Email 91: Time Log

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At last, the detailed time log!

But first, events from earlier in the week:

Monday, we met with Tayke (who showed up an hour late), along with the District Leader, so that Tayke could get his baptisimal interview. He passed, and we made plans to continue to move forward for him to be baptized on Saturday.

They also met a fellow whose disc golf disc they found (he'd written his phone# on it, so they called him and arranged to meet) and played a round with him. He had another disc that he didn't like (but Matthew did fine with) so he gave it to Matthew. Matthew's happy to have his own disc, but will probably not try to match another elder's collection of >30.

Tuesday, Elder Schreiter and I, along with several other companionships in the zone, went to do service of the Chavez's friends. We were pulling up old pergo flooring (for the whole house) that had been soaked in cat urine for the last couple of decades. Needless to say, it didn't smell all that great.

Wednesday, we went to the food bank again. The person in charge there wants us there every week, and where they need help is in the freezer. I was picturing trying to survive being in something like Uncle Rico for three hours. Then I learned that the freezer that we'll be in is kept at 30 degrees, rather than 10.
That afternoon, we had a lesson with a member referral. When we and the member got there, we found that he had the King Follett Discourse printed out and all marked up on the table. That's when we knew that he wasn't really wanting to learn, he just wanted to attack our beliefs. Which he did, although I'm surprised that he didn't delve more into the Trinity or polygamy - those are pretty classic things for people to bash the church on.

And now Thursday:

6:30 - Wake up
6:30 - 6:45 - Make bed, pray, pay tribute to the porcelain god
6:45 - 7:15 - Exercise
7:15 - 7:30 - Clean kitchen
7:30 - 8:10 - Study, because I had extra time
8:10 - 8:18 - Work on Tayke's baptismal program with Elder Schreiter
8:18 - 8:30 - Practice piano
8:30 - 8:40 - Get ready to leave for service
8:40 - 8:51 - Drive to service
8:51 - 8:55 - Sit in car doing nothing
8:55 - 10:10 - Service helping old lady clean out shed
10:10 - 10:56 - Drive home, shower
10:56 - 11:20 - Daily planning
11:20 - 11:45 - Companionship study, part one
11:45 - 12:45 - Lunch (I made fish tacos)
12:45 - 12:55 - Drive to church
12:55 - 1:55 - Elder Schreiter has a zoom meeting, and I clean the font and study
1:55 - 2:13 - Answering texts, picking up baptismal jump suits from Sister Zavoral
2:13 - 2:30 - Drive home, pick up shoes from Spanish Elders
2:30 - 2:48 - Finding a Conference talk to send to someone, and getting sidetracked looking up the careers of the last few prophets
2:48 - 2:56 - Companionship study, part two
2:56 - 3:00 - Prep for Weekly Planning
3:00 - 4:32 - Weekly Planning
4:32 - 5:00 - Planning District Council
5:00 - 6:00 - Personal Study
6:00 - 6:15 - Practicing piano while waiting for companion to finish paying tribute to the porcelain god
6:15-6:25 - Travel
6:25 - 6:30 - Trying to find a referral, learn from a relative that the person that we are looking for is schizophrenic
6:30 - 6:40 - Travel to the Figueroa's house
6:40 - 6:44 - Knock on their door, no answer
6:44 - 6:50 - Drive to church building
6:50 - 6:55 - Find a parking space and bring the jumpsuits inside
6:55 - 6:56 - Tayke tells us that he doesn't feel ready for baptism this Saturday
6:56 - 7:34 - Eat dinner at the church
7:34 - 7:40 - Watched the young men get a face full of flour
7:40 - 7:50 - Texted people letting them know that the baptism was canceled
7:50 - 8:00 - Came up with creative reasons to tell the Zone Leaders why the baptism was canceled (e.g. Someone offered to take us golfing, and the only day they were available was on Saturday, the font was being re-glazed, the water heater at the chapel went out and wasn't going to be fixed in time)
8:00 - 8:10 - Travel home
8:10 - 8:15 - Put leftover pizza in the fridge (we were given some from the young men's activity)
8:15 - 8:20 - Update this log from the past half-hour
8:20 - 8:50 - More study while Elder Schreiter showers
8:50 - Told this to the Zone Leaders as to why the baptism was canceled:
"The water heater went out recently in the Stake Center. According to the building representative, apparently parts have been ordered, but they are coming from New York or something, and due to the riots after the New York Yankees' most recent loss, shipping from New York has been delayed for an unknown amount of time."
8:50 - 9:45- Journal, finish reporting stuff in areabook, wind down, pray
9:45 - Go to bed

And thus ends my account of Thursday.

Friday he taught District Council and played 2 games of chess w/ their dinner appt's 13 year-old son. Both games started favorably for the youth, with Matthew nabbing surprise checkmates at the end. Sunday he spoke for 20min in sacrament mtg.

Only 2 more months before he has to come home!


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