Monday, March 27, 2017

Gosh Dang It!

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Well this week has been good. Another one filled with service. Not for non-members though they tend to not like free help. Weirdos!

Anyway we did more wood chopping and Elder Rudd and had some good laughs doing it! We also learned how to change spark plugs on a car... pretty cool! We are going to be learning some more car maintenance later this week!

We have been losing some of our investigators.  Dylan said he want to take a break from the lessons because of some personal issues. Which consists of a girl....oh geez!

Tiffany is still struggling, but we will not give up on meeting with her. She is a really good person and we just know the gospel could really effect her life for the better. She just needs to take some time and hear it.

Jody or Judy (can't remember) decided that because we were mormons that she didn't want anything to do with us. Come On!!!!

Matt is still in the works.  We will be trying to meet with him this week.

We had Zone Conference on the Doctrine of Christ and how we need to just be teaching that and weaving it in all of our lessons. It has proven to be really effective.....at least it has for other areas in our district. All is well though.

That was basically the week. I love you all and know that God loves you too. 

Elder R.K. Northrup 

VICTORY!

US and Brother Green

Monday, March 20, 2017

Take 5 from just about everyone....

This week has been service filled and really not much happening other than that,  which is weird because we have people we are teaching they just didn't want to meet this week.

The first part of the week was stressful but, also miracle filled. We had to tell Laura and Tim that their baptism had to be moved back to a later date due to Word of Wisdom issues. Well when we told her that she was so upset that she called us and told us that she was going home right then and throwing away all of her coffee! Astonished Victory Dance!

Later in the week we did a bunch of running around service, delivering furniture to and from members houses! Fun stuff. We also went and tried contacting the less actives that Bishop wanted us to see and that was basically our week.

We also cut and split a ton of wood at the Stutz's house. That is some of the funnest service ever.  Elder Rudd had some near death experiences with an axe to the groin region. Pretty sure he never got his "totem chip card." hahaha!

I also went on exchanges with Elder Cook.  Not much happened, but we did teach a couple of their investigators, Robert and Becky. Well that was probably one of the nuttiest things I have ever been involved with.  She was just all over the place during the lesson and wouldn't really listen to us when we were trying to answer her questions.  It's literally all she needs to do and she would feel the spirit pierce her heart.  Oh well, I trust in the Zone Leaders abilities.

Sunday was the day we were really looking forward too.  Apparently we didn't pray hard enough or something because all of our lesson got canceled for the day, which was a super bummer. However, we aren't too saddened because they still want us to come back next week. 

Please pray for these people: Dylan, Tiffany, Matt, Judy, Laura and Tim
I love you all and sorry this week was super not eventful.

Elder R.K. Northrup

Making Kabobs

Tower of Wood


Me and Elder Cook

Monday, March 13, 2017

Near Miss... Black Eyed Baptism


Ugh I am getting to the point of where writing a letter every week is getting really tedious! Sorry just thought I would voice my opinion. haha

Oh man this has been a good week, slightly long, but good!

Monday we were playing some legendary B-ball. It will go down in the History books! Why, you might ask?  Well because I got my first black eye! It was awesome! What happened was Elder Cook and I went up for a rebound and I was a bit late to the jump and used eyeball to hit Elder Cook's elbow! Obviously it was successful because my team got the ball! Which is all that really maters...right! Well anyways I put some ice on it and some other things and got to chat with Elder Cook for a bit. All in all it was a good p-day.

On Tuesday we had zone training and interviews with President. Zone training was delightful, one of the best ones I have been too. However, we did get some new training on how to plan. Honestly it is so confusing.  We have been asking the Zone Leaders a lot of questions about it. The problem is they don't seem to know the answers. Oh well, we will find out later. Interviews were good. It is really weird, I can tell that or at least it seems that President is asking more questions that hint at me leaving the mission soon. It was good though. Plus, he didn't notice my black eye so that's good.

We did a bunch of service this week. We helped Bro. Stutz cut another butt-ton of wood that he has. I don't mind though because that service is really fun and enjoyable!  We also helped the Isbell's move and that was cool.  We got to hang with them for almost the entire Saturday. I am going to miss that family!  They are super cool! Luckily they will still be in the same stake. 

Later Saturday night we went and filled the font for a baptism, but not before a prank was played on us. While we were filling the font we got a call from Bro. Isbell, who told us that we might have to cancel the baptism. Elder Rudd and I, replied with "...are you kidding me!" Bro. Isbell said, "No I am not! Taren just flipped out and left the house and drove off in his car." We were like "well crap" and said that we will try and call him. We called Taren (Bro. Isbell's son) who replied with a very cheery voice. We asked him what was going on, which he told us "nothing". So we then asked him what he was doing and he said "driving to the church", and then asked us what was wrong. We told him we would tell him later. We then quickly called back Bro. Isbell and said that it seems to be alright and that Taren is driving here right now. Bro. Isbell replied to that information with, "I know. I am sitting right next to him." Then a bunch of laughter came from the background. Elder Rudd and I told them that they almost gave us a heart attack!  Then they got to the church and a bunch of other wacky/funny things happened while we were filling the font. 

The actual baptism went really well. It was such a great experience for all of us. You could feel the spirit so strong there. It is just incredible to be helping people come closer to Christ. We even got to hear Taren bare his testimony. It was so awesome to see him change himself around. What a wonderful experience to be apart of!  On Sunday we confirmed Taren a member of the church. It was just a sweet experience.

We went to dinner at the Gardner's house on Sunday evening. One of their daughters is "dating" a non-member named Dylan. Dylan is really interested in the church and we got to teach him the first lesson. He seems to really be enjoying what he has been learning about Christ's church. It will be so cool to see him choose to get baptized. Can't wait for that moment!

Anyways that was our week! Love you all and have a great coming week. Also Shout out to Elder Talmage Thayne for serving the Lord and his people for two years. He is incredible example to so many people. Love that guy!

Elder R.K. Northrup
Taren's Baptism photo...
Elder Rudd, Taylor Prevette, Audrey Prevette, Taren Schreiner, Kathy Isbell, Kirk Isbell and your's truly! 
It's getting better. Didn't get a picture of it looking it's worst.

 Ahhhhhh, Service Clothes!  SO NICE!

Pictures at the end of the day, last P-Day.  Yep, that is Hail!



Monday, March 6, 2017

SHORT VIDEO (CUTE)

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Pedal to the Metal

Well it has been a filled week. Since we are working on being more optimistic for our Zone's focus, Elder Rudd and I decided to say two good things that happened everyday this week. We might even extend it to the entire transfer! Its been fun to do considering we are both pretty positive people.....most of the time.

We also had exchanges this week. I went to Spanaway with Elder Oliva (who I think is Mexican). We did a lot of Less Active finding and most people weren't at their houses. However for once in my life people actually knew about their neighbors, totally surprising! We also got to go give this other Less Active family a blessing. They were so cool and really fun to be around, plus they were Black which makes them even cooler! They cracked me up the whole time we were there.

The next day we got back with our actual companions and the day turned into a long day of riding our bikes every which way! Which was getting so old! I am definitely going to quit that kind of exercise after the mission. 

We did get a new investigator.  He is a 14 yr. old named Christian. He is pretty awesome. We told him about a modern day prophet and he said he would definitely follow him if he found out what we taught him was true! Lets GO! Sadly he wasn't home yesterday to follow up with him and his prayer. That's ok though we will get him next time.

We also finished the rest of the Lessons for Taren. The last lesson was so good. We taught him at the Isbell's home and the testimonies that were given there were so good! Now he just needs to go and do his interview! His baptism will be this Saturday! So exciting!

This week we also did a bum load of service. About 12 hours of it! We split wood at the Stutz house, we pulled some trees out of the Stokes yard, and we helped Bro. Barker move some stuff to a storage facility. Lots of fun this service!

Well I love you all and hope you all have a wonderful week! Hopefully itgets warm here soon!  

Elder R.K. Northrup

Chopping Wood
 Eating at the Morris'