Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bye Elder Hegland

Tuesday night I attended the funeral of my good friend no longer Elder Ian Hegland. HE GONNNEEEE!!!! It wasn't that sad though cause I'll see him again soon. It was a really fun meeting to talk about all the funny times he had. To which he replied at the end "President, I've had a really weird mission." I would say so being reassigned twice. He is really missed though by many in the mission. I've never seen as strong a testimony as I have seen with him. Every time he would share it there was no denying he knew it and I knew it. I wish I could bear testimony like him.
Well it was honestly a pretty rough week. We had cancellation after cancellation but that's fine we had fun along the way. Went to MLC and received some pretty basic trainings on dress and grooming and simple teaching skills regarding Ch.10 in PMG.
Nothing special. It's been pretty hot as of late. Getting up into the mid 90's the other day.
Got in a bash earlier this week down campus that was actually effective and good. Those are rare few and far between.
OH! So Thursday night we had an institute activity where it was a super hero themed BBQ and Dance. It was sweet because B brought his swords from Medieval times that spark when you hit them together. We got some cool vids and pictures!
  Our investigator from Hollywood is really making progress. We were able to hear him bear his testimony that Joseph Smith is the Prophet Called by Jesus Christ in priesthood meeting yesterday. It was really cool cause he used to really question that and argue against it. It's cool to know our visits and efforts are actually making a difference.
I'm buying a bunch of Salmon patties and Quinoa from Costco today so I can be healthy when I return home! YAY HEALTHY! But first I need more free Golden Spoon... mmmmmmmm BYE! 
--Elder Gemperline

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Turkey Shoot

             April 7, 2014   

We had numbers wise probably the best week of my entire mission this week! We really just pounded the pavement going down Saddleback Campus. We opened a number of windows down there and were able to find 3 new investigators in a 1 hour window! It was insane! Elder F and Elder B taught 2 of them while a Member and I taught the other. We ended up picking up 5 new investigators this week and 3 more for other companionships in the mission. We are tempted to just go down there all day every day and see what happens.

Elder Freeman, my youngest son has graduated and gone off into the world.  We yelled at him the other day while driving by him and his new companion riding their bikes up in the Mission Lake area which is still in our YSA area :D!  I’m such a proud daddy.

It was a really hard transfer meeting for me though. :/ Elder Hegland and Chandler, the two Mongolian Elders are leaving this transfer so they sang an awesome duet starting in English and ending in Mongolian. They bore their testimonies and I was dying inside. Elder Hegland's last day in the mission is tomorrow. He will be home on Wednesday. It won't be much longer before I see him again but it was just really sad to see this day actually came.

Last Monday, just after emailing, we left the library only to be contacted by a young man walking out at the same time. He's a less active member who has found himself at life's lowest points that day. When he saw us he knew from somewhere deep inside him that he needed to stop us and have us come visit him soon. We were able to get in with him this week and have a GREAT lesson and help him set up a time to meet with Bishop. It was a really cool moment to know we were here specifically for him.

I got to ride in another sweet BMW this week ;). It was a SUPER TRICKED OUT M3 convertible. It was pretty exciting.

I really enjoyed general conference. What more can I say. 
--Elder Gemperline
p.s. missionary pot-luck ---> success!