Great Week With Tons of Fireworks

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe (Samoan for hello how are you?)!
 
This week was pretty eventful and full with good stuff too!  We had a mission conference this week on the Fourth of July where we got to listen to our new mission president and relax and do normal people things (watch movies, play basketball, and just relax and talk to people).  President Chambers is extremely well spoken and is a no nonsense kind of guy who wants to get the job done.  He is extremely laid back, understanding, and willing to help us with anything that we want to improve on.  The main thing that he has been focusing a whole lot on is being exactly obedient and not letting anything get in the way so that you can’t reach your full potential. 
 
We recieve letters from the president every Monday during email and for his first one last week he focused on helping us have a sacred mission instead of a good mission.  What he meant by that, is that someone who just has a good mission is someone who go’s about doing “missionary things”, but not letting the mission itself change them and the way they live.  He also mentioned that a good missionary is more likely to go back to being the same person that they were before they started their mission, so it is almost like they go just to have the experience of serving others, but then don’t let those experiences change the way that they act, treat, or go about every day life situations.  A sacred mission he said is one that changes the missionary forever in the way that he goes about his life in helping others.  The mission transforms him and sets him apart from everyone else in the world and that missionary becomes a light for everyone else to follow.  I think he will be awesome, and it is truly a blessing to be able to serve under him!
 
I think I mentioned it before, but he was a religion teacher at BYU-I (Brigham Young University at Idaho), so he knows his stuff.  He also was a member of the 5th quorum of the Seventy (He got released just this past General Conference in April).  So, he is legit!  He is of course here with his wife and they have a 12-13 year old kid named Sam with them too, so that is pretty good.
 
Kearns was almost literally on fire this week because everyone stocked up on fireworks and you would hear them go off before the 4th of July and you can still hear them every once in a while at night.  The 4th of July though sounded almost like a complete war zone with all the fireworks that went off. We don’t get to go watch them, but when we were driving back from our mission conference you would see the fireworks everywhere and you would hear them like crazy from the basement that we live in, but it’s all good.
 
We got told by our mission president that there would be some changes to the things that missionaries can and can’t wear and one of the things was that we will no longer be aloud to carry backpacks around with us so instead of backpacks they are going to have us carry murses (Mens purses) which I think is kind of ridiculous, but they want us to look more “professional” with the way we dress so that we can make a good first impression.  We also have been told that we do not have to wear suits year around except for to meetings. 
 
Yesterday went well – we had two of our investigators come to church and one of them even bore their testimony about how they recieved their answer from praying about the Book of Mormon so that was awesome, and I know they definitely meant what they said too.  Elder Bennett and I keep on chugging along and he is about to hit his one year mark on the 17th of this month.  He isn’t really looking forward to that, but I bug him about it every once in a while anyways, ha ha.  I still have a couple of months before that even happens so I will just sit and relax (not literally relax though) until the year mark comes for me.  That is all that I have to share for now, but there should be some other things that come up for the next week; until then I hope all of y’all take care of yourselves and enjoy the other half of Summer that you have left!
 
Love Always, 
Elder Theodosis 

Talofa O-A-Mai-Oe (Samoan for hello how are you?)!
 
This week was pretty eventful and full with good stuff too!  We had a mission conference this week on the Fourth of July where we got to listen to our new mission president and relax and do normal people things (watch movies, play basketball, and just relax and talk to people).  President Chambers is extremely well spoken and is a no nonsense kind of guy who wants to get the job done.  He is extremely laid back, understanding, and willing to help us with anything that we want to improve on.  The main thing that he has been focusing a whole lot on is being exactly obedient and not letting anything get in the way so that you can’t reach your full potential. 
 
We receive letters from the president every Monday during email and for his first one last week he focused on helping us have a sacred mission instead of a good mission.  What he meant by that, is that someone who just has a good mission is someone who go’s about doing “missionary things”, but not letting the mission itself change them and the way they live.  He also mentioned that a good missionary is more likely to go back to being the same person that they were before they started their mission, so it is almost like they go just to have the experience of serving others, but then don’t let those experiences change the way that they act, treat, or go about every day life situations.  A sacred mission he said is one that changes the missionary forever in the way that he goes about his life in helping others.  The mission transforms him and sets him apart from everyone else in the world and that missionary becomes a light for everyone else to follow.  I think he will be awesome, and it is truly a blessing to be able to serve under him!
 
I think I mentioned it before, but he was a religion teacher at BYU-I (Brigham Young University at Idaho), so he knows his stuff.  He also was a member of the 5th quorum of the Seventy (He got released just this past General Conference in April).  So, he is legit!  He is of course here with his wife and they have a 12-13 year old kid named Sam with them too, so that is pretty good.
 
Kearns was almost literally on fire this week because everyone stocked up on fireworks and you would hear them go off before the 4th of July and you can still hear them every once in a while at night.  The 4th of July though sounded almost like a complete war zone with all the fireworks that went off. We don’t get to go watch them, but when we were driving back from our mission conference you would see the fireworks everywhere and you would hear them like crazy from the basement that we live in, but it’s all good.
 
We got told by our mission president that there would be some changes to the things that missionaries can and can’t wear and one of the things was that we will no longer be aloud to carry backpacks around with us so instead of backpacks they are going to have us carry murses (Mens purses) which I think is kind of ridiculous, but they want us to look more “professional” with the way we dress so that we can make a good first impression.  We also have been told that we do not have to wear suits year around except for to meetings. 
 
Yesterday went well – we had two of our investigators come to church and one of them even bore their testimony about how they recieved their answer from praying about the Book of Mormon so that was awesome, and I know they definitely meant what they said too.  Elder Bennett and I keep on chugging along and he is about to hit his one year mark on the 17th of this month.  He isn’t really looking forward to that, but I bug him about it every once in a while anyways, ha ha.  I still have a couple of months before that even happens so I will just sit and relax (not literally relax though) until the year mark comes for me.  That is all that I have to share for now, but there should be some other things that come up for the next week; until then I hope all of y’all take care of yourselves and enjoy the other half of Summer that you have left!
 
Love Always, 
Elder Theodosis 
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