i wanted to give one more shoutout to another monte bello family that i said goodbye to on last monday. this is the family of our ward mission leader who passed away from cancer about a month ago. the oldest son just got back from his mission in chile. they have been so strong through all of their trials. i love them so much. that's something i've learned on my mission. you have to learn to love people-- if you don't already know how. there are a few people that we had started teaching here in monte bello that had told the previous missionaries no, they didn't want to have the missionary lessons. they said they wanted us to teach them because we "actually cared about them and aren't fake". you gotta love the people and I really do!
Don't even get me started with how much I love this new area! It's such a blessing to be here right now.
So the area that I cover is two wards and it's like a neighborhood in Santa Clara, UT or the Clark's neighborhood in Orem because that's literally what our area is... a few neighborhoods. It's like a mini-Provo with some non-members sprinkled in there too… but don't let that make you think that there's nothing to do here cause we are having a lot of success! We are teaching this awesome big family that is about to adopt another girl and also teaching a lot of part-member families. It's definitely different work than my last area in the ghetto but the gospel of Jesus Christ is the same everywhere. We just present it differently here. #teachpeoplenotlessons
The members here are so good at missionary work! We are getting a lot of referrals from them and it's great! They aren't scared!
The Edwards Family lives in my zone (cousins of the Clarks… so pretty much my cousins too right?)
and this week I went to lunch with Will Edwards and also Tommy Taylor who was passing through on his way back from California! I also saw Will again last night at a fireside we had and we are having dinner with them on Tuesday!
Elder Rockwood is one of the coolest guys I know. We have so much in common! We are getting up at 5:45 every morning to workout and play basketball. He played for BYU-Hawaii before his mission for the same coach that coached Dad at Dixie. Also, one of our Bishops played for Coach Wagner too at BYU-Hawaii! We are both left-handed, and his older sister is my Aunt Jill's personal trainer in Provo! Small world!
This next paragraph is for Will Clark.
One night this week we went over to one of our members house to meet some of their son's friends. They were all basketball players for Foothill High School last year and they played against you (Orem) and beat you 2 seasons ago! Some of them are playing in college right now. The member of our ward is the one who hit the game winning shot in one of the games against you in Orem!
That high school is also the same high school that has the dance team that goes to nationals every year in Orlando so Maggie and Abby… look for the members of my ward on ESPN in 2 months or so and maybe you can get as good as them!
One of the members in our wards is the Hulshoff family and they said they were in Chris and Aubrey's ward when they lived in California.
Here everyone, member and nonmember alike, know the missionaries. Our work is mostly part-member families and tracting (first time on my mission I've done it). So when we knock on nonmember's doors, it's not "who are you?" the response is, "what's up guys, want some water?" They might not be interested but their neighbors on their left, right, and across the street are Mormon so they love us.
One of our members has pet monkeys, yeah like the real kind. They have 2 squirrel monkeys that are very friendly, except they stole my pen when I met them! I don't have a picture with them yet, but I will get one in the near future.
I love you guys! Have a great week!
... but one last thing about monte bello-- temple right there!