Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Friends and family!

Hello hello how is everyone doing this week?! I hope that the week of
snow in Colorado has been good! It's still really sunny and nice here!
Ha it's weird...this was a pretty busy week we had a lot of meetings!
It's always lame to have a lot of meetings but it does make the time
go by faster and I got to see a few of my mission friends! So on
Monday after we went to crystal city we taught a less active named
Ronnie! He is a great guy with such a big heart. He has had a few
complications in his life and it's shaken his testimony a little bit.
He has made so much progress since I've started meeting with him. We
shared the new Christmas video that has come out and he loved it! He
was just saying how beautiful it was and testifying of the living
savior! It was amazing... He is such a simple man with such a great
testimony. The williamsons are great people. A member orders pizza for
us on Monday night so we sat around for an hour waiting for the pizza
to arrive and it never did until like 8 that night ah it was so lame!
Tuesday we had district meeting! But that morning we get a call from
the Spanish elders in our zone saying they locked their keys in the
trunk of their car. We went to chantillys district meeting and one of
my mission buddies elder haddon did a great job teaching about the
Christlike attribute of charity! It was great. We did a lot of driving
the rest of the day... Down to Manassas to pick up the Spanish elders
then all the way to Burke to get their keys and then all the way back
to our area! That night we didn't have a dinner and sister huntsman
had asked my companion elder holdaway to give a presentation to the
youth of the Burke Ward so we drove back! He is in a couple Mormon
messages and pretty popular. He did a good job presenting to the
youth! Meanwhile elder vasilyev and I got to talk to sister huntsman
the whole time! It was awesome! The huntsman family is so dang cool!
Wednesday was a fun day we had to drive back to Burke to go to the
office! On the way to the office we stopped at my new favorite fast
food place...firehouse subs. It's so dang good. Elder vasilyev loves
to use hot sauce on his sandwiches there so he dared me to try the
hottest sauce at firehouse call "mad dog 357" that stuff wrecked me. I
was sick the rest of the day cause of that garbage. Elder holdaway
tried it too and it wrecked him as well hahaha it was so hot! We had
exchanged that afternoon with the Centreville 2 elders and I spent the
day with elder hall! He is such a good missionary! He has been out for
three transfers and works dang hard! We had a lesson with 2 less
actives and we showed them the Christmas video as well! The saenz are
a sweet less active family we are working with and I love them! We are
also preparing Maddison Phan for her baptism next month! I'm pumped!
Wednesday was a good day! Thursday was a pretty weird day... We had a
meeting from
 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. Holy cow it was so long... About half of
the missionaries from the mission were there. We had a presentation
from two people from the missionary department in Salt Lake City.
Brother Gonzalez and brother Donaldson they are former mission
presidents. They were pretty cool! We had training from them like the
entire day it was so crazy they talked about how to be better at
planning and being more confident in missionary work and not being
acted upon but to act! It was good just super long we were so tired
when we got home we just took a nap. On Friday we had a busy busy day.
We had leadership meeting that morning and it went pretty well we had
to give out assignments for zone training this Tuesday and nobody
cried and said that their part was too hard so that's always a win.
Hahahahah elder holdaway and I are so tired of presenting stuff this
transfer.... That afternoon we spent our time contacting former
investigators we had no luck... They had all moved or didn't like us
very much but we tried so that's all that matters! We taught
Christopher that night and it was a good lesson! We also went over to
a members house and shot his compound bow...hahah it's funny that dad
got a compound bow this week and I shot one ha. Saturday was a good
day we had lunch at this super super nice restaurant called clydes
farm. It was dang good!!! Mom and dad we gotta go there when you come
and get me. Saturday after lunch we spent most of the day tracting and
it was super fun because we haven't tracted that hard in forever! It
was nice. Taught a lot of Hindu people so that's pretty cool. Sunday
was a sweet day of church! We talked about how to study effectively in
gospel principals! That night we watched the Christmas devotional from
the first presidency! It was mighty good! I loved elder bednars talk!
This morning we taught seminary! It's so hard cause it's old
testament... We talked about numbers chapter 31. And then for the
other class we shared our favorite scriptures and bore testimony on
them. I shared Isaiah 41:10

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness."

I love this scripture!

We are probably going to the city today so that's always fun! Ya DC!!

Have a great week everybody! LOVE YOU!!

Elder Routsong!

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