Week 35; July 7, 2014: AZ Gilbert Mission Anniversary

So last Monday on June 30th, we had a special P-Day celebration to celebrate the 1-Year anniversary of the Arizona Gilbert Mission. From 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM, the whole mission came to a park in Queen Creek and had Pancakes for breakfast and a bunch of water activities such as throwing water balloons and water guns and other things.

Then Tuesday, July 1st was literally the day of the 1-Year Anniversary and as a mission we all went to the Gilbert Temple that morning. So that was pretty cool. It was so weird seeing a lot of the missionaries though. Because I’m now at that point in my mission where I am recognizing missionaries that are going home at the end of this transfer. It’s weird… at the beginning of the mission, I obviously didn’t recognize anyone and hardly anyone was coming home. Last transfer, 6 missionaries came home and I knew every one of them. And this transfer, I can count 6 missionaries that I know of that are going home. And I’m seeing so many other missionaries that I do not recognize that are new. It’s kind of weird…

Then on the 4th of July, we pretty much had a full day off essentially. Because they want us to take 1 hour each day extra now to read the Book of Mormon. And they changed the time for Weekly Planning to being every Friday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM to being 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. And we had to be home by 7:00 PM. So we didn’t have any time to go and proselyte.

So during lunch hour, we went to Bahama Bucks and got an American flag colored snowcone and it was pretty awesome! (no idea what the flavors were)

Bahama Bucks- RWB

And for Weekly Planning, we brought an entire Watermelon to the church building and snacked on that as we were planning… and Elder Rosen brought his ipod and played loads of patriotic songs throughout planning. And we went to a barbeque at the Lea’s home where loads of people were there so we chatted with a few people while we were there, but quickly had to leave so we could be home by 7:00 PM. The only thing that was really disappointing about 4th of July was that we didn’t get the chance to watch any fireworks whatsoever… but oh well.

Beyond that, the week has been pretty typical as far as the work goes. We aren’t able to get a hold of any of the potential investigators or referrals we’ve received (quite a few of them are making it pretty obvious they’re dodging us) and we just found out we’re getting poached from AGAIN… sooo honestly there’s nothing really new going on here.

Anyway, glad to hear you guys had a good 4th of July and I hope that you guys have a great week this week!

Elder Foxx


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