Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd bought cutlasses last week. Elder Meinzer named his "Shishak" from the Bible Dictionary and plans to carve the name into the handle. I'm sure they will come in handy as they help people in their yards.
Elder Meinzer thinks it is awesome that investigators receive blessings for letting them into their homes to teach them and it is even better when the investigators become aware of those blessings. Two investigators, Gilbert and Elizabeth, were able to find jobs and both told the missionaries it is because they are listening to their message. So, with all the success they are having, he has felt very blessed. But, he was also humbled on Sunday when only two of the nine investigators they were expecting at church showed up. Elder Dodd and Elder Meinzer decided that they needed to humble themselves more and focus more on strengthening the ward by visiting, teaching and serving them. They need to continue to work hard and never give up. He also mentioned that he is not trying to get as many baptism as he can while he is out, but he wants to make sure everyone he baptizes stays in the church.
From Elder Meinzer:
I've been thinking about Christmas as well as my birthday and have come to this conclusion: I don't want to get any packages. These thoughts came about when I learned about how you guys are not getting any presents but are going south to do a family service project. Instead of getting packages and presents, I'd prefer people to go out and do service projects and then write to me about their experiences.