We didn’t schedule our p.day very well today, so I won’t have much time to email, sorry! Since yesterday was Christmas, we got today as a p.day as well. I was happy to call my family yesterday too! They asked a lot of good questions! My Mom also made a list of questions to answer, so I will just try to answer some of those right now! Sorry if I don’t get to all your emails this week, but I will read them!
1. How many investigators do you have right now? Who are you teaching currently?
We have over 20 investigators right now, but many are on hold for the holidays. We are actively teaching 10 of them.
2. Who is the person in the ward or branch that has made the biggest difference for the missionaries? What have they done?
I don’t even know where to start with this one! This ward is so missionary minded! There is one member I know, Wayne, who previously helped baptize over 2 dozen people in, I think, a year, but that was a while ago. He said this ward used to be the 2nd most baptizing on the East Coast! There are at least 7 people who have been a tremendous help to missionary work since we got here! They are Chris, Bruce, Stella Goings, Margie, Joan, Wayne, and Rolf. Most of them are recent converts who have developed very strong testimonies of the gospel! Rolf was only baptized on November 11, and he is so eager to help is in any way he can! He takes us, (and our bikes,) on rides often and always says, “It’s the least I can do for all you do!” Stella, Margie, and Joan are like the dynamic trio who visit all the less-active sisters in the ward, and come to missionary lessons whenever they can. They work tirelessly to help some of our investigators work through personal challenges that are keeping them from being baptized. Chris is our ward mission leader, and does so much! He works a lot as it is, but still magnifies his calling as much as possible by following up with us on investigators, and helping us teach lessons! With all that going on he still makes it to the temple often! (even though it’s about a 4 hour drive!) Bruce is often willing to help us when we are in a bind with scheduling and transportation, and has a really positive attitude even when things don’t work out. Wayne is the high priest group leader, and he understands the scriptures very well. Whenever we take him to a lesson, he prepares an essay, and offers in depth understanding to investigators who are willing to learn! He also keeps track of the members in the ward who need service projects done, and gets the ward involved.
3. Does your mission have a theme?
Lighthouses and the hymn “Brightly Beams our Father’s Mercy” Ask Sister Weed about it. She cries every time we sing it!
4. Describe the area that you are living in? Hills? Rivers? Flat? Etc
Flat. very very flat.
5. What do most people do for work in your area? Is it a rural community? Urban? Suburbs?
6. Do you know any of your neighbors? Are they friendly?
Yes! We are trying to teach one! One watches TV very loudly every night when we are sleeping, but that’s ok… we love them anyways!
Oh! well I’ve got to run! We had some very powerful lessons this week, but maybe I’ll tell you about them next week! I hope y’all had a Merry Christmas, and thank you for your prayers!
Elder Tolley on Christmas morning
Elder Runyan on Christmas morning