Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 26, 2014

Hola Familia/ Amigos

Holy Cow! This week has been quite interesting! Especially with
transfers on Wednesday! And the fact that what I said last week about
things starting to heat up here in Vallejo is really starting to come
true! Last night as I was writing in my journal, we heard a helicopter
roaming the area looking for someone on foot, as well as about 6 or 7
gun shots! They sounded pretty dang close to our apartment as well!

Last Monday was another success, with such a great number of
activities! I am so happy and a lot less stressed, when we are able to
play some serious basketball on P-days! I’m not really sure why, but it
just allows my mind to go free, and be able to focus on something
other than our Missionaries and the work for a few hours! Elder Alvarado is a
pretty good player! He is a scrapper but I guess growing up and
playing basketball for Compton High school is probably what you
learn to be! ha ha

Tuesday, was quite the interesting day! We got an interesting phone
call from President Alba, concerning a few things that had happened
this transfer in our District, and that we need to take care of before
transfers! He mentioned to us, that a lot of the emails to him, this
week were pretty bad, towards a lot of thing in our District! So
district meeting, even though it was our last one together consisted of
just talking and figuring everything out! When it all came
down to it, The 3 things we narrowed it down to were...
Communications, Pride, and Obedience! So we set goals so we could
change all that this week, and end the transfer with success! We did a
great job, and everyone is getting along great now! I didn't even know
it was an issue, until President Alba, brought it to our attention.
However, that is probably because we never called our District! Which
is our fault! I’m glad I am getting another chance to lead this District, so that I can learn
to be the best District Leader possible!

After District Meeting I was able to go on exchanges with Elder
Foster! Which was a great exchange, we were able to go and do some
service at a Baptist soup kitchen which was a ton of fun! Man, it is so
weird how much they talk during your prayers, and everything! However
it was a great experience, and we were able to share scriptures and
even preach to the people! Pretty exciting!

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty much just regular days! Although we
were able to teach some great lessons! I am dang excited to be here
for the next transfer to see where all our investigators will be, and
where they are going to be able to progress towards!

Friday was quite a wild day! I was able to start the day off, with
such a blessing! Agustin my recent convert from Santa Rosa, drove down
here to Vallejo to see me! He took Elder Alvarado and I out to
breakfast, and we were able to visit for about an hour or so! It was
so much fun, and such a blessing to be able to catch up with him,
and see how he is doing progressing in the gospel! He is doing
absolutely amazing! AHHH I LOVED IT!

Friday during the day we were able to weekly plan! It was kind of weird
because Elder Alvarado was pretty positive that he was going to stay
here in Vallejo! However, he will end up getting transferred to Ukiah
for his last transfer of his mission!

Friday night our entire District came over to our apartment, so we
could all listen to the transfer doctrine phone call together! It was
pretty interesting because, our Zone leaders both got transferred.
Well 1 is going home the other got transferred, and now our Zone
leaders live with me and are Spanish! This is going to be a little
different! However I really like both the Zone leaders that are coming in,
and one of them used to be an Assistant to the President! My new
companion coming in is Elder Delgado! He has been out the same amount
of time as me! We actually sat by each other on our way here to
Santa Rosa, on the plane! He is from El Paso, Texas, and speaks fluent
Spanish! So I am super excited to finally be able to work on my

It was super hard to do language studies with Elder Alvarado, because
he didn't really enjoy studying but he also wasn't really willing to help
me! So next transfer is going to be great! My Spanish is going to
improve so much! I cannot wait!

Saturday we did a blitz in the Zone for the American Canyon Spanish
Elders! It went pretty well, and was pretty successful! I was able to
run into a black man, by the name of Frank! Frank reminds me of
Grandpa Dean so much! He has 3 Mustangs that are like 1967’s and has
completely restored them all by himself! He told me he has been
offered $45,000 dollars for 1 of them, and about $40,000 for the other!
Then he took me around back and he has so many cars the exact same! It
was ridiculously crazy! I’m pretty sure I drooled on my tie pretty bad,
while I was there! I just wanted to drive one so bad! Aww!

 Sunday was just a regular Sunday in the mission! Except for
the fact that it was 4 out of the 8 elders last Sunday here in
Vallejo! Ha ha! So, it was a little weird! Also our Sunday night meeting
was super weird! Because I am the only leader that is staying here in
Vallejo! Ha ha

Well tha’ts my week in a glimpse! I hope you all are doing well, and
that you all can enjoy another week back home, and continue to share
the gospel with those who are waiting to hear about the wonderful

Shout out to Trey! BIG T! Going to Honduras! My Companion Elder
Alvarado is from Honduras and he says you’re going to love it! My only
suggestion, is make sure and work hard with the Spanish, it doesn't
just come because you have the gift of tongues! You still have to
apply your faith and work towards it! Also you’re going to eat of ton of
fruit! Man it’s all delicious! Also Pollo Con Tajadas! Just remember
that, and let me know when you eat it, because it’s amazing! Love you
man! Keep it real! Leave your heart with the people of Honduras!

Love you all!
Love, Elder Albertson

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