Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 7:22 AM
This week started off a little crazy but kinda slowed down a lot towards the end of the week. It all started on P-Day. We went down to Liberty for joint zone P-Day. As we were getting in the car to leave after sports the tornado sirens went off. So about 20 of us missionaries went back in the building and had to stay there until the sirens went off, which was about and hour and a half. Later we did find out that at least one tornado did touch down in Liberty that day. But we were protected so here I am e-mailing you :) Well, after we left I found out that Elder Maaelopa was limping a little (well... I guess a lot). So after our appointments on Monday night we went to the Hospital. We were there until 1:30 in the morning and they sent him away telling him that it was a sprain. So they gave him a big knee brace and some crutches. Then a few days later we went to the mission doctor and he said that Elder Maaelopa probably tore his ACL. So on the 24th we go to the hospital to get an MRI done and see what's really wrong with him. So yeah, it a was a crazy Monday.
On Tuesday we went and saw Jim. He committed to quit smoking so we were able to set a baptismal date of July 25th for him. We are super excited for Jim. He's an awesome guy and I love working with him. We were teaching about the Plan of Salvation and showed him a video about it and when the video said that "eventually we all die" Jim just said "COOL!". We were cracking up and asked him why he thought dying was so cool and He just said "Because then we all get to go see God". But yeah, Jim is awesome :)
Wednesday we went to the Visitor's Center with Roger and Linda. Now that I'm writing this I am thinking that I should have taken a picture with them there. Too late now I guess. But we had a great visit over there and it was a really good experience for all of us. That's the first time I'd been to the VC in over 6 months so I was pretty dang excited to go back. In two weeks we are planning on going to the Liberty Jail with a different family so I am pretty excited for that as well.
On Saturday we spent the morning helping to put a transmission in that truck that we took the transmission and engine out of a few weeks ago. We got it bolted in pretty quick so hopefully we did everything right haha. While we were there we were also told that "a good mechanic always has bolts left over". I'm not quite sure about that but it sounds good I guess :)
On Sunday in Priesthood meeting Brother Kelley got up to conduct and welcomed everyone there. Then he welcomed all the visitors. Then he said "There are a lot of strange faces here... But I know you". Hahaha he had us all laughing pretty good. 
Oh, one more thing. On Tuesday we went and helped the Smith's (the ones who wrote you an e-mail). We knew if we told them that Elder Maaelopa hurt his knee that they wouldn't let us come help. So we didn't tell them and went to help. And it was 100% worth it because Sister Smith made us an awesome shrimp and tilapia lunch. I haven't eaten fish in a long time so I really enjoyed it a ton. So that was definitely a highlight of the week.
During church this week we were talking about the importance of having the spirit in all you do. There was a quote that really stuck out to me that said "When we have the Spirit, we will love to serve, we will love the Lord,  and we will love those with whom we serve, and those whom we serve." Each of us is commanded to have Charity, the pure love of Christ, for all those around us. It is through walking somewhat of the path Christ walked, providing somewhat of the selfless service He provided, that allows us to develop this love for those around us. As Mosiah 5:13 says "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" I know that as we follow the Spirit in providing service to those around us that we will develop charity and grow closer to those we love and serve, and closer to our Heavenly Father.
Well that's it folks. Make it a great week. I Love You!
     -Elder Nyholm


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