Elder Huffaker

Elder Huffaker

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Baptism. Times 3!

This week, my companion and I have been working on getting referrals from the members. So far it has been working well. We have been mainly stopping by less actives though, but that is still good missionary work.

We also have been talking with our mission apartment people about getting lighting in our apartment. Well we finally did and it is so much better. However, now we can see all the other things wrong with the place! That's okay, we are trying to get other things taken care of as well.

In big news, there was an investigator I was teaching in my last area who just got baptized yesterday. Her brother and cousin also got baptized. They were coming to Wednesday basketball at the church and that was a really good fellowshipper thing for them. I sent the picture home, so look for it on the blog. It was really cool.

--*Elder Huffaker*
This sure looks like K.C. Clyde -- Cameron and his companion had been teaching his girlfriend. You might recognize him as starring in "The Best Two Years".
Cameron wrote about these photos in another email:
The one is the baptism we went to on Sunday of 3 kids that I was teaching. Well, Elder Morgan and I started to teach the 15-year-old girl, and then Elder Mortensen and I continued. Her brother and cousin were around a bunch and they would come and play basketball on Wednesdays.

The other is a picture of the girl that was baptized on the 8th of January and I couldn't make it. They were at the baptism and so I got in a picture with them.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Week One of the New Transfer

Well, as you know, this week was the first week of the new transfer. It went by pretty fast too!

First off, I just got a letter from our president that says Elder L. Tom Perry will be visiting on March 12th. It is a P-day, but I'm probably not alone in saying I'd give up a P-day for that!

Well, this week has been an interesting week. We had 3 missionaries leave the zone, and 3 new ones come in. They also reorganized the districts so we have a different set of elders in ours. We didn't move but we had one companionship swap.

Also there was a rush on planners at the office so we got Spanish ones. My companion speaks Spanish, but I don't. I told him we should have gotten new planners while we were there, but he didn't think it would be a problem. I might get a new one for this transfer, or maybe I'll just have to stick it out with a Spanish one. It's not too hard to tell what it says, especially because I've been looking at the same thing for 6 months.

In other news, we got a referral from a family we had dinner with, and went to go see them. The minor detail was that they were at the TOP of the hill in our area. This is a big hill. It gets pretty steep in some areas, but it is also long. For those of you in Lewiston, Thain Grade is nothing compared to what we are biking up.

Well, we eventually made it to the top. One of the people was a less active family that were receptive, and we will probably be teaching a bit, and the other is an old lady who would come over and share the meal with the members we got the referral from when the missionaries are over.

A couple days ago, we also had those people who are strong believers in Heavenly Mother knocked on our apartment door. They said they were interested in some of our religion and had a few "questions" about it. They seemed really determined to bash, but my companion was able to send them away with- If we are both preaching of Christ, then we are not against each other, and it's not a Christ-like thing to try and tear down other peoples' religion. They didn't have anything to say to that. It seemed a little blunt, but they were trying to aggravate us. I guess that marks one of the more interesting things on my mission.

The work goes on still, the book is blue and the gospel is true. Hope all is well at home!

--Elder Huffaker

February 6, 2012

This week was the craziest week of my mission so far. To start off, my district leader's companion went home a week early so he could keep his visa, and so we were with him almost all week. It was difficult going between all three wards we now covered. Going back and forth between the apartments, and trying to organize what we were going to do was not fun. On the up side, we did have a car so that wasn't so bad.

Next off, one of the days our district leader wasn't with us, my companion woke up with intense pain. It was about 6 so it wasn't so bad, but we had to call our district leader to take him to the hospital. It was about 7 or 8 calls to different people just to get someone to answer.

Well, we had several trips to the hospital getting lost, and we actually had to go to a place right next to the hospital. But then my companion forgot his wallet with his ID so we had to go all the way back and get it. We found out that it was kidney stones and he had a lot of pain. He now has like 3 or 4 pills to take, and they all make him drowsy. Needless to say he's now one sleepy elder.

My companion and I also bore our testimonies in fast and testimony meeting, and then one of our investigators did so as well. It was a pretty interesting week full of plans being changed and an emergency run to the hospital.

--Elder Huffaker

P.S. from Marilyn:
The top photo is Elder Greenwood and Elder Huffaker (L to R), taken moments before the email was sent. The lower photo is a "snake" made out of bread, which they had at a member's house. It's all bread except for raisin eyes and a fruit leather tongue.