September 29, 2014: Of Dart Wars and Burgers

September 29, 2014: Of Dart Wars and Burgers

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand we're back!

On Monday we had a nerf dart war vs. Mission Zone and PVC pipes for blow-darts. We decked out the gym with strategic tables and chair racks and just went nuts. At one point, my MTC comp, Elder Green, and I set up a turret station using lunch trays as shields. He'd shout, "Pull!", I'd pull the upper tray off, he'd take a shot, nail someone, and then I'd put the shield back in place just in time to block like three shots. It was perfect. And now our apartment has been screwing around with our blow darts all week.

We went to lunch as a district with the zone leaders to Whataburger before district meeting. Elder Browning ordered a 5-patty patty melt, just for the heck of it. But then we all started egging each other on, and before you know it, Elder Casteel, our zone leader, is trying to eat a 12-patty patty melt in under 20 minutes. If he can't, Elder Browning no longer owes him groceries.

Challenge accepted. The AP's showed up right as he was getting started to take him on an exchange, so they were goading him on even more. He made it to 11 1/2 patties before losing it all. Heart of a lion.

The biggest patty they've ever had ordered there at the Hidalgo Whataburger was 15 patties. If anyone can bust that record, it's a missionary.

Our role play sessions have been going great. We call it "The Lab" and Elder Christiansen runs an arbitrary point system on the chalk board to keep us entertained.

I went on exchanged with Elder Thornton this week and we talked to a crazy guy on the street. He introduced himself as "Loopy," as in "Lupe," as in "Guadalupe." He's half Irish and half Mexican, from California, and I can't say for sure, but it sounds like he worships a trinity consisting of Merlin, King Arthur and William Shakespeare.

Elder Thornton also got us all sick this week. It could have been us biking in the rain all the time, but it was probably Elder Thornton.

On a spiritual note, we taught a lesson to a lady on that same exchange and it went super well. I love seeing people really receive an answer to their prayers; that's what missionary work is all about. For all those out there looking for answers to their prayers, remember:
 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

I love you all like a mosquito loves a missionary.
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