Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26: Reap What You Sow

Well I guess I deserved that. No emails this week. Hope you had fun at Michele's!

So things went pretty good this week. Our new investigator, T., heard us talking about our Book of Mormon class (she's in the same apartment complex) and decided herself that she's coming this next Thursday. Still committed to baptism, but we've got the Word of Wisdom lesson next, and she's got cigarettes and sweet tea to drop.

Duncan's a pretty small town. It seems like our investigators see us everywhere! The Duncan South elders' investigators refer us to lots of people in our area. It's kind of a good and bad thing. Lots of potentials to teach, but if something goes sour ... well, nothing's happened yet. In fact, I think we fixed a lot of those old offenses since we've been here.

The mission president is drastically reducing the amount of meetings we go to so we can spend more time out on the street. As much as I love the spirit I feel at the meetings, I'm excited to be able to have more time.

Love you guys!
Elder Rice

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016: Eh ...

I spent a little time emailing some people who complained that I hadn't sent them an email in a while and now I'm running out of time. I'll try to jam in as much as possible. Really sorry about that. I did get some envelopes and stamps, though, so I'll send letters.

We've been trying this thing called “lightning visits,” which are two-minute visits with members to share a miracle and help get them excited for mission work. Got a cool miracle from that! We had set aside some time for finding and were in the middle of it when we realized we were pretty close to a member's house. We started heading that direction to try out the lightning visit technique, but on the way we didn't have any miracle stand out to us from that day. (It was still pretty early.) We kept walking towards their house and just a little down the street, someone yelled at us to come over. It was an older man and he said he didn't have much time, but he mentioned to us that every Mormon he's met (mostly in the Navy) were the most "serene" and upright people he'd met. He saw some missionaries about a week ago and committed that next time he saw one he'd ask for the Book of Mormon. He said he didn't really want any of the lessons, but we still managed to work in a two-minute restoration lesson, anyway. We left our numbers with him and ran off to tell the member about it. Two referrals in the works right now.

I've been checking out this book Elder H. has called the Book of Missionary Answers (or something like that). [The Missionary’s Little Book of Answers, by Gilbert Scharffs] I didn't go in too deep, but I'd highly recommend it. It's pretty solid.

Love you guys! Really sorry again!
Elder Rice

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 12, 2016: To Mom and Dad

Sorry this is a quick group email to you, but I'm really running short on time. I just wanted to let you know I love you guys and I'm grateful for all that you sacrificed to get me out here, even though I probably don't know the whole of it.

Thanks for the emails every week, and especially thanks for the package! I put the camel on my back planner cover so I see it whenever I pull it out. Elder H. wasn't much for the Corn Nuts, so I ate his.

Love,
Elder Rice

September 6, 2016: Email for Mom

We had no clue at the time that they were robbing the place. We thought it was her sister. From what I hear, she's already caught. We didn't really need to give a description. The whole thing (search and arrest) happened without us knowing. From what the neighbors describe, they already sort of knew who it was from the get go.

I really liked that poem! I'm not very good at articulating what it is I like about it, but I really like the tie it has to the Brother of Jared's experience. Maybe it’s just how effective the image conveys the idea. Thanks for sending that.

So I'm at the first week past the year mark, and now looking back, that wasn't a very long time. I know some elders out here who were really excited to get there so they could start counting down, but now that I'm here, I don't see what the excitement was about. We burned one of our old useless shirts for the occasion, but I think all of us just kind of wished it would go a little slower. Not that we don't miss you guys.

Elder H. taught me how to play Magic. The last guy I thought who'd know. He's a big wrestler, threw and won state shotput, played football, and worked on his uncle’s ranch in the summers. Turns out he's also a huge fan of Legend of Zelda, Halo, and Magic. I have to admit, the game's pretty fun, but it sounds like the cards are a little pricey. I don't think I’ll be jumping into that one.

I'll need some time to think about my birthday. Right now I'm just focusing on our new baptismal date for Oct 29! Our investigators here are amazing! We were sharing with Tish the plan of salvation for the first time, and she actually started tearing up a little at hearing it. I'm always amazed at how much this means to people. I think I just take it for granted most of the time.

Love,
Elder Rice