Monday, April 11, 2016

Road Trips, Meetings, and Food Poisoning April 11,2016

So the best word to describe this week is interesting. So it started off with a bunch of goodbye's Monday which were fun. There were so many amazing people in Lancaster. Tuesday with a bright and early start to the morning we were on our way down to Bakersfield. From Lancaster that is about an hour and a half drive. We met down there and found our new companions and made sure the rest of our zone found there new companions and then we headed back to our areas. From Bakersfield to Ridgecrest that is like a 2 and a half our drive. So already we drove a lot. Once we got back to the area we met with the Bishop and Ward Mission Leaders to meet them and to get an assignment. Wednesday we had to drive an hour to Tehachapi for our meeting for all Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. It went really well. We talked a lot about how to turn the missions focus back to baptism. This past month we had 43 which is better than our normal. We average around 30 each month. So we are changing the expectation in the mission. 

Thursday was a big important planning day. We had to plan for Zone Training Meeting which would be on Friday. We also went and did some service for a member. Thursday went by really quick. Friday we had to drive up to Lone Pine which is about an hour and a half away. That is where our zone training meeting was at. The reason it was so far is because our zone is so spread out. The stake covers so much land geographically. The meeting went really well though. It was weird because this zone is so small. There is only 5 companionship's including us. Some district in the mission are as big as that. So it was a little different. We talked a lot about getting rid of the "traditions of our fathers" and setting before us an expectation to baptize. After the meeting we went to lunch with the only other elders in our zone. It is really the only time we get to see them because normally they are 3 hours away from Ridgecrest. We decided to go eat at Subway which was a really bad idea. Friday after we got back we went and taught some lessons. One of the lessons went really well. We watched "patterns of light" by David A. Bednar for part of the lesson. It really helped open up the investigator and we helped them realize that they have already received the answer that its true. Saturday morning when we woke up we both knew it was going to be a long day. We were both super super sick. I wont get into to detail but lets just say its the sickest I've ever been in my entire life. I never want to relive that ever again. Boy does it help you appreciate the small things like good health. It also helps you appreciate your mom more. They do a lot for us when were sick. Its nice to have a companion to help but when there dead lying on the bed next to you there isn't much you can do to help each other haha. 

Sunday we had 6 investigators at church. When i heard about Ridgecrest i heard the work was really hard and that there wasn't a lot of success. But it goes to show that when you are exactly obedient and do all that you can the Lord blesses you. If i was to ask you all what you thought the scariest day as a missionary is I'm not sure if you would have the right response. The scariest day as a missionary is having an investigator come to church for the first time and that Sunday being fast and testimony meeting. You just hope that people focus their testimonies on the Savior and things of that nature and you just hope it doesn't become a thankyoumony. To say the least there were a few times where we were on the edge of our seats but our investigators said they liked it so all is well. Despite the sickness and a few other things we had a pretty good week. To give you an idea of the area and what we are doing. We are the zone leaders and district leaders because there is like no missionaries in our zone. There used to be 16 missionaries just in Ridgecrest but now there are only 3 companionship's. So we cover two of the wards and we cover the Spanish part of another. My companion Elder Hernandez is a English missionary but knows Spanish because its his first language. This week we taught a few lessons in Spanish and lets just say that 3 years of Spanish in high school helps but a lot of it goes over your head. Especially in Gospel Principles class on Sunday when they are talking about the allegory of the olive tree. That's hard enough to understand in English let alone Spanish haha. It is fun though because i always wished i got called on a Spanish speaking mission so I'm getting a little taste of it. Lets just say I'm grateful i got an English call :)

Anyways all is well out here. I'm looking forward to the heat. This is supposed to be the hottest place in the mission. Everyone out here says that it gets up to 120 in the summer sooo.... That's pretty exciting right. Have a great week. I love being a missionary. This is the greatest work ever. 

-Elder Loertscher

​Pictures of our awesome zone. A lot of hard workers.

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