Date

January 4, 2016

Area

Dallas Oregon

Companion

Elder Thompson

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!

This week has been so crazy! Monday we went to a mall in Salem because Elder Thompson needed a new watch. We talked to the lady at the checkout and placed a Book of Mormon and that was so cool!

Tuesday we had planned to do a lot of finding. We tracted in an area that Elder Thompson and I had never been to before. We talked to a few people, and one lady who was washing her car in the rain and said we worshiped Joseph Smith. That was cool. We knocked on one door and a lady answered and said she wasn't doing so well. When we asked why she said she had a piece of glass stuck in her foot and she couldn't get it out for like a month. So we gave her a blessing and that was pretty cool!

On Wednesday we did some service for a guy named John who's remodeling his house. We dug up a super old pipe and got super super muddy. It was awesome. Then we went to mutual with the youth. We went over to the bishops house (who is stuck in the 70's hardcore. It's pretty hilarious) and lit off these cool flying lantern things. It was awesome. I burned 2 holes and ripped a third in mine, but it still flew. It was awesome.

On Thursday it was New Year's Eve and it was a weird day. We were supposed to be off the roads by 7, so that made the day go by way fast. We had apartment inspections, so we deep cleaned our apartment in the afternoon. We went the ward party for an hour, and then we had to go. We went over to another elder's apartment and stayed there for awhile and then headed back home. Woohoo!

On Friday we tracted as well for awhile. It was a little different. More people were home because of the holiday, but we got yelled at a lot more. It was weird being yelled at for the first time. We talked to 2 super nice people who said we could come back, and that was great!

On Saturday we taught our investigator Kori. She is basically the PERFECT investigator. She is so prepared to receive the gospel. It is ridiculous. Every single thing we teach her she just says it makes sense and that when she thinks about it, she feels peace. We taught her about the Plan of Salvation and the spirit was so strong in that lesson. It basically went as well as it could have gone. I'm super excited to teach her more. After our lesson we went to a wedding at the church, and boy was it interesting. Let's just say the dresses and bride's dress were not missionary approved. Elder Thompson and I stared at the floor quite a bit. It was weird.

On Sunday morning it snowed!!!!!! It snowed maybe an inch, and all three wards got cancelled. So we drove around and talked to some people to let them know church was cancelled in the morning, and then our cars got grounded for the rest of the day. We had a member pick us up and drive us to a lesson with the English girls, Jaden and Jamie. (Their dad was actually the one who got married the day before.) They are younger, about 10 and 12 I'd say. But they are so cool, and so ready to be baptized. They've been through about 3 set baptismal dates before, but their dad always says no. So we taught them, and invited them again on Feb. 6 to be baptized. They said that would be great, and then they asked their dad and he said he'll think about it. Darn. But they totally understand and know the gospel. They go to church every week already, and I can tell they both want to be baptized. Hopefully their dad's heart will be softened.

I love you all so much! This church is so true, and I know it! Teaching lessons and feeling the spirit is only growing my testimony each day. I love being a missionary so much!

Elder Holt

(photos are of a river that runs through the Dallas City Park, at a sign they saw in front of a Catholic Church, and the major snowfall that cancelled everything! He said there are no snow plows or ways to handle the roads, so they just all stay home until it melts.)




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