Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:58:10 -0800
My half-birthday probably isn't a big deal, but it was worth mentioning! This week was great! I love my new area, my new branch, and my new companion! I wasn't able to write in my journal much this week, so bear with me.
We spent most of the week meeting the members, visiting less-actives (there are a lot in our branch), and trying to find new investigators., we received a text from someone in the branch presidency, asking us to speak about missionary work in sacrament meeting. More about that later. night, we went to Copperton (a tiny old mining town on the western edge of the valley) to interview 3 young girls for baptism, whom had been taught by some other elders in our district. , we went to their baptism, which was awesome! There is a family in our area book that the previous elders had been teaching. We haven't been able to teach them yet, but we met them and they seem really excited to talk to us! Watching the baptism renewed mine and Elder Aguilar's desires to baptize this transfer. I have faith that we will baptize this family, as well as some other people we are teaching.
Ryan's experience with the dog at the beach reminded me: I have had some pretty funny experiences with dogs. One family in the branch has a dog who is super hyper, and is always jumping all over us. It's so funny! Also, we watched the Clausen's dog, an old border collie, while they went to St George for the weekend. Kelly, the dog, kept drinking out of the toilets, so we had to close the bathroom doors and put out a bowl of water for her. But last night, Sister Clausen showed us some pics she took in Zion NP, and it was green! Apparently, at this time, plants grow in the crevices of the rocks. A spring trip to Zion is now on my bucket list!
Elder Aguilar made a little figure out of a copper wire, and we named him Elder Cooper. We made a couple videos where Elder Aguilar was playing with it and making some pretty funny sound effects. It reminded me of Toy Story! Elder Aguilar and I get along really well. It turns out that he loves Avatar and Marvel as well!
Last night, I was talking about Yellowstone with the family we ate dinner with, and they said that you have a good chance of seeing bears if you are in the Mammoth area in the morning. Just in case you guys decide to go again! Also, they should be emailing you a picture!
Well, I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Elder Jared Weller