Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm Dreaming of A Green Christmas

I am typing this email from my new iPad. I couldn't ask for a better
Christmas present from the Brethren.

We got a new heater this morning because the old one broke.

We are having Christmas dinner with the Hagberg family. He just had a
triple bypass, but he still wants us to come.

Elder champagne has at least twice the amount of presents as all the
elders combined. But his birthday is the 27th, so that might have
something to do with it.

Our iPads have an app that keeps track of everything for us so that we
can focus on teaching. We actually picked up a new investigator from
sharing Christmas videos with people. His name is Nick.

People keep unloading their unwanted Christmas goodies on us. I don't
know if I can eat any more brownie brittle.

Happy holidays!

- Elder Hyde

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Old Friend the Blues

Elder Snyder and Elder Champagne
We have two new Elders in the District. On the left is Elder Snyder, and on the Right is Elder Champagne. Elder Champagne is my new companion.

Elder Champagne is great. He is cleaner than Boyer, quieter than Boyer and all around more mellow than Boyer. He is from Mobile, Alabama, but originally from Louisiana. He doesn't have an accent though. 

We helped a less-active chop a tree down this week, and I am still sore. It was a lot of fun though. 

Having to carry the weight of the area this week got to me. I am feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time. 

We had Zone Meeting this week, which I enjoy.

Living in farmland is beginning to change my perspective on life (now if I see more than one car within a space of five minutes, I think the road is too busy. My definition of "loud" has changed).

We get our iPads this week, Wednesday I believe. Exciting stuff.

We joined the youth this week in caroling to the widows of the ward.  It was a great experience.

Our heater broke again this week. so the heater guy is coming buy again.

There are some specific people that you should pray for, if you are interested. 

Prayer Roll

Elizabeth May: She needs to understand authority, the Book of Mormon, and needs to continue progressing.

Daisy Fenn: She needs to have the desire to meet with us on a regular basis, and feel the need to change in her life.

Dick Stewart: He needs to understand that part of living the gospel is coming to church and taking the sacrament.

Lane Coey: He needs help overcoming addictions and returning to activity.

Those are the main people we are working with. 

The frost has set in. So it's cold now. 

Elder Hyde

Monday, December 9, 2013

What if transfers, perhaps, were a little bit more?

Boyer leaves in T-minus 2 and a half hours.

He will be replaced by Elder Champagne tomorrow. I served around Elder Champagne in Rocklin, so I already know him. He is, as my dad would describe him, a goat-roper. He is from the same town as Forrest Gump. Alabama someplace, if I recall.

We are also saying goodbye to Elder Call, who goes home as well. I will be companions with Tepox today, because we will both be left alone. But hey, that means I get to drive!

I just got over being sick yesterday. It has been a terrible week. 

On the up and up, our heater is getting fixed tomorrow morning. Yay!

Christmas is coming up, and I am more of a baby for cold than I realized. We got our first frost yesterday morning, and there are patches of snow on the Buttes. It is maybe 40 degrees at the coldest, and I feel like I am going to die. People make fun of me because I am from Utah. But I was always this way. 

This is a picture of the Buttes a week or so ago, before it froze. This is what the weather has been like for a while. Overcast and pretty chilly. Occasional fog. 

Until next week, 

Elder Hyde

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Misadventures of a Misanthropic Missionary

This week, we received the news that we are one of 30 pilot missions for.....


Exciting news. 

We get them the week of Dec. 17th. :) More news as it develops.

I was sick this week, and I still am. Flu-like symptoms, minus the vomiting, praise Allah. 

We are working on picking up a family of at least 5, the Fenns. They are already friends with some active members. Prayers that we could pick them up would be appreciated.

We also have another potential investigator named Ka Yang. She is Hmong, but speaks good English, so we should be able to keep her if we pick her up.

My companion is the trunkiest sonuvagun this side of the Mississippi. He has a mere 7 days left. Then I enter the grand unknown of a new companion. 

Elder Call also goes home next week, so I will be companions with Elder Tepox for a day or two. Should be fun, since he still doesn't speak great English.

I am still attempting to find a member with a good internet connection and Skype, so that I can call on Christmas. 

- Elder Hyde