Thursday, June 23, 2016


Golden State Lost

I'm coming home. You can't stop me. If I'm going to be depressed, I want to have my depressed family and a punching bag with me.
It's alright. They won last year. They just had to make a point this year and then decided to shed some pity on Lebron James and let him win this time.
It's like the Oscars. They HAD to give Di Caprio an Oscar. They just had to. And they HAD to let Lebron James win one. It's what keeps the universe in check. Oh man, my companion just told me he thought July was spelled with two "Ls." :| Oh no... ;) 
Father's Day sounds like it was fun. Personally, I like chicken more than turkey anyway. Mmmmm...Chocolate Bacon. To be brutally honest, though, I like Maple Bacon Donuts more. And that's not just because I'm temporarily Canadian. I can't think of anything else for the package. Ooooo. Pineapple Dole Whip at Parley's Place?? I'm really coming home now. That place is ze best. Sorry about the long days, Mom. Hope it all goes well.
This last week for me was a lot more relaxed. Still super great though. Last Monday we had one of my good friends, and favorite members, Stuart (see Dapper Chinese Man in past picture), take us shopping at the Mall. I Love Shopping. I'll admit it. WITH PRIDE!!! I got some SWEET STUFF!!!! Two new ties, two pairs of Cuff Links, a bie tar, a new Cuff Link Shirt, and a New Black Pair of Pants (because my last ones ripped). All just a little of a hundred dollars (US dollars). NOT BAD. It was super fun, took me back to the good ole' days where Joe and I would go shoppin' at the mall. :) It was a touch awkward though because we were dragging my companion around (A. He doesn't really love shopping and B. He thought his debit card didn't work, which it did) and Stuart didn't end up buying anything. Their Loss.
Last Tuesday I saw Abigail, because she was on Exchanges with the Sisters in Mississauga. I'll send you the Missionary Appropriate picture we took (Elder Delap and I were doing service beforehand. That's why I look like a normal person).
Wednesday we had a Zone Conference. Which is where we saw President and Sister Clayton for our last time (probably). It was super fun. Pictures will follow.
So on Saturday, our Ward had our "Annual Chili Cook-Off" and Bake Sale, but lets swing back a couple hours to Friday Night. So for the Bake Sale, I decided that I wanted to make Chocolate Cups filled with Mousse. I had done this once before in the past (years ago) and so I was pretty confident about it. How you make the chocolate cups is by dipping balloons in melted chocolate, freezing them, and then when you pop the balloons, the chocolate cup stays. So my first mistake was using these crummy, old balloons that I had that are used for making balloon animals. My second mistake was deciding to double my efforts and use both ends of the balloon to make TWO chocolate cups at once. My third and most fatal mistake was not letting the melting chocolate cool down before dipping the balloons in. SO, I had dipped one end in, let the excess drip off, turned it over, dipped in the other end, pulled it out, then POP!!!! Hot Melted Chocolate ALL OVER the Wall, the Floor, the Oven, the Toaster, the Newly Washed Dishes, My Clothes, the CEILING, the walls in the OTHER Room, and many more things. I cried. Not really, it was pretty funny, and miserable. I did all my follow up calls that night while scrubbing EVERYTHING in our kitchen. Needless to say, I gave up on making the cups, after I popped two more balloons.
Nevertheless, the Chili Cook-Off was SUPER fun. The missionaries were the judges of the chili. So we got to try all of them (11 chilies). Everyone agreed on the best chili, except me. I was the odd one out. Really, I was the only one with perfect taste buds. ;)
Father's Day was fun. No one came to church. Well, almost no one. After church the Relief Society made a big Lunch for the Fathers/Future Fathers. It was super fun. Later that night we stopped by to pick up a belt from the Bishop's House (mine broke) and his wife invited us in to have dinner with them. It was very nice and pleasant. I shared one of the first scriptures I've memorized, which is found in Acts 17:27-29 which reads, "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him WE LIVE, and MOVE, and HAVE OUR BEING; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device." This Father's Day, I reflected on my Earth Father and how he has blessed my life in SO many ways and how incredible he is and the incredible example he has been. But also, I thought a lot of my Spiritual Father. How much I have inherited from him. How much I love him and he loves us. How much he has blessed me with. Our relationship with our father in Heaven and the opportunity we have to have constant contact with him is an INCREDIBLE Blessing in our lives. I know that he loves us. And I love him. And I love you all. And I hope you all had a wonderful father's day. Chao!!

Monday, June 6, 2016


People. Are. Jerks.
I have NO idea why ANYONE would have taken the c
ord, money, AND guitar picks. Was there a family letter in there as well, because I got a bunch from the ward (Christmas ones), but no family one. I know last time the Monopoly money was with that. What a world. There's nothing else I can think of. But yeah, I basically can make an Origami Toronto Temple from memory now because basically all the Sisters in the mission have asked me to make them one. YES! Chocolate Decadence!!! We're going to Costco today, so I'll go buy the goods. Tell your cousin that the drink is called Horchata. It's sold in most Hispanic Restaurants, but the powder is the BEST I've ever had. The brand is called "Klass" and it comes in a pretty big bag for usually pretty cheap.
So this last week was pretty grand. Honestly, missionary work is one of my favorite things. Especially when you have people to teach and baptize. This last Tuesday, we were teaching an 11 year-old Brazilian boy named Joao, whose mother is a returning member. We were talking about baptism, and he turns to his mom and asks her "Have I been baptized??" she says "no," then he says "When am I going to get baptized??" It was SO sweet. So we set him with a baptismal date in three weeks, June 25th. We've been working with a bunch of other people, and it has been incredible to see all their progression. Angela, the woman who was supposed to get baptized yesterday, is still pending on her baptism, due to the fact that she is recovering from dental work. We've talked with her though and she is still set on being baptized. So in time.
Nothing too much more happened this week. I was able to go on exchanges with the famous Elder Bahr. :) It was super cool to see how much he has grown as a missionary since the beginning of his mission. Love that guy. Remember when I said that Elder Delap reminds me a TON like him. Well they met. And yeah. I was right. They clicked better than...a really good seatbelt. ;) Elder Delap and I are having our ups and downs. He likes to comment (negatively) about every little thing I do (especially driving), which is dangerous because I'm very prideful and sassy (thanks Dad). So I usually just do something really sassy that makes him upset. So, needs be, we're trying to find a better way to get along. He's got a lot to handle being a new missionary and everything, so I should try to make his life a little less stressful. :)
We had a big Zone meeting last Friday (where I saw Abigail again) and one thing that we talked about was the importance of having the Spirit in our lives and in the lives of the people we're working with. Prior to the meeting, I read a great talk by Henry B. Eyring. where he addressed the problem many people have about discerning from their own thoughts, and the impressions of the Spirit. He says "You can know when these impressions to act for Him are from the Spirit rather than from your own desires. When the impressions square with what the Savior and His living prophets and apostles have said, you can choose to obey with confidence. Then the Lord will send His Spirit to attend you." That is a promise from a Prophet, and it's something that I think a lot of people struggle about in life. But he puts it quite plainly and bluntly. I know that the Spirit is SO important to have and to listen to. I've been trying to align my life more these last few weeks to have the constant companionship of the Spirit with me. I love you all and hope you have a great week. Chao!!