Monday, March 26, 2012
March 26, 2012 Letter
This has definitely been most interesting week. Started off on Monday with the loss of an investigator. Oh dear goodness. We were at a member's house for dinner and teaching a lesson to their non-member friend that lives with them. Good gracious. I don't really know all that was said (real hard to interpret what 3 people are yelling at each other about when they have no teeth) all I heard was something about "If there was a fire in there was a fire in the house". These precious souls got in an argument on whether or not it was okay to break a window if there was a fire blocking the doors. The owner of the home said that the guest (non-member) was not allowed to break any of the windows in the home because the insurance said that they would not pay for the damage to the window (yes, I am fully aware that that makes no sense whatsoever). The guest in the home FREAKED out and started ranting and raveing that she was not about to live in a house where she couldn't break a window to save her life in a fire. She said, "I may burn in hell, but I am sure not gonna burn up in this house!" Elder Whicker and I were trying our hardest not to laugh our guts out. Their argument was completely pointless. Anyways...so the guest proceeded to pack her things and throw them towards the front door. She had one of her other friends come and pick her up right then and there. In short, we lost an investigator to an imaginary fire drill. Probably one of the most ridiculous arguments that I have ever witnessed.
Tuesday was crazy. It was raining like NONE OTHER! All day! The dirt road, which is the only way to or from our house, was completely flooded. I don't even know that Noah could have gotten across that thing. So we were stuck inside until five o'clock when the great lakes that had formed outside our house had finally drained. We then went to a few appointments before having to leave to drive to Mt. Pleasant, Texas for another sleep over. We had a specialized training on Wednesday in Longview again so we had to drive half way and stay the night. We stayed with Elder Drake and Elder Moody, two awesome Elders. Elder Moody is one of the spanish missionaries that I came out with. (I think that I told you that in my last letter...not sure though)
So Wednesday we spent all day in Longview. Literally...ALL DAY! We left Mt. Pleasant at 8 got to Gilmer at 9. Left Gilmer and got to Longview by 9:30,and then stayed there until 6:30. We didn't get home that night until about 10 pm. Not cool.
Thursday we spent doing service that we had promised some members. This is where the real fun began. We went to Sister Hills (way out in the boondocks) to rake some leaves. Everything would have been fine and dandy had she not had a mammoth for a dog. The thing was HUGE! Great Dane/ Lab mix. The dumb dog was fetching LOGS! I would toss a LOG like 10 or 12 feet and the dog would actually bring it back to me! Pretty sweet, but the dang thing wouldn't leave us alone. So that took longer than we expected. Then we rushed over to our Branch Mission Leader's house to help him out. He is a chicken farmer for Tyson. He works so hard! He had promised us that he would come out teaching with us but was afraid that he was not going to get all the work that he needed done. So we decided to help. Oh boy were we in for a treat. He has 6 chicken houses on his property. Each house holds approximately 23,000 chickens. Our job was simple. Go through each of the chicken houses and pick up all the dead ones. No gloves, no nose plugs, just your bare hands and the sweet smell of sweaty chicken. To put it very plainly, I never want to be a chicken farmer...ever. Kind of funny actually. The branch mission leader knows Matt and Penny and Aunt Mimi and Uncle Lee. They used to live in Richfield. Small mormon world. Their names are Jedd and Lavonna Rasmusson.
Friday was just kind of a blur, don't really remember what happened. I know that we had a marriage class with one of our Marshallese couples that we are teaching. If that wasn't the trunkiest lesson that I have ever been apart I don't know what is. All about marriage and family and kids and home and AHHH!
Saturday was awesome. We had a lesson with Vanessa and her three kids. We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ through different Bible and Book of Mormon stories. We invited the whole family to be baptized and they accepted! They have a baptismal date for the 22nd of April. We are so excited! That means that by the end of April the branch will have had 22 baptisms for the year thus far! So awesome.
Sunday was great. 14 investigators at church! Sorry gotta go!