Month: February 2017

Week 59 – Cali Kool

I first want to start off by wishing my sister, Kandace, a Happy Birthday! Even though her birthday was last week, it is never too late to wish someone a Happy Birthday! She is so awesome and always willing to help out anyone that is in need!

So this week was a pretty awesome week! We were able to teach a few lessons! It rained like crazy this week. We walked around a lot because we didn’t want to ride our bikes. It is a lot better walking with umbrellas then biking with just a rain coat. When we walk it is so much easier to talk with people. They won’t just keep walking and ignoring us. But, if they do it is pretty funny because we turn on a heel and start walking with them. It has worked a few times and it is super funny!

On Monday we played sports and went to the Sams’ for dinner. They are a super awesome family. While we were at dinner they all got alerts on their phones that a levee had just broken. Then a whole bunch of different members called us and asked where we were. I guess the levee and flooding wasn’t that far away from our apartment. We got the members to take us to where it was flooding to show us. There were a bunch of fields that were flooded. A bunch of people got evacuated in the area but the evacuation line was just the road over from our road.

Right now in the Manteca/Modesto area all of the almond trees are starting to bloom. I should have taken a picture of them but I didn’t so sorry. It is super cool to see a whole bunch of white on the trees. It almost looks like it is a bunch of snow. Also, when all of the blossoms fall off of the trees it looks like it snowed here! I will take pictures of it this week and send them. They should be falling off soon and it is super pretty!

This week we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. It is super crazy now how we do exchanges. Starting this transfer we all go to their area and all four missionaries sleep in their apartment. It was super interesting to go with them. We only visited a few less active members. It poured a lot when we went on exchanges and we ended up walking like ten miles that day. It was super crazy and I was super excited to go to bed. Walking in the rain really sucks but it is better than biking in the rain.

We taught James and Marianne this week. Both of our lessons went really well. We taught James about Faith and we taught Marianne more about the Book of Mormon. We had another lesson with a family but it didn’t go too well. They ended up just trying to Bible bash with us and trying to teach us more than having us teach them. It seems like a bunch of people that we come in contact with really just want to Bible bash with us but it is never a good thing to engage in.

So the scripture for this week is from Acts 8:15-17. I really love this scripture from the Bible. I am so grateful that after we are baptized by the proper priesthood authority that we can receive the Holy Ghost. I am so grateful that I was able to receive the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is our constant companion who can help lead and direct us. If we live worthy of the Holy Ghost, he will help us in so many ways. I am grateful for this gospel and all of the wonderful things that come with it.

Love,
Elder Pope

Sorry! I only have two pictures from this week. It was hard to take pictures because it rained and my camera died so I had to charge it one day. But, we visited one of our former investigators with the other missionaries after a meeting. His name is Paul. He is super awesome but sadly, usually drunk. He told me I am his favorite missionary he has ever met. It was a compliment but I’m not sure if he really meant it because he wasn’t fully there!
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This is a picture we took when we had lunch at our apartment. Elder Schultz and Elder Silva are in the back!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Week 58 – Happy President’s Day!

This week was a pretty awesome week! Today is President’s Day and it feels like any other day. On a mission the holidays don’t seem to be to holiday-ish! I love serving here and love it here! So for all of you who don’t know, I got a new companion this last week. His name is Elder Silva. He is super awesome! I am so excited to be his companion. I really miss Elder Beus but I know that there are people up in Sonora that need him. Elder Silva is a convert of two years now. He was baptized in May of 2015 and has a super strong testimony.

We were able to visit a few people and get Elder Silva used to the area. We visited a few investigators and a few members. Below I’ve included a picture of one of our super funny investigators. His name is Joseph and he loves us coming over, praying with him, and having a “Bible study.” It is so much fun.

We had a zone dinner this week! It was super awesome. It was so fun to see everyone in the zone. It is pretty funny because my companion, Elder Silva, has an prior companion, Elder Manly, who is now companions with my prior companion, Elder Powell. We will see how they like each other!

We have been trying to share Mormon Messages for our dinner message lately and committing them to share it on some sort of social media. We had dinner with a part member family and a less active family this week. We were able to share the Mormon Message, “The Will of God.” It is one of my favorite Mormon Messages. It really hits me hard. It seems like lately a lot of people I know are going through tough challenges and it always comforts me to watch it. God knows everything and everything happens for a reason. The two families that we shared it with this week were both in tears after watching it. It truly is amazing. Life isn’t easy but it is a time to prepare to meet God. He loves us and wants the best for us. I love my Father in Heaven and am grateful for all that He has done for me!

The Spanish sisters in the area are super funny! We always like to joke around with them. We did service with them and the other Elders on Friday at the Methodist Church. After service they took our bags so we couldn’t go out visiting people. We went to their car and got them back. They asked us why one of their dashboard lights was on so we told them they were out of blinker fluid. It was super funny because we told them their car was going to blow up if they drove it a few more days without blinker fluid. After awhile we told them we were joking but it was so funny because they were freaking out! Service was super fun but it rained the whole time. Thank goodness we were under canopies!

After service at the Methodist Church we were biking back and it was raining super hard. We bike past a few billboards and a few of them had fallen off. We saw one that was falling off into the road so we decided to grab it so it wouldn’t hit a car and cause a car accident. Well, we ended up bringing it home and putting it up in our apartment. It takes up three walls.

Love,
Elder Pope

This is a picture of the zone. I am in the far right top corner if you can see me!
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Here is a picture of Elder Silva and I together! This picture was taken today like five minutes ago so hi!
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Here is the picture of our potential investigator, Joseph. He is super awesome!
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This is all four of the missionaries in the ward plus a kid from our ward. His name is Jeff and he just got his mission call last night to the Philippines Urdaneta Mission! He is going to kill it out there!
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All of my Utah homies! It is going to be a party when we all get home!
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Elder Silva and I got all dressed up. Plus, the sign that we picked up from off the road in the background. It is a pretty funny sign too.
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Week 57 – Transfers and New Companion

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week this week! My week was pretty good, except when we got our transfer calls…

Well, I am going to have to break the news to you. Elder Beus and I are getting split up. It was really bitter sweet. He was such an awesome companion and it is so hard to have to split up now. I will be staying here in the Manteca Northland Ward and will still be the District Leader. My new companion is Elder Silva. I have met him a few times and he is super chill. It is sad to see such an awesome companion go but my new one is pretty awesome too from what I know about him. It will be a good journey together.

This week was Elder Beus’ birthday so let’s just say we had some fun! All four of the missionaries from our ward stayed at our apartment that night and we just had lots of fun! We went out to lunch with all four missionaries to the best place in town! It is a breakfast and lunch place called “The Mangy Moose.” We each got the “Dirty Moose.” It has three biscuits at the bottom, hash browns, a bunch of eggs cooked to your choice, bacon and sausage, with a bunch of gravy poured over it! It is the best thing in the world. Also, Happy Birthday to one of my awesome brother-in-laws, Colton! He is a straight up baller and always fun to be around! His birthday is this Thursday so wish him a Happy Birthday!

This week we visited with a bunch of different families and investigators. We visited with the Manuleleuas, Tuluas, Defazios, and Scheeringas! We had a super good visit with the Manuleleuas. We talked about the Sabbath Day for a little bit but they just really love to talk. They are super awesome and I am excited to keep working with them! We visited the Tulua family yesterday and the visit went well. Brother Tulua is a super awesome Samoan. I may have written about him before because he is super awesome. We are still breaking the ice but it seems to be going very well. We also visited the Defazios, Marianne and her husband. We helped them clean their home. She is one of the sweetest people I know. She has a rare disease and the doctors don’t know what to do. It is super sad to see her slowly dying. She weighs about 60 pounds. Last but not least, we visited the Scheeringas and were able to teach them! They got us these super awesome egg cookers. You put eggs in them then put them in the microwave and it cooks your eggs however you want them. I tried it out and it was pretty good! Now it only takes like two minutes to make scrambled eggs and I can get ready in the process! Sounds good to me!

On Tuesday we did some service at Second Harvest and we also did service at the Methodist Church on Friday! I love doing service. It is so wonderful to be able to help out all the wonderful people that we do! We do about six hours of service each week and it is really fun. We always look for opportunities to serve. On Saturday when we were leaving our apartment complex we saw a few U-Hauls coming in. We stopped and talked with one of the ladies. She and her fiance were moving in and it was only the two of them there. It was so awesome to be able to help them move. The guy grew up around a bunch of “Mormons” and said he really loves our church but it is too strict! We laughed and made a good friendship with them. He said it was so nice to have our help because he has helped so many people move and, of course when it was time for him to move, no one could come. He said it was a blessing in disguise that we showed up and helped him, so that was pretty cool!

The scripture for this week is Joshua 1:9. I know that we are never alone. The Savior is always with us and knows what we are going through. A lot of things happened this week and I keep remembering the video “The Will of God.” Lots of things happen that we don’t fully understand. I think this scripture and video support one another. Everything is the will of God. We are so blessed to have a loving God. If anyone is struggling with anything, please watch “The Will of God.” Heavenly Father knows us best and he sometimes has to cut us down to build us back up a better version of ourselves.

Love,
Elder Pope

This is after we did service at the Second Harvest food bank!
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Elder Beus’ Birthday. We had tons of fun!
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Here is the district! Everyone is super cool in my district!
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Week 56 – Super Bowl LI

I can’t believe that another week has gone by. I also can’t believe that the Super Bowl was yesterday. Man I wish that I could have watched it! All I heard was that it was the best Super Bowl ever! Not going to lie, one of the hardest parts of being a missionary is not being able to watch cool stuff like that. It is okay because by the next Super Bowl I will be home. I am not the biggest fan of Tom Brady but there’s no denying he’s a stud. Congrats to him on getting his fifth ring! Also, #GoBroncos

So not a whole lot happened this week. We visited with a few families but it seemed like everyone was either busy or out of town. I guess everyone around here goes big for the Super Bowl. We were able to meet a few new families though. We met with the Chandler family for the first time this week. They are from Mississippi and are awesome. No one in their family is a member but they have talked with missionaries in the past and love the gospel. The atmosphere at our church just isn’t what they are used to on Sundays. They love how our church is really focused on families but aren’t sure about the whole being quiet during church on Sundays. They are used to the Rock and Roll kinda stuff.

This week we also got a referral from some members. We went and visited him. He is a big Samoan that is super awesome. They are the Tuluas. He has a 7 and a 9 year old who both want to be baptized. Their birthdays are in the next two months so they will both be able to be baptized. His wife isn’t a member and she is a little bit interested. He also told us he wants to have us over for dinner. We were totally down for that. Samoans and Polynesians make the best food! You can never go wrong. We are now teaching two Samoans and it is the best. Teaching them is awesome but them feeding us is the cherry on top!

Because there are four missionaries in our ward we have been talking with President Palmer a lot. We decided that it would be best to split the area. So, for about two days this week we got to sit inside and work with the other missionaries on splitting the area. Let’s just say that sitting inside is so boring. We were doing stuff but just being inside and not having anything else to do but split the area and change things out of our area books was so boring! When we are out teaching people the time goes by so fast, but when we are in our apartment or just not doing anything it goes by so slow!

We went out with the other missionaries for a day to let some of our investigators know that we split the area. It was kinda sad to give up Paul. He is the one investigator that we would go to if we needed a laugh or if we were ever in the area. He loves learning more about the Gospel and is a super funny guy. We went to his house and he was drinking a lot again. I think I wrote about him a few times ago. He is super funny. We usually just share a message outside his house. He asked us again if we wanted shots. Haha. We told him NO, of course, and why we don’t drink. We visited with him for just a little while but it was sad to give him up. He is that one person who can just make your day!

That is about all that happened this week. Nothing too exciting. We are still working as hard as ever. The scripture for this week is Moroni 10:32. This is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Book of Mormon. I know that they are all powerful scriptures but this one just really stands out to me. There is not a whole lot I can add to this scripture. We need to be perfected in Christ. It’s just really straight forward for us. I love my Savior so much and know that if we will be perfected in him and deny ourselves of all ungodliness then our lives will be so much better. We will be blessed in so many ways! I love you all and am grateful for all of the prayers. I feel each and every one of them!

Love,
Elder Pope

After splitting the area all day we decided to stop by the DQ and grab some ice cream. You can never go wrong with a blizzard from DQ!
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This is after the Super Bowl. We saw the other missionaries and decided to stop by a member’s house. He updated us on the super bowl!
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This week we also received this picture from Belinda. Belinda and Wayne took Elder Pope and Elder Beus to Mongolian BBQ. We are so grateful for their kindness and generosity!
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