Week 18

Transfer week! It’s crazy this week was one of the fastest ever on the mission. Oh I think I know why. We had temple P-day on Wednesday last week so it actually was a shorter time since the last time I was able to email.

Well my companion, Elder Hall, got transferred to Pasco 5th and I get to stay here with my new companion Elder Troter. I hear he’s super mean. That’s ok though, I’ll whip him in to shape.  Let’s take a moment and enjoy the best pictures of Elder Hall that I have…  We’ll miss you Elder Hall.
Maybe Elder Troter will be good at pool so I can actually test my skills on him. It just wasn’t fun winning so hard. We had an exciting week a whole bunch more people on date and people actually came to Church!!! Honestly I don’t know why it’s so hard to go to Church. It was super good though.
Some crazy guy came up to us in Walmart and followed us around while we were shopping telling us how the Oclevict Jews run everything from the money in France to Hollywood, and also that you don’t have to pay income taxes if you don’t sign your W-4 form. It was weird I just wanted you to know.

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Week 17

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So we decided after our baptism that we need to get a few more people on date. We had a couple amazing experiences this week with that goal in mind. We visited this one man while I was on exchanges with Elder Davis. We haven’t met with him for almost 2 months. But as we were sharing about the plan of salvation we went ahead and invited him to baptism. Before I could even finish the question he said yes about ten times and then proceeded to say that he’s been waiting all his life to find the Church of God

At this other couples house we decided to watch the Restoration video. Something was up with their TV so it was in good ole black and white. Then while we were talking about it afterwards Maria said that she would do anything to feel what she felt now again. So we invited them and we’ll now have a great family coming into the fold.

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We had the opportunity to attend the Temple this morning. It was such a wonderful experience I’m sad we can only do it once every quarter. We brought our new convert Reynaldo to a lesson with us yesterday and it was one of a kind. It was a super Catholic family. Which doesn’t really mean much because we’ve talk all sortsof really active Church goers. Some just have more open hearts than others. It was going very great till we flipped out the Book of Mormon, then the couple we were teaching was like: A

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 Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible. So we explaine

d a little more but then we realized they thought they could try to covert us. We were really worried about Reynaldo though because maybe that had weakened his testimony. But on the contrary he told us afterward had he had felt and then shared with us how grateful he is to have the Book 

of Mormon. Then I thought to myself wow I am too. What a solid guy.

Week 16

Well Saturday was the best and worst day ever on the mission.

It started when we get a text from the zone leaders at 9 about ZLC at 10:30. We scrambled to get a ride because we don’t have any miles to drive down to Othello. We got there promptly at 10:29 and there were no other cars in the Church parking lot. So we call the Zone Leaders and they say “Oh yeah ZLC is next week. Sorry.” The member looks at us with indignation in his eyes. Then after a minutes the ZL’s are like oh just kidding we’re just late. The member who gave us a ride about runs ’em over when they get out of the car and then proceeds to tell them he’s going to slash the tires and break the windows of their car! It’s nice to have members say what we can’t
The meeting was for the Leaders in our Zone. A.K.A. not me. So while they were at the meeting I was writing letters and reading Jesus the Christ and then I got a call from Reynaldo our baptismal candidate for that day. So of course I gladly answer. In that call he tells me “I don’t want to be baptized” and hangs up. AWWW! My senior companion and trainer is in a meeting and the first Baptiste of my mission flakes out on us! Thankfully not ten minutes later the branch mission leader calls. I explain to him the problem and he asks Is Elder Hall there? Well no he’s in a meeting. He hangs up. I’m freaking out.
Meeting is over we leave with our now settled down member. Zone Leader’s car only had an angry stickynote on it. We call the BML and he tells us to call Reynaldo. Reynaldo agrees to have us come over. We do and the BML is there in the house and we walk in with a frantic spirit and they are sitting on the couch laughing their little heads off. Those dratted pranksters.
We had an excellent baptismal service that evening with the best rice pudding I’ve ever tasted. Reynaldo got baptized and we confirmed him yesterday. Everyone about commented on how good they had felt the spirit.
Wow sorry that was so long. I would accompany this with pictures but we forgot our cord for the cameras. Woops

Week 15

We are just so excited here in the middle of Washington. We have someone ready to be baptized this Saturday and it’s going to be a very special experience. It’s definitely really cool to see the change that comes into peoples lives when they place their faith in Christ and live the Gospel standards. We had a lot of opportunities to serve this week with fixing up the house of a less active to preparing the land for a recent converts big move. People really respond well to being served and by that I mean we had some really good meals this last week.

The thing that made the biggest difference in the conversion process of our baptismal candidate is that he started to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. He told us that after he started to do that he had a stronger desire to change and to do it again. He told us he always knew he needed to be baptized but didn’t feel ready until he knew of a surety that the Book of Mormon was the word of God.
We are looking forward for what will come out of the baptism because it’s been the first one in that branch for over 3 years. We are bringing many people to it and hopefully they can feel the sacred enabling power of the Atonement as we are there.

Week 14

This Christmas was amazing! We did so much over this past week it’s hard to put a finger on what I should write about.

Well last week someone in Mattawa had their trailer went down in flames. It was a few days before Christmas and they became all together homeless. Well we talked it over in ward council and decided to go and help them out. So we went over there Last Monday and got a big ole track-hoe. As we were tearing down the place someone from the city hall came to yell at us. Something about an investigation and some big insurance deal. But thankfully enough the trailer owners didn’t have insurance so the city decided it was OK for us to keep on breaking it down. Within the next day we tore it all down and loaded it up in two big dumpsters. It was one of the most fun service projects. In the process we met some of the people we were already teaching and had really good discussions about Christ like service.
Anyways we committed a man to baptism and so one the 11th of January we are going to have the first Spanish baptism for 3 and 1/2 years in Mattawa. We’ve learned that there’s no problem in asking people to get baptized. We asked a good 6 other people this week and 3 said yes! It’s so exciting seeing the Church grow in such wonderful ways.
I really don’t have much time to write email but if you’d give me your Address I would absolutely love to send you some written letters.
Teine un feliz año nuevo!

Week 13

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What a fantastic time of year to be doing missionary work! Everyone seems much more open to hear the message of the gospel. Especially when they open the door to us caroling! Unfortunately there is just too little snow. We got half a centimeter last Wednesday but that melted relatively quick.

Oh I’m so happy! Serving a mission was the best decision I’ve ever made. I only wish I had done more missionary work at home because it’s so incredibly satisfying.

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Feeling the love and spirit of God work through us and those we teach is just amazing. People change their lives and are so much more happy.
This last week was great! We got to see a man who was struggling with the WoW have a mighty change in heart.

He smiles now and really loves the scriptures. I hope that he continues to progress in the Gospel so that he can fell the joy. Merry Christmas!

Week 12

And with another week under my belt I feel like a changed man. I love to see people making changes in their lives for good and it’s so sad when they falter but as long as they keep trying they will succeed. 

 
I am so excited to see your faces on Christmas Day and I wonder if we can do it all together or if you’d rather have one missionary go then the other. Well I had a great week with a lot of success and a lot of failures. Something I learned this week is that the only failure is not trying. When we press forward in the hope of Christ we have a bunch of awkward moments but it’s when we trust God that those errors seem to be of no effect. 
 
It’s so exciting that every lesson and investigator we have has different and unique problems but that God knows them and how to help. One experience that I think you’ll enjoy is with this man named Jorge. He joined the church a few years back and loved to share his testimony with others. But a week before he sent in his mission papers he fell into a bunch of drugs partying and all that. But one night he was listening to a TV show about the LDS church full of lies. He then went to Mormon.org and felt what he felt at baptism. And right now he’s getting his life back together through that amazing gate of repentance. 
 
I love you all so much. Tristan don’t crash the car.