Happy spring to you as well! It probably feels more like spring there than it does here. It was just cold and windy today. I have been seeing lots of cool people, doing a solid amount of service but sadly, I was unable to make it to the Mall. The picture of the four of us at the pizza place was taken by a random stranger who said our parents would love it. He was from Provo and works as a professor at BYU. He was In DC for a seminar.
It is fantastic the fundraiser went well. I would have bought your cupcakes too! haha. I love Lono’s cooking, and always enjoyed working with the rest of the young men.
It is awesome to hear that Steve was at church again! I hope he enjoys the fireside.
It is excellent to hear that Spencer did a good job on his farewell talk. I remember mine like it was 3 1/2 months ago! Haha 😀 I know that as he serves, he will make great things happen! If you could tell him that I love him, and if he ever has any problems or struggles I am always going to be there to give him support, at least on a weekly basis! haha. Also, smack him upside the head for not emailing me more!
It is good to hear that Neil Devore thinks so highly of Kyle and I. Even with how knuckleheaded some of the things we have done, I have always tried to be a good example to my peers. Just like everyone else, I have my faults. I know you know this, but I work everyday to show my appreciation for the love and support you both have given me. I would not be the man I am today if not for you. I realize that I have squandered a lot of my talents for far too long doing things that are non beneficial to me or those around me, and I am sorry for that. I will work the rest of my life to show how much I appreciate all that you have taught me and done for me. 😀
So, now to answer your weekly questions!
1. The interesting career someone who we teach has is a Marine who is part of the Presidential security detail. He is also our most solid Investigator. He started meeting with missionaries while he was in Boot Camp and has a lot of LDS friends. He says he knows it is true but wants to first have a full understanding of the commitments he will be making. It is hard to meet with him because he works pretty crazy shifts, but we are going to make it work out for him.
2. Yes I have gotten letters from people other than my immediate family, and I am assuming you never got the big thing of letters I sent, so I will write some more. I should have done that already anyways.
3. I think there are around 10 missionaries in our district, which is the Anacostia District. Although that may change Wednesday!
4. My Zone Leaders are Elder Crandall and Elder Liang. Though, again, that is going to change on Wednesday. We have Zone Conference once a transfer, or every six weeks, and Zone-District Meeting is every Thursday.
5. The most spiritual moment I had this week was with the Marine Investigator. We had given him a call and he didn’t answer, so we were going to go knock on his door to see if he was home. We didn’t know at the time that he was a Marine living in the Barracks so we got to the address and were like “oh, shoot”. Right after we got there we got a call from him, we will call him J, saying he wanted to meet. So we set a time and after we hung up he called us right back and asked if we were in front of the barracks. Then he came jogging up from down the road and said he could see us from a block away. We just met with him on Saturday and he said that that morning he had said a prayer asking if the Book of Mormon was true and if he should get baptized. He said he wants to prepare himself, and we will be setting the date for April 24. He has already read the first 3 books of the Book of Mormon and is really desirous to learn more, but due to his job he’s almost impossible to meet with. We send him texts with reading assignments, and also gave him all the pamphlets to study and he has already read them all and loves it. Dad, I wish I could just go on a hike with you and talk to you, but this will do. We also brought an investigator to a baptism last week and he absolutely loved it! It was a pretty good week. 😀
And, now the moment you have all been waiting for… TRANSFER REPORT!!!
The verdict for whether I, Elder Norris, will be staying or going is… I am staying! However, this transfer will bring about some changes for me. Elder McDonald is leaving. Yeah, I am excited, but I will miss Elder McDonald. We had just clicked, but oh well, the Lord knows what’s up! My new companion’s name is Elder Hamblin and he is a pretty solid teacher at least. I may have a tough time this transfer. This will be his last transfer, and I will work for amicability in our companionship. Dad, thanks for being a good example to me.
Oh, one more interesting thing is we get to be ushers at the National Cherry Blossom Parade on April 16th!
I have yet to get the Easter box. I get mail at Zone District Meetings, so I thank you for the spoiler haha. I love you too!
At the corner of Happy & Norris Drive
Magnolia blossoms in the Capital
Serious Zone picture
Silly Zone pictures
Thank you for the photo, random BYU professor dude.