Monday, July 28, 2014

Crayfish!

Crayfish we caught

This is what they look like when they are cooked!

Vromans Nose Hike

Mom,
Can't believe I haven't told you much about Elder Thompson. He has been out a transfer (6 weeks) longer than I have. He came out the october 2013. He from Washington, and he is very chill and sarcastic. We get a long great. It's way fun to serve with him. We caught crayfish last week and cooked them up on preparation day. It was way fun. The only problem is he has been here for 5 transfers, the same amount of time I was in Scotia, so he might be leaving this upcoming transfer, which is on Wednesday August 6th. So I might take over the area after being here only 6 weeks. He always makes a joke and lightens up the mood when that is needed, but he is a very hard worker. I did buy some jeans. Elder Thompson still thinks I need a gps. What do you think?? It would be very nice, but I don't want to just spend money you know. You can save all your investigators, potentials, and formers in it though, and it's makes planning easy. Ben is home for knee surgery. He tore his meniscus. This past week was good. A lot of finding. Haha. Sierra is really the only person we are teaching right now, and Elder Thompson and I aren't sure how serious she is about investigating now. She did come to church which was good. But she seems to be meeting with us just for the friendship aspect of it rather than a true desire to learn the gospel. We will still teach her this week. We have taught her the first 3 lessons in PMG. We have also taught her some of lesson 4 including the word of wisdom, baptism and confirmation, prayer, and scripture study. (We usually break up lesson 4 into individual commandments). We will see where that goes. We did get a new bishop yesterday, and we recently got a new ward mission leader. Both of which are really exciting. The new ward mission leader Brother Bryant is really enthusiastic  and wants to get everyone more involved in the work. We also got to go on a hike to Vroman's nose with Sierra and some members to help her develop some friendships with the ward members. I'll be sending pictures home. It was fun. I totally forgot to tell you guys about the last zone conference which was way awesome. We learned how to increase our trust with the lord and how to strengthen our trust in him. That's really important, because this is the Lord's work and without him, nothing would be accomplished. We also learned about repentance, and how it isn't just to receive forgiveness of sins, but the true goal of repentance is change and the development of a christlike character. Love you mom and love you all. Hope you all have a fantastic week

Monday, July 21, 2014

Waterfall in Hudson. And the Beautiful Rolling Hills!




Mike, 
Hope you enjoyed your camping trip. Camping is so much fun. I'm loving life here. I get to enjoy more of the country here than my previous area because of how rural it is. We are going to catch crawdads today with our investigator Sierra and cook them up, so I'm excited for that. Hope you have a great week. Love you little brother.
Nate, 
First off, I love the Meelo picture. It made me laugh when I saw it. Glad to hear you are enjoying the great outdoors. I get to go on a hike this week with some investigators and ward members who will bring their friends. Hopefully we will be able to get to know them and start teaching them. That is the purpose of the hike, to find people to teach through the members. Hope you have a great week. Love you little brother.


Dad,
Glad to hear you had a fun four wheel ride and saw a bear again. That's way cool. Haha. Hopefully you didn't go chase the bear. That sounds sweet with the Native American flute too. It makes sense now. One of the kids told me dad got a flute, and I wondered why you would. I can't wait to hear it someday though. This area is a lot like the country that our cabin is in actually. The leafy trees and the rolling hills. I'll be sending pictures. I also did well on my talk in church. I got a lot of complements, and even got some yesterday. One person told me I talked like President Monson. Another said they really felt the spirit and I sounded like a general authority. So I'm glad that went well. Love you dad and hope you have a great week.

Mom,
That sounds exciting. So yeah I will just use the money on my personal debit card to buy the ipad when they come. Also did you find anything out about the gps?? Glad to hear you are feeding the missionaries. And I will send some pics home today. I have the same amount of time on the computer as I did in my first area, so we should be fine. Anyways, this week has been good. Yesterday, we got a new ward mission leader. Elder Thompson and I are really excited for that. It is so important for ward members to be involved in missionary work. As members friendship and find people to teach and then work with the full-time missionaries, there is a lot more success than just having the missionaries finding people on their own. Sierra didn't come to church yesterday because she got a job and had training, but she was very sad that she couldn't come to church and said she would ask her boss for sundays off, and she said she will be able to come next sunday, which is good. I also have to buy some new jeans today because the ones I brought out with me got a huge hole in them when we stacked hay for the sissons. Also got to got out on the tractor with them, which was pretty sweet. Elder Thompson and I are just trying to find people to teach. Sierra is really the only one we are teaching right now, so we are doing a lot of work with members and knocking. We do a lot of object lessons though, which I think would be great for me to teach when I get home for Family Home Evening. Other than Sierra, we find people. Tracting is fun though because of all the things that can happen. You never know what someone might say when they answer the door. Also this week we carried a pizza and drinks for a drunk guy to his house. He told me I would make a good pizza delivery boy, which was pretty funny. Mike would love this area, because as Brother Harvey says "Schoharie county has the best sweet corn in the world." We had dinner yesterday with him and the Thomas's, boy are they funny. Brother Harvey taught me how to talk like a true New Yorker. You ask a question, raise your tone, and sound angry. Haha. He said he taught that once to a missionary and they used that as their answering machine. You have so much fun as a missionary, and you learn so much. Love you so much mom and love you all. Have a great week.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14


Dad,
So our area is all of Schoharie county, not just Cobleskill and Schoharie. Although those two towns, along with Middleburgh, Central Bridge, and Richmondville. Also for finances, I know I asked mom for a GPS, but this Thursday we found out at zone conference that our mission is going to get ipads in a few months, and at the end of our mission we can purchase them for $400, which I believe is half price and is something I would want to do. I would rather get the ipad than the GPS. I do have the cash stashed away safe. That's what President Wirthlin wants every missionary to do. This week was great though. Yesterday, Sierra and Chelsey came to church, which was awesome. So Sierra is the one that I told you guys about last week. She is really progressing. She said she loved church. And we picked up her neighbor Chelsey as an investigator too. She came along for one of the lessons we had with Sierra. Chelsey also said she liked church. She also understands scripture pretty well. She and sierra read together, and Chelsey is able to answer most of Sierra's questions, which is great. We had a church tour with Chelsey and Sierra on Saturday, and it was good because Brother Gibbons, the Ward mission leader, and Larkin Cooper, a ward missionary there. Larkin also brought her friend along to the tour as well, which was good. We then played chair soccer with them after the tour, just to get to know them better and such. It was a lot of fun. We also got to help Josh Debartolo clean up their parents house. It still had damage from Irene. It was very tiring, but a lot of fun to do some yard work. Also gave a talk yesterday on making choices. Sierra said she liked it a lot, which was good. Love you Dad and love you all. Have a great week. Glad to hear that you are all going to be having fun this week in the great outdoors.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Haying and the 4th!


Mom,
This week has been great. So I took off $100 of my personal debit card because President Wirthlin has asked that we keep that much money on us in cash for emergencies. This first full week in Schoharie has been great, but very different. Elder Thompson is awesome too. He's so funny and cool. He's also very athletic. His favorite sport is soccer. We did get to do hay on Tuesday, and boy was I sweaty. The humidity here is so bad. I was probably as sweaty as I was after a hockey game in just a shirt and jeans. But we did get to have breakfast and lunch with the Sisson family, the ones who we stacked the hay for, so that was awesome. The area here doesn't really smell like hay, more like cows. We only have one real investigator right now. She is 18 and is a high school dropout and is trying to get her GED. She used to be on illegal drugs. She still has some word of wisdom issues with smoking cigarettes. She has a 2 year old son, and the dad is in jail. It's crazy to see how much the gospel is changing her life and how important it is to have good friends. Since Elder Thompson and I have been teaching her, she hasn't actually kept any commitments yet, but she is definitely changing. She at first thought we were crazy for all the rules we have to keep and such. She just wanted to hang out. But she has started to ask questions in more recent meetings that are related to the gospel. She says we are her only real friends. All her other friends were on drugs or were once on drugs. It's been a really cool experience to see how important good friends are. I feel sorry for her since she grew up in Schenectady and has always had bad influences around her. To grow up in the gospel is truly a blessing, a blessing that I have taken for granted. Fortunately she is coming to a family home evening tonight which we are really excited for. She will be able to make some friends with ward members that will be a good influence on her and will get her more interested in the gospel. I truly believe that Elder Thompson and I have been a good influence on her. It's going to be interesting as we continue to teach her, but if we get the ward members involved, it will be very good. Members are so important, and I hope you are all praying and looking for missionary opportunities back home. Other than that, it was a lot of finding this week. Oh and we had the 4th of July ward picninc, which was way fun. It was free dinner, and Elder Thompson and I got to play baseball, kickball, and signs with the members there. Elder Thompson and I were actually sore after, since you don't get much time to exercise as a missionary. I'll be sending pictures home soon. I'm loving Schoharie so far. Take care mom. Love you and have a great week.