Monday, August 25, 2014

I Was a Toilet Frog Once

This week has been terribly unproductive because fully half of it was
spent in meetings. It was worth it though, as I am now training.( This is his new companion, Elder Vielstich. People tell them they look alike. He has a radio voice.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Spot the Sarcasm Game

This week has been strange. We were up in Foresthill for church this
week, and we got two inactives to church. We had to go and get one
from his house, but he appreciated it by the end of church.

The branch is interesting. If everyone came who was on the records,
they would be a big ward. But they have about 75 percent inactive.

Transfers were last night. Van Kammen is being shipped off to Palo
Cedro, which is basically the only place more isolated than here. The
members we live with said that it is the back door to hell, because it
gets so hot up there.

I have been assigned as a trainer. I pick up the new guy on Wednesday.
I feel there was a glitch in the system, but hey. Might as well run
with it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gothic Font and Meth Addicts

Yesterday was an extra effective day. There is a less active family
that we have been working with without much success for a long while.
When we spoke with them yesterday, he shared his feelings about why he
isn't coming to church. He feels out of place at church, and he feels
he isn't worthy to receive a confirmation that the church is true. He
has been a member since 1961, so he has been holding this in for a
while. We taught him about the Atonement and how we are all worthy to
receive that confirmation. We also told him that even fully active
members feel out do place at church sometimes,

After that we went and saw Annie, a long term investigator who is
busier than all get out. It is hard to find times to meet with her.
She is in her late forties, and just found out her daughter is back on
meth. Except this time, Annie's daughter took her daughter with her.
Annie's granddaughter is only two years old, and is now living with a
meth addict prostitute in an unknown location. She wanted to know why
wicked, evil things are allowed to happen to two year olds. We
explained about agency, and also shared Alma chapter 14 with her. This
is the story where Alma and Amulek are forced to watch the righteous
women and children burn. She began to have an understanding of why
these things happen. It is one of the hardest parts about faith to
allow these things to be in Gods hands.

In other news, we went 600 miles over our driving limit last month, so
we decided to make it up to the Car Missionaries by sending this.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Like a Possum in Heat (The Heat, That Is)

This week was rather eventful. On the way to District Meeting Tuesday,
we found a dead possum on the side of the road. So, the only logical
thing to do was put in a box and then put it in the Stake Center
freezer for the sisters to find.

Once that bit of fun was over, they made us go and throw it away. So
instead, we put it in the District Leaders car.

Feeling quite proud of ourselves, we went on our way. We stopped at a
priests house so that he could come out with us. He asked what was on
the front of our car. Somehow, the other Missionaries had tied the
possum to the front of our car without us noticing. We had driven half
an hour down the freeway and through a residential neighborhood with a
rotting carcass attached to our grill. Pretty awesome.

We had some pretty awesome lessons this week. We have been doing a lot
better about getting members to lessons.

We had another lesson with Cy; it lasted two hours. He had some pretty
intense questions. He never understood the trinity, so we explained
the godhead to him.

We did service for the Schweigs, a part member family. It took nine or
ten hours. We were helping him put a pool liner in as well as a deck.
It took us quite a while to get the pool liner set up, and then when
we started filling it with water, it broke. Turns out you can't use
old pool liners.

I also got to go on exchanges to Colfax this week. We did service up
there too. Elder Ewell and I got to chase a couple of bunnies around
an eighteen inch crawl space full of dust and rabbit poop. Not to
mention it was probably 110 degrees under there. We tried for a couple
hours, and we still didn't get the bunnies. We were hacking up dust
all day.

Auburn is such a beautiful place.