Monday, August 26, 2013

Week 3: First week in the field


This week has gone by quickly, but it feels like I've been here for months. My first area is... Chamberlain South Dakota right by the Missouri River! I have a new companion. His name is Elder Paskett. He is from California. It is humid here. I sweat more in a single hour than I have ever sweated in Idaho or Utah. (This could also be because we were doing a service project). Drinking lots of bottled water, Dasani because it’s Elder Paskett's favorite.

Elder Paskett and I get along great. He loves German pancakes and we both appreciate the cookbook. We made some with chocolate chips and it was very thick and very delicious. Apparently my first week here was very lucky because of all the appointments we were able to get. It’s a small town and we walk everywhere until we travel to other towns in a car. It’s my best friend at the moment. This is a relatively new area (4 months) and Elder Paskett opened it. I also learned that all of Elder Paskett's companions including his MTC companion have been from Idaho, small world.

So we were able to meet with several investigators. Mary Jo is a woman whose daughter is LDS and left her mom because she was involved in Meth. Mary Jo has changed though and actually contacted Elder Paskett and Elder Parrish in the street asking to know more about the church her daughter has joined. She has a lot of questions and is really depressed. She has many health concerns including a recent abscessed tooth. We extended an invitation to be baptized on October 5th and she accepted.

Angeleec and Ben Guest are a non-married family who we've been teaching for a while. Ben is less active and went to church last week although they are conscientious about bringing their kids because they make a lot of noise in a church of about 10 people. It's not a big deal, but they think it’s a problem.

Steven is a less active who is in jail. I feel like dad because I get the opportunity to teach in a jail. We've been trying to contact the Sheriff to see if we can visit him religiously other than visiting hours like the other churches are able to, but we haven't been able to see him and every time we try he's busy. But we will eventually get to it. It was more of a Q and A session, but we were able to help with a lot of his concerns as we answered by the spirit. I don't even know why I said some of the things that I did. It's wonderful to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. The days go by fast as we try our hardest to work for the Lord in his vineyard. I'm also sleeping better as I work hard as promised, but it is very tiring work. I'm looking forward to a nap later today during p-day.

The highlight of my week was when we went to Fort Thompson and Lower Brule. They are two different Reservations and look a lot like Fort Hall. They also have a lot of wild dogs there and we don't know just what will happen every time we go there. There is nothing dangerous though, just very interesting occurrences. We tracked into two new investigators Carl and Marsha. They agreed to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.

Bryan is a Native American investigator who we consider "Golden". He agreed to be baptized on the 12th without hesitation. The only problem is that he draws the attention away from the lesson and onto talking about things that are superstitious and supernatural, but we are getting better at staying focused on the lesson.

Joy (Native) was the best all week. We entered her home and taught her about the Book of Mormon. I don't remember much, but we were sent there when she needed us and she didn't even know she needed us. The spirit was very strong there.

Finally, we tracked into Trevor and his family and taught them the Restoration. They readily agreed to read the Book of Mormon and pray to see if it was the word of God. They said to give them two weeks which I am concerned about, but I know the Lord will answer them and He will guide them during the course of the two weeks so I am no longer afraid.
 
Saturday was the hottest day at a total of 110 degrees. There was a lot of wind and no humidity though so it was great. Yesterday was very hot with 108 degrees and not a lot of wind. Very sweaty and we walked everywhere to save on miles. It was very interesting, but again last night was the best sleep I've had throughout the mission so far. I love it here in Chamberlain and have high hopes for the area. Hope to hear from you soon. 

Elder Davis

PS.

 It's very hilly here, but with no mountains. It looks a lot like pocatello, but there is no mountain line in the background. I also tried sending pictures, but I probably can only send one at a time which will take a very long time so I'll just mail the SD card to you or something. If you have any better ideas, email me. Also, the roads here are red and have loose rocks. It's not a very up kept area in terms of roads, but that's probably because of the winters that they get here I'm guessing. Tell everyone hi. Love you all.

With lots of love

Elder Davis

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