Highs and Lows

May 26, 2014

Hello my fellow friends, family, and other (if you are not my friend, feel free to become one),

HUGE grasshopper guarding the church
This week has had some highs and lows. I don't have as long to email since the libraries were closed yesterday for Memorial day. So here are some events:

-I am staying in San Bernardino with Elder Frost for yet another transfer! This will be an eventual total of 4 months together. Our Zone Leaders, E. Smith and E. Langi are also staying together, and will have been 6 months. A lot of other people are staying too. So we must be doing something right. Or we need to learn something. I will go with both.
-While standing on a corner of a busy street, making some calls, a lady stopped and got out of her car, came over to us, and basically asked for us to teach her. She was going through some difficulties, had met with missionaries before, and felt that she should stop. It was awesome. Our follow up appointment didn't work out, but I am excited to start teaching her.
-I had a delicious dinner with some investigators, and taught them the Restoration. It was great. They really wanted to learn about the Plan of Salvation next, but we told them next time. Leave them wanting more. :)
-I gave a talk in sacrament meeting. On what? The Message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I got a lot of really good compliments. And one "complaint"... because I made them cry. :) It was really awesome. The more you share your testimony, the stronger it gets, and I can testify of that. Share it with every one.

-The Low? Well, it seems that I have developed a horrible habit ever since the start of my mission. I never really considered my self a forgetful person, but I have misplaced, lost, or had stolen so many things on my mission, and now, unfortunately, it's time to add to the list. My backpack got stolen out of the back of a truck while we popped inside the mission office. So in front of a church. I went to grab it when I emailed last week, and there was nothing to grab. The other elder's stuff was fine. There goes all of my notes, camera, sd cards, scriptures, the backpack, a few magic tricks, a flash drive, sd card reader, some lint, a hymn book, and my dignity. Okay, I still have some dignity left.
My companion attempted to kill a fly that landed on my flower.  Flower mangled, fly unharmed.

First thunder and lightening I have seen here.  Intense.
So yeah, it's been a fun week. I am excited to work hard this transfer! Keep me in your prayers as always. It's getting pretty hot...

Strengthen your faith! Be obedient! Love one another!

Elder Summerhays




100 Degrees and Enduring

May 20, 2013

Hello to all who likely did not sweat as much as me this week,
Yes, it was  over 100 degrees, and week biked a bunch. This San Bernardino weather is so strange. It's going to cool down for most of this week, so we are looking forward to that. It is the last week of the transfer, and lots of things are changing. Our Mission President is making two Spanish speaking zones, and one English speaking zone per stake, where it simply used to be two zones a stake. So stuff will behappening. 

We are working harder and harder to become better missionaries. We have learned that planning is everything. If we master planning on our missions, we will not only be able to use the skills for our missions, but for our lives. If we ever are having trouble teaching, finding, or baptizing, then we need to plan better, especially by the Spirit. With planning, teaching simply is another skill we need to develop. We need to teach so simply that a child can understand it. So we are doing that.

As on things to report on, not much. Found some new people to teach, had a great Zone Conference on planning and teaching, and how obedience brings blessings sort of thing. 

Transfers are coming up, so we are going to work out hardest to make it the best last (knock on wood) week in the area! Maybe. We will find out next week.

I love you all! Read the scriptures daily! Say your prayers fervently! Go to church weekly! Serve everyone!

Elder Summerhays

I Love Meetings!

 May 12, 2014

Hello those who don't have eight hour missionary meetings! 

 Yeah, had one last week with the Head of the Missionary Department, and another one this week with the San Bernadino missionaries and the mission president.  I learn so much when we get together and get motivated me so much, I love it!

 Not much to report on that would mean much to you guys. iPads are a high possibility in the near future. Planning is everything. Teach simply.

 A couple funny experiences during the conference: Brother Hemingway (the Head of the Miss. Dept.) came to me (asking me to read a scripture), and saw my name tag. "Summerhays. Are you a golfer?" "Yes." "Are you related to the Summerhays golfers?" "Yep!" "We should go golfing sometime. Just kidding, you have to work." Then, Brother Gonzoles (a manager in the miss. dept.) was talking about developing skills, such as teaching, planning, etc. "For example, a hobby of mine is magic..." About half of the missionaries in the meeting all turned and looked at me, including President and Sister Van Cott. When he sat down, and I saw Sis Van Cott talk to him, saying "Elder Summerhays over there is a professional magician." He looked over, I waved, and he smiled. I showed him some things afterwards. It was fun. :)


Mothers Day highlight!
 Highlight of the week: Got to talk with the Family!!!! It was great. Glad to hear that animationchefs.com is doing awesome! I can't wait to see where it goes! All my brothers are tall and have deep(er) voices. Time flies.

 I celebrated Mexican Mother's day with a counselor in the ward. Because our dinner appointment canceled,  we knocked on a few doors and then decided to stop by this counselors home. "Elders! Come on in! Do you want to eat?" Pff, what kind of question is that? Elders? Eating? Just kidding, even for elders, there is a limit. For example, on Mother's day, after Skyping, the family whose home we were at made us lunch. It just happened to be three of my favorite foods. Salmon, Artichokes, and Creme Brulee, which she did at a half-joking request of mine last time I was at their home when I saw their bowls and torches. It was awesome. 
Skyping with the family
 I can't wait for this week.  More meetings, using planning techniques that are amazing (and in Preach My Gospel), and just feeling the Spirit is something to look forward to! Going forth in MIGHTY prayer and GREAT faith!
 Elder Summerhays 
 P.S. Quote of the Week: "It's so hot, it will humble you." - E. Langi, talking about a brand of hot sauce


$30 Cupcakes


MAY 5, 2014


Hello people who I hope have not spent $30 on cupcakes before,

It was for the ward fundraiser auction thingy. All four of us missionaries split it. Gourmet, homemade cupcakes from our neighbor (so E. Frost and I got a sample, so we knew they were good). Definitely worth the $7.50.

I did not bring anything with me to emailing, since we decided to go earlier spur of the moment. 

On Wednesday, Seth got his baptismal interview. He passed. We were all happy. You know what that means? Satan decided to up his game. The next day, we learn that, after a family issues, he is living with his real dad in Victorville, who won't let him get baptized. Seth still wants to, but obviously it's not going to happen for a while. So no baptism this Saturday. We were pretty bummed, along with members of the ward. We are helping his sisters come to baptism. They are well on their way. They just need to ask their mom for permission, which is the big step. We see them every two weeks, so we are hoping and praying for the best.

That's pretty much the update for our teaching. We have been teaching at least 20 lessons a week, but we need to find more. Our President called us to repentance in his weekly letter today, since out of the 109 areas, the mission is finding 70-110 new people to teach, which isn't enough. We aren't talking with everyone, and it's true. I used to be pretty good about, and it goes up and down for me as time goes on. So, of course, I am going to get back up there, and keep it up there. I am reminded of D&C 60:2-3, which would not only go for me, however, so all you people out there better open your mouths!! People are waiting!

A lot of stuff is going to happen in San Bernardino.   I wouldn't be surprised if there was a temple here in the next four or five years. District leaders, and a few other missionaries, are being invited to the next Missionary Leadership Counsel, which is usually a Zone leader meeting. Some people from Salt Lake are coming to evaluate and teach us. On top of that, out of all the missionaries in the mission, the head of the Missionary Department of the Church is coming to go work with the other missionaries in our ward for about five hours tomorrow. So they are pretty nervous. It'll be great, though. 

I am starting to realize more and more the changes that the mission makes on me, or is calling me to make. It really is preparing me for life. Which means life is going to be hard. Oh goody. :) On the other hand, this means life is going to be just as exciting (if not more, which I am sure it will be) as the mission! A lot to look forward to, and a lot to work towards. Good things a head. I have only nine months left to prepare. Keep me in your prayers.

And send me a letter! That would be nice too.

Can't wait to talk to the family next week!!!! :O

Elder Summerhays
I don't always drink butter-beer, but when I do I'm at the Bishops house (ala Harry Potter)

 
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