I don't have a whole lot of time to write this week, but it really wasn't super interesting anyways; we biked around, we taught some lessons, and now we have a super busy P-day. Oh! I did, however, get some interesting news this week: President Egbert called me (yes, the mission president) and told me that when we get our money for the rent this week to not pay it. They'll be closing our house next month due to our already small area, and making the whole ward one area. Then, through a series of questioning the circumstances, I learned that I'll most likely be staying in this area next cycle, but moving into a different house and having tons more room to work with. But don't tell the sisters in my area! They're not supposed to know for another month! But yeah, that was pretty cool.
Like I said, this week wasn't super interesting, so the adventure of the week was just exchanges with our zone leaders. I stayed in my area with Elder Carlson, and it was pretty much any other day, but with a different companion. We rode around on bikes, contacted people, and taught some lessons.
I'm just gonna jump to my spiritual thought simply for lack of time. We learned in our zone conference last week about a story in the Book of Mormon. It's the story of a man who leaves Jerusalem with his family, returns to get the brass plates from Laban, and then builds a ship with his brothers and crosses the ocean. That's right, I'm talking about Laman. Now, many of you (like me) were probably thinking, "Oh! That's Nephi!" So, what was the difference between Nephi and Laman? They both did the same things and experienced the same trials, but their stories are very different. What separated them was their attitude in dealing with said trials and afflictions. Life is full of difficulties that we all have to deal with. All we going to be a Laman and deal with them with an attitude of "All right, fine," or are we going to be like Nephi and say, "I will go and I will do"? I love this work and I love this gospel, and most of all, iré y haré.
Q&A with Elder Groesbeck (questions by Wil Groesbeck his older brother)
1. What do you do for morning exercises?
Elder Hixon and I have actually been adding one pushup every day, and by the time he goes home, we'll be at 100; we did 74 this morning, and it's getting flippin hard. Then I do some stuff for ab excercises and call it a morning.
2. How long do it take to get to one side of the area to the other?
On my bike, about 5 minutes...
3. What are some of the goals you have right now?
I've been working on my Spanish that I use for chatting; I can teach and talk about gospel stuff in Spanish, but I can't talk about a whole lot of other things, so that's been my goal for the past little while.
4. What about goals that you have as a companionship?
Keep Elder Hixon from getting trunky.
5. When I was on my mission during companionship study we did a lot of role plays. Do you do them? Have any cool experiences?
Yeah, we do them; it's just been good practice thus far for whatever we're going to teach. I'm still learning how to teach the lessons, so we haven't had any super cool experiences with them yet.
6. Favorite type of taco meat?
That's a really tough one... Probably chorizo or chorizo argentino.
7. How do you find new investigators?
We have to get 10 new contacts every day, so sometimes it's knocking doors and sometimes it's just people in the street.
8.How often do you go on exchanges?
We do it once every cycle with our district or zone leader, so I've done it twice thus far.
9. From my mission I remember people naming their kids when translated to English didn't make sense. One example, there was a women that was named Concepción but when by Coni in English it's conception. Do you have any examples of that?
We've met a few people named Dulce, which is supposed to be Spanish for sweet, but it can also mean candy. I assume they didn't mean to name their child Candy, but that one is actually a name in English.
10. Last but defiantly not least, how do you serve the people in your area?
We've trimmed trees, washed a patio, moved some furniture, and tomorrow we're going to paint a ceiling.
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