Monday, February 24, 2014

Derpy Pictures and Such

 This is a picture of me. Elder Christiansen and Elder Kidd are behind me.

I was on exchanges with Christiansen this week, and we took a "shortcut" that ended up being nearly four times as long as the normal way. BUT, we did find this really cool oasis in the middle of Marysville. If you can get past all the homeless camps, it's a beautiful place.
This week we were working on getting all of our Part Member Families contacted. We contacted a few of them, only one of which was grumpy. Other than that, this week has been normal.

A Less-Active gave me a few old Mormon books, one of which is "Temples of the Most High," an amazing book on temples. She also gave me "Moses," "Abraham," and "Adam," by Mark E. Petersen, in addition to a pamphlet on Brigham Young and his Wives. It's a rather substantial pamphlet.

Transfers are next Sunday. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Zone Conference was this week, and it was in the Gridley building! I got to see my last district. It was good fun.

President talked to us about faith and obedience, which is basically the gist of all Zone Conferences. Elder M. Russel Ballard has told us that our mission has to double our numbers from last year. This mission is looked at by the GA's more than other missions, because of how good we are. President wants us to have a goal to baptize weekly. Tough stuff.

I hope you all have a good week.

-Elder Hyde

Monday, February 17, 2014

Skunks

This week wasn't especially exciting. We taught all of our normal investigators.

The best lesson this week was with the Less Active Brick family. The Bricks have been members their whole lives, but fell out and got smoking habits and the like, so they never made it to the temple. As we have been working with them, they have overcome basically everything. The only thing holding them back from the temple is tithing; that is the topic of the week for them.

It has rained a few times this week, but has been mostly dry and sunny. Yesterday was gorgeous. It is supposed to start raining again tomorrow. 

In other news, my oil vial shattered at some point in the last few weeks, so I will have to work on obtaining a new one. 

I don't know if I have mentioned this, but our ward is covered by two sets of missionaries. The boundaries are split by the city of Marysville and the city of Linda. Both of our areas are massive, but we only end up working in the populated areas. The Linda elders are Larsen and Christiansen (pronounced Kris-tion-son). Elder Christiansen sleeps with a machete, so that was a fun exchange. 

Also in our district are the Loma Rica elders; Their names are Elder Thomas and Rosalez. 

I have seen more hitchhikers in this city than I have in my entire life. One of the edgy members actually bore his testimony about picking up a hitchhiker. He made all of his money maintaining marijuana plants. He was trying to get to Cedar City to see his girlfriend. There wasn't actually a testimony in there, but it was a good story nonetheless.

There is a lot of roadkill here, especially skunks. Seems like there is a new one every day. That reminds me of home. I never thought the smell of dead skunk would bring back happy memories. 

- Elder Hyde

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's Raining Again

We had extremely heavy rainfall this past week. I probably biked at least 10 hours in sopping wet clothes. Exciting stuff.

This week we put Brandi Danner on date to be baptized. She is set June 19th, but we are trying to get her to set it sooner. She wants to wait for her friend from Washington (who converted her) to be down for it, so we are trying to get her to come down sooner.

Aaron Miller, the LA we have been working with, will be baptizing is son in 2 weeks! Pretty amazing.

I went on 3 exchanges this week, two of them back to back. Needless to say, this week has gone quickly. Very enjoyable.

We are teaching a guy named Mark. He is a tattoo artist whose late wife was a member. He should be getting baptized in the next month or so. 

I love being a missionary. This is the first period of time on my mission where I have been thoroughly enjoying my life. It is a great feeling. 

I learned this week that this ward actually borders my last ward. But the underpopulated nature of that part of both wards makes it inconvenient to actually go there.

I have just one month left until I hit a year. Crazy stuff.

- Elder Hyde

Monday, February 3, 2014

Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly, Blackbird Fly

Marysville is my favorite place so far. I truly love it here.

There is a lot of crime and homeless people, and this city was hit hard by the recession. The city is doing it's best to recover, but the drugs aren't helping. 

In the evening, black birds descend upon Yuba and Marysville. It's pretty cool. Very macabre.

We had a baptism this weekend for Zack King. He has been going to church for years now, but his Dad has never let him get baptized. But he changed his mind. 

For some reason I can't get the camera to connect to the computer. Sorry. The pictures of the baptism are on Facebook.

We still haven't gotten rain. The air and clouds and pressure seems like we should, but we haven't. 

We are teaching a girl named Brandie now, she has a very similar situation to Zack. We are planning on getting her baptized in June.

We are also teaching a girl named Breezy, who has the same situation as the other two. Seems to be a common theme in Marysville. 

We do quite a bit of less active work as well. There is one in particular, Aaron, whose wife is preventing him. He posts a lot of stuff on Facebook and stuff about Mormonism. He is awesome.

The district here is amazing. There are only three companionships, all Elders. Elder Thomas, Rosalez, Larsen, Christiansen, Paquette and me. They are tight. 

This is the happiest I have ever been in my life. 

- Elder Hyde