Senators & Seals- Dec 19-25 2016
Mon Dec 19 2016
So I just got this AlphaSmart in the mail (An Alpha Smart is a word processor- think one step above a typewriter, but below a computer. It's the most techy gadget he is currently allowed.). I just finished emailing and we get back and there is a package on the doorstep. I check it out and it is for me...From someone in South Carolina… so I open it, half expecting drugs or a bomb or something and it is the AlphaSmart I asked Mom for for Christmas.. Oops. I decided this year that whatever was wrapped I would save till Christmas day, this is not wrapped so I will start journaling and what not on here. Lol
0.0 I have just done the scariest thing of my life. We are currently cleaning up the apartment and Elder Gurr knows how to cut hair so we did that too. He gave me a pretty sweet haircut, I look kind of like a Marine now! #sweetness! After mine was done and I showered and got ready again, he called me back to do part of the back of his head that he couldn’t see. It was so scary, it wouldn’t be too bad if it were my own head, but doing it to someone else is another story… Now I had to do it again 0.o… It was just as bad this time around…
So we had a super bomb time in Wilson Canyon. We hiked up the first bend and found this super pretty little mini canyon. In the bottom we found this dry riverbed so we started to follow that and we found this unstable rock thing and Elder Gurr was like, we should climb that. There were all sorts of weeds/plants on the way up that were all spiky and the rock face itself was super precarious. We got ⅔ of the way up and we decided to go back down and that was an adventure in of itself, sliding down on our butts. Then we continued down the dry riverbed where we got to Walker River and that was cool, all frozen over and what not. After that, we went back to the car to change and we did that and headed over to the Heller’s house for dinner. That was real good, surprisingly we had the most authentic tacos that I have had in Yerington. We went and saw JC Ward after that and he is doing really well considering that the first time we met him he didn’t have sufficient food for the week. He might be getting some checks soon that will give him a monthly income and that is so good to hear. Now we just need to get him to church! Now the reason this entry is titled Senators and Seals is because in the course of JC Ward telling us some stories, we found out that he had been a Seal and of course, Dean Heller is the senior senator for Nevada.
Tues Dec 20 2016
We are about to start exchanges with Elder Bentti and Elder Soto. I am going with Elder Bentti back down to Yerington. It’s going to be a bomb time. We had District Meetings over in Fallon and that was pretty sweet. We talked about the Book of Mormon and how it is our job to help people gain that testimony of it. It was the best one that I have had in a long while in my opinion. Yep, this’ll be a good exchange!
Yeah… So that exchange lasted for about 10 minutes and then we had to turn around and head back to Fernley. Something went down with one of the elders in the District so Elder Bentti had to take him to the mission office. We had to drive the other two Elders in Fernley to an appointment there and then we rushed back. It has been kind of crazy but we are planning on meeting in Silver Springs tonight to re-start exchanges. Hopefully everything turns out for the best!
Finally Exchanges- We were able to start exchanges and planning. It was a long planning session. We have a really good day ahead of us. We have the Funks and Bruce and Jim Button for lessons tomorrow. As for what we did today, we got back to our area and headed down to Mason for a lesson with the Hunters. They let us in and we were getting ready to read 3 Nephi 11 with them when Brother Hunter got a call from work that they needed him right then. We had to leave then, of course. I have been studying Preach My Gospel chapter 11 a lot recently and so I decided to use what I had learned and right there boldly ask them to come to church. I explained that it would be a special Christmas service in that it is only an hour long. They seemed to really consider coming and that was so exciting to see! We then went up and tried Jim Button but it was already and he goes to bed around 6. We are going to try again, of course, and he is always home. We then went to dinner with the Merrill family and that was good, they are a super nice/chill family.
Wed Dec 21 2016
Crrraaazzy Day- So today has been crazy long. Honestly, it has been pretty fun with all the stuff we have had to do. First off, the crazy morning started with Elder Bentti realizing three things: that he had high blood sugar, that his pump had leaked, and that he had no more insulin and that it was all in Fernley. We both showered and got ready and then we drove back up to Fernley to get his Diabetes stuff. When we walked in the look on Elder Soto and Elder Gurr’s was priceless. We grabbed the stuff and then just walked out. Then we got about 15 minutes down the road and realized again that we left the backup stuff there so we turned around and drove back again. We finally got back at 10:30ish and we did our personal and companionship studies. That was all good and then we had some lunch over at Subway™ “Eat Fresh” and that was good except for the fact that everyone was super weirded out by us, but that’s ok. High Schoolers are always weirded out by us because we are “Jesus People” and the workers just seemed angry. We then went over to see Bruce Sanders. We had talked with Cindy Cliften yesterday about meeting with Bruce over at the church but she called and said she had never heard back from Barbara, Bruce’s caretaker/daughter. We went over to Bruce’s house to walk him over to Cindy’s house, but he was all angry with us because he deemed our sweaters useless in the cold. He invited us inside his house for the lesson and that was actually pretty neat, His Son-in-law is a less active so it was good just to be in their home. We read 1 Nephi 10 with him and he liked it a lot. It was an odd day for him because with his Alzheimer's he usually has good and bad days, but today seemed like both. He started out telling stories and what not but when we started reading he seemed really coherent and everything. We committed him to read chapter 11 before church and he seemed pretty gung ho about that. From Bruce’s house we went to Jim Button who we had originally planned on seeing yesterday. He was there and we talked about Jesus the Christ, the book he is going to read next, now that he has read the Standard Works. We were able to talk a bit about church attendance and prayer and how that has blessed his life and how it can continue to do so. It is so amazing to see the change that people make and how they have grown. Jim really has grown so so much since I first met him. After Jim, we got in the car and I asked Elder Bentti what was up because during the lesson he was either angry or upset or sleepy. He said yes, he was super sleepy so we went home and I did language study while he napped. Honestly, it was one of the most fun/productive language studies I have had in awhile. I started to read the Book of Mormon out loud in Spanish and then I realized that probably wasn’t the best idea for the sore throat that I have been developing all week. I read from the Liahona and got some good notes out of that. Then, thinking back to the conversation that Elder Bentti and I had about about different good uses there were for the AlphaSmart he said that sometimes he would just write a talk for his personal study. I decided that was a great idea for my language study. I quickly looked up how to do the different accent marks and away I went, writing a Spanish talk about the Peace of Christ. After language study, we went out to Smith Valley and saw the Smiths. They are doing really good! Both have been reading the Book of Mormon! It was so cool to see what progress they have made in the last month! We then went to the most intense appointment ever. We got to the Funks and had fried tacos which were delicious, of course. They committed very easily and quickly to come to church, wherever they are at, read and pray daily. Sister Funk has still been thinking about baptism a lot and it turns out that they are going down to Las Vegas on the 31st of this year and she wants to get baptized then.. It will be a fun day figuring that out tomorrow. It really has been a good day and I am super tired but we are going to have a super awesome day tomorrow!
Thu Dec 22 2016
Funk Figure Fact- So we were able to start to figure out the whole situation with the Funks. We called President and he said that they could get baptized down in Las Vegas and that is pretty exciting. We also had to text Brother Funk about setting up another lesson for today or tomorrow. We are going over there at 8 tomorrow to teach them a ton. We planned out the rest of the doctrine we need to teach them into three lessons during weekly planning and that was good. It just so happens that what we are going to teach them tomorrow is the biggest chunk that doesn’t go together as well as the other two lessons do, but it’ll be all right. I think they understand that we have a lot to teach in a little bit of time. We did some Weekly Planning in the morning and that was ok. It is definitely necessary of course.
We went out to lunch at El Superior and of course that was delicious. We went over to the Greenhouse and sorted a bunch of stuff. After the Greenhouse, we went over to see Doyle and he is still doing pretty good! We read 3 Nephi 13 and 14 to him and he loves that a lot. It is so great to see how the Book of Mormon can bless people's lives! We went after that to the Nish family’s house to share a thought. I forget if I have talked about them before. He was the oldest active crop duster in the U.S.A. a couple of years ago and now he has heart surgery and all that jazz. We shared Alma 32:41-43 and talked about how it can bless their lives and make them rooted in Christ. They really want the sacrament taken to them and that is a super good sign! Brother Nish gave the closing prayer and that was really cool. He got really choked up as he prayed for our well being and safe and that was super touching. The Spirit was so strong in there and he even got up to say goodbye which he has never done in the past. After leaving there we went to the Bake’s house for a lovely dinner of spaghetti. Eating spaghetti has been kind of weird with Elder Abbot and with Elder Gurr. They both don’t like spaghetti, Elder Gurr likes it more but Elder Abbott would get straight depressed when we had it. It is just weird to me because I love it and I want to be happy when my companion is and sad when he is too. After dinner we came back and did more Weekly Planning and Language Study. It has been a good day!
Fri Dec 23 2016
Funky Funk Lesson- So today was awesome! We had lunch with the Chell family and they took us out to this cheap, super good Mexican restaurant in town. It was really cool to get to know them because they are the only member couple in town that is even close to our age. We had so much food that they sent us home with enough leftovers to have the leftovers for a decently sized dinner! We ate the rest tonight. We did get to have good lesson with the Funks though. We had planned to teach all the commandments to get them super ready for baptism, but they had different questions about Baptism for the Dead and the Holy Ghost so we spent a lot of time talking about that. We talked a lot about following the Prophet and that actually got pretty emotional. I brought up the example of how President Monson announced the Missionary age change and how that had blessed my life. Elder Gurr brought up how he decided to go out at age 19. Josieray asked me how I decided to come out and I told them about my conversion story and that was so close to having me in tears. We followed up on the Word of Wisdom and Sister Funk had had a cup of coffee that morning and that freaked me out a ton. I was freaked out because usually you have to have abstained from the things in the Word of Wisdom for two weeks before baptism. We texted President and told him and luckily he said to go forward with is. So it was a great lesson and we are going back to finish the Commandments on Monday and I am super pumped for that! Also, Sister Funk gave us fancy chocolates and I am thoroughly enjoying those!
The Holiday EntrySo yesterday was pretty crazy. We had a lesson with Eric Soto who is our only Spanish investigator. I was super pumped to teach him because Elder Gurr hasn’t taught in Spanish in the field yet. He was pretty nervous, but it turned out that he wasn’t there and that was pretty disappointing. After that, we went down south of town. Why we did that is because ever since I was with Elder Abbott our goal was to visit every person on the ward list and to have a note by each name. It was a goal that led us to the Funk family so I have high hopes that we will continue to see success with that. We had covered about every part of our area with that method but for some reason we had never visited the people who live south of town. We decided to do that yesterday. We only had success with one family and when I say success I mean we were able to put down the note that they had moved. But I still think it was time well spent because we were doing what we felt prompted to do and if we only were following a prompting and showing the Lord we will follow those when we receive them I think it was time well spent. After that, we went up to dinner at the Hunt’s house. Dinner itself was good, we got to do Christmas Crackers which included a fancy crown that we wore while eating dinner. Afterwards we were able to play some games with them and that was good. The Hunts were one of those families that we saw at church, but didn’t really talk too much but we got to talk with them and get to know them better and that was good. They read the Christmas story as one of their traditions and that was really fun to participate in. After that, we were heading back to the apartment to write in our journals and then go to sleep when we got a call from Elder Bentti saying that he needed his insulin now and that his last bottle was with us from when he grabbed it from Fernley to use while he was here. We ran that up to them and then came back and got gas and by then it was past ten and we just came back and fell asleep. We woke up today and opened Christmas presents and that was fun. I think year by year I appreciate the thought behind the gift more and more and that has really made Christmas more focused on Christ for me. We went to church and that was really special. There was a really special spirit there, like there just was no sort of bad feeling in the church, it was so cool. We went to the Darringtons to Facetime home. I really hadn’t been nervous at all to Facetime, that is, until we were at their house. I couldn’t eat or anything and now I’m not sure why I even was nervous. After some technical difficulties they got me set up and away went my nerves. It almost felt normal to see my family and that was a blessing. It was really cool to be able to talk to them, of course, to see how they have all grown. It helped me see more of how I have grown too, just in how I felt and my reactions to what was going on. Just like I hoped I am changing the areas that need changing and keeping the good parts. Of course, I still have a lot of rough edges that need smoothing, but I think they are coming along. Afterwards we just hung out with the Darringtons and that was cool. One of their sons from Idaho had gotten a drone and it was really cool. After that we had dinner with the Johnson family and that was really good. They gave us a stocking and that was awesome. They were really awesome about following up with people that we have talked about in the past. After that, we came up to Fernley. We had a Devotional where we watched the nativity Bible Videos and then shared our testimonies. Now we are spending the night and we get to email here and shop and go to Fallon for a Zone Activity! Next week is going to be awesome!