Colton's ready for his mission

Colton's ready for his mission

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17: Last week of the transfer... and a late email.

So, yesterday we got locked out of the Family History Center, and we weren't able to email. So we got approval to do it today at the library (library is closed on monday). So... Hope noone was worrying too bad! And I also hope that some people noticed. :)
The last week is coming up for the transfer, and I've got a feeling about it. We'll see what happens. I've always said it's boring when nothing happens for transfers anyway. :)

I think I'm actually building a testimony of the Bible! I've started reading in it, and it actually has a lot of good stuff. Kind of like missionary work, you just have to wade through a lot of work to get to the good stuff ;). E.G. four chapters of how to do different sacrifices can be pretty slow.... But right now, I am reading in Leviticus, and I'm almost to Numbers. I'm just hoping that with 15 minutes a day, I'll be able to finish it before the end of my mission!
I need to start writing down things to write about in these letters. Anyone got ideas? I'm still having cool experiences... I just forget about them. xD So I think I need to repent and start doing that. Help me out! I love you all!

September 9: P-day

I decided to talk about our average P-day and work day this email. So, in some areas, "P"-day, means play day! However, up here in Oroville, it is Preparation day.
Here is an average P-day, if we go to Omak. We wake up at 6:30 of course, and start our laundry immediately. If we do, we are able to finish it by the time studies are over. At 8 we do Personal Study, and at 9 we do an hour of companion study. That's all the study we do on P-day, and so after that, we have to wash the car, clean the apartment, and get ready to go to Omak. Then we drive the 45 miles to the closest Walmart, and do our shopping there. Then we write the family for 1.5 hours, on email, and use our other time to write real letters. So, between 1 hour of cleaning, 1.5 hours of driving, half an hour of shopping, and 1.5 hours of emailing, and a half hour of whatever delays come up that day, we SHOULD have about 3 hours of free time. I don't know where that goes, because it's not there when the day finishes at 6! That's when we start proselyting again.
For a regular day for Elder Cramer and I, we get up at 6:30, eat breakfast, shower, exercise, and get ready for the day. 8 is Personal Study, 9-11 Companion Study, 11 is Lunch (YES!), and then at noon is Language Study. We finally start proselyting at 1, until about 4 usually. We then have dinner, and then at 5-9 we are proselyting again. 8-9 used to be easy to get appointments, but now it's getting dark at that time, and we often times, have to try a few places before we get a lesson or whatever. Often times we will be doing service around 1pm-4, but if we aren't, those hours can be slow as well. Overall, we usually teach 2, or 3 lessons a day. Then at 9 we do Daily Planning for the next day, then at about 9:45, we get ready for bed, and we are in bed at 10:30.

And then we start all over again.
Oh the busy, but fulfilling day of a Missionary! There are many hardships, but I love it. :) I think that's all I've got for this week, please please please ask me questions, so I know what to say in these emails! Les quiero!
Elder Grant

September 2: Half-way through... another transfer!

Hey everyone! 

I've been slacking on my emails lately, so I'm going to try and give a good one this time. So, this week, noone at church. :( It's been a little rough, because the Thomas Family, who went four weeks in a row, haven't been for 3 weeks now, and have stuff coming up for the next two weeks. They're making  it a habit of not coming! Not intentionally, but we won't be able to teach them for a while, and it's killing us, but I suppose SOMEONE will baptize them. Us missionaries just want everything to happen while we're there. Delia and Maria, also didn't come, even though they said they would. 3 times. And they are leaving in late October, so they have a deadline! We also haven't been able to teach Salvador because of a couple times where he forgot our appointment, but he still has a lot of potential, is on date for the 28th of this month, and we just need to start getting him to church! Pray that all of these people will come!

With Kim... I've been teaching Kim for a while now, and I've gotten to know him pretty well. He finally made it very clear though, that he's not really sure that he believes in one true Gospel. That there's more than one way to get to heaven, and God again. We showed him 2 Nephi 31: 21, and asked him to pray about it. He is reading the scriptures, says he's been asking God about it, and is attending church about every other week. Just pray that he will get his answer, and recognize it. He needs this Gospel. And he needs to know it's strait and narrow, and it's the only way. Pray for him!

Funny story... So, Elder Cramer is a pretty confident missionary, but he still doesn't know the Book of Mormon perfectly. We were teaching a less-active member, and he was looking in the index for "rest" I believe, and scriptures that relate to that. He found a chapter that said that a lot, and decided we could read that with our investigator. That chapter was Moroni 9. He didn't know what he was getting into. :) If you don't know what's in that chapter, read it. :) I'm still giving him a hard time for it!

Also, there's a member named Jason, who I recently (like a month or two ago?) had the oppurtunity to participate in his ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood. He's come a long way, and we've been helping him out as much as we can. He's a middle aged guy, and he's an officer in the Border Patrol up here. And he explained everything about it, and now being a border patrol agent is one of the careers I'm thinking about haha! I would most likely be able to work down in Arizona, which is hot, but closish to the family... And there's a lot of nice things about it. We took a tour of the station up here, and it's pretty nice... So... We'll see what happens. :)

No new pictures.... I haven't really taken any. And I can't find one of my memory cards, so at the very least, I'm hoping all these pictures I've sent are saved somewhere back home. But anyway, thanks for all the love and support! I really appreciate it, y les quiero tambien! Contestenme! Hasta la proxima semana!

Elder Grant

another note:
So, I used to HATE fast Sunday. I'll admit it. I couldn't stand going without food, and I complained, and grumbled, all day long. I didn't understand why we fast. On my mission, the first fast Sunday, I warned Elder Kelly, "I might not be able to make it through the full 24 hours." My attitude has completely changed though, I feel. I am still hungry. But I feel humble also, and I love it. I love feeling closer to the Savior. This week, we also did a ward fast for all of the youth in the ward, and I was able to focus on how I could help those less active youth that we visit. It is something of a cleansing, and I'm going to commit from here on out, to never complain about fast Sunday again. It is something the Lord has commanded us to do, because he knows it will bring us more happiness. So there really is no reason to complain! :) 

August 26: Well...

My computer is acting up a lot, I need to write to the President, and I don't know what to say! Suffice it to say, I had a pretty good week, taught lots of lessons, and listened to the Prince of Egypt soundtrack that I got pretty much non-stop. We dropped our 5 on-dates, but got two more, and have quite a few more promising people. Hope you all have a good week! Mucho amor,

Elder Grant