We found ourselves up north in Moses Lake for much of P-Day and boy was it fun to see what goes on while we are usually in long staff meetings in Yakima! We went to the Moses Lake Stake Center and found the entire Moses Lake Zone having fun without us! So we joined in. While President Lewis did some interviews, I learned all about P-Day games and activities. It was really really fun to see these Elders and Sisters have a few hours to play. And play they did!
P-Days are usually filled with grocery shopping, doing laundry, getting haircuts, and running errands. The missionaries also LOVE to get together to play games of all kinds. I learned more about some of their games today.
First they played “hand ball” which, they told me, is a lot like ultimate Frisbee with a bouncy ball. The chalk boards on either end of the gym were the goals. You passed the ball from teammate to teammate down the court, but you are only allowed to take 3 steps before you had to pass the ball. It was fun and loud and fast-paced.
Then they played “Quidditch.” (I videoed the explanation of this game by Zone Leader, Elder Oliver and will have to learn how to post it here.)
The other game I hear a lot about is “Chair Soccer,” but I didn’t see it today. Too many other fun games going on here. In addition to the sweaty running and throwing games in the gym, there were breaks for other kinds of fun. There was some down-time too, when everyone was tired (hot and sweaty!).
There is always a good deal of letter-writing on P-Days:
We heard some mighty-fine piano playing from several: Elder Hughes is learning rope tricks: What an amazing thing to watch Elder Oliver rally the troops at the end of the day and see them kneel in prayer to thank Heavenly Father for all He blesses us with–family, friends, opportunities to serve and feeling joy in the work we do. Then they all rallied around Elder Bundy, who is leaving to go home to get some medical help. They sent him off with a cheer, hoping he may return to us someday in the future.At 5:00 they all headed back to their areas to shower and eat and be back at work by 6:00. What an Amazing group of missionaries! This bunch below returned to the Stake Center for their next missionary activity with the Young Single Adult Ward, which you will hear about next! We love love love these missionaries.