This week has been nice. On Monday evening we went to a Family Home Evening with one of our member families. It was a fun night and we cooked Pastel de Tres Leches (three milks cake) afterwards and enjoyed it as a dessert.
Tuesday we went to see one of the area's recent converts but he wasn't home but his less-active brother was home so we were able to visit with him and talk about him coming to church and increasing his knowledge of the gospel. My companion and I also went to one of our part-member families to visit with them. The husband who was not a member was home but he was not feeling well from some illness so we didn't really talk to him. We did visit with his wife and son and it was nice to see them because we really don't see them often at home.
Wednesday our zone had interviews with President Cooke in the morning. My interview was pretty short and sweet but there was a lot of waiting and travel time to have it. It took up a good portion of the morning but it was still a nice time. After the interviews we traveled back to D.C. and had lunch at our new member's house. It was really good and my companion and I are continuing to teach him the new member lessons and enjoying the visits we have. We then went to U St. to see a new investigator. His less than 1-yr-old son recently died. His wife isn't a member but nearly all of her family is members in the Silver Spring Ward. We got wind of it from them and went to visit them and had the family also there testifying about the Plan of Salvation. It gave him a lot of comfort and we have a return appointment this coming Wednesday. We then went and checked up on two less-active families. They are doing all right and we are really pushing them to come to church and really trying to help them. They both like us a lot and hopefully they will make the decision to come to church soon.
On Thursday we had our last district meeting of the transfer and played some games afterwards. We then went as a district to IHOP and had their endless pancakes and had a fun time. We then did our weekly planning session and visited some families.
Friday we went and saw our new member and his family again and taught them. It was fun visiting with them and sharing a message with them. We also had our correlation meeting and reported to the Branch Mission Leader about our area. Right after that we had mutual and had a fun time with the youth playing soccer. There were a lot of people that came and it was a fun time with them.
On Saturday we finally got in contact with a less-active member that we had been trying to get a hold of for several days. We found out that she has been in the hospital for pneumonia and bronchitis. We biked down to George Washington University Hospital (near downtown) and visited with her for a while and gave her a blessing. After our visit at the hospital, we went to a less-active member's home and invited him to church. We then went over with a member to visit an investigator and had a short lesson with them. After that lesson we went and saw two members and visited with them.
Sunday we visited a less active family from Mexico and they really want to go to the temple and we talked to them about temples. In the evening we went to a “Why I Believe” fireside at the Visitors’ Center with a member family and enjoyed the night.
When President Eyring came the mood was very different. His theme was about discernment and loving the people to improve missionary work here. That was the third time we sang that song and I too was a little surprised that we sang that song there. Elder and Sister Eyring are already home now (middle of the transfer) and we have a new Visitors’ Center Director-Elder Fowler and his wife.
My companion lives in the valley part of Oregon. They see snow every once in a while but he's never lived where there has been consistent snow. But D.C. doesn't really get that much snow so it's not too bad here.
So with transfers my companion and I are staying together again in the same area. This will be 5 transfers together. It’s unheard of to be together this long but I think we'll be first on the list if there ever needs to be a midnighting (quick transfer). No new companion, nor new area.
Elder Braden Dahl