Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fun week meeting the mission President with booming fireworks

Dear Family and Friends
       This has been a great and interesting week. Monday, after emails, we went to the stake center as usual. I played around with my slings and it was amusing, and a disclaimer: I do not plan to hurt any living creature with them because it would be mean and not what Christ would want me to do, (snakes in my house may be an exception though it hasn't happened). Well we went to dinner at a members house from the Seward branch and they thought we weren't coming because the other Elders called and they missed the call, ya da ya da ya du. Well it was funny, we had some great last minute chili dogs and that was perfect. Nothing too fancy, just good old food. 
      Tuesday was great, we went out to Grand Island and met the new mission president, President Gardner. He is from Cache Valley, Utah though he grew up in the Holladay area and went to Olympus High School. His wife went to Skyline and they met at BYU, and they both graduated from the U of U! Good old mix! We then came back and visited as many of the less actives from the Seward branch in Crete as we could, and that was all good. I love teaching people, it is fun. We had good lessons with everyone, some were short and sweet, some were good decent chats/ lessons.
         Wednesday we didn't get much done on the actual teaching side. We spent lots of time walking around trying to find people but that didn't work out because walking takes time, and we sometimes walk slow. So there is not much we can do but we did go to a little picnic thing at assisted living facility with a less active lady, who was really excited to have us come be her guests since she has never had a guest at that event before. So that was super sweet, we did wish we could have stayed for the fireworks but we had to go try to see people.
         Thursday wasn't the most productive day, but we did get three lessons. We did service. so it was a good day. I mowed a lawn in the rain and got super soaked, then we went and had Chinese food at a Chinese buffet. It was good, cooked properly, no weird tasting nastiness. We then went and did service at the thrift store and picked up the leather for Sling 2.0, Goliath slayer. It will be cool. I will send you a picture next p-day. We then went and play basketball with an investigator, and then we went and tried another family and had a great lesson with them. They took us straight into the Plan of Salvation without us even trying. They had the perfect questions and we have the answers, so it was so nice. Then we hopped across town to another family for dinner, and seeing what service we could do for them.
            Friday we actually got to do weekly planing and I got a haircut (the haircut place is closed on Mondays who would have thought). We had a great lesson with Sandi. We watched the Restoration video with her and she said at the end, "I believe he [Joseph Smith] probably had a vision, I am not quite ready to read The Book of Mormon." Progress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
          Saturday, Independence Day, we went to Foodnet, gased our apartment for cockroaches and went to Beatrice to see a family. Teaching the family didn't work as planned, because they were having a carne asada (roast) but I talked with the dad's best friend, a really honest guy, not perfect but honest. We talked for two hours about God and the Bible and he is a solid good man, not perfect but good, I hope we can teach him again and tell him more about the restoration because he seemed to had good questions about all of that. Then we came home and watched fireworks from off our apartment balcony. That was fun, then we went in and went to bed.
          Sunday we got a ride to church from Brother Wardle. It was fantastic. We had some good lessons in Priesthood and Gospel Principles, and that was so good. We had one lesson with Dustin and he is hopefully going to read/listen to The Book of Mormon, so that is good. We shocked him, the Gospel Library doesn't use WiFi. Wow, cool but surprising. So that was our week. I hope you all have a good week and read your scriptures, and take advantage of our freedom of religion.
Love Logan Joseph Draper

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