Monday, July 6, 2015

July Already?

This week was unique. We together as a zone last Monday and played some simple games together. Then when we went out to work that night we saw a man who we had talked to on the street about a week before. He had said he would come to church, but never showed up. So we stopped the car and talked to him again. His phone had been shut off so he never got the address and time for church that we sent him. His wife was there this time so he introduced us. We set up a lesson for the next day and went on our way.

Tuesday we had district meeting. When we got there we saw our mission presidents car. Not a huge surprise, we knew he likes to go to as many as he can. President Chambers and his wife only stayed for about half an hour before they had to go pick up a missionary who was arriving at the airport. After district meeting we met with the man and his wife that we had talked to the day before. We found out they were living in downtown salt lake with a member. We had a nice lesson and talked about transitioning to the missionaries over there. Wednesday we had our mission leadership council meeting with all the zone leaders and sister training leaders. Since the split there aren't too many. It was a small meeting. We talked about a new yearly goal for baptisms. Our goal previous to the mission changes was 1150. We talked about it and the new goal(counting ones that have already happened) is 475. It's crazy but the areas we lost also had over fifty percent of the baptisms. I don't think any of us realized it was that big. It was only about 30% of the mission. So we are excited now to move onward and upward.

We are officially the smallest mission in the world now. Only temple square could technically be counted smaller. Our zone is the smallest zone in our mission so we could say we are the smallest zone in the world too haha. As a zone we cover four stakes and two Spanish assignments. We lost one companionship in the split last Monday. Only six companionships counting Elder Aquino and I. It's really strange, but fun at the same time.

Then on Thursday Elder Aquino went to get his driving permit. We went to draper in the morning and he took the test and passed. After that we took our car into the shop to get a new battery. Both of those took most of the morning hours. Thursday went on like normal and we tried to find people to teach.

Friday we did five interviews for people who were baptized on Saturday. It was kind of hectic, but we got it all done. I even interviewed a Spanish speaking man. He spoke English and tried to give me as much as he could in English, but I had to have another Elder there to translate. It was interesting. All five got baptized on the Fourth of July.

Saturday was neat, we were able to return to the Welby stake to see Nathan baptized. It was a wonderful baptism and great to see him finally make that commitment. We didn't do anything too special for the fourth. Tried to find people we could teach. It was a somewhat unproductive day though. Not too many people answered the door. Saw some fireworks at night though so that was neat. Sunday was different. Our mission president called us on Saturday night and asked if him and his wife could shadow us at church. I had heard of him going out and working with sets of missionaries, but I had never heard of him shadowing missionaries at church. We of course said yes and he came with us to one of our wards. I'm still not sure the purpose and what he got out of it, but he came with us for a full block and then left. He made comments if he was asked, but other than that him and his wife were just there. Went to the classes with us and everything. So three days this week we saw him. We aren't teaching as much as we'd like. Ashton came to church, but his mom did not give him permission to be baptized. Lacie came to church as well, but we are having trouble getting her parents to communicate about a day for her to be baptized. So we are trying to find more people. We know they are out there, we just have to find them. So that's about my week. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy late Fourth of July! God bless America! Love you all!

-Elder McKinney

Our new mission boundaries. The west and east missions are above us, the Orem mission below us. The little part that sticks out on top is our stake, the Westland stake. It is a long skinny rectangle from the top down to about where is says West Jordan on the map.

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