Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 29: Naperville YSA!

Matt and Justin in the Rockford YSA
Monday, June 6, 2016

The YSA ward is awesome! It was a great week! I was a half tech elder on Tuesday, and, according to the Mission organization PDF, we are still the tech elders. Haha. 

So, we had to drive the Bolingbrook elders home from the Naperville Stake center after Transfers. My suitcases and Elder Hahn's were all in the little 2016 Toyota Corolla with us 4 (Elders Kearl, Hahn, Bollschweiler, and me). Yup, it was pretty cramped. 

So, Naperville YSA moved districts to Joliet East and our District Leaders are Elder Neve and Elder Cook. We have Sister Training Leaders (STL) in our district, as well. Then we have Bolingbrook and Senior Sister Missionaries (Sister Hopkins and sister Ringaitis). Man, it was a funny District Meeting.

We were going to have dinner with a YSA RM, but he thought we knew it was a lunch as that is what they do in Mexico for his mission. So, we had lunch with him. It was pretty cool. 

We helped someone move in the STL area. That was pretty fun and great muscle exercise! The guy, Derek, we were helping move knows the YSA bishop, too. 

Also, we had dinner in the Marriot hotel. We had Giordano's! It was nice. He also gave us Giordano's pizza for us to cook on another day, so we cooked that the next day for lunch haha! That was delicious, too! Yum! 

We have a project called the Banana Pudding Project. We focus on different family wards in our area and help out with their YSAs. Anyway, so we have been visiting a lot of YSAs out of the actual YSA ward this week.

We did service at "Feed My Starving Children" on Saturday. It was pretty much the same thing I did in the MTC. We switched positions a few times and I put food in and put bags under the funnel. We did approximately 100 bags (6 servings for a bag) each. We were in a group with a family and they were pretty cool. I got to taste a sample and it was actually not bad. 

Church was pretty awesome! James, an investigator, bore his testimony on the reality of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. That was great. Many great testimonies were given. 

I know that Heavenly Father is a loving father of us all and that Jesus is his only begotten Son.  They are separate. I know that a plan was formed for us to reach our full potential and to have happiness. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to reach Eternal Life and our full potential. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer
District Pic from a month ago
Lol CARS, in Rockford
Two of the houses we were helping build
SUPER rain storm

The members inside our area (not all YSA, though!)