Monday, June 11, 2012

Mama Rika's Weekly Pic Update & Missionary Update

Kid Pics...
Some cousins came to visit.  The 4 year old says, "I like much!".

This cousin enjoyed reading as well as visiting the beach, playing  disc golf and other things.

"Mom!  What are you doing?"

Green science goo.

Super cool hair.

Princess in a play.  The dog decided to get some attention in this scene too.

Missionary Update...

This week was a pretty sweet week. We had a lot of good things going for us.
We hiked up to the top of Big-A mountain. Yes, that's it's name. I don't know why they call it that, but they do. The mountain is pretty big for out here, and the view is really, really pretty, but even still, the Appalachians are dwarfed by the Rockies. On the way down, we visited a small plane wreckage, most of the airplane was gone (probably taken as souvenirs by other hikers) but the cockpit seat still remain as well as some of the wiring and metal plating.

After the hike

As usual, we helped out with the food pantry in the morning. It's a great way to serve the community. Also, as another perk, through it we get to know the "who's who" of the Richlands area. For example, the previous Mayor of Richlands, Cedar Bluff (a nearby town), Several Ministers, Doctors, and so forth all volunteer there, and we get to know them pretty well.
Sometime after the food pantry, we drove up to see one of the families in the branch. They live down a crazy Hallow (pronounced "holler"), and a up a couple hills, and they have the longest driveway I've ever been down. The view from the top is drop-dead gorgeous though, and we had a great lesson, so it was well worth the trip.
E. Stoven had a bad headache most of the day, so the work was slow. On the upside, I got to get a lot more studying in than usual. I've really grown to love studying the gospel. There's so much depth to it that it continually astounds me the more that I read.
We did get to see R that night however, and we listened to/watched E. Holland's talk "Safety for the Soul" If you haven't watched that talk yet, I highly HIGHLY recommend it. Here's a link to it :
click the little "watch" Icon because it's much better to hear it from E. Holland than to read it.
Nothing terrible exciting happened, so I won't force you to listen about me droning on about it.
Friday was much more exciting. We had a sweet district meeting on D&C 11:21. Read that one too:
There is a ton of depth in that scripture. Go through it with a pen in your hand, a notebook on the desk, and a dictionary at your side and you'll find a lot more than you may expect.
We also blitzed our area with the Zone Leaders. We taught a couple lessons with them, and we were able to set one of our investigators on date to be baptized! Yes! We've been trying to get some more people on date for the past 6 weeks.
E. Stoven and I wanted to put another investigator on date, and we had a lesson with the R's that day. We felt that the 30th would be a good goal date for them. Had a really good lesson with the R's. When we extended the baptismal commitment, D accepted! When we asked her when she would like to be baptized, she told us that she thought she'd be ready in 3 weeks. Three weeks? Hmmmm.... That wouldnt' happen to be the 30th would it? Yup! It's amazing how the spirit works.
We helped out one of the member's here with their yard work. (it seems like we do that alot) We only could manage to get two weedeaters to cut her grass with (you don't mow lawns out here, you cut grass). Well, we ran out of gas with the gas weedeater, and the electric weedeater got a short in it. Thankfully the neighbor had a weedeater, and a lawn mower, and we used those to finish up.
We saw R as well. We shared Hel 15:7 and focused on how repentance was a change for the better. After that we shared Moroni 8:25 "the first fruits of repentance is baptism" Both scriptures we had found in our companion study that morning. R agreed that he would be baptized. Now it's just a matter of when.
The R's and R showed up at church today. Yay! It's always so exciting to see them there!
We met with R again that night, and he fed us dinner, and gave me a birthday card, as well as a cheese cake with 20 candles. It was nice of him to do so. He had also read Moroni chapters 1-7 so he could better understand Moroni 8-10. He's a stud.
Love ya! Have a blessed week!
Elder Brayden Connole
Hippie van we saw. I don't know if you can read it, but gives a definition of "Hippie" in the back
"Hippie: A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society, especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles."
Maybe we should ride around with a definition for "Missionary" on our car.
"Missionary: One who leaves his/her family for two years so that others can be with their families for eternity"

The District


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