First off, I'm so proud of Jonny and Sammy. It sounds like they have a ton of drive and motivation - a lot more than I had when I was their age. I can barely get myself to work out in the morning, and Jonny's running 5 miles a day! That's ridiculous. Tell him to stop. He's making his big brother look bad. haha! I have improved with my weight lifting though. I can bench 40 pounds more than when I started 3 months ago. I haven't even been trying that hard. I bet if I tried harder I'd be lightyears ahead, but whatever. Jonny and Sammy are like my inspiration. I always think, "Well if they can run a billion miles and pin people, I can do 50 push ups." haha! I love them. Even when they don't know how to put up Christmas lights.
This week was crazy. It was really sad saying goodbye to Elder Gerratt, but we had a good last day. We picked up Elder Rivas and Elder Jones and went to Eat'n Park - a place similar to Denny's or Ihop. It was a lot of fun. I love Elder Jones. He's just a goofball. I found out that he has a sheep farm back home in Cedar city. "I HATE SHEEP!" is what he says all the time. haha. Then we got some really good pictures in front of this sign. It says, "Transfers are easy... one call to us is all it takes!" I've attached the picture. It was in the window of the neighborhood pharmacy. Perfect for me and Elder Gerratt. .....You'll notice he has band-aids on his elbows and rug burns on his head. He wrestled Elder Lovejoy in the primary room the P-Day before and incurred some serious damage to his limbs. haha. Still healing! Poor guy.
Right after breakfast we had to drop the elders off and then go pick up the new missionaries. I did just fine driving the trailer to and from the airport. I was proud of myself. I even backed it in to president's driveway! We had a great day. Had a good lesson with the new missionaries and Sis Topham made pulled pork sandwiches. Really good. We didn't get done until about 6 PM. Elder Christensen and Elder Bladh (who were serving in Brookville) came in at 6:30. We took off with them. Elder Christensen used to be an AP here - I took his spot. He was going home on Wednesday so President gave him the permission to come say goodbye to Nick and Jess and Guille and Luis's family and Sue. We met up with all of them respectively. Jose and Esthela freaked out when Elder Christensen walked in. They said, "OH MY GOSH! ELDER CHRISTENSEN'S BACK!" Jose was so proud to tell him that he was a priest now and thanked him for knocking on the door and changing the life of their family. We laughed and all reminisced. It was very nice.
Sue was very emotional when we came and visited her. Elder Gerratt was having everyone bear their testimony and share their experience with meeting with missionaries on his video camera. Sue said some very profound things. I hope I can get a hold of that video from Elder G some day. It was beautiful. She said she has found happiness, and she won't ever go back.
Nick and Jess were a hoot. We sat in the lobby of the chapel and just told stories. It was great. Nick and Jess shared their testimony as well. Nick was having a really rough time - his face was twitching and stuff because he was having a reaction to his medication. It was pretty bad. But he came anyway because he loved Elder Gerratt and Elder Christensen and wanted to say goodbye. That takes a lot of strength and courage. I love Nick and Jess. It was a good night.
Tuesday was absolutely crazy with transfers. I was pretty much in charge of everything. We had a good training in the morning with the new elders. We had an interesting experience pairing up the trainers with the new elders. We assigned Elder Waddoups with Elder Jones because we prayed about it and felt that'd be right. Turns out - they went to high school and graduated together. They were so pumped! We had NO idea.
Transfer meeting was crazy. Elder Jamieson pretty much freaked out with happiness when he found out he was assigned to go serve with Elder Vaioleti. They've been having a blast together. I asked Elder Vaioleti how he liked serving with Elder Jamieson. True to form, Elder Vaioleti gave a goofball response: "He sucks! He's lazy. He flirts with every young girl he sees. He won't help with updating the area book and hates tracting and street contacting. He doesn't want to do anything I want to do, like go swimming or attend high school parties and go to the movie theatre to watch new movies in HD. We're just sooo different and have nothing in common!" SO FUNNY. I was laughing really hard. I miss them both. They're having a ton of fun serving with each other. And they're tracting and street contacting - not going to high school parties! =D
I had to take the old missionaries back to the mission home. I got nervous and forgot how to back the trailer, so Elder Huber just drove. We went to the office to let them say goodbye and then went to president's home for dinner. After that I had to do the weekly report on my own and I was able to do it! And I didn't stress out! I just buckled down and got it done. I felt like a pro. Elder Bartlett is doing a great job. Week 1 of being an assistant is really tough. It's like getting trained all over again. After we got that done we had a correlation meeting with Brother Hemmert, our Ward Mission Leader and then came home.
We were so exhausted, so we went right to bed. We had to wake up at 5 in the morning the next morning to get to President's home by 6 to take the elders to the airport. I went to bed super nervous that I wouldn't hear the alarm in the morning and would screw everything up. I woke from a dead sleep to a phone call from President Topham. My immediate thought was "OH NO. I SCREWED IT UP!" I leapt out of bed and grabbed the phone and answered it. The alarm hadn't gone off! I said, "Hello?" Then Elder Huber said, "Hey. Sorry to wake you up, but a thought just occurred to us. Sister Franklin's flight is at 6 AM. They've gotta wake up and leave in 3 hours, but the trailer is blocking the drive way and you have the keys to the van." I looked at my watch. It was 1:30 AM. I hadn't screwed it up! haha. So I had to wake up Elder Bartlett and we had to go move the van so president would be able to get his car out of the drive way to take Sister Franklin to the airport for her flight. Elder Huber and Elder Brady had been up late playing ping pong. Good thing, otherwise that would've caused a whole mess of problems. haha.