Monday, August 26, 2013

August News

Well hello everyone! Ready to go back to school/work? I think the best thing about not having a summer break is it can't end if you don't have one! :) Last week we left for Ottawa after P-day and stayed with the Fallowfield elders. It's always cool being back in my old apartment and remembering being a greenie! We woke up at 5:30 Tuesday so we could make it to zone conference on time. Zone conference lasted 5 hours! We were trained a lot about working with the ward council, working with less active/part-member families, and having charity for those around us. It made me realize we (missionaries AND members) have a huge role to play in helping people come to/back to Christ, and it is an awesome feeling when we're blessed with success in our efforts. We also found out on Tuesday that we are now allowed to play basketball!!! You know what I'll be doing today. The rest of the day Tuesday was splits. I was with Elder Laouto from Vanuatu! He's the man haha. On Wednesday I saw the mission doctor in Ottawa to talk to him about my feet. He pretty much just said I don't have enough time left on my mission to make it worth seeing a specialist so basically I'll just keep doing what I've been doing. Thursday was Elder Wright's year mark! That was quite the day haha. When we went home for dinner I decided I'd make him some brownies. I mixed the sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a metal mixing bowl. There was no room on the counter so I set it on the stovetop. Elder Wright put some water on to boil but he accidentally turned on the wrong burner... when I went to grab the metal mixing bowl it was very hot haha. It was pretty much ruined and to make matters worse, I had used all of the remaining butter for the recipe. By this time I had realized that if I started over we would pretty much lose our whole evening of proselyting time so we just left to go to work. On the way home that night we stopped at the grocery store to buy some butter. I hurried and busted out the brownies before bed time. So, despite his best efforts of stopping me, I made Elder Wright some year-mark brownies haha. It was a good day though. On Saturday we visited our less-active Steve and had peanut butter sandwiches and tomato soup. Pretty weird but not bad. You should try it. Yesterday was the Whitaker's (family from Idaho) last Sunday up here so I had to get a picture with them. Today we're going to dinner with James Carlson from Spanish Fork and then he's coming to a lesson with us. Hope you all have a good week! I'm gonna go play basketball :)

Love, Elder Oxborrow

Monday, August 19, 2013

News from Canada

Hey everybody!
Elder Wright and I had a lot of fun this week. We were able to finally find some new investigators (after a draught of a couple weeks)! It's always a relief to expand the teaching pool. In other news, there's a family from Idaho staying up here because of a work contract and their job is paying for them to stay in a beach front cabin on the Ottawa River. They had us over for dinner on Tuesday and I didn't wanna leave. It was fun talking to them about back home (the mom used to live in Garland). How I miss that accent haha. Transfer calls are a week from Saturday. Transfers go faster and faster every time. Today we've got some car cleaning and apartment cleaning to do since we'll have car inspections at zone conference tomorrow. We're heading down to Ottawa tonight and staying at the Fallowfield apartment! Oh the memories haha. I'm thinking about maybe stopping by some of my old investigators and converts over there if I get permission... it would be good to see them. Hope you're all enjoying the final phases of Summer! Winter comes fast haha. Ayez du fun!

Elder Oxborrow

Monday, August 12, 2013

News from Canada!

Hello everyone,
We had a pretty good week, nothing too out of the ordinary this week. We finally were able to go out to Ottawa since we had splits this week. Seeing other missionaries is something I took for granted the first half of my mission. It gets lonely out here sometimes haha. Our investigators are doing pretty well though. We did a lot of tracting this week but weren't able to find anyone new to teach. All we can do is keep pushing forward. Not too much to report on but I'm still alive and kickin'. :)
Love you all!

Elder Oxborrow

Monday, August 5, 2013

News from Petawawa

Hello wonderful family and friends! Pretty good week this week. We had a good lesson with Judith last week on p-day evening. Resolved some of her concerns as well as taught her about the Plan of Salvation. She's pretty cool and has a lot of potential. On Thursday I was sick. :( That kept us in the apartment most of the day but after some crackers and ginger ale I felt better in the morning. The weekend was where things really started to happen. Friday we taught JP (investigator) and Brandon (recent convert). On Saturday we saw two less active members and our investigator Tanya. Tanya hadn't made it out to church for a while so while we were there with her we called a member and asked if they could give her a ride haha. She ended up making out and loved it like usual. She makes friends with members every time she comes. She just needs to keep coming. On Sunday we saw three more of our investigators. It was a pretty fruitful weekend. I'm hoping the air stays nice and cool like it has been. I don't like 100 degree weather with humidity. Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Oxborrow