It's really weird to think that a year has gone by already. I'm wishing you all the best going into year 2.
The update on my bike situation is that on Thursday one of the senior missionary couples dropped off another bike from the storage shed. I just heard back from the insurance company with a settlement offer of $420. They have been surprisingly prompt with getting this all sorted out which is nice.
On Wednesday I went on exchanges with Elder Michaelson which was fun because he is even nerdier than I am and we had a lot to talk about. Unfortunately, between being on foot and him having a somewhat worryingly bad nosebleed in the evening, we didn't get as much done as we expected to.
The Affonsos have made it a decent way into 1 Nephi, and we recommended listening to the audio during the day as a way to make their study more regular. Luis had to work this Sunday again. We plan on having a church tour with them soon, seeing as the last attempt had to be cancelled. They have noticed how the Spirit lingers in their home after our visits, which I take to be a good sign.
In our lesson with Fred, we taught him about personal revelation using 1 Nephi 17 and 18. At some point in the lesson we asked Fred why he comes to church and then we showed him from Galatians 5:22 how his answer indicated quite strongly that he had been feeling the Spirit at church and simply had not identified it as such. We challenged him to begin reading from the scriptures every day. He goes out to lunch once a month with all the old single gentlemen in the ward (The Old Curmudgeons Club) and seems to be well fellowshipped.
On Sunday I played Marvin Goldstein's version of 'My Heavenly Father Loves Me' which was fun.
The priests and laurels here put on a 'Keystone missionary academy' thing Yesterday evening. Elder Caringer led a Q/A and discussion about missionary life generally, Brother Weston gave a brief training on PMG ch.5, everyone split off to roleplay teaching, and Sister Weston made brownies. It was short and to the point, and it was quite impressive to see how eager and well prepared that group of youth was. These used to he a monthly thing, and I think they're trying to start that back up.