June 12, 2017
Hi everyone so they told me I was going to be sent to the desert where it is hot. Well it is currently snowing here in Elko so I guess I'm back in Canada eh? I've got a pic for y'all to see what's going on. This week was also graduation which meant people had some other events on their minds other than meeting with us. We had a couple people forget about our appointments with them and even had a dinner forget about us. (we confirm everything the day before too...:D ) Yeah it was ok though they just had us come back an hour later for a really tasty dinner actually so it was fun.
Anyway so on to the stuff of the week. We had a neat few miracles this week. First off on Monday we ran into Zeke and Eric, two of Amanda and Ruben's kids. It was late at night and it wasn't 9 quite yet so we just went walking around our apartment complex and we happened to run into them as they were coming back from playing basketball. We were able to talk to them for a bit since it had been awhile. That previous Sunday had been stake conference so we didn't see them at church (Amanda and Ruben were in Salt Lake so the kids didn't come) but we were able to talk and they came to play sports with the missionaries in the morning the next day which was fun. Nice little miracles for working all day.
The next night we had dinner with the whole family except for the oldest Ciara who had to work. It was a neat dinner. It started out with us just talking with the kids since there wasn't room for all of us at the dinner table. By the end though we were able to start talking to Amanda and Ruben. We were able to figure out a better time that we can consistently meet with them and we were able to ask all the kids if they would like to be taught. They said they would and a couple days later we got permission from the dad of the youngest 3 to teach them! Can't wait to meet and get going on all of that. Eric who we thought wouldn't be interested said when we asked that he would like to ask some questions before he gets baptized! Boo ya!
There was a good bit of service this week as well. First off we helped Elder Gailey and Elder McGee move one of their investigators to another part of Elko. It was the leased organized, most gross, and just weirdest move I have ever done. It was just sketchy and all thrown together last minute. It's a good thing we were there. We had to use Elder Gailey and Elder McGee's truck to move stuff because the guy we were helping didn't get one. He just asked if we could use theirs. Rather unorthodox but we just went with it. Hopefully that is the worst move I ever do. I will never live in a trailer park. EVER.
We finally got to meet someone we have been trying for forever and his name is Jake. He is a former investigator with a lot of potential. He got put on the back burner for a bit by past missionaries because he is going through a divorce. Things are settling down a little now with it all and next week he says he would like to start meeting again. He says that things were going well and that he felt like he was progressing well back when he was meeting with the missionaries and that he would like to go down this path. He wants to have a good family place with good morals for his son. Isn't that awesome!?! Just to add to it, he is a super big skate boarder, rock climbing, skier guy that lives the word of wisdom AND see's the benefits of it. He was talking to us about not having drank beer in a few months and how he notices the increased energy he has! Jake is so cool!
Friday was graduation and we had no one to see. That was even the day our dinner forgot about us even though they weren't involved with grad. We walked around all day in the hot sun and Elder Clark got really sun burnt. He isn't a fan of sunscreen silly duck. No one was home or available. It was a long day and I was tired all day. For some reason I didn't have any energy. Fortunately Elder Clark is fun to talk to so we talked a lot as we walked. The next day Saturday was looking like that too. We had a whole day of stop by's. Elder Clark was tired of getting burnt so we got permission to go get some spray on sun screen since our lotion kind doesn't work on him. Right after getting it we got a call from the Zone Leaders asking us to go help at a kid's eagle scout project over at the shooting range. It was super fun. The kid was from Spring Creek and the only other people there was his mom, two 12 year olds, a 16 year old that looked like he was 12 and the kids 19 year old sister. The 16 year old was trying to flirt it up with the sister and failed miserably it was really funny. The sister could outwork all the other boys and she was 5'3" and 120lbs. Again really funny. It was a blast though and took 5 hours. We were re-graveling some of the covered area's. That was the day we also got the first referral Elder Clark and I have gotten and it seems like a really good potential investigator. A member of the YSA ward has been working with this girl and it seems like it will work out to a baptism right now. Hopefully it does!
Speaking of that Friday Saturday experience my thoughts turned to Mosiah where king Benjamin is speaking. In chapter 2 when he talks about serving the Lord, I thought you know, the Lord doesn't need to bless me. He has already paid the price for my sins and made it possible for me to be forgiven and return to my Heavenly Father. For that it is my duty to serve Him no matter what it is. However as I keep the commandments and serve Him He blesses me even more. That just shows how much He loves us and cares about us. He didn't need to bless us with those miracles on Saturday, but He did! "And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him. And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?" Mosiah 2:23-24. I am forever indebted to Him. I have nothing to boast of but instead am truly grateful for this amazing experience to be on a mission. I hope you all are doing great. I pray for you. Love you all!