Washington Yakima Mission

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Whole World is in Moses Lake!

February 13, 2017

It has been a crazy week with some awesome experiences!

Last Monday, we got to have dinner with a part member family, Lance and Linda, that we tracted into a few weeks ago. They are some of the nicest people we have ever met! We weren't even planning on having dinner on Monday, but they texted us right before and invited us over for dinner and a lesson. After getting to know them a little bit better, they asked if we wanted to go through the pamphlet that we gave them a few weeks ago, which they both had read. We talked about modern day prophets and the Book of Mormon, and they were both very intrigued. However, even though they loved the conversation and were very respectful, they told us that they are happy where they are. We can tell that they aren't ready for change yet, but we are glad that we have made some good friends with some great people.

Tuesday was MLC, which meant a road trip with some of the Northern missionaries down to Yakima. The meeting itself was one of the most inspiring that I've been to, because everyone in the mission is excited to promote the new schedule and simplified Key Indicators. All the missionaries really feel like we now have a more focused vision of our purpose. In simplified terms, we're stoked out of our minds. The trip back to Moses Lake took forever because of some of the stops we had to make, but we got Red Robin out of it. So we were happy :)

Singh is back on the radar! Singh has been impossible to get a hold of for the past month or so, but on Wednesday night, he called us out of the blue and asked us to come over to his new home to meet his friends and family from India. It was super fun! I finally got to meet Singh in person. His family was pretty cool, too. I'm not trying to stereotype them or anything, but his dad, Kuntar, literally looked like the Sultan from Aladdin. So cool. He sat us down to talk with the family for a while, and Singh apologized for not meeting his baptismal date a few months ago. Now that he has a stable house and his family is here from India, he feels like he'll be able to take the time to have the lessons again. He also asked if we could take his family on a church tour this week! His mom also brought us out some Incredible Indian food for dinner, including Naan bread with this spicy meat "gravy" stuff that you dip it in. There were also some sweet hot pickled Mangos and Lemons that you use to spice up your meal. He also gave us some sugar cane candy that you can only get in India. It was really fun getting to meet his family and to experience a little bit of his home life, and we are so excited to start teaching him again!

We had a pass-off lesson with Greg last week, our Jamaican non-YSA. He is doing really well, and is very committed to finding the truth. I just love his bright attitude and his love for God! All of us could be a little more like Greg in that way. 

Jessie and John, our Part-member family, are doing well. We had several planned appointments with them last week, but they all fell through because Jessie is up and down a lot in her healing process. I can't blame her, though. I guess open-heart surgery can do that to people. She keeps telling us to not give up on her, and we won't. We're just praying she gets feeling better!

This week, Elder Poloncic and I had a cool experience with a YSA that we were teaching a few months ago. We dropped him because he wasn't very committed, but we both had a feeling that we should go and drop by last week. So we did, and some awesome things followed:
1. Jessie has been humbled.
2. We had a church tour and one of the deepest conversations I have ever had with him.
3. Jessie is now on date for March 25th and is excited to be baptized!
So yeah, people change.  And the gospel is for everyone!

Elder Poloncic and I have acquired a lot of interesting stories from this week, including high centering Becky (our van) on the top of a hill on a snow bank while trying to find a less-active family, tracting into some crazies, etc, etc. But one of our favorites was when we decided to tract a little bit in the new apartment home complex that is being built in our area for all of the Japanese Mitsubishi workers that are moving to Moses Lake. Within a few doors, we had some outrageously funny conversations with some Japanese people that know very little Engrish. Er, English. They were super friendly people, though, and it was fun talking to them even though neither we nor they had any clue what was going on. We are thinking about starting up an English class at the church, because all of these workers will be here for at least 2 years and they literally live right down the street from the church building. Should be fun!

The Moses Lake zone has seen some incredible miracles this past week. We have 4 baptisms for this week, and people that are ready to be baptized are being found all over the place. Everyone is working hard, and is excited to see what this year will bring as we move into the warmer months. The fog has finally lifted as well, and it's blue skies all around!

Have a great week everyone! :)

Peace and Blessins,
Elder Moser
 The bottom is when Kuntar showed me how to write Elder Moser in Punjabi.
 The top writing is his wife's name because that's what he thought I asked him to write at first haha


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