Thursday, July 2, 2015

6-8-15 Meetings, Hunger Games, and Brazilian Bites

Hey Everyone! How's life?

Things are pretty good here in Huntington Beach! This week feels like it's been the longest week ever, but I guess that's due to the fact that we've had three different meetings on three different days and that P Day was on Tuesday last week. That'll do it to mess up a missionary's week! Haha! Anyways, due to the sheer amount of meetings, not much has happened this week, but it's still been a good one.

On Tuesday our first "meeting" or the time that we saw the whole zone was at the Temple to do an early morning session there. That was nice to be able to go back there and visit the temple, but I talked about that a lot on Tuesday, so enough of that.

Wednesday, our second meeting was our Zone Meeting for the week, and we talked a whole lot of business and stuff, which is fun still, because it is run strictly by us, the young missionaries. I'd like someone to find another kind of organization where young adults ages 18-25 voluntarily do service, conduct meetings, and make work schedules. All independently, all without older adult supervision or incentives. It just doesn't happen. Anyways, we spent that meeting discussing how we can improve our area because truth be told, it's a tough one. We also talked a lot about how we can improve our teaching methods and finding people and such. Just a day in the life of a missionary.

Thursday was a huge zone conference with President and Sister Tew. We talked a lot about how to teach about the Restoration of the Church of Christ and how to teach it with power so that we're able to teach it on less that 30 minutes. It was a really good training by President Tew because he's a REALLY good teacher. My mind is blown every time that I hear him teach.

On Saturday, I was kind of bummed out because Saturdays are pretty awful in our area. We usually don't have anyone to teach regularly on Saturdays, so we just go around contacting less-active members of the church and people who've showed potential interest in the church in the past. But, this Saturday was truly an answered prayer from Heavenly Father when we were able to teach two less-actives and visit with members of the ward. I was so happy because we stayed relatively busy all night long.

Today has been a lot of fun so far. Our zone, in an effort to become more unified, has decided to start playing games in the mornings on Mondays. today, we all came to the church building and played Hunger Games in the cultural hall. We set up a whole bunch of tables on their sides along with those fake trees that are usually in church foyers. Then we set up a whole bunch of nerf guns in the middle of the cultural hall and split into teams. After that, we turned out the lights, except for a few, and had some pretty awesome Hunger Games fights. We played about 4-5 rounds of this, building strategy and stealth, but most importantly, teamwork. It was so much fun. So we spent a few hours just doing that and letting off some steam. Afterwards, Sister Saintonge and I went down to main street by the beach to go get some lunch. We found this little street vendor selling Brazilian food, and I was like, "Heck yeah! Brazilian food! Let's do it!" So we went to get some coxinha (chicken, cream cheese, and mashed potatoes all fried up), empadinhas (Brazilian chicken pot pie), kibes (same as coxinha, but with beef), cheese bread, and Guarana Antarctica. (My MTC district can correct me if I got any of that wrong, since most of them are there anyways.) So that was pretty exciting.

Anyways, it's been another great week for Sister Denton! How about you? What's life like out in the world?

Have a great week!!

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