On Monday we drove up to Franklin to go hang out up there. It was us, the TSTAT missionaries, Franklin 2, Franklin 3, and the Sunset missionaries, too. Most of us went to go fishing on the Harpeth river. After that it was mostly basketball from then on. We did go to this really cool place for lunch, (I think it was called Big Shakes or something like that), and they had some really good catfish there.
Tuesday we went and saw Joe and went over what happens after we die. He is kinda leaving it up to faith, which is good. He also said he wanted to study Joseph Smith's life more with us, which is cool. We will probably be running through the restoration again this week. Later we stopped by a few other places but didn't have too much success.
Wednesday we went to district meeting and Hermana Hooker trained on cleaning up area books while Elder Hinds trained on finding new people. We then went up to Spring Hill where we grabbed lunch and saw a recent convert who is still recovering from a hip replacement. We helped her with some things, including playing with her dog a little bit. After that we went back to Columbia to meet with another recent convert and her non-member son, and we went over the plan of salvation with them. After that we went and saw Zoey. She is still really excited to be baptized this Saturday, and we worked on the baptismal program with her that night.
Thursday we saw Zoey again as well as a few other people. We contacted this one 15 year old who asked us to come by the next day, so we were excited. Also she was a Green Day fan so that was cool. We contacted a less active who basically has a halfway house for pets. She would find a dog or cat on the street, take it home and provide it temporary shelter, and then advertise it to the area to see if anyone wanted it. She had about 20 animals in her home and by the sound of it, like 12 of them were dogs. No idea how that worked haha.
Friday we went and planned a little. After that we tried some people and then went to that one appointment. There was this German Shepherd on a chain just outside their house. I went first, and calmed it down while Elder Hinds went and knocked on the door, I then backed away after it was chill. The 15 year old's dad showed up to the door and brushed us off, so we headed back to the car. The dog for some reason decided to mimic the owner and ended up biting me pretty hard on my back left leg. It broke skin and hurt a lot, but it wasn't too bad. We went home and bandaged and iced it up. I took a picture later, and it looked a lot better.
Here's what the bite looks like today.
Saturday we went to go help out this one less active with their yard. It was kind of a pain cause he lived on a large spot of land, and I had to push mow it. But it was a good workout haha. He fed us lunch, and while I was bringing in some water, I bashed my head on some weird lattice thing that was hanging from the doorway. It hurt a lot. Still does. But anyways we went from there to this one party for a recent convert's one year old son. And I just wasn't feeling good. We had to leave early for home. Turns out I ended up getting food poisoning from lunch. Wasn't fun.
Sunday was good though. Even though I was still in a lot of pain. I was asked to speak next Sunday to bear my final testimony in a sacrament meeting as a missionary. It's going to be weird. Also the great news was Zoey came to church which marked #3 so she is all set to be baptized this Saturday. The only hard part will be getting her last name right since its Polish haha. After church we went and had lunch with the Miles, which was great. They're the family who are Chicago Cubs fans. After that we tried a few people but mostly didn't see any.
I'm very excited and nervous for my last week. It'll be really fun. But what won't be fun will be saying goodbye a lot this week. I'm hoping that it'll be a good week. We will see what happens.
Thank you all so much for all your thoughts and prayers these past two years.
See you in one,