So I'm getting this email out very late but I have a good explanation. The mission recently told the zones surrounding Glacier National Park that if we could find a ride to Glacier on a Pday that we could go. So when one of our recent converts C heard this she jumped at the chance to take us (she's the one that was an eternigator and is like 65 years old and just loves us missionaries). So we went to Glacier Park today! and now we are being allowed to email even though it's getting late. Before we get to Glacier though let me tell you about our week and to answer some questions.
I received quite a few emails today but due to time constraints I have printed out Dads, Moms, and Grandma Gwynn's. To answer a quick question that Mom had Anyone can email me I just can only email one email to the family. So I hope that clears up any confusion.
Ok now onto my week. Well we were in Lewistown for Pday and District Meeting and by the time we got out of there it was Way later than I wanted it to be. We didn't even get home until 5. So most of Tues was shot. That's where this area can be frustrating when you're only in it 5/7 full days and then you have to split that up between a ward and a branch. Despite all of that though we had a really good week. We committed K to focus her attention on reading the Book of Mormon every day. This has been a struggle for her because she can keep the little reading assignments that we give her but is still lacking a pattern of daily reading. So we are now calling her every day at 9:00 to remind her to read. So far it is working and I really think she is starting to build that pattern of reading every day. She was able to come to a member baptism this Sunday so that was also really good for her to see how we do baptisms in our church and I can't wait to talk to her about it all tomorrow.
We've finally set up ward splits with Elders Quorum each Tues. This Tuesdays splits went really well. Bro.W(Havre Ward Mission Leader) bailed me out. We met with a potential investigator we had tracted into and we started teaching him the first lesson. I soon realized he knew nothing about the Bible or anything except maybe a little about Christ. I kind of froze because I have never met someone in MT so far that doesn't have some kind of religious background or belief or at least knows about the Bible. Luckily Bro. W helped me out and he did a really good job of putting things into a big analogy that helped this man understand. And now we are going back tomorrow to teach him!
Wed. we went out to Big Sandy after helping our investigator C move some stuff to her new apartment. In Big Sandy we were able to start the Stop Smoking Program with a family who just moved in and wants to go to the temple. They've never been active until they moved here but they really want to change. I gave E.Whitlock the assignment to really study up on the program and he did a great job teaching them and committing them to stop. So far so good and in two more days they'll be non smokers for good hopefully.
On Sat. we had a really good lesson with an older lady in Chinook. Her name is S. She has been meeting with the missionaries and they have been teaching her a little but have never really dove into things. I think past missionaries were always afraid to teach her because she was one of the few in Chinook they were meeting with and they were afraid she'd get mad and they'd lose that contact. Well this week after a few weeks of kind of doing the same thing we went in there and just asked her a lot of questions and were able to teach a lot based off of those questions. It turns out she never really understood what the Book of Mormon was and she has now committed to read it! This was a really big step because she is one that I could see really taking off with things if she'll read.
So we've had this new investigator that we tracted into named K. We taught him the first lesson and he seemed to like it. Said he'd read and told us we could come back. Well that was two weeks ago and he hasn't been home and one day his room mate told us he was gone even though we thought we heard him in the back. Well yesterday we went over there. Knocked on his door and he answers with this look that made us think oh great he's done meeting with us. Well total opposite. He said Oh man I'm just leaving for work. Can you guys come Tues? We said Yes of course. He then said oh and I'd Love to come to church with you on Sunday. What time is it? This totally shocked us! So we tell him and then he says well I'll see you guys Tues. I'm excited to go to church and I'm really Loving the book! E.Whitlock and I got in the car and just sat there looking at each other with big smiles! We then busted out. Holy Cow that was Awesome! Did that just Happen?! That Never Happens! It was so cool to see that obviously if people would just Read the Book they'd like it and come to find out it's true. So we are Really Excited to meet with him tomorrow!
So now onto today. The Lewistown elders got permission to go with us. We left at 7:00 this morning all 5 of us packed in C's Dodge Caliber. We get to Glacier about 10:30 or so I think. Oh Man! It is So Beautiful! Some of the most amazing scenery I've ever and will ever see! We are definitely going there when we come back after my mission and we are spending more time there. You could spend a week or more there just doing all of the different hikes and stuff. Today was a lot of fun but I'd Love to spend more time there. Everything is just so big and it all just keeps growing on top of each other. That and everything was really green this year with all of the rain we've had. And then there are all of the lakes and waterfalls that are all over. All of a sudden you'll just see this big waterfall coming out of the side of the mountain. It was so nice and cool up there too. It just helps build your testimony that there is a God and that he has created all of these things for us and our enjoyment. I took so many pictures. I'm going to have to send my card home. I'm running out of room. Anyway we stopped at a spot for lunch, stopped and took a lot of pictures, and just had a lot of fun. I'm really tired of being in a car though. Since we did it all in one day we were in the car all day. My rears asleep still I think. It was just a really fun day and just so much to see. I don't even know how to exactly explain it all. I'll send some pics but even then they don't do it justice because the sky is just so big up here and the mountains just build on top of each other and then you add the water. It's really cool.
Ok well I better go. I hope you all have had a good week. I love you all. I'll have to write a letter this week maybe. Did you get my pics? I hope so. Andrew did I know that. I can't believe he's home. Have fun seeing him and have fun Andrew being in AZ. Thanks to all that wrote letters this week. I really appreciated it. Talk to you later.
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