Monday, December 8, 2014

The End of the Trio...

Well, as the title says, this week Elder English, Elder Daley and my tri-panionship ended. But before I get to that there is some other stuff to say!

Just like last week. We have been really really really busy this week since we were covering all three wards. And also just like last week half the time I didn't even know what was going on! But we had some really fun lessons with a few of the less-active members of our ward.

One of those lessons started off with the ward council giving us a name that none of them knew who it was. So, us, being the missionaries, went to go stop by. We knocked on the door where the less active member was supposed to live...and found him! And then he let us in! He was a very nice guy and was very open with having us visit him. And he told us that he was wanted to start going back to Church regularly again. We had a nice visit with him, and then we invited him to come to church the next Sunday, and he said he would. Sure enough, he was at church yesterday! He told us he was only going to stay for sacrament meeting but that next week he would stay the whole three hours.

With Elder Daley
Another fun story from later in the week. At one point we were trying to figure out some logistics for some lessons we had (one in Elder English and my ward and one in Elder Daley's family ward), and in the end we decided that Elder English would go on splits for the one in our ward and that I would go with Elder Daley to his. We get to the lesson, and it goes really good! The lady we were teaching said that she wasn't planning on getting converted, but that she would love to have us keep coming by. So that was really good!

But the fun part is what happened after the lesson!

After we got out of the lesson Elder English was still in his, and so Elder Daley and I just decided to go contacting. We start walking down a side street and we see a family talking pictures in front of a tiger mural. So, me, trying to be nice while also trying to lead into a gospel conversation, asked if they wanted me to take a picture of all of them. They respond with something like, "Oh no, we're good. We don't take help from Jehovah Witnesses. We're actually LDS." So we all start laughing at that, and then the man in the group turns to us and says, "Ok, I actually have a magic trick for you two." Elder Daley and I are just like, "Sweet." And he says, "One of I think..." pointing at me, " from La Verkin, Utah." I said, "Yeah" thinking in my head that it must be a member from one of my old wards (which made sense because I thought I had recognized him). Then he said, "And your dad is in the bishopric." I thought, 'Oh, must be from Temecula, because Dad didn't get put there till just before I came back out' and then he said, "and your mother just recently got a new calling." At this point I was a bit shocked since I hadn't told anyone that. Ever. Lastly he says, "and you have a brother who is a priest." At which point I said, "Nope."

Anyways! Turns out that it was Brother Gary Chaves! The high councilman that covers good old La Verkin 6th ward! It was really funny to run into someone from La Verkin in Carlsbad! So we got some pictures, talked for a few minutes, and then Elder Daley and I went on our way laughing about it.
Elder Wixom with the Chaves Family
After that nothing too dramatic happened except that Elder Daley finally got his new companion. His name is Elder Dunford, and he is a pretty cool guy! It's kind of sad that the trio has been split apart, because it was a lot of fun. But at the same time I'm glad that it is over, because now I can give all my efforts back to the Carlsbad 3rd ward!

My scripture thought for the day will be Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."  I really like it just because there really is a time for everything according to the wisdom of the Lord. For me specifically there was a time to be in a trio, and now it is time to not be. And there is a time to be a regular person, and then there is a time to be a missionary, and it's my time to be a missionary.

Reading a good book at the Free Library

Love you all! Thank you for all of your support!


Elder Wixom

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