Monday, November 18, 2013

Moving Day

November 18, 2013

Dear Family:

Hi! This was an interesting week. They days were either really exciting, or really boring.
I think I talked about Monday and Tuesday in my last E-mail, so I will just skip those. Oh just kidding! We had a lesson with Logan Tuesday night. It went well. His mom is slowing him down though. He has been to church enough and knows enough if she would let me I would baptize him this month. She wants him to know the Book of Mormon perfectly before he gets baptized. She said we couldn't even baptize him in December, we will see about that though. I have some ideas, we just haven't been able to meet with them yet.
Wednesday we went to Riverside. We had the trainer/trainee meeting. They changed it this time, it was different than it was the last two times I went. This time we split up from our companions. President and Sister Smart stayed with the trainees and did the same thing they did before. The trainers went with the AP's and they followed up on some commitments and answered questions. They also trained on a few things that were helpful. After that some of the missionaries from the Riverside and Mt. Rubido zones showed up, so I got to talk to them for a minute. We went back and had dinner and a lesson with the Hicks. Jacob is a non-member. He brought his friend to his house to check it out as well. Dinner was really good, the lesson started good. We were keeping it simple and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. While we were still on the first subject his sister Jordan got home from softball practice and came and sat in. She is super interested and had a lot of good questions. It is going to be an interesting balance in getting Jacob to ask questions and be involved but keep her excited about the gospel. Jordan is really the one who is pulling the family towards wanting to go to church. She is also holding them from doing so as well. She wants to get a scholarship for softball so she doesn't have to pay for college and has to play on Sundays during church. That night we went back to our apartment and packed.

Thursday morning we did our normal morning schedule and then started moving all our stuff to our new home-share. You know how sometimes we load the S-10 so full the suspension can't take it and the back sits really low? We did that to our little Chevy Cruiz. We were super good packers. It was a little bit like playing Tettris. When we got their Elders Cook and Braithweight were setting up our desks and bunk bed. We met Bro. Hoyt, his wife was at work he had the day off. The Hoyts are pretty cool. They have two kids, a son in the military and a daughter on a mission in Little Rock Arkansas. We also have two dogs!! An American white lab named Gunner and a little black dog named Mia. Elder Hammond and I have a lot of fun with them. The house and the neighborhood are both really nice, we live in a gated community. It pretty much took the whole day to move all our stuff there.
Friday was just a normal day of work. We had a meeting at Bro Tait's house (Ward Mission Leader) like we do every Friday for lunch. We snuck into our old apartment cuz I knew I had a letter there from home. I know there were some questions on it I was supposed to answer, but I forgot to bring it, sorry!! I do remember Dad saying though that he was looking for carbs for the Go-Cart. Mclane found one once on the internet that you could adjust and stuff that would fit for 40 bucks. Other than that, just remember that the on/off switch is backwards, it wouldn't fit the other way. That is cool you are getting it going! Friday night it got down to 60, and E. Hammond got pretty cold. I teased him a little bit, so the next day when it rained and stayed 60 all day he wouldn't wear it, even though I wore mine all day. I bought a new jacket with some money that Suzie sent me, it is nice. We had a lesson and that was the day.
Day at the Temple

Saturday we finally we caught a family we have been chasing down for a long time, we have a return appointment we are super excited for. We pretty much used the whole day to visit people. For dinner we went to an unofficial ward party. It was a huge homecoming party for a RM. Pretty much the whole ward was there, it was at the church. His family is Samoan, so we got some awesome food. They had a Samoan guy there playing and singing the whole time, he was super good. I went and talked to the RM's trainer who flew in from Utah to see him. While I was talking to him they put on a song. I knew I knew it, but it seemed like from a dream or something very distant for some weird reason. Once it got to the middle of the song I finally figured it out. It was the wobble song they play at country dancing every Wednesday in Logan they have a crazy dance to. So that was weird. We ate a piece of cake and then left.
It's Raining - Hard!
Sunday Bro. Gasu (RM) spoke. It was good. He talked about we can't do work without the help of members. We were at the church early for a stake meeting with the stake auxiliaries and all the missionaries. For dinner we ate with the Sants. It was a awesome dinner. I think Bro Sant was going to call you, so hopefully that was fun for you! Call him back if you were gone when he did. Well out of time, love ya tons!
Elder Wood