Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Crazy week!

So the other day I had a pretty eye-opening and unsettling experience.
I was coming in from the field behind our apartment, where I run every
morning. Nabrotzky and I usually run at different paces so we just run
in a big circle to stay within sight. I had seen him go through the
tree line that separates the field from our apartment, so I finished
my last lap and went through the trees as well. As I walked up to our
apartment, something looked off. The blinds in our room were shut, and
so were the blinds in front of our sliding glass door. Normally, we
keep them open because it gets to hot. I figured maybe Nabrotzky had
been changing when he came in, and had closed them for privacy. I
didn't think too much of it. I got to the glass door, and was
surprised to find it was locked. It didn't really make sense, because
normally he leaves it open for me. I decided maybe he had locked it
out of habit, and so I walked over to the window which is ALWAYS open.
I was again surprised to see it was locked. I couldn't see in, and so
I didn't know what was going on. I also couldn't think of a reason
that he'd lock me out. Panic set in, and it finally clicked. He was
leaving, or had left. New missionaries always have thoughts of leaving
and going home, but no one actually does it! I couldn't believe what
was happening. I started pounding on the windows as loud as I could,
and was about to pull the phone out of my pocket and call President
Campbell. But I tried the door handle again. Luckily the door wasn't
quite locked, and with some harder pulls the door popped open. I ran
into the apartment and was shocked at what I saw. The apartment didn't
look familiar to me at all. I didn't recognize the furniture
whatsoever. It was almost like being in a bad dream where nothing
makes sense and you start to panic. I slowly backed out of the
apartment, and looked around. Suddenly I heard a familiar song coming
from the apartment next door. I walked over, and looked through the
window. I can't tell you how relieved I was to see all of our
furniture! I walked in and Nabrotzky was in the shower with music
playing! I poked my head back outside, made sure no one had witnessed
my senior moment, and then went about the rest of my day.

Hahahaha you guys raised a good egg! :) As far as I know the people in
the apartment next door were asleep. We think he's a way older guy and
so he must not have heard my pounding thank goodness :) I wish someone
would have caught it on tape.

Anyways, this week was pretty crazy Zone Conference was a lot of fun.
It was good to see Elder Merrell before he leaves. I'll probably see
him at transfer conference too, but who knows! I could stay another in
Spruce. Barrhead slept over on Tuesday night after interviews. I love
sleepovers! I look forward to them more as a missionary than I did as
a kid haha. Wednesday was zone conference, and we had to leave earlier
than Barrhead because we had to stop at the office to switch out our
car. So we gave them our house key, told them to lock up, and went on
our way. After conference we all went back to our various areas. Elder
Nabrotzky and I had planned on stopping at the apartment afterwards to
change out of suits and into slacks. So we rolled up, got out, went up
to the front door of the lobby, unlocked that door, walked up to our
room, I went for the key, and it wasn't there. Haha ANOTHER classic
steven moment. I forgot to get our key back from Barrhead, and they
had been back in their area for a couple hours now. So we called them,
found out they didn't have the clicks to drive down, so we decided
after dinner we'd drive up there, which we did. We ended up getting
there at round 10pm so we just stayed the night and drove home the
next morning. Hahaha I love missions!

Hey did anybody notice that the front cover of the Ensign was a
picture taken by Christina Smith? They are all over the church
photography! If you look in the Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlets that
we use, they're in there giving a blessing, they're in chapter 9 of
Preach My Gospel, etc! I think there's more too but I don't remember
exactly. They're practically famous.

The Sukhus are still doing reall well. They all came to church on
Sunday and loved it. We met with them later that night, and Tony said
that ever since he's been investigating the church, "things have just
been working out." It's awesome. We taught them the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and it went really well. They're still looking forward to being
baptized on the 21st. They also reminded me yesterday that I owe them
cinnamon rolls because Erika heard from someone that I made them ONCE
back home.....thanks mom! Send me the recipe please :)

This Sunday is Canada Day, which would normally mean "party!" for
missionaries, except it's on Sunday, so it's a normal proselyting day
:( It's their version of July 4th basically. Soooo that kinda sucks
because nobody will be home since they'll all be out partying haha but
oh well! We'll make due.

I forgot Geoff and Nicole went to Cancun! I wanna see pictures tell
them to email me some. Glad to hear they enjoyed it.

Other than that I think that's it! Hope you all had a good week, and
that this week goes well!

Love you guys!

nevetS redlE

PS I got Gramma's letter! She's awesome!

PPS I forgot to send these pictures of last night at 10:15 PM! We don't
see the dark anymore unless we wake up in the middle of the night it's

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