Monday, July 18, 2016

18 Jul 2016

 This week has been pretty cool. A lot of working with ward leaders and it feels like there is a new excitement about missionary work in the area, hopefully that fire keeps burning. Also I was slightly misled by president. So within the next two transfers everyone but 2 elders will be training. So I'm staying were I am for the next six weeks. But I'm happy about that. We just started getting the wards excited I don’t want to miss out on what might come.

Monday was super busy. We had a service project in the morning so we missed like half our p-day so we were short on time. Then we had a lesson with a recent convert and she has a kid with Aspergers, It was just a little chaotic. But all and all the Spirit was still there especially when we got him to calm down.

Tuesday- We finally got Elder Boatwright and Vogt out of our apartment!!! No I'm going to miss those guys but it was a little crowded, and Elder Boatwright was running low on food so we had to share. The rest of the day was pretty good. One thing we learned is that in old town they have a lot of houses and apartments in the alleyways not on the streets so it fixed a lot of issues with finding people. Also we figured with all the space in the apartment now we are going to dedicate one room to making a giant map of old town. It’s going to be legit.
 Wednesday- So we almost flipped out this morning we were told that the other Elders might be moving back into the apartment.... But luckily all the problems got solved! Today was interesting though, I learned all about Pokémon Go. We stopped at a house and someone talked to us for about 40 minutes on Pokémon Go.... then after that we were walking down the road and this truck drove past at about 5 miles an hour with four people on their phones in the bed playing Pokémon Go.... The game sounds interesting but it’s weird to watch people play it. Also apparently every ward building is a gym. So we think that might be a new way to get people to church but we probably won’t be pushing that.

Thursday- Today was awesome. We had three good lessons one was with the Stoddard’s and we are still trying to figure out how to get permission for the daughter. Then we had a church tour with Mark and that was awesome. We got super sidetracked when talking about the sacrament but brought it back around plus it was all about things relating to the church. But the end was awesome Mark committed to prayerfully read the Book of Mormon and he said he would have an answer by Sunday. I'm not sure if he has gotten the answer yet or not but he is searching for sure. He was the designated driver for some friends Saturday night so he didn’t make it to church in the morning. But he is progressing really well!
Friday was a pretty short day not a whole lot happened

Saturday we did exchanges and it was a little crazy. Like I don’t know what was with everyone but I had never been cursed at as much as I was today. At least 5 different people flipped us off, several people yelled at us through their car windows, but it was a good day and it all paid off when we met Mickey. She may or may not be baptized but she has an awesome spirit and we had a basically a 40 min testimony meeting. But it was awesome. Totally worth being cursed at consistently.

All and all it’s been a really good week. Hope everyone back home is doing well!

Monday, July 11, 2016

11 Jul 2016

Sorry everyone for all the delays in emailing. So two weeks ago we went to Yellowstone on p-day. We get the chance once, well we used to now we are in a different mission. Then the fourth of July everything was closed so we had very limited computer access. But it was fun. We went on a big hike and just enjoyed a nice easy day.

So a week and a half ago the mission split. Nothing too crazy has happened yet as a result. But the craziness is about to start.  The influx due to the new mission will be so great that everyone except for the zone leaders will be training. So it will be an exciting transfer. I'm pretty excited about training!

This week has been really slow. Everyone has been out of town or just too busy for us. So we have spent a lot of time meeting with ward leaders and we have been seeing a lot of good results out of it! The only other thing is that we no longer live with members. We got moved into an apartment with two other Elders and they have had like four dates that they were supposed to move on but it keeps getting postponed. They should be out by Tuesday.  Hope it doesn't sound like I'm rushing them out, They are super cool guys but living with four Elders is always a little cramped.

Hopefully next week I'll be able to sit down and give a better report but things have been really  busy the last few weeks, and with the mission changing so much it might not stop.

4 Jul 2016

Sorry everyone for last week, we went up to Yellowstone. We get the chance to go up one p-day on our mission, and the mission is split so last week was my last chance. Anyway I don't have much time. This week has been a little slow; not many people home and we have been walking like crazy up and down mountains. We moved to a new apartment with a couple of other Elders. If you have anything to mail for now send it to.... 124 Highland Boulevard Pocatello, Idaho, 83201... I'll send some pics of Yellowstone next week.