Man time moves quickly. It's been about 4 weeks since I came out to Fort Worth Texas. These past two weeks have been focused on exchanges, service, and a little bit of finding. My companion is the district leader and as a result I go on exchanges twice a week.
Last Wednesday, I went on exchanges with Elder Edwards, who was originally assigned to Thailand. We spent most of our afternoon helping a member build the foundation for a small patio in their backyard. He lives with another companionship, where I got to meet Elder Fake. As it turns out, the both of us grew up on the same street over a decade ago when we lived in Dupont, Washington.
Last Saturday on my exchange with Elder Hawkes, we also had the opportunity to go to a service project. It was a short one involving hauling wood next to a lake. While out by the lake we saw all sorts of enormous insect, and Elder Hawkes even caught a big grasshopper bigger than my pointer finger. And most recently, I went on exchanges with Elder Hunt. A member called us at 9:30 asking if we could come help them with a project on a ranch. All the other missionaries in our district already planned to go to another service project, so we decided to go to the ranch instead. The members there were super nice, but we spent over 7 hours doing service at this ranch. We cut down trees, cut and hauled the logs through creeks, shoveled an unholy amount of dirt... It was tiring but really rewarding to ourselves and helpful to the members who needed it.
Last P-day I got our district permission to go to a store called "House of Blades". As the name implies, there were a ton of awesome bladed tools and weapons for us to look at. I got to hold a katana from the walking dead, which was really awesome. I like knives a lot, and we spent hours browsing through the different items for sale at the shop. I ended up buying a Karambit, which has a curved blade that looks like a talon. I bought it because I've often needed a knife during service projects, and it feels pretty sick to twirl it around.
Other than that we don't have plans for our P-day today so we're just relaxing at the apartment. I might go on a walk or something, who knows. I also recently received an email about gathering documents for my visa, and now the next step is waiting for my mission president to get a call about when I am to go to Germany. That call could come now, it could come next year, who knows. All I know is that I'm excited to have the opportunity to eventually go to Germany, and I'm doing my best to have a great time in Texas! Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a talk in the ward I'm serving in. I've attached a link to the talk in case you want to read it, but it revolved around these five steps anybody should take to be missionaries in our own capacity:
First, Draw closer to God
Second, Strive to be disciples of Christ
Third, Love others; be a good neighbor
Fourth, share what is in your heart
And Finally, Trust in the Lord to work his miracles.
I wish you all the best!