Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our week was good. Yes our baptism happened. I gotta tell you a story about that later. Be sure to post this email ASAP so everyone can see the story.

We had a lot of fun yesterday. We stayed in Green River. We set up a tennis game with some of the kids from the stake. It was a lot of fun. We played basketball and tennis and the 6th ward invited us to their activity that was at the same park. After that we went shopping and a real nice guy paid for us. We had a lot of fun and now we're gonna go have a good day of work after emailing. 

Well now for that crazy story. Here in this stake we have assigned font fillers. They called me to say they'd be out of town. They asked if I knew how to fill the font and if I could do it. I said, "yes." I didn't know that there was more to it than just turning on the water. Anyway they told me to start filling it at 8 in order for the font to be full by 10. Elder Little(our district leader) came down cuz the family wanted him to give the opening prayer. So we go at 8 and turn on the water then we leave to get a couple other things ready and come back in an hour to set up chairs and  see how the font is coming along. I open the doors to the Stake Center and you can't even imagine the feelings running through me when I see water in the hallway! I run to the Primary room and turn off the water. There's at least 30 gallons in the Primary room, hallway, and Bishop's and clerk's offices! It's 3 inches deep in places! There was so much water it was crazy! We just start pushing water back into the font. We make calls and get shop vacs and all sorts of stuff. We work up a sweat sweeping water into the font. Then people start showing up and they panic more than we did. It didn't look as bad as it was when we first got there. So we were baptizing this 10 year old kid. He saw the font. It looked a little like watered down mop water at this time. We drained some of it and filled it with more water to dilute it. He still wanted to get baptized. It was cool to see how he understood the importance of baptism and didn't wanna wait any longer. He was so willing to do what he was supposed to it was amazing! When we got in the clerks office there was a cardboard box of documents and a power cord with a ring of dry around them. That was pretty amazing. Anyway we stay and clean until people take our jobs from us and start cleaning themselves. It's fine cuz we had to take Elder Little back to Rock Springs anyway. So that whole day we were trying to relax and calm down. It was so crazy every time I thought or said the words, "We flooded a Stake Center." So we decided to give ourselves a nickname. We're the Wet Bandits! Then Sunday a funny guy came up with a better one, "Hydromaniacs." Anyway it was all a crazy event and we had some laughs and stress. Things are better now. You can't afford to not serve a mission cuz you miss out on all these crazy stories.

I love you,
Elder Damewood

Monday, May 21, 2012

We had a really good week. The area is slowly picking up. I wish it would go faster though. 
We watched the solar eclipse yesterday. We could see it a little. It was really bright though. It was so weird to see the sun look like the moon. It was crescent shaped. 
We have a baptism coming up this weekend. It's been a little while so I'm glad about that. 
Our free pizza got cut down to 50% off pizza. We're gonna have to start going there less. The guy said it wasn't our fault. The price of food has gone up. I don't like it.
We met with Dakota last night. He's doing great. He's moving so fast. It's awesome! I love this area so much. I've got about a month left here at least, hopefully more but if not I'm gonna end with a bang! 
We had leadership training this past week. I left Elder Smith in the area with another missionary and he did great. I also learned a lot at training. It was cool to feel the Spirit so strong. It really built my testimony that Jesus lives and loves each of us. I'm so glad to be a part of this. I'm so grateful for all you've done to get me here. It's awesome! I love serving a mission!
I hope you all have a great week!

I love you,
Elder Damewood

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I had tons of fun talking with you guys too. Well I'm not really having a rough time it' just the work is slow and it's picking up just not fast enough. There's so much potential I can see it. It's just a little ways away. I'm excited for when it does come. My companion rocks! He's really really good at teaching already. I'm trying my best to teach him. He's great. 

I can't think of anything super crazy this week. Well we had these 2 girls at church. Their mom isn't ready to come back yet so we sat by them. They're 8 and 10 so they had a hard time staying still in Sacrament. I never thought I'd have to babysit on my mission! Well I have leadership training in Salt Lake tomorrow. I'm leaving Elder Smith in my area with my District Leader's companion. I remember the first time I was left in my area without Elder Davis. It was a difficult scary thing but I learned a lot and really grew because of it. I'm excited to see how well he does.

After we got off Skype I went out and ate a snack with the Harris'. it was good. they all thought I was weird for putting peanut butter on my hot dog,  but it's so good! It's nice to have a place like theirs. They're so friendly, they love having us over and they're so fun.  I wish we could go more but we have a ton of work to do so we can't go too often. That's a good thing though :) Sister Harris really is a huge help out here. She feeds us and mends our stuff and tells us stories from her son. He's in Russia. I'm gonna miss them when I have to get transferred. I hope it's 2 more transfers away. The fact that I'm training a missionary helps increase that chance. 

I love you all,
Elder Damewood

Monday, May 7, 2012

I'm excited for Sunday as well. I think have some time in the afternoon. it may be at like 5 your time. We can get son skype so I'm going to the Harris' house to call you. I'll call you on the phone when I get there to set it up. Yeah my arm is a lot better. It's almost healed.
I gotta tell you the transfer news. I stayed. I got a new companion. And when I say new I mean it! I'm training a greenie! He's super great! His name is Elder Smith and he's from California. We get along really well. I really like training, and since you're usually with your trainer 12 weeks that increases my chances of staying here another transfer! I love this place so much I never wanna leave! Well I guess in about a year and a half I can go :). It's so crazy that I'm training. I thought it'd be a while before I trained. Elder Davis still hasn't gone home so Elder Smith has a living Grandpa. That's pretty rare. I guess President trusts me. I just hope I don't get any other leadership. I just want to train at most. Elder Smith invited his first investigator to be baptized. She said yes! It was so cool.
Well, now I'm gonna go have a P-Day. I love you so much! Thanks for all you do for me. The mission is the best thing ever!

I love you,
Elder Damewood