Monday, January 27, 2014

Buffalo wings and Fiberglass Girlfriends

This week went well. Crazy as usual but you get enough of that from me.

            We were able to get a lesson set up with M for yesterday. We met up with him and his friend who was baptized  and is coming back to activity. We met up with them and M has broken his leg in a longboarding accident. Boy did we relate well. :P. We went to a park overlooking the ocean because their home is a little less conducive to the spirit. There, we were able to teach M the first discussion and commit him to be baptized. He is really making a lot of changes in his life right now and he wants to really include a relationship with God to all the changes. He is so prepared it is crazy. I love him.  

 We had a crazy dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. Those wings get hot. Forewarned.

            I have had the opportunity to re-teach a less active,, who lives in the Las Flores ward boundaries. He is YSA age now and we finally got him out to an activity! The sad part is he didn't show up until we had to leave so we don't know how he liked it or if anyone connected with him. I have put so much energy into this kid. I want him to come back so bad!  We'll get him.

I went on an exchange in Ladera Ranch again. It was like returning to a former area which was pretty fun. I'm getting along well with my companions. We all just have completely different personalities so it is pretty funny.  

            Forget the future. Can't I just come back to California and live on the beach for a few months like so many people do here? It sounds like a great fun way to blow 6 months of my life. All I hear in the YSA ward is….. the best girlfriend is about 5'10, and fiberglass.  Surfing.  I'd enjoy it. :P
--Elder Gemperline

Monday, January 13, 2014

Mission Viejo YSA

Well our research was correct and I am back in Mission Viejo Stake but this time as a ZL. We are in the Saddleback YSA ward. It is a very interesting dynamic. The bishop and 1st counselor I know well already since they are from Las Flores and SM wards. I keep running into old familiar faces as well. Lots of the people I have interviewed for baptism are in this ward so that is pretty fun.
My new Companions are Elder Mackey and Elder Freeman. I apologize profusely for no picture. We honestly haven't taken one yet. I don't have any excuse for that other than it just hasn't happened yet.
Elder Freeman is from sugar house in SLC. He is a happy jolly guy. Excited to do the work. Well prepared. We are glad to have him along. He also has bright red hair just like Elder Hegland predicted a week before we met him :P
Elder Mackey is from Manti UT. He knows many people from Delta so that would be a name to bounce to the kin folk there. Jordan Mackey. Got it? Good. He is a good missionary at least. We are doing our best to keep the zone on a good course. We disagree on a lot of things but it is all about compromise. We will see what happens.
Being in a singles ward is interesting. We spend a lot of time at the saddleback college institute. We attend different ward activities. We  have a lot of fun in the process. I mean I got to play ultimate Frisbee on Saturday morning for the first time in almost 2 years! I was so happy! The ward mission leader Scott Sylvia is like a second me. It's pretty interesting how alike we are.
Well that is a good idea of where I'm at now. Really looking for some new people to teach.  Love you all!  
--Elder Gemperline