You all have read my e-mails enough to know that we have a lot of fun out her in the IBM. This past week is no exception. Monday we hiked up to Table Rock for our zone activity. Most of our Zone didn't show up. Three other companionships showed up with us. It was still a lot of fun as we "ran around the hillside like little kids" (quote from Sam after we told him about our day).
Monday also marked the start of the MASTER FINDER COMPETITION!!!!!!! (and yes it was necessary that I needed to put that in different font/size and have seven exclamation points). Some may remember last year the game we played my second transfer. I was training a new missionary while I was training myself and we committed to show the Elders the Sister Power! In the end we totally trashed the Elders in our district. Not joking. Anyways, Elder Hook played this game last time so he's determined to beat me.. we shall see..
Tuesday was fun. We decided to start down this street in a neighborhood nicked name Felony Ridge. First door- No body was home. On our wat to the second one we hear this huge clang noise. Sister Bottomley paused but we both walked up the drive way and this guy walked out of the garage. We started talking to him and he told us the noise was a project he was working on (still don't know what it is..). His name was Brandon. Visiting his mom for a couple weeks trying help her out. We talk about his hunting/fishing guide business and then the conversation moves to religion as always. Basically it comes down to the fact that he's agnostic and doesn't feel the need to change right now BUT he would like us to come back to teach him. BOOM! We set up an appointment for Thursday.
Something we do on Tuesdays is volunteer at a retirement home. We play games usually but I've picked up playing chess with one of the residence, BJ. He's good.. I plan on beating him sometime in the next 4 weeks before I leave. BJ says I'm one of the best he's played against but just not good enough to beat him. He's kind of sassy for an old man. The Elders we go with also found a new friend running around the facility.
Wednesday, I cause quite a ruckus in our District meeting.. It was pretty bad haha. Elder Hook got on a table and started to preach to our District, Elder Avery was tossing media at him, Elder Bodine is in the back corner yelling and who knows what Elder Xoumphonphackdy, Thatcher and Sister Bottomley were doing. Elder Merrill is behind me in the picture just watching waiting to baptize people. It was pretty awesome. Needless to say, I probably won't be doing a skill check for the rest of my mission but we did end on a spirit packed note. (They were acting out Samuel the Lamanite preaching to the Nephites. It was pretty great)
Back to Brandon. For our return appointment, we brought one of their neighbors with us. She had to go somewhere so we were just going to introduce them and hope Brandon's mom was going to be home. We knock on the door and his mom answers the door and tells us that he's not home. Making the best of an appointment that just fell through we start talking to his mom and you could tell she was having a really rough day. A thought came to mind but I shrugged it off. Then it came again and so I asked her if she wanted a hug. It was perfect and she really just needed it. The member had to leave but we asked if we could come in to talk a while. Ended up teaching her the first lesson and making a return appointment which turned out amazing as well. Brandon still wasn't there but she said that they read the beginning of the Book of Mormon together and really enjoyed it.
Thursday and Friday we had record breaking snow fall. We still have about a foot of snow left and since we're technically in unincorporated Boise we don't get all the fancy snow plows out here. So there is about an inch of ice on all the roads. I've only ever been stuck in the snow once before and never have really slid on ice. Sister Bottomley and I invented a new game called Car Sledding. You never know you're doing it until you are driving and your car doesn't want to stear/slow down because of the ice. Most of the time we ended up in a snow bank on the side of the road. It's been fun.. Basically we're pros now at getting people unstuck in the snow and have helped other people to. Friday we went out and shoveled our neighbors driveways and found several potential investigators. Wooh! I lost my camera for a few days so I didn't get very many pictures of the snow until last night.
Saturday I had my very last exchange..Sad but I went with Sister Molbek who is from Denmark! She is amazing and I learned a lot from her. She's going to try to get into BYU so we can hang out when she finishes her mission.
Sunday came the miracle of the Milano Suit. We were visiting with one of our Recent Convert families, The Zimmermans, and we got talking about how she wants her husband to be excited about the gospel again. The aren't a family of means so he usually goes in jeans or sweats which makes him feel super out of place. We talked about one of our other investigators, Sam, who just rocks the jeans and a sweater look. Going and going she mentioned that she bought a suit for him at D. I. but it didn't fit him because he's a bigger guy. Sister Zimmerman got this look in her eye and asked us to pause while she went and got something. She comes out with this $350 Milano suit (original price tags still on) and asked if this would fit Sam. Sister Bottomley and I looked at each other because it looked like it would fit him exactly. She made us take it with out giving her anything. Sister Zimmerman said that if it fit him that was all the thanks she would need. We were meeting with Sam later that night so it worked out great. After the lesson we told Sam to try it on to see if it fit. He disappeared for a minute and then came back out. We asked how they worked. He said it fit. We all made him try in on again to show us. It was a miracle! So amazing how it basically fell out of heaven just for Sam. He is so close and has recognized that he's slowly receiving his answer but doesn't know if he's ready yet. Working on it still but as of this morning he was on Ether 10 in the Book of Mormon and we're meeting with him tonight. When he does feel he's ready I know that the rest of the process will go super fast.
Anyways, we got to run. Idaho City here we come! Enjoy the pictures!
1. Master Finder Plaque that we've have for a year now.
2. BJ and Chess
3. Moka and the Elders
4,5,6,7. Results of the snow. Icy roads, sideways icicles and the fact it's snowing on the inside of our car..
8. Sam in his new Milano Suit.
(i love my job)
Pictures from Table Rock Hike!!