Well, this is it folks. Elder Phan dies this week (this is the Vienamese term presenting for something that is going to finish).
It’s such a weird feeling to reflect on because this has been my life for 2 years and it feels like absolutely nothing.
I still remember coming out on Day 1 like it was just yesterday…My brother just left on his mission last week and is now in the missionary training center in Provo, Utah learning how to be a missionary and speak Tagalog in preparation for going to the Philippines in 6 weeks. So it’s really fun to read his email and compare it to the very first email that I sent out. He’s gonna do great!
You know what the worst thing about not emailing for 2 weeks is? It’s the torture of having to compact 2 weeks worth of experience into one email, and the fact that the things you learn each week on a mission is equivalent to the things you learn in a year normally mean that I have a lot of condensing to do.
This was a pretty killer week. So we met with President Chiles one day to help him out with organizing zone conference and figuring out transfers and it took all in all about 8 hours. It was sooo long, and we’re not even done yet.
So I’m getting all these emails about people in my ward who left to go serve missions at the same time as me are now home from their missions. Compounded by the fact that other people I know are getting married, and that younger people I knew are now preparing for their missions (my brother included), let’s just say it’s a little stressful. My death day is coming hahaha. Ya’ll grow up so stinking fast in the past 2 years!
Gaaaahhh this week was so good! Everything that could have possibly went down this week went down! Our investigator went down, district P-Day went down, our mission president down, an old companion of mine went down, I went down, and basically all our investigators and potential investigators were just down! It all went down!!!!
Great week this week! Our week was filled with all sorts of cool little things to do. First off, for P-Day we went and played golf with the elders of our district. Our golf place is totally clutch. I don’t know about any other golf places in the states for example because I never golfed before my mission, but ours has the little misters and fans set up for hot days, as well as complementary towelletes. They also provide free water and ice (which is not a thing in Vietnam btw) and one thing we like to do í order Pizza Hut (which they do have in Vietnam) and then just bring our own personal pizzas on in to the place to play and eat. The people are totally chill with it. On Tuesday we had zone conference and it was the most fun zone conference I have ever had! The downside is I had to bear my “final” testimony at the end of this zone conference Because I’m almost dead. It would’ve been more emotional if they hadn’t mistakenly called on me to bear a closing testimony the zone conference before that. Not to mention I bore closing testimony the last 2 mission leadership conferences as well. And next month will actually be my final missionary leadership conference and zone conference, so might as well tack on 2 more testimonies to the list. Haha I know this mission wants me to die, but making give the closing testimonies all the time just because I’m ALMOST dead isn’t going to make me die any faster lol. Besides that we also had exchanges with the zone leaders from Saigon and that was a lot of fun. My comp for the day is Elder Duy, and native from Hanoi and he is just the most lovable guy on the planet. Teaching with him was awesome. Then the big news, our investigator Nga went in to be interviewed for baptism this Wednesday and she passed! She’s getting baptized the 30th of this month! So excited for her!
Greeeeeeaaaaaat week this week. First and foremost, happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there, but more specifically to my Dad. You’re awesome and I am grateful for everything you do for me!