Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 25, 2016: Looking Up

It's been pretty slow in Edmond for a while. Up until this week, things were slowly getting better. Then all of the sudden, we have things to do. We got a referral for a man named L. He's about 60 and has a sweet Boston accent. He's had a really good experience with the LDS church in Blackfoot, Idaho, but also a bad one in Pocatello. He's really open to converting and came to church with his daughter this last Sunday. He gave Elder A. a crazy looking sports coat, and because he didn't have anything my size, I got a cactus. Yeah.

L. and F. from Shawnee made a baptism date a few weeks ago.

We also got to go on splits with Brothers A. and G. They're both way awesome and we did a little home teaching with them. Sister A. is on track for temple marriage!

This week we plan on following up with Brother R.'s list of less actives. If this goes like I hope it will, they'll come to church and maybe they'll have non member friends we could teach! We'll have to see.

I'll get back to you on the plans for Mother's day. No one's said anything yet.

So, what's Dad going to be doing in Philadelphia? Also, didn't get a reply from J. I just want to make sure she got it.

Thanks for the advice, Dad. I don't always know what I need to hear, so sometimes I'm glad to get some instruction. I haven't had much homesickness though. I've [heard] there's a "wall" at the year mark though, so I'll keep it in mind.

So our unusually long transfer just ended (seven weeks long). They say this will actually set my mission a week longer (woot!). I hope that doesn't adversely effect anything.

Love,
Elder Rice

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016: Member Work

So this week has been unintentionally focused on less-active work. The members of our ward as of recent have been calling us up to help them with finding less-active members and do home teaching. I think personally this is the direction the Lord wants us to take to find investigators. There's been a stress on getting referrals from less-active members in the last zone conference, so here's our chance to do it.

Leg's almost completely healed. I'm glad. I don't like crutches and I've been asked a few too many times what happened.

Here are a few jokes I heard:
  • Did you hear about the two radio antennas that were married last week? The wedding was okay, but the reception was fantastic!
  • I have been trying to come up with names for twins I ever get them and I think I've found the best two. I'll name one Juan and the other Amal. The only problem about twins is that I'll probably have a difficult time telling the difference, so if anyone ever asks, I'll just say "If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."
Thanks for the poem, Mom. I'm not the most poetic person, but I liked it.

Love,
Elder Rice

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016: Heheheh

Y’all freaked out when I said [my leg] was fractured! Well, it's pretty much done. I got my brace off because the orthopedic [doctor] said it was overkill for the break I had. Based on what the MRI says about the ligament down there, I might be able to walk on it soon.

Awesome news! Our new investigator K. is a quarter through the Book of Mormon! She's a self-labeled "cradle Catholic" and has a lot of friends in her neighborhood that are LDS. Pray for her to recognize her answer!

M. bore his testimony again in church. He's finished with his ninth time reading the Book of Mormon and says he absolutely believes we are doing the Lord's will, especially in exercising the power to bind on earth and in heaven (in reference to the temple). Right now, we're just trying to help him feel more a part of this ward. M. loves people, so he's probably pretty attached to his Catholic congregation. He's pretty dug in, but it seems that the priests are going to try and give him an ultimatum soon, because he preaches out of the Book of Mormon on occasion and that doesn't go well. He believes Joseph Smith is a prophet, but he won't believe the "one true church" idea quite yet. He's stubborn, though, and won't deny anything else the church teaches.

Seems like Mom fits right in with all the top tier poets from that picture. Weird. You're like Studio C, sort-of-almost-famous! You'll have to send me the poem if it's not too apostate.

I knew T. from both Hannah Holbrook and Centennial. That's really unfortunate. We'll pray for his family. [School custodian who recently died in a motorcycle accident.]

Happy birthday, Inigo! (and Nathan :p)

I don't have any photos because I've been out of batteries and haven't gotten any. I'll get some today (batteries and photos).

Love,
Elder Rice

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 4, 2016: Fractured

From Parker at 11:38 AM

So this week was pretty awesome! We set a baptismal date with a brand new investigator, K. She's Catholic, but knows a lot of Mormons and has a lot of close friends that are [Mormons]. Also, we had a lesson with M., who has been coming to church for forever even though he's Catholic and is reading the Book of Mormon through for his ninth time. He believes it’s all true, but believes that the Catholic's priesthood was simply dormant during the dark ages. I don't know exactly how to help with that. He might just be worried because he takes up housing with the Catholic priests. Funny, though, he shares the Book of Mormon with everyone. One of the past elders told us about how he stood up on the bus and declared that the Book of Mormon was not a testament of Brigham Young or Joseph Smith, but of Jesus Christ, and is entirely true. He handed out some seven copies. We're working with him to convince him to be baptized. Also, the guy in the Lotus must've either been high or just didn't remember us, because he drove past us again and was totally friendly this time.

Conference was awesome! I loved Elder Uchtdorf's talk in priesthood and Elder Holland's address. Charity is the root of righteousness; pride is the root of wickedness.

Strangest meal I've had: Got a meal from a member of some sort of chili. After we ate it they told us it was year old dear meat. They FOUND the deer dead on their property and stuck it in their freezer.

Strangest conversation: We were out tracting and met a man who told us that he helped the Holy Ghost fight his neighbors to protect one of the blue angels that had fallen from off her star. Blue and red angels sit on top of stars and you can see them at night shooting golden arrows of the word of God to fight devils. Joseph Smith is a prophet alongside Gandhi. He definitely believed every word he said.

Love,
Elder Rice

P.S. I twisted my leg and fractured my fibula wall running last p-day after emails.

From Jason at 12:03 PM

Mom just called me. She read your email and wanted to know if you are kidding about breaking your fibula or if it is a late April Fools joke. She is fairly alarmed that if it is true she should have received some notice about it from someone. She wants me to call the mission office to verify. So if you get this, know that I am going to call. If it is a joke, you had better let me know right away.

Love,
Dad

From Parker at 12:05 PM

Not a joke. I should be better in a little over a week, though. The work hasn't slowed, but it was kind of dumb on my part.

I'm not sure why you weren't contacted, though. Everything's good, though. The fracture was extremely small and there's hardly any pain. We actually had one of our best weeks in Edmond despite everything.

From Jason at 12:12 PM

How did you do it?

From Parker at 12:15 PM

Horizontal wall run on a mat in the church gym. I had done something like 20, but I twisted my leg pretty good on the mat on the last one.