I will skip right to the part of the week that everyone wants to hear about. President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency came to the California Sacramento Mission and the Roseville Mission. It was an incredible experience. Since the Meeting of both missions was held in the boundaries of the Sacramento Mission at the Mormon Center next to the Sacramento Temple, we were in charge of putting an agenda or a program together for President Oaks. That means someone had to be Conducting the meeting with President Oaks. That was me! I don’t want to seem like I am bragging but I got to sit on the stand with President Oaks. It was amazing. I wasn’t nervous the whole time being up there until I had to stand up and realized that I couldn't see President Oaks because he was behind me. I didn’t get just an individual picture with just him but I got to shake his hand and took a giant mission picture with him. He is hilarious and it is way better seeing General Authorities in person than on TV during General Conference. His spirit was real and we can see a lot of love in his face. It was a great last transfer Mission Conference.
This last week we set a goal to find a new friend to teach every day this whole transfer. That comes out to be about 40 new friends to start teaching. We found 14 new people to teach this week. We worked super hard making sure we were out of the Office and on the streets proselyting. This message of Jesus Christ's Restored Church is too good to be lazy about. We had a ton of fun being able to work and put ourselves out there. I am still praying for another miracle baptism to end the mission. Two baptisms my last transfer would be awesome.
We had a day where I was homeless and bouncing around companionships for a full day. I have never done anything like that on my whole mission. The reason why we did this was so we could do team-ups with all the new missionaries and do exchanges with most of the Zone Leaders. Elder Ricedorff and Thompson stayed and did Exchanges in the Garfield Ward while Thursday night I stayed in the Diamond Springs ward. I did the morning workout and studies with these Elders and then we worked all morning in El Dorado. It was beautiful up there because all the smoke from the fires is in the valley not in the hills.
After that team-up they helped carpool me to meet up with 2 more Elders. I worked in the Brighton Ward on the East side with these Elders for the afternoon. I ate dinner with them and after dinner met with 2 more Elders who serve in the Brighton Ward on the West side. We worked all night in their area, which is mostly Oak Park (for those who don’t know Oak Park it is a rough neighborhood with gang members). It was a blast seeing some crazy stuff. I did three team-ups throughout the whole day and man was it tiring but super fun. We got a lot done this week.
Some other random Highlights are not getting a flat tire this week when we picked up baptismal records. I got to see some good friends at the mission conference. Elder Schwenson and Sister Wilding. I will send a picture of us. I have some pictures of our car travels and some pictures of us out in the world working. Overall it was a good week. I am happy missionary who has some mixed feelings about coming home so soon.