Monday, March 26, 2012

 So transfers were this past week. Me and Elder Kemendics stayed together! We're really building up this area! The members are starting to trust us a lot more and we're fixing a lot of things. The last missionaries that were here last weren't very good. We were frustrated at church. we only had 3 people there. I do have exciting news though. Did I tell you about Brian? He's that fully active non member with a calling and everything. He decided to get baptized! At first his date was April 14 but it may move a little cuz family might not be available. Either way it's going to be a great transfer! We have 4 baptisms lined up on the 14th! I'm so excited! This area is really picking up. I love it out here and I never want to leave! Well I guess when my time is up I'll feel ready but I don't want to leave Wyoming for the rest of my mission! So we have that investigator Dakota. He's like one of my best friends now. When school ends we're gonna do so much fun stuff on p-days! We're gonna go mudding and bow fishing! The people out here are so great! We checked our referral box at Seminary again..... It was empty. We checked it just as a class was finishing up so I made a point to say "empty" really loud. This one girl said she'd fill it. I hope she meant it! If not I'll have to chastise her! I don't remember who she is though so that might be hard. We didn't have anything to powerful or amazing happen this week. I've been trying to share more miracles in my emails but sometimes you just have an average week. It was good... just nothing special.
Pray for Mike Olsen. He's been in the hospital with kidney problems for a while and I really care about him. I'm kinda worried. 
We had this challenge in our mission to watch these DVDs we have for training 3 times this transfer. We had them playing during all our free time since Wednesday and we're done. It was a total of 24 hours worth of videos. They are the most annoying videos ever too! I was about to go crazy! We did it though and now we get a special breakfast. It was all worth it.. I think..... 
I'm so excited to go down for conference this weekend. We have tickets to the Sunday AM session. Keep an eye out for a Cowboy and a European missionary. I'm kidding.. I won't go as a cowboy. I'm really excited to go there though. It'll be a first for me. I love this mission!
Keep an eye out for my news about baptisms coming up in 2 weeks! That's when it all starts! I'm so excited!

I love you,
Elder Damewood

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hey guys!

This week was great. We didn't have any baptisms scheduled this week. They're all for after conference. I'm very excited for them. The work is going pretty well here. I love Green River WY! Transfer calls are tomorrow. I hope me and Elder Kemendics stay here. It's more than likely. We checked our referral box that we made for the seminary class and it was empty! Bro. Glathar(the sem teacher) is gonna talk to them. I thought our lesson went great. Everyone had fun I guess they just didn't apply it yet. Or maybe they're working on it. Who knows? I can't think of any miracle moments this week. We had a great lesson with Dakota and we added a family yesterday. They aren't available for a return appointment until April 10 though.
OH! We had to jump start our car this morning! That was fun. No one knew how to do it but me. Thanks for teaching me Dad. Our Subaru has a specific hook thingy made for the black cable. It was so convenient. 
Yes good choices are great! I see it in the people here. They turn around and they see the difference. A smart man learns from his mistakes but a wise man learns from other's mistakes as well. There's a lot of things I'm not going anywhere near ever! I see what it does and it's stupid. I love being a part of this great work and seeing the light in people's eyes. Dakota is a perfect example of this. I mean not that he'd made bad choices before but he's just getting more and more light. I can tell these things he's being taught sound familiar because he was taught them in the Pre-Earth Life. Oh and keep this on the down low but I think him and his fellowshipper Sadie are gonna end up getting married. It's just like you guys! Except Sadie is a little younger not older :) Her parents both had a good feeling about Dakota when they first met him.
I love you,
Elder Damewood

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yeah 6 months already. I'm burning a tie today! Pics of that next week. 
Alright now to talk about my week. This week was really dumb the first few days. We couldn't find anyone and we had hardly any lessons. We kept going anyway. Saturday I was sick but since we had a bad week I wanted to get more done so I worked anyway. It was a pretty good day but nothing too special. We worked hard anyway. Then yesterday the miracles came. I set a personal record of having 9 investigators at church! It was amazing! It looks like Brian is planning on finally getting baptized too! The highlight of my day started back on Thursday. We went to the Seminary Building to talk with Pres. Glathar about our ideas for when we teach seminary (this Tuesday). As his class was letting out Sadie Mortensen came up to us and said her friend Dakota wanted to meet us. We set it up for Sunday. We got to the lesson and introduced ourselves. We asked why he was interested and then he said he wanted to be happier. He wanted to be closer to Heavenly Father and he wanted that something he couldn't quite put his finger on that he felt whenever he went to the Mortensen's house. We talked a little bit about the Holy Ghost and then baptism. We set a date right then and there and he was so excited. He's getting baptized April 7th and he's pretty excited. He came to church that day and we didn't even know it! It was a great day! We had some cake at Brian's house cuz his step-daughter turned 13. We stayed a while and chilled out while kind of talking about his baptism. It was the most laid back lesson but he seemed more sure than we've seen before. It sure was weird. 
So far we have like 4 people getting baptized on the 7th. Then we have 1 on the 14th. This next transfer is gonna rock! We're also gonna be able to meet with Dee this week again. She and the Smiths have been busy. This is gonna be a great week! I can't wait to tell you about it. Let me know how it goes with Brookie.
I love you,
Elder Damewood

Monday, March 5, 2012

  Dee is doing ok. Their families have a lot going on so we won't be able to see them until the 17th. We recently taught her the Law of Chastity. That wasn't fun. She said she's having problems arguing with herself about what's more important. She's not gonna stop meeting with us which is good. She'll find that feeling the Spirit is better :) She's still going to investigate. This area is picking up. When I got here we had almost nothing. Now we've almost hit the Standard of Excellence. We were 1 person to church off.
  We taught Caesar a lesson and he won't be able to meet with us for like a month.  It's been hard to catch Jesus home so we're gonna try by maybe this weekend.  
  Things are going great! Things I need...... I can't think of anything I need. I'm looking to get some cowboy boots. Mike took us to lunch and got me a hat and belt buckle(pics next week). I love it! So today imma see if I can afford to go full cowboy :).
  This week was pretty good. It was the best one so far in Green River but I can't think of any major spiritual story to tell or anything. We found a girl who was interested and I felt prompted to ask her if she felt different when we're over there. She said yes and I said it was the Spirit. She really recognized it. That's about all I really got. I'm tired though. This was a long hard week. I know the area pretty well now so it puts a lot more weight on my shoulders as senior comp. It's better than being lazy and bored though.
   Remember last year in March when I called you and talked about how they had corned beef and cabbage at BYU-I? That was a whole year ago! 
   This is going to be a great week I can feel it!
  Did you hear the news about the missions they're adding in Utah? There's going to be a Salt Lake City Central mission(doesn't affect me) and a Salt Lake City West mission(could affect me if I get transferred there June 13). It's exciting! We get tons of new missionaries here and the baptisms are going to go way up! I secretly hope to stay in the UT SLC mission. I love it here and I love President and I want to stay in Wyoming my whole mission!
Elder Damewood