Thank you so much for the e-mail. I have been adjusting to my situation this week. I got here on Tuesday so I have had some time to adjust. Battleground is more Rexburgish as far as population. Our are is super small. We cover an area of maybe a couple square miles. There are quite a few members that live here. The ward is awesome. They take care of us. The youth program is amazing. There were a total of about 15 youth in the wards that I served in in Gresham and Portland. In this ward alone there is over 30. We are working a lot with the priests and those working on mission papers so that is fun. We live with the Bennets. I would rather live in apartments, but they save the church so much money. They are pretty cool from what I can tell.
Here are some answers galore...
We are just taking a break from Facebook. We are having a mission conference on Wednesday to discuss how we can use technology better. This will probably only be for a few months. It kind of reminds me of apostasy. God will call a prophet then the people will reject that prophet and then God will call another prophet when the people have humbled themselves. Kind of the same thing here with Facebook I think.
I did get my package. Thank you very much. The sweets did not last long! :-)
The transfer went well. They still had to drag me out of Portland. I was holding onto anything that I could grab my hands on! :-) Just kidding. It was hard to leave, but I have enough trust in President Taylor and the Lord to know that I am needed somewhere else. I feel like I got traded from the New England Patriots to the Cleveland Browns. The Vancouver North zone is in major rebuilding mode and Portland is leading the mission in just abut everything. I am actually excited to see where we will be in a few months. We are really struggling right now, but we will get there. The work is tough, but that makes it so much more rewarding. The ward mission leader seems really on-board and excited about the work.
I haven't heard much on the investigators in Portland. Kate is still doing great. I am planning on going to her baptism on the 14th of March. I heard that Jordan's mom told them that Jordan wasn't interested anymore. That is a big fat lie so I wonder how that is working out. I know the missionary that took my place there and he is awesome so I have no worries about the area.
My companion is awesome. It feels like I am being trained all over again. He was a zone leader at 6 months so he knows exactly what I am going through. He loves the work and is a hard worker. He is really into body building and fitness so that should be good for me! I will probably be in much better shape by the time we are done.
The zone leader call has been interesting. President Taylor said that the glamour of leadership callings wears off quickly and that is true. I have already dealt with some "dirty laundry" in my first week. However, I am learning to love these missionaries and I am excited to be of assistance to them. I know most of them pretty well. It is weird because I am one of the youngest missionaries here. It will be interesting going on exchanges.
One thing that has improved is my faith. We prayed and prayed that we would find a new investigator Saturday evening because our teaching pool is struggling. I just knew that we would find one and we did. We prayed and prayed that we would be able to put somebody on-date for baptism before Sunday night. It was 8:30 and we still didn't have anybody, but I knew that we would. Sure enough, we stopped by a former investigator and had a great discussion with him and put him on-date for April 11th. Granted, he was a little tipsy, but it didn't matter to us. We didn't ask for a golden investigator, we got what we desired and it was awesome. Then it was about 8:50 and we decided to try one more person (our curfew is 9:00 unless we are in a lesson then it is 9:30). Elder Aguirre said that he had met this lady once and she kept dropping appointments and if this didn't work out then we were dropping her. Again, I just knew that it was going to work out. She was just getting ready for bed, but she said that she would love to have us come by and we were able to set up a return appointment. Our faith is really the motivating drive for what we do. We say it a lot, but nothing is impossible with God. We can't really wrap our minds around that. It is possible to go baptize 1000 people tomorrow, but we just lack the faith. the more we can increase it, the more miracles we will see.
Thank you for the updates from home. I am glad to hear that everybody is doing well. It is awesome to hear of everybody leaving for their missions. Great experiences await. It is a bummer to hear about basketball. Sounds like a repeat from last year. Go South Fremont! Wrestling also sounds like it went well. That is really hard to that Rich is done. He is such a good guy. Hahaha. I am laughing so hard over the sharing time story. Tetonia... Celestial Kingdom... what's the difference? HaHa. It is really funny when I meet some people out there. I want to tell them that they would be a PERFECT fit for Tetonia.
Thank you for your examples at home. Thank you also for all of the love and support that you give to me while I am here.