Elder Huffaker

Elder Huffaker

Thursday, April 26, 2012

April 23, 2012

This week went pretty well. Our lesson count keeps going up so that's always a plus.

The downside is that a bunch of the people that my companion and his last companion were teaching have been canceling so we are working on getting other people to teach as well as trying by the people we no longer teach.

We had some pretty good lessons with some of our investigators and tried to set some baptism dates with them, but they haven't committed yet. They are really close too. One has a very soft commitment, and the other accepted and doesn't know it yet (they said they weren't ready). We know they want it, they're just not entirely ready to make that step yet.

For weather here, you probably know, but it's hot. It got up in the high 90's yesterday. It probably won't today, it looks kind of dreary. I haven't got another camera card, I will soon, but I might be able to make it work because my camera still reads my card and the computer can link up to the camera.

Other than that, it's been a pretty normal week. Hope all is well at home!

--Elder Huffaker

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spanish Blitz

Well, this week here in California was a pretty standard week in missionary work. We visited several people, and there were others we were unable to meet with.

The thing that sticks out a bit is that we went on exchanges with our district leader and his companion. I went to their area with the district leader. and the junior companion came here. We left each other on Wednesday night, spent all Thursday together and then met up again at district meeting on Friday.

While on exchanges with the district leader, we went out to do a blitz with the Spanish missionaries in the area (a blitz is where a bunch of missionaries gather together to knock in a certain area). While on this blitz, they, the missionaries who organized it, decided to split up companionships. So I went with a Spanish missionary from this group to go knocking. It kind of helped that he spoke Spanish, so that when we encounter someone who only speaks Spanish, or uses that as an excuse, he can talk.

All in all, it was rather interesting being on an exchange within an exchange. Other than that, this week was fairly normal, for missionaries.

--Elder Huffaker

Halfway Through the Transfer!

April 9, 2012

Well It's the halfway point of the transfer already! It's coming too fast! This week we worked hard on trying to find people to teach, and also find people to get on our dinner calender. Because of General Conference we didn't get it passed around in church! Luckily we got most of it filled out.

Then yesterday, Sunday, my companion and I had to fill up the font for another set of missionaries. We were stuck at church for about 9 hours. During the time we were filling up the font we decided to do some comp study because we hadn't had time that morning. The best part is that after we did comp study (which we hadn't been doing all last week...) we were able to get in with all the people we had wanted to. These were people who hadn't been responding to our calls and attempts to stop by, but now we saw them. Then we get a phone call of someone who hadn't been to church in a while who wanted a blessing. So we went over there and gave her a blessing and had a discussion with her. She said she wanted us to come and go through the lessons again and that it would be good for her kids. She has two kids, 8 and 11, who hadn't been baptized. The 11 year old also said that he wanted to be baptized. He also prays every night with his little sister when his mom doesn't. His mom looked a little surprised at what he said about wanting to be baptized and said "you never told me that" he responded with "you never asked." They are a great family and are wanting to come back to church. The kind of scary thing is that we didn't have the number in the phone and almost didn't answer. That's probably one of the best witnesses to my companion and I that we really ought to do comp study. I don't plan on missing comp study again if at all possible!

Elder Huffaker

One More

Monday, April 2, 2012

Well for starters, I can't believe it's already General Conference again! It came up pretty fast and went fast too! This week went a little better and we were able to meet with a lot of people and invite them to General Conference. It's the one time we encourage people to sit down and watch TV! We stayed and watched it at our ward building for all the sessions, not very many people showed up at the building. Except Priesthood session. That one had a bunch of people.

So on the downside of car area, we went over miles for our area. First time in car and we go over. Luckily it's a new month and we have plenty of miles. Needless to say we should still try to limit how much we use.

In other news, I got to this area and found out that us as missionaries were performing a musical number at a fireside. The only practice I and a bunch of other missionaries got for that was about 20 minutes of practice just before we performed it! Talk about impromptu!

We saw plenty of wind and rain here too. It's not so bad being in car though! ... also, my card for my camera is cracked. I can still use it a bit, but it doesn't read the stuff on it most of the time. Hope all is well at home!

Elder Huffaker