be thankful

Hey Evrybdy
We had a great week this week! Nothing too exciting, just the regular missionary stuff. We did a lot of service this week, including moving someone out of a third floor apartment! (In the rain too!) It wasn’t too bad though, but we got soaked! They made up for the brutal physical labor (kidding) with some pizza and drinks. We also woke up super early this week to help with a “thrift store sale thing” but it was more like a garage sale. It was for this shelter that also had a thrift store thing with it. So we were over there at like 6:30 in the morning. We got to wear these cool red aprons that made us look super official. So there’s all these clothes and then in the back there’s a toy section. They put us in different spots to watch over everything while people were shopping, I got put back by the toys (freak yeah).
So we’re all just standing around, mind you that there was a large line of people out front. So we’re just talking and all of a sudden I hear all of these people RUNNING through this small store thing. Within 10 seconds the entire place is crowded with people, just stuffing their bags full of toys and whatever crap was in there. I was sketched out! Too many people for me haha! It wasn’t all that bad after that first part though. After that we went and had breakfast/correlation meeting at our Bishop’s house. Then we headed to a baptism for a young kid in our ward. There were going to be a lot of non members there, so we spoke to the group about missionary work. Pretty cool experience!
Something cool this week is that we went on exchanges with the Zone Lords. I went to Manassas with Elder Neyman. We did some visiting and eating. It was nice. SO there’s a new sensation sweeping the mission…. YU-GI-OH!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh it’s as nostalgic as it sounds. So, in case you didn’t know, I used to be super into Yugioh back in the day (2nd-3rd grade). It was like a sweet homecoming to walk into that apartment and then sit down and have a good old duel. I’ll be having fun with that don’t worry.
Last you heard, our investigator Jordan was kind of getting off track for baptism. While I was in Manassas, Elder Jones and Elder Ross had a lesson with the kid. He’s shown so much growth since the first time we met with him. It’s literally night and day. His scheduled baptism was for this Saturday, but we’re going to push it back a few weeks. I didn’t have a lot of faith in this kid, I’ll admit it. But, he’s showing some initiative and he’s actually progressing a lot more than before. We gave him a mock baptismal interview, and he had some questions regarding modern day prophets aka he’d “never heard of Thomas Monson before.” (Even though I know we’ve given lessons around that and he’s watched conference.) Anyways…. He went home and read a lot of conference talks and read about Joseph Smith a lot. He came to church (!!!) prepared and was ready to learn. We know he’ll be ready in a few weeks if he keeps this up.
Well, Elder Ross and I have been getting along better. We’ve been working a lot more, and I think he finally realized that he needs to act like a missionary! He’s been working hard and not falling asleep so we’re doing good on that note. AND my nose is still intact 😀 hahaha
Have a good week everyone. Be thankful for your family and for this gospel. (Kind of forgot it was Thanksgiving this week until just barely ha) Show your thanks through service. STRIVE to be like Jesus. Keep it real. THE CHURCH IS TRUE!

-elder evansj

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