Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tracting In The Rain and Homemade Chocolate


You're putting in hardwood floors? That sounds fun. Yeah I'm super excited for conference this week. Oh and I got a package from the Lawrences, which was pretty awesome! I also really like that scripture you said, about how the rain falls on the just and the unjust...especially because its been raining for since like last Wednesday. And we don't want to go over our mile limit for the month, so we've been out walking in the rain/wind for the past few days as much as possible. Haha Saturday we even some trees that had fallen over from the wind. Haha something about tracting in bad weather is fun. Not sure why...

You asked about the investigators. Yeah, Jade's baptism should still be happening on the 6th, as long as all goes well. Her dad should hopefully get baptized sometime in the near future also...we just need to get him to believe that there's a God...but other than that he seems ready! With her dad, we watched a mormon message called "mortal father, heavenly father". I love that video! My companion and I watched it like 4 times this week during studies. Armando...hasn't really changed since last time. He still thinks baptism is good and wants to do what he should...but is willing to wait until next year.. We also contacted this old potential investigator named Isabel. She told us she had read the whole restoration pamphlet, liked it, and told us she'd be at church this week...but didn't come...so hopefully she ends up being as aweseome as she seemed when we talked to her.

Oh, last P-Day was pretty cool. We went to where Armando lives (he lives with a member family), and one of the members there is a chef and is training to go to national cooking competitions or something. Anyway, she had some cocoa beans that her brother had harvested at their house in mexico and had sent over here, so we went and made chocolate from scratch with her. Took like 3 or 4 hours, and honestly, I think store bought chocolate tastes just as good or better, but it was pretty fun. Then they fed us mole, which as far as I can tell, is like enchilidas covered in chocolate/spice sauce stuff. I have no idea what they are, but they taste good. Then for dessert we had super expired bananas with cheese and sour cream...and... umm....yeah...

Haha random quote from this week... "Oh, a native american examining a tree...so stereotypical." -Elder Madsen. Not really sure how to explain that...thats just exactly what happened. Not really sure why I thought it was so funny, because now as I write it out, it looks pretty stupid.

Oh, yesterday was the primary program. We got to sing with them for one of their songs, because they wanted to sing I Am A Child of God in spanish, so that was fun. My companion translated the first half of the program and I did the second half...but afterward we found out that the headsets we had passed out were all dead and that no one had been able to hear us the whole time...so that was awkward. I guess we'll have to learn from that.

So I was thinking of Alma 5:15-16 as a verse of the week. The other day I was studying hope (because DyC 4 says you need hope to be qualified for the work), and afterward I went to read in the book of mormon, and those were like the first two verses I read, and they're awesome. Alma 5 is like a self-interview, and if you can answer yes to verse 15 and 16, I'd say that qualifies as having hope. I especially like the phrase "eye of faith". Today I happened across another verse in Alma 32:40-43 that uses that same phrase. Pretty cool. So today I ended up going and studying all the scriptures I could find that talk about eyes. Kinda weird I guess, but super cool.

 Oh, other random thing. Did I ever tell you guys about "THE LIST"? Its amazing...but we think it might be illegal. Not sure. Our area book has a list of every hispanic sounding name in Redmond and a few other cities. My companion says he thinks we got it from a member that works at a cable company or something...but its great. There's not a ton of hispanics here, and its not like they all live together in the same neighborhood, so its like a list of addresses of where to find them. I guess you could theoretically get the same info from a phone book, so it shouldn't be illegal...but its just funny/creepy that we have it. We joked around the other day saying that if anyone saw our apartment they'd think we were some sort of weird border control people, because we have spanish names written all over our whiteboards. We look especially creepy out in the rain because our jackets look like trench coats. Interestingly enough, little kids still talk to us all the time, even though I'd say we look exactly like a stereotypical "stranger" that parents tell their kids not to talk to. We can get them to tell us their names and addresses and everything. Haha well other than that, not sure what else to say today. Hope everything is going good! Super stoked for conference! Hopefully by next p-day we will have baptized Jade, if all goes well. Love you guys!

Elder Webster

haha one other thing I was planning on saying. Since we've been walking around a lot more, we've noticed how people react to missionaries and notice us (we knew before, but this past week made it obvious). It seems impossible to walk anywhere without some members honking and waving at us! Super cool. Haha but at least once or twice a day, people will also stick their head out their window and yell at us. Usually they either just yell "Mormons!" (in a mean way) or "Satan!"...its weird. Not really sure why they yell that. Honestly though, for some reason, we end up smiling and laughing just as much or more when people yell at us compared to when they wave nicely.

Haha oh, other funny story. The other day we asked this guy how he was doing, and he launched into a 15 minute story about how all his sons had passed away, and some story about Portland, police, jail, guns, pain, death... not totally sure. He had like no teeth and half the time we werent' sure if he was speaking english or spanish, and he kept switching between the two... It was the only time we'd ever met him. We really enjoyed talking to him and have tried to visit again, but haven't managed to find him home. He's pretty fun to talk to though. Haha at the end we invited him to church, he asked when it was, and we're pretty sure he said he'd be at the bar during that time, but that we were welcome to come with him if we wanted. At least we think thats what he said. Haha, writing that reminds me of the kid in our last area that kept asking us about marijuana...yeah...random. Haha you get to meet some interesting people on your mission. You kind of end up specifically looking for the people that most people don't look for...or want to find. Pretty fun.

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