Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Week 27

Lunch at Sister Pierces. She is so wonderful to forward pictures to our family when Jared has been in her home.

Hey everyone,

Sorry I couldn't figure out how to get into my e-mail for the longest time. So I don't have a whole lot of time today. I will be very quick.

To answer you questions:
The first family the bishops wife found for us is only a 12 yr old girl. Her mom was going to take the lessons too but hasn't. She is doing okay. Its very hard to teach kids sometimes because sometimes they really don't care, but then other times they are really receptive and more open to the things we say. It is going along good with her though. The other family we have not yet taught. The girl came to church last fast Sunday and bore her testimony. She is asking for reading assignments from the Book of Mormon from her Sunday School and YW teachers. We will probably be teaching her soon.

I have been back on the bike since about mid January. It's good. We still walk a lot though because we aren't really in a big rush right now. And we are more able to talk to people on the street when we walk. There are 7 people in our district right now because when is a tripanionship. Usually there is from 4-8 in a district. There are 19 in our whole zone. It covers all of Pasco and is split geographically into areas. I have a lot of contact with the district leader and zone leaders. I see them at least twice a week and talk to them on the phone a lot with questions or if we need some info and stuff. We do report our weekly numbers to the district leader. Usually it is how many lessons we taught or referrals we received, new investigators, lessons with members. Our mission goal is to get 20 lessons a week with members, less actives, investigators. Right now we are only getting about 10; most of them not being the missionary lessons but lessons to less actives and members. We really need the help of our ward and we just aren't getting it. We have interviews with President tomorrow and I am going to talk to him about that tomorrow....along with some other things.

I have been out long enough that I could actually be assigned to be a senior comp or trainer. Elder Olsen emailed the other missionaries going to India who are in SLC right now. One is a district leader, and one is training, and one wants to go home. I'm not sure about Elder Wright, the one you guys met. Elder Olsen called me on our 6 month mark and we had a nice chat. He said we are like the red-headed stepchildren of this mission. Its kinda true. Both Elder Olsen and I have kinda got the areas that need fixing. I'm hoping that our visas come in soon. That's cool about the new mission president for India. President Funk. That's awesome. Well I guess they are planning on him going in July. Maybe I will too. I would hope it would be sooner though. Elder Olsen said he went into the office one day and overheard president Belnap talking to one of the office elders and he said to the office elder, "I was expecting the visa waiters to leave this week and you could take their place, but they haven't so you'll have to stick around the office for a while." So maybe he was talking about us. I'm not sure.

In other news, this week has been okay. Like I said we only taught 10 lessons this week and we should be teaching 20. But the good things that happened are that we actually made some headway with Larry (this is the guy who is questioning everything and his son wants to get baptized). We had a good talk about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. For the first time he wasn't asking weird questions and trying to think it out. He was really listening to us and pondering over things. He applied it to himself too which is great. So we teach him again tonight and hopefully it goes well. Then yesterday we were out tracting. We knock on this door and this guy steps out who is probably in his late 20's. He has tattoos all over his arms and stuff. We talk to him for a whil and he invites us in. We talked a lot about the restoration and the Book of Mormon. It was awesome. This guy is ready for the gospel. He told us of his past. He was addicted to crystal meth and ran over a guy in his car one day. He spent a lot of time in jail, but he found comfort in the Bible. We are going to teach him again. Hopefully it works out.

Okay time is almost gone. I love you guys. Have a nice week.

Elder Garrick

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