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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