So, Elder Scheringer is being called to be District Leader and Elder Cannon is leaving for Grand Forks North Dakota. It will be sad to see him go.
So I've lost a lot of weight!!! I've come up with the best weight loss program ever....
Live the Word of Wisdom and become a missionary in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. We walk everywhere to save miles for Zone conferences because they are so far away. Pierre is about 200 miles round trip. We walk up hills and down hills and all around. I'd estimate that we walk at least 5-7 miles depending on the day. It’s getting much easier though, we can walk a mile in about 15 minutes including hills and our backpacks. Also, exercising in the morning helps as well.
So I heard that conference priesthood session was going to be broadcast into homes for the first time ever. That will make it much easier, but doesn't change much here because you need a dish or the internet to view conference anyway. It's not on the radio or TV... Another culture shock for me :)
We committed Angelic to pray about 3 dates to be baptized and she seems like she really wants to. She is progressing. We help a lot with their house, and I've compared their house remolding to their spiritual progression because it is looking a lot better both ways.
So the wind is picking up. In lower Brule on Wednesday, no one answered and our appointments fell through, but it was because the wind speeds were 30-50 miles per hour all day long. It felt like I was back home. It's really going to be uncomfortable in the winter though because it’s so open, the wind has nothing to block it, and we are out all day long instead of a few hours. But our limit is -20 with wind chill so no big deal for me because that frequently happens in Idaho. How do you tell wind chill? We have no idea.
On Thursday we helped brother Guest put in his new door. None of us knew how to do so it was interesting, but according to Brother Guest, "It's just common sense right?" He reminds Elder Paskett and I of Tim Allen in Home Improvement because he says," its easy honey. All you have to do is..." very complicated explanation. He also uses whatever tools are lying around if he doesn't have the right ones. Everything works out though. His uncle who does doors for a living said it was the best job he'd ever seen and that it looked like a professional had done it. I also found out what "green treated" wood meant. Also got into a Book of Mormon bashing contest with our District Leader to help us find scriptures and also for fun during our lunches.
One of our new investigators, Laurel, answered us with "I'm going to pray about this because I feel the importance of prayer." When we asked her about if she believed God could appear to Joseph Smith, she said, "yes, but you have to be careful because it could have been the other way too, Satan tricking him." We rejoiced at this because it gave us the opportunity to testify of the importance of prayer and not taking our word for it. It was great. She promptly committed to do so.
Sunday was interesting. We asked President Anderson if we could go to another worship service. He said as long as it didn't interfere with our other meetings. We did so today at the Zion's Lutheran Church. It was very different and felt off. It was very hyped up and showy. It felt like a show. It was also very scripted. I could follow along in a program what the preacher was going to say, except the sermon, and with the prayer. Afterwards when we went to our Church, I felt peaceful, wanted, and like I belonged there. It really helped cement my testimony more. It also taught me that the spirit works through the still small voice. It was like a brick wall hit me so powerful, yet peaceful the difference was.
Follow promptings. They are very important. The Guests left sacrament meeting because of their kids being loud. Sister Felicia received a prompting to visit them after church. She did. The Guests told us that if they hadn't visited them, they would have stopped trying to come to church for 2 years. I am very grateful for promptings and am also very grateful for the involvement of the ward. Get involved in missionary work as much as possible. We need members to help us because we can't do the work alone. I know that the Lord helps missionaries and members. They are not exclusive. By helping the missionaries, you help your close friends. I have seen this so many times so far and will continue to see it. I love it here and am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord.