Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 Mar 3 - Clearfield, UT

General E-mail of AWESOME

This was another AWESOME week here in paradise!
SOOO, About that Asperger's TEST! :D It was actually a personality test that also tested for things like: Asperger's, Psychosis, autism, etc. etc. etc.
The results are: *drum roll* People will find my personality odd. And I'm trusting to the point that people could take advantage of me if I let them. no Asperger's just odd and I trust people a lot. XD
I also took a strengths test, my top ten strengths are: 
I've attached a PDF talking about what those mean. I love it.

Anyways, back to missionary work! We're teaching about 3 people right now, two of them are small people.

I'm finding some really good scriptures to use in casual conversation, such as:
Alma 11:29, 33
29 And he answered, No.
33 And he said unto him, Yea.
Those scriptures are great for yes and no questions. XD

The people here are amazing and I love being out on a mission, but I don't really know what to include in these letters to you guys. Please tell me what you prefer to be included so I can tell you guys what you are most curious to know about each week.

I'll just tell you about my companion so that this letter at least has some content. My companion is Elder Thibodeaux (pronounced as Tib-uh-DOE). He is from Walker, Louisiana, which is a little town outside of Baton Rouge (the capital of Louisiana). He is Cajun and he has made me some Po' Man Foo' (or if you're not from Louisiana: Poor Man's food) it was super delicious. He is my favorite companion so far, and is my oldest companion so far, he's 27 years old! SO OLD! XD But because of his age, he knows what matters and doesn't, so he doesn't get mad over the small things. He is certainly a blessing. XD (especially compared to the last guy I had)

And I'll put these pictures here, and I'll let you enjoy them: (If they're not too glitchy)

Gallup StrengthsFinder
You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings—to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.
The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight intoresistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.
You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans. Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. You expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.
You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth—a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps. For you these small increments—invisible to some—are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel.  They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.
You are fascinated by ideas
What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.   

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