Monday, January 9, 2017

Another Cold One!

Hi everyone!

This week was another cold one! There was a pretty big snow storm followed by freezing rain so we had to park our cars again for a couple days and walk everywhere. Oregon's weather is the weirdest. 

On Tuesday, we had a couple of solid lessons with our investigators and we also had an interesting lesson with a less-active lady. About two months ago we met with this lady and she was being super strange running around looking into people's houses thinking her kids were there (if you remember me writing about that). Well, we were walking in her neighborhood and her brother was driving by (he is a big Hawaiian guy) and he pulls over and says, "hey are you guys visiting my sister today? You should go visit her." Not wanting to argue with the big guy we said yeah we can do that even though we knew it wouldn't go well. So we went and visited her and it was crazy. It's hard to explain what happened, but she has a very strong paranoia with some stuff and when we were talking to her she kept going upstairs thinking someone was up there and then she would come down and yell at her dad for no reason and then go back upstairs. When she went upstairs again her dad was like, "she needs Jesus bad" Haha. It was nuts, so we just shared a scripture and left real quick.

We had a lesson with our investigator, Tuesday and it was awesome. She is getting baptized this Saturday and she is super pumped! We were gonna have Ward Conference, but we are having her baptism instead. The whole ward and the stake presidency will be there, and it's gonna be awesome! She read the whole Book of Mormon and is the most prepared person I have ever taught.

Thursday we were out in the boonies looking for a former investigator and we met this guy named Dave. He was an interesting fellow. He said that he had talked to Mormons before, but that he believes in aliens. He believes that aliens came down and injected us with DNA and that is how evolution happened. He also said that Jesus was a good Guy; that He is a Buddhist and that's why we have Buddhism. It was kinda funny, but he was a nice guy.

Other than that nothing too exciting happened this week. Oh, church was canceled on Sunday!! They canceled it because of the freezing rain and they didn't want anyone to drive in it. So it was weird not having church.

I was reading in the Old Testament this week and I wanted to share one of my favorite stories from there... This is in 2 Kings and it's when the King of Syria finds out he has been losing a lot of battles because of the prophetic influence of Elisha. So he sends a spy to find him....

"13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

I like to think that as missionaries we are Elisha. Even when we may be faced with great adversity and it seems we are heavily outnumbered, "they that be with us are more than they that be with them" .... always remember that!

Elder Hill

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