From: Eric Feller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 18:04:14
So I'd figure I'd talk about my area. Its half
of a little town called Saint Johns. Three wards. Half the town is already
members of the church. Maybe more than half. The other half has rejected the
missionaries over and over so staying busy is not as easy as other places in the
mission. I'm designated navigator in our truck so I'm getting pretty familiar
with the town. The most frustrating thing about Saint Johns is that the Zone
Leaders have never been here and still want us to "OYM" or "Open Your Mouth" to
10 people a day. We'll its really ineffective and when we have the time to try
and do it, we cant find people out and about. Namely late at night. Or any time.
People actually have jobs here, and stay in their houses at night. Tracting is
worthless because its been tracted a million times and everyone's mormon
anyways. Oh well. We have a few investigators. One has been strong in the church
for a year, but cant get baptized because her stupid boyfriend wont marry her.
Their kids are baptized and everything. I told her to fast and pray that he
would marry her last night. Hopefully it works! Our other investigators are
pretty normal. They're attached to their church or their parents wont take them
or stuff like that. I probably shouldn't go into to much detail. I did go on
splits with the ZL's in Show Low when our truck was getting fixed, and I taught
a recent convert. and the ZL made me teach the Law of Chastity. So in my first
lesson I taught the most embarrassing principle.
Sis Treadway asked me a
bunch of questions, and they're good, so I'll answer them.
Yes, we still live
in the house that was haunted. It feels a lot cleaner now. Its actually a double
wide "trailer" or mobile home. Puke Yellow. Its awesome... now.
teach near a reservation. Well we might, but we dont. The elders in "Eager" do.
And they also go to Luna, New Mexico. Pretty cool.
Me and my companion get
along fine. We're both quiet, and I'm new and trying not to mess up. But if I
follow the spirit when I talk I'll be ok. He's had a rough mission and has lots
of good advice and stuff. He's been out for 19 months and has had a few bad
companions and stuff. Like really apostate companions. And its hard for him to
really train me in teaching because we dont have a ton of lessons to teach and
stuff. He also got what they call the "STD" call, meaning this is his first time
going Senior companion, Trainer, and District leader. STD. haa. But he added a W
because we had to "White wash" our area. Meaning neither of us were in this area
I'm getting the lessons down ok. They're in the planner which helps
when we do teach, and I've got a pretty good grasp of the topics in each
The biggest challenge is getting lessons with people.
reminds me. There was a stake priesthood meeting on sunday where the stake
president "Threw Down" in my terms. He called out the whole stake and said it
was their job to find people, and our job to teach them. Hopefully we can get a
ton of referrals from that.
Oh a dog attacked us the other day! It was a
little one and was scared. it kept trying to run around us. my comp kicked it in
Oh if anyone wants to send me packages, go to thrift stores and
get me cool ties. Like the cheap polyester ones. hahah. If you can see a
missionary looking good in it. There's a difference between cool and ugly
though. Its not cool to wear ugly ties. But ridiculous ones are cool. Use wise
judgment! Also, thanks Stephen for the starbursts. I had them for dinner and
they were gone in two days.
I'm gonna cut this short and try to send
pictures. Idk if I have time.