Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Coons, Possums & Service

Hi everyone!

This week was okay.  We didn't teach a lot of lessons, but we did do a lot of service. 

We went and helped a member pull out a kiwi tree from their yard.  We had to dig out the entire root so that was fun. Then we went and prepared/served food again at the adult center which was cool because you go with all these other volunteers and prepare food in the kitchen, then you go out and serve it to all the people.  We did another service project with our Zone where we had to pull ivy and blackberry vines at this nature park. The guy in charge was like, "I need three people who are crazy and adventurous, who are they?" Two people raised their hands and then he pointed at me and said you look crazy and adventurous come with me. I was like oh crap (this guy was a little crazy himself). He took us to the top of this big steep hill/cliff thing and then he pointed over the edge and said that he needed the ivy to be pulled off this hillside. It was pretty big and very steep so it was freaky. Elder Carl, who was with us, almost died. He reached for a branch in front of him and it broke off so he was about to tumble down the hill, but Elder Mugleston grabbed him as he was falling! Crazy. But it was pretty fun! 

We were seeing the part member families in the Ward trying to find some of them who haven't been to church in a while, and we knock on this one door in a mobile home park and a lady comes out to talk to us. She said, "my mom is a member but she is busy right now and I am a Pagan.  So yes, I do worship Satan, but I also believe that God is everywhere." She points at the grass and says, "that is God". She points at a plant, "that is God". She points at a post, "that is God" and she continued to tell us how she has learned Japanese and she started speaking Japanese to us. It was kinda funny and then she stopped and said, "I like you guys, come into Frackburger (a burger place in town) and I will hook you up with a burger." Apparently she works there and she can get us free food! She wasn't interested, but we still get lunch! 

So we have come to the conclusion that one of our investigators, Trina, was kidnapped or killed. Last week we knocked on the sketchy door with "insane asylum" on it and met Trina who said she was interested and told us to come back. So we go back on Thursday, when she says we could, and we knock on the door. A lady answers and we ask if Trina is there. She says, "no I don't think she lives here." So we explain how we met her and she says nope and closes the door. That was weird. We go back two days later and knock again. A guy answers this time and we ask for Trina and he says that she might be back in a couple of days.... So now we don't know what to think, Elder Garfield says that they are trying to cover up the murder, but their stories don't add up. I'm starting to believe it haha. But the other people that we tracted into last week with the super long driveway, let us in!! We stopped by again and they let us in and we taught the Restoration and it went well! They want us to come back! It's crazy, tracting actually worked for once! So we are excited about that. Our teaching pool is growing! 
Tyler & his companion, Elder Garfield 

Broken window in their apartment from a recent storm!

Members trapped a coon and possum down by the river ... 
gotta love the country life!!! 

Have a great week!

Elder Hill

Ponderize scripture: Ether 12:4 - "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God." 

I love how it says that when we have faith in God we hope for a better world and how that faith is an anchor for our lives in which it will always lead us to being steadfast and abounding in good works. It all starts with having a belief in God. He is the source of all truth and happiness. With a belief comes hope, with hope comes faith, and with faith comes a desire to be better and be more like our Father in Heaven. 

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