Monday, June 27, 2016

Week 32: Biking!

Edited version of the zone

Monday, June 27, 2016

We had a pretty good Family Home Evening last Monday Night. They played Volleyball and we had an investigator, recent convert and a less active there. The investigator suggested they have dinner after, so they did and they had a great time!

On Tuesday, we were going to start using the bikes, but we didn't have helmets, so we asked Naper 2nd and they had some! So, we got them and that night, we biked for the first time. It was pretty fun, the first house we went to we got in and talked to the members there. We found out the potential YSA was married, though and they just moved to the area 3 months ago.

Elder Chidester, my zone leader, had his last District Lunch with us on Wednesday. He is leaving in 2 days. He will be my only Zone Leader I had for 4 weeks haha.

We biked 12 miles round trip that day. We went to less actives in our area nearby, which is Naper 3rd. Yeah, we live in the Naper 3rd area. We are moving on August 10th, so if I stay here, I get to chose where we live. Anyway, there were some trails we went on and I led. Thank goodness for offline Google Maps, though.

We took a member to visit a less active she has befriended on FB and because she was there she had a ride to go to church. (Unfortunately she wasn't home when the member tried to pick her up for church.) But, we were walking to the next less active near there and we talked to some Spanish speaker and with Annie, the member who went on her mission to Texas Spanish speaking, we were able to have her talk to her and Elder Kearl had a Spanish pass along card so we gave it to him. Lol it as pretty cool.

We biked to Feed My Starving Children on Friday with our service clothes. It was weird, but cool. Illinois needs to get some sidewalks, though. We were on this one road, too and it just ended at a field and started at the other end of the field, so we biked over the grass.  But, we tried coming back another way without google maps and staying off the main road it's no sidewalks and we ended up on a trail in the Springbrook Prairie Forest. We found our way home, though.

We had our 4th dinner with Joe, and this time, with his whole family. Also, 3 other YSA friends were there. We had enchiladas, YUM! 

After that, we were at the right place at the right time and saw Sister Smith in another ward. She was outside on the phone and just got off it as we walked up to her. She was just going to call us and talk about coming over for her son. He was there and we had a pretty good lesson with them all. Brother Smith is the Assistant Ward Mission Leader in that ward and he played us a little song on his guitar; a mixture of LDS hymns. That was cool. Apparently he plays the guitar for investigators the missionaries have in that ward.

Oh, and I have been seeing fireflies. They are pretty awesome! There are so many!

Anyway, it was a pretty good week. I know that this is Heavenly Father's work and glory and that he does help in His children's lives to help them be happy. The Gospel of Jesus Christ - meaning the good news that Jesus Christ brought by doing the Atonement - is the way for us to be happy RIGHT NOW and ever after. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

A stormy night
Naperville state center in about 1975 (courtesy of Don Larsen on his mission)
And Naperville Stake Center now