First off, let's start off with one of the highlights of the week: dinner. This ain't your ordinary dinner though, this is dinner at none else but Mike Ditka's restaurant. A recent convert named Franni treated us to an amazing dinner at Ditka's, featuring appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Now the highlight was the entrée, which was not even listed on the menu because of its limited availability. "The Tomahawk," as it's known, is a $70, 23 ounce steak with a bone at least 14 inches long. #GetThatProtein And ya boi ate the whole thing in one sitting (Elder Cluff did as well).
Another major highlight of the week is that we started teaching Girlie's friend Patience, who moved here from Ghana. She used to be a missionary for her church over there, and has desires to be a missionary for our church and to be baptized here! The lesson with her went really well, she set up another appointment next week, and we hope to put her on date at that point (before we can do that though, we have to figure out the logistics of the situation, because she lives outside of the mission but is thinking about moving into the ward boundaries soon).
Elder Cluff finishes his mission this week, which means I got my new companion this past weekend to learn his new responsibilities working on all of the transfer logistics. My new companion's name is Elder Giolitto, and he's from Verona, Italy. He is really well respected among the missionaries, has a great work ethic, and is a fantastic teacher when it comes to lessons. We've had the teach together a couple of times already, and we seem to work well together. I'm really excited to be working with him this transfer! But I'll miss Elder Cluff, we had some good times and good laughs together. He's taught me a lot about open communication and having trust in others. The unity was on point with our swaggin' 4th of July ties, but we took it a step further this week with our welcome signs (S/O to Mom for sending the signs out)!
This was the craziest week of transfers that I've been involved in. We have 20 missionaries going home, and 12 coming in, which means that planning the transfer van trips was extremely tedious, because you have to make sure that everyone has a companion that they are driving with. Besides that, we picked up the missionaries from the airport today and went out contacting with them this evening, and even got some deep-dish pizza from Lou's.
I love you guys, thanks for all of the love and support, you are all awesome! If you guys could pray for Patience, that would be great! And seriously, if you want something to do today that will bless the lives of those around you, go tell a parent to get off of Twitter and get on Facebook instead, you'll make the world a better place. That means you Mom, LOL. Haha, I love you all, talk to you again next week!
Elder Dallas Anderson