Monday, May 18, 2015

Planting Flowerbeds at the DC Temple, Drama Among the Ranks, and Member Involvement is on the Rise - 05/18/2015

Friends and Family,

How is everyone doing? This week has been pretty fun. We have had lots of opportunities to do some service. And some of the service we did was really cool! We were able to go and plant flowers at the temple. It was so fun and it looks so good! I'll have to take pictures of it next time we go there. We planted three big flower beds and we filled them with flowers. After that we planted another bed with a bunch of plants. Then we planted some more along some curbs. After we were done planting, the guy who is in charge of the temple grounds took the 6 missionary's who helped out to lunch. After lunch we went back to work and we worked on tearing old flowers out of the ground and putting those flowers in the temple's compost pile. It took most of the day to do this. It was a ton of fun and it's pretty cool that I can say I have worked on the grounds of the Washington, D.C. Temple!

In other news, drama in the mission is on the rise once again. Before I get into what happened I have to explain a rule. So President Cooke changed a rule. Before, on pday, we had to get up at 6:30 and do our normal routine. After studies, we were free to do whatever we wanted. President Cooke changed the rule and said that we no longer had to wake up at 6:30 and we also do not have to do our studies that day either. So with that said, we can pretty much wake up whenever we want on pday. So last Sunday, we had some Zone Leaders meet up because they had to get ready for an activity that they were putting on for the Zone and they had to wake up really early to get ready for this activity.  These guys are also really into going to the gym.  So they got up even earlier so they would have time do do both. So they ended getting up around 2 am so they could get in a good work out in and still have time to set up the zone activity.  Well at the gym they saw a member and they went up and talked to him because they did not think anything was wrong. Well it ends up that this member called President Cooke, and he got really mad. He called all of the Zone Leader's into his office throughout the week.  To make a long story short this got 3 Zone Leaders released. That's half the Zone Leaders in the mission. You guys may not know some of the lingo, but you should know that this is a pretty big deal. The Zone Leaders are not very happy with how this all worked out and they say it was handled very poorly.

Overall, this week has been great! The weather has been amazing and we have been able to spend a lot of time outside which is very enjoyable. The area I am in is also picking up. People are starting to give us referrals and that's when we are the most affective is when the ward's work with missionary's and they help us find people to teach. Some bad news about Eric.  We decided to drop him for now because we have not been able to contact him.  So we are going to let him be for now. But some good news is that someone is on date now and we are going to start teaching her this week soo wooo hooo. Well that my email byeee. 

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