I had a really busy week! I was able to go on exchanges from Monday to Saturday this week
with 3 separate companionships so it was a fun time. I enjoyed being
out with the missionaries and learning from them and we had some cool
experiences! I wish I had more time but my time is gone, we are getting
ready to leave with our Bishop to his cabin to go snow shoeing for
Preparation Day, I am super excited.
Missionary work continues on and I am loving it. I enjoy my
companions and the people here we are working with! Life is great, love
Attached are a lot of pictures of me and another Elder being pretty epic in the Wyoming sunset on top of this huge rock... Haha!
Monday to Wednesday afternoon we were traveling and having MLC in
Helena, Montana. I always love the opportunity to travel back through
Montana, I really love it there! The meeting was great! We got back
Wednesday night and we had 2 meetings to attend and also went to a stake
youth seminary activity that night.
Thursday through Sunday was busy with
several spontaneous service projects and lessons with people on the
street. We had a busy weekend and the highlight was on Sunday when we got to
go teach the Restoration in prison!
There is a lady in the ward that writes several people who are
in the prison here. One of them is a member and reads the Book of
Mormon daily and has been growing spiritually a lot and asked the lady
in the ward here to start writing H----- D------ who is another lady who
is incarcerated there. So she began to write her and just after a few
letters, she mailed her a Book of Mormon and then went and met her in
person twice. We were then called and told that H---- was really open
and would love a visit from us. So we went and all had our first
experience teaching there in the prison. It was us 3 on one side of the
glass and H----- on the other side, she introduced herself and explained
she has a desire to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day-Saints and so we taught the Restoration in about 10 minutes
with the pamphlet. She asked if she could have the pamphlet, we had
to remove the staples and talk the guard into letting her have it but we
got it to her! She has been there several years and will be sentenced
in about 2 weeks and will go finish her time elsewhere. We hope to see
her again before she leaves and teach her more and follow up on her
promise to read the Book of Mormon. It was a powerful and neat
I know that Heavenly Father loves His children! I am blessed
to be here on a mission and enjoy it all, even the rough times, I know
it is all to help me grow and become the man I need to be. Love all of
you and am thankful for your support!
P.S. Hope you enjoy the pics, I figured they were
self-explanatory! :) The one with the 3 bowls of a spoonful of
honey... That one is for my dad, he will know what it is... I am the cook
in the companionship, I make what you always made me as a kid!
(Sidenotes: Since Elder Organ didn't explain them, I will. The above picture of the truck is just for me. When he was 8 or so I dubbed him Butch and its what I've always called him :) The bowls with the honey is something our dad always did when we were kids. Whether he was making us Cream of Wheat, Malt-O-Meal, or oatmeal, he prepped our bowls with a spoonful of honey and butter.)
I absolutely love technology and the progression of all the tools we have to communicate with people from all over. It really is a great thing!
A member who lives in Worland, Wyoming met our favorite Elder Organ at a Stake Seminary activity on April 23rd and was able to snap some pictures and then was kind enough to forward them on via email to my parents with a little note. This isn't the first time we've been surprised by little tidbits of news and photos either. My mom has gotten both texts and phone calls from members who have spent time with Elder Organ and thought to take pictures and relay little messages. Its always a happy surprise!
"My name is Michelle Winder, and I live in Worland, Wyoming.
I met your Elder last night at a Stake Seminary activity. The
missionaries were invited to participate to encourage our seminary kids
to continue reading through out their lives. The stake wanted to use the
missionaries as good examples. The Elders and Sisters split up into
teams, and were part of all of the activities. They had scriptures
chases, balloon popping to find clues, mad gab, putting scriptures in
order, etc. It was a fun night."
I am staying in Thermopolis and was
driving a truck to pick up my new companions when WHAM! A deer decided
to run out in front of me when I was traveling 70 MPH so long story
short, I killed another deer and was totally going to take it home to
clean it and eat because how epic would that be!? But... I found out it is
illegal in WY, so we left the deer there. Me and the missionary with me
are fine, a tad banged up but totally fine. The truck on the other hand
is NOT okay, the whole front end will get replaced. So that was an
exciting time this week.
We had a temple square referral so we went and met Lufa from
Madagascar! We taught him the first lesson and the Spirit was so strong,
he accepted baptism, the BOM and wanted us to come back. The only bummer
is he moves back to Madagascar in 6 days! So we will see what we can do
to pass him on to Missionaries in Madagascar, so awesome we have
missionaries all over the world and can do that!
We had a good week this week, I am enjoying my new companions
Elder Swisher and Elder Archie. Easter was great, a really fun time!
testify to all of you that Christ lives! I know He lives and is at the
head of this church. I am so blessed to be His representative and to
share the good news with the people of Wyoming! I know the Book of
Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the
Restoration. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet on Earth today and the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I invite you all to
constantly ponder on your relationship with Christ, not just at Easter
time. We should always be striving to become more like our Savior Jesus