Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Week 3 in California

Week 3 – I’m Not Really in the Field….it's a Desert!

(Questions from mom)

1) The mission office got your latest package on Friday, it has 3 cd's and your camera cord and the emails I printed. Did you get it yet?
   No, I didn't get it but if it got there Friday then I should be getting it soon! I got a package from the Egings today!!! I’m gonna go open it after we are done here :)

 2) Have you moved apartments yet? If so how is that going?
     Yep all moved in. The new Hermanas1 are moving today and I’ll meet them tonight at dinner in 20 mins. (we are not sure what the new Sister missionaries have to do with his move)

3) Where did you watch conference2? In English or Spanish?
    We went to the stake center3 and brought food for lunch and had dinner with members and it was in English so I have 10 pages or so of notes :) It was a really good conference!

4) Favorite part of Conference?
   Ummm. President Uchtdorf4 in Priesthood Session5!!!

5) Best food you ate this week? 
Deep Fried Oreos at the 1st Councilors6 House!!!!! Sooooooo Goood!!!!! :D
6) Who should we be praying for as a family?  
        Me. Lol. I don’t know Spanish and for confidence por favor!!! :) 

7) Anything we can fast7 for on Sunday to help you?
         Just help with Learning Spanish and gaining the confidence to speak out.

Ok so this week has been good. We visited some members and stuff. Nothing all that super exciting happened but also the move was stressful and kind of dampened my mood. 

We've made tons and tons of corrections to the ward list.  People have moved and nobody has known and there are a lot of less actives9 that nobody even knew were in the ward. It’s rough but it’s good; we are helping however we can :)

So basically the only really exciting thing I have to report is about our dinner with the 1st Counselor’s family. We went by to drop off the list of corrections and we were talking to the wife and she invited us to dinner and it was going to be Chinese, Orange Chicken10. It was really, really good, with broccoli and rice. She had a pot of oil where she was deep frying the chicken and I asked if they'd ever had Deep Fried Oreos and they said no and that it sounded kind of gross but I was like no these things are amazing. So she made them and they were super good and they were all surprised.  They are going to make them more often now! I'm awesome I know.

Well we are late to dinner now so I’ll write more next week. I'm really sorry!!!

I love you all,

Elder Zachary Gore!!!

Glossary of Terms:

1 – Hermanas – Spanish word for sisters – female missionaries.
2 – Conference - General Conference is a semiannual gathering of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held every April and October at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. During each conference, members of the church gather in a series of two-hour sessions to listen to sermons from church leaders.
3 – Stake center – a large church meeting house.
4- President Uchtdorf – Dieter Uchtdorf is a German born, religious leader of the church. He currently serves as the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

5 – Priesthood Session – A part of General Conference held for male church members. In addition, other sessions held with content specific to other groups within the Church include a meeting for all teenage young women, their mothers and church leaders (on the Saturday a week prior to the April conference) and women (18 years and older) (the Saturday a week prior to the October conference).

6 – 1st Counselor – one of two counselors that serve with the Bishop to help with administrative and spiritual needs of the ward.

7 – Fast – To fast is to go without food and drink voluntarily for a certain period of time. Fasting combined with sincere prayer can strengthen us spiritually, bring us closer to God, and help us prepare ourselves and others to receive His blessings.  We have a “Fast Sunday” once per month, usually the first Sunday of each month.

10 – Less active – members of our church who choose for one reason or another not to come to church.

11 – another meal I have made that he wouldn’t even try!  J  I love that he is trying so many new things and really likes them!  

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