Sunday, May 26, 2013
May 8, 2013 so it's P-day, and that means I get to email!! The MTC is awesome. I've felt the spirit here stronger than I think I've ever felt it before. we had sacrament meeting last Sunday and it was easily the coolest one I've ever been to. we do these things called TRC's, where our teacher acts as an investigator in a fake living room they have set up downstairs, and we teach them as we would a new investigator. I've learned so much already in just the first week, but I'm seriously anxious to get out. I don't know how Marcus could stand 12 weeks of this! I mean, we're stuck in the same room for like 12 hours a day! it’s driving me nuts!!! today we're going to have the chance to go to the Preston temple, which is basically in the same parking lot as us. It's really big and very beautiful, I'll send pictures. we haven't really gotten to experience any of England yet as we've been in this building the whole time. we get out for exercise once a day for an hour, but it's not enough. our first TRC visit was a COMPLETE failure, instead of getting to know our investigator, my companion freaked and just jumped straight into the lesson. didn't ask her name, didn’t introduce ourselves, no prayer, nothing. just "SO OUR LESSON IS ON THE RESTORATION". it went downhill from there. our others have been considerably better. May 12, 2013 The temple was awesome! apparently at one point it was the most expensive temple in the world. I learned so much by going through again, but we won't have the opportunity to go again for the rest of the mission. Every day here is comprised of nothing but funny and spiritual moments. Last night one of the other elders, Elder Ferris, found that his shirt had a couple of ink spots on his white shirt pocket. So he takes it into the laundry room and pours water on it and irons it. He now has a white shirt with a purple and black burnt coat pocket! haha and then he picks it up, looks at me and says "does this look ok?" I died laughing. First Companion May 20, 2013 Hey mom, I've been out for about 5 days now and I'm dead tired. so for this story to make sense you have to know the term: potential investigator = someone who sets an appointment with us or gives us their phone number, The first day that we really did anything was Thursday. My companion told me that the guy I replaced was pretty apostate so they didn't get a whole lot of work done. So that day we had zero appointments and a whole lot of time. so we went over some of the goals and the standards of excellence (standards the mission president thinks we can achieve). These numbers are like the numbers of a dream day where everything goes perfectly right. The standard of excellence for potential investigators is 4 per day. Elder Harris told me that him and his last companion were lucky to get that in a week! So we set out and started street contacting and knocking doors. we did this for about 4 hours and we got 4 appointments with people. It was at about that point that I met Jim. Now Jim had talked with the missionaries before apparently and he obviously hadn't really listened to them. He ran into us on the street and started ranting and raving about how he needs proof that the book of Mormon is true, how the bible has plenty of proof of its truth, and how there were contradictions between the two. The most annoying part was that every time we tried to talk or explain something to him he would cut us off. I tried bearing my testimony and he stopped me at "I know" and told me that I didn't know anything and that I just believed. So I stopped there in the middle of the street and told him that there are people out there that are ready to hear our message and want to feel the spirit and that he obviously didn't want to. I told him that he wasn't listening to what we were saying, that all he wanted to do was to argue, and that he was wasting our time. He didn't like that. He left us with a terrible feeling and zero spirit. So we stopped, said a prayer and within the next hour we had two more potential investigators. That day we got 6 potential investigators!!! 4 appointments set and 2 phone numbers! one of them accepted a book of Mormon from us. we were really feeling awesome until the next couple of days when every single appointment fell through. It was really disappointing, but we kept at it and tracted for the time that we we’re going to be in the appointments, and then, here's the craziest part, at the end of the day, when we had given it everything we had and laid it all out on the field, we were up in our flat planning when we get this phone call from the executive secretary. Some guy from the university had just called him and said that he was interested in joining the church!! we have an appointment to teach him tomorrow! I know that the lord was rewarding us for our diligence. He works in truly mysterious ways. I love you guys and miss you tons! I can't wait to hear back from you!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Today (April 28, 2013), Casey gave his farewell talk in sacrament. Both him and McKenna Hawkins are leaving on their missions in May. (I wish I had been able to get a picture of Casey and McKenna together.) It was a packed house in Chelan with many members and non-members attending. Casey’s Grandpa Dan, Grandma Carol, Grandpa Dean, Sara Pritchard, Colby, and Dustin Jackson all came to support him. He also had his high school football/track coach come to hear him speak. He gave a great talk and touched many! We came home and had a quick lunch with Casey’s grandparents and rushed to get everything ready for the Pies and Ties! We had over 17 pies! Only five of them were homemade though. We enjoyed piña colada pie, brownie-whopper pie, cinamon roll pecan pie, salted-caramel brownie pie, and peanut butter and jelly pie just to name the homebaked ones. The turn out was amazing! We had over 70 friends and family show up to wish Casey well and to let him know they support him. We didn’t even count how many ties he received. THANK YOU to all of you who donated to his tie collection! Many provided him with ‘Words of Wisdom’ for him to read. Some humorous and others words of encouragement. He was truly overwhelmed by the love and support showed to him. He’s going to be an awesome missionary!
Saturday April 27, 2013 marked a special day in both Casey’s life as well as that of his parents. This is the day that Casey went through the temple for the first time. We were so fortunate to share this special day with Shannon, Kurt, and Bronte Toolson!