July 9, 2018
So we got to meet President and Sister Hitchcock this week that was pretty sweet! They are super nice and they are way different then Pres. and Sister Craig. Pres and Sister Craig were pretty soft spoken and not super personal I guess you could say to the extent of like going to every group of missionaries and getting in on the conversation, the Hitchcock’s on the other hand they do that. Pres Hitchcock loves hunting, shooting stuff, and basically anything outdoors so I think we'll get along pretty good. Sister Hitchcock she loves baking, camping, and yeah pretty well all the stuff that Pres Hitchcock likes too. It was funny watching them during ZC cause they were trying to get better at calling each other by Pres and Sister rather than merry (yes it's spelled like merry Christmas) and Craig. They said we are all MPTs (mission president trainers) because they are going to need as much help from us as possible as they try to get started here. We are all pretty excited to see what goes on with them here, he said they weren't going to change much in the mission really so that’s nice. During ZC Pres Hitchcock had us all stand and sing his nomination for the mission song (we didn't have one before) it was I know that my redeemer lives, he told us he wanted us to sing it as if we were baring our testimonies of Him. As we sing that hymn I don't think any of us have ever felt that kind of spirit while singing, more than half of us were in tears (not me though...) and ah it was amazing. I think I now know why that is my mom’s favorite hymn.
After ZC we had exchanges with sunrise elders again. I went with elder Delano and he's pretty good. He's kinda like elder Berry in some ways like with his jokes and deep voice haha so it was fun.We went and saw Latisha the mom of the boy thunder that I baptized when I was there and when she saw me she screamed and gave me a big hug! She almost started crying even she was so excited to see me again. We had a good talk with her and her parents for about 2hrs.
For lunch on exchanges we all went to DQ with our coupons and we all got basically a 2 for 1 meal deal so when they brought us our food we all had to things of what we got... So we had 8 full meals on our table haha they gave us a crazy look when they saw all that food was just for us 4 guys. It was a good deal up till about the time we finished it all... It was a lot of food.
Got back to Weyburn about 7 Wednesday night so we went and visited b brown and talked with him for a hr. or so till he sent us on a drink run for him before we left.
Weyburn is a busy place right now with the fair going on till Sunday, lots a horses, cows, and people around kicking up all those good smells I love from back home! Kinda sucks but I love it at the same time. Every morning when we go outside it smells like I'm out walking around by our barn.
Had a pretty good busy day Thursday didn't even tract one door, that's how busy we were. Did some service for Kevin unloading shingles from his grain truck for a hr. or so, then he took is to lunch after at the club cafe which is a Chinese food place here in town. After that we had to catch up on our studies we didn't get to do in the morning so that took a few hrs. Once studies were done we went and met with bro brown and visited with him again for a while taking about what he'd been reading and answering questions he had. By the time we got out of there it was dinner time so we went to A&W to get our free root beer they are giving out on their coupons and came back to the apartment to eat.
Spent the rest of the night taking with Dave and then the other Dave and his wife and conveniently enough they live right beside each other! Got formered by Dave and his wife sadly but they said we were welcome to their home any time. Gamer Dave as we call him he was still interested far as we could tell and we talked with him for 2hrs on his deck, just about any on everything came in that time haha it was good.
Met with Velda, lady bro brown wanted us to meet with and teach. This time went about as well as we thought it would with her, she told us the book of Mormon wasn’t a word of God and that the Bible was the only thing from God and nothing else. Her favorite thing to say was "it doesn't say that in the Bible." then we'd show her where it does and she'd just shake her head and ask another question. Us being called by elders came up a few times and how no one in the Bible was called by elder (there was) she told us the Bible was a word of God because it hasn’t been disproved, so we told her neither has the book of Mormon but she didn't like that haha it was kind of a stand still lesson so needless to say we probably won't be going back there again.
On the other hand though we had a good lesson with John, Thelma's cousin. We talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ, we didn't get all the way through it but we spent the time we needed to with him on the first few points of the lesson so he could hopefully understand it all since he doesn’t understand English very well. Committed him to keep reading and praying every day and he said he would so let's hope he does!
Had a high of 44° the other day.... So that was fun working in that. Luckily it was windy and that kept us decently cool during the day.
Had a lesson with gamer Dave the other day. It went alright, not a lot of progress there but we discussed a few things that he was wondering about and I think he has a slight interest in the book of Mormon and why we would believe every word of it to be true. Dave is a "skeptic" as he calls himself and doesn't have much faith in man made things or written things and he's also pretty okay with whatever happens to him. Basically his view is whatever happens happens and I'm just here for today and that’s all everything else I don't worry about, which I can relate to in some ways. He said he'd read the book of Mormon and we could meet with him next week same time n all so we'll see what happens then!
Did almost a full day go service the other day helping out one of our investigators, John paint his aunts rental house in town and a few other awed jobs. It was good I think for him to just get to be around us and talk about whatever and get to know one another a bit better. He asked quite a few questions about church type things even so that was good. After we got done with John we helped bro Dudragne unload a freezer out of his truck to his back deck.
Had a full building just about on Sunday! The Shugart family was all there for a reunion I think? So Bro and Sis Shugarts 3 kids where there along with their family and all their families were pretty big it seemed, so we had lots a kids for primary! Church in Estevan was had 9 which was a good turnout actually! Especially for lately.
Had another lesson with John Sunday night with bro and sis Dudragne. We finished off lesson 3 and John he seems to be understanding faith, repentance, and baptism now. We tried to set a date with him for baptism but he said he wants to have more faith and time to repent so he can be ready which I thought was great! It shows he really does want to know Christ and that he does want to be better, so we just set a goal of baptism with him for the 28tg of July just to work towards.
Lots of teaching, lots of learning and new things this week! It was good.
Well love ya all and talk to you next week!