I Am SOoo Tired

APRIL 28, 2014

Hello those who probably did not do as much service as me this week,

Mormon Helping Hands was a lot easier last year, when I was in crutches. We helped a member of our ward "prep" for Mormon Helping Hands the day before. By prepping, it was pretty much starting early, because it wasn't going to get done in the four allotted hours. It was 10 hours on Friday, and 8 hours on Saturday. Doing what? Helping paint a fence around a community pool. Elder Frost and I held up the spray guard to prevent the paint from getting everywhere, which, once the wind picked up, was like trying to hold up a sail. We also masked the bottom of the poles so it didn't get on the concrete, as well as wiping it down with steel wool. The member did the painting, since that was his profession. Nothing really that hard, it was just for a very long time. It took forever to scrub the paint off my arms. The pictures don't do it justice. As much as I love service, I would be fine if I never did that again in my life. 

We found two new investigators (people we are teaching), two days in a row, with the same last name and no relation (as far as we know). Both of them we contacted on the street. One is more interested than the other, but all is great. We are hoping for the best. 

Because of our many service opportunities, not much really happened this week. But, we are excited for this week. Seth is pretty much ready for baptism! He just needs to be interviewed, and taught a couple more things! It's great to see a family come back into the church, along with a baptism! Then they will get sealed, and live eternally ever after! It will be a nice way to end the week. Pray for him! The week before the baptism is always hard!

To those that read this letter, how goes your family/individual scripture study? I assume most of those that read this are LDS, but even still, there is always scripture and prayers to be said. One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon is when Christ teaches that we should pray always. 3 Nephi 18:
"18 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always  lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. 19 Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name; 20 And whatsoever  ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right,believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you. 21 Praying in your families unto the Father, always in my name,that your wives and your children may be blessed."
 Do it. Blessings come. It may be hard, because there is "never a good time." So just make it work, and see how God will bless you. I could tell you the blessings, but I think for now I will just let you figure it out. :)
Thanks for everything!
Elder Summerhays

I Pet a Llama!

April 21, 2014

Hello those who thought there weren't any llamas in So. Cal,

You may be right. There was only one. It was in a guys yard during a yard sale. You could rent it if you want.

It's been a strange week. A good week, but it was a little off. We didn't teach as many lessons as we wanted to, partly due to all the service we did, and (ironically) partly due to Easter.

Easter was fantastic. Church was amazing! We had wonderful speakers. Someone who was taking a medical break from their senior mission gave a great talk, then we sang in the choir, then Bishop gave a talk. He said that he, like many others, love feeling the spirit through music, so he said he would go away from his notes briefly, and have everyone stand up and sing "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". That's the second time someone has done that in the ward, and it's awesome! Then he gave a really great (and quite poetic) talk on the Resurrection. Our classes afterward were wonderful, talking about Christ and watching great videos on Christ. The Bible Videos that the Church has put out are AMAZING! Even when it's not Christmas or Easter, watch them! In fact, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQL1iqOBZxo
Missionary Peeps - Called to serve

Then the rest of our Easter was practically spent at a member's and their families. We helped hide eggs, eat food, and other stuff. We ate so much. This mission is going to give me so much motivation to eat healthier and not as much when I get home. 

I read my patriarchal blessing for the first time in a while. For those of you that have it, always read it! I always think "Pff, I've read it bunches of times before, what could I possibly learn this time." Then I read it. "When did that get there? My mind is blown". For those of you that don't have it, prepare to get it, then get it. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, go to www.mormon.org and ask the missionaries! It gave me a lot of comfort. Satan will always try to make you feel down, and I find that, if you study the scriptures, pray, go to church, and treat others with love, Satan loses. 10 times out of 10. It's the "No Duh" of life. Even when someone yells out to you a couple times "Children of the Devil!!!" on your way to an Easter dinner, you can't help but smile. Sure, you would have liked to turn around a give him a thing or two to think about, but then you remember that you have the restored gospel, and you keep on being happy. Even when it was Nation Pot Smoking day on Easter, and all the dispensaries were celebrating with loud music, it's not hard to remember why you are biking in suit pants and a tie. Because Christ is risen, and everyone needs to know about it. 

Share the Gospel. Share the Love of Christ. Give someone a hug.

Love you all,

Elder Summerhays

I forgot to mention something funny. After seeing a mystery charge on my card at a Chevron that wiped my card clean, as well as hearing that a restaurant that I recently went to has a small reputation for swiping cards, I called the mission office. "My" last purchase was made in Heyward, CA, wherever that it. So they cancelled the card, and I will get a new one in a couple weeks. I decided to call my home bank just to make sure my home funds were good, since I had some trouble the other day using it. I had forgotten that my Mom had gotten me a new card, so the card that I had was cancelled. I had two cancelled cards, and one dollar in my wallet. I'm glad I have a stash of birthday money in my drawer. Apparently I am the 9th missionary to have their card number swiped. Purchases have been made as far as Alaska. 

Fun stuff.

Gunshots and Conference

April 7, 2014

Hello those that can and should listen to the words of prophets and apostles,

Conference was amazing. I can't wait to read it so I can get the most out of the ones with thick accents or the ones that I just happen to be a little drowsy on. If you missed it, or are unfamiliar with what General Conference is, watch it here! Pick a talk, any talk! I especially loved Elder Uchtdorf's. He's awesome. 

Just a few highlights:

-On Tuesday, we heard three gunshots close to our apartment. We were kind of sketched out, especially when the helicopter started flying around our heads. We started walking to District meeting, which just happened to be in direction of the shooting. There was a bunch of broken glass on the ground, and a bunch of cops. Our whole block was eventually blocked off. Then it was all clear in a couple of hours. Never did get the full story. I think someone shot a car because of one reason or another, but no one killed. :) Yep. I'm living the good life. 
-Our dinner one night was a relief society activity. It was waffles for dinner. It was also April Fools day. Everyone had to eat their waffles with chopsticks. Because of the supernatural dexterity of my digits, I was successful. 
-Lots of exchanges. Met lots of people. Taught lots. Blew many minds. 
I "mustache" you about the gospel because I can't "shave" it for later
-I continue to be more and more grateful for the worldly and spiritual things that I have. San Bernardino is quite the "humble" place. Never take things for granted, especially the gospel. Follow the counsel of E. Ballard and study Preach My Gospel. Invite at least one person each quarter to hear what us missionaries have to say! The more you share, the easier it will be! I promise. 

I should probably make better entries in my journal. I'm sure funny things happen, but they just slip away. I guess they are just good for the moment. 


I love you all, and I love this gospel. Be obedient to God's commandments, and let the blessings roll in. In my "spare" time, I have decided to memorize the Sermon on the Mount. Yep. Wish me luck. 

Elder Summerhays

Me and a delicious plate of Musubi! I love this stuff. Seaweed, rice and soy sauce, and spam. Tasty Poly treat!

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