September 28, 2018




Konor Yee

Week 2: Elderinos and Swelders

HeY Y'alL

Before I start, I want to answer the question Can I read emails on days other than p-day? Yes. Yes I can. So if there's anything urgent let me know and I'll at least be able to see it.

I've started to get to know a lot of the people in my district a little better this week and I'm starting to regret it. There's an elder named Elder Bithell who has dislexia and just says the WEIRDEST stuff. We went on splits yesterday and when we were teaching about the Holy Ghost he said, "You know when you're in a gang? And you got your gang members to back you up? That's like the Holy Ghost. He's got your back." So pretty soon Arizona's gonna have a whole bunch of gang members joining the church for protection 😂 I've also started to like them a lot more though. We started to really bond as a room because we realized we couldn't just hang out with the other district. We started calling ourselves either Elderinos or Swelders all the time and we walk around between classes flexing and adding -ino to the end of every word like Ned Flanders. Everyone makes fun of me all the time because they think my laugh sounds like the Surfer Guy from Spongebob. And most of them can tolerate my constant Spongebob references! I've also started to tolerate District Leader Robertson. Me and Elder Yee made a goal to pray for help loving him and seeing him as Christ sees him and it really worked! I realized that we're all struggling a lot right now and that being called as DL probably added a lot of stress to his plate that he wasn't ready for. I've been trying to include him more and serve him and through that he's become a lot kinder and more patient with us as well.

The district nextdoor to us left this week and the noise level in our residence has miraculously dropped by 80%. The number of five stars given has also dropped dramatically. Now I don't have to walk around the building with my back to the wall watching for sneak attacks.

On Sunday we had a devotional and the district next to us had been extra noisy the night before and I hadn't fallen asleep until a little after 11. I ended up falling asleep in the devotional but don't worry, God got me back quickly. My entire District saw me drooling. There was a line connected from my mouth to my tie. 😂

We started TRCs this week which are pretty much practice lessons with either recent converts or investigators. Me and Elder Yee got this guy named Jose for our first one and it got me really excited for missionary work. We taught him the first 3 lessons and commited him to baptism! We're pretty sure he was a real investigator, but even if he wasn't I still think we helped him with a lot of the struggles he was going through. At the end of our last lesson he thanked us for being his friends and told us to thank our families for raising good kids. So haha take that Mom and Dad ;)

I'm just going to end with a spiritual thought. D&C 121:7-9 reads, "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands." This scripture really helped me get through this week. I testify that if we have faith in God and endure to the end, our trials really will feel small and that Jesus Christ will be there with us every step of the way. Thank you all for being my personal cheerleaders!

-Elder Backlund


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