Week 47 – Stuff the Bus

This week was a pretty solid week! We are having tons of fun and visiting tons of people! I hope all of you had a great week.

We have been teaching a guy named James. He had a stroke a few years ago and it is super hard for him to remember anything, including what we taught him the time before. We had to stop teaching him this week and it was really hard. It is hard to find people around here to teach. I am not sure if I told you but there are actually four missionaries in our ward. We have dinner with the other missionaries each night and we have been working a lot with the members and Bishop Peterson. We have been trying to work with all of the prospective Elders. There are 118 in our ward! It is super crazy but we know that as we bring in people that the baptisms will follow and we will find more people to teach. We have also been trying to work with some of the part-member families.

We did some service at the food bank this week. It was a lot of fun to get to meet new people and be together with the other missionaries. We helped separate good vs old oranges. It really stunk but it was a lot of fun! We were there for a few hours because they needed a lot of help. It was us, the four Elders from the Northland Ward, and two of the Spanish-speaking Sisters. All day Thursday we helped with some service at the Cemetery here in Manteca. There are some really old graves and we got to edge around them and make them look better. It was a great day to do service! On Saturday we had the opportunity to spend a few hours helping with “Stuff the Bus!” It was super awesome! We met the people who are in charge of it the night before and asked if they needed help with anything. They told us they would love to see us at “Stuff the Bus” tomorrow because they always need help. We showed up and they were so happy we had kept our word! We are going back next week to help them again. They get a bus and stuff it full of gifts that people in the community give. They then wrap all of the gifts and give them out to kids that are in need for Christmas! It is pretty cool because the people who are in charge are a biker gang. They are these really big dudes who have big beards with tattoos all over. They are so awesome and have the sweetest spirits!

We had the opportunity to give our testimonies yesterday and to hear the testimonies of a whole bunch of other people. I bore my testimony on “Light the World.” We are so lucky to have a Savior who loves us so much. He is the light and the life of the world. The scripture for the week is Alma 38:9. There is no other way or means whereby man can be saved other than by Jesus. It really makes me think. If we really want to return and live with our Heavenly Father, it is only through Jesus Christ that we can. I am grateful to be serving here and to help others grow their faith and come closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that if we will all come unto him and do as he asks, then we will have eternal life. Everyone will receive immortality but not everyone will receive eternal life. If we do what we are supposed to do and come unto Jesus Christ, we can receive eternal life.

Love,
Elder Pope

Service at the cemetery.
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“Stuff the Bus” service project!
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We got a ride to dinner so we decided to take some pictures. Elder Schultz is on the left and my companion, Elder Beus, is on the right!
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Elder Beus and I made a MEGA bed just for fun!
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