Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Snow, Elk Meat and Success!

January 23, 2017

Hello!
This week was pretty good! We went to Cortez for exchanges which is always fun! Sister Nilsson was really happy because that was her last area, and she loved it there. She loves Monticello too, but that was her first area. She's only been out 6 weeks longer than me. And everybody here has some sort of connection to SLC, and it's funny to see how many people they know in common. Haha, Sister Codner (the member we stay with) is the grandmother to one of her high school classmates... It's super funny to see how small this world really is.

We had dinner with a less active couple, and they're so nice! The husband has been gone for a while, but he invited us over for dinner! Which is exciting, because most less actives don't want to bother with missionaries. (And having dinner is exciting too. We have a dinner appointment EVERY NIGHT here in Monticello. We're so blessed!) He's a big hunter, and I had elk meat for the first time. It was actually really good! It tasted a lot like beef. And then, he invited us to come back for dinner!!! So we'll see them again this weekend, and he said it will be deer meat this time. So many new foods for me :) Long story short, there's exciting stuff happening around these parts!

There's an investigator named Janee in Dove Creek who has had the lessons before, but for some reason, they didn't continue. But we've taught her a few lessons over the past 3 weeks, and she's really interested! Hopefully this continues to go in the right direction :)

Another investigator, Raylee, is wanting to be baptized. But since she's not 18 yet, we need both parent's permission. Her dad (Courtney) is a returning less active, and one of my most favorite people to teach, and is all for it. Her mom is Baptist, and is a little unsure. Please pray for her to be okay with Raylee being baptized! We finally found where she lives though! I think I'm becoming a local Monticello-ite because addresses mean nothing here. The way they give directions around here is always relative to where somebody else lives. I also have my north south east and west down!

There's a lady in our area who was at one point ex-communicated (a ton of people here have been ex-communicated!) and she was re-baptized a few years ago, and this past week, she got her temple blessings restored!!!! To get them restored, they don't go through the temple again. It's kind of like a priesthood blessing, but different. Anyway, it's super exciting and she's going to go through the Monticello temple with her husband (who hasn't been through the temple before!). But the temple is doing it's yearly cleaning, so they have to wait 2 weeks! What timing! But it's still exciting :)

There has been SO MUCH SNOW here!!! So much snow! Saturday morning, there was about 8 inches, and we didn't even make it out of our driveway for a good hour and a half. We got stuck at the end of the driveway where the county road snow plow piles is piled up right in front of our driveway, and there's no opening. We spent a lot of time digging out the truck and pushing and using wood for traction. We keep a few bags of salt and a shovel in the bed of the truck in case anything like that happens again. I'm just hoping and praying we'll make it in tonight, because right now, there's a major storm going on. And the wind is the worst. It woudn't be that bad if it was just snow, but since we live in Eastland, which is a few houses in the middle of farmland and fields, the snow just blows, and the drifts cover the road. And we have 5 miles off the highway of that beautiful stuff. By the end of the day, there's a good few feet of snow to go through.... Your prayers would be much appreciated :)

Amalio is going to be baptized on Feb 2!!! We're so excited for him!! His interview was yesterday, and everything is all set and ready to go! He's about as golden as gold gets. We're so happy for him!

I hope you're all having a fabulous week and that you keep up the good work! I hope you can travel safe on the roads and that you don't get stuck like we did :)

I love you more than the number of times snow plows it takes to plow all the snow in Boise and Southern Utah this winter!

Love,

Sister Withers

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