Monday, May 15, 2017

"The highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother."

Happy belated Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mother figures in our lives.  We love and appreciate all of you.  Russell M. Nelson said "The highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother."  Isn't that so true?  I appreciate my mommy so very much!

Anyway this week went by real quick.  On Monday we went to the park to play some ultimate Frisbee, and not too many companionships showed up, so we ended up playing know how well me and soccer get along.  Had our meeting, and dinner with the Devor's, at McDonald's! Yeah buddy!

Tuesday we had to inspect some apartments in the morning, and talk with some missionaries, before coming back home and weekly planning.  We were able to set up a lot of appointments this week, and the weeks to come, which was cool.  We had a good knockout, and dinner with a family who is about to move to Virginia this week for work...FBI agent.  We had a really good lesson with Tabatha later on as well, and committed her to pray about a specific date for her baptism.

Wednesday we hit up some people in the morning, before having lunch, and exchanging with the West Hill's Elders.  I was with Elder Cardinal in Woodland Hills.  Knockout was a little tough.  We were in a very Jewish area.  Not too much interest there, hahaha.  We visited some investigators, and members to set up quick visits to share a message about missionary work.  We had dinner at California Chicken Cafe, which is like...a cafe, with mostly chicken products...hahaha.  They hadve some real good wraps.

On Thursday morning we ran to Van Nuys to collect mail for everyone, because that's something we gotta do.  We hustled back (I say hustle, but LA traffic is awful) and had a lesson with someone that a member referred to us awhile back, we finally had a set lesson.  We brought a member who used to be in the ward, but has since moved, and was visiting for the summer.  It's difficult to get male members to lessons at 11 am.  The lesson went real well.  We exchanged back, and then had district meeting, where we trained again.  We hit a couple people, then knockout, then dinner at In 'n' Out with a member, before heading to the stake center for a meeting with the Stake President and President Henrie.  It's always good to meet with them, and discuss missionary work in this area.

Friday we had a lesson in the morning, and then a supposed one after that fell through, but rescheduled.  We eventually exchanged with the YSA elders, which started at a physical therapy office for my stupid wrist...still.  Elder Bennett and I were in YSA work over the valley.  It was sick! They live right next to Cal State Northridge Univ (CSUN) so there were a lot of people to talk to.  We had a good knockout, a quick dinner, and then a member picked us up to go to a lesson with an investigator at the church.  We did a church tour, showed them around, and then did a lesson.  We read from the Book of Mormon, and bore testimony of it.  It went really well!

Exchanges with Elder Bennett

Saturday, got up, and balled.  The YSA elders happen to live out of the zone, because they cover the whole valley, and live with Elder Liddiard.  So I got to ball with him in the morning and catch up a bit, it was sick!  We had a lesson with someone on the other side of the valley, and on our way home, the car wouldn't go over 40 MPH, and the RPM's wouldn't drop below 4K...not good.  Plus, I had to get back to our area, which required going on 3 different freeways...I just pulled off, and we started knocking where we were until the car coordinator could come.  Turns out, this car had problems in the past too.  Eventually we exchanged back and had a good rest of the night.

Sunday we had church.  It was good.  We had 7 youth speakers talk about mothers.  Aren't mothers great?  After church we were able to Skype home.  It was such a blessing to be able to see my family. It's great to see everyone and hear everyone.  We eventually had dinner with our bishops family, and then made a couple visits before heading home for the night.

Be sure to show your mothers or mother figures appreciation everyday, not just one day of the year!  I love my mom!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!  I love you all!

Elder Martin

Yard work in dress clothes...# unplanned service

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"The choices you make here and now are forever important."  President Thomas S. Monson

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