Well, I’m in my new area now in the Kellogg/Pinehurst area. It’s just east of Coeur d’Alene about 30 miles up in the mountains. We cover Kellogg, Smelterville, Pinehurst, and Enaville, which are all little towns in the mountains along I-90. Our area is pretty “booney” to be honest. And things are a bit spread out. But not as spread out as my last area. Luckily, we drive an Equinox which is nice with the snow and all. There isn’t anyone scheduled right now for baptism, but we have a pretty good teaching pool. Our ward mission leader is Brother Grahm, and he is the best. He’s a real go-getter. He’s about 75 and has had such an interesting life. He and his wife support the missionaries here really well. We had a coordination meeting with him this week, and when we went to the door, we could hear him blasting a reggae version of Adele and playing his bongo drums! Super cool. :)
I’m enjoying serving with Sister Chugg! She is a great missionary. She is so efficient, which is a skill that I admire. She goes home in about 5 weeks at the end of this transfer, and then I go home in April. So we are both helping each other stay focused and not be trunky. :) We also live with another set of sisters that cover the Wallace area, Sister Lilley and Sister Hsaio (from Taiwan). They are great! Our apartment is tiny, but cozy. Our bedroom is actually in the living room, and the bathroom is tiny which is a bit of a struggle with four women. But we make it work. :)
One of the highlights of this week was T___. He is a recent convert, and we are teaching him the new member lessons. Actually, he prepares and teaches us the new member lessons. :) This week, he taught the Law of Chastity, and he did a solid job! He had written out three pages and he taught it perfectly. It’s awesome to see new members continue to embrace the gospel like that. And Tim is so nice! He let me borrow his old family Bible to look through.
We have also been teaching a lady named D___. We taught her this week about temples, and she loved it. She highlighted the whole pamphlet and was so excited about baptisms for the dead and sealing ordinances. She drinks a lot of coffee, so we are working with her on that. She is so great though, and I’m excited about her progress.
This week we had training on schedule changes to the missionaries schedules. We can now do our planning in the morning instead of at night. And companionship study is more flexible now. Also our P-day starts at 8am rather than at 10am. So two more hours of P-day! :) We can also have more flexibility when we exercise in the morning, which is nice.
Next week should be busy, as we have MLC training and some other meetings, and some additional lessons. Looking forward to it!
I hope you all have a great week!
|Sister Chugg and I|
|For some reason, there are a lot of abandoned, junked|
vehicles around our area.
|Our church house in Pinehurst|
|Our study area|
|This is our bedroom in the living room. We don't|
really need a living room though, so we might as
well use it as a bedroom.