Monday, September 18, 2017

Gunnison 3

I Can See My Breath!
We taught Shay this week. She is doing great. We taught her a little more about The Restoration and she thought it was great.  
 The Heckers are doing great.  We taught them about prophets. They are going to be thinking of some questions to think about during conference.
We also are teaching this less-active man named Joe. He is super cool.  He makes masks and belts then sells them.  He signed a contract to sell his masks in Crested Butte for another few weeks on Sunday. This week he said after that he really wants to start coming to church again so that is fantastic. 
We had an amazing lesson with Able the other day.  The Alarcon's came and they are great.  He said that he knows it is true.  He is going to meet with President Hall on Saturday and see what he needs to do so he can be baptized.  He also has been doing missionary work and has started to stand up for what he believes so that is amazing. 
Sad waffle news.  The family that does waffles is moving.  There last day of doing waffles was yesterday. That does mean that they went all out though. We had pizza waffles, strawberry cake waffles, and regular they were super good.    
Also a highlight of the week was I saw someone at district meeting and it was fantastic.  Brother Caras my ward mission leader in Craig showed up and it was the greatest thing ever. It was great to see him and catch up on how he has been the last 4 months.  
I hope you all have a fantastic week.
Saturday Henry received a letter from Ana in the mail. Here's a portion that everyone may enjoy: "Earlier in the week we ran into a lady that had been looking for a dog.  We decided to help look. After looking for a little while we decided to say a prayer. Less than a minute later the lady found her dog so that was cool."
Here's an excerpt from an exchange between Brian and Ana today about her brush with fame a couple of weeks ago:
"None of the missionaries know who Donny Osmond is.  I was actually really proud of myself for knowing who he was."
 "Tell the other missionaries that Donny Osmond was the Harry Styles of 1975.  That's when he was super popular and in all the teen girl magazines."
 "I will.  I tried to tell Sister Thompson that he was like Harry Styles and she was like, 'oh, are you sure?' and I was like, 'yeah.' She was like, 'that is probably what will happen to Harry Styles too, no one will know who he is.' and I was like, 'nooooooo.'"

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gunnison 1 & 2

(This is Gunnison 1 and 2 because last week was Labor Day and the Library is closed so Tuesday she just wrote that she didn't have time to write.) 

How Zelda Relates to Missionary Work 101

Sister Thompson is way into The Legend of Zelda. She started making a list this week of all the ways the two relate.   
Little update from last week.  Before transfer meeting I had this feeling that I should bring the New Eras that we got for the Roybal family with me to transfer meeting.  I was like that is a weird idea. On the way to transfer meeting we got lost three times.  We didn't have a GPS so we were trying to follow the road maps. In all that mess guess what? We ran into the Roybals so that was crazy. Lesson that if you feel like you should do something and it is good, Do It because it might be the Holy Ghost
We are teaching this girl named Maeve. She is a 19 year old studying law at Western.  A lot has happened in the last two weeks with that. She has been reading the book of Mormon for a little while and she wanted to learn more.  We started teaching her and she came to church and wanted to be baptized.  Her mom she was not sure would be on board, but we had a lesson and she said she talked to her mom and her mom said she would support her so that made Maeve really happy.  Then we had a lesson a few days later and she said she called her mom and dad and told them that she decided to be baptized.  Apparently there was a lot of yelling and crying and basically they are not really on board.  She said they think she needs to focus on school more and if in a year she still wants to be baptized then that is okay.  She still wants to meet and come to church but not as much.  The branch is aware of the situation and says, "well we will still welcome her of course and even if she doesn't get baptized that is okay."  The branch is fantastic.  That is the really short sum up story. 
We are also teaching this guy named Able.  He has word of wisdom issues.  He knows that this is the restored gospel.  He is afraid to stand up to people and is always concerned about what people think of him.  He says that we should not give up on him and keep teaching him.   
There is this nice lady named Shay.  She likes to feed us sometimes.  She is really good friends with Donny Osmond and will tell you all about it.  
We are teaching this less-active family named the Heckers.  They are super cool.  They have a goal to get to the temple.  
The branch here every Sunday has waffles for all the college kids and it is fantastic.  

I hope you all have a fantastic week.

(Here's a portion of Ana's letter to her Dad this week- adds just a few more little details about her week)

Gunnison is good, very pretty.  We cover a lot of tourist towns and so people are like, "no, I am not interested in the gospel I am on vacation."  People are usually nice though so that is good.  It is just a branch so not that big.  I think the most exciting thing that happened is that Donny Osmond said hi to me.
I hope you have a great week

Monday, August 28, 2017

Uncompahgre 12

 Uncompahgre is Family

Well we got transfer news.  I will be leaving for Gunnison tomorrow.  I don't think anyone was expecting me to leave but that's what is happening. I am super sad to leave Uncompahgre but I am sure I will love Gunnison too.  Sister Thompson told me that it is already getting cold and they have to scrape frost off their car in the morning. That means that snow is coming soon which will be amazing. I will be with Sister Thompson.  She is super sweet. We have been on exchanges before.  Her companion is also going home this week so we get to spend today together too.  She is being super awesome and helping me to clean out the apartment and pack. I really don't remember a lot of what happened this week. After this weekend everything is a blur.
Mike and Mitch are doing great. Mitch is super excited to be baptized.  We taught the Word of Wisdom this week and he smokes.  We told him that as homework we wanted him to make a plan. He said "I already know. The goal is to get baptized on September 16th the plan is to stop smoking and trust that God will help me."  Mike just loves learning and the gospel.  
Chuck is starting to study his scriptures more.  We taught a lesson on scripture study and have really been focusing on finding the principle in what we read and how we can apply it to our own lives.   

I hope you all have a fantastic week.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Uncompahgre 11

Looks Like Firebending is Back On

Well the eclipse was super exciting.  We laid on the Pulsipher's trampoline and ate french bread; it was a blast.   
Mitch is doing great. Yesterday he told us the he feels like he has walked onto a football field with the lights on.  The gospel is just so clear and makes sense.  It is so simple and is just the greatest thing ever.  
Mike this week ended up moving out of his old house and is renting a room from Mitch.  They have little study sessions every night where they study the things that Mitch is learning.  They are just both so excited.  Mike also has read half of Preach My Gospel. He mentioned it yesterday and was like, "Oh, it says that in your book." and we were like, "What?"  He said, "You did that one lesson with me on charity so now I read the entire chapter on Christlike attributes and I also just started reading it. I am about half way."  I think they might study more then we do. They only study what we have taught Mitch though when they study together.  

I hope you all have a great week.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Uncompahgre 10

It's Just A Tiny Spaceship-Mike

Well we went disc golfing this morning that was super fun. Mike has wanted to teach us how to disc golf for a while so he was super excited.  The Purpers also came so it was super fun.  
Also this week a member always has been teasing us about how we need to get permission to go to the bike rally in Sturgis.  He said he guessed we were never going to get permission so he went without us and just brought us t-shirts so that is awesome. 
This week was crazy... well you remember that guy Mitch?  He is on date to be baptized.  Crazy miracle that happened with that.  On Monday Mitch cancelled on us so we were a little sad, but later that night we got a text from Mike asking where Jesus comes to the Americas in the Book of Mormon.* We told him and asked why; he said well you see I am with Mitch he had a bad day and so we are just reading the Book of Mormon together and we wanted to read that part.  The next day we had a lesson with Mitch and Mike came.  We taught The Restoration and Mitch was like, "oh , Mike and I went over this pamphlet yesterday. He told me about the app.  This thing is awesome. We read the Book of Mormon for 2 hours yesterday and then Mike left and I just explored the things on the app for 4 more hours."  Mike was like "sorry." We were like, "Mike, it is fine."  We finished teaching The Restoration and Mitch loved it.  They are both so passionate about the gospel and it is super awesome.  We taught Mitch the Plan of Salvation and he said that it totally made sense.  He and Mike have decided that they are going to get together and read 2 Nephi together.  That is right, Mitch has already read to 2 Nephi 5. He is just so excited about the gospel it is amazing.  He came to church yesterday and loved it. 
Sister Purper was also super awesome and invited her friend that we are teaching and got her to come to church; it was amazing.  
Chuck also came to church and that was awesome.  
I hope you have a great week.
[*this is a link to the book of Third Nephi in the Book of Mormon. If you click  the link you can read a summary of each chapter; if you click on the chapter you can read the entire chapter]

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Uncompahgre 9

Baptisms and Sweet Corn

Well Mike got baptized and that was super awesome.  He is so happy.  We asked him yesterday how he felt and he said, "Can you not tell I am literally like glowing! Also my cheeks hurt I don't think they have ever hurt this bad" (from smiling so much).  His family came and that was super awesome. He is super excited to share the gospel with all of his friends.  

We found this guy named Mitch.  He is friends with one of the members and also with Mike.  The member's daughter came out of the house as we were trying to visit their neighbor. She said, "Hey so you know that guy Mitch? Well, he told my mom that he wants you guys to teach him more about Jesus. Do you guys want to do that?" We said, "of course" and we taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is super excited to learn and loved everything that we said.  We are seeing him again tonight.  

This weekend was Cornfest and we helped out with trash duty.  It was super fun... since basically you get all you can eat Olathe Sweet Corn for free and it is great.  Then you can put different things on it. Sister Poulton tried a poultry meat rub.  I also tried sweet corn gelato.  It was surprisingly really good.  


Hope you all have a super great week. 

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(Ana with the Bakers- a family that used to live in our ward, but moved to CO.  They were able to go out to lunch together one day this week since they are in Ana's area)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Uncompahgre 8

I Thought it Was a Dead Cat But it is Just a Pile of Poop!

Well I kind of lost track of time so this will probably be a little short. 
I went on exchanges in Gunnisen and we helped at the assisted living center and helped them play bingo.  That was super fun.  
I also hit my year mark which is just crazy.  Elder Lunt from my MTC district is in my district so we took a picture.  I will have to send it next week.
MIKE IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON FRIDAY!!! I am only a little excited. He also asked if he could teach the lesson this week because he had a friend that was really struggling and he wanted to share the gospel with him.  We said of course. The friend didn't end up coming but we ended up talking about humility and it was a great lesson.  His mom also sat in again which was awesome.  
Chuck came to church again and loved it.  
Also we saw an entire rainbow.  Like we could see the full arch and see where both ends touched the ground it was amazing.  
Have a great week.
Sister Holcomb