Meetings and Tongans

Hey, howdy, hey everyone!

Hope all is well elsewhere in the world. Not much to report this week in terms of what happened with the work. We had lots of meetings here, so we spent a lot of time in trainings and in the car driving to and from Oakland.

On Tuesday we went to the temple with the San Francisco Zone and that was great! The following day we had a special training meeting on working with members here in San Bruno. The day after that (Thursday), we went to Oakland again for the new missionary follow-up training for Elder Baniago. Our week was pretty bland and nothing out of the ordinary really happened.

Elder Baniago and I at the temple this week.

Dang, I wish I had more to report, but I just don’t! Elder Baniago and I are getting along just swimmingly! He’s such a cool guy. And he can eat and eat and eat until he’s eaten us out of house and home. Unless you give him rice, then he’s stuffed in seconds. It’s the funniest thing to watch. I wish this was an exaggeration, but it’s not really. It cracks me up.

At the same time, since Elder Baniago is from the Philippines, he’s still learning English. He’s fairly quiet most of the time because he doesn’t always know how to articulate sentences, but he’s becoming more rowdy each day, which is great! We have a lot of fun working together.

Elder Baniago and I overlooking San Francisco from Brisbane.

The same view without us in the way. Sorry, a bit blurry.

On Saturday we had a zone finding activity in Daly City (which is technically inside our zone while being outside of it because it is within the Tongan and Spanish areas of our zone. No English missionaries from the SF zone cover it, though). We exchanged companions and went off for the three hours to work in the area. I went with one of zone leaders, Elder Mahe, from Tonga.

Elder Mahe and I had a lot of good conversations and came to find out that he started his mission in the same ward as I did! We had a good laugh about the crazy members of the Clayton Valley 3rd ward.

Lately in our area, the work has been difficult. In the coming weeks we are planning to work very closely with members (the special training was on working with members to motivate them to help with the work) and we hope that things will continue to look up in our area.

We dropped two investigators this week and are trying to choose very carefully where to use our time, as teaching investigators who never progress or keep commitments becomes a massive waste of time in the long run. For example, we dropped an investigator this week who had been investigating for three years and still does not have a firm belief in God. There’s been no change in him over all that time. Why were the missionaries teaching him for so long? Beats me. We stopped so we can show the Lord we value His time and where we use it.

This coming week is the end of the transfer and our district is going to receive a massive overhaul. We’re a bit nervous about it because we’ve developed great district unity between Elder Mason, Elder Sorenson, myself, Elder Baniago, Elder Barnett, and Elder Puckett. We don’t want to be split from the elders in the city, but they are changing it with the realignment of the stakes. The zones will change with it, and we don’t know who we will be working with down here. All we know is that our zone will become the San Mateo zone next week instead of the San Francisco zone. Big changes are coming.

In 1 Corinthians 6:17, we read:

“But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”

 This verse explains two basic things:

First, it explains what Christ meant when he stated that He and the Father were one. They aren’t literally one being, they are separate, although they are one in purpose. Completely unified in purpose, so as to behave as one spirit.

Second, it explains the necessity of unity amongst God’s chosen people. As children of God, we must be completely unified in purpose with the Lord and with each other. This allows us to behave in unity and to see success in building up the kingdom of God. This is why we are nervous about our district being split. Unity with God and each other is a Christlike attribute.

Hope you all have a great week! I gotta run, but know that I love you all!
~Elder Pike

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