Wednesday, January 17, 2018

That dang sticker!



The bonfire, Chloe the goat, and Starlord the dog

Hey from Oregon today! It is a bright and beautiful mostly cloudy day. Haha we are enjoying any glimmer of sunshine we can! This week has brought a lot of fun and cool experiences I am excited to share with everyone! 

On Wednesday, we went to this super sketch trailer park and when we got out of the car, there was this super cute little yorkie on the porch of this house that kept jumping, just summoning us over. So we walk over and this lady (her name is Yolanda!) opens the door and we start talking. She had never heard of the Book of Mormon so we shared what it was about and read 3 Nephi 11:11. She loved it! We committed her to read the rest of the chapter, got her phone #, and a return appointment! It was so cool! #firstnewinvestigatorthistransfer

Ok so Friday was an adventure. We started the morning with interviews with President Bullen and can I just say I love that man. He is such an incredible man that inspires me. We had an awesome discussion about missions and how much I’ve changed. We were blessed to watch the funeral of our beloved prophet Thomas S Monson shortly after our interviews and it was a beautiful service as most of you probably know. What a fitting tribute to such an incredible man!

We went to lunch shortly after the funeral with President Bullen, President White, the stake president of Beav West, and Sister Bullen. President Bullen had asked us to bring a copy of the Book of Mormon with the new OPM stickers we are putting in the cover. Elder Wallace and I walked out to our car to get one and we discovered that we didn’t have any more copies with the sticker in them. We literally only had one job for this meeting and it was to bring a copy of the Book of Mormon with the dang sticker in it! We thought quick on our feet, and remembered some missionaries lived just half a mile from where we were having lunch. We jumped in the car and drove there slightly illegally fast, found a copy with a sticker, and drove back. We ran in and tried to look calm and refined. President Bullen didn’t even ask any questions why we were gone a little longer than it should have taken. Hahaha probably one of the best moments of my life! 

Another highlight of that Friday lunch was running into my good friend, President Giles of the Milwaukie stake! I love that man very much. It was so good to see him!

Well, Saturday was awesome! We went up to the Woodside’s house as usual. We built an enormous bonfire to burn and it was amazing! I look forward to going up there every week. Spending time with the dogs, the goats, and usually work in a fire there somewhere. It was an adventure as the fire started to die out, but after much love and stoking, we saved it and had a successful burn! 

It wasn’t until later that day Elder Wallace and I realized that Saturday was a landmark day for us. It was our 18 month mark! We forgot to burn a pair of pants, but I think a pile 15 feet high and 9 feet across will suffice. We decided to celebrate and go out to dinner to our favorite Hawaiian place, Roxy’s. As I’ve pondered my last 18 months of service in the Lord’s army, I can’t help but think of all that I’ve learned and the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, the things I’ve experienced. This has been the experience of a lifetime! I’m anxious to see what these last six months will bring.

I love this gospel, I know it is true. Jesus Christ lives. I love you all, have a fantastic week!

With Love,


Elder Hall


Zone Conference




Me attempting to take a picture with a cat that proceeded to bite me. Don’t pick up stray cats.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Book of Mormon



My mozzarella stick looks like the Nike swoosh!  Just "Do It!"

Hello from Oregon! It’s been a wet and rainy week, but one of many miracles and incredible moments I’ll never forget. I apologize if this letter is a little short!

I’ll start with zone conference. This whole zone conference was about the Book of Mormon and why it is so important. Elder Wallace and I were privileged enough to teach how to support investigators reading the Book of Mormon. But as many of you probably saw on my Facebook feed, a small moment came to pass that I’ll never forget. I’ll just quote it below:

"This morning we started our missionary zone conference with a solemn spirit as we learned of the passing of President Thomas S Monson. Together we sang, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”. The Holy Ghost quickly engulfed the room as these humble servants of our Savior sang with full hearts honoring our beloved prophet. It was an experience I will never forget. We are in the Lord’s work."

Later in the day we had an amazing miracle happen! We came out of zone conference pumped to share the Book of Mormon so we set a goal to hand out one open Book of Mormon.  We decided to stop by Kevin's.  He is someone we had talked with last week about possibly coming back.  When he opened the door he was a little surprised to see us again but after thinking for a minute let us in and said we could take 5 minutes. We explained some background on the Book of Mormon and then shared Ether 12:27 with him.  Afterwards we asked how that could affect him personally and it really made him think. We had a great conversation with him and he accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and said he would read it! We are super excited to follow up with him!

It’s short, but I want you to know that I love this gospel. It is true, and it brings eternal joy. I love you all, have a good week!

With love,

Elder Hall 


Beav west zone with my pal Kiyah Clemence




MLC breakfast



MLC group

Monday, January 1, 2018

Soaked!



Austin's baptism!

Hey everyone! My goodness it’s 2018 I can’t even believe it! I go home this year! Man that is so weird. Well a happy new year to everyone! I would also like to wish my pup Buster Bluth a very happy birthday! He’s 4 years old today! I’m excited to tell you guys about my week, it was crazy! 

Last Monday was Christmas as you all know, and I had the best time talking to my family! Those little kiddos are getting so big! I’m happy that everyone is doing well and enjoying life!

Tuesday was probably my favorite day of my whole mission. We spent the morning grocery shopping and then some sisters called us stranded because their car broke down. It took us a little bit, but we got the car to start! You can just start calling me the car doctor or something... haha NO. Anyway, we had district meetings and our zone is doing so well. I am so proud of them! 

Ok so rewind to Monday night. My boy Austin is getting baptized on Tuesday in Milwaukie and I have no ride over. Everyone I call turns me down. I finally have this thought, ‘hey President Bullen goes to all the baptisms and he’s pretty close by.’ I call President and he says he would love to give me a ride! 

Now back to Tuesday. President and Sister Bullen come to pick me up at our apartment. Elder Wallace goes with some other elders for the evening. I get in the car and we start driving, just the three of us! President hands me a stack of papers and asks me to read them and give him feedback. We have a really nice hour long drive talking about missionary work and what we can do to change some things. It was pretty cool!

Then we had the crowning event of the night! Austin got baptized! I was so happy for him! I started teaching him back in August. He was so happy and I was so honored to be the one to baptize him. It was a special experience I will never forget! 

Because this was the first time I had ever baptized someone in my mission, I didn’t quite think of how wet I would get... so of course I didn’t bring an extra shirt. I wrung it out as best I could and threw it back on, still soaking wet. Luckily, I was wearing a suit so it wasn’t noticeable, but I was FREEZING. hahaha I am so dumb. 

So President and Sister Bullen and I get in the car and start back home to Beaverton. Because of how crazy our day was, I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and it was now 7:30 and I was STARVING. As we’re driving, President gets off the highway in Lake Oswego, so I ask where we’re going. He says, “Elder Hall I’m buying you dinner. Will you let me do that?” I graciously accepted and we pull into this chic Thai restaurant. He brings in this stack of papers mentioned earlier and we spend all of dinner discussing. I felt like I was about to make a multimillion dollar business deal or something! Haha you could tell President has had many important meetings over dinner.

So that was my Tuesday. And it was just so neat and so fun. I will never forget it!

Flash forward to Friday at MLC which is always a party! Haha I love all of my mission leader friends! President Bullen and I concluded on Tuesday night we needed a reform of planning and how to do it. Well on Friday, he pulls out 8 of us and let’s us know that we are going to be a special committee to figure out this planning thing. We spent the rest of MLC trying to figure out some place to start. It’s going to be an adventure. 

This week has brought many emotions for me. Talking to my family, seeing someone get baptized, being responsible for a big assignment, learning that my family is moving, finding out a dear friend is going home from their mission early, and hitting 2018. There’s been points where I almost fall apart because I don’t know how to handle it all. And then I remember some advice a close friend told me that was reiterated in church yesterday, amazingly enough. It’s this: Control what you can control and then have faith that the Lord will take care of the rest. So that’s what I’ll do. 

I love you all so much much, I hope you have an amazing week!

With love,

Elder Hall 

  

The OPM Christmas Party!

 
 
Beav West, Beav Best!


   

Pictures of my area


A 1,000 piece puzzle Elder Wallace and I did on Christmas


Video of me conducting the infamous OPM Nose Flute Band!



Monday, December 18, 2017

Beav West Baby!



Playing Santa!

Hey everybody! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and having fun as you #LightTheWorld this year! Our luck has run out unfortunately, and the sun is gone. It’s been cloudy and rainy this week, but it actually feels like winter now so that’s a plus!

So, as you can see in my title, I’ve been transferred from Milwaukie to Beaverton West! I’m now in the Farmington ward with Elder Wallace. It has been incredibly hard to leave my Milwaukie-ites in the promised land, but it’s ok because the Beav West is going to be the promised land on this side of the river!

It really has been a whirlwind of a week and I’m not sure I’ve got a ton to write about, so don’t be upset if this is short!

We had a good week of finding. Lots of door knocking! It was a lot of fun though because we went caroling with our ward missionaries and had tons of success! We made shortbread, marked copies of the Book of Mormon, and rehearsed our caroling repertoire before going out and meeting so many amazing people! This area is going to be full of miracles I can feel it!

On Saturday we went to the Woodside’s house, an amazing family in the ward! We played with their Weimaraner named Grady and I was in heaven! I miss having my pup so much! The Woodsides also have 10 Nigerian dwarf goats that we built a pen for and then took on a hike! New bucket list item, own Nigerian dwarf goats! Oh my heck they are so fun!! I’ll have to take pictures next time! 

We had to play Santa Claus for a little bit today and deliver a bunch of packages in our zone. It was crazy how many we have! I’ll send a pic of them with me and Elder Wallace for comparison. 

The other night, Sister Valencia in my new ward was talking to us about her mission. She served in Denmark. I got excited because I’ve been reading about the my Danish ancestors, the Nielsens, on FamilySearch! She left and came back with this super cool Christmas tree and said she got it in Denmark and she wanted me to have it. It’s so cool! Family history rocks!

I’m glad to be here serving the Lord and learning what He needs me to learn. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! 

With love,

Elder Hall 

  

Saying goodbye to Milwaukie Zone


   

My Danish Christmas Tree                                A small taste of my new area!

Monday, December 11, 2017

True to the Faith



Hey everyone! Happy Christmas! And happy birthday yesterday to my incredible mother! It has officially been all sun and no clouds for 9 days now. It’s amazing! I mean, it’s always FREEZING, but man is it gorgeous! I’ll send pics.

So this week was just a lot of zone leadering stuff, so pretty mundane, pretty boring. But I have a few things to talk about so don’t worry!

We had our ward Christmas party this week and it was a ton of fun! Our incredible ward got Elder White and I some amazing stockings and it was so sweet. I am so thankful for them! I got a little emotional. I love this ward. 

On Saturday we did a free hot chocolate stand with some other missionaries! We did it on the busiest street in Milwaukie on a late Saturday afternoon. I was designated as the sign holder/dancer and it was so fun! I danced so hard I’m actually still a little sore! Haha that’s actually just sad... We talked to a lot of people, had hundreds of cars honk as they drove by, and even had people ask to take photos with us. It was so fun! We had a sister play her violin while we all danced and talked to people. I’ll send pics!

Well, I got to speak in church yesterday and if you know me, you know I LOVE public speaking. But every time I speak in church, I feel a heightened responsibility to be a worthy vessel for the spirit. I spoke on a topic very important to me, one that I feel very passionate about, and that is enduring to the end. I hope you feel the spirit of my words because I know they are true!

Have a good week! Love you all!

Elder Hall 

True to the Faith
Elder Bridger Hall 
Sacrament Meeting 10 December, 2017
Alder Creek YSA 

Brothers and sisters, it is so good to be with you. I am beyond grateful that Ammon is here today so we can actually enjoy the hymns instead of cringing at them. I regret not listening to my mother when she told me to not give up piano lessons. Thank you for sharing your talents Ammon. 

When you hear the words, enduring to the end, what do you think of? Maybe you think of making it through Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe you think of getting through a long day with an annoying coworker. Maybe you’re like me, and you think of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton, braving the first expedition to the South Pole in his ship, the Endurance. 

Now, what’s the problem with all of these scenarios? You might wonder why I think these are poor displays of enduring to the end. That’s because the end we endure to isn’t somewhere we collapse with exhaustion or heartache. You probably gained 5 pounds at Thanksgiving dinner. You most likely drove angrily home from work, upset at your obnoxious coworker. And for Shackleton, the Endurance sank when they arrived at Antarctica. 

So, what is a good example of enduring to the end? Let’s turn to the scriptures. It was somewhere between 90 and 77 BC, and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies had found the joy that comes through Christ and the desire to endure to the end. In Alma 24 verses 15-17 we read: “Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.
And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.
And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.” Later we learn that many innocent Anti-Nephi-Lehies were slaughtered because they would not pick up their weapons of war. 

Now you’re thinking, “But Elder Hall, how is this different than thanksgiving dinner, or Shackleton’s ship?” Well quiet down and listen, we aren’t finished with our story yet.

Shortly after the devastating loss of innocent blood, the Anti-Nephi-Lehies (later known as the people of Ammon), were sheltered and protected by the Nephites, so they could live and not break the covenant they made to not shed any more blood with their weapons of war. 

Fast forward to about 64 years before Christ was born, when the people of Ammon were having children starting to come of age, 2,000 boys to be exact. The war for liberty was raging, and the fearless Helaman needed soldiers to fight. While recruiting for the war, Helaman went among the people of Ammon. After realizing he could not ask them to break their covenants, he was about to move on. Then in Alma 53 we read: “But behold, it came to pass they had many sons, who had not entered into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies; therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time, as many as were able to take up arms, and they called themselves Nephites.
And they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites, yea, to protect the land unto the laying down of their lives; yea, even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty, but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage.
Now behold, there were two thousand of those young men, who entered into this covenant and took their weapons of war to defend their country.
And now behold, as they never had hitherto been a disadvantage to the Nephites, they became now at this period of time also a great support; for they took their weapons of war, and they would that Helaman should be their leader.
And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all--they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.” They were men of truth who loved God, faith unwavering. 

Later, in chapter 56, we find out more about these boys turned warriors. “Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.” After a ferocious battle, Helaman was in deep sorrow, assuming these untrained boys were killed in battle. He recounts, “But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war.”

Brothers and sisters, this is the kind of enduring to the end we need to learn from. May I suggest a revision to the term “endure to the end” and that is, true to the faith. At times we will have to endure. We may feel like the people of Ammon; strong in testimony but getting slaughtered nonetheless. But that time has passed. It is time for us to take up arms like those 2,000 stripling warriors, and be true to our faith. We will never look for a fight, but defend ourselves WE MUST. 

Now, sometimes being true to the faith feels a lot like painfully enduring. But when faith is involved, I can assure you that endurance is not passive. Perhaps I can illustrate this through a short story called, “Pushing Against the Rock”.

There once was a man who was asleep one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Saviour appeared to him.
The Lord told him He had a work for him to do, and showed him a large rock explaining that he was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, and for many days he toiled from sunup to sundown; his shoulder set squarely against the cold massive surface of the rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling his whole day had been spent in vain.
Seeing that the man showed signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture - placing thoughts in the man's mind, such as ``Why kill yourself over this?, you're never going to move it!'' or ``Boy, you've been at it a long time and you haven't even scratched the surface!'' etc. giving the man the impression the task was impossible and the man was an unworthy servant because he wasn't moving the massive stone.
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man and he started to ease up in his efforts. ``Why kill myself?'' he thought. ``I'll just put in my time putting forth just the minimum of effort and that will be good enough.'' And this he did or at least planned on doing until, one day, he decided to take his troubles to the Lord.
``Lord,'' he said, ``I have labored hard and long in Your service, putting forth all my strength to do that which You have asked of me. Yet after all this time, I have not even budged that rock even half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?''
To this the Lord responded compassionately, ``My friend, when long ago I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you to push against the rock with all your strength and that you have done. But never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. At least not by yourself. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed, ready to quit. But is this really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled; your back sinewed and brown. Your hands are calloused from constant pressure and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your ability now far surpasses that which you used to have. Yet still, you haven't succeeded in moving the rock; and you come to Me now with a heavy heart and your strength spent. I, my friend will move the rock. Your calling was to be obedient and push, and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom, and this you have done."

There will be times in our gospel journey when an enormous rock is placed in our path. For some, enduring the trial of that rock is to sit with your back to it, and wait for the day the Lord decides to move it. While this option may look attractive and seem easier to endure, it isn’t what the Lord asks of us. We must be as the man in this story, and push until our strength is spent. This is true endurance, this is being true to our faith. As we continue pushing, the Lord will not abandon us. He will, in fact, do all the moving as we do all the pushing. 

After the ship Endurance sank, Ernest Shackleton and his crew rowed a small lifeboat 800 miles through the worst ocean currents in the world so they wouldn’t perish in the Antarctic climate. You can lose those 5 pounds after Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the invention of the treadmill. You can learn to love that difficult coworker. 

One thing is certain, however, and that is it is not just endurance that is required of us now. We must remain true to the faith! President Thomas S Monson said, “It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we’ll make the effort. We must actually make the effort. It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled. Someone put it this way: Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today.” 

Elder Robert C Gay visited the Oregon Portland Mission over a year ago. He said something I will forever remember. He said, “Don’t sit, get the vision. Figure it out.” 

The hymn, True to the Faith, captures my feelings perfectly.

Shall the youth of Zion falter
In defending truth and right?
While the enemy assaileth,
Shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

While we know the pow’rs of darkness
Seek to thwart the work of God,
Shall the children of the promise
Cease to grasp the iron rod? No!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

We will work out our salvation;
We will cleave unto the truth;
We will watch and pray and labor
With the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

We will strive to be found worthy
Of the kingdom of our Lord,
With the faithful ones redeemed
Who have loved and kept his word. Yes!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

I testify as we watch, pray, labor, cleave, strive, and work with fervent zeal, we will be found worthy of the kingdom. With Christ on your side you CANNOT fail. He has overcome all, and He will encourage us every step of the way back to Him. May we ever be true to the faith that burns within us is my prayer. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


   





 






      

Monday, December 4, 2017

Bless You, Elder



Burrito Boy!  Costa Vida stop!

Happy December! I cannot even believe it is Christmas time. The weather has been unusually nice here... It’s freezing, but the skies are blue and the sun in shining. Where is my gloomy Oregon winter? I was so prepared for it and now as the Beaver would say, “Wally, I’ve been tooken!” Haha that was mostly for Maddie. This week was crazy crazy! 

So Wednesday was unusually gorgeous outside! We decided to go down to Clackamas Community College and hand out surveys. We tossed around a football for a few hours and ended up talking to over 60 YSA aged kids and got information for 12 of them! It was pretty cool. We even handed out a Book of Mormon. It was a pretty fun and successful day!

Thursday. Holy cow, Thursday. Elder Carl B Cook of the Seventy came and did a mission tour. We had an absolutely incredible zone conference! He taught from the scriptures all day about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I loved every minute! I was asked to sing a solo in the meeting and I think it went well! I sang, “If The Savior Stood Beside Me”, one of my favorite primary songs. The spirit was with me when I sang, and many testified of the spirit thereafter.

The next day, we had an MLC. What an opportunity to learn from such an incredible man! We sat and discussed the mission and where we needed to go. One of my favorite things he said was, “Goals are not just wishes, they are desires of the heart.” Sister Cook said something I loved as well! She said, “The climate is perfect for a miracle!” How right she is! We are SO CLOSE to our goal of 20 baptisms for this quarter in the Milwaukie stake. I believe we can do it! 

Saturday morning we had the awesome opportunity to volunteer at the Nike Cross Country Nationals! All of the best cross country teams in the nation came to run. It was an enormous event! It was televised on ESPN with commentators, reporters, and crazed fans, the whole nine yards! It was nuts! We were on the course making sure spectators didn’t cross the course during the race. We got front row seats to the whole thing! Not only that, we got some SWEET free hoodies! Shoutout to Devin for hooking us up! It was super cool!

The stake had a Christmas party this week and us elders got a picture with Santa! I’ll include pictures.

I’ll have to admit, we’ve been pretty blessed with visits here in the OPM by Elder Ballard. So when I heard it was a Seventy coming, I was not super excited. It was sort of a let down. As amazing as zone conference and MLC was, I still was kind of feeling let down that we didn’t get to hear from an apostle. Elder Cook got up at the end of MLC and bore his testimony, that he was on the Lord’s errand, that all he taught us was from the apostles, that the Lord knew us. I felt the spirit strongly. Then after the meeting, Elder Cook shook each of our hands. When we got to me he grabbed my hand and paused. He held my arm, looked me in the eyes and said, “Bless you, Elder.” For that moment, it was as if no one else was in the room. I suddenly was filled with such love and care. Godly awareness as I’ve come to call it. It was a moment I will never forget. 

I know without any doubt that Elder Cook is called of God. I know this gospel is true. Joy will come in no other way than following the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you all, have a great week!

With love, 

Elder Hall 

  

Modeling pose!

 

     The Milwaukie Elders with Santa!
 

Stopping by in "Bethlehem"


  

        Our matching hoodies we got.


Nike X Nationals

Friday, December 1, 2017

Turkey Day and Stuff



Thanksgiving Dinner

Hello everyone! And Happy Holidays to you! I can’t believe November is almost over, that’s just crazy! It’s been the craziest week filled with lots of fun and adventures! It’s been pretty chilly this whole week, but it’s ok because I finally have a jacket again! Thank goodness, I was starting to freeze! Anyway, I’ll just jump into it!!

We had a toilet paper fashion show on Monday for FHE! Elder White was volunteered as our model and the girls in our group made him a bride. It was so funny! 

We did a zone fast on Tuesday for the #HOVlane and our 4th quarter goal. We are doing well, but we’re still behind. It was a really neat day with spiritual experiences for everyone. We enjoyed Tuesday night with a game of badminton with the ward and I SLAYED. #hiddentalent. After badminton, we went into downtown and picked up one of the assistants, Elder Coombs for our exchange. It was quite the experience driving through the scary part of downtown at 9:30pm. Portland is pretty scary at night. I’ll get to that in a minute though....

We had interviews on Wednesday morning and I just love President Bullen so much. That man is inspired and a father to me. He is such a sweet man with a good sense of humor, and he likes my jokes. We went to Subway again and if you’ll recall the last time we went with him to Subway it was quite the fiasco hahahaha! This time didn’t disappoint! He had offered to pay for all of us, which was good because we were all broke. Well when he went to pay with the mission card, it declined... He had forgotten he didn’t refill it, and he didn’t have his personal card on him. Between all of us, we scrounged up enough cash to pay for everybody’s lunch! Hahaha it was so funny, we all had a good laugh over that one!

Wednesday night came around and we had to make our way back to downtown to drop Elder Coombs off. The church in downtown is in a sketchy part of town with a scary underground parking lot where the security guard enjoys kicking hobos and druggies out. While ending the exchange, a big fight between the security guard and a scary hobo broke out. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time! Thankfully no one was hurt and everything cooled down. While on our drive home, we took a wrong turn and it sent us deeper into downtown. It was scary I won’t lie. 

Thanksgiving. 1000 times better than last year!! I didn’t have a hibernating companion so we actually had an awesome day! We started out with some service with the zone at a turkeython. I got to be the cheerer at the last leg of the race, and man did I have a ball! I saw people at their best and people at their worst. It was fun, despite the pouring rain and no rain jacket! We even got a picture with Santa afterwards!

Right after the race, we went to a turkey bowl with some members of the stake! It POURED. Like, it was honest to goodness like a shower. We got SO muddy playing and it was so fun!! I made some impressive plays and even got to break out my center skills. It was a blast!

We enjoyed dinner with the Grahams and it was very nice. They had some little kiddos running around and it made me miss my little ones at home! I love them all so much!

On Friday we went on exchanges with the Moreland Elders! Elder Gonzalez came with me to Alder Creek and we made the trek out to Molalla. It was an absolutely gorgeous drive. It made me miss AF canyon so much! I can’t wait to get back there someday.  

It’s been a pretty fun week and I’ve enjoyed every second! I am thankful for my family and my Savior. I love you all, have a good week!

With love,

Elder Hall 


 

Pre-race party!

                  
                            Posing with Santa

 

Cheering at the race!

  
                                      Action shot!

    

In the rain!

Turkey Bowl Shoot!


   

Post Turkey Bowl!

                                                                                               

Pre-race orientation at 6am!




My hashtag the panda impersonation!