Elder Huffaker

Elder Huffaker

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 20, 2012

Hello to everyone back at home. This week was a pretty good week for us. We had stopped by referrals and former investigators and we were able to increase our teaching pool by 4. Although we can't take all the credit from this ourselves. The referrals were given to us by the Spanish missionaries who are also covering our area, but in Spanish. They've been working hard too and, sorry for them, we get the benefit of teaching the English people they find.

This marks the end of week 4 of the transfer. For those of you who aren't keeping track, this is my 4th transfer in this area.

In other news, today we had people from our apartment maintenance come and fix up a bunch of things in our apartment that have needed fixed for the longest time.

--Elder Huffaker

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August 13, 2012

Hey everybody! First off, we had zone conference on Friday, and we had some excellent trainings. Saturday, we went and did a blitz in another missionaries area to help them out with their investigator pool, and Elder Barboza and I were able to help out those missionaries, and also were able to give out a Book of Mormon.

As for the rest of our week, we met with a bunch of the less actives we have been asked to stop by. We are having trouble meeting with one of our investigators though, who lives in the back house of one of our members. Our member who lives there has told us that our investigator is around often, but the day that we go by to visit, he is not there. We are trying to see if we can change the day that we meet to another day that he's available. We haven't met with him for a few weeks, but were able to talk to him briefly within that time. He doesn't seem turned off to learning, he's just been busy with work. Hopefully we can find a new day to meet with him.

We also were able to meet with an investigator who we have also been having a hard time meeting. We got in and shared the 2nd lesson and invited her to be baptized. To our surprise, she said yes immediately and positively. She did have some concerns after her answer, and explained a bit about baptism, but we will go over baptism in more detail. She has told us that she believes that everything that we have taught her is true, and that all her siblings and children and grandchildren have been baptized so she is very open to being baptized.

In other news, our cell phone that we are allowed to use as missionaries has started acting up. We are able to turn the phone off and on, but are unable to do anything else with any of the other buttons. The screen still works, and we can still receive calls and messages, but we can't answer the calls or respond to the texts. We will be going to the office to swap out phones, because the cell phone is an essential part of our work. It's interesting though to see how reliant we are upon this device, and how reliant people can get on technology. It has become such a critical part of our world today that without it, people would probably panic and not know what to do.

--Elder Huffaker

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August 6, 2012

Well another week has gone by yet again. In what our numbers show, this was a fairly normal week. However, things happened a little differently this week.

We usually have a very busy Thursday, but this time our usual appointments fell through. Instead some of the work we did on other days went a little better than usual. All in all it was a fairly productive week. We went by a couple of former investigators, and have found people to meet with. We have started meeting with a former investigator who has expressed the desire to be baptized and we will be teaching him again this week.

Other than our Thursday, and the lessons we had throughout the week we had a fairly normal, good week.

--Elder Huffaker

P.S. Cameron also sent these photos today, explaining that the first was when he helped cook for a party, which was also the missionaries' dinner. The other two photos are what a family did to help him celebrate his 1-year mark: Rice Krispy treats in the shape of a #1.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July 30, 2012 -- The One Year Mark!

Hey everybody. For those of you who aren't keeping track (don't feel bad if you're not, you aren't expected to) this Friday will be my year mark. After that day, I'll be on the downhill slope of my mission. Hard to believe that it's half over already.

Well, the first week of this transfer has gone by, and as usual, it was a bit slow. We had a few cancelled appointments, but we still worked hard to find people. We were working out of our area book and have been doing so for the past few weeks. The info in it is out of date, but we are updating it.

We also went to another baptism for Elder Barboza's last area. He was glad to be able to go there for it. It's been a slow, but good week here, not much else to say.

--Elder Huffaker

July 23, 2012

Well, this week was the last week of the transfer. On Saturday we got the call from our zone leaders informing us that we are staying together. In fact, in our zone the only one leaving is a sister missionary. They are splitting an area that they had combined last transfer. Our zone leaders were covering that area, and now we shall get a new zone leader and the other one will train in one of the areas. Overall, 3 missionaries are coming to the zone. The sister missionary who will replace the one leaving is one who was in my first zone.

Other than that, for a lunch and dinner appointment, we had two parties. Both were birthday parties, which counted as meals. We also had a bit of a rough time on Thursday as we had several appointments, that decided to cancel. We keep moving forward though.

All in all it was a good week, and Barboza and I are gonna be together for one more transfer.

-- Elder Huffaker

P.S. from Marilyn:
Cameron sent photos, as well, although they don't necessarily coincide with this week's email. In no particular order, here they are!

First, is Cameron with President Martin, the outgoing mission president:

Cameron and his companion, Elder Barboza, in front of the Los Angeles Temple:

Probably at a zone conference, this is Cameron with Elders Stevenson and Ah Chee:

And finally, we have three missionaries from Lewiston, Idaho that are serving in the exact same mission. This is Elder Johnny Grow, Hermana Sena Busch, and Elder Huffaker. They're holding up "L"s with their fingers for "Lewiston."

Hermana Busch is the only Spanish-speaking one, and she is the sister missionary that was going home, which Cameron refers to in this email. She spoke this last Sunday in our ward Sacrament Meeting, and is an amazing young lady!