Monday, April 21, 2014

Mean Streets of Marysville or Ducks and Geese Better Scurry

My iPad got stolen this week. We were tracting on "A" Street in Marysville, which is probably the worst street in the city, and we left our bags unattended for a minute or two to go the bathroom, and when we came back it was gone. Pretty annoying, but not the end of the world.

Our recent convert Zach King went out with us on Thursday. It was Spring Break, so he could stay with us all day. I feel bad, because it was really a terrible day. We didn't get a lot of work done because nobody was home. 

Breezin, our ten year old investigator, is scheduled to be baptized. We are seeking her father's permission. We talked to him for about an hour on the phone this week, and he said no. He is a born again Christian who has a lot of doctrinal issues with the Church, but he isn't a basher. He was very respectful of our beliefs, and very clear about his own. We are hoping to meet with him in person to see if we can change his mind.

In better news, Tom from the ward kidnapped us and took us to Yuba City. His eleven year old daughter has been waiting for permission from her Catholic mother to get baptized. She finally gave in. We wrote a permission slip in the car on the way over. She signed it, but didn't seem very happy at all. But, we got permission so she can get baptized. 

We were lucky enough to have our new investigator Shirley come to Sacrament Meeting this week. She even brought her mom. She still has agoraphobia issues from being in prison, so she only stayed for the first meeting, but we will get her eventually. 

There are so many homeless people here. The river bottoms have whole villages, not just the one we found. It is interesting to see their different excuses. Some are just nuts, but that's to be expected. Others blame Obama for not being able to get a job instead of their heroin addiction. Others have legitimately fallen on hard times and are clawing their way out of it. Take for instance Bryan. He is a less-active friend of ours we see at Ellis Lake almost everyday. He has been homeless seven years. We have been trying to get him to come back to church for a few weeks now. He has picked up some bad habits, mostly drinking. We are trying to get in contact with his parents and siblings, but it has been hard. 

There are a lot of baby ducks and geese at the lake now. 

All in all, this week was pretty okay.

- Elder Hyde

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