Well...happy late Pi Day I guess at least. Elder Stevens and I really enjoyed our Pi Day. We got a cookies and cream pie last Monday, and then this last Saturday we ate it! But we didn't just eat it at any random time of the day! Because this Pi Day was a special Pi Day! Since the numerical value of Pi is 3.141592654 it meant that this year rather than just eating pie on 3/14. We ate it on 3/14/15 at 9:26:54!!! Total nerdout! But it was a very delicious act of nerdiness do that made it really really good. And then we got to do service afterwards so that was really fun as well! And all throughout the day Elder Stevens was asking people how their Pi Day was.
Anyways! As for the rest of the week!
Last Monday we also had a zone activity which was fun, and if you remember from last year when I was in Temecula you can probably guess what the activity was! We went to a member's house named the Myles, ate lunch, and then played around! It was a lot of fun! One funny thing about it is that Elder English is now back up here in Temecula as well as I am, and the ward he was in up here was the Myles' ward! So when he walked into their house they looked at him like, "How did you get back here!?" But they were very excited to see him. And I was excited to enjoy spending time with a lot of missionaries that I know and like!
Had a zone training meeting on Tuesday which was really good. We talked a lot about teaching by the Spirit and really trying to listen to the Spirit to solve investigator concerns. I got to play as the investigators during the practices, and that was really fun! I really enjoy playing investigators, and according to the other missionaries in my group I do a really good job about it, though all I try to do is act real. We also got to hear some really good counsel from President Kendrick at the meeting. He was there with Sister Kendrick visiting our meeting, which is cool because I always really enjoy hearing from him.
Had a lesson with C and J this week. Just to recap. C is an investigator who referred him and his son J to take the missionary lessons because they had met with missionaries in the past and wanted to get back into it. So we had a really good lesson with them, and talked about all the things that they need to know as far as qualifications for baptism. J is ready to get baptized as long as he comes to church one more time. Sadly though, J didn't come to church this last week so we will not be able to get him baptized as soon as we hoped. C did come though! And we were very excited about that one!
Most of the rest of the week was spent walking around talking to people because unfortunately we weren't able to meet with any of our other investigators. Our investigator M cancelled because she was going to a concert, and then our investigator S cancelled to spend time with her husband. I guess that was a good enough reason though, because the reason why she felt like she needed to spend time with him the night of our lesson was because she was gone the beginning of the week, and then the day she got back, rather than just spend the night at home, she went to our ward's Relief Society dinner. Which Elder Stevens and I were pretty excited about.
I guess that pretty much sums up my week right there. In light of the upcoming General Conference, I want my spiritual thought to be on that. In his closing remarks, President Monson said about the talks shared at conference, "May we all ponder the truths we have heard, and may they help us to become even more valiant disciples than we were when this conference began. Until we meet again...." As far as my thought, I would just like to say to everyone that I would encourage you to reread the talks from the last conference, at least one talk daily, to prepare yourself for the upcoming conference. I have been trying to do that in my personal studies and I have been really enjoying going back over the things that were shared. What I would also encourage is for you to share with people, whether in person or via the internet, things that you learn as your study the past words of the General Authorities. I am really looking forward to conference! My next couple emails will probably feature talks and quotes that I really liked that I have re-studied! To start off, one that I liked from President Monson's talk "Guided Safely Home" which goes, "A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, never likely to reach home port....With the rudder of faith guiding our passage, brethren, we too will find our way safely home—home to God, to dwell with Him eternally."