Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Road Trip

I hope that you had a great week. We had another really great week. It seems like things just get busier and busier every single week.

Monday, we had our usual meeting with President Jacobsen. Then we drove to St. Johns to go to a western store for Elder Norton to pick up a hat that he had ordered. We came back to Lansing and played tennis for a little bit before heading to the stake center and playing basketball. Monday evening we had dinner with a few of the YSAs before finishing up some stuff in the office.

Tuesday, we had our usual studies before we went out and did some contacting on campus. Everyday there are more and more students and we are able to talk to more of them and invite them to learn about the gospel. I think this week is when most of the students arrive and so there will be even more people to talk to on campus and the work will really pick up! Afterwards, we met with President Jacobsen about a few things before we had dinner and then traded off with the Lansing Zone Leaders. I was with Elder Anderson here at MSU.

Wednesday, we drove to Bay City and went to their district meeting. Elder Engel is the district leader there and he just got called to be a DL and so it was great to see how well he did for his first district meeting. Then, we went to district lunch with them and drove back to Lansing. Me and Elder Anderson got to talk to several people on campus before eating dinner with the Dickersons. They are senior couple missionaries that teach classes at the institute here and they have us over once a week for dinner. 

Thursday, we drove to trade-off with the Midland zone leaders. I was with Elder Charmers here on MSU campus again. It was a lot of fun.  We got to teach a few lessons and then we had to go and get some stuff for a few missionaries apartments before me and Elder Norton drove there this past weekend.

Friday, me and Elder Norton drove to Hart to take a bag to them, then to Manistee to take them some stuff for their new apartment, then to Traverse City to blitz the zone leaders there. I was with Elder Wheat and we got to door knock (I forgot how much I have missed door knocking!) We had a lesson that evening with a lady whose daughter will be attending MSU this semester. We had a really good lesson with them and I even got her daughter's information so that we could help them move in this next weekend and then hopefully start teaching here. 

Saturday, we drove up to Cheboygan (the most northern area in the lower peninsula of our mission) and took some supplies to them before drive back home to Lansing. I felt like I was on a summer road-trip around the state of Michigan with all of the driving we been doing lately. We drove over 700 miles the past 4 days. So I have spent a lot of time in the car! 

Yesterday, we had a really good Sunday. We had our usual Sacrament meeting, but since they didn't have any speakers assigned the bishop allowed anyone who wanted to come up and share their favorite hymn and why.  Then we would sing a verse of the hymn.  It was really good and the Spirit was super strong. The rest of our meetings went well and then we went over to President Jacobsen's and finalized a few plans for the rest of the transfer before going back to the office and doing our normal call-ins. 

This morning we had to drive to Allegan and pick up a missionary to bring him back to Lansing to be with another missionary who's companion had to go home because of medical issues. 

This next week should be a really great week. We should get to start teaching more and really seeing a lot more success on campus with more students. I am loving my mission and wouldn't trade it for the world!!

Elder Bloskas

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