Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Baptism - Wolf run over

This past Saturday we had a baptism! It was awesome. I was able to confirm her which was scary! She is 11 years old and her family are members but they had been in active. We were able to help them to come back to church. This was the coolest experience that I have had on my mission.

A few days ago, we were riding our bikes and we were going straight and all of the sudden, Elder Wolf turns right in front of me and I had no time to brake, so I t-boned him and flipped off my bike. I landed on the concrete on my back, and skidded across the pavement a few feet. My slacks are all ripped up now and I need to get them patched up. This all happened right when school was getting out and there were a lot of cars. My wrist started to hurt a lot but it was not broken it was just sprained. Luckily I was wearing my backpack and that saved me a lot of hurt, and I was wearing my helmet. To all those kids that don't wear helmets. WEAR THEM!!! They will save your life someday.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Because momma taught me good

First mission haircut
This week I got my first haircut while on my mission. It was also the first haircut in my life that I got from someone other than my mom, or grandma. I got it cut by a member. She did a really good job. She was surprised that I knew what size guard to use for the clippers. I knew,because momma taught me good.

We have 3 baptisms lined up for this Saturday. I know that they are going to get baptized. We shared with one of them that is getting baptized the first vision with Joseph Smith. We asked her how she felt after watching the video, and she told us that she felt warm and fuzzy inside! We asked her if she wanted to get baptized and she said yes and asked how long she was going to get held underwater. we told her that she just had to be completely submerged underwater. We also showed her a video of the prophet Thomas S. Monson speaking. We asked her what she thought about him and what he said in the video. She said that she felt that he was speaking directly to her. We also got to have exchanges with the other missionaries in a nearby town for a few days. When I got to the other town, me and my temporary companion Elder Swenson. went to the food drive place and bagged about 100 bags of Fiber One cereal for 2 hours.
Wonderful evening
Wonderful morning

Transfers are here already, and time has gone by really fast. I've looked back at where I came and realized that I have been out as a missionary for almost 2 months!!! I've already come to my first transfer, and to think about it more...I've got 94 more scout camps to go. It's nice to hear from y'all and see how your doing. and you might be wondering if I am having a great time here in Montana. just look up Alma 11:33.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

 A week or so ago, we had a Zone conference. My companion was scheduled to play the guitar and sing a song. As luck would have it, his voice was having troubles, and he wasn't able to sing. I said that I could play something in his place. I didn't have any sheet music, so I went to another room to practice a rendition of "I am a child of God" that I had played before my mission.  When it came time to play, it went really well, even without any sheet music.

This past Sunday, Mother's day, my companion and I had the opportunity to talk in church. Being Mother's day you could probably guess, my topic was  on ............. Revelation. I talked about how Joseph Smith received revelation as an answer to his prayers. Prophets in the ancient days received revelation, and how revelation is necessary even today for our salvation. We can all receive revelation. How do we or the people we teach about the gospel come to learn that the Book of Mormon is true? It is by revelation. We can all receive revelation.

Mckade via Facetime
Also on Mother's day I was able to call home. We talked by phone for a little while, then we were able talk using Facetime (video chat through an iPad) similar to Skype. Talked about how things were going, and the good time I was having.

Who really wants to get the prime Facetime location?
From his family's perspective, it was good to see that Mckade is having a good time, and gaining lots of experiences. We were able to see his companion, Elder Wolf. He is from Yucaipa in southern California. When Mckade was asked about having to eat any new or strange foods, he mentioned that he has had elk and deer burgers, and that they were pretty good.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lov'n Montana

Beautiful spring sunset in Montana
 Montana has been really good so far. Just about every night we get to eat with members in their homes. We get plenty of food at each dinner appointment, then of course dessert is served. By the time we finish eating, we are waddling out the door like penguins. It makes it a little hard sometimes to get back on the bike to travel to our next destination. We are blessed with generous members in this area. One night we did not have a dinner appointment, so we stopped on our bikes at a local Chinese restaurant. It was a lot more expensive than we had anticipated, so I ordered about the cheapest thing on the menu. When we went to pay the bill, we were told that someone else had already paid the bill for us. That was quite a surprise, and a blessing.
Feeling like a normal person.
#Selfie with #Elder W.
Currently we have one person set with a baptismal date. If all goes well, "H" will be baptized before the end of the month. Our District had baptism a few weeks ago, which we rode our bikes to in the rain. We were wet when we got there, but it was worth it.
We got to go to a Vocal Point concert. They are an a cappella ensemble from BYU. I felt short getting my picture with one of the singers who is 6'10".