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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…

Attending Baptisms!!

Hey!!! I hope all of you are going awesome. This week was pretty awesome and busy, which is always a good thing. We had some pretty cool experiences that really helped me, so I hope they will help you too.
First off, this week my companion and I did something called "Zone Recommendations" where we meet with the missionaries in our zone and review their strengths, improvements, and just think about what we can do to help them improve. It took up about 6-8 hours to do, so it was spread out during the week, but it was awesome to see how many changes people can make when they set goals and make plans for themselves to grow. I would encourage every single one of you to set personal goals for you, your schooling, your career, family, whatever it may be, and I promise you that will help you see change and see improvement, and you will know how you can continue to do so. I have tried it out and it has made a huge difference for me in my life. I'll get off my soapbox now haha.
We a…

Happy Mother's Day!

Hey everybody!!! I hope each of you had a fantastic week this week, and a Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!! You are all awesome. You are making a huge difference in the world, more than you know!!! We had an awesome week this week, lots of exciting things are happening!! 

First of all, we met a family this week who is super awesome. We saw these two kids mowing the lawn of a member of our church, so we stopped and talked to them for a bit. Their names are Warren and Kwas! They are both super studly guys, and we taught them about the church and we are now meeting with them and their sister and dad!! They should be progressing towards a baptismal date by the end of the week. They even came to church yesterday which was fantastic! It was super cool to see how hard working they are. We always see them out helping other people around them, mowing lawns, yard work, all of the above they are doing it! it is super cool. It makes me want to work harder. 
We had an awesome traini…

The Heat of the Moment

Hey everyone!!! So, I don't have much time, but things are great here. I'll just get started fast.

This week we did two exchanges. The first one was with Elder Ocampo, who is from Conception, Chile, I think I spelled that right, but yeah. He is a Spanish missionary and being from Chile, he doesn't speak much English, so that was pretty intense overall. We had a really fun day. He taught me some Spanish, and we taught some lessons where I would teach in a English and he would in Spanish. Good thing most of our investigators are bilingual. Anyways, I couldn't understand most of what he taught, but the feeling I got when he taught was so cool. I couldn't help but smile as he spoke. I know the gospel, is true because I felt the power of it through a language I barely understand. It is so amazing. 

The second exchange was with Elder Christensen, one of the assistants to the President. It was so cool. He is such a great missionary and taught me so much. He served in this a…

May? For Real?

Hey everyone!! No, I really can't believe it is already May. I am starting to get used to the heat which is nice. I am glad I entered the mission field in the summer because I know what to expect. It is becoming more hot each day. Fun, Fun. I went golfing today so I am pretty tired...this might be a little shorter. We will see.
Best thing this week was that Kyra got baptized!!!! It was a super cool experience. We met with her pretty much every day this last week except for Tuesday, I think, to pump her up and make sure she didn't have concerns, and the baptism was awesome. She got pretty emotional afterwards. She asked me to give her the gift of the Holy Ghost that next day, which was super cool. I love how the Spirit gives me the words to say in those instances. I have no recollection of what I said, which is a sign that they were not my words. It was awesome, and she loves church, and she is starting to teach her three kids how to pray and such. It is so cool to see. It is on…

Let the Triple Digits Begin!!

Hello everyone!! You might have guessed because of the subject line, but yes, it did hit 100 degrees this week. It has been in the 90's most of the
time, so yeah things are heating up in more ways than one! We found about 10 new people to teach this last week and were super busy, so things are going awesome.

So something that was super awesome this week: every Thursday night
we hold a Book of Mormon class, where members and investigators alike come and we read and discuss a chapter of the Book of Mormon. This week Sisters Oka and Madriz brought a new investigator named Daniel, who is a boss. It was his first time coming and had only met with missionaries once before this class. Apparently he keeps asking the sister missionaries if they are single....haha that is pretty funny. Anyways, that
is not the point. We were going through 2 Nephi 25, and talking about what we need to do to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We went through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Faith, Repentan…


Wow. What a week. New area, new companion, new responsibilities, pretty much everything is new since the last time you heard from me. So, I was serving in Tempe on ASU campus, and now I am serving in South Phoenix in a family ward! My new companion is Elder Francis, and he is super awesome. He and I are very, very alike, and he and Elder Grigsby are dopplegangers, so it is pretty hilarious. And the area is super awesome. It is pretty big, and we have lots of interactions with weird people. The environment is a lot like Casa Grande but there are more crazy that's fun. There were some pretty awesome experiences from this week too, so let me tell you!
Wednesday was crazy, I packed up and left and had just gotten to the area and was trying to figure out how to be a Zone Leader, the new responsibility I talked about, which means me and another missionary lead over about 16 other missionaries, so yeah that was a change. I was pretty stressed and didn't have much time for …

Dust in the Wind

Hello everyone!! I hope you all had the best week every, because I sure did. There were lots of cool experiences, lots of funny ones, and just good things happening. Let me tell you about it. 
I will start with funny. So, we were visiting a members in our area who no one knew, and her roommate answered the door. He told us to go use the side door, because that was where she lived. So we knocked, it was pitch black both outside and in the house so we figured no one was there, but we knocked nonetheless. After the second knock we hear this noise behind us and turn around, and the roommate is standing on top of a cinder block wall, flapping his wings like a bird. We were pretty freaked out, then he asked us what we were doing. Rather confused, we said we were just knocking on the door. He asking if anyone answered, we said no, he said "Well I think you got your answer," and then told us to go away. It was so weird, but super funny at the same time. 
Cool experience, our investi…

The Force was Strong With This Week...

Hey everyone! I don't have too much time today but there were two awesome things that happened that I want to share with you. So, on Thursday, we got to go to the temple in Mesa!! It was so awesome. The temple is so powerful and a great place to feel the Spirit. For those who have never been to the temple, I invite you to go take a walk around it, and think about the way you feel as you do so. It is a great way to feel God's love in our lives.
Also, general conference was really awesome. General conference is when chosen servants of God speak to the whole world on topics they feel inspired to share. This weekend there was such a strong focus on the Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for him and for all that he did to help us feel peace and happiness in our lives. Without him, we would all be lost.
There is a document the leaders of the church released in 2000 which testifies of Christ, and as I have read it have felt myself come closer to Christ. I will include the PDF of is …