Just a heads up, I might be transferred at the end of this transfer (November 3rd) so my address after that will change. So if anyone is sending anything that won't get to me before then, send it to:
Elder Jacob C. Dyer
5900 Grand Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
We got a visit this past week from a General Authority of our church, Elder Evans. He talked about a lot of stuff, but my favorite was his discussion on forgiveness. His main idea was, "just let it go." Sometimes in our lives we hold grudges, we have bad feelings about our peers because of something they said, something they did. But those feelings don't help us at all. In fact, they hurt us. It's like we're intentionally inflicting pain on ourselves for something someone else did. We can't control other people's actions, but we can control our own. It can be so hard sometimes to "just let it go" but when we eventually have the capacity to do that, it's a huge burden lifted off our shoulders! One of the other things he said was that we no longer have to get OYM's - our requisite 10 people we talk to (per person) each day. Instead, we have to "talk with everyone," not "badgering" people, but just being friendly with everyone.
One of the low points of our week was our investigator K., falling off baptism date. Her dad told her to check out some other churches before getting baptized. I totally understand waiting and making sure this is the right decision. But she has told us this is the right decision for her, she's felt the healing power of the Holy Ghost and Jesus Christ's Atonement, so it was a little frustrating. She's doing a lot better health wise, so that's a plus! We gave her a priesthood blessing and she's been feeling way better, so that's another testament to her.
We went to this huge Halloween party our Bishop has every year. There were about 250 people there – lots of Mormons but lots of non-members too. Everyone kept asking us if we were real Elders, real missionaries. It was fun! I lost count of how many of the little girls were dressed up as Elsa from Frozen.
The other day, we had to leave early to go to Elder Evans. It was still dark outside, and 59 degrees Fahrenheit. I was absolutely freezing inside my car. I must have already adjusted to California weather because in Rhode Island, that's quite pleasant. I'm going to be bundled up tight if it drops below 50... At least walking around during the day in this weather is perfect!
When we were over at the home of E., our 81 year old investigator, I asked him if he liked baseball, and he was like, “oh yeah there was that one guy on the dodgers.” I was like “Sandy Koufax?” and he was like “no it was like, Jackie Robinson.” I was like ”OH MAN you're old...”
One guy at church, whenever he says hi to me, he's like “ni hao” and bows to me, so funny.
Elder Dyer eating "Frutas Frescas" in Mira Loma (mini Mexico). Pretty much fruit with chili, lime, and salt.
Elder Dyer and Johansen preparing for P-day soccer