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Elder Domenick Casper

Elder Domenick Casper
Elder Casper With Elder & Sister Morgan (July 2012-July 2015)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Diversity Breakfast, Upstate Devliveries, and Happy Thanksgiving

Hello to all who like bacon, and if you don't like bacon then sorry...

This week has been killer, lately time has been just a big blob of
random things we've done so I'll try my best to recount stuff that
happened.

Last Wednesday we went up to elder Dutsons and mine old area, Newtown
for Pday and we went and saw Johnny. I hope you remember Johnny! He is
so awesome and we had so much fun! He took us to a Buffet and we
filled ourselves up and it was fun seeing him again. I've had so many
fun times hanging with Johnny and I'm so grateful for him and all that
he's done for me.

Thursday we had this diversity breakfast at the Manhattanville college
in Purchase NY, and is a big event that they have been holding since
September 11, 2001 and it's where a bunch of different religious
groups get together and we talk about how we can be more respectful to
one another. All the missionaries in our zone where there and we had
president come and senior couples. There was a member of our church at
about every table there. Also our area 70 over here came and talked
too. They mentioned Palmyra as well and it was definitely a great time
to help people know more about our church. One of the speakers there
introduced Elder Gordon Smith as a member of our church and talked
about how it's a non paid service. When elder smith spoke he told
everyone that it was paid in blessings and he loves it. I could feel
the spirit as he talked about it. We then came back to the mission
office and cleaned the place where we have all the materials, we call
it the Batcave, like in batman. Haha but we organized all of our side
and now we have all the materials organized and it makes filling
orders on Mondays so nice. It's a service for everyone who will be
office elders in the past, they won't even know how bad it was. We
went to Buffalo Wild Wings and I went all out and got 30 wings, which
lasted me 3 meals. On Thursday they have cheaper boneless wings for
about 60 cents a wing but I absolutely love Buffalo Wild Wings! We
went with the zone leaders and it was so fun. Then we finished
cleaning the Batcave. That night we made a lot of progress with our 12
year old investigator. He wants to come to church and we told him
there are a lot of people his age and that he would really love it.
Hopefully we can get his mom to come with him.

Friday we did upstate deliveries! It depends on what day we do them
and the time. We start at the Yorktown building which takes 30 minutes
from the mission office, then to Middletown which takes 80 minutes
from Yorktown. We then go to the Poughkeepsie chapel which takes
another 80 minutes and then to the Stamford ZLs which takes another
hour, and then it takes a little over an hour to get home.. Minus the
traffic and of course there was traffic. We weekly planned and then
had a sweet dinner!

Saturday we started the day by taking all the stuff in our apartment
that we don't need to the mission storage units to get them out of our
apartment. We then spent acouple hours in mount Vernon doing some
finding and it was a killer day. We found a guy named Marlon who is
interested in our church because he knows someone from our church. It
was so epic. We went to port Chester and looked up this guy named
Ralph who was tracted into by the ZLs. We talked with him and he says
two girls have been coming for weeks and it turns out that the Spanish
sisters tracted into him another time and gave him to the sisters. The
office elders in this area never did anything. They would never look
up people or anything.. They just chose to do office stuff instead. I
don't know though I wasn't here. That's what I've heard. We ate and
then went to the Portchester Costco because I need a warmer jacket so
I got a $20 nice and warm jacket. We went and did some finding and
then the night was over. We came back to the church because we park
our car there and walk home. We went in the church and the Spanish
Ward was having a fiesta so they invited us to eat there. So that
happened!

Sunday church was really good. It was the primary program and its
always so funny to see the kids screaming as they sing.. It was so
good. Second hour we went into the YSA class and it's all girls and
one other dude and the teacher who is a dude as well. It was pretty
awkward for us, we didn't even say anything.. We just listened.
Anyways priesthood was also good. Then the rest of the night we just
did look ups but we brought some cookies we made to our land lady at
her pizza shop, we love her so much... She is very awesome. We made
cookies for our entire district. Yeah. We didn't see much success
throughout the day but we know people are being prepared to meet us.

Monday we had the staff meeting again and we got to hear what's going
on in the mission, then to district meeting and we talked about the
new initiative called "A savior is born" and we talked about how we
can share this with everyone. We brainstormed a lot and we came up
with some Schweet ideas! We went and filled orders and then helped
Maria with some service. We brought all her cans and bottles from the
pizza shop to Costco to recycle them. We bring the little receipts to
her and she always gives us free stuff.. We got some pizza before we
started and then some Zeppolees. Which are bread sticks covered in
powdered sugar.. Who would of thought that covering bread in sugar
would be good. We had a dinner at the Snarr family and we talked about
3 Nephi 11 and how it took the people 3 times to notice the sound all
the way and focus on it. We talked about how we need to be in tune
with the spirit. It was so killer!

Tuesday we did mail delivery routes but it took us from 11-5 because
of the stupid traffic and it was just crazy! You just cut off so many
people... It's so fun but messed up as well. Because when someone cuts
me off I get pissed but yet I do it to other people.. Haha. Anyways
that's how you have to drive in the city. We came back and went to
clean the stairs in our apartment for Maria and then went to her pizza
shop and she had us deliver 3 pizzas right around the corner so we did
that and she brought us out this huge plate with Pasta and chicken
parm. It was so freaking good! Probably the best I've ever had. So
freaking good! We did a look up and then we talked to this guy named
Abdul who was interested in our message. He is interested in Science
but he wants to know what we believe and what Christianity believes.
That was just way killer.

Today we are on a temporary split, I'm with elder Burrell and we went
out on a hunt for Mountain Dew game fuels and we were walking there
and found some so we got them then on the way back we ran into one of
our investigators named Nathan and set up an appointment with him. We
haven't been able to get in contact with him.. He has fallen off the
face of the planet but now we got him! The spirit led us to him. That
was meant to happen. It was way dope.. It strengthened my testimony
for sure! I know this church is true and I know that the gospel has
been restored to the earth and the power to do those saving
ordinances. I love you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

The Casper cone, you take a waffle cone and you put hummus on it. It's
a joke I'll tell you when I get home.



Elder Casper

Dad,
I honestly cannot believe that thanksgiving is tomorrow and that
Christmas is a month from today.. It just blows my mind! I know we
have a good dinner appointment on thanksgiving because I heard she
cooks EXCELLENT food. I definitely will enjoy my last Christmas in the
mission field, I'll be home for the next one. As of now I think the
transfer date for when I go home is November 15th so that means I'll
go home on the 16th.! Anyways that's what I saw so we will see what
will happen.

I hope you have a good time eating food and watching food, that's what
I will be doing with you after the mission for sure. Can't wait. Haha

It's been hard to maintain our area but we have been having some
quality time in our area recently and we have been finding some really
sweet people. I'm honestly way excited!

Elder Casper


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