For my weekly emails to the missionaries, I am trying to keep them short, sweet and to the point. I have been including a video url link that they can save to notes in their phones so they can use it in a teaching appointment or as a follow up. I send the English and Spanish video. This has made the videos more useable for the missionaries. I have made a list of videos in the past to help them be able to use technology without access to an ipad. The missionaries have been able to see how utilizing the videos can help their investigators take learning on their own into their hands. Once they click on the link, they can watch the video but they also can see they have access to a treasure trove of videos that can help them. Well I hope they explore more. ;) Here are a couple of videos that our missionaries love sharing. They love using “Abide with Me” based on the words from the hymn of the same name. Sharing with people how you can find solace and strength during times of despair by turning to God in prayer.
and this great video explaining why commandments are important and a blessing for us as individuals.
Great to have Zac feeling better not that basketball tryouts this week. He was a little worried that his dribbling ability was going to be hinder by blisters he received last Saturday from going to the Ironsport Ninja Warrior gym with the Nielsen’s. Although I used the miracle gel I got Allie for her sunburn on his blisters and he felt like it helped the healing process along. J Bode’s football season finished off with a win. Yeah, a pretty good football season for Fort Settlement Middle School, 50/50.
Aaron and I wrapped up our last three days of interviews this week. We traveled to Friendswood, League City and Bay City making for some long days. I continued with my efforts to help the missionaries feel more confident in their OYM’s. I really tried to make it fun and unique for the areas they serve in. I also emphasized with the missionaries when they use a pass along card or pamphlet to direct them to Mormon.org so they can learn more about our values, beliefs and answer any questions they might have by going to FAQ. This is especially helpful if the individual isn’t interested in having a lesson. It gives the person the best place to go to find out more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday was a big deal! Zac got his license! Hallelujah! He passed the driving test! It almost didn't happen again. I borrowed a mission vechicle that was smaller than the van or arcadia that we drive. However, Zac had been practicing with my Jeep to do parallel parking. Well I had Zac drive the small car following me in the Jeep to where the test takes place. He did a couple practices parallel parking runs in the small car before the test. Well as they were inspecting the car prior to testing they told him he couldn't use the mission car because he was listed on the insurance which is weird because in Texas you can list a driver without a license. Basically he was turned away and told to come back another day. He was not a happy camper. Good thing mom brought the Jeep. I marched back in to ask if he could take it in a different car. Obviously they did and he was a happy newly licensed driver.
We held our Mission Leadership Council for the month on Friday. We discussed their role in helping people change, identifying obstacles that would hold them back and then addressing those obstacles. We asked for the leaderships for their input for the upcoming zone conferences too. A great discussion and insight to help with the skills they feel they need help with so that our missionaries be the best they can be. We love our missionaries!!
Our weather is absolutely perfect at this point. We are enjoying the cooler runs in the mornings and great bike rides on Saturday. Aaron is highly encouraging or simply kicking the missionaries out of their cars and on to their bikes to talk to more people. It’s that nice. No humidity makes all the difference. ;) We’re blessed to be here in the Great THSM!
Allie has been on the search for a cave woman costume this week. She and her roommates ended up getting cheetah fabric to make them. They now just need to find bones for their hair. They are headed to USU for The Howl on Saturday. They are super excited for it! I am cautiously optimistic. ;) We attended the ward trunk or treat tonight. Jessie invited 5 of her friends and their families tonight and three were able to come. Yeah! Lots of fun!!
Life is good! :)