March 29, 2016, One more down and good news

This was a fun week

Hi mom.

This week we spent a lot of time working, but we didn't get a lot of lessons. Familia lino didn't get baptized this week, but we'll get them for next week and the hermanas had two baptisms. The rule on confirmations has changed so we can now do them in the baptismal service, and i was asked to confirm one of the baptisms. I didn't know I was going to do it until we got there and it was announced by the Ward mission leader (who was called that Sunday) that I was going to do it. He'd asked me earlier (like 30 minutes before) if i'd be willing to help with that, but I didn't realize he meant do it, so it was a surprise to me.

 Elder Michael Blanding

Elder Michael Blanding

Story behind the shirts. (sorry forgot about this last week). so, we did laundry like normal last week. We started it, went to do studies in the apartment, came back and moved them to the dryer, finished studies and came back and... all the whites were covered in red dots. The dryer had a little bit of wet paint on it and now I only have two good white shirts. They're practically black because they've been used for a year and a half but they still look white alone. I feel gross because I've been using them all week, but it's ok (remember my second week in the mission Elder Garcia. this is only slightly better)

 Elder Michael Blanding's white shirts aren't so white anymore

Elder Michael Blanding's white shirts aren't so white anymore

Also, I MADE IT TO HOLLYWOOD. Yep, I'm now working in Hollywood. Technically it's North Hollywood, but I still did it. My whole mission has been in a little box between Haskel, Van Nuys, Victory and Nordoff, and now I've finally broken free. My new companion is Elder Wall. I've served around him a little before. He was my zone leader when i was in Santa Clarita and after that he was in Arleta with me, so it will be fun to serve with him. He's also from Georgia, so that will make it fun to get e-mails from Mat-the-W (hope you like it lil' bro. send pics.)

love,

Elder Mike Blanding

Called to Serve my King.