Monday, October 16, 2017

10/16/17

Hey everyone!!! 

this week went by so fast!! .... oh wait I just realized it was because P Day was on Tuesday last weekπŸ˜‚ well... yeah went by super fast!!! Hahahahaha

We had a district meeting on Wednesday (district meetings happen every week for those of you who don’t know) and it was like a slap on the face πŸ˜‚ we talked about stuff about improving our ward council meetings and well.. the ward! And one of our assistants to the president was there and he threw out so many good ideas!!! We all felt like idiots for not thinking about it πŸ˜‚ but it helped a lot! So we’re working more closely with members and just taking things slowly and being smarter with things and we’re working more smartly with the ward council. It’s going to get somewhere!! 
Oh yeah and we also went to Barro’s pizza for lunch after that. If you don’t know what that is, yeah don’t worry cause I didn’t either before the mission. But it’s a super good pizza place and it’s amazing and I just had to tell you. Anyways...


One of the things our mission president told us was to always be working on a Christlike attribute. So, I decided to work on diligence! Let me tell you guys. Diligence is hard! Laziness is so easy to give in to πŸ˜‚ but as a missionary that’s not okay!!! And honestly if you get lazy, you definitely feel bad because the time is precious and time is short on a mission. But you always get so tired and so mentally exhausted and wow ya it’s hard guys. BUT! I’ve been studying it as well. And diligence always brings feelings of satisfaction and happiness. And I’ve noticed that that is so true! I know I always feel so accomplished if I know that I did all that I could and was diligent. There are so many nights when nothing happens and we get rejected so much and all that fun mission stuff, but if I do all I can and keep trying, I always feel SO GOOD! I don’t judge my happiness on how many lessons we had and all that. I mean yeah! That stuff makes me super happy when all is going well! But if it’s not, there’s no need to get discouraged!! Just keep working! And if you did all you can, that’s when you know that God is satisfied with your works and just keep plugging along!!! (Help the missionaries  people). 

Oh also! A super funny story!! Yesterday we were in ward council and we were talking about the Halloween party and all that fun stuff. And they told us that we can wear costumes but no masks! And one brother said “masks no but brooms are ok” (mind you this was all in Spanish) and then the same guy said “like we say in Mexico ‘brujeres jΓ³venes’” (so the joke is funny because Bruja means witch and so they play a joke on words and called them young witches). And also we were talking about how the Mesa Temple is going to be closing down in May, and how we are going to have to go to the Gilbert temple. And we were talking about the Spanish sessions and they asked if they were going to change the times so that we had more Spanish sessions, since a lot more people will be going to that temple. And they were like “no, no we don’t think so.” And the same member who made the joke about the young witches looks over and says “THATS DISCRIMINATION! THATS RACISM!” (He just said it jokingly). I literally laughed so hard πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

Well, that’s all I got for this week!! Love you all and hope you find my stories funny πŸ˜Š
 


 

Monday, October 9, 2017

10/9/17

Alright everyone. It’s been a fantastic week! Right? Right.

Weather update: death. No just kidding it’s only hot now. We’re past the death part. 
I literally thought it was hot in Idaho. That’s nothing!!! I can’t complain to my dad anymore if I work with him πŸ˜© nah hahaha but really I can’t complain about heat ever again. 
But for real, the weather is cooling down and it’s not so hot. It’s like 85 ish now. Burrr!!!! πŸ˜‚

This week was pretty normal! We did some teaching, some driving, some walking, and some more teaching! 
On Saturday we helped out with the “Mesa Sprint Triathlon”. It was so fun! We basically just directed the people in the direction they needed to go for four hours. But it was fun to cheer them on! They also did this little kid fun run thing and we helped direct them where to go too. The first thing they did was swim, and after they swam they had to run. Well, I was outside waiting for them to be done swimming because I was supposed to tell what direction to go after they put their shoes on (it was weird cause they were soaking wet and they just put shoes on and shorts over the swimsuit and just ran!). Well there was this little girl who was like one of the first ones to be done swimming and they comes out super mad (with her mom) trying to get her shoes and clothes on and stuff. And her mom was trying to help her and this little girl was TICKED! She was like “MOM ITS FAIR” And she was struggling to get her socks and shoes on and the mom was trying to help and the little girl was like “mom I’m going to kill you!!!” And the mom was British and she says, “it’s not my fault!” And then she finally gets her stuff on and she just sprints away. 
I honestly thought it was suuuper funny and I just had to tell you guys. I guess the little kids fun run is super intense!! 
But after that we went over to the finish line and cheered people on while they ran through it and with some of them we ran with them to the finish line to help them and it was honestly just super fun. But, we also did have to clean up. So we picked up trash and stuff. Still fun though! You can make everything fun! 

Fast Sunday was this Sunday, duh like you all know. And I’ve realized that when I’m fasting, after so many hours, I just stop feeling hungry and I just feel empty πŸ˜‚ it’s like I can keep fasting and my stomach doesn’t hurt I actually feel pretty good, but I’m empty. That’s just how it feels! It’s kind of hard to explain. But I just thought of that and thought it was funny. 
But other than feeling empty, fasting is great! It’s always important to fast with a purpose. Otherwise you’re literally just starving yourself. Don’t just not eat because it’s fast Sunday! Do it for something! Fast for gratitud, to receive an answer, etc. Whatever you feel. And I know that if you do so, you’ll be blessed with what you need! Have faith in the Lord! 

Well, that’s all the stories I got for the week! I hope you guys had a great week, and I hope this next one brings lots of great stuff. Love you all!
 
I was pretending I worked in the district office
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

10/02/2017 - GENERAL CONFERENCE

HEEEYYYYYYY

Wow another week? Hm. Went by fast just like all the others. Go figure.

Well anyways, this week was fantastic! Why? GENERAL CONFERENCE THATS
WHY!!! You know guys I'll be honest, I didn't like general conference
that much when I was younger. Less mature I guess πŸ˜‚
Cause I thought it was super long and I always wanted to fall asleep
and my blanket and the couch looked really appealing for that. and
they were! They did me good.

But now I've realized that general conference is SO important!!! And
it's so awesome and I learn so much. During this conference I loved so
many talks, but one talk in particular really stuck with me. The talk
by W. Craig Zwick was the best! I felt the spirit so strongly, and
honestly I think I can say that I've never felt the spirit as strong
as I did in that moment. I was touched by the story of the kid who has
his alarm set to put Christ first in his life and to read the
scriptures. I learned that if we put Christ first, we will be soooo
happy. Because he is the light, life, and hope. Always put Christ
first everyone! Your life will be better, that's a promise. The church
is true. And general conference is important. There is always
something to learn. Take advantage of it!!! Oh, and don't fall asleep
πŸ˜‚ I encourage you to listen attentively and to take notes!

So I can't remember if I told you guys, but our district changed. Now
we only have 6 people, and my companion and I are the only Elders. We
call it a relief society πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but it's honestly super fun because
we're going to do fun stuff. And it works out really well because we
also all serve in the same ward, so during district meeting we can
talk about the ward and stuff to strengthen it and what not. It's
awesome!

But other than that, I can't remember much of what happened this week!
Sometimes emails are boring. So sorry πŸ™ but life is still good and I
pray for you guys. Love you and have a great week 

Elder Hepworth
District

Monday, September 25, 2017

09/25/2017

Hey everyone!!!

Wow. What a week! Went by way too fast, but it was definitely a good one!

So update on the weather: it's cool! Well, it's like 85-90 degrees,
which is super cool here and it feels so good. The wind is actually
cold? It's like I forgot what cold wind feels like. The wind before
was like a blow dryer.

So yesterday was interesting! It was Sunday, so we went to church and
did the normal studies and everything. Well my head started hurting a
little bit and I was like yeah whatever it has happened before it's
not bad. Gotta keep doing the work! Well, my head just started hurting
worse and worse. We had two lessons back to back in the Visitors
Center and by the second lesson I was like ok wow this is bad! And I
noticed that during the second lesson my vision went a little blurry.
I was still happy and talking and doing the best I could during this
whole time though!! But I hardly ever get headaches. Like ever! And so
maybe it really wasn't that bad and I'm just a wuss, but I thought it
was bad and when I got home I just went straight to bed. I was so done
πŸ˜‚

I went on exchanges with one of the zone leaders (because my companion
is a district leader, i need to go on exchanges with the zone
leaders). His name is Elder Kelly and he's from Ireland! He doesn't
have much of an accent though. He's pretty soft spoken. Well, this
exchange was interesting! Very interesting. Everything turned out
well, but weird things happened and I was definitely EXHAUSTED after
that day too πŸ˜‚ ugh what an exhausting week it was.

My companion has started "My Plan", which is something that all
missionaries who are about to go home do. I've been out more than a
year. I'm basically there! So I decided to start it too. No I'm
totally kidding πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ maybe that wasn't funny to you guys but I found
it hilarious. But yeah I just have to sit there for like an hour, once
a week, with him while he does it. So I usually just study Spanish.
Can't ever study it too much!!

Oh yeah, so something I've found out on my mission is that I really
like learning another language. I find it really fun and fun to study.
Idk why! I never thing English class was fun so I thought I wouldn't
ever like to learn another language. It's funny though because I can
explain more stuff about Spanish and the components of a sentence and
why things are the way they are, but I can't do that at all in
English! I just speak it and I say it the way I do because it sounds
good! That's all! But with Spanish I don't have that wonderful gift of
just "knowing because it sounds good". So I've studied it a lot! And I
think I can say about 10 words now! No jk hahaha I know like 12. Jk.
That wasn't funny to you guys I know but whatever. Fake laugh anyways.

Another thing I haven't mentioned!! So, since the majority of the
people I talk to are hispanics, I've had a lot of people who can't say
my name! I mean you can't blame them. My name is hard to pronounce and
I sometimes have a hard time pronouncing things in Spanish. So it's
totally valid! But I've gotten to the point of when people try to say
it I just nod my head and say yeah that's right! Even if it's not even
close. Because it's hard and I know they aren't going to remember it.
The majority of the people recognize my face, but not my name. I'm
just "Elder" πŸ˜‚


Well that's all I got for this week!! It was interesting and we'll see
what the next one brings me!

Love you all!

Elder Hepworth