Nov 2, 2015

the churchills famous brother arnold benoits

you might remember me mentioning last week that i did not receive a call to be a trainer. well we heard on tuesday that they were expecting up to 3 more new elders that were visa waiters. so tuesday night i receive a call from president asking me to train a visa waiter! i was like hey cool. so from that we could infer that i was staying and getting a new missionary. went to the “train the trainer” meeting on thursday. come saturday, elder hunter is most the way packed and we have dinners scheduled all week with his favorite families to say goodbye. then saturday night we get the call from zone leaders and they tell me that i am getting transferred. so now im flush training as they call it. meaning im going to an area ive never been and training a new missionary. very rare to happen. especially for someone only 3 months out. then sunday morning i get a call from president and he shared with me my “good and bad news”. the visa waiters got their visas. but there was a missionary half way through training in a biking area and his trainer cant bike or cant handle the cold biking or something. i didnt quite understand the reasoning. but i am finishing off the 2nd transfer of training for a missionary in a biking area. only one area qualified for those prerequisites so i figured out pretty quick that i was going to sand creek.

sand creek ward is the north part of the fountain stake. (fountain ward is the south part of the stake) so im staying pretty close which is nice. but im gonna be biking. so i guess ill get in shape quick or else. hahaha but my new companion will be one elder villaneda. i didnt know him by name but ive played basketball with him a couple times on pdays now. so i actually kinda know him. so itll be exciting and cool but not easy im sure. especially as winter comes.

the weather has been cooler but still not terrrible. it generally warms up by the middle of the day. today it was like in the 80s… kinda crazy. but i hear its suppose to be a particularly rough winter. on a bike. woohoo.

but thats the excitement for the week really. it was an edge of the seat situation all week. but i get to train! sort of. haha i will have a step son. so all day today he called me step dad at basketball. we played basketball for 2 hours straight this morning. and its a lot of fun but i have got a lot of improvement necessary. i have no idea what im really doing and i miss like every shot. but i can jump and take the ball out of the air. thats pretty fun.

we met with sister o. twice last week, wednesday and saturday. and she even came to church sunday! she seems to be progressing but i wont really be here to see how it all goes. im hopeful for her though and look forward to coming down for the baptism. she seemed to enjoy church but could only stay for the first 2 hours of it. it was even a testimony meeting. amazingly a bunch of little kids kept going up. that was cool. but no one said anything freaky. which is good. we were a little worried for a minute.

this week was pretty cool over all though. we did splits on tuesday. with evan c. – a priest – and brother c. – new in the ward, called as assistant ward mission leader. i went with brother c. and i took him to people on a list we had gotten from ward council. people we had records of but didnt know anything about… less actives who hadnt been contacted in awhile. and we just went looking for people. introducing ourselves trying to figure it all out. not a whole lot of success but a cool experience nonetheless. elder hunter took evan to a lesson with a family in the ward.

thursday was the train the trainers and that was really cool. makes me even more excited to train a new missionary at some point in my mission. there are 5 people from my group that came from the mtc together that were at the train the trainers meeting. 3 of them are training and 2 of us were called for visa waiters but no longer because they got their visas. we also got our haircut. that was nice. there is a paul mitchell school in colorado springs and the owner is a member so missionaries get free cuts. its pretty cool. good thing too cause my hair was getting looong.

thats pretty cool that you posted that picture. haha its a funny one for sure. we had dinner with that family on sunday and they made fajitas. chicken fajitas. werent quiiite as good as the carne asada ones we make. but still really good. theyre a really nice family.

saturday was the lovely halloween. that was a busy day. we woke up at 6 because a sister in our ward needed a blessig and was leaving at 645. so we were up, dressed and there at 630. i gave the blessing and i think it helps to be tired cause you dont really think you just open your mouth and let the spirit speak. that was pretty cool. we played volleyball at the church building at like 11 but from 10 to 11 we had my last conference call for misisonaries in training. we taught on the talk good better best. it was pretty cool. i like that talk a lot. but after volleyball we went to help a family from the ward load up their moving truck. toooon of stuff. they had a lot of people too. but they were packing it so tight it was insane. we had our lesson with sister o.: very cool. and then went to dinner at the v’s. a very nice family in the ward with a lot of little children. they were very accommodating to our lesson having to push dinner back. we then went to the c’s for the rest of the night. we put on their masks and were hanging out on the roof to mess with the trick or treaters. good time. we were sorta limited on what we could do that night.

as for the golf pants. i do like them still. they have been nice and comfy and i think they will prove themselves more when im biking everyday. i like the way normal slacks keep a crease a little more and i think they look better. but these look plenty nice and have been pretty comfy. i think getting some silk long johns would be good. considering i wont be in a car i believe they will come nicely in handy. mostly the bottoms for sure. i really miss choir ive discovered more and more. haha its so fun to make such cool music as we did and it doesnt just happen after that very much. mother youve cursed me with noticing music. first off, half the time, this ward picks hymns no one knows. but even worse both the organists are not very good. haha i notice one of them one holds dotted halfs for about 2 beats, and isnt the most consistent with tempo. the other just makes mistakes all the time. haha its kinda funny but it makes it harder to sing…

as far as snacks,i like protein bars and granola bars. some of the z bars were really good. and the peanut bars are really good. the beef sticks are a great protein treat of course. but i dont know beyond that. just not candy. i have no self control with candy. haha id rather snack on healthier snacks all the time than candy.

next week there should be some more new stuff as the next transfer gets going. but i think thats all for this week.

love you all so much

elder stark

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