First of all, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day! This week has been kind of different. For starters... today is transfers. But, do we know what is going on with transfers? No. They tried to change up the system, and so sometime today they will be sending a fax with all the transfer information to the Zone Leaders, and then they will be calling us sometime today. AHHHH! I feel like I very well could be transferred, but as of right now, I know nothing. Bugged! So eventually I will let you know whats up. Not super happy about this new system though.
Last P-Day, however, was pretty great! We had a Zone P-Day at Andrews Park. We had some relay races, some craziness, and had a lot of fun :) It was kind of cold, but we realized that this was probably one of our last P-Day activities outside. It is starting to get a little bit nippy. Not good! After our Zone P-Day, we went out joint teaching. We had an awesome lesson with an investigator family. We watched a Mormon Message that I watched this past week called "You Never Know." It seriously is one of my favorite Mormon Messages. You should all definitely watch it! The missionaries in our ward get the monthly newsletter emailed to us, and I found out that one of the writers for that Mormon Message is actually coming to our ward for a Relief Society activity or something like that. Sounds like fun!
On Tuesday we had a bit of a slower day. We were able to visit with a less-active member. We just talked outside for a little while about Church, and how his daughters like to pray. We talked about the power of prayer, and the influence it has in our lives. Afterwards we did a little bit of finding, and then we stopped by another less-active member. He was having a tough time. He has taken up drinking again, and his life quality has gone downhill. He was drunk when we stopped by, and at first turned us away. We talked to him for a little bit, and then he asked us to come inside. I shared a message with him about service, and the influence that serving others has in our life. Since he started drinking, he has been very focused on himself and all the things other people have done to him to make him the way that he is. He agreed that service would be a good outlet to help him to change. He is not ready to give up drinking again, but realizes that in the future that is definitely one of his goals. Kind of sad to see the negative changes that have occurred recently in his life.
On Wednesday we had District Meeting. Our last District Meeting this transfer. Kind of crazy! After District Meeting, we went on a quick blitz exchange with our Zone Leaders in our area. I was with an elder from Mountain Green, Utah. We had some pretty good times together! We did some finding and then stopped by an investigator. her son answered the door and then she came in a little bit later. We taught them the restoration, and then afterwards some family drama came up. Her son feels like she hates him because she is always focused on his other brother who is in prison. She feels like he is jealous of his brother. There was a pretty big explosion and a LOT of yelling. So we had a fun teaching opportunity about healthy family relationships and the family proclamation. It calmed the situation down a little bit, but clearly they are going to need to have a heart to heart. In the evening we went out joint teaching. He wanted to go visit a less-active member. She is going to Idaho this week, and wanted to go to the temple there and take out her endowments. She also wanted a blessing. We were able to give her a blessing, but were not much help with the temple. We talked about how after she gets back from her trip and starts coming to Church she can go to the temple. She wasn't super thrilled to hear that though. Usually you don't wait for two days before a big trip to make a decision like that though! It was pretty interesting.
On Thursday we had our weekly service at PRISM. After our service, we went over to the library and did some mormon.org time. I love all the Mormon Messages on mormonchannel.org! In the evening we went out joint teaching. We had an awesome lesson with the a family about having a Christ centered home. We read the talk "The Home: The School of Life" and they really enjoyed that. I have learned a lot on my mission from observing different families and recognizing different things that work, and things that don't work. It has been kind of nice! Luckily I won't have to make any big family decisions for a while! Afterwards we went and had a lesson with another family. The wife just recently had surgery, so she is recovering from that, but otherwise they are doing great! We talked to them about missionary work, and they discussed some missionary actions that they are already doing. It was pretty cool!
On Friday we had Weekly Planning. I did not feel super great on Friday, but it all worked out! After Weekly Planning we raked a family’s leaves. First leaf raking this season, but I am sure many more are yet to come. In the evening we went out finding and talked to a guy in our apartment parking lot. He was named after Saint John the Baptist. We taught him the restoration, and had a really great discussion with him. He was a very interesting person, but maybe he will have interest in the Church!
On Saturday we biked over to Minneapolis and helped rake more leaves. Leaf raking job number two. We also took a bunch of pictures around West Broadway. I of course took a picture at St. Andrews Episcopal Church :) St. Andrews day is actually coming up! I believe it is November 30th. Later we had a lesson a member. We watched a movie called "How Rare A Possession: The Book of Mormon." It was super good! Kind of old school though. I think as a whole we definitely take the Book of Mormon for granted though. I can definitely do better at not doing that. In the evening we went out joint teaching. We had a lesson with an investigator on the 10 Commandments, Obeying and Honoring the Laws of the Land, and Studying the Scriptures. He slipped up this week on the Word of Wisdom, so we also talked to him about how he can overcome those hard times with the gospel and prayer. It was a super good day though!
Sunday was Fast Sunday because of our crazy schedule these past few weeks. We had Ward Conference, then General Conference, and in a few weeks we have Stake Conference. Fun stuff! Testimony meeting was super good though :) For the rest of the day we did some finding. Not a super successful day though. We just need to find some new people to teach! Hopefully this next week will be better, wherever I end up serving haha. We shall see if I have another transfer here!
Thank you all for all of your love and support! You are the best :) I hope you have an amazing week, and that all is well back home. Talk to you soon!
Elder Kyle William Andrews