Adventure Time

Hey there!

My goodness this was a whirlwind of week. We had so many things happen and I have a ton to write about. We taught a lot and did a lot of crazy things and had some crazy things happen at church. It was great!

I honestly don’t know where to start. I guess I usually update you on my investigators…

We started teaching Jon and Savannah again this week. They set a new baptismal date in December and they are still progressing really well! We taught them about temples this week and they told us when they first heard about temple marriage, they made a goal to be sealed there. It was great! They’re progressing before we can even teach them things.

Jackie, one of our YSA investigators, came to church this week. She stayed all three hours and loved it! She’s been consistent with her reading, praying, and now she’s attending church too! It’s only a matter of time before she gets her answer if she remains consistent! It’s great to see her progress.

Elder Scholes playing ping pong with some YSA members at the institute just before FHE.

We went all over our area this week to work. We had to go up into Alameda, the furthest north we can go in our area, and tracked down some inactive YSA members. Alameda is like a mishmash of Oakland and San Francisco. It’s an island in the bay, just outside of Oakland. We’re some of the only elders in the mission who have the opportunity to see it. Every time we go, there are tons and tons of teenagers EVERYWHERE. I don’t know why there are so many.

We also went to the southernmost point we can go in our area. It’s outside the mission and we were almost in San Jose because it’s so far out of the mission. We were visiting a member for dinner and they took us all the way to south Fremont. It was still our area, since the YSA ward covers a stake outside our mission, but it felt like we were on vacation from the mission because we don’t have authority to teach people out there who are not young single adults. It was strange, but really neat!

The funny thing about going down there is that we had an appointment in Castro Valley (at the other end of our area) directly after our dinner in south Fremont, so we had to drive as fast as we could up there. Our dinner was spicy food, so I drank a lot of water, which added to the intensity of the situation, if you catch my drift. It was the most entertaining hour of my life.

A view of Fremont. It’s a pretty nice area. We like it a lot.

In addition to all that, we had two nonmembers who weren’t investigators at church in the YSA ward, as well as a pair of less-active members who asked us to reactivate them. Everything happened all at once and I was so in shock to the less-actives asking us to reactivate them that I couldn’t come up with a logical response. They thought I was crazy until I explained later on why I was so confused. It was a crazy day.

Anyway, that’s all I’m gonna share with you, but this week was nuts. It was a lot of fun and we got a lot done. Know that I love you all! Have a great week!

~Elder Pike

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