Another transfer week has come and gone just like that. We had 25 missionaries that are now home and 12 new that will join us in a great adventure of helping others Come Unto to Christ. Our Elders in our arrivals seem very young and a somewhat timid. It is crazy to think that our elders that are arriving are now younger than Allie. Most of them have just graduated from high school. This group all expressed some reluctance of having to walk up to complete strangers and share the gospel. Hopefully by the end of the week, they will have jumped in with both feet and feel more confident in doing so. Our sisters seem very energetic and excited for their missions.
Our departing group was simply amazing and we miss them already. A lot of great future leaders with strong, personal testimonies. We probably had the best departing testimony meeting of all of the groups we’ve had. They all bore simple and pure testimonies. Their influence and service in the mission will be greatly missed. The rest of the week for me was busy as ever with the new missionary meeting, district council, and several companionship studies with the sisters.
The kids have been enjoying spending time with their friends and cousins since this is there last full week in Utah. One of the moms of Jessie’s friends host a party for Jessie with all her friends. She loved it! They have been treated at pool parties with the cousins which is always fun for them and just adds to the memories. I glad there are having this time with each other, family and friends but I sure do miss them.
Aaron has been riding his bike outside 2 to 3 times a week for months now and loving it. I on the other hand have been riding my bike on the trainer indoors. Aaron came back from his ride on Thursday morning and said “you’ll never believe who got a $173 ticket?” I just assume he just received a text from one of our elders for being caught speeding from the night before. Not so. Aaron then shared with me that as he was coming home from his bike ride and was pushing hard at 27 mph. Sugar Land has a lot of stop signs but it is pretty much a given to slow down, check for cars and continue when no other cars are around. Well he did that and about 20 seconds later he heard a siren and pulled over to the side of the road to let the cop pass but instead he pulled in right behind Aaron, lights flashing. Aaron had been busted. No warning, no discussion, simply a $173 ticket for riding his bike through a stop sign. Sad day! :(
Aaron and I had a great date night with one of the local stake presidency counselor and his wife. We went to a place called Top Golf and it is the driving range of all driving ranges. They have all kinds of skill games to play and it was nice to get out and do something fun. We don’t get much activity like that so it was a welcome break. I think it will be a great activity for us to do with the kids when they get back. The summer is flying by. Houston has been hot, but not nearly as bad as the first two years so far. I’m really grateful for that. ;)