Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transfer #16 in Seward, Nebraska

Dear Family,

So yep yep!! I'm staying another transfer in the good ol' open land of Seward. Elder Pacheco and I are still together and the only thing that changed is that I'm now a District Leader! It's still our same district, there's us, the Mahoney Elders and the zone leaders that always show up. So in Mahoney is Elder Colby, who has been there a transfer and his boy, so you have me, who's been out 21 1/2 months, Colby with his 15 months, Pacheco with his 2 months and the newbie with 4 days. The only downside to being a DL is that now I have give a training every week..oh will be good. So now that I'm DL, I think that I'm going to stay in Seward till I go home, which will only be one more transfer after this one. It's like 70% of staying, which is a little better than the 50/50. I sure hope I can stay, it would kinda suck to leave behind all the friends I have made here and to go "die" pretty much in a totally new area with people that I don't know. So who knows! We will just see what the good Lord has in plan for me.

It's getting really weird thinking that I'm almost done, I'm trying hard not to dwell on it but man....11 more weeks, that's only 11 more P-days, that's less than 100 days and then the "oh man, what am I going to do when I get home etc." Just a lot more thoughts coming to me now AND MY GOSH my boy is getting so much greenie mail!!!! Just Saturday, he got 6 letters and a package. What did I get? A wedding announcement for Elder Bywater....that's not going to help me keep my mind on my mission!! Lol!!

We did a ton of driving last week, in 2 days we went about 300 miles cause we had to use up our miles. We drove to a lot of different towns, you can look them up on the map if you'd like. We went to Beaver Crossing, Utica (twice),  Ulysses (twice), Waco, Bee, Staplehurst, Gresham, Seward and Milford. Our car looks like we went through a car wash that spat out bugs, it's sooooo bad!! We washed it last week so we have to wait a little longer before we can wash it again, that and we went down a lot of country roads so it's just sprayed with dust and crap everywhere.

On Sunday our Branch President gave my companion and I the stuff to help C read. My companion and I were looking at it and both of us, yes BOTH of us were like "I don't even remember what some of this means?!" We are going to be great teachers...I mean you guys know how well I do at reading and spelling. Just ask my mom what my emails look like before she proofreads them! Lol!

We went to a party last week, Brandy invited us to her boyfriends birthday party so we went. I didn't realize but we have gone to a lot of their parties. We went to both of her parents birthday parties, 4th of July party and now this. If we didn't like them before, we sure do now! :P  I kid....they are so awesome!!! We had a good time, free food and good ol' company. It brought back some good ol' memories just chillin' up in the mountains with a bonfire and just chillin' on the tailgate. To be honest, it made me trunky...oh man I've missed the whole camping and chillin' outdoors.

Oh I forgot about the service we did!!! So we planted 5 trees and helped the Liesky's move for two days, not all day but like 6 hours of service. We helped Merlin plant trees then he was so kind to take up to the Senior Center where he eats lunch. So we got our plate of salad and I thought I was going to burst, I made it stretch to 3 pokes of my fork. Then they brought out the main course of a baked potato, carrots and some meat, we think it was turkey or a roast beef thing, couldn't tell. But Wait!! It gets better!! For our dessert we had 3 WHOLE...yes 3 whole slices of peaches. It was so funny and my companion was soooooo hungry. It was a good little story at least. My companion sat in Henry's chair and I sat in Bonnie's :)

I think that covers our week. I tried to make this one different than just throwing out what I did. Tried to throw some more thoughts and stuff into this email. So Tuesday we are going to Grand Island for Zone Conference, so that will be awesome!! They might make me do something at ZC though.

Love you all, have a great week!!

Cool quote thing I found in a's nothing to grand, that and I mean it was in the bathroom but it said "The happiest times in our lives do not come from personal possessions and wealth, but rather they come from our relationships with our family and friends." I can testify of that, it's been awesome seeing and helping others to become happier and just helping out and hanging with all the friends I have made out here. Money can't buy that kind of stuff.

Elder Searle