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Twenty-Something

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Hello everyone! Thank you  all for the birthday wishes, it feels pretty good to say that I am no longer a teenager. But it's also not the best because I don't have any excuses to be immature. ;) Anyway, we had a great week. Let me tell you about it.

We had a great meeting this week with two leaders of the church, Elder L. Whitney Clayton and Elder Gregory Schwitzer. They came on Saturday and shared some great thoughts with us on the importance of the commandments and the scriptures. It was really cool to see such wise leaders who have such amazing understanding of the gospel open up the scriptures and teach from them. I loved that. My attention was really drawn to Matthew 18 in the Bible, where Christ talks about the lost sheep. I love how he says that those who are lost, when they return, his joy is greater than all the 99 that stayed with him. I love that, it shows how much he cares and loves each one of us. I know he does.

I went on an exchange with Elder McFarlane from Bosto…

Time is Like a Box of Chocolates...Wait...

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Hey everyone!! I hope you all had an awesome week. This week has been great for this fella right here. I love being a missionary, if I do say so myself. It's quite the experience. The good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between, you definitely get a little bit of everything out here, and it's the greatest, because every single experience teaches you something different. I had a few of those this week I wanted to share.

On Friday we went on exchanges with the Assistants to the President, and I went into the Northwest Mesa area for the day and it was awesome. I went with Elder Bonilha, who is actually from Sau Paulo, Brazil. He is the funniest man on the planet. We had a blast, we found a few new people to teach and were so busy we nearly didn't have time to eat at all! It was cool. Don't worry, we didn't starve.  We had this cool lesson with a lady named Angela from Columbia, and she was the sweetest, nicest person in the world. Funny part of the story, I gues…

What's Love Got to Do With It?

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Hope you like the line from a classic oldies song, and trust me, just because the subject title doesn't say inferno doesn't mean it isn't hot anymore. We are still in triple digits. We are out of the worst of it though. Summer #2 is taken down!! I guess I'm a pro now. Anyways, I hope you all had a great week! This week was pretty crazy. It always is.

So, we were supposed to have a baptism this weekend for our investigator Lucia, but she had a baby on Tuesday, so that made that a little difficult! It was cool though, because she still had such a strong desire to be baptized as soon as possible!! She is the coolest person and has a very strong testimony. So, sooner rather than later, we will be having a fantastic baptism!! Love it!

We had a lot of opportunities this week to spontaneously serve others. We had a cool opportunity on Saturday, there was a new family that moved in that needed some help, so we stopped and helped. They had zero friends or family that were willing…

The Inferno: The Final Week

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Hello everyone! That's right, we are coming up on the last week of what I classify as the inferno. It's been a pretty brutal summer as always, but actually not as bad as it was when I came in last August. I'm definitely becoming more accustomed to extreme heat ALL the time. But September and October will still be 90s and 100s, and once Halloween hits then we get into the good stuff. So next week I'll actually have more exciting subject titles.

Anyways, this week was awesome. We had something called "stake Conference", which basically means all of the congregations in the South Phoenix area met together in one building for two hours to be taught by some leaders of the church. For us, since we are both adults and mission leaders, we had two more two hour meetings on Saturday, and then the normal meeting on Sunday. So 6 hours of church! I LOVED it! 

You may or may not know that we believe that the same organization that Christ established is here on the earth toda…

Inferno Week 10

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Again, I have like no time this week, sorry everyone, but life has been busy!! 

This week we had some really cool experiences. But my favorite was just yesterday, we had the chance to fast, which means that we pray for specific blessings for others or ourselves, and then we sacrifice two meals, or 24 hours, without eating or drinking. You read about it in the bible and the Book of Mormon a lot. Usually, fasting is really hard for me to do, since I am a huge lover of food, but this time around I loved it. I had some really big reasons to fast, and as I focused on the purpose of fasting, to be able to help others, it was so cool to feel that my hunger and selfish thoughts were gone for the whole day. It was super cool. Fasting is amazing, it is healthy for you, and it blesses the lives of so many. I have already seen improvement in the things that I fasted for. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true!! 
Probably, one of the coolest things that I have been learning about lately is the importanc…

Inferno Week 12

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Hey everyone!! So for those who don't already know, my email got disabled due to some technical difficulties, but I'm BACK!! So I have a lot to tell you. Not really, I forgot quite a bit of it. But there is always some cool stuff to talk about. 

First off, last Sunday, the 13th, the temple that was built in Tucson Arizona was dedicated, so we got to watch it by satellite broadcast. Basically that means that some of the leaders of the church talk about the meaning of the temple and why it is so crucial, and then at the end there is a really cool prayer offered to dedicate the temple. It is a prayer to dedicate it to its true purpose, to help families be together forever!! So that was really awesome. Also, my aunt Cori Peterson was singing in the choir at the session I went to, so I wasn't expecting to see my aunt, but it happened so that was really cool! Good job Aunt Cori!
Also, we have been working with an awesome investigator named Barbara! We started working with her abou…

Inferno Week 9

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Hey everyone!! I have about 5 minutes and a lot happened this week, but let me summarize.

So, we had cool opportunities to serve people this week. This picture is after cleaning out a burned-out house. Then, we were in an apartment complex stopping by to visit someone. They weren't home, so we looked around and saw two guys moving furniture, and they actually let us help them!! #miracle. We started helping them and were talking a lot and got to know them. One of them, Edward, had some questions about temples, so we told him about the Mesa Visitors Center and he wants to go with us soon! How cool is that! I love service and helping others! It makes me feel so good!


We also had a baptism for our awesome investigator Collin! He and his family have made a big difference in my life, and the baptism on Saturday was just a reaffirmation of that. It was so much fun, and such a spiritual experience. Witnessing a baptism is such an amazing experience. I am so fortunate to have seen so many am…