I've got a teensy bit more time today! Last preparation day we went
hiking and we're going hiking again today. We went on the Blodgett
Canyon Lookout hike, one of my favorite I've ever done, and this week
we're hiking Lake Como again! These mountains are truly fascinating.
This Tuesday, we got to meet with a young man named Mitchell for the
first time. We met Mitchell at Subway, because he works there, and
invited him to take the lessons. Come to find out, a couple in the
ward had befriended him already! The Chapman's are some of the best
member missionaries I've ever met. We had dinner with them and
Mitchell last Sunday night. The message we shared after was on hope
because Mitchell had felt he wasn't even worth to meet with us. We
taught that no matter where you are, Christ suffered for our sins. It
was a powerful lesson. On Tuesday we taught the Restoration. Mitchell
is really sensitive to the spirit and he was so receptive to all the
information we gave him, he can't wait to read the Book of Mormon.
When we leave the Chapman's home, Mitchell stays. He is 24 and still
lives at home, however, he hates being at home because of certain
troubling family issues. He does everything to stay away from home.
The Chapman's home has become his home, and when he doesn't want to go
there he goes and watches a movie with them, reads the Book of Mormon
out in their hammock, or chats with them. They are such a blessing in
We have an investigator named Sandro that we've been meeting with for
quite a while. He hasn't really wanted to learn, he's just wanted to
do bible study. We don't have time for people who aren't progressing
right now, so we felt like we should drop him. We tried to drop him,
but he wouldn't let us! He wants us to keep coming back! His bargain
was that he wanted us to prove our message to him. We told him we
can't prove it to him, he must prove it to himself through prayer and
revelation. If he cannot understand this, we may have to drop him.
Missionary work is pointless if no one ever prays.
Amy Is doing very well! She is excited for baptism and striving to
prepare herself. This last week she and her husband, Cory, invited us
over for dinner. It was very fun, we love Amy and Cory and all the
children very much. Cory knows what he needs to do, he just has a hard
time doing it. This last time he admitted that when things get hard he
just hides from it, however, shortly after he also proclaimed that he
"will be baptized," but has some "murky water to work through first."
We're proud of him, now he needs to start coming to church.
We were guided by revelation this week and had many powerful lessons
by following the spirit in every footstep, I will write about these
individuals as soon as they start progressing. Probably my favorite
event this week was last night. After dinner last night we went up to
Pinesdale to have s'mores with Will and Kara, Joel and Marilyn, and
Kerry (the polygamist wife with all the questions. Also, she's the
best) and her husband D.J. We also brought Harry and Annie Lee, two of
our favorite members. An update with Kerry real fast, she comes to
church every week with all of her children. Her son Zeb is baptized,
Will is getting baptized, and Fred just started investigating. She
feels like she is where she needs to be right now, and surprisingly,
we have both received the same prompting. Anyways, there were a bunch
of other kids up there because it is a polygamist family, and I can't
remember their names. It was incredibly fun, we talked, roasted
s'mores and laughed. We were also able to set up Joel and Marilyn's
baptismal program! August 7th is the date! We are SO EXCITED. Will and
Kara are progressing and can't wait for their other interviews, it is
a happy time. Anyways, love you all!
Blodgett Canyon Hike!
Elder Angle is probably the coolest person ever.