Week 49 – Merry Christmas!

First of all, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all remember the true meaning of Christmas. It is a time to celebrate Christ’s birth and all of the wonderful things that He has done for us. This is a wonderful time of the year!

Well, this week was a pretty good week! Last Tuesday we had interviews with President Palmer and Sister Palmer. They are so awesome! I am so grateful to have such wonderful leaders here that care for and love each missionary so much. It is always so fun to be able to talk with each of them one-on-one for a short period of time. We had great conversations! That took up most of the day.

Wednesday we went and visited both of the recent converts in this ward. We are really striving to get them to do family history because if they find some family names then we can go with them to the temple! How cool would that be? It kind of stinks not having a temple in our mission but it is also great because then we really have to teach about family history and strive to get them to the temple. It is just an added bonus that we would get to go with them!

Thursday was a really interesting day. I went on exchanges with Elder Perry, who is in my district. We serve in the same area, just live in different apartments! We got a call in the morning where they told us that there was a truck that had just spilled 600 gallons of hydrochloric acid and that we needed to stay inside. We pushed district meeting back until 1:00 PM. Oh, and it was also pouring outside and, I don’t know about you, but biking in the pouring rain kind of sucks. It was tons of fun though! We were told to go inside and dry our clothes so we wouldn’t get sick. We ended up staying inside for a little while until dinner. Our shoes were soaked, so all four of us went to dinner in our bare feet so our shoes could dry. It was pretty funny and the family who we were eating with about died laughing! It was a pretty awesome and wet day!

On Friday we did some weekly planning and had some meetings with the other missionaries. We were also able to visit some of our investigators but not a lot of people were home. We had dinner with a family that lives like seven miles from our apartment and it was super far and got pretty cold. It was an all around solid day!

Saturday we went and helped one of our coolest members in the ward move out. They are moving to Santa Cruz and it was pretty sad. He is a pretty cool member and it was sad to see him go! We then had an appointment with a guy we met on the road and he wasn’t home. We then visited the Santos family. They were outside working on their Harleys so Elder Beus and I played some football with the two boys! It was great.

Sunday we went to church! It was pretty good. Last night we went to a concert at the church. Our church and the Methodist church here in Manteca got together and held a Christmas Choir Devotional. It was great! They had the choirs sing and the Methodist church has a bell choir that was pretty awesome! It was a solid night.

The scripture for this week is 2 Nephi 2:6-8. I love this scripture. I feel like this is a great scripture for this season where we strive to always remember our Savior Jesus Christ! He is amazing! Not a whole lot else happened this week. Elder Beus and I are doing great! Manteca is getting a lot better each day. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Love,
Elder Pope

Elder Beus and I have a little too much fun!
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When we try to act like ballers but we really aren’t!
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Elder Perry and I chilling in their apartment.
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