Secret Combinations and an Adventure Into the Wilderness

Hello all!

This week was pretty busy. So many things happened. We picked up two new investigators, underwent zone reorganization and transfers, went on exchanges, and we were able to drive out to the coveted area (Half Moon Bay) of the mission to do service. So much happened.

I’ll start by saying that Elder Baniago is one of the best missionaries I’ve worked with. He’s pretty funny and a very hard worker. We have a lot of fun working together.

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Inside the spookiest elevator ever!

Our new investigators this week are interesting, to say the least. One of them is named Kenta. He’s a Japanese college student who asks lots of questions about everything. He was a referral (he referred himself) and he called us before we could contact him. At first he seemed like a really promising investigator, but then he revealed to us that he’s involved in some sort of secret combination. So… That was odd. He’s obsessed with the Freemasons and Illuminati and all this other weird stuff like that. Strange guy.

Ryan, the other new investigator, is more solid. We tracted into him and his main question is “which church is true?” Which, as every Mormon knows, is THE question. We dropped by him again last night and had a second lesson with him. We taught him about the role of the Book of Mormon and how it stands as evidence of our message. Elder Baniago invited him to pray at the end of the lesson and he asked God in the closing prayer whether or not our message is true. Right on the spot. That’s straight fire for missionary work!

Now, on the subject of transfers, Elder Baniago and I will be staying here in the Crystal Springs 1st Ward. However, the zone is changing. My beloved district leader, Elder Mason, will be a zone leader in our new zone (he’s staying where he’s at, but the zone leader area is moving) and my old pal Elder Apostolos will be coming to be the other zone leader here in the San Mateo zone. Our district is also changing, and the new district leader will be in the Spanish program. Lots of changes, it’s all very complicated. However, I’m very excited to see Elder Apostolos again! He’s a riot (and an excellent leader and missionary).

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Saying goodbye to Elder Sorensen.

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The end of the San Francisco zone as it currently stands. We had a zone activity at the conclusion of our time together now that the zones are being reorganized.

Our highlight of this week was the opportunity we had to go down to Half Moon Bay. Half Moon Bay is the coveted area of the mission because it’s all wilderness by the ocean. It’s a handful of really spread out small towns amidst thick woodlands. Half Moon Bay itself is like Beaver, Utah, except by the ocean. We went down there to shut down the missionary apartment there since they closed the area and turned it over to other missionaries (due to a lack of missionaries in our mission). The drive was pretty long and very relaxing. It doesn’t fit the rest of the mission, since our mission is so urban.

We went down there and it felt like I was in Utah (except with an ocean). It was really strange, but really relaxing and peaceful. I wish I had pictures, but I don’t because I was driving. Just know that it’s a very beautiful area and I look forward to going back there (now that it’s in our district) for activities on P-Day. It’s the best place. The only peaceful part of our crazy mission.

Sorry there isn’t really substance to this letter. Just know that I had a good week. Many things happened. It was great!

Spiritually, lemme leave you with this:

“There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

 ~1 Cor. 10:13

That way to escape is Christ. In John 14, Christ called himself “the way, the truth, and the life.” He is that way to overcome all our personal challenges. Always remember Him!

I hope you all have a great week! Know that I love you all!
~Elder Pike

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