February 10, 2020


Malone, New York


Elder Cowles

A refuge for missionaries

Hello friends and family hope all is well for each one of you wherever you are in the world. I love you and know whatever you are going through right now your heavenly father is mindful and aware of exactly what you need.
I'm slightly getting tired of people threatening to call the cops or aarest us lol. This morning we were knocking doors on some country road when this guy ask if I could read. He went on to tell us that he had a no trasspassing sign out and he's seen our faces so if we come back he'll call the cops and have us arrested. He wasn't quite the friendliest when saying it which didn't help, but hopefully his heart is soften next time he sees missionaries. It's kind of funny after a while of having the cops called for us it's pretty much expected and whenever we see highlights in the dark we think it's the cops haha. Their all super nice about it and are annoyed more than anything.
So winter decided to spit back at us another big snow storm and we got dumped on. I didn't think the snow was that bad until sadly we ended up having our car get stuck in the snow on the side of the road. We started to try and shovel it out and before we knew it someone came by and told us he'd go home to get a chain to pull us out. While we waited we had many people that offered to help which we were grateful for. The man that helped us was so nice which made our day. Earlier that morning we helped someone shovel out their car so this shows that what goes around comes around.
While we were putting info in area book this guy came up quoting Doctrine and Covenants to us asking if we knew it. I was literally so confused and asked him what he was talking about. He took us in his workshop where he began to read the verses on his wall and before he finished I quoted the rest of it to him since it was one of my favorite ones. He told us he was Baptist and not interested in joining the church but has always loved having the Elders come over. He told us this was a refuge for missionaries where they can come when their cold or hungry and warm up and get food. This man was one of the most genuine people I've met and has missed the missionaries since he hasn't seen them in 5 years. He's also a famous guitar maker (made one for Johnny Cash) and was in the CIA.
This week we also had interviews with President Vest which I always love. Seems like he can still trust me so I'm doing good for now.
We started teaching a 16 year old yesterday named Carson who is awesome. He's pretty open even though their Catholic. He was excited to read the Book of Mormon and said meeting with us was the highlight of his day. So you can guess who jump up the list of my favorite people in this area.
Sorry for the long email I'll try to keep it shorter next week. I love each of you so much and really appreciate the emails you send.
1. Car being stuck
2. District council
3. Me next to the curb in front of our apartment
4. Me and my companion


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