It was a bit slower this week, we didn't have too much success but that's alright. My knee is doing quite a bit better but still gets sore sometimes when we walk a lot. I donated blood the other day; it was great; you should all do it. They make donor cards and I had mine sent to my home address because I don't know our address here and don't know how long it would be until it got here so please send it to me when it arrives so I can use it again!
That's great to hear about Ryan! I'm sure that he's happy to finally be able to leave, it's been so long I feel sorry for him but tell him I said congrats and wish him luck! What are all the dates that everyone is leaving?
This week was really slow but it's alright. Lots of our appointments didn't show up or cancelled but the ones we were able to teach were really good. We had our FHE last week with our one friend/less-active and he took us out to Wendy's before which was great! He's a really great guy who is like 23 and just since I've been here he has progressed a ton and he even fasted yesterday. Which is great, he's a really good guy. We had a really good lesson with one of our really less active and gave him a priesthood blessing at the end of it. We also had a really good lesson with our Baptismal Date investigator on the Gospel of Christ, he is really funny and is a great guy. It was kind of funny when we were done teaching him he was going to jump on the bus with us and go to the store and a few days this week it poured rain and was really windy and not even a minute after we left his residence he took out his umbrella and the wind picked it up and it got destroyed, basically snapped in half.
We went home teaching with the high priest group leader and practiced lessons on the members which was realty effective and good experience. Yesterday we (six missionaries from Brandon) went out to a small town called Delaraine (not sure about the spelling) about 120Km outside of Brandon and we had a dinner appointment out there. (2nd dinner appointment! it was so exciting!!) The man of the couple's house we were at, got back from his mission about 7 years ago and his friend was also there who also got back from his mission around the same time so we taught them a lesson for practice and they gave us lots of good feedback and talked about their missions and experiences and teaching strategies that worked best for them. They were all really great people and we were able to learn quite a bit so it was also very effective.
Wednesday we went to the blood bank and donated blood which was really really great. I really liked it for some reason. We met some really nice people and talked to them and we are thinking about going back; could be potential investigators.
Thursday we worked at the soup kitchen again which was really good and we then went and made some hampers at the food bank. We did some other service this week too like picking weeds and what not.
On Saturday we had our YSA activity which was also really good. So many people came out. There was enough for two full teams with extras. Lots of less-actives, non-members, and a few investigators came out and we played beach volleyball and played for like two hours straight and everyone had a lot of fun. Since I have been here that was the most people that came out!
Today we got a referral texted to us from the Temple Square visitor’s center which was really interesting. Elder McRitchie said that that it was the first one he's received from there in like 5 months and only the second one he has had since he has been out on his mission so we'll try to contact that person tomorrow or some other time this week!
But that's what we did for the most part of the week besides walking around trying to find people but I wish you luck with all your endeavors this week!
-Love Elder Dola