Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Missionary Service for Hire (Please?)

Hey there!

So teaching-wise this week, we didn't have any lessons with investigators, and we didn't find anyone else to teach, so that was too bad. We did have a really neat experience yesterday though with some less-active YSA members in Bourbonnais. We've been trying to get involved with some different wards, and we took the assistant YSA representative from the Bourbonnais Ward out with us to make some stop by visits, and we met several YSA members down there that are awesome and expressed interest in coming to YSA activities! We're going to go back down there in the next week or two because it was so successful, and we hope to start trying out the same stuff in other wards as well.

Here's the good story for the week though: We learned that it is harder to get a regular service opportunity than it is to get a job...Literally, I'm not even joking. *Dallas pulls up to Pentagon to apply for a job* "Come on in, you've got an interview." *Dallas pulls up to local food pantry* "Alright, before you can apply for service, you'll have to pre-register online, and you'll need 18 references, come to 4 training sessions, and contact 3 different people." It's that bad. We've tried about 8 different places, got shut down at 3 of them, need to attend training sessions at other ones, and need references to apply at a few as well. Literally, it's a joke.

Elder Renlund from the Quorum of the Seventy came to our mission and taught us on Wednesday! It was really neat to meet them, and Elder Campbell and I actually got to meet them the day before they addressed us, because we were working in the mission office, and President and Sister Griffin gave them a tour of it, so we got to say hi to them. They were super nice! We also had our New Missionary Training on Tuesday, and it went really well. It was the first presentation maybe ever where the Tech Elders didn't use a Powerpoint, we just wrote on the board instead. But, we really threw it down on the use of Facebook, and lots of the missionaries said that they really enjoyed it. We also got a lot of interaction and questions, which meant people were learning stuff, so that's good!

Well Mom, I'm glad that you made it out safe to Colorado, and I hope that everything is going well for you out there! Have fun going to IKEA, I'll be joining Landon staying away from that... I hope that he's enjoying the new school and that his hockey team brings him some good times too. Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you!

Elder Dallas Anderson

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