Week 97 – Happy Turkey Day!

What’s up fam? First off, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! It is a great holiday! We have four dinners lined up already for it! We are also going to play in the Turkey Bowl our ward is hosting on Thursday morning. It is going to be a super fun day! We are both looking forward to it. Also, happy birthday on the 23rd to the best dad out there! I love him so much and I hope to be like him someday when I get older! I love you ya “Old Fart!”

We got to go on two different exchanges this week! The first exchange was pretty interesting. I went the first night with Elder Rigby (Elder Gunner Miller’s companion) and the next morning I was super sick. I got the flu. It was kind of a bummer but thank goodness it only lasted for 24 hours. So that day I stayed inside with Elder Miller because Elder Rigby needs more training since he is a new missionary. It was great to be able to talk about life just the two of us. We had a couple of really great spiritual conversations and funny conversations. I love having that guy in our zone! The second exchange we got to go on was with the Oakdale 1st Elders! It was super fun being in an old area! I was with Elder Ozment. He is a new missionary from Oklahoma. He is such a character. We had a great time together and it was also super awesome running into members from that ward. We went to the taco truck and as we were finishing Brother Neville pulled up. He said, “Is that who I think it is?” Haha! He is such a great member and it was funny too because he said his kids were talking about me last week. Haha! Exchanges are always super fun!

We had President’s interviews this week! I freaking love President and Sister Palmer! They are both amazing and great human beings. They are always so uplifting and always looking for different ways that they can help you out. It is so nice to be able to just sit down and talk with them about life. They truly do love all of their missionaries and want the best for us. We had a specialized zone conference this week. We found out that our mission will be getting smartphones soon. I guess it is time to get rid of these old dinosaur phones. We aren’t sure when we are getting them but soon. The zone conference was also on reactivating less active Melchizedek priesthood holders. It was crazy when he told us that half of the Melchizedek Priesthood holders in our mission were less active. I about died when I found that out. We are still pushing and working with ten prospective Elders but also with less active Melchizedek Priesthood holders.

Last Monday we went to Knights Ferry. It is just past Oakdale. It was pretty neat because it is the end of the salmon spawning season so we were able to see some pretty big salmon! It was also super fun to be able to go hiking and just be with our district! I will attach some photos below.

Today I want to talk about a Mormon Message that I got to watch this week that touched my heart. It is called, “You Never Know.” I love the description it gives right under the video. It says, “Sometimes, the most important things you do each day are never even on your ‘to-do’ list. You might worry about the things you never get done, but President Gordon B. Hinckley reminds us, ‘You never know how much good you do.'” It is exactly what the title says. Sometimes we never know how much we do each day. I will be forever grateful for my family, friends, and acquaintances who do so much but don’t realize it. I can’t really say it in words but you will just have to watch the video. You are all amazing. No matter what trials and tribulations you might be going through, you are amazing. You have a loving Heavenly Father who cares for you. He loves you and is grateful for the things you do each and every day that sometimes you might not realize you have done. It could mean the world for someone else!

Love,
Elder Pope

Here is the crew! Knights Ferry was bomb!
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Elder Bonola is heading home this transfer. Man I love that guy! It will be a nice reunion after the mission!
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We TSP all of the missionaries in our district. This is the sisters’ door that we did!
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We sticky noted the Spanish Sisters’ car this week and gave them some TSP’s!
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