It sounds like everyone's been having a good time this weekend (except maybe Zach) and it was fun to see the picture with the scented candle. I'm glad no one tried to put it in the cake. Hope everything is going well with university this semester.
The missionary work this week has been going pretty slow over here. Probably a big part of that is that we've been spending a lot of time trying to regain contact with investigators. We had a few cool lesson early this week, but most of them were with people who won't be available to meet again until January. For some reason key indicator numbers have nosedived mission wide over the last transfer. Last week our district (consisting of 6 proselyting companionships) found 9 new investigators out of our weekly goal of 20. 5 were found by the zone leaders who have been sick and attending meetings all week, and the other 4 were found by Elder Hafoka and I. Transfers are on the 18th and I think my odds are about 50/50 of whether I leave or stay. Personally I'd be comfortable staying for a good while longer. After all, as far as I can tell this is one of the best areas in the mission.
The ward had a few activities this week leading up to stake conference. They called it 'spirit week' and they had some small thing going on each evening. We went to the last half-hour of both the Tuesday pizza night and the Friday games night, and got to know the young men in the ward a bit better. Ta'Janee came to the pizza night but on Sunday morning both she and Jeff slept in and didn't come to stake conference.
On Saturday I went on exchanges with Elder Stephens down to Avon 2nd ward, which was nice because it meant we had a car, a dinner appointment, and an opportunity to practice the song we're doing for the talent show at zone conference. Meanwhile Elder Hafoka and Elder Adams were biking up and down the area all day. When we picked them up two cop cars drove past just as we were leaving. I guess someone called 911 about suspicious guys on bikes.
One thing that stood out to me from Stake conference was when President Anderson told about three rules of forest-fire-fighting that can apply to building and defending a testimony. 1) Always be armed with the right equipment for the job. 2) Always keep one foot in the black so you have somewhere to fall back to when you need to. 3) Always listen to and obey the instructions of those with a better vantage point than yours.
I checked our apartment address and it is definitely 6678 Longwoods Circle Indianapolis Indiana 46254. The journal arrived on our doorstep just fine, so I'm not sure what happened to the other packages.
I hope that you all have a great time leading up to Christmas. We will definitely solidify our Christmas plans this week sometime so I can tell you when I'll be calling.