and they wrote their names and testimonies in them. It was super awesome! After dinner with President Cropper, we OYM'd a guy named Johnny and we have a lesson set up for tonight!

Saturday was just so much fun! We got to go to the Special Olympics and judge bocce ball! If you don't know what that is, you need to look it up. It was so much fun and I got a free Nike t-shirt. I got super burned though. Anyways, we had a lesson with Michelle and it went really well! She is feeling the spirit and we are super excited to keep teaching her! After our lesson, we took a road trip to Grants Pass to go pick up the YSA Elders' new car that they get to have for the transfer.

Sunday was church. It was an interesting first Sunday in my new ward! I knew a couple of people from before I came into the area so that was fun. We talked about chastity and had the same lesson that I had last Sunday haha! We were supposed to have a lesson with Juanita but she bailed so we contacted potentials until dinner. We then spent the rest of the night going around the zone and taking the missionaries their referrals.

That was my week! I love y'all and there is no doubt that this is true!

Elder Tonini

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