Thursday, August 25, 2016

Monday August 22, 2016....yes it's been 12 months!!!

If you didn't guess by my subject, I had my hump day this week aka
BUMP day. Andrew Gray told me hump implies there's a down hill. And
there's no time for downhill on the mission. It's all work until the
end. So s/o to him. Also congrats to Elders Hallz and BSiv for their
bump days this week(:

Well good luck to Hannah this week! She'll be coming to Spain's mtc
soon so she'll be experiencing life here for a couple weeks.

Also elder wright is coming to my zone now(:
And elder smith is training(:

Well this week was definitely a crazy one. We had transfers and I will
officially be killing Elder Priest! And I don't just mean that because
he eats super loud, but I'll be killing him mission-wise. Aka I'm
sending him home. So Saturday morning was spent arranging travel for
the missionaries in our zone, it's like a giant jigsaw puzzle that's
already figured out but you just have to prove you know what you're
doing. It was super fun!

Elder Reese and I talked Wednesday night and reminisced about the past
year together. No tears were shed but crazy that we've only known each
other for a year. Less than a year left and that's scary😳

Wednesday we had a lesson with a recent convert (he investigated for 3
years so he already knows everything) and he's having tough times
because his friends hate him now. But he's seriously so smart and so
willing to admit he having problems which I thought was super cool. We
had an awesome lesson about how to be a Mormon in Europe and he loved
it. Basically told him God saved him for these last days because he's
stronger than the people who came before him and he loved that. He's a

Thursday we had lunch with the most spiritually intelligent man I've
ever met. He knows everything, no joke. Not literally, but more than
anyone I've ever met. He was President Hinckleys personal body guard
when he came to dedicate the temple and he had a few nights in a row
when it was literally just those two, one on one, having
conversations. He said he's the funniest man he's ever met. Also he
was the night watchman of the temple and was alone in the temple a lot
at night and has craaaaaazy stories😳😳I can't write them though.

The priesthood lesson yesterday was so legit. This member we spend the
most time with is the second most intelligent man I know, maybe first
actually because the previous number one was present and he admitted
he learned new things as well. Anyways... What I learned was that the
Israelites were marching around for 40 years and lived off of water
and bread. Basically nothing else. With water or bread they would die.
It was their nutrients. So when Christ says "I am the bread of life"
and "the living water" he's literally implying that we can not live
without him. Just like the Israelites needed bread and water to live,
we all need Christ to live. I thought that was cool.

There's this LA we've passed by for the past two months and we finally
had a lesson with him and his mom. We talked about Small and Simple
things. He's 18 and is inactive and his mom knows everything is true
but can't be baptized because won't give up the WoW. So we had a super
spiritual lesson about how the small things bring bigger things in our
lives. Basically reading and praying will grow our testimony so we can
complete the bigger tasks to get us to exaltation. It was awesome.

Fun facts of the week (stealing this from Hallz and THans)
-Gave a blessing to a LA because he got stabbed and was scared to go
to the street. Walked into his house and every open space on the wall
had pictures of marijuana haha. With his baptismal certificate and a
picture of Christ in the middle. Nice man.

-Miguel did get super offended after all. Apparently telling someone
you can't rewrite the bible and publish it doesn't sit well. We're on
good terms now.

-I made German pancakes and cinnamon syrup by myself #WifeMeUp. #Happy1YearToMe

Quotes: (both from Pres Hinckleys Teachings of the Prophets)
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of
time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“Most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to
be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of
mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. …
“Life is like an old-time rail journey--delays, sidetracks, smoke,
dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful
vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

"Behind us is a glorious history. It is bespangled with heroism,
tenacity to principle, and unflagging fidelity. It is the product of
faith. Before us is a great future. It begins today. We cannot pause.
We cannot slow down. We cannot slacken our pace or shorten our

If you made it this far then I love you and I wish you a swell week.

Don't stop believin',
Elder Gearig

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