Its so wonderful to email you again. Got to love p-day. I know I sure do. It gives us such a wonderful time to relax and take a break from a week of working. Without p-day, I would probably go crazy haha. But it helps get me ready for the next week.
Well this past week was spring break. Things were SUPER slow. Almost as bad as winter break when there was no-one here. That made things difficult. But this week we were still able to have some success. I'm not sure if I have ever told you of a young woman named Ashley. Ashley is a cool girl who's roots take her back to England. She has an accent which makes it fun to talk to her. She has some mental handicaps that give her the personality of a younger individual. She is a "poke'maniac" as she calls it. (into Pokemon...big time). Anyways. We have been working with Ashley for some time now. Since before i got into the area. But last week we went over and just straight up asked her if she wanted to be baptized. She said she needed some time to think about it so we told her we would come by later that night. So we followed through and went by and asked and she said...yes! It was great. We were shooting for this last Saturday but she wasn't going to be ready. So we are working toward this Saturday but there is no guarantees. But I have faith. She just needs to truly dedicate herself to learning and following through. So we will see what happens.
Nothing really to much else has happened. I feel bad for not being able to write to much to you. Definitely not as juicy as last email, that's for sure.
But thank you everyone for all the support you give me. For everything that you said on the tape recorder...except for you Brando, haha just kidding but seriously. Well I love you all so much. Hope all is well on your side of the world!
So. I'm going to let you know right off the bat, Ever since Friday, I have probably had the craziest 3 days of my mission. It has been absolutely loco. I will share a list of events, then I will talk about them.
-We had an emergency ZLC in Wilcox
-We had to teach an impromptu Sunday school lesson
-I rope swung and about broke my leg
-I have been sicker than a dog
-We had to take An Elder to the ER
-And we had a surprise baptism
-(this is just like half of the things that happened)
-So, the emergency ZLC in Wilcox. That was a lot of fun actually. Normally ZLC's are set up months in advance, but as of this time, it needed to happen NOW. It was set up in like 2 days and we had to all meet up in the central location. Right now, the mission is extremely young. Over 75% of our missionaries are under 6 months old. So a lot of the old leadership has left leaving the younger leadership to step up and take charge. It makes things quite difficult in getting things done. Everything needs to be explained quite thoroughly and a lot of these District Leaders are brand new. So keeping things going the way it needs to be done has been taken to a whole new level. Missionaries as young as 3 months old are district leaders (sound familiar haha) and training new missionaries. Its crazy. But it keeps us on our toes. Trying to keep up with all these young bucks keeps me going strong. haha. I'm a dang geezer compared to some of these missionaries. hahah.
Its so good to be talking to you again. As you can tell, this email is a little later in the week. Transfers were yesterday but we ran out of time because we had to help transport people to different locations of the mission. So we didn't have time to email or really do anything. So that is why I'm writing to you today. I hope I didn't freak anyone out or anything. I don't think I have ever emailed on a Wednesday before. This is kind of weird actually. I don't like this. See you next week on a Monday!
Elder Thorpe-Almost time to Go...
OK no I'm just kidding. I will email home any chance I get!
So this past transfer, Elder Thorpe left. He is currently at home now. Well I guess somewhere in Utah, I'm not really sure if like he is home but you know what I mean. It was weird being a missionaries last companion, and he wasn't trunky at all. I was actually pretty impressed. he worked hard until the end. He endured. I hope to be able to do that when I'm at my last transfer. But I was thinking about it. I have another new companion. I have only had 1 companion for more than a transfer, and that was Elder Howard up in Clifton. Since then and before then, only 1 transfer. Do I smell or something? Or maybe I'm too cool that they can only be around me for 1 transfer. That is all their body will allow of the EPCI. Elder Pierce Cool Intake. (that sounds pretty good actually).
Elder Pierce & Elder Thorpe
It was really sweet. We had an awesome miracle this past 2 days. Yesterday, we called a lot of the former investigators that were talking to the missionaries for awhile but kind of dropped off. We spoke with one who lives out in Bylas, its an Indian reservation. And we set up a time to meet tomorrow. So he shows up late to our appointment but he brings 4 friends with him! Perfectly OK with me ha ha. We gave them all a tour of the institute and taught them about our savior Jesus Christ. It was great. We let them play in the open gym volleyball and set up a lesson for today. We met with them earlier and committed 3 of them to be baptized. It was way awesome. A simple miracle from our Heavenly Father. It was amazing. It is so wonderful to see people embrace the gospel. To be able to feel the love of their Savior and Redeemer. Its wonderful. Its why I'm here. If this feeling wasn't around then I wouldn't do this. But the great thing is, that I feel that feeling and that love every single day. Its a true blessing.
It has also been a great blessing of being able to work so closely with all of the members of these wards. We have been going over and encouraging all of these students to work on their missionary efforts. Like tasks as small as sitting next to a non-member in class. (theres a lot of Mormons here). So any effort they can do to help bring others closer to Christ. Its been a wonderful opportunity to do such things. I just love being a missionary!
I love you all so much. I hope you are all doing great. Have a great week and I will talk to you soon.
Well hello there my wonderful family. It is so nice to be able to talk to you again. I hope all is going well where ever it is you may be in the world.
Things have been going "OK" here. Not to much great things to report on. A lot of our solid plans and investigators have yet again fallen through. It makes missionary work so much tougher. Yet so much more rewarding in the long run. For example, our baptism that we were supposed to have on Saturday fell through. His girlfriend (that is a member) broke up with him and he was pretty shaken up about it. So every appointment that we set up with him fell through like the lesson we were going to have with him at the temple. His baptism and other monumental events that were supposed to happen in his life, didn't. The sucky part is that he knows its true, he knows he needs to do this, but there is something holding him back. And Elder Thorpe and i just cant seem to figure out what it its. Things were going very well until all of this happened. And now for some reason, we cant get in contact with some of our other investigators to help progress them in their journey towards baptism and eternal salvation. So this week was just really tough.