|Training meeting in Quincy|
It's amazing to me how well missionary work is going up here. Of course, I don't have anything to compare it to, but you would think that because it is such a small town and missionaries have been here on and off for the past 30 years that this area would be pretty much dead, but we are constantly finding people that have been prepared to hear our message.
Last P-Day, Elder Coy and I finally exhausted our last means of entertainment. The Coulee Dam Visitor's Center. It was actually really cool. They had a bunch of interactive exhibits and a movie about how the dam was built. It was really impressive, but now we don't have anything else to do but bake. That, and Elder Coy taught me how to crochet this week. Good thing we only have to look for something to entertain us on p-days!
|On way to visitors center.|
On Tuesday, we decided to go finding in Keller. Keller is a village sized group of houses in the middle of the forest. I don't think it has over 150 people living there. Tracting there was pretty interesting, because its on a reservation and everyone we talked to was a Native. One man we talked to, Golden Eagle, told us a lot about his culture. When we first started talking to him, we got on the subject of prayer, and he showed us how he prayed to the Creator every morning by stomping and dancing around while singing. When his wife heard him, she came out and started dancing around too. It was pretty interesting. He was very intrigued by the Book of Mormon, though, and said that he would read it. If Keller wasn't a 56 mile round trip, we'd probably go up there more often!
We had some crazy wind storms this week in Coulee Dam. After our Doctrine of Christ training in Quincy, we decided to tract in Grand Coulee, but it was cut short because the wind was blowing shingles off of roofs and stuff. Not to mention it was messing up Elder Coy's hair.
Speaking of tracting, we did a lot of that this week. We decided to target the sketchiest neighborhoods because they are always more humble and willing to have us over again, unlike the rich people that are just fine the way they are. And I don't know what it is about this place, but there are more burned down and boarded up houses here than anywhere else I've ever been. I think it's because it isn't worth the investment to clean up a house after it burns to the ground.
|I sure hope no one lives here...|
We had really good lessons with Selena and Dean this week. Selena even asked if we could baptize Kaysic! Too bad he's only 3! We had a good lesson with her about priesthood authority and the age of accountability. I really wanted to commit Selena to be baptized, but Elder Coy said it wasn't the right time. Personally, I thought it was the perfect time, but I guess we will just have to wait to do that. Our lesson with Dean was awesome, mainly because he showed us how to make Lumpia and fried rice and then fed us for dinner. He's told us that he is a slow learner though, so it will take a few more lessons before he totally understands the restoration. We haven't been able to get in with Vicky yet. Ever since our run in with her husband, the situation has been a little tense and we don't want to bother him too much. We are praying that he will continue to let us teach her though.
We met an awesome investigator named John this week! We were out tracting one evening and we saw this guy wandering around his yard. We introduced ourselves, and he kind of gave us a dear-in-the-headlights look at first, but he warmed up to us quickly. We stopped and talked to him about the restoration and he seemed pretty interested. He didn't take a copy of the Book of Mormon, but we decided to commit him to baptism right then and there. He didn't say no, so we will definitely follow up with him. We got to know him pretty well in our conversation, so I'll attach a picture of him.
Thanks for all of the support! I love you all!
Peace and blessin's,
|John, the investigator.|
|Sorting through packages. I opened all my gifts but one because I knew what everything was. Besides, Christmas is different as a missionary. I just need to spend Christmas loving these people as much as I can.|
|This one is for Amanda!|