Monday, October 8, 2012

General Conference

Howdy howdy.

I say "Howdy" way more up here than I ever have in my LIFE. Same with y'all, I'm afraid to report. I use those two all the time and I just don't get it. It must be the years in Texas, if you can call The Woodlands "Texas", manifesting themselves in me as I walk around the desert talking to the residents of Logantucky. In all honesty, I've got some mad Texas pride going on since being out here. I'm all for secession now; Romney for President of Texas if things don't work out this November (praying and hoping and praying). Speaking of which, Elder Millar and I find it hilarious that almost every prayer in Sacrament meeting has something along the lines of "and please bless those that are in the race to lead this country"; some have straight up said "please bless and help Mitt Romney", which I can assume wouldn't go over too well in anywhere but Logandale. I'm all for praying for our leaders, but there's praying and then there's campaigning...
Anyways, this week has been a pretty good one. We have a baptism date set for Julia Johnson, a fourteen year old girl in a part-member family! She's set for October the 20th and we're way excited. Her mom is in the process of becoming reactivated and her father is not a member, but okay with his daughter learning more about it. Julia became interested when she became friends with a lot of the young women in Logandale 4th ward, and they've been fellowshipping her something heavy. It's such a testament to the amazing effect your example can have on somebody. As soon as someone finds out that you're a Mormon, all eyes are on you. People are curious; they want to know what we believe, how we act, how we think. We are doing our Church and our Savior a disservice by acting contrary to how we should. Julia represents one sheep coming into the fold due to the example someone has set; imagine the masses that can know of this wonderful Gospel if we all lived and acted how we know we should. It helps me realize that I don't always portray the kind of person I want to, and I work on that every single day.
Remember how I've said Logandale is a pretty funny place? Well, a couple out here decided to build a castle and they have parties on top of said castle with moonbounces and what not. I'll include some pictures. Funny place, Logandale. Transfers are October 29th and Elder Millar will most likely be shipped out of Moapa Valley since he's been here for some time. We shall see, though. We shall see.

How awesome was conference? Conference as a missionary is just about the best thing ever. I've never really sat and listened like I was able to this weekend, and I could actually feel my testimony of our leaders grow and expand. I know without a shadow of a doubt that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God; the God of Abraham, the God of Jacob, and the God of Israel. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and I know that He speaks through His prophets and apostles today. I yearn for the opportunity to bear this testimony with all I come in contact with, not for the duration of my mission, but for the duration of my life. There is nothing like seeing the Holy Ghost manifest itself in one who seeks to know for themselves. I am blessed beyond belief for this glorious work I am able to participate in.

I love you guys way too much. Take care of my dog, gosh dangit.


You know, your run-of-the-mill castle here in 

Logandale, complete with Moonbounce. 

Me disapproving of the moonbounce-equipped 


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