Monday, August 26, 2013

Naked Companions

School has started here. Although they are so small, Gridley and Live Oak each have their own high school. You think the town in abandoned, until school gets out. I don't understand how a small town can have so many cars. 

I found out that Elder Boyer is older than our ward mission leader. Boyer is 24 and Bro. Hardwick is 23. 

Gerald Gocken Sr. was in church yesterday. It was nice to see a somewhat familiar face (Gerry II and Gerry III are in our ward)

Elder Boyer is the most interesting man I have ever met. Let's just leave it at that. Well, actually, Elder Tepox can't hear elder boyers name, and here is why: 

I have a goal to not see my companions naked. Thus far, I am 0/3. It is rather obnoxious actually. But Elder Boyer took it beyond all normal limits. We will leave it at that.

I had a great spiritual experience this week that I shared in my letter to you. I think you will like it.

I don't have much to report on actually. 

I love you guys. 

- Elder Hyde

A Much Better Week

One and All,

This week went so much better than last week. The work: Slow and hard. No new investigators, no real successes actually. But at least nothing went wrong. 

I will end this transfer with extra money in my allotment, which is unusual. Not that I am complaining. It is sweet. 

I am slowly adjusting to the abrupt change in lifestyle here. Gridley is a vastly different place than Rocklin, and as a result there has been a steep learning curve. 

There are a lot of abandoned houses here. It is not unusual for there to be two or three houses on the lot, but usually one of them is purely for trash. Broken windows, holes in the doors, and huge mountains of trash in the house. It is kinda creepy actually. There is a guy we have been trying to get a hold of who has three houses on the lot, but ALL of them are full of trash. He lives in the mobile home. 

I need to take more pictures. 

Elder Tepox paid me 5 bucks to eat a tree pepper. My mouth was on fire for at least an hour, but it was totally worth it. 

I don't think anything else happened. Have a good week!

- Elder Hyde

Monday, August 19, 2013

Worst P-Days Ever.

Our day so far:

Forcefully woken up at 5:45 today by the Spanish Elders, because apparently we are playing soccer today. I didn't get to sleep until 1 this morning because of insomnia. Thus, I was awoken in the middle of a sleep cycle, and it took me several hours to wake up.

On the way back, Elder Tepox flew off his (Elder Boyers) bike. He probably broke his arm. They are currently at the hospital.

The reason Spanish is borrowing our bikes is because their car key broke at our house. So we have two mission cars in the driveway.

Today is Gridley 1st turn with the car, so Elder Boyer and I are mooching off of others to get around today.

Then I go to email, and find out some old lady almost killed my Dad and some genius MLMer doesn't know what he is doing.

This is about par for the course as far as PDays have been.

Mostly I am just trying to stay positive, although this week has been one of the worst of my life.

Life goes on, I suppose.

Love you all!

- Elder Hyde

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gridley Part 2

This city is awesome. 

There are a lot of stray dogs about. Orchards everywhere. Lots of old people. Very strong saints. 

I love how flat Gridley is. Biking is a breeze.

We cover part of Gridely and the city of Live Oak. Kinda like Harvest Hills and all of Lehi.

We email from the family history center. There are a lot of sisters in the zone, which is kinda bad and good. It is interesting.

This place is nice.

Elders Call, Tepox, Herrera, Bliss

These are the Elders in the district. From left to right: Call, Tepox, Herrera and Bliss
- Elder Hyde

Monday, August 12, 2013

Gridley, CA


I have been called to serve in the Liberty 1st Ward in Gridley CA. Dad would be allergic to this whole town. The main occupation here is growing walnuts. There are acres and acres of orchards up here. Walnuts, peaches, persimmons, and lots of other stuff. It is cool.

We are in a shared car area, and Gridley is very flat, so I will have to watch my weight more closely.

My new companion is Elder Boyer, and I haven't stopped laughing since I got here. He is one of the funniest guys I have ever met. He got in a bike accident a couple transfers ago and lost his front tooth. He has a spacer/retainer thing to replace it, but he likes taking it out to amuse small children.
There are 8 sisters in the Zone, quite a lot for the mission. We also have Spanish Elders and Sisters. We hang out with Elders Call and Tepox a lot. Tepox is from Puebla Mexico, and doesn't speak English yet. He knows some key phrases like "So Nasty!" "Shut up," and "I want to go to Casa Lupe." Casa Lupe is the Mexican restaurant around here.

We share the car with Elders Herrera and Bliss. They are good guys.

This place reminds me a lot of what I remember of Vernal. Small, close-knit farming community. The locals tell me Gridley was founded by 12 Mormon families. Most of their descendants are still around, which means the whole town is related to each other. Which could be a good thing, as long as I don't offend anyone.

 So far, I am enjoying myself here. It is a nice, quiet, temperate town. And I get lots of fresh peaches.

With love,

Elder Hyde

Monday, August 5, 2013

Temple Trip

On Saturday, we had the privilege of going to the Sacramento Temple. It was a great experience. It is interesting how they do things different based on the temple.

The Sacramento Temple is beautiful, just like all temples. Elder Heninger and I went with Elder Nalder, a missionary from Canada who is also our Zone Leader. Brother Jones from downstairs took us.

Oh, by the way, I got transferred.

I will now be serving in the Liberty Ward in Gridley. It is just southwest of Yuba City from what I hear. I will be serving with Elder Boyer. When I first heard his name, I thought it was Elder Voyeur, but luckily I was wrong.

Today I will be packing. I hate packing. But I am excited nonetheless.

We picked up 6 new investigators yesterday. That has to be some kind of record. We picked up a family of 5 known as the Husmanns. We also picked up a 14 year old girl, who is extremely spiritually sensitive. All of them are looking good for baptism in the next 6 weeks, and I have to leave.

Also yesterday, I stood in the circle to give Kris Conrad the Aaronic Priesthood. It was awesome. I love these experiences.

Wish me luck in Gridley, and remember, all mail needs to be sent to the mission office for the next week.

I love you all!

- Elder Hyde

Friday, August 2, 2013

Keenan Big Chicken

Last night we received a text with this photo. 

Hi there this is Sister Moses.  Your son thought you would enjoy this picture.

We asked: "Is there a story behind it, or just the two of them with a big chicken?"

Her response: They were doing service work today for me and they decided to have a little fun with our chickens. They had a blast.  Boys will be boys.  

That is a pretty good sized chicken to have perched on your arm.

This photo is begging for a caption.