Good questions about the living situation! Everything is all good here. Brother Stamps doesn't care about walking on his kitchen floor in our socks (from Marilyn.. one time he lived with members that didn't let them walk in their socks on the floor because the oils from their feet somehow messed up the floor???) He would much rather give me the history of how Ridge filed started and how much he loves his neighbors haha. My sheets are washed every other week. My towel is still holding up and I have a back up so I am good there. probably 3/4 of the addresses in my area are in Ridgefield. The other 1/4 is in Vancouver. I cover a lot of the northern part of Vancouver. And yes it is the Vancouver West stake.
What an amazing story about Kristen! It is always awkward for missionaries in those situations. There was a man there at first we sat down to wait for our car and I could just see the distressed look on his face. I'm sure he was wondering what he did to deserve two Mormon missionaries sitting with him for 30 minutes at a Firestone! HaHa. So I went right in and started asking him questions about his life and we started up a good conversation. Then Kristen came right in and joined the conversation. Wow. I can't believe that happened! That is so cool I got an email telling me that she wanted to be friends on Facebook, but I obviously can't accept that right h=now since I cant use Facebook. (from Marilyn... at church Sunday, a bunch of people said, "a Jaxon sighting at the Firestone!" I was all confused but basically this lady showed up at the same time Jaxon and his companion were there. She is a friend of Kerry Anderson who used to live in Tetonia... her husband ran the Badger Creek Center. Kerry was born and raised in Vancouver, and this girl, Kristen is her friend. Kristen contacted Kerry about a missionary from a "small town in Idaho by the Wyoming border" and wondered if this missionary could be friends with Kerry's son, Parker. She thought is was too much of a long shot, so she didn't ask the missionary about it. Kerry told her that yes, Jaxon is friends with Parker, and connections were made there... cool.)
Yes, the Raymonds are members and they are awesome. Sister Raymond told me her maiden name, but I forgot it. JaNes is her first name. Brother Raymond wants to be buried in the same cemetery as Kimball. He is from Menan, Does anybody know a Jeff Chatman? He played basketball for BYU in the 80's. He is a big black guy. His son is playing for them now. Anyway, Brother Chatman is the assistant ward mission leader in the Ridgefield ward so I thought that was cool, too.
Well the highlight of my week was that Cole got baptized! Do you remember him? I taught him for a little while when I was in Battle Ground. It was such a good baptism. HIs mom was there who is not a member so that was sweet. Elder Brase and I taught the restoration right after the baptism to everybody that was there. I was awesome to teach with Elder Brase again. Cole has a lot of good fellowship so he has high likelihood to stay active. The Battle Ground ward has two more baptisms in the next month scheduled to happen as well.
So a member in the Ridgefield ward came up to us and said that he has someone that is going to get baptized in October. His name is Keith. He came to church yesterday. His wife and son got baptized a few months ago. Missionaries had been working with him, but then they dropped him. Brother B. said he took him out to dinner and had a nice chat with him. He said that Keith wants to be sealed to his family and the first step is to be baptized. So we will start working with I guess.
We had a stake priesthood meeting yesterday at 7:00 a.m. It was such a good meeting. the stake primary president was the first speaker. She was the only woman in the whole building. Her talk was my favorite, mostly because she talked about sports! She talked about how passionate sports fans are for their team. They are always wearing jerseys and they have posters and they NEVER miss a game. Then she related that to the gospel. Are we fans of the gospel? If somebody was to walk into our home, could they tell that we were fans of the gospel? Are we as dedicated to the gospel as we are to our teams? It was a huge reflector for me. I will gladly wear a Kyrie Irving jersey, but I will admit that sometimes I get a little uncomfortable walking into a store and a bunch of eyes turn to me and my companion wearing missionary attire. It was a good lesson for me.
Thanks so much for the email. I am so excited for General Conference this weekend! It is like a missionary's Super Bowl. I love you all and I hope you all have a great week.
1. I saw Elder Woodward this week and he gave me some pictures of when we were in Portland. This is at Kate Brewer's baptism
2. Billboard on a Christian church in Portland (sigh).
3. Quote by President Eyring
4. Cole Grossman's baptism! Here are all of the missionaries that taught him.
5. Elder Tinker, Elder Pace (Chele Cain's friend), Cole's friend Brock, Cole, Elder Livingston, Elder Brase, Elder Reiley