Week 37 – Missionaries “R” Us

This week was a pretty fun week, like always! This whole mission thing is pretty awesome! It is so great to be able to serve people and to get to know people the way that I have been able to! A mission is for teaching people but it is also such a wonderful time to get to know people and make everlasting friends.

This week we spent three days digging a trench for a less active member. It was super fun but super tiring. The ground was super hard so we used pickaxes the whole time. You couldn’t shovel it because it was too hard. It was also super fun because another missionary and I were able to go under the house and dig from the inside out. They were putting in an electricity cable so the trench had to be at least two feet deep. Great times with great people. They were so happy that we served them that they gave us another full cooler of meat!

Another really awesome service project was after a meeting we had in Modesto. We went to Costco to get gas and the car next to us at the gas pumps, driven by a younger lady, wouldn’t start. She was getting really frustrated so we jumped out to see if we could help her. She asked if we could push her car into the parking lot and she would call her husband to come check out her car. I asked her if we could take a look. Right as we were looking at her car another lady pulled up and said, “Hi Elders!” We asked that woman if she had jumper cables and she did! We were able to jump the car and get it started. We gave the lady a picture of Jesus Christ and she was so happy that we were able to help her! Service opportunities are great!

We were able to teach a few lessons this week that went really well. The Tangles are still on date to be baptized on October 6th as long as she isn’t working. She finds out if she is working then or not tomorrow, so hopefully she isn’t working. We were able to teach them a few times this week and it was great. We taught Sister Nydahl last night. We went in planning on teaching the restoration but we ended up teaching her about the iron rod. The spirit was super strong and she was really involved, which was great. She wants to read the Book of Mormon all the way through before she gets baptized.

I am so grateful for this time that I have to share the gospel with the people that are in need and also do service for people. I love being here in the California Modesto Mission. It is the best mission in the entire world (Sorry dad and everyone else who didn’t serve here but it is!). I know this is where the Lord wants me. We were talking with an investigator this week and it was so great when she said, “I am so happy you are both on missions.” She then proceeded to say, “I hope that we can stay in contact forever!” She likes us to call her “Nana” now because that is what her grandkids call her and she said we are like her grandkids now. It is super awesome. I have been able to meet such wonderful people here and I will never regret coming on a mission.

I am not going to do a scripture of the week this week. Instead, I am going to do a Mormon Message of the week. We love to share the Mormon Message, “I’ll go where you want me to go.” We love to share it with the families that we have dinner with each night. It is such a great message that really helps members. Watch the video and think of ways that you can do missionary work. I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week and always do what is right.

Love,
Elder Pope

On our way to service being awesome. It was super funny to see the looks that we got while driving. We look pretty boss.
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Digging a trench for our friends! They are the ones who gave us the meat! Super awesome.
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Our freezer full of meat. We have some T-bones, bacon, ribs, sirloins, ground beef, elk steaks, and some antelope jerky.
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