April already?! dang....
I got your Easter package, thanks for that! I also got lots of candy from ward members yesterday so I've got a whole box full of goodies. Part of me wants to eat them all but the other part of me is telling me I’m just gonna get fat. so...i'm making it all last! I'm not gonna have a whole lot of time to write handwritten letters later today because we're going to the stake presidents house for an Easter shindig thingamabob. and if i have time later on I'll probably take a nap, so will you thank G+K+D+H+A for the Easter card? thanks :)
Also, I got a card from Cathy Peterson. I don’t remember who she is but she says she's an old babysitter and that she can’t believe me and Jake (dont know who jake is) are old enough to be on missions. I wish I could remember who she is because that was nice of her.
i think I've finally found a way to introduce myself to people so they remember how to pronounce my last name! Elder Geddes, just like lettuce! So my running shoes that i brought out with me, are falling apart. bummer. *Cough cough birthday present cough cough*..I absolutely hate asking you to send me stuff. But we play a lot of B-Ball out here in VA so maybe y'all could send out my dark nike basketball shoes for my birthday or something. Dont send those rancid light blue nike shoes though. The mailman would probably think its a skunk and toss it out before it gets to me. Alright...im done begging now.
This week has been sick tight! Best week in Yorktown yet. We found yet another 2 new investigators, and the best part is they don’t want to bash with us! Belinda is one of the new investigators. She's like 60 and has 4 horses, a dog, and like 2 cats. i dont know how she keeps care of them all. So of course we offered to help. Anyways. when we went out to meet her we brought the Spanish elders with us so we could have 3+ males with us to go in the home, but for some reason we sat outside on her porch for the whole lesson. We would be shivering and teaching at the same time. The cold didn’t seem to bother Belinda though. We taught the Restoration and it went really well! She has a son who served a mission in Utah and has sisters who are members and for some reason she's never talked to missionaries before. So we're stoked to be the first to teach her. We got stuck talking about prophets at one point in the lesson because she had a concern about how we're supposed to know if someone is a false prophet or a true prophet, so i open up to Jacob 4:4-6 which explains what prophets do. And right before I start to read it her devil cat jumps up, claws extended, and latches through 5 pages in my Book of Mormon and starts falling down! This cat gives out a shriek all while ripping up my scriptures. Good news is that no pages were ripped out, just 5 pages with a massive tear in the middle of the page. When we got home I patched it up with tape. It's all good now. I still don’t like that cat though. Oh! when we we're saying the closing prayer to the lesson that same cat decides to jump up on my lap and rub all his fur on my suit coat. I had to exercise self restraint to not whack the cat off of me. Anyways, Belinda's awesome! Her cat - not so much...
Next investigator, his name’s Jason. We found him in our apartment building 2 weeks ago when we were tracting. He works on submarines at the shipyard and sprays some type of coating on them so they don’t show up on radar, cool stuff. He also owns a cat, a well behaved one. And has like triple the amount of movies that Nell and Jason have. He doesn’t really belong to an organized religion and instead has his own beliefs. That makes it a bit easier haha. We brought a member with us and taught the Restoration. He listened, asked good questions, we answered and tied it all back to the message we prepared so this lesson flowed really well! The spirit was way strong too. His only concern was if Jesus Christ suffered for every person to ever live or for only those people alive at the time of the atonement. He's a pretty solid investigator though. We got him to offer a kneeling prayer at the end of the lesson and committed him to read and pray every day. He said he would, so hopefully this Saturday when we see him again he will have held up his part of the deal!
We dropped Tom because he's flaky, doesn’t keep appointments anymore. But since he lives close by we're gonna drop by every other week or so to see how he's doing. However, his less active daughter showed up to church yesterday! She stayed all 3 hours which makes me think that she didn’t show up only because it was Easter. So hopefully she's making a change :)
On Saturday we got in our service clothes to help one of the part member families living in our apartment complex move from one building to another across the complex. That took like 2 hours and when we were walking back to our apartment to shower some guys come up to us and tell us to come help them move. So we moved this 200 pound treadmill to the 3rd floor....and then after we helped them some other people called us over and had us move their couches from the 3rd floor down to the 1st floor. Man....i was so exhausted. It was good though, hopefully we made a good impression.
Also on Saturday, we were on our bikes contacting people, but Elder Brooks bike was giving him trouble the whole way. First it was his wheel was wobbling, then his chain fell off, then as we were pulling into our apartment complex his seat just snapped off! His bike went down but he managed to stay up somehow. i was riding behind him and it looked like he just hopped off and his bike just fell into 5 different pieces and crashed onto the ground. Satan was working hard against us because of the success we had earlier on!
One last thing, so those kool-aid drinks you sent me, after we got home from dinner last night, Elder Stagg and I had a race to see who could chug one the fastest. I totally destroyed him. Mine was gone and he still had half of his left. i give the credit to all my experience with shasta shootouts!
Well, I’m low on time. Love you all and hope you have a great week.
Love, Elder Geddes
Love, Elder Geddes
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