So I'm looking back on the week and there really wasn't anything that entertaining to report home about. Monday and Tuesday were spent in part by my companion packing his bags (he was getting transferred down to Kennewick training) and then him saying goodbye to some converts and members. The goodbyes were extremely touching since he had accomplished so much and was such a great missionary. A large part of Wednesday was spent inside a church building waiting for missionaries coming from all ends of the mission so not much happened there. Thursday and Friday were spent planning, be it for the zone or our area, and since my current companion is new to the zone there was a lot to talk about. He just finished 5 transfers in his previous area and so he is bringing in a lot of new ideas and dedication to helping the zone get places and I'm excited to see what happens.
On Saturday we had a pretty cool experience with our Zone Leadership Council where the district leaders and sister training leaders come together and we discuss the upcoming transfer and where we want to get to. It was a neat experience for my companion and I since we had spent a lot of time discussing what we thought should be the next step for the zone but since we didn't want to impose on the council and their ideas we went into the meeting with no intentions of voicing our ideas. The cool thing was, though, by the time the meeting was done, they had spelled out better than we had our ideas of what we wanted to have happen. It was very reassuring receiving such blatant confirming revelation of what we needed to be doing. The Lord has a lot in store for the Columbia Basin Zone and I'm so stoked to be a part of it.
The other cool part about Saturday was we had the chance to help out at the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival (http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org). So apparently this time every year there is this bird called the Sandhill Crane that makes its way through Othello and is a big deal among bird watchers (I think it’s like a rare bird or something like that, I'm not sure; most of my interactions with birds are when they are grilled and then put on my plate). But anyways people come from all over to look at this bird and so they have a huge festival set up to celebrate it and increase awareness and things like that. Normal festival festivities. So they had one station inside making masks for kids that essentially involved plastering childrens' faces. As funny as that sounds, that’s about what it was. They have these sheets that turn into paper mache and then can be put together to make a mask so we spent 3 hours doing that Saturday afternoon. It was a pretty fun experience. Definitely one for the memory books.
Other than that that’s all there really is to report. The quote I'm going to share is technically a scripture but when I read it I instantly heard my dad reading it to me and then a slight twinge from a slap in the back of the head so here it is. It is found in the 15th chapter of the book of Proverbs, specifically verse 20.
"A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother."
So remember kids, do what your parents tell you. It'll make you wise.
Until next week,