The Drought is Over…and it’s Pretty Much a Flood

Hi everyone.

This was a good week. We got a lot done, and had some interesting experiences. It rained this week and the weather was insane. We received news from members that California (at least Northern California) is finally out of the drought. Reservoirs are pretty much back to capacity and the rollings hills are very, very green here in the East Bay.

It has rained so much here in the past two or three weeks that I forgot what the sun looks like and it might as well be flooding here (only without the floods). On Wednesday night, we went to visit a member out in the farms of Oakley and ended up being there for longer than planned because the wind and rain was so bad. It sounded as if the house was going to be picked up and blown into the next county.

Despite all that, though, we are doing great. We are loving all this much-needed rain, and it is doing a lot of good for the area. It’s been so hot and dry here for so long, but the much needed rain has made it so green and has lifted the morale of a lot of people.

This week we were able to add a new investigator named Perley. Perley is an 18 year old girl in Brentwood who wants to go with her friends to BYU-I in a few months, so she started investigating the church. She’s pretty solid and we are teaching her again tonight.

Apart from Perley, we aren’t teaching anyone solid right now. It’s kind of a struggle to find in the YSA wards. We have to rely solely on members and capitalize on any opportunity we get when they invite someone to activities. That doesn’t mean we hound them. It just means we have to play the game just right so that we can start teaching people and helping them receive our message. That’s how we started teaching all our investigators in Highland YSA.

Now, on another note, we went on a few adventures this week:

This week was pretty interesting. We did a lot. On Thursday, we went on exchanges with the Spanish Elders, Elder Struve and Elder Barr. It was a lot of fun, and an interesting experience because their car broke down just before exchanges started, so we had to manage getting the car to a shop in the middle of our plans for the day. That day, we also went to the cemetery to do service again, and we ended up cleaning up the debris of fallen tree branches from the storm the night before. Like I said, this weather has been crazy.

Us with the Spanish Elders.

On Saturday, we went on exchanges with the Assistants in Oakland, Elder Mason and Elder Roberts. It was really cool to be able to work in Oakland that day. I worked with Elder Mason, my former district leader from eight or nine months ago. He’s become one of my closest friends out here and it was neat to be able to go and work with him again. We spent the whole day working in East Oakland, the heart of the ghetto. It was a new experience completely, but a lot of fun because the people were so receptive to us. We had a lot of good experiences and witnessed some weird things.

Elder Mason and I.

Sunday night, we drove out to one of the furthest reaches of the mission here in the Antioch Zone. We went to visit a member on Bethel Island, in the Delta. It took us a solid forty minutes to drive out there and it was so insanely quiet and dark. We were in the middle of nowhere and it was kinda spooky, to be honest. It was neat.

Bethel Island. Dark and quiet. Like this backdrop behind me.

Anyway, that’s about all that happened this week. We did a lot. We had a lot of adventures. Things are going well.

In closing, I’d like to add some other thoughts. Recently, Elder K and I have been listening to the Lamb of God soundtrack that MoTab performed in, and we’ve been impressed with how deeply profound the life and ministry of the Savior is. As we focus on Christ, the Spirit will come into our lives more profoundly than any other way. Always remember Him.

I love you all! Have a great week!
~Elder Pike


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