This week has been pretty good! To start, Elder Rasband and I have been doing great! He's from Draper, but his family moved to Virginia while he's been out, so he'll be going home there. He's pretty soft-spoken, but he has a spirit of calmness and meekness about him, and I like that a lot about Elder Rasband. He's a great last companion for me on my mission.
As far as the investigators and the teaching pool is going, we are still trying to get more. We have been putting a much greater emphasis on working with the members. We had five member lessons this week, and we have been asking them about who they're "working" with to share the Gospel. We will not let those members forget their duty!
Stake conference was this weekend, and Elder Call of the Seventy came. He held a meeting before the Sunday session, and all investigators, less-actives and recent converts were invited. A couple of recent converts from our ward came, and it was great! After the session, I had the opportunity to stand in the circle of to confer the Melchizedek Priesthood upon a fairly recent convert. It was a great experience! Definitely a first for me; I've given the Aaronic, but not the Melchizedek until now.
On Saturday, there was a "Mormon Helping Hands" project that we and the stake attended. There were several groups doing different projects, but the YSA Ward went along a riverbed and picked up trash. It was surprisingly pretty fun! There was some pretty cool graffiti along the underside of the bridge too, so that was sweet.
Today has been a pretty good day so far. I'll be honest. Mom, I took your gift card that you gave me and spent it on clothing that I could take home. We live right next to some outlet malls, and I just couldn't resist. Two years ago, I never thought I would voluntarily go to a mall on P-day, but now I love it! (That was probably just very dangerous of me to say...)
I love you all, and I want to say "Happy 2nd Birthday to Lincoln this week!" I'll talk to you soon!
There's a street in Oxnard called "Elder Street". It's a famous missionary landmark, and I couldn't resist.
Here's also me right next to the beach. Probably the closest I will ever get as a missionary. One of the members lives right along next to it.