With Elder L and Elder F out of the office looking for more apartments, I took advantage of a reasonably quiet day to update rosters, start prepping 22 letters that go out to September incomings, and get rid of really old cards (as far back as 2004). If the church only requires us to keep financial records for X number of years then that's good enough for me. But that wasn't the best part of the day. There was actually some time to have a phone visit with Heidi and get a sort of thorough update on our Arizona family, which included new experiences in Middle School, playing safety in tackle football, ups and downs and new challenges, job offers and job hunting, growing up, nicknames, etc. etc.
There was also some quality time with Elder Mecham and Elder Griffin. I'm not sure I can even begin to describe those conversations. Elder M has a chocolate lab named Angus, because he's a beefy dog. Elder M built him a 2 story doghouse before leaving on his mission. Then there was where Elder G could propose to his future fiance. No, I'm pretty sure he doesn't have anyone waiting for him. Where and when to go to school. How to pick yourself up and move forward when you have 2 investigators/converts and your grandpa pass away, all within 2 weeks, while you're serving your mission. One of my all time favorite talks by Elder Scott on dealing with adversity, "Trust in the Lord" and another that I'm quoting more and more frequently by Brother Ridd on "The Choice Generation." Learning how to hang your slacks up so you don't have zigzag wrinkles across your thighs the next day. Budgeting money, dating, laundry, keeping apartments clean, work ethics, things you learn on a mission that you wouldn't any other way. These conversations were pretty much across the board. Wonderful young men! The good-byes just get harder.