Washington Yakima Mission

Friday, March 4, 2016

Ferry Tales From the Dam Elders

February 29, 2016

Dear everyone,

Our week was incredible. So awesome.  We got lots of work done, and at the end of the month we had enough miles to go on a sweet roadtrip! We found new people to teach, were refilled spiritually, and saw some beautiful land. Not to mention we didn't even need to wear our jackets most of the time! Elder Folkman and I are both outdoor people, so on our trip from Keller to Wilbur we were having a blast. Seriously freaking out because we had no idea our area was this pretty.

The beginning of last week was all pretty average--tracting, street contacting, follow up visits, the like. It wasn't until Wednesday that Elder Folkman and I were tracting in Electric City (just south of Coulee Dam) and we felt like we shouldn't be there. We were sitting in the car wondering what we should do, when we decided to ditch the plan we had made for the day and make the 40 mile round trip to Wilbur. When we made it there, we decided to finish tracting a street that we had been working on last week. We made it about halfway down the street, when we felt that we should go somewhere else. We decided to tract a small subdivision on the edge of town and found some cool people. What made it worth the trip is that we found a lady named Amy who had just moved to Wilbur from Boise. She is a single mom with 4 kids, and we are so excited to teach her. We have an appointment with her family onWednesday, so we are really praying and preparing. Would the Lord have us ditch our plans and go to Wilbur just to find one family? Absolutely. And I'm so glad for that :) 

It was raining like CRAZY yesterday, but cleared up right before we got on the Ferry.

​We stopped the car every few minutes because it was just. So. Pretty.
 And if you look closely, you can see the Keller Ferry crossing Lake Roosevelt

Wilbur has really proven to be the Promised Land. Besides the fact that everyone there is nice (including the little old ladies that wave to the missionaries every time we drive by), we have found several new people to teach in only a few days. We had a lesson with Trent, a 22 year old guy from Everette. He's a really open guy. He's talked to missionaries before, but his brother died recently and he's been thinking a lot about life, and especially the life after this one. We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and how we can know these things to be true by reading, pondering, and praying about the book of Mormon. It seemed to ring true for him, so we are definitely excited to see him again.

With all of our excess miles, we also tracted Coulee City. We actually got several door slams  and one rather large gentleman answered his door with 0% clothes on. So we will probably not be heading that way for a while. We need to let our brains heal.
The Drive to Coulee City (south)
Here's the update: Jaime temporally dropped us. He says that the pain that he is in makes it so that he can't focus. We're pretty worried about him, because the pain is taking a toll on him mentally as well. We are going to try to get fellowship for him, not necessarily to teach him, but to just give him the company he needs. Selena dissapeared and Elder Folkman and I are kind of freaking out about that. We knocked on her door last week and she told us through the door that she wouldn't be able to let us in right then and then she thanked us for everything we've helped her with. She hasn't been back to her house since and she wont respond to our texts, so we are really worried about her as well. Karen told us that she will be busy for a while and hasn't called us since our first lesson. These people could really use your prayers, because we are in a fragile situation with all of them. 

Yesterday was the best day of the week. We had about 200 left over miles for the month, so we were finally able to make it back up to Keller to meet with Sequoia. Her dad answered the door, and said respectfully that her grandma did not want her to change her christian beliefs (to which we responded mentally with a face-palm). It's not her decision to stop meeting with us, so we'll just have to hope that she continues to read from the Book of Mormon we gave her. At least we planted a seed.  After meeting with her, we decided to drive all the way back to Wilbur. The route from Keller to Wilbur is SOOO pretty and we even got to take a ferry, so we were pretty amped about that. Our area is the coolest :) In Wilbur we finally had another lesson with Bill. He's an interesting guy. He was rolling cigarettes while we taught him about the Plan of Salvation, but he was paying attention and had some good imput. We will work on that Word of Wisdom stuff later. 
Here's Keller! There's only a few houses on either side of the road.
Last night we also had a lesson with Vermont. It was the best lesson we've had with him yet. He's been reading from the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets we gave him, and he said that it's really answered questions he's had about life. This lesson was different in the fact that he was pretty quite and really listened. He also stayed on topic the entire time. I think that the gospel is really starting to make sense to him.

So that was our week. Great lessons, awesome miracles, and appreciation for this beautiful world that Heavenly Father has put us on Love you all!

Peace and blessin's, 
Elder Moser

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