11/23-11/29 2015 Mostly a bunch of random thoughts or stories this week.... It's like a highlight video 11/23 We got to find out where everyone else was going. A lot of Elders leaving! Our best friends over in Belgrade are leaving, and so we were pretty sad about that, but we got to spend an awesome preparation day with them! A little nerve wracking with the new Elders coming in- two assistants to the president got released and are now serving in their place! Haha a little weird, but I guess they are just missionaries too, right? I'm going to say.... Interesting experience at zone games. We had two Elders start to wrestle over a ball during dodgeball, and one was definitely bigger than the other. As such, he went too far without really realizing it! This made the smaller Elder quite upset, upset enough actually that he stormed off..... And then went missing! Everyone in the zone spent 20 minutes scanning and searching the church, and no one could find him! He didn't show up until about 3 hours later! Wow... Definitely an experience reminding me that we are all still 18-21 year olds! The cold is starting to kill me knees. It's bearable when I take my meds, but as the dork-tard that I am I seem to forget more often than not! After a little shopping at Walmart and dinner we didn't have much to do, so we kept working our way down the ward list to help us find more people and those that maybe need us! Found an awesome wood chess set, but Elder Potter's not letting me use it! Lol it's probably for the better. I got a little mad at him, but I think in the end I was more annoyed at myself for doing something dumb. Ah well. Se la vi! 11/24 Got to teach a lesson to one of the widows in the ward. She's pretty shy, and really kinda keeps to herself and her few friends she has. We went over planning to talk about some stuff that stake president talked about, but the lesson went a little unexpectedly. We started to ask her if she was doing the 7 things he asked...... And she was doing all of them, perfectly. The lesson ended up being pretty awkward because even as we would bring other things up, she would be doing them. She was so obedient, and so humble about it! I think that lesson was meant more for us than it ever could have been for her! We went to probably the most sporty family in the ward for dinner. Crap. Haha the discussion too, so many turns toward football and basketball that I became completely lost! I can definitely see the nerd in me comin out- almost 2 hours at their house and I was lost for most of it? I'll not happily repeat that again! We didn't have too many lessons scheduled in the evening/night after dinner, so we started to sit make visits to members of the ward council. We stopped in at the 2nd councilor in the Elders Quorum Presidency's house, and he kinda sat us down and really just talked with us about his life lol. Turns out is a state and national cow auctioneer champion, and in the top 5 for the world! Wow.... Some interesting talents out here in Montana! Haha It's only getting colder and colder, and snowier and snowier. And more and more icy! There have been pretty intense storm warnings most of the week, and they are well placed! It is getting bad enough that President Wadsworth sent a message to the whole mission telling everyone that if we don't feel safe driving to stay inside until we do! Wow...... Not like home! Relief about home! Dad emailed me and let me know everything that is goin on at home.... Definitely a relief from some stress there! 11/25 Met with a less active, slowly becoming more active member of the ward. He's a pretty cool guy! He used to work as a manger at a casino chain, so Sunday's were an issue. However, now he quit so he's getting back to church as much as he can. Me and Elder Potter kept laughing, because he seriously seemed like an adult version of myself. He set up an Alienware network all throughout his home, to all his tvs and basically everything in his house! He played wow, Diablo, skyrim, LoL, and all those other nerdy games that I hope to still be playing when I'm his age and retired! He was a pretty awesome guy, and has done a lot in his life. He was the head designer for all the decor at chase stadium- the bleachers, the pool. The giant baseball, and all such things. WHAT?! Haha it's a small world I guess! The roads are starting to get super sketchy.... I'm so glad I'm not driving! We drove all around, and it seriously felt like we were ice skating at times! We helped at the thrift store again today, and we got a few cool trinkets and such. I bought a cologne bottle that looks like a bust of Ben Frnaklin. Cuz... Why not?! We dropped off a Book of Mormon to an investigator.... And she came to the door wearing a shirt. Only a shirt. Yap we got outta there ASAP. She had this on her car! We had dinner with the Elder's Quorum President. This young girl we've
never met walked in in the middle of dinner...... Sat at the table, and started eating....... Turns out that is his daughter from his first wife.... So many things confused me that night. 11/26 Stuffed full turkey day (HA I'm so funny) The first dinner we went to was at Kelly Harmons, a recent convert in the ward. We got to go over a little early and help them make stuff and finish setting up and whatnot. While we waited, their granddaughter pulled us over asking us to help her- and then she proceeded to have us take the decorations off the tree, and on. Off then back on, then take them off, etc. for TWO HOURS. Keep in mind she was like....7. Dinner was GREAT and some pretty awesome pies! (Nothing like home, of course). After dinner Elder Potter fell asleep in front of the TV, and for some reason I wasn't tired at all.... So I got to watch like an hour of football. It was........ It felt wrong but I couldn't do anything cause I tried to wake him up and he just kinda shrugged me off... Oh well it is in the past I suppose! Cowboys v. Panthers. Good game.... But I couldn't take it anymore when the halftime show came on, so I woke him up and we left. Pretty good, got to talk to a lot of the Harmons non-member family, and got to let them know that we weren't as crazy as they thought! ;) We had another dinner, also with the Harmons! Haha no this was a less active couple in the ward, and they invited us over. He made some pretty good ham, some really gross sweet potatoes, and some lemon box pie that was good, but not as world famous as he claimed it was. Haha. We talked for a bit, and got to spend a good a part of time chatting and being around them. They had Hawaiian rolls- my new favorite! Two lame games! First and only time to actually watch football on my mission 11/27 I really started to realize how cold it was- I accidentally left my gallon water bottle in the car, and in the morning it was as hard as a rock. All ice. It's too cold. Traveled to Ennis, and got to tract in "hick central" as all the townsfolk call it! Haha but yes I can see how Jeffers is that way! Got my first door slammed in my face.... 6 times. And I think I maybe got a gun almost pulled on me. Not quite sure, but i do know that we are not tracting out there anymore! Look what we found. While tracting! This was someone's pet... You can't see it but it had a collar and a leash nearby and everything...
Pretty boring day........ All days in Ennis now that we don't have
anyone to teach seem to be that way. 11/28 There was a woman's craft bazaar thing that we got to go to. Pretty cool!
Got a few Christmas presents for some friends back at home, for pretty
cheap too! We got to help out there for a little with the history
association and help them get the word and it about the new museum! Then we had pretty much the worst night ever.... We had 6 appointments
cancel, and zero success in any sort of proselytizing, and the temperature
dropped to almost 20 below!! Hard... Hard night. Haven't figured out
what lesson I was supposed to learn, but I hope to soon! 11/29 Church was SUPER low attendance. 27 people. Man... A. Ranch is definitely
different than home. We got to teach a lesson to everyone in third hour
about who to use preach my gospel, and using it to help us preach
his gospel. (oh I see what they did there!) good lesson, don't remember
most of it! We got to have dinner with an awesome couple that just got back from their
mission in Estonia, and man they are ready to preach to word to the
people in Ennis! They already (being home for almost a month) have a lesson
set up to have us teach someone in their home! Some people are just ready
to go and do! The deer are getting crazy in town! I counted almost 47 in under 3 hours!
They are getting so common that I'm beginning to not even notice them!
It's kind of funny, actually. The weather this coming week: (take off 8-10 degrees for wind chill)