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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...

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?

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

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

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

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

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…

Inferno Week 8

Hey you guys!!! (Reminded me of the Goonies) anyways, I hope you all had a great week this week! If I didn't email you directly this week, it's nothing personal, but I have had a very busy day. A busy week at that. 

First off, whether it's a street fight or a change of heart, you get to witness so many things as a missionary. There's always one weird experience every now and then that gets you, but I've discovered that I have the opportunity every day to witness and testify of Jesus Christ as my Savior. That is the coolest thing in the world. 
Cool experience!! We stopped by to visit Kyra, our awesome recent Convert who was baptized back in April, and have been trying to get her sister, Gloria, to meet with us for AGES!! We finally caught her when they were both home, so we sat down and talked about God's plan for us and Gloria was so enthusiastic about it all!! It was so cool to see that once she had the desire to learn, her whole countenance began to change. We…

Inferno Week 7

Hello everybody!!! Hope you have all been doing great :) I sure am. Part of that is because for the next 3 days it will be in the high 90's which is quite the break for us!! We have been outside a lot today just enjoying it. You might think I'm crazy, but welcome to my life. 
We are at the time of year that is referred to as 'monsoon season' here in AZ. Basically there is a small dust storm that rolls through and immediately after there is a huge thunderstorm to follow. We hadn't had one until last night! On top of that, instead of there being just a small dust storm, there was a "haboob"!! For you movie fans, if you have seen Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, there is a huge dust storm that looks pretty intense, that is what a haboob is. So we had one of those last night, it was super sweet because there is dust, lightning, rain all at the same time. I loved it. 
This week has been full of some great experiences and some not so great, the whole spectrum.…

Inferno Week 6

Hey everyone!! Another pretty crazy week here in Phoenix, but another great one! :) I don't have a lot of time today so you'll have to bear with me, but there are a lot of good things going here too. Here we go!!
First, I finally have a set-in-stone companion for the next 6 weeks!! His name is Elder Gardea. He is originally from Mexico but his family now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so that is pretty awesome. He was baptized into the church two years ago and his mom actually just got baptized a month ago!! So that is pretty awesome if I do say so myself. He has such a strong testimony and a great love for the scriptures, so we get along super well. :)
The best experience from this week was on Saturday, we went to teach an investigator named Barbara, who has been hard to catch and has had lots of concerns. We set some hardcore expectations with her and taught her about the Restoration, and it was one of the most spiritual experiences I have had!! She was super engaged, had t…

Inferno Week #5

What a week. Crazy stuff was happening all week, I don't even know where to start. But I have to start somewhere. 

So, since the last time I have emailed, I have had 4 different companions, covered 2 areas, and had 3 conversations with people in French. How does that make sense?/ Buckle up. 
Elder Francis, my companion for the last few months, got a call on Tuesday night to become the new assistant to our mission president, so he packed up that night and left Wednesday morning. I was absorbed into a Spanish companionship for a day and a half, and you know how fluent I am in Spanish, so that was an adventure. Then on Thursday we drove to our mission home in Tempe to pick up my new companion, Elder Saulle, who is actually from France!!! He has a pretty awesome accent, and is headed home in a few weeks so they brought him closer to the mission home to make things easier. However, I was only with him until this afternoon, so now I do not have a companion until Wednesday, so I basically …

Inferno: Week #4

I survived. It reached a solid 125 degrees this week, but I am still here!! Haha!! Not today Satan. Just kidding. Anyways, I hope you all had an awesome week. Ours was pretty intense in a good way!

So to describe to you what it feels like to be a missionary in 120 degree weather, here is my description. The farthest distance we walked at one time was probably about 200 yards, and after that trek we were drenched in sweat. And once you start sweating, even with AC blasting for 45 minutes in a lesson, you just don't stop sweating and literally EVERYTHING is hot. I would get into the car to drive and burn my hands on the steering well. Legit. I have a blister. Don't worry, it only happened once because I learned my lesson. Anyways, you basically can't breathe and it feels like someone is constantly pushing you backwards as you walk, and there is no escape. That is essentially what Tuesday and Wednesday felt like. (This is the only weather calendar that I could find. Where Trev…

Inferno Week #3

Hello everyone!!! Things are STILL heating up here in good ol' Phoenix, Arizona. The high temperature for this week was a solid 117 degrees, and tomorrow it will reach 120! We discovered this week that the hotter it gets, the more people we find that just sleep. All day long. Not even kidding. We were out visiting tons of people this week and about 70% of them had someone answer the door, we asked for someone by name, their response was that they were sleeping. This is at 2 in the afternoon, 5pm, you name it. People sleep a ton during the summers here. Not us. No sleep for the missionaries. You can count on us.

Anyway, we had a pretty awesome experience this last week. We have been working with this guy named David, he is from Jamaica (shout out to my sister for serving there 🇯🇲). Davis is super awesome. We hadn't been able to contact him all week, so we felt prompted to go by last night after an appointment fell through in the neighborhood, and it was sweet. We stopped by, h…

Inferno Week #2

I wasn't kidding about naming every email the inferno. Man it is hot. I thought I would be used to it but I don't know how you can physically get used to 110 degrees. It makes for some good tanning though!! ;)

I hope you all had a good week everyone, because I sure did!! There is no such thing of a bad week as a missionary. This is the best work and the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I love every minute of it. I am coming up on 11 months this week, and that honestly blows my mind. "Time goes by so slowly, but time can do so much"...good line from a great song, "Unchained Melody". Anyways, we had lots of cool experiences this week that I wish I could share with all of you, but there is one in particular that I had personally that helped strengthen my testimony of repentance.

This Wednesday was the Mission Leadership Conference, where the leaders of the mission get together and talk/pray about the struggles in the mission and what to do to resolve…

Inferno: Week 1

Hey everyone!! So I have decided to title every email from June to August with the title "Inferno." Because it is super hot all the time here. 
Anyways, I am pretty low on time, but there are two things I wanted to share with you really quick. 
First, this week I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the second time as a missionary (over the past 11 months)!! It seems that every single time I read the Book of Mormon, my testimony of it just grows even stronger than before. If you haven't given it a try, I would really encourage you to. It has its stereotypes and reputation, but none of that matters. It is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" and it means so much to me. I want you to see that too. There was a verse I wanted to share with you: "And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me." (Moroni 10:23). I love this scripture. 
Second, the heat is on. It has been over 110 degrees three times t…

No Time to Waste

Hey everybody!! This week was pretty awesome. It was unorthodox, but still awesome. We were really busy, and we had lots of zone stuff to do since transfers were this week, so I was pretty anxious to get back out and work. We didn't have much time to find new people to teach, but we did teach quite a few lessons. So that was awesome. 
Here is our funny story from the week. Caution: it may be a little hard to ingest for some of you. Not really, but it is hilarious, so here is how it went down:
Saturday, May 27th. 2:15pm: Went by a potential investigator named Kenneth. As we approached the door, his brother came in behind us, walked in, and called for his mom. As soon as she stepped outside, we were done for. She went off on how we enslaved the black people of the world, and how it has been this way since the beginning of time. According to her philosophy, Adam and Eve were African-American, and they were deceived by the servant, who wasn't Satan, but a random white guy. Thus, the…