Monday, November 10, 2014

Driving lessons...

This week was great! The weather has been nice so far. Supposed to start getting colder now though. I have realized this week how much I really love this stake. Elder Baclawski is back in his own stake now with another companion. He is with Elder Pugh. It is Elder Pugh's first transfer, he has been out for about 5 weeks now. So Elder Koo and I have been by ourselves since Tuesday. It has been kind of nice to only have to worry about one stake again, but it was still fun to have him with us. We might be moving soon into the Pepperwood area. There is a family that is willing to house us but it needs to be approved by the mission first so we will see if it works out. I just hope that if we do move we get a sticker for the gate. Normally when we go into pepperwood we stop for the guards. All of them are really cool with us and they stopped asking where we are going and just open the gate for us. But it would be nice to go through the residence side where it opens automatically for all the cars with stickers. Oh well, its cool to talk to them still so I won't mind either way. Elder Koo doesn't know how to drive because they need to be 19 in China to drive. Now that he is here though he can get his license. So I took him to a church parking lot and started to teach him how to drive. It was quite fun actually. He did very well for his first time driving. I'll let him practice a few more times and then he can go get his permit and start driving during they day as long as I'm in the car with him. Then eventually he can get his license so that will be good. The mission actually encourages the missionaries to get licenses if they don't already have one. Things have been going good though overall. Hernalen wants to get baptized, but in her culture (she is from the Philippines) they don't make any big choices like this without the consent of the parents. So she is waiting for her dad to give consent. The mother is already on board. It is hard though because they live back in the Philippines and he is gone a lot for work. Other than that though she is ready to be baptized. She is the only one we are teaching right now unfortunately but we will find some more this week :) We went to the baptism of an eight year old this last Saturday. It was the sister of Ryan B. who was baptized in July right before Elder Williams left. She turned eight last month and so she was baptized :) We also got to have a companion study with President and Sister Bishop on Saturday morning. He is the first counselor in the mission presidency and he lives in our area. They've been saying ever since I've been here that they've wanted to do one, but we finally had one haha. It was really cool and we learned some different ways to try to find service here in the area. Things are going well. Thank you for all that you do for me, I really appreciate it. Love you all and hope you have a great week!

-Elder McKinney

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