So I'm trying this new thing that I learned where I put a bunch of names in the send to bar thing so that everyone doesn't have to look up my updates and stuff. I figured this would be more convenient for people. I'll send personal emails out too, don't worry.
This week has been pretty crazy. Crazy in a good way though. Things are starting to really pick up, which is quite nice. We have about 6 investigators left at this point, all of which are actually progressing, but because we have so few we have to go finding all the time, which usually means a lot of tracting. Knocking doors can get old, but it's good. It gives me a reason to break out the sweaters. Also the fact that it's 30 degrees out gives me a reason to break out the sweaters.
Tuesday we went on exchanges. Elder Jesperson made a joke that I would be able to talk to all the people we're never able to talk to when he's there. And then we actually did. We set up like 6 appointments, it was pretty funny. Elder Jesperson also has pretty bad ADD so he loves to talk, meaning that when we teach he does a lot of the teaching because he just keeps going. It's a good thing because I learn a lot from what he says and how he teaches, but when I went on exchanges with Elder Kettle I had to do 75% of the teaching. I felt like I was actually doing my job, it was nice. I also got the package Tuesday. Please stop sending me candy. Please.
Wednesday we had our last meeting with Daniel, our 7th Day Adventist friend. He tried to convert us. It didn't work. He's moving down to Tennessee because he likes the super hardcore Southern pastors better. So this ones up to you Grandma. We also tracted for hours because we didn't have anyone to teach that day. We were super discouraged because tracting can get old pretty fast. I pulled the car over on a street and I was thinking to myself ""If we can't get anything here, we're done. We've been tracting forever, we'll find something else to do." So we rang the doorbell of the first house on the street. No answer. So we knocked. The guy answered the door and said "You rang the doorbell and we didn't answer so...... yeah go away" so we went to the next house. Some crazy old guy. At this point Elder Jesperson says "Man, it seemed like in Ketchikan every time we went tracting we found a potential." So at this point we're both discouraged. We knock on the last door of the street, they had a colorful mailbox so I had hope. This woman answers the door. She remarked on our nice appearance, and then talked to us for a minute. She was about to have dinner with her family so she didn't have much time but said we could come back later. We started walking away when she opened the door again and invited us to come in and have dinner with her family. We had a dinner appointment, but we went back to the Andersons the next day.
Thursday we picked up Elder Perkins, who is serving in Barrow but had come down to Fairbanks for zone conference on Friday. He's a real life cowboy, it's awesome. You remember that Cliven Bundee guy? Elder Perkins worked for the guy who took that guys cattle. He got death threats and everything. His dream is to own rodeos. He's awesome. That day we went back to the Andersons and talked with Maria, the woman was at the door, and her husband Glenn "the Glenner" Anderson. They're the coolest people. He's a radio show host, stand up comedian, actor, they're both crazy hippies, and everyone in the family is basically a professional skater. We had a crazy lesson with them. They're probably going to come to church next week too. Maria was worried because she doesn't want people to judge her husband, he's a local celebrity and everyone here knows him, but everyone we talked to was like "Baptize them, they're the coolest people in town."" So that's our goal.
Friday we had zone conference, which is basically a 7 hour meeting. IT was really good. There's always a testimony meeting at the end, which was really cool. Then we had dinner at Clint Summers house. That man is a walking party. He loves to swear and rag on his psycho ex wife, but he's one of the nicest human beings I've ever met.
Saturday we had the adult session of stake conference. We got Larry and Svetlana to come, which was really good for them because it was amazing. I think President Duval, the stake president, will be a general authority some day. He used to have a lot of reading problems, so he memorized like half the scriptures and his talks are always crazy good. Sunday was more of that, but after church we had a lesson with Lorinda, who's working through all her issues and is making progress, she just has a hard time seeing it. We also had a lesson with Jennifer, who volunteered to come to church with us. What's up with all of these people wanting to come to church? Aren't they supposed to make our lives hard?
So yeah, everything's going good here in Alaska. If Yahoo Weather is to be believed (which it isn't, it's the worst) It should snow everyday next week. So that'll be fun. Stay frosty down south.
Love, Elder Miller