You'll never guess who I saw this week. Elder Ballard! And Elder Justin Larson!!!!!!!!
I'm not even pulling a fib right now.
(Quick interjectory story: One of our crazy investigators, Tommy English (isn't that just an awesome name?) sends us the funniest texts. One day, he told us "nap time, for Tom... next message: Nah, I just fibbled! What's up, fellas?" It was hilarious. He's like a 60 year-old-ladies man who loves God).
The Baltimore Maryland, Washington D.C. North, and Washington D.C. South missions conglomorated into one huge tri-mission conference (which almost never happens). It was so good! We took a picture together, and I'll have Elder Larson send it :). I was so happy to see him, it's been so long. Apparently, he doesn't have Faceobok or Ipads. He was very jealous of our technology. I showed off all of my newly learned Ipad skills. He was impressed, I'm sure.
Elder Ballard gave a fantastic address - I was impressed so deeply by the Spirit of ways I can improve my missionary work. One of the things that I felt impressed was to make sure that my studies are focused on the first 4 lessons in Preach My Gospel. I need to know those lessons like the back of my hand. Our mission president has said that we need to memorize the scriptures in the lessons. Every other transfer (12 weeks - ish) we have a quizzie. This Wednesday we're having a quiz on the Gospel of Jesus Christ scriptures. Ooh, boy!
I was also given a hug by a crazy old Pakistan-ian woman. It was so awkward! Every time we bike past her house, I make an extra effort to bike faster. She feeds cigarettes to squirrels. She says, "God doesn't want me to smoke. But Jesus does!" She wants a copy of the Book of Mormon in Arabic to give to her friend, but she says she always loses it. it's pretty funny :).
Anyway, we had a new investigator come to church! I honestly didn't think he was going to show up. But he seems really sincere, and is full of real intent. I'm excited to continue to teach him.
Elder Wagner and I are doing really well - since we're kind of on the same level of obedience/hard work, we don't have to worry about correcting big problems/weaknesses in our companionship. Right now, we're getting used to each other's strengths and weaknesses, and how we can better mold those together so we can become as one.