Monday, June 30, 2014

Out of Work Blues

We have officially run out of work to do. So we developed a family
mission plan pamphlet to do with the members, so they will get work
for us to do. We are pretty proud of it.

A member gave us a new investigator yesterday. And we found that guy
last week while Tracting. So hopefully the work is picking up.

We met a member yesterday who has two Hohner tremolos from the
twenties. Very cool. They sounded really good for being almost a
hundred years old.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Heroin and the Serenity Prayer

The most exciting thing that happened this week:

We have been tracting a lot lately, because we have run out of work.
We were walking down the street and saw this lady lying down in the
gutter. She looked like she was just sunbathing, but when we said
hello to her, it took her fifteen seconds to respond. She was talking
really slow and she slurred her words a lot. We were going to walk
off, but then her sister came out and started talking to us. We were
having a great discussion, but her drugged out sister kept yelling at
us. They wouldn't believe that we are out here of our own free will.
It was weird. The one girl was on something other than alcohol. It
seemed like heroin or something similar. She was freaky. They wouldn't
let us leave until we read the serenity prayer with them.

But among all the tracting, we finally found someone. His name is Ed,
and he wants a Book of Mormon. He seemed really interested by the idea
of prophets being on the earth again.

Since we are out of work, we are developing a mission workbook for the
members to go through so that they can find work for us to do. Trying
to get members to cooperate is the hardest part of missionary work.

We get our new Mission President four days before transfers. So
hopefully transfers work out okay. There are so many rumors going
around the stake about sister missionaries and area divisions. Who
knows what will happen.

Our washer broke, and it won't drain. Or spin. So I have been wringing
out my clothes before I can put them in the dryer.

- Elder Hyde

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spaghetti Banana Split with a Ladle

This photo of Elder Hyde is from a text message received from Aubrie Bragg, a ward member. 
We were lucky enough to attend the Elders Quorum activity on Friday.
The surprise was that we had to eat a full spaghetti dinner with
non-traditional implements. For example, I was drinking out of a
pitcher, eating out of a banana split bowl, and eating with a ladle.
Another guy in the ward was eating out of a cookie jar with tongs. Fun
stuff.

We are beginning a new program in our ward to help members do
missionary work. It works in three phases and by the end they should
have their own mission plan. We are making a workbook pamphlet thing
for it. Hopefully it will be done by next week so I can send the file
to all of you.

Auburn is extremely wealthy. Some of the members have the nicest
houses I have ever seen. There are several doctors in the ward, as
well as business owners. On top of that, all of the houses are far
apart. This makes Auburn a hard place to proselyte. Which is why we
are starting the member missionary work thing.

The Colfax elders broke their car so it won't go in reverse. We are
their shuttle while their car is in the shop, at least on PDays.

Here seem to be a lot more grumpy less actives here in Auburn. It's
probably because people move here to hide.

- Elder Hyde

Monday, June 9, 2014

Of Bike Rides and Richard Dawkins

We went on a bike ride this morning. We biked this trail in between Foresthill and Auburn. Lots of hills. The downhill parts were fun. We hit probably 40 mph coming down the hill back to the car. It was sweet.

Although I was supposed to get a new iPad this week, the Sister in charge hasn't been in the office for a week. So. 

Yesterday we taught a former investigator. He was in the area book as "an atheist high school student." But now, he is an atheist college student. We talked a lot of ideas. He is a big follower of Richard Dawkins. He also taught us about the topical applications of marijuana. Nice kid though.

This ward has a lot of less-active work. Part of that is that so many parts of the ward are isolated. Some families live 45 minutes out in the sticks. It is hard to find investigators here, because of how spread out it is. 

One of the families we are teaching went inactive a couple years ago after they lost a baby. He has shut himself off from a lot of emotions. We have been teaching them, and they have been coming back to church. Their wounds are healing. 

I like this ward a lot. The members are excellent. 

Elder Van Kammen is an excellent missionary. He understands how the work progresses. He his highly motivated and task oriented. 

I found a jaw harp in an antique store in Colfax. It is the perfect instrument to describe this area. 

There are a lot of frogs here. Big ones, too. Most are about the size of a fist. 

The members we live with have these huge, fat, chocolate labs. They are so fat they can't even jump. They try, but only get 3 inches off the ground. We are in charge of feeding them for a while, because the Nielsons are on a church history tour out east.

- Elder Hyde

Monday, June 2, 2014

Auburn: Gateway to the Sierras

Auburn is fantastic.

I feel like I am up in the Uintahs. There are so many trees, so many deer. We cover part of Auburn, and the small cities of Ophir, Newcastle, and Foresthill. 

We live with members who own a mansion. Most people here own at least an acre. There are some massive houses around. Huge, three story castles on top of hills. But there are also those small little cabins that have been around forever, as well as the token trailer park. 

This is the view from one of the members front porch. This was a bad day with smog.

Forest Hill is a little tiny town that is half an hour away from our house, so we only go up there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are a lot of deer that roam around up there. 

The second tallest bridge in California is in our area. Apparently Vin Deisel drove a truck off it in some movie. 

Newcastle is a small, old mining town. Some members live in a house from 1898.

Ophir has a population of 100 or so. It's not very interesting. Very pretty though.

We drive about 70 miles a day in our little Chevy Colorado. This place reminds me of a more rural bountiful. There are a lot of cows, goats, horses, and chickens up here. It is so peaceful.

The members we live with live in a mountain mansion. They have 50 chickens that we feed and collect the eggs from. The eggs taste so much better. I made German Pancakes with them and they were to die for. Crazy good stuff. I am going to make egg salad now.

Elder Van Kammen is a great missionary. Very focused. Teaches well.

Van Kammen and I got lost trying to find this ladies house. We ended up driving around on this sketchy mountain road. We finally found the house. She lives so deep in the mountain that they run everything off of a generator and they have to pump all their water. Fantastic view though. Very quiet. 

We taught a guy in the Placer County Jail this week. He is excommunicated, so we needed President's permission to continue teaching him, and then we discovered we aren't allowed to teach incarcerated people. So all those times in Marysville weren't kosher. 

Today for PDay we are going up to the Biggs place, which is 10 acres of fun. Massive zipline, ewok village, hay bale maze, all the fun stuff. Next week we are going golfing with the bishop.

I have a feeling I am going to have to watch my weight. Combined with not biking, all the members here make amazing food, since all the ingredients come from here. Real sugar, flour, eggs, honey, fruits, and vegetables. Everything tastes so good.

Things seem much more structured here. Unfortunately, we don't have very many investigators. We will have to work on finding more in these little underpopulated towns. 

- Elder Hyde