Monday, February 23, 2015

Busy Week!

Well, it has been a great week. It was nice to have a district meeting that I didn't have to plan and conduct. It was really nice. We will have a zone meeting next week that we will have to prepare for though. It will be after our training on the Ipads. We were picking up mail today for the zone at the mission office and we saw all the ipads coming in. They were all in boxes so I guess it could have been something else, but there's not much else it could have been. Our meeting for those is next Tuesday. Looks like we will get them sooner than I was expecting. About the mice, we are working on it. We have some traps already, but they don't come into our living space as much. We mostly hear them in the walls and ceiling. There is one room they have inhabited, so we keep the door shut and never go in. The stake is working on getting an exterminator. Our landlady is also going to be moving eventually so they are also looking for a new place for us to live. Seems like that happens in every area I'm in. She is going to live with her son though, she is a bit wiser in her years. We had stake conference this weekend. It was a great conference! I learned a lot. A lot of it was about councils and presidency meetings. They had people give examples of presidency meetings by going up and just actually having one. They also did that for a family council in the adult session. I can't remember if I told you last week, but we stood in the circle to bless this man's baby. It was a neat experience. This week we got to stand in when someone was ordained to an Elder. It's been awhile since I've done anything but stand in for confirmations so that was cool. Don't get me wrong though, I love confirmations :) Being a zone leader is interesting. I'm going to know a lot more about the mission than I think I ever imagined. I'm also going to see a lot more of President Chambers. On Wednesday this week we have a meeting as a mission leadership council from 9am-4pm with him and all the other zone leaders and sister training leaders. Should be interesting. Ellie K from my last area was baptized this last Saturday. I was able to go back and attend. I would send a picture, but I don't have any way to connect the camera to this computer. Pictures will come next week. Elder Hauata and I feel like we won't be together very long, so we will see what happens this transfer. It's crazy to think that after this I only have four transfers left. Too fast. We got Elder Hauata's bike fixed and we rode our bikes on one of the days. It got colder the next day so we haven't ridden them since. We might though if it stays warmer. It has been really chilly the past couple days. We reached our goal as a zone for the month of February. We had a goal of 14 people to enter into the covenant of baptism and it happened. Our goal for March is to help 18 people to get there as a zone. We had 20 people on date last night so I think we will be able to do it, we just have to really rely on the Lord and work as hard as we can. Thank you for all that you do, I really appreciate it. Hope you have a great week! Love you all!

-Elder McKinney
This photo was sent by a sister who gave them haircuts this morning and then sent the picure to my phone...I only know Elder McKinney and Elder Hauata on the right...signed, Mom - ps here is an interesting tidbit from his letter to me... My companion is 22 years old. He will be going to BYU after the mission. Will probably spend some time in Tahiti before he comes back though. We came into the field together, but since he was four weeks longer in the MTC he will probably go home the transfer before me. Just depends on the circumstances.I saw someone from Kearns when I went out to lunch the other day. It was cool. We had kept in touch and so to see him in person again was nice. He looked a lot different and it took me a second to recognize him haha.

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