Monday, September 19, 2016

14 Weeks in Langley May 2, 2016

Friends and family!

How is everyone doing this wonderful week? I believe this is week 14
here in the Langley Ward. Being in a singles ward is so weird! But I
have grown really close to a lot of people here and our Ward mission
leader Bentley is amazing. We have been working pretty darn hard this
past week. Last Monday we just played some hardcore
always! That night we went to FHE and played this funny game called
awkward family photos! It was so dang funny! So it's like apples to
apples and you pick a phrase that best describes the awkward photo.
Hahah it was a good time. We had our investigator Tiffany there and
she had a great time laughing at all the photos haha. Tuesday was a
good day we have been working close with the stake high councilor over
missionary work for a metro contacting activity. He bought us 800
water bottles to pass out. So we picked all of those up,with a van on
Tuesday and then went to Arlington and Reston and had no luck with
people. They weren't too nice to us on Tuesday! While tracting elder
McCray and I quoted mr. Deeds the whole time. It was hilarious!
Wednesday we had district meetings and talked about how to find people
that God has prepared! It went super well! That afternoon we helped a
member in the Vienna Ward with some service. It was a good time it was
super rainy so we got all dirty and wet. That's the best kind of
service! Thursday was awesome we had our metro contacting activity! We
passed out water bottles at the don loring metro with cards
in them! It was so sweet we passed out 400 water bottles. People
thought it was so weird we were trying to,give them water Haha. For
some reason when you try and serve others nowadays people think it's
super weird. It shouldn't have to be like that! That night we had our
investigator Tiffany at institute and we got to hear from dean Jessie!
He was one of the original workers of the Joseph smith papers! It was
so spiritual! Tiffany loved it! Friday we weekly planned and set up
appointments with people for this upcoming week! Im pretty pumped! I
called this guy named Daniel and he dropped this missionaries after
two years of investigation! We are meeting with him tomorrow! I'm so
pumped to meet with him! We went up and worked in the Herndon area
that night people were so busy for some reason that night.  Saturday
was a great day though! We met with president hall that morning and
then had the rest of the missionaries over for a stake missionary
breakfast! President hall is so sweet! President burton from the
mission presidency was there as well and he is straight crazy. He is
so dang funny! But he bore testimony of the Angels that are around us
each and every day as missionaries. It was really spiritual. After
breakfast we helped a less active in our Ward move out. His apartment
was so nasty!! I felt so bad for him... I'm so grateful for the
blessing of having a clean home. It was so nasty! He is a great guy
though he has been trying to get the priesthood and go to the temple.
After we helped him move out we met with Brandon. The kid is so Solid!
I shared with him this poem.
Berton Braley
If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it,
If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it,
If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,
If gladly you'll sweat for it,
Fret for it,
Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of GOD or of man for it,
If you'll simply go after the thing that you want,
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,
If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,
If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,

If you want to reactivate yourself to the gospel you can do it!
Anything in this life that you set your mind to you can succeed at
regardless of your circumstances or excuses that you or others have!
Brandon is great! I'm so excited and happy that I get to work with
him! He is a great example to me!

That was my week! I hope that each of you have a wonderful week this
week and all the snow melts in Colorado! Thank you for your love and
support! You all mean so much to me!!
Elder Routsong

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