First! P-day was nuts. We had to get so much done (including packing for a week) so that we could get gone byto meet up with the Alliance Elders in Hay Springs so that Elder Wilson and I could leave our comps (who are spending the week in Alliance) and head to Chadron to pick up the sisters so that we could get to Rapid City before 9. We stayed the night with the Zone Leaders, then the next morning we had got up at the normal time (thank goodness) and went to the Stake center to prepare to leave to get there in time to be with Bro. Nelson. I drove up (this was really weird for me) with the ZL's and Sister Pohl (yup! She had no comp on the way up.... Weird.). It is a 6 hour drive to Bismarck. We totally destroyed a pheasant because it was stupid and decided to fly strait into our windshield, leaving plenty of feathers and streak marks on it. We arrived after getting lost in Mandan trying to find our way to Bismarck, and finally got there only to find out that we didn't need to get there early to go through with him, so we talked with some of the other missionaries there before we went in. I didn't actually get to go through the Temple with them, but that's okay. I got see him afterwards, and he was just beaming! You could tell just how much he loved being in The House of the Lord.
There were almost 70 missionaries that night in the Temple. Before we went in they had us take our shoes and suit coats off in the entry way which had a bunch of hangers and shoe racks so that we had more room in our lockers (remember this detail. It plays a significant role in a second hehe). I loved it. I have a firm testimony that the Temple truly is the House of God. There is no place that brings more peace to my heart than the Temple does. I've never thought so clear, and I have never felt so.... Well, at peace. Afterwards, while I was in the entry way talked to President and Sister Hess, President leans forward a bit and says "Do you know whats fun to do?" Me and Elder Melville (another missionary with me at the time) shrugged. "See all those suit coats there? I switched all the name tags." Sister Hess's jaw dropped and she smacked him on the arm saying "You are the worst, you know that?!" We died laughing (quietly, of course, since we were still in the Temple haha). Thank goodness we already had ours on! Once we all got outside, I finally got to see Bro. Nelson, and we had a great little reunion there! That night we stayed in the Assistants apartment with 10 or so other missionaries.
Well, after ZTM, I got to spend even more time with my trainer! It was a blast! We went on exchanges and Elder Wright and I went down to Alliance so that he could interview one of the Elders investigators, than spent the night in their apartment.
Well, that about sums it all up!! Hope you all had a super good week! I love you and miss you loads!
Elder Carter V
1) This is (from left to right) E. Wright, Bro. Nelson, Me, and Elder Ashby (Elder Wrights trainer. They are the ones that brought Bro. Nelson into the church.) in front of the Bismarck Temple
2)MTC District Reunion! We're all here but 3 (2 of which are no longer in the mission)
3)Elder Wright and I at the "rest stop". They had WIFI!! At least, the sign said they did. We didn't have a way of finding out haha! If you gotta go, you gotta go, yeah?