Monday, May 18, 2015

Salt Lake or Seattle?

Subject: Salt Lake or Seattle?
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:20:33 -0600

Querida familia,

This week has been excellent.  The work is finally starting to pick
up.  We found 3 new investigators (actually we already knew all of
them, but hadn't yet picked them up as investigators because we
couldn't meet with them).  We are also starting to make progress with
our Ward mission leaders.  Most of them are pretty new to the calling,
and haven't been trained very much, but now that we are starting to go
out with each of them, things are starting to happen.

The subject line above refers to the crazy amount of rain that we have
gotten here.  Almost every day has been cloudy and rainy, and it is
supposed to continue all throughout this week.  When I tell people
where I'm from, they ask "so this rain is just like home for you?"

We also had to transfer all of our paper teaching records from the
area book into the online area book on our iPads.  Since we have both
English and Spanish assignments, we had two area books to transfer.
We were up until almost midnight on Thursday.  But we got it done!

On Wednesday, we had our friend Eduardo, our landlord's son, with us
all day.  He is leaving on his mission next week.  He will be going to
Salt Lake East for 3 months, and then he will receive another call
from there.  That was the day that we picked up all 3 investigators!
It was the perfect day to bring him with us, because one of the
numbers that we report every week is the number of lessons with a
member present.  We have two more lessons tonight with some more
potential investigators, so we are really excited!

On Thursday, we literally helped people move all day.  At 7:30 AM, we
helped one family that is moving to California, and then in the
afternoon, we helped someone who is moving to Michigan. He and his
family were meeting with the missionaries here before they moved in
about February, and they were all baptized just last week in Michigan!
Apparently his job moved them there, and they had to get there
quickly, so this week he was finally able to come back and get
everything else out of the house.

On Friday, I went on an exchange with Elder McKinney, one of my zone
leaders.  That was my third exchange with him, but he's super cool!
We met an FLDS guy, who believes in the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith,
and everything, but he feels that the church has made some bad changes
in the past.  He also believes that there is a separation between
church and the Priesthood.  But I won't burden you with all of the
deep doctrine he got into.  He really was a nice guy, and he loves
talking with the missionaries.

Saturday was the Utah girls lacrosse state championship.  I mention
that because one of our Ward mission leaders is the girls lacrosse
coach at Copper Hills High School, and they made it to the state
championship.  Unfortunately, they lost in the last few minutes by 1
point.  But our Ward mission leader gave us some really cool hot pink
shirts from some cancer event they had.

Yesterday was great!  We had fast and testimony meeting (since the
last two weeks have been stake conference and Mother's Day).  The
first Ward I went to was awesome!  The spirit was so strong throughout
the entire sacrament meeting.  That same Ward is having a "missionary
month" for their young men, so I got to teach them yesterday.  I
taught them the first lesson, and then had them role play it to each
other.  It went really well!  Then last night, we went to a fireside
held by the mission, specially geared toward investigators.  I saw
Sister Patton!  Apparently, her companion straightened her hair, so I
didn't even recognize her at first!

I'm so glad to hear that this week went well for everyone else too,
however stressful it must have been with all of those wedding/birthday
party preparations!  Mom, I hope you feel better today!  And I can't
believe Ryan is a DEACON!  But have a fantastic week everyone!

One more thing- I have a referral for you!  Apparently, one of my WMLs
has a really less active brother in the Machias Ward.
(Family name deleted to protect their privacy)
Look them up on LDS Tools.  I don't know if dad wants
to visit them, or if you want to tell the missionaries in that Ward,
or Bishop Leavens?  But that would be super cool if he was

Elder Jared Weller

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