Friday, December 31, 2010

December 20 -- last note from Yerington

Yerington in winter.

[Sorry for the delay -- Ben's parents have been traveling.]

We taught Tamara a couple more times, then had her baptism Saturday! It was very good. She is such a strong girl. She is a good example for her mom and grandma. We also got a couple of more really good appointments set up for this coming week along with the usual lessons with less actives and stuff. It was an ok week until it started raining. Cold, cold, cold rain. That’s no fun. It is supposed to continue this week, but it doesn’t matter because we have really good appts set up. We have a lesson tonight with a high school senior who is really interested. It will be at a member’s house so that will be cool. Hopefully we can answer some of his questions. It will be a good week leading up to Christmas, hopefully. We also shared “Joy to the World” with a couple of people which was pretty good. But one of the families we shared it with couldn’t get it into Spanish so it was a little hard for them to understand it really well, but they still could.

[Tuesday, Ben was transferred to Fallon. More next week.]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 13

This week basically consisted of tracting, people not being home, and zone conference in Reno. Tracting was pretty good. We met about 6 possibles and got 4 return appts, but so far 3 punched. We'll see them at some point though. That’s really about all for the week I think. Oh, we taught Tamara the Plan of Salvation this week too. That girl is pretty dang smart. We taught it simply, but still it can be difficult for a 10-year-old to really understand and she had no problem. That was fun. Plus we got to teach it at Bobby's house. I love that guy.

Zone conference in Reno was pretty fun. We had a good time overall. I hung out with Ryan Matekal the whole time (from BYU) and we got to do a lot of reminiscing. We had some training in the morning from President and Sister Black and the APs. It was a pretty solid one. Not too boring at all. The stake relief society fed us ham and potatoes and rolls and everything. It was pretty good. That’s how you should feed missionaries. We are growing boys. We don’t want soup....that’s what we got the time before. We want hearty food and a lot of it. Then we watched Mr Krugers Christmas and had some people sing songs and some other stuff. President dressed up like Santa and took all of our transfer wishes. I said I just want to go south, which I doubt will happen, but I’ll probably leave here, so I am guessing that I’m headed up to Reno or to Tahoe. Either one would be pretty fun, though very snowy from what I hear. (Sister Black posted some Tahoe pics on her mission blog this week.) It was a pretty good time overall, as it always is hanging with other missionaries.

We are teaching about 5-6 people/families, some of them more so than others. We have 3 who are very likely to get baptized and everyone else is pretty unlikely. One of the 3, Tamara, will be baptized on Saturday, so that will be fun. We teach her again tomorrow night. We are teaching a guy tonight who is pretty sick and has a lot of problems, but is also very cool and already asked to get baptized, so we'll set him with a date tonight. Then we also have one more guy that is back in town named Dustin; he will get baptized soonish. He enjoyed attending priesthood meeting at church a couple of weeks ago and even though we'd been at church with him for a couple of hours, he actually turned to me and said that time was going pretty fast...which I completely disagreed with, but that’s good he thought so. Hopefully we'll do something with him today. He likes to chill with us on p-days sometimes.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dec 6

I was sick all week. Good now though. We just didn't get alot done because we didn't want to get anyone else sick, and I lost my voice so I couldn't teach. So, instead of news, I'll tell you funny facts about the area that I have forgotten to tell you.  
So, Yerington is the capitol of PT cruisers. It is absolutely ridiculous. I'd say about 1/10 cars are a PT cruiser. Its pretty funny. I think Ive counted about 30 different ones in town. In a town of about 2000 people. Crazy. 
Yerington also has a "Y" on the mountain.  It trips me out every time I see it.  It is absolutely ridiculous that I get to think of BYU every time I look at that.  It is pretty funny.
Interesting fact about Fallon. Fallon is where Top Gun was filmed.  Everything there is top gun themed. Top Gun Gas Station. Top Gun Car Wash.  Top Gun Speedway. Top Gun everything. Its pretty funny. Its such a small town, but to us it seems like the city. Its super funny. Top Gun is everything to them.
Here's picture of the missionaries in the Fallon zone. Can you find me?