I've been on an exchange recently with Elder Hunt, a Spanish missionary, and have been trying to learn a little more Spanish. It's still terrible, and everything I know will be useless when I'm not a missionary. Somos los misioneros de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias. En la tarjeta es un citio de web de Jesucristo en Ingles o Espanol. Otros Misioneros hablan mucho Espanol! Ayos pueden ira su casa para compartirlas mas. Qual es su direccion? Y su numero telefonico?
That's pretty much all I know.
I hope you've all had a great week! This morning we had our quarterly temple trip. It was my first time seeing and going to the Newport Beach Temple. It's really small but really pretty! It always feels very peaceful and the things inside always feel very real. It was a really nice experience. We did have to mooch a ride off some elders in the adjacent ward because Bro Davidson, who was supposed to give us a ride, hasn't responded to us today or yesterday. Usually he's very reliable but I guess it didn't work out today. I have sorta given up promising pictures since I'm really bad at sending them now. Sorry!
Uhh, Noah didn't show up to church on Sunday. Big bummer. Elder Rupp and Elder Josse (Elder Hunt's usual companion) had a lesson yesterday addressing the difference between the desire to go to church vs. the willpower to go to church. They got a firm commitment for him to come this week. We'll see.
We taught Jason and Ashley  Sunday and yesterday. Jason's sister Kayla from Diamond Bar (another city) brought her boyfriend Markell over to have the first lesson with us. We had a really good lesson and he's going to read the Book of Mormon all the way down before he makes any firm commitments. Rightly so. In the past 5 years, he's been non-denom Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, some other weird religion I haven't heard of, Baptist, Presbyterian, and now back to non-denom Christian. Unfortunately we won't teach him because he doesn't live in our mission, but it was a good lesson regardless. Ashley made some really tasty peach cobbler too, which is always a plus.
This coming Sunday we get to participate in a 5th Sunday 3rd hour meeting at church about missionary work. They want us to role play in front of everyone about how to answer the "tough" questions people ask about different things like polygamy, blacks/priesthood, temple and everything to do with that, multiple heavens, golden tablets, mountain meadows, etc. From what I've seen, members make it a lot harder and a lot more awkward than it should be. The best way to answer all of those questions is just to answer them. Don't need to beat around the bush or be defensive or be ashamed. Most likely their preachers or websites have fed them garbage that isn't true, and most likely, the real truth will appease them, or at least answer in the way they want. If they're not satisfied, then likely nothing we say will satisfy them. An easy way to tell is how rapidly they fire out questions like that. If they ask more than one at a time before you answer, they won't even listen to the answer and it's next to worthless to answer them anyway.
Turns out Jolie and her boys Ralph and Ro moved. Too bad.
I can't think of much else to say. It's been a good week. We're still getting along and still working hard.