Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 11 - Mesa, AZ




Hey Friends and family,

Monday
So last P day was a little bit rough. We started out the day with our daily exercise which like nothing. You know how in today's world kids are supposed to get 60 minutes of exercise. In missionaries life you get maybe a good solid 15 mins. Those 15 mins are broken up like this. The 0-5 mins are mainly to wake up and get your body loose. 5-10 is starting to actually move around or play a sport. 10-15 is actually moving and competing to attempt to sweat. So far every exercise I've never broke a sweat. The district is okay for being competitive. There's only a few in the district that have ever played a sport in their life. The rest of the district is pretty much a group of nerds or from a different lifestyle. After exercise we do our daily studying for about 3 hours. Studying PMG and the Book of Mormon and lesson topics. We usually finish studying around 10:30. Next is probably the hardest, planning effectively for the week with food. We usually hit up good old Walmart. We get a grand total for each month $120. I usually spend around $35 for each week. My meals are super healthy. 5 gallons of water, 2 gallons of milk, Frosted mini wheats, hot pockets, pasta and last PB&J's. Also the water here is super gross compared to Utah. We usually finish P day off with laundry and emailing. My companion hates going to members to do laundry. He thinks it wastes time and his time to relax and chill at the apartment. So instead of saving money and laundry soap. We spend each Monday around $4.00 each person to do our laundry. The process is a pain. I wash my darks then he does. Then whites. So we usually do around 4-5 loads. We could save a few dollars and do two loads and combine the laundry. Nope can't do that because he doesn't like sorting clothes! He thinks we should chill in the apartment and not do laundry at members homes. My companion is a bit different then the last one.  

Tuesday 
Was probably the most longest and slowest day. We left around 10:15 right after studies to contact less actives. We started for the first house. Every single door and neighbor till lunch at 12 wasn't around or wanting to come to the door. So we headed back to the apartment to eat lunch and cool off. After lunch we did some 12 week/ training. We headed out again to do some finding less actives and random people we come into contact. An average day afternoon its around 95-109. So it's pretty hot and being on bikes is best. People look at us from there car windows. Most of the people either stare or laugh or smile. While biking around to find the less actives members usually honk as they drive by. We contact from 2 pm till around 4:45. We have dinner around 5 with ward members. We cover the Beverly and Mezona ward. We are always fed every single night. Usually on Sunday or days we don't have members signed up. We either eat with the bishops or food coordinators for each ward. That night we had a lesson with Frank and Andrea. The two of them aren't married but live together in the mothers home. So that lesson we ended up putting frank on date for baptism. He's got some big changes to make before his baptism. He has to either get married or move out. Stop smoking or drinking. He's been hard to meet with because he works at night and sleeps during the day. My companion said that house has changed so much since his first visit. He said homeless people and drug addicts lived with them. One of the visits he saw a lot of drugs on the counter and marijuana and meth everywhere. That all the excitement for Tuesday 

Wednesday 
The busiest day of the week. We contacted less active in the morning. Around 1:00 we headed out to contact some recent converts. We stop by lady who was baptized last year. We just followed up with her and contacted and discussed how life was going for her. She didn't really have a lot of time. After we visited her we contact less actives. We do less actives contacting daily. The area is really highly dense in members. After we contacted we biked over to an apartment complex for a teaching or visit appointment. He's a less active. He's confined to a wheelchair. He's got some sort of diagnosis. We visited him and his 5 tiny dogs. We visit him to get him to come back to the ward each Sunday.  After dinner we headed to the Harris family. They are both members but not active or living the standards. He's smoking and it's causing his health to lack or turn bad. We visited them and shared a quick message about trials. When I first met the family. He's like how many black people do you know from Utah. I answered him around 6-7. He just laughed at my answer. I said I do live in a highly dense or populated Mormon and white state. We finished of the night at Frank and Andrea. Frank wasn't there because of work. So we met with Andrea. We read a chapter out of the Book of Mormon on the Tree of life. 

Thursday 
We tracked less actives all day. We had a lesson with an investigator. He's been taught all the lessons. We could't get a hold of him to meet with him because he broke all the bones in his right foot. We met with him to here about the crazy story. We decide to start the missionary discussions over because he hadn't met with us for over a month. So we decide to teach him the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We finished the lesson which was weird because he doesn't ask a lot of questions. We ended up extending the baptism invitation. He accepted and we explained what's going to happen when he meets with us. 

Friday
We tracked all day till we went to bed. Nothing good happened that day. All of our lessons fell through. We visited one member and talked with them for an hour. 

Saturday
Was a crazy and good day at the same time. We had an investigator contact us for a visit. His name is Kent Spector. He's been blind his whole life. So we have to teach using no visuals or videos. We can only use audio. He's pretty good at navigating his house. I was a little weirded out when he first opened the door. We sat down on the couch and got to know him. We discussed what he wanted to get out of the missionary discussions. We set up a time to come back next we to start the lessons. After that visit we headed back to the apartment to eat lunch. We headed back out to find less actives. We found and visited and some are interested and some answer and shut the door in your face. On our way to dinner we came across a guy who was saying all these false doctrines and contradicting himself. My companion had never seen some do that. He got frustrated and I started laughing and smiling. We left and headed to dinner because that guy talked for ever. After dinner we had stake conference adult session. It was about missionary work. They focused on getting the members to find the investigators or people to teach for the missionaries. I forgot to mention this important part. I had 2 flat tires in under 2 hours. Can I just say tubed tires are the worst. The mission bikes should have solid rubber tires. 

Sunday 
Stake conference was during the morning. Our mission president and his wife spoke. They spoke on missionary work. What members should be doing to get the missionaries teaching. He had us stand up during the conference so every ward member could see us. It was a little random. I don't know why but Arizona stake conference is way better than a Utah. One of the stake presidents councilors spoke about Mesa was the promised land not Utah. I sat there and laughed at his comment. After stake conference we headed out to contact. I got another bad flat tire. I've had 3 flat tires this week. We contact every single day. The bishops of both ward want us to clean up the records so the attendance is at a higher percentage. 

News 
Arizona Cardinals destroyed the 49ers
BYU lost to UCLA
Utah beat San Jose State 
Utah State beat Arkansas state. 
Arizona baseball team is really bad
ASU or Arizona is either good or bad. 

Love you all 
Elder Diamond 

Week 11 - Mesa, AZ




Hey Friends and family,

Monday
So last P day was a little bit rough. We started out the day with our daily exercise which like nothing. You know how in today's world kids are supposed to get 60 minutes of exercise. In missionaries life you get maybe a good solid 15 mins. Those 15 mins are broken up like this. The 0-5 mins are mainly to wake up and get your body loose. 5-10 is starting to actually move around or play a sport. 10-15 is actually moving and competing to attempt to sweat. So far every exercise I've never broke a sweat. The district is okay for being competitive. There's only a few in the district that have play a sport in there life. The rest of the district is pretty much a group of nerds or from a different lifestyle. After exercise we do our daily studying for about 3 hours. Studying PMG and the Book of Mormon and lesson topics. We usually finish studying around 10:30. Next is probably the hardest planning effectively for the week with food. We usually hit up good old Walmart. We get a grand total for each month $120. I usually spend around $35 for each week. My meals are super healthy. 5 gallons of water, 2 gallons of milk, Frosted mini wheats, hot pockets, pasta and last PB&J's. Also the water here is super gross compared to Utah. We usually finish P day off with laundry and emailing. My companion hates going to members to do laundry. He thinks it wastes time and his time to relax and chill at the apartment. So instead of saving money and laundry soap. We spend each Monday around $4.00 each person to do our laundry. The process is a pain. I wash my darks then he does. Then whites. So we usually do around 4-5 loads. We could save a few dollars and do two loads and combine the laundry. Nope can't do that because he doesn't like sorting clothes. He thinks we should chill in the apartment and not do laundry at members homes. My companion is a bit different then the last one.  

Tuesday 
Was probably the most longest and slowest day. We left around 10:15 right after studies to contact less actives. We started for the first house. Every single door and neighbor till lunch at 12 wasn't around or wanting to come to the door. So we headed back to the apartment to eat lunch and cool off. After lunch we did some 12 week/ training. We headed out again to do some finding less actives and random people we come into contact. An average day afternoon its around 95-109. So it's pretty hot and being on bikes is best. People look at us from there car windows. Most of the people either stare or laugh or smile. While biking around to find the less actives members usually honk as they drive by. We contact from 2 pm till around 4:45. We have dinners around 5 with ward members. We cover the Beverly and Mezona ward. We are always fed every single night. Usually on Sunday or days we don't have members signed up. We either eat with the bishops or food coordinators for each ward. That night we had a lesson with Frank and Andrea. The two of them aren't married but live together in the mothers home. 
So that lesson we ended up putting frank on date for baptism. He's got some big changes to make before his baptism. He has to either get married or move out. Stop smoking or drinking. He's been hard to meet with because he works at night and sleeps during the day. My companion said that house has changed so much since the first visit. He said homeless people and drug addicts lived with them. One of the visits he saw a lot of drugs on the counter and marijuana and meth everywhere. That all the excitement for Tuesday 

Wednesday 
The busiest day of the week. We contacted less active in the morning. Around 1 we headed out to contact some recent converts. We stop by lady who was baptized last year. We just followed up with her and contacted and discussed how life was going for her. She didn't really have a lot of time. After we visited her we contact less actives. We do less actives contacting daily. The area is really high dense in members. After we contacted we biked over to an apartment complex for a teaching or visit appointment. He's a less active. He's confined to a wheelchair. He's got some sort of diagnosis. We visited him and his 5 tiny dogs. We visit him to get him to come back to the ward each Sunday.  After dinner we headed to the Harris family. They are both members but not active or living the standards. He's smoking and it's causing his health to lack or turn bad. We visited them and shared a quick message about trials. When I first met the family. He's like how many black people do you know from Utah. I answered him around 6-7. He just laughed at my answer. I said I do live in a highly dense or populated Mormon and white state. We finished of the night at Frank and Andrea. Frank wasn't there because of work. So we met with Andrea. We read a chapter out of the Book of Mormon on the Tree of life. 

Thursday 
We tracked less actives all day. We had a lesson with an investigator. He's been taught all the lessons. We could get a hold of him to meet with him because he broke all the bones in his right foot. We met with him to here about the crazy story. We decide to start the missionary discussions over because he hadn't met with us for over a month. So we decide to teach him the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We finished the lesson which was weird because he doesn't ask a lot of questions. We ended up extending the baptism invitation. He accepted and we explained what's going to happen when he meets with us. 

Friday
We tracked all day till we went to bed. Nothing good happened that day. All of our lessons fell through. We visited one member and talked with them for a hour. 

Saturday
Was a crazy and good at the same time. We had a investigator contact us for a visit. His name is Kent Spector. He's been blind his whole life. So we have to teach using no visuals or videos. We can only use audio. He's pretty good at navigating his house. I was a litter weirded out when he first opened the door. We sat down on the couch and got to know him. We discussed what he wanted to get out of the missionary discussions. We set up a time to come back next we to start the lessons. After that visit we headed back to the apartment to eat lunch. We headed back out to find less actives. We found and visited. Some are interested and some answer and shut the door in your face. On our way to dinner. We cam across a guy who was saying all this false doctrines and contradicting himself. My companion had never seen some do that. He got frustrated. I started laughing and smiling. We left and headed to dinner because that guy talked for ever. After dinner we had stake conference adult session. It was about missionary work. They focused on getting the members to find the investigators or people to teach for the missionaries. I forgot to mention this important part. I had 2 flat tired in under 2 hours. Can I just say tubed tired are the worst. The mission bikes should have solid rubber tires. 

Sunday 
Stake conference was during the morning. Our mission president and his wife spoke. They spoke on mission work. What members should be doing to get the missionaries teaching. He had us stand up during the conference so every ward member could see us. It was a little random. I don't know why but Arizona stake conference is way better than a Utah. One of the stake president councilor spoke about mesa was the promise land not Utah. I sat there and laughed at his comment. After stake conference we headed out to contact. Another bad flat tire. I've had 3 flat tires this week. We contact every single day. The bishops of both ward want us to clean up the records so the attendance is at a higher percentage. 

News 
Arizona Cardinals destroyed the 49ers
BYU lost to UCLA
Utah beat San Jose State 
Utah State beat Arkansas state. 
Arizona baseball team is really bad
ASU or Arizona is either good or bad. 

Love you all 
Elder Diamond 

Week 10 - Mesa, AZ

Sunset in Mesa, AZ


Hey, Family and friends
This last week was a rough week. I was struggling and still am struggling. I decided before I call it quits on a mission I would seek some help from a therapist. He gave me a few questions to think about like biggest regret in 5 years. He also told me to seek and find spiritual rewards. So since I met with him on Friday I've been trying to be exactly obedient and striving to stay busy and develop that desire. He told if your not seeing any changes then start to modify the goals. He then told me some people will do exactly what he says and the body just can't handle all the stress. So I've been doing what he told me this week. Putting forth 100 percent every day one step at a time. He then told me if your not seeing that reward for this process. Some people just can't handle all the missionary work. He then told me its your decision whether or not to stay out or leave. If your putting forth that effort and obedience and nothing is changing for you then. I have to make that decision. 
So far the week has been good but my body doesn't like me one bit. I've been getting headaches and stomach cramps. It's super confusing for me at this moment. I sick of going through headaches and stomach cramps during the day. My headaches really have never stopped. I've been taking so much Advil to help with the headaches. It's not helping my headaches. I've been drinking around almost 40oz of water daily. I just don't get what's wrong with my body. 
Continuing on from last week. We pretty much tract on bike all day long. We come back at noon to eat lunch and dinner around 5 with members. We are normally on bikes from 10:30 till 8:45 at night. Also keep in mind the temperature is usually around 100-110. So far I haven't had to use sunscreen. I'm only getting dark during the day. To help by body maintain sweat and crazy helmet hair. I decided to cut my hair short. 
Mesa missionary work
The Mesa area for missionary work is pretty slow. The wards we are assigned to are Beverly and Mezona. The ward are tiny compared to Utah. We literally have 3 investigator we are teaching. The first one is Frank. He's in his 40-50. He lives with his girlfriends parents. We teach his girlfriend also but she's not progressing as fast. This last week we taught him the plan of salvation. He asked a lot of questions. We helped him understand what happens after this life. We then extend the invitation of baptism. Frank will be baptized on October the 15. He's got some big changes a head of him. He'll have to stop smoking. Either leave his girlfriend and move out or get married. The rules for baptism are crazy. Plus we then have to teach him the commandments. He ended up making it to sacrament meeting. Every Sunday we have go over to the house. We sit and wait for him and his girlfriend to get ready. It usually takes them and hour or more. They also have cats. On my mission I found out that I'm allergic to cats. My eyes and nose and throat go crazy. I literally hate cats. Most the people can't even take care of the cat liter. The Mesa area has mostly consisted of tracking and find out where the less actives live. 
Sunday's in Mesa 
So Sunday's is probably the longest day ever. We leave are apartment around 7:30am to head to the stake center for meeting. Then we have the first ward at 11:00. We sit through that whole sacrament meeting. After that meeting we then go to the next ward at 1pm. The last ward is the longest because we pretty have fast Sunday. We eat breakfast around 7am the stay at the church till 4 pm. By the time church is over we are starving. We always eat with members on Sunday and during the week except Monday's. 
This upcoming week
I'm continuing the tools the therapist gave me. If I still don't see a change by Wednesday then. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've been setting goals I want to accomplish during the week and rewards. So far nothing is really changing since that meeting. The therapist told me something that stuck or hit me really hard. If you put forth that effort to change or improve and nothing has happened. I tried and got help but it just wasn't for me. I'll be deciding this week on what I should do if nothing is changing. I've been putting forth so much to change but nothing is happening for me. 
Challenges
Watch the videos called Daily bread. 
Something cool I learned this week in the Bible and the Book of Mormon
Read Mathew 3:14-15 and 2 Nephi 31:5-9. 
These to chapter and verses are how the bible and Book of Mormon go hand and hand. 
Also we are allowed to go to a Baseball games on Monday for P day. The closest team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Which I've heard that baseball team sucks. 

Elder Diamond 💎
Scottsdale Arizona Mission 🌵

Photo posted for Kenzii... A dog that a member rescued from the Shelter!



Monday, August 29, 2016

Week 8 - Payson

This week we got a text message from a lady that Hunter and his companion were helping their family with some yard work. It read as follows:

"Your boys are awesome! We had them put in a good days work... gave my boys someone to look up to for sure. Thanks so much for sharing them, they're great missionaries!"

And she sent us a couple of pictures... it was a nice surprise. We especially liked seeing Hunter wearing cowboy boots!




Hey Family and Friends,

This week went so fast. We had a busy week with our investigators. We have a total of 10 investigators. I give you some information about the investigators we are teaching. The first person is Taylor B. She's a freshman in Payson. She's meeting with us in the high school during her lunch. During the process of meeting with us, she did an assignment for school about the Mormon Religion. She asked us for help and she ended up getting 100% on the assignment. We met with her last week and put her on date for baptism. She's going to be baptized on October 8. We will continue to meet with her at the school to finish teaching her.
      
Our next investigator is Hunter R. He's 13 and has autism. He has a hard time understanding and staying focused. We have taught him all the lessons. When we teach him we teach super simple to his understanding.  We have the lessons at his grand parents house. The grandpa was the fire chief for Payson. He was over the Hell's Gate Fire Department in Star Valley, Az. He was the chief for 30 years. Anyways during our last lesson we invited Hunter to be baptized. He is super excited to be baptized and is also scheduled for October 8. His Birthday is the week before the baptism.

Another person we are teaching is Andy. She's a girl who lives in the battered women’s shelter. She's ready for baptism. We have a lesson this week to invite her to be baptized. Next investigator is Tom B. He's a very quiet investigator. We teach his wife to basically teach him. We are trying to do service to talk about the gospel with him.

Next investigator is Kat. She has 2 kids. We taught her last time the plan of salvation. We had an old flip chart of the plan of salvation. It really helped her understand with visual pictures. We extended the invitation for baptism to her. She wasn't quite ready for baptism because she had to forgive someone from the past. She said she's ready for baptism because it's what she needs in her life.

Next investigator is Fronia P. She's in her 70's. She loves Jesus and God. She's been taught all the lessons. We invited her to be baptized on this month. This last Monday we got a phone call from her. She called to tell us she doesn't want to meet with us. So this week, we are going by to resolve concerns. She's been talking with her friend that's a pastor.

Next investigator is Nicole R. She has a lot of hate toward her son. Her son took most of her money and house items. She used to be apart of a religion but she quit going to her church. So we started out as service to help her move. We started sharing short messages to get her interested. We are meeting with her this week to invite her to be baptized.

This week has been great. I've had headaches really bad. I am going on 2 days with a headache. I've been taking Advil and other medicine. I've been drinking 3-4 water bottles a day. The water bottle holds 25oz. I wait and see if it changes this week. If it doesn't change then I'll contact Sister Robinson.
        
This week I've really wanted to watch the Olympics. This week college football starts and that's the only thing I have really wanted to watch. Just the other day we went to a member’s house and the NFL was on. It was Cincinnati Bengals. I wanted to watch because of the Utah State player.

I'll see ya next P day.
Love Elder Diamond
Scottsdale Mission

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hunter's Arrival Letter from President and Sister Robinson

We received Hunter's arrival letter and a picture of him with President and Sister Robinson of the Arizona Scottsdale Mission today.

Hunter with Sister Robinson and President Robinson
All of the Missionary's that arrived at the mission home with Hunter

Front Row L to R: Sister Paul, Davocal, President Robinson, Sisters Robinson, Garrity and Smith
Back Row L to R: Elders Rugg, Poll, Froisland, Bell, Boyce, Diamond, Youngstrom, Roberts, Caspian, Merril, Lee, Gibbons, Hale, Cannon, Bevan, Hepworth and Flake.




Monday, August 22, 2016

Week 7 - Payson, AZ

Hey,

It's been a good week. I've gotten over the whole homesickness thing! So here's a little bit of the last 2 weeks. 

So last weekend me and my companion planned a huge Luau. We had to plan the food, drinks, desert, salad and fruit. We created a sign-up sheet for people to bring desert and salads. The ward provided the meat, kind of, but not really. Our ward mission leader Dr. Vandruff bought 150 lbs of pork. So we decide to turn the ward party into a mission activity. So we made like 300 handouts. We would give the members 2 extra to give to non-members. Anyways we end up passing all 300 invites. The night before we had to season the pork. We cooked all the pork in a pit on Vandruff's huge yard. He's got like 9 acres or more. So the next day was crazy. We did daily studies till 11am. We left around 2pm to take out the meat for the luau. We had around 15 pork butts. We finished taking all the meat out of the pit. We then headed to the apartment to change in to church clothes. During the drive back I was calling all the people who signed up for salad and desert. I started calling members to help take tables and chairs. None of the members could help! 

So my companion and I had to take 150-200 chairs and 15 tables. During the process of taking the tables, my companion didn't put the last table all the way in the back of the truck. He shut the tailgate and the table shot into the back of the window and shattered it. We couldn't do anything about the window, so we continued hauling all the tables and chairs to Bro. Vandruff's house. We started to help set up the luau and when we had finished setting up, we had around 150 people show up. Most of the people weren't members of our church. For the luau we had dancers from Samoa. The best part was a fire dancer from the Mesa area. He was really good and he didn't charge the ward for entertainment. We finished up the luau and started to clean up and we had a non-member named Taylor talk to us. She's 14 and a freshman in high school. She was interested in learning about our church. So we got her number to contact her. We then taught her at the high school in the conference room. She's super interested in the gospel and really likes soccer. She was asked in a class what was the best part of her week. She said it was meeting with the missionaries! We are meeting again this week with her at the school. Another person from the school is Chris. He's a junior and he's on the wrestling team for Payson high school. He's worried about what his friends will think when they see he meets with the missionaries. Payson high school is going to be baptized into our church before we leave. We are teaching in our district 6 people that go to Payson high school.

All the days seem really the same. The day that is probably the longest is Sunday. Oh and right now we are emailing at a members house that has a grand view.

That's really the only cool moments this week. It's starting to get colder at night. It gets around 65 degrees at night and 85+ in the daytime. It's been raining a lot because of monsoon season. The other day it rained around 2 inches in just over 3 hours. When it rains that much the streets flood. Most of Arizona has really bad drain systems. Well I'll talk to ya next Monday family and friends. I read all the emails during the week. Favorite scripture of this week: 3 Nephi 12:48

Love,
Elder Diamond


View from a members house in Payson

Monday, August 8, 2016

Week 5.5 - Payson, AZ

Our bedroom
Our Kitchen


Monday August 1st
It was a good Monday; we woke up and went to the turf field about 4 minutes from the apartment. We played soccer and tossed a football. By our apartment we have a high school, and just down the street from the high school is the turf field. We go there every morning for our daily exercise. It's only an hour for exercise.

The other Elders don't like to play basketball. So I just let them pick. After exercise we do personal study and companion study. We just study the gospel of Jesus Christ for 3 hours. Then we get the rest of the day off till dinner with the members. So, during our time off today we went to a member’s house (last name of Halls). Their older boys are the best roping duo in the Payson area. Most of the people in Payson are Cowboys (or shall I say rednecks). We spent the day up at their house in Star Valley. We did all our laundry and emailing. We sometimes watch church movies. The family even let us snack on anything they had, and they had a lot of food! They have a snack cabinet full of junk food and some healthy foods. We then went to do laundry and start a load. During that time waiting for laundry, we went down to the horses and field to rope a fake pig. I didn't get the hang of it at first, but I'm starting to get better. After a few hours roping we headed back up to the house and responded to more email and finished up laundry. We continued to snack while we were waiting. We then headed back to the apartment. We have to also clean our apartment, which is gross because the apartment is a dump. We finished cleaning and organizing the rooms and then we headed to the best store ever… Walmart! Well the best store in Payson anyway. We got our food for the week. We only get 120 dollars for food for the month. I usually buy some cheap food and some bulk foods. The other elders like to buy pointless foods like cookies and expensive cereals. My breakfast is usually eggs, yogurt or oatmeal. Once we finish shopping we head back and get ready for dinner in the apartment. Then we head out and street contact or teach lessons. We get home around 8- 8:30 and then plan for the next day.

Tuesday August 2nd
Woke up to exercise. Got back to the apartment. Ate breakfast and then started personal study for the day and companion study. After companion study we had to do some service for an older couple. We had to take down a aspen tree without power tools. We finished that project after about 3 hours. The members gave us lunch, which was broccoli, carrots and fish. We finished eating and left to head back to the apartment to shower and get ready for lessons. We had a lesson with an older lady named Fronia Peppers. She's in her early 70's and she loves God and Jesus. She's really easy to teach, she knows the gospel is true and the Book of Mormon. She has accepted the invitation to be baptized on August 27. We then went to another appointment to meet with a lady. She was meeting with us because she was worried about her surgery.  She had to have a stint put in her heart. So we followed up to see how her surgery went. After talking with her, we headed to these apartments in our area to contact people. We found one person to give a blessing to. She was a single mother with 2 kids starting school. She was stressed and asked us for a blessing. We finished the day with a blessing. We then went back to the church to report what happened in the day and lessons.

Wednesday August 3rd
Super slow day today. We went to the Indian reservation and we talked with a guy named Carlos Lopez. He teaches the bible on the reservation to 5 people. He shared his life story from Mexico to Arizona. It was really crazy to see what he has went through. That was really the only thing that happened today.

Thursday August 4th
Woke up this morning and today was really hard to wake up. We went to the field to exercise. After our 30 minutes of exercise, we headed back to the apartment to eat breakfast. We had service around 7:30 to chop a tree up for firewood. The tree we cut down was an Aspen tree. We finished our service and went home to plan for our day. We had 3 lessons today. First lesson was to a recent convert. We shared a video about the light of Christ. He grew up in St George as a kid and then moved to Arizona. Second lesson was with single lady. Her husband died when he was 45. She's a member but less active. So we basically just practiced teaching the lesson with her. We also did some service to clean up her driveway. The last lesson was with an older couple. They are parents to a four-year-old girl. Her mom died because from a drug overdose. The little girl is super cute and funny. We talked to them about their scripture study and shared a video about the Good Samaritan. That was pretty much the excitement of my Thursday in Payson.

Friday August 5th
Today was a good day. We planned for next week. We went on companion exchanges to street contact. It was a good experience to get out of my comfort zone. We have to talk to everyone we see or meet! We met 15 people in an hour of street contacting. People literally tell you no and shut the door. People will see you and really try and avoid you.  We finished the day with a lesson. We taught Kat. She has two kids and is a single mom. She's seeing the difference as she is taking lessons. She starting to feel peace and less stressed. Finished the day off with an Orange Julius from Dairy Queen.

Saturday August 6th
We went to the Mesa temple for baptisms for the dead. We took two girls for their first time. The two girls names are Alana and Danielle. Alana was baptized the day I got to Payson. She's a senior in high school. Danielle is a recent convert that was baptized before I got to Arizona. She's going to college at Arizona State University. It was probably the best experience since the start of my mission.  After the temple we went to Cafe Rio. It was delicious and it’s my favorite place to eat.

Sunday August 7th
This Sunday was Fast Sunday. It was a super long Sunday. Our ward starts at 9:00 AM. We had an investigator come to church today. She really enjoyed church. My companion and I went on splits. Splits are we go to church with a member. So I went to the Ponderosa ward and he went to Christopher Creek. We fasted for 25 hours. We got fed twice. Our first meal was rice, chicken and toppings. The second meal for the night was roast, potatoes, corn and salad.

This week has been a blast! We are preparing for a baptism on August 27. She is really spiritually prepared. I can't believe I've been out for a month already. It's going so fast. Also, this is my iPad journal. It's what happened throughout the week. See ya next P Day in a week family and friends.

Love Elder Diamond