Well I think a lot happened this week I just have to try to remember as much as I can, I barely remember what I had for dinner last night, let alone the night before. So Monday after emailing not to much, we just went shopping for groceries and went home and just spent P-Day there to relax and sleep. Tuesday we had to do exchanges again...ugh. I don't like it because our District Leader's area sucks and they don't really seem to plan what to do around the area. So that finally ended on Wednesday around 4. We finally got to come back to our area. When you're gone from your area for 24 hours it feels like forever but when you're there it goes by fast. So when we were on exchanges though we literally walked around the whole time it and it was annoying. We came back and I think we had a couple appointments the night we came back but I don't remember who off the top of my head.
Then Thursday rolls around and we had interviews with the Pres. man. Which was good. He recently pretty much chastised the whole mission basically. He said he had a pretty clear revelation about our mission about how it's like Lehi's dream. We got some missionaries holding on to the rod, some are walking off in the dark mist, and then there are some missionaries we have that are like in the big and spacious building. So everyone was like "woah" gotta get our crap together here guys. So the whole mission got chastised. The interviews took up a lot of time, then we had to come back and do weekly planning which takes two hours so we didn't get out of the house till like 4.
I ordered an Arabic tag couple weeks ago and I finally got it this week which is pretty cool. We had some pretty good lessons this week. It rained quite a bit up here this week but not like you guys back at home. The rain just melted the excess snow so all the roads, sidewalks, everything is clear now. It's been warming up a little. The beginning of this week warmed up to 50 to that was nice, I just ran around in a light jacket. And it dropped a little at the end of this week so it's a little chilly but it's still a lot warmer than it has been the past month. The sun is shining too so we got that as well, haven't seen that in a while. Friday we had Zone meeting so the whole zone got together instead of just the district. That was pretty fun. Got to see everyone in the zone. We have a real problem in this area with old people and being horrible at driving. We think we're going to die every time we get in a car with and older person driving. This old guy drove us to our zone meeting and almost hit multiple things. Friday night we had a dinner appointment with members and their oldest has been home for a while now but we discovered that he served his mission in Ventura and he was in Simi Valley for a bit. He covered Simi 3rd and he knew some of the Elders that covered Simi 4. Apparently their zones down their don't really get to know each other, they don't even have zone activities because it got banned. Which is totally different up here because everyone in the zone gets to know each other pretty well. But for example he knew Elder Hostetter...if that's how you spell it? I think he was companions at one point. He knew the Elders who taught Manny. And the one from Canada before Elder 'Iongi came in.
And thennnnnnn Saturday rolls around and that day just sucked all together we didn't know what the deal was with Saturday. So we planned to take our main Arabic family to temple square. So here we go...my companion decides to call a member to give us a ride to Trax so we can get to Temple Square. Idk what happened but he misunderstood that we needed to be picked up at 12 not 12:45! So we're waiting out front of the apartment and it becomes 12:15 and if we wait we're going to be late. So my companion decides to start walking. He's crazy because it was like 10 blocks away. On our walking adventure we try to stop at like 5 houses hoping someone is home to give us a ride. But nope I guess it was national "no ones at home on Saturday afternoon day" so that wasted time so we just had to walk 10 blocks down to Trax. By the time we got to Trax it was 1:00...We were supposed to be at Temple Square at 1. It takes 20 minutes to ride Trax to Temple Square. So we finally get there and we are on the phone with the family to talk to them where to park and meet up with us. Keep in mind that their daughter who speaks English is translating for the parents so it takes twice as long to get a point across. They end up driving around for like a half hour trying to find a place to park even though we are on the phone and tell them exactly where they can park. And then all of a sudden they decided to give up and go home. So we were left there. Spent all that time and money for Trax tickets to get there so we can have them tell us they're going home. So we go on temple grounds anyway to check something out. Then we head back home on Trax for another 20 min trip plus 15 minutes waiting for the stupid train. We finally get off the stop that we got on that's closest to home. And we still don't have a ride back home so we have to walk another 10 blocks. On the way home we ran into a sketchy homeless guy wanting help from the church so we ended up talking to him for 20 min and gave him a number for downtown Bishops storehouse and gave him a Book of Mormon. We start walking again and run into a drunk guy saying he's a recovering Mormon. Keep moving towards our place. It's weird how South Salt Lake is... there's the Millcreek that runs north to south that is our most west boundary for our area. And it's amazing that one the west side of the creek it turns into ghetto downtown LA and on the east side of the creek you get more wealthier places the closer you get to the foothills. And our area is right on the boarder of the east side of that creek. Anyway sooo we're walking forever and then there's this really weird concept..if we're outside our area no one will pick us up off the street for a ride. But as soon as we cross the line BOOM a ride. And that's exactly what happened. But there's another factor when it comes to getting rides off the street.. and that is, literally the only ones who give us rides off the street are RM's because they know our pain. And that's exactly who picked us up, a couple RM's who are engaged and they love missionaries obviously because they were missionaries. So we FINALLY got home. And we were so done with the day because then we had appointments cancel.
Sunday finally came and we did our usual at church. We had a great lesson with our Indian investigator. Then had a correlation "meeting" after with the Stake President but then apparently it was the following week so there were two sets of missionaries waiting at the building for nothing and the sisters knew about it the whole time and didn't bother to tell us....sounds like sisters for you.. turkeys. But then rewinding to after our ward's ended there were these inner city senior missionaries who get free donated day old food from a fresh market around here and set it out at the kitchen for anyone to pick up and we grabbed some good stuff. We got some cinnamon rolls, garlic bread, cookies, and a birthday cake lol. It's all still good too! We decided my birthday was close enough to grab the birthday cake lol. So we got free food. And then in the evening we went to Temple Square again to take our Navajo family and it went great. It was funny because we told them we will meet them there at 6:30 and they were there like a half hour earlier. They said they were excited to go so that's why. It was really fun. They liked it a lot. And we got done 20 minutes before we needed to be in for the night so we made it home. And this time we had a reliable ride to Temple Square. That's all I can really remember off the top of my head from this week other than it went by fast kinda. Idk if you sent a package but I haven't gotten it yet. But it's all good. Anyways. That's my report for the week.