Monday, December 23, 2013

Moses Supposes his Toeses are Roses (Lake)

First- You will have to wait one more week for pictures. I now have the technology, but I didn't bring it with me. It'll happen. Be patient.

It feels like a million years since my last email. P-Day is now on Monday instead of Friday and I am actually out doing missionary work with real live people!

One night in the mission home, a training meeting and a six hour transfer and I found myself in the little town of Moses Lake, Washington. Disclaimer- Moses Lake is only about 1 1/2 hours from the mission home- but we went through Yakima so that we could pick up/ drop off missionaries along the way.
My companion, Sister McMurtrey, and I are in a tiny little walking area maybe 1.5 miles square. Moses Lake is a town settled by Mormons in the 1950's (So I am told). There's a huge LDS population here- and it seems like everyone is related. I already love the people here. We have some fantastic investigators.
Sister McMurtrey is a pretty great trainer. The other day we did a role play in which I was a missionary and she was Luna Lovegood. We have a blast. She's a good teacher and I can tell that she really loves the people here.
It's pretty cold here- though not as cold as Provo. We got some snow this week and some rain yesterday that froze last night. The ground outside is coated in a nice, thin, invisible layer of ice. I took a fall on the way to the church building this morning- it was pretty sweet.

Ice fishing is also popular here. Ice Fishing is as boring as regular fishing, but much more dangerous.

Lee F. Brown/Escanaba Daily Press, via Associated Press

 I do not recommend Ice Fishing personally. We keep seeing them out there though, so there must be something to it.

(Picture Taken from the Lake Michigan Angler)

We got a nice talking-to from one of the members of our ward who works search and rescue about how bad an idea it is to go out there on the lake if you don't know what you are doing. Not that we did that. Don't worry. I didn't do that.
I am currently focusing my study on Faith and Miracles. The Bible Dictionary says "Christianity is founded on the greatest of all miracles, the resurrection of our Lord. If that be admitted, other miracles cease to be improbable" and "Miracles area part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If miracles cease it is because faith has ceased"
Miracles do follow the ministry. There have been quiet miracles even since I have been here. I know that Christ is leading this work and that He has the power to change people. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that we have a prophet on the Earth today. And I know it a little bit more every day.
I'll be here for at least the next 12 weeks, so I'd better get comfortable with the cold. For now, peace out and joy to the world. I'll write again next Monday. Until then Merry Christmas.
Sister Faulkner
"After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel"- Joesph Smith

1 comment:

  1. Sister Faulkner. You know that you went right through the area that your dad was born and lived the 1st 8 yrs of his life. Your Great Grandparents are buried there. I am so proud of you and your choices. I love you and you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love Aunt Karren