Monday, November 15, 2010

Starke, FL Letter #15 Nov. 15, 2010

Hello All,
This week was a blast!! I had a super fun 21st birthday celebration! An outstanding member family invited Elder Lewis & me over to their house for some cake and ice cream. They surprised us and made this big huge pumpkin cake! Oh boy, I tell you it was super good! Earlier in the day, I treated myself to Sonny's for lunch. I had their BBQ pulled pork, which is always a super good treat!! Then later that afternoon I got to pass the football around with some member kids. The birthday football was sweet, and I have had a chance to use it a lot this past week. I have really enjoyed it!

At the end of my birthday night, we had an appointment with a part member family. Man, we had an amazing lesson! The person we were teaching said that he got goose bumps!! It was a great lesson. After the lesson, they fed us lasagna, which was out of this world and then cake for desert. So I really got totally spoiled on my birthday! Sweet Action!!

The rest of the week went really well for Elder Lewis & me. We always look forward to every Wednesday night, because it is such a fun night! All the youth come down to the ward building and do their activities but before (and after) we get the opportunity to play soccer, basketball, or football (keep away) with the all the youth! I always have such a blast!!

We also met with some less active families this week; and are getting a couple of them coming back to church. So we are super excited about that success. Elder Lewis & I are going to turn our main focus to “perspective Elders” to try to work with them directly so we can get some more priesthood holders for this ward. If we can… then our hope is that they can split off into a separate Keystone branch and a form a Starke ward! Oh yeah, that’s how we roll! Later each week (normally on Friday’s), we go up to a little town in our area called Keystone. While there, we work with members who live in that area and less active members. At the end of the night, we always head to Kevin Conova's house. He is a super, super, funny member. Every Sunday he keeps us up to date with what is going on with the world of sports!! We look forward to that visit each week! So I was glad to hear that the Bronco’s won.

Also, Sister Gainey got to go to the temple this past weekend and loved it! Her family came up from Utah! We got to meet all of them and hang out with them! They are all CRAZY, but crazy in a super cool way! Her family is totally awesome! Lol How are the missionaries in your ward? Are they cool or lame? Because when we were visiting with Sister Gaineys family from Utah, they said that they really liked us and we were way better than any missionary in Utah (because they are all so quiet and reserved). Ha-ha!!

I love Starke so much!! I love my mission!! It has been a blast so far!! Oh, man one thing I have been craving recently is Flogging Molly!! Oh man that is one thing I am excited for, we will have to go to a concert when I get home! I miss my Irish music! Well I gotta get running now, take it easy peeps!! We will “see” everyone next week!! Til then peace, word, love ya’ll
(Your favorite missionary in Florida…the one…the only…)
Elder Blair