August 31, 2015

well thats weird, ive been gone for a whole month. not the first time ive been away from the yoch for a month but its a bit different thats for sure! everythings going well. we have thigns we could improve on this coming week – as we always will – but there were a couple days that were just a bummer because there wasnt much we could do.

friday mainly was rough because we had our district meeting, but the housing coordinators told us thrusday that they were doing a cleaning check friday. at first they said to be ready at noon. so we got home right away from district meeting so we could finish up a few things cleaning wise and be there when they got there. but they kept pushing it off saying theyd be a little later and a little later until all the sudden it was 5 oclock that they showed up. so that wasted a ton of our day. then dinner was getting delivered by a member between 6 or 630 so we didnt have time to go anywhere and bluh it was just lame. they literally took 2 seconds to check too. like they walked in and said yeah youre good. 25/25. my comp was disgruntled.

weve been better about sharing a spiritual thought every time were at someones house, sometimes before it didnt happen. but were doing better about that. our teaching in of itself has gotten better i think and were meshing pretty well. still no new investigators but not a whole lot done on the finding side of things. wednesday we had exchanges, so i was in the other ward with our district leader (hes awesome, goes home soon – from ssacramento area) and he took me tracting cause i had never gone. and we went and visited some people. and i actually biked for the first time. it was really cool. i learned quite a bit from him.

then thursday was elder hunters 1 year mark. so he got to go on whats called temple jubilee – which is at your year mark you and everyone else thats been out a year get to go to the temple for the day. so i got a guy that came out with elder hunter but went home after a couple months then came back out with me. his name was elder dugger and we had the fountain ward for the day.

i picked him up when we dropped off elder hunter at the mission office. we usually do service once a week at the bishops storehouse and since its right next door to the mision office we went there til about noon. then there was a companionship working in the office for the day (one of em was my buddy from the mtc) and they were about to go to lunch – which we needed – so we went with them looking for some famous authentic little mexican place. took awhile to find. but it was pretty good. not salsa status. but good nonetheless. so then its like 140 and were finally about to drive back to fountain. and thursday is the day we help out at this food bank normally – run by another church – and that was on the way – so to save miles we stopped by to help them out. and good thing we did. they had a lot of work that they needed done and some heavy stuff moved. they were super grateful, and we got a little bit of a talk about the gospel in with one of the ladies that works it. not much at all but they know who we are.

saturday we had a plan to bike to see some people between studies and volleyball. but then we need to run to the library to look up where people lived on lds.org, but naturally got distracted and missed the chance to go bike and see people. i think i should take the blame for that one…. but after volleyball we visited with a family weve grown close with because hunter really likes them. they are a cool family but the dad is sorta less active. like he goes to church but usually leaves early. hes only ordained a priest (pretty common here with all the military people) and didnt have the best experience serving in a branch somewhere in europe while stationed there years back. weve grown pretty close and hopefully can help him get more motivated to press forward a bit more.

oh as far as meals go, we get fed pretty much every night. weve had to fend for ourselves once or twice while ive been here. most people atelast deliver or have pizza delivered or something. we rarely have to make our own. we went shopping this morning and i got some different lunch meat. still has a little nitrites but this stuff actually tastes like meat. i got the cheap turkey before. and it just didnt even taste like meat… haha but im figuring stuff out. i havent gotten a letter yet but hopefully i do today. did you ever get the one i sent with a little present?

its interesting the way the stake president mentioned a couple times before i left that i would thirst for the scriptures. this has really come to pass. i looove reading the scriptures. theyre amazing. ive been reading in alma and theres so much goodness! haa so much misisonary work. i love reading about alma and amulek and the sons of mosiah. i just got to really seeing the fruits of their labor. they anti nephi lehis are a result of some simple service and missionary work. its truly amazing and the clarity i receive while reading is astounding. stuff sometimes comes up where we dont get to do our studies all the way or what not but ive figured out that while my comp takes his shower, is a great time to sneak in an extra thirty minutes of reading. i have troubles studying in the afternoon ( ie sunday cause we have 9 am church) and i nearly fall asleep. or actually do. haha i took a little nap last sunday, but it was really like 15 minutes at most. but boy it felt good.

sorry i dont really have any pictures, ill try to be better about taking pictures of stuff. i never think of it… haha but were going disc golfing again later today so maybe ill take some there.

thats so awesome that they went to church to hear you speak dad. i hope they enjoyed it. i cant believe how soon nathan leaves. im sure his open house was pretty awesome though.

i miss you guys for sure. its so cool to see these families in the ward and their kids will remind me of us all hanging out being goofs. there are times where it hits me, but i know you guys are doing good and the reunion after two years will only be better. its fun to talk to people about my family cause ive got a pretty special one.

mom, you might need to accept that josh could beat dv. is lou even gonna be coaching do you know? but josh is really good and jake perkey is super tall. haha theyve got a chance.

oh and mom did divine voices sing the song homeward bound? i heard it by motab on my ipod and recognized it. haha i dont think i sang it… but 2 notes on music (pardon the pun) but first i realized i didnt put very much on my ipod. i might need to figure out a way to get more. some piano guys, pentatonix. anything else really. i can listen to pretty much anything but theres definitely only good stuff that i want. but im running on repeat with just voice male and mo tab… haha then the other is wow i never realized how much id miss choir. make sure those kids in your class understand that they cant take it for granted the music divine creates is something special to be a part of, and show choir is really just a blast.

well i love you guys endlessly! ill try to take more pictures for ya. haha

elder stark

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