Washington Yakima Mission

Friday, April 28, 2017

Giant Bears and Pit-Bulls (again)

April 10, 2017

Today is my "six months to going home" mark. That's all I'm going to say about that.

It was kind of a crazy week last week.
For starters, we were on a 3 day exchange with the zone leaders from The Dalles, Oregon, from Sunday night to Wednesday night. It was pretty sweet having a full house for a while! It was also good catching up with Elder Bird. 
Sorry I'm not smiling in any of these pictures. I'm addicted to mean muggin'.

Exchanges with Elder North. I took him out tracting his first day in the field 9 months ago. Such a stud.
We toured this guy's crazy looking tree house.

We had MLC this week, and Elder King and I gave a training on how we can DO more with our instigators for them to keep their commitments, as was taught to us by Elder Uceda last month.It was pretty fun. We borrowed a brand-new CPR dummy (who we nicknamed Alma the Younger) from a member, and then had different missionaries who don't know how to do CPR come up and try to do it after just listening to us talk about it. Then, we had them do it with us. Obviously, they did way better when we did it with them and talked them through the process. Our teaching should be the same way.
Talking is easy, but it isn't teaching. The more we do, the more they will progress.

Our investigator are all doing so well! It was a tougher week to meet with them all, but they are still on track. Matt and his family is doing great! We really wanted to get them to come to church yesterday, so we asked them if it would be alright if we came to their house at 7:00 to wake them up for 8:30 church. When we got to their house on Sunday morning, Matt was awake and ironing his church clothes. Sarah (his fiance), Calvin (his 16 y.o.) and Curtis (his 2 y.o.) were all sill asleep; so Elder King and I put together this improv routine that we call "The Wake-Up Dance." We spent a good 10 minutes going between each of the rooms dancing and signing, giving them each glasses of fresh water, and encouraging them to come to church. In the end, only Matt and Curtis came; but we had a lesson with them last night, and they ALL committed themselves to go next week. Their family is changing so much! They are all praying as a family, and you can see the light in them. I love their family!

We couldn't teach Carolina and Hector last week, but we still got to visit for a few minutes with a convert family that has agreed to have them over in their home for future lessons. The member father, Brother Plata, also new Hector from local MMA and is already friends with him, so that makes our job easier!

Evelyn is still on-date for the 18th. Their family was in Seattle this week and didn't come to church, but we challenged them to visit the temple while they were there and will be following up with her tonight. Her mom still wants to come to church with her before she is baptized since she will be the only member in her family after her baptism.

Sister Ray. Ahh, good ol' sister Ray. We are still teaching her, and she is making big
changes in her life. She has been clean for almost 2 weeks now, which is huge for her. The fact that both of her legs are broken makes that pretty easy, I guess. 

Last week, we met another crazy guy. Like, next level crazy. Elder King and I were trying to hold in our laughter the entire time. Here's a snippet:

Guy: "Yeah, I was born in Jerusalem."
Us: "Really? That is so cool!"
Guy: "Yeah, about 2,000 years ago. In the middle ages."
Us:"...Wow. That was a long time ago. What was it like living in the middle ages?"
Guy: "Eh, you know. Blasphemy... Oceans... Giant serpents who's souls I lived off of."

We then picked his brain for a few more minutes, and he told us all about how several years ago he was shot in the back of the head by a laser gun by what he calls "the automated God." Such a spiritual conversation.

Another crazy story: Last night, after visiting one of our investigators, Ana Marie, we were driving away from her apartment complex when we saw her bolting across an empty lot. "Where could she possibly be going??" Then, she turned around and started running towards the road when a massive pit-bull, HER massive pit-bull, ran right in front of our truck. I slammed on the brakes, but THUMP. We hit the dog. Hard. We stared at each other in amazement at what had just happened, and then quickly jumped out of the truck to see what happened. As it turns out, the dog didn't end up under the wheel, but ran into the side of our truck full-sprint and dented our vehicle. Insane. The dog is okay, though.

Damage from the pit-bull incident of  '17

Whether it's pit-bull slams or kneeling in family prayer with our investigator families, the work moves forward. We are loving it :)

Peace and Blessin's,
Elder Moser

Sunday meetings with Yakima 3rd ward. (With Reginna?)

Pictures of  Mission Leadership Training, courtesy of Sister Lewis' blog:
Official greeters.

"Called to Serve Him!"

Shall we show you how this is to be done?

Taking notes.

Lunch Break

Lugging Boxes in the background.

Stapling the newsletters.

And that's a wrap!

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