Here's what happened this week!
Monday was an awesome day because we went to Taco Bell and this lady gave me a free meal because apparently they had extra so I got it for free! Blessings! We played basketball and hung out with the other missionaries and then we had dinner at the Schuman-Curtis's and their son Indigo, who is 14, is making us dart guns haha. Later we had FHE
at the Holgate Center and Brother McDonald needed us to go with him to give a sister a blessing. We thought he just wanted us to stand in but at the last second he goes, "Elder Parker will you anoint and a Elder Hill will you give the blessing?" (Usually we get a little bit of a notice) but we said yes and we gave the blessing and it was such an awesome spiritual experience. Giving blessings, especially blessings of healing, have been one of the biggest testimony builders for me and the coolest part was that it was recorded and given to me.
Tuesday was busy! We had our monthly lunch with Bro Christiansen at Costco (hot dogs)! Members love Costco because every time we have gone there a member has been there and asked to pay for us haha. We had a couple lessons during the day and we played basketball in the evening with Gilbert and had a really good lesson with him. We were at the Stake Center and we went into the classroom and drew the Plan of Salvation on one of the chalk boards. Brother Bishop was with us and we had a really powerful, spiritual lesson. We knelt down in prayer and Gilbert said it. He asked Heavenly Father to help him to know if this was the Plan for him and if he should be baptized and it was such a cool experience. He said that he thinks he wants to get baptized! So exciting!
Wednesday we had a lesson with Rowan and we drew the Armor of God which was fun. My drawing wasn't horrendous haha. Nothing too exciting happened on Wednesday, but we did a lot of tracting and finding and met some people. My iPad went down and it felt so weird not being able to use it. Our iPads are like our best friends since they have all of our scriptures, lesson plans, planner, and everything! We then did an exchange from Wednesday night to Thursday night. I stayed in Moreland and Elder Ellis came here with me. He has only been out 4 weeks so I was the senior companion and took the lead on everything, it was fun to lead on everything!
Thursday: Thursday Elder Ellis and I had two killer lessons. One with Gilbert and then we went with him to visit Gayle at her house and we had an awesome lesson on the atonement. Gilbert and Gayle both loved the lesson they said. Our second lesson we taught Carissa who is doing awesome. She attended a baptism on Sunday and she said she is super excited to get baptized now! It was cool being the "trainer" for the day, leading the lessons and teaching him tips on tracting. It was cool to see my own progress and improvement on being a missionary.
Friday we did a lot of different finding activities and we met this guy on the street who said "fishing is my religion and I caught a salmon. You guys want some?" He pulls out a Ziploc bag of smoked salmon and he gave us a piece. It was so good haha. We continue to meet many different people every single day, it's the best! We had one lesson and did a lot of planning the rest of the day.
Saturday: Saturday we were walking down the street in a neighborhood and started to cross the road, when we hear a police siren right behind us. It's a policeman on a motorcycle, and he pulls over next to us. We were freaking out thinking he was going to give us a ticket for jay walking or something, but he took off his glasses and said, "keep up the great work Elders," then he drove off. It made our day! We had a couple lessons and then we were invited over to the McDonald's neighborhood party. The McDonald's are role model member missionaries. None of their neighbors are LDS and they introduced us to everyone there. A couple of them said we could come over! One of their neighbors is a professional chess player and he wants to play us in chess haha so that will be fun! We have become so close with the McDonalds, they are like the missionary parents! Haha
Sunday: On Sunday Jonas came to church! It was his first time and he said he enjoyed it! Brother Christiansen came up and said "you're not a member?... When are you getting baptized!?" Elder Parker and I just looked at each other and were like, "oh no," but Jonas said, "I don't know I'm not sure yet." We perked up and were like hey he's thinking about getting baptized! Hopefully this week we will have a lesson on baptism and can commit him!
Have a great week!
Tyler's highlights and hints this week!
*I love getting everyone's emails throughout the week! Keep sending them please! I really appreciate it!
*"The great sacrifice Christ made to pay for our sins and overcome death is called the Atonement. It is the most important event that has ever occurred in the history of mankind."
*I learned a lot this week about yielding our hearts to God and willing to submit ourselves to His will. It is only then can we reach our full potential and be instruments in His hands.
*General Conference is this week! I'm pumped!! Go and watch it everyone!!