Monday, December 27, 2010
Sorry about last week, we had zone conference on Monday and so our p-day turned to Tuesday and so we didn't have as much time to email. But we had a very good first two weeks of the transfer. Elder Tamblyn is great, we get along really well. He only has ten weeks left on his mission so we made a goal that this will be his best two transfers of his whole mission. It's gonna be great, hopefully I'll be able to stay with him another transfer to see that goal to the end. He is from Phoenix, Arizona and is loving the cold! Zone conference last week was really good, it was focused on our purpose and finding. Then at the end we had a little Christmas program and a testimony meeting, it was a spiritual meeting. Like I said before, every companionship in the zone got switched up so its been fun getting to know the new missionaries. For Christmas Eve we had dinner and a little program at a members home, it was fun, there were tons of people there, all family, so it made me feel like home. Then Christmas day we had brunch over at a members home and then we called home, it was really nice to be able to hear everyone's voices, that's always a special treat that we get as missionaries. We also saw one of the families we're working with, the Stolleys, and had a really good visit there. Then we went and had dinner at another members house. It was a good weekend! The work is moving right along, we're working with some really great people and are excited to watch them progress in the gospel! I love this work and I'm growing more and more each day! Love ya!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
This week went really well, it was our highest teaching week all transfer. So I guess I'll start with the updates. With the Compton family (the Diest and messianic Jew couple) we went over and had dinner with them. He read in the book of Mormon all the introduction and testimonies and a few pages into first Nephi. she started to read the intro and then went to the plan of salvation pamphlet that we had left with them. They both had lots of questions and we were able to expound on a few things. We are going back there this Saturday. With the Stolley family, we found them again! She moved back in with her mom, so we are excited about that, she still wants to get baptized so we will be meeting with them this week. We met with Eddy Madden last night, I don't know if I've talked about him before but we've been going over there for a couple months now. Its been cool to see him come to grips with what we teach. He's realizing that everything we teach, he already believed, but not from another persons teaching, from his own study and he said that whenever he talks about those things people call him crazy and give him a hard time. But last night we had a really good lesson with him. He told us that if he received an answer to his prayers that the book of Mormon is true then he would get baptized! We met with this other lady named Jeneen, she is probably more devoted to Christ than anyone I've taught. we had a pretty good lesson with her, she has a few concerns which we were able to address, but overall it went pretty good. We are going back this week. We met with Milt Kenny, the JW, and there wasn't much desire to change, he basically just wanted to argue his point and wouldn't address our questions. So on Saturday, we attended two Christmas parties. One for the community and one for the ward. In the one for the community, a member organized it and so they asked us to have a part in it. Elder Westwood read a poem. I read Luke 2 and also sang with three others “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. It was fun and we were able to get some good face time with the community. The ward party went really really well too, there were about ten non members there and a bunch of less actives, so that was really good! Alright, now onto transfers... Elder Westwood is getting transferred to be with Elder Akaka in North Spokane. Elder Akaka and I lived in the same house when I was in beacon hill. I'm staying in Bonners Ferry and my new companion is Elder Tamblyn. and I don't know hardly anything about him. But I am excited to take over the area and I'm excited to see what this transfer is going to bring! And in the zone, every single companionship is being switched up so its gonna be fun! Love ya!!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The work was kinda slow this week because Elder Westwood was sick for two days and we were in Spokane for a day too. But some pretty good things came of what time we did have. We were able to do a lot of service too, a whole lot of shoveling snow and helping people get unstuck.. things like that. We were able to find a few new people to teach so that was good. One guy named milt.. I can't tell if he is a Jehova's Witness or just has studied a lot with them. But anyways, we're going back over there tomorrow night so that will be good. we were also able to find a new family named the Comptons, he's a diest and shes a messianic jew. Pretty interesting conversation with both of them. But they both agreed to read from the Book of Mormon and invited us over for some kosher hot dogs! So the update on the Stolley family.. we keep going by there and her car hasn't been there and their driveway was never plowed or had tire tracks and her house sits pretty far back from the road. So we decided to go ahead and hike in (thankfully I've got my nice sorrel boots!) and when we got up to the house, everything inside was gone. So they suddenly moved out and disappeared. but that's OK because this is the second time that this has happened and if the Lord can lead us to her twice, I'm pretty positive that He can do it again!! Well, I suppose that's all I got for this week. Love ya!