First of all, YSA continues to be the best. It is so much fun. last week, as part of President Finch's inauguration, we had FHE at his (our) house. It was a cool 70 degrees, the sun was setting over the valley, and there were tons of people there, and several non-members and less actives. It was super fun. We got killed playing dunk-ball by President Finch, played volleyball, and made s'mores around their fire pit. Maseo also came, and he was in heaven the whole time. He jumped right in playing the games with everyone, and made tons of new friends. It was the perfect activity for him! He also kept telling people how excited he was to get baptized. We had a few lessons with him last week about the commandments, and he is so ready and excited to live them all. We had president Lewis out with us on Friday night to teach him about the law of tithing, and Maseo was so willing to live it that yesterday at church he strolled right in with his tithing envelope to give to the Branch Presidency. It is one of the best feelings watching someone start to live the commandments, especially when they do it so willingly! He is so ready to get baptized this Saturday! We've become really good friends with Maseo and can't wait to see where a life in the gospel takes him!
So Joseph, a guy that we taught for a while, dropped us last Sunday. On Monday, he was T-boned by a truck on his way to work. He wasn't hurt, but his truck was totaled. We will let him think about that. For real, though, I about swallowed the spoon I was eating my milkshake with when I noticed that it was his car on the road. We're just glad he's ok.
Zone Conference was last week, and President Lewis asked us to conduct it. It was pretty fun, especially since the program for those meetings get rearranged like 20 times during the actual conference. It was very uplifting, though, and was exactly what we needed to hear. My favorite part was a musical number from some sisters from the Southern part of the mission. They sang 'Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer," but it was a different arrangement and it was super pretty. The spirit was so strong that, as some have explained to me, "I was about to throw up." Apparently that's a thing with some people.
After Zone Conference, we went on exchanged with the AP's. I was with Elder Cannon, and we were in the ghetto. We taught one couple that was hilarious. We were reading out of the Book of Mormon with them, and we were talking about the verse that says, "and I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand." We read it, and then the boyfriend, Jesus, just sat there for a while and said, "So it was like in sign language or something?" Yes, Jesus. The Book of Mormon was translated from it's original sign language. They had the most innocent yet hilarious translations of the scriptures I have ever heard, and it was kind of a game to not shoot down their comments entirely, yet somehow show them what it actually means. Good times :)
So we were knocking on a door last week, when a pit-bull came sprinting full speed from around the house directly at Elder Jarvis. This thing was mean. It was trying to kill us. It almost reached him while he was running away when it got yanked back so hard by the chain it was on we thought it was going to break it. I jumped off the porch as it got to me, and noticed that the beast could reach the gate, the only entrance. After a few minutes of debating whether to climb the fence or make a run for the gate, we eventually made it through the gate right as the owner opens up the screen door to tell us off. She was mad because her dog would have been liable for any injury we could have gotten. It's in those moments I pray for Christlike charity.
So that's the week! Some awesome spiritual experiences and a baptism set up for this Saturday, and some more experience that reaffirm the fact that I'm never going to get a dog. At least not one from Yakima.
Love you all!
Peace and Blessin's,