November 27, 2013
This past week was really great and super eventful! Mostly
because it was transfer week and we got 3 new elders! After driving four hours
down and four hours back we are settled and ready to work again! There are
still six of us, but I am training now... yeah... I wasn’t ever really trained!
I got a crash course of it. I am super
excited for the opportunity though and SO glad I am staying on the
reservation! My companion is Elder
Russell, he is about 6'5”. I am pretty sure I am the shortest one in our house
now. The new elders are: Elder Blankenship (who is a monster at 6'8”), Elder
States (who is about 6'6”) and then Elder Russell. Elder Vete and Lakatani are
just taller than me. You gotta be large in stature to work on the res!
|New Ft. Apache Crew|
This past Sunday was the BEST! We had 165 members in sacrament meeting! We did have a thanksgiving meal after the 3 hour block which MIGHT have influenced a couple people to come but still! 165!!!! One member told us that she has been attending this branch for 25 years and it was the most full she has EVER seen it. The work is booming here! It is so great to see all these people coming back after years of being away. I also spoke in sacrament meeting that day, taught the youth class, and then taught my young men class. It was so much fun! The more I teach, the more I love it. I especially love teaching the youth. I am so grateful to be able to be part of this amazing time in the White Mountain Apache Tribe!
LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE! pretty much all the empty seats are the children doing the primary program! Throughout the whole meeting we had to just keep setting up chairs! When missionaries first got here, they didn't even need to open the overflow doors!
We got to go to the Snowflake temple with the branch to do
baptisms cause they don’t have enough priesthood! It was such a great experience
to actually do the baptisms! I loved it! And check out the sweet rainbow on the
|165 in Church!|
|Snowflake Arizona Temple|
Life on the reservation is great and it is so cool to hear that I am following the footsteps of the Great Elder William Dew here. (William Dew is Sam’s uncle who served a mission about 40 years ago. He was in Cibecue. They would hitch hike to Whiteriver to the District meetings.) Cibecue is in our zone, but not part of our area.
God is great! He truly blesses us so much and all he asks in return is for us to follow his teachings. I love and miss you all lots!