This week has been a really good week.
We had a special zone conference on Tuesday about our goals. Last year we had set a very high goal that we did not achieve but President Choi explained that the goals we set last year were to help us raise our vision and "push against the rock" to build our strength. He expressed that this year is the time for us to actually move the "rock". It was an intense meeting. After the meeting, we began an exchange with our Zone Leaders. This is when I met Elder Carpenter. I can best describe him as a Mormon Garrett. He's great! I was able to learn a lot from him and he was able to teach me as well. It was during this exchange that we determined we wanted to be roommates haha. Anyway, we were able to involve Jing with a lesson and she truly caught the spirit of missionary work!! She loved being involved and sharing her testimony! It was a successful visit, although the woman does not desire to meet with us still, Jing and her created a friendship. Elder Carpenter and I basically sat on the couch and listened to them speak Chinese to each other. It was pretty funny.
When we exchanged back, I saw a huge difference in Elder Pulini. Normally zone leaders don't exchange with normal missionaries because that is the responsibility of the district leader and the zone leaders generally exchange with each district leader of the zone. Yet, the zone leaders felt a need to exchange and I am very grateful for it. Elder Pulini came back from the exchange with a resolve to be exactly obedient and he has been. We have seen quite a bit of success this week! It was truly amazing to see the change in him. We were able to work effectively together. We taught 23 total lessons this week, which is the highest we've seen in this area in a few months. It was more than a 33% increase! It was truly phenomenal. We were able to bring many members out with us as well.
On Thursday, we had a cleaning check from our housing coordinators and then another surprise one from the Assistants. We are truly being hammered on our cleanliness, because that made 4 in 6 days. I might say it was a tad much, but I understand the importance of keeping a clean apartment because a clean apartment brings the spirit. We don't just do it because someone is going to check it.
I hope you have had an amazing week! Sorry for emailing so late, we had a mission activity this morning and then we decided to visit the Microsoft visitors center. That was pretty cool. I love you!!
pics: Elder Pulini doing a handstand and me posing on the docks in the park on Pine Lake.