I need to say sorry for not emailing yesterday, we were down in Tulsa and we needed to get our cars oil changed and tires rotated then we were hanging out with the YSA branch in Tulsa and the Assistants to the president. It was so great being with them but we went a bit to long and needed to go to an appointment right after and by the time that we were finished we needed to get back home. so that’s my fault but the appointment was with an investigator that we recently found. his name is Zach R*** (Awesome name) and we ran into him while we were going down the less active names on the ward roster. He was living in a house that a member used to live in but never got his records moved. We started talking and left him with a Book of Mormon and he read a large amount of it and had a bunch of questions. After we talked to him about the restoration he started asking about baptism and how we do it and after we explained that we asked if he would like to be baptized and he said yes… I wish EVERY investigator I worked with was this easy and open. We just need to get him to give up some habits and he should be good.
I am indeed still alive and no I did not see any tornadoes but they were all over the place. I took some video of the weather outside and it was pretty crazy. I didn’t see any of the golf ball sized hail that was reported but we did get the Tornado sirens in Owasso to go off and I guess that was a big deal because they hadn’t gone off in like 6 years.what I didn’t expect was for everyone to be so calm when all of this was happening. I was fine during all this because these people know what they are doing when it comes to a tornado. We still moved on Thursday and as tradition for transfer day, it rained and that was the extent of the weather on that day. I haven’t had to do any service regarding the tornadoes yet because the areas that I am in now didn’t get any significant damage. A tornado storm is not like anything you have ever seen. First off you get these things called “cells” and that is where a tornado is likely to show up. The clouds are spinning in a very ominous way and it gets dark, I mean really dark, really fast. Then the sky turns a weird shade of dark green the wind picks up and lightning like you have never seen rips across the sky making it look like mid-day for half a second before getting really dark again. The thunder is constant and just keeps rolling for a really long time, its nuts. This past week I saw a storm chasers car! Hey Dad, do you remember the truck bed liner that we used for the inside of the Jeep? Just imagine that all over the body of a Suzuki sidekick. I got a picture of it because it was so weird looking. and it gave me nightmares for trying to get the stuff off… The horror…
Aside from the terrifying storms. Does this mean that Steph is going up to level 10? I mean, it would be really cool. and why is it that everyone is going to be so old when I get back? that is going to take some getting used to.
My new Companion is Elder Connor and he was in the MTC with me in a different district, and if there is one way to describe him is he just does not stop working and the past few days I have come back to the apartment completely spent. He is from Logan Utah. My new address is 250. N Madison Apr. #E Siloam Springs, Ar 72761. Maybe I’ll stay here for a while. Its really pretty here, lots of trees and cool looking historic buildings its like back home almost just a lot more hills, but that’s what you get in the Ozarks
(I got a new job working for JetBlue and immediate family gets some pretty sweet flight benefits)
We get to fly anywhere that JetBlue flies for free? Well if you ever get the chance to go to the Grand Cayman islands again, DON’T GO UNTIL I GET BACK THERE. but they do fly to a lot of cool places. Hopefully this new job will be better for you and will be easier to manage. Have fun with it! I also cant wait to see the basement when its done. it will be so cool with all the stuff that you are looking to put into it.
Hope that you all are having a good time with all the changes that are going on over there! I love you.
We had a zone conference this past week and I talked to President about not getting a phone call about Grandma and he said that he had a good conversation with Dad. but when I asked about why I wasn’t told about it and that’s when he got a really confused look on his face and and then he asked “I never called you?!” and when I said no he hugged me and said that he was so sorry and that I had every right to be mad, he explained that he had several missionaries family members die within a very small amount of time and he thought that he had already called me skipped over my name on the list. He didn’t give an excuse because he was sorry about it and said that he should have called me. I’m ok now but it was a little… distressing, if that’s the right word. Its fantastic that the funeral went well.
The investigator that we had in gospel principals is named J*** H*** and he is dating one on the young women in the ward and he started coming to church a while ago but only recently started talking to us and he has been having a great time in church and we actually have a lesson with him later today. He asked us after church if he could meet with us so he could asked questions and have a more one-on-one lesson. He is awesome and I can see him getting baptized within the next month or so.
Tell Hunter I said hey and that we are going to be next door neighbors! (A kid in our ward got called to Tennessee Nashville Mission)
I heard about Grandma Nona from Dad, I spent some time this morning to think about it all and, I don’t want to say that I’m over it but I have accepted that fact that she is gone and I wont see her for a while, but I’m okay with it. I’m going to do a sort of mini memorial on Thursday at noon for her funeral. I remember Aunt Grace (This is my Aunt) but not all that well. But it still is sad that she has passed on as well. I looked up Ponca City (where my Aunt lived) and its not in our mission but its only just outside the boundaries.
I’m happy that president had a good report for me. You always feel like there are just eyes staring at your back constantly and you know that if you do something that somebody doesn’t like they will report it strait to President and he may or may not tell you about it. I’v been called in before (about something good not bad) and that scared me to death. I really don’t want to be on his “bad list”
I am tempted to write “what new mission president?” but I cant do it because THAT’S ALL PEOPLE TALK ABOUT! even President Shumway is talking about his time almost being up and how he wants to finish strong and how we need to be prepared for whatever changes will come about from the new president. I will get him at my year mark almost exactly so half and half with two mission presidents will be interesting.
That D&C (Doctrine and Covenants 68:6, I sent it too him) verse is actually Sister Shumway’s favorite verse and she like to let everyone know it. I have heard about it almost every time I have met with her because, lets be honest, Missionary work is demotivating and you tend to get a little down.