Week 48 – 13 More Days to Christmas

There are only thirteen more days until CHRISTMAS!!! Congrats to Gunner Miller on giving his farewell! I will see you on January 3rd, hopefully!

This week we had our ward Christmas party and it was so much fun! It was so great to meet a whole bunch of members! We were able to get two part-member families, who we are teaching, to come to it! It was really awesome to see all of the wonderful people they were able to meet. The party theme was “The Grinch Stole Christmas!” It was lots of fun and they had tons of games for the kids. We had dinner and it was an all around great Saturday! We also had the opportunity on Friday night to go with one of our investigators to their church to watch a play – which happened to be The Grinch Stole Christmas! It was fun and we were able to meet a lot of people. We went to their Christmas Party then they came to ours, which was great!

Tuesday we did a pretty fun service project! We helped an elderly couple move an old TV to a different room. The TV weighed close to 200 pounds! It was nice for them to upgrade! We then spent the next two hours installing their new TV and hooking everything up for them. It was tons of fun and they fed us lunch after it too! They were super happy to get it all figured out. I especially love helping elderly people!

Other then that we really didn’t do a whole lot! We have been trying to focus on the prospective Elders. We did meet a really crazy guy this week. He was on the list from the previous missionaries, so we decided to go and see him. The other missionaries said to go back later so we decided to go back now because it had been a few months. We knocked on the door and he opened it then slammed it and yelled at us. He told us to get lost! It was pretty funny. We just have laugh about it and say, “Well, we don’t need to go back there for awhile.” As a missionary we get lots of crazy things that happen to us and people yelling at us but we just have to make the best of it!

Today was a great day! We went shopping then went to In-N-Out for some lunch! After that we went to Bass Pro Shop for some more shopping! We went with Wayne and Belinda. It was tons of fun! We are now about to play sports with everyone!

The ward is really starting to work with us now! We love them working with us! Without members, missionary work is basically impossible! The scripture for this week is Moroni 10:32. As I have been reading my scriptures, this is a scripture that has really stood out to me. I love all of Moroni 10 but this scripture stood out to me this time. If we will come unto our Savior and lose our pride, we will come a lot closer to our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for this time of the year to learn and grow closer to my Savior! We need to always remember what Christmas really stands for – giving and acting as Christ would. I love you all so much and am grateful for all of the love and support that you give!

Love,
Elder Pope

Elder Beus and I got our pictures taken at the Ward Christmas party!
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Bass Pro Shop was pretty cool! Not a whole lot to do here in Manteca.
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Wayne and Belinda are awesome!
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Chilling at the church with all of the other missionaries while we are emailing!
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