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Thursday, May 1, 2014

week 40 - Slow week but we played Softball!

So this week was incredibly weird, but it was amazing at the same time!!  So first of all it was the worst week I've had on my mission, and so that was pretty rough.  However I also had some really good experiences!!  So to start I'll explain why I'm emailing on Tuesday and not Monday since I forgot to tell you last week.  Yesterday we had something called Zone-Development Day!!!  This just got instituted into our mission and it's where every 2nd monday of a transfer, the whole zone comes together for the entire day and just play's games and fun stuff like that!!  I think our mission president is starting to realize how hard it is to be a missionary sometimes and he is implementing some new ways to give us a chance to blow off steam and just have a good experience.  So yesterday was an absolute blast!!  We played some funny games and did some crazy relay's (there's pictures I think so I'll have to send some when I get them from other missionaries.)  Then after that we had some lunch and headed down to a big field and played..... SOFTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!  It was so much fun!  Me and Elder Boehme (the baseball player from mountain view who serves in Dalkeith too as an AP)  were pretty much in heaven.  I was going crazy when I found out we had softball stuff.  So after that we headed back to the church and played some more funny games, one was called psychiatrist, but other than that I don't really remember what they were or even how to play.  Then to finish off the day we did a murder mystery dinner!!  However I had to leave early with Elder South because I had to go do a baptismal interview for and investigator in Dumfries! (one of the area's in the district)  So I missed out on the murder mystery dinner, but I heard it was really good!  It was western themed and sounded kinda fun.  My zone leader just emailed a picture of everyone dressed up for it so I'll forward that in a second.  (I'm not in it)  So yeah yesterday was incredible!  And as I said a team in our district is having a baptism this coming Saturday so I went down to Dumfries to do the interview yesterday!!  That was such an incredible experience for me to sit down with someone and just talk for 35-45 minutes about how he wanted to take this next step in life.  He was an awesome kid who just wants to follow the example of Christ in his life and be the best person he can be.  Going off what you said dad about how keeping our covenants are an essential part of being successful as a missionary, doing a baptismal interview was a great reminder to me of the things I need to make sure I know and believe and am willing to do, specifically with keeping my baptismal covenant.  I also got to go on exchanges twice this past week which is awesome, and I'll have 3 more this week as well!  One of those is going to be with the AP's so that will be really cool.  They usually only go on exchanges with Zone-Leaders, but I was sneaky and said since they are in my district I should go on exchanges with them and make them more a part of our district!! haha I totally thought they would say no to it, but then this past sunday they said we could so I'm pretty excited now!  I'm going with Elder Tinsley who goes home in like 3 weeks and he's been AP for about 6 months, so I'm going to learn everything I possibly can from him!!! 
So that's about it for my week, it was awesome to hear all about the weeks you guys had!!  It sounds like you're all doing really well back home and I'm glad to hear everything is going good.  I'm definitely looking forward to hearing some good whistling from Ethan on Mothers day and also some good music from Peyton!!  Malia you might have to show me some of your sweet dance moves!!  As far as how everything is going to work, I'm not 100% sure yet.  I'll find out this week hopefully and let you know next monday.  If you could email me time preferences you have that would be great!!  The best time for me would be around 2 or 3 ( Scotland time) probably since that's right after church and the members could probably have us around to skype then.  It'll probably be like Christmas but I think we may have a bit more time.  I'm not totally sure how much but I'll find out all that info and let you know next monday!
I think that's everything, I love you all and miss you too! 
Elder Benesch

My Entire Zone - I'm not in it because I was doing a baptism interview.

Elder Wilberg, Elder Black, Elder Lewis, Me, Elder South, Elder Lattin

Our Sweet Mission Car!