Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 27th 2014

​We had a great week. If anyone is freaking out that I didn't email yesterday, that's because it was memorial day. And in honor of memorial day, I wore my Ranger-up sheep dog shirt that says,"I hunt the things that go bump in the night."
There was a very nice memorial service by the American legion at the cemetery. It's nice to pay tribute to the fallen warriors of our nation.

These pictures were taken at the bighorn canyon not far from Lovell. there is a wild horse reserve close by as well. They aren't really wild, they were tame horses set loose about 100 years ago. they're domestic horses that have gone rampant. 
This is our whole district. We have a new elder showing up tomorrow to be Elder Vaughn's companion. We are having transfers this week and everyone is staying in Lovell besides an elder who went home.
If you look at the top picture we have (left to right) Elder Vaughn (North Carolina), Sister Turley (Arizona), Sister Finnell (California), Sister Memmott (Arizona), Sister Bonn (Las Vegas), me, and my companion Elder Decker (Iowa).
We had a fun day at the canyon, ran into another rattler. It didn't bother us, so we didn't bother it. 
The horses the McArthur's own got out and ran down the street so we went to save them. 
And all of this only in the last two days. We are definitely being kept busy here. we started teaching a lot of new people here. I know that so long as we keep working at it, we will be successful. 
I don't know how I am going to top these pictures, they each say a thousand words, but as you can see I am still alive and ticking.
Thank you all for your support!
Love, Elder Garceau
(I love you mom!)

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19th, 2014

Hello everyone! Here we are again with another wonderful day in Lovell Wyoming! I am going to make this a 9 month area because I am staying another transfer! I love this place, the only thing wrong with it is the fact that you have to shovel the walk in the middle of April! But enough complaining, we have the car this week!
I can't wait for this transfer, it's going to be wonderful!
Finally, we are going to get Arthur baptized! We have been waiting for him to get an aswer from a missionary who previously served here. We have done all we can to find him, found him, and decided we aren't waiting. So maybe this saturday we can get him in the water! We've been trying to get him baptized for the past 7 1/2 months.
We found that there is a den of snakes under our front porch. Nothing dangerous, just snakes. Kinda nice to have someone that will eat the rodents for us.
We had stake conference here in Lovell. It was great! We got to attend all three meetings. The leadership session was really my favorite. It helped to define member missionary work a little better. What I learned from this was that the members are the main missoinaries, and the full time missionaries are really the backup for the members. We only have about 80-90 thousand full time missionaries in the mission field. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had 15 million missionaries? Some ways you can help out can be giving a Book of Mormon to your friend, talking about church, Inviting a friend to have dinner with you and the full time missionaries.
How much do you love your friends around you? You wouldn't want to ever do anything to offend them. I can promise you that if you share the gospel with someone or invite them to join in our church, they will not be offended. I have never offended a friend by inviting them to the gospel. We should share the gospel of Christ with those around us because we love them.
Now you don't have to even say anything to someone to be a member missionary for the Lord. Many times just being a good saint is enough. All you have to do is live the gospel and those around you will notice what you have by the example you set. Missionary work does not have to be a scary thing. In fact, it is much easier than most of us think! I have notice in the area I serve that people are being more open about talking about our church with others. To them, it is just a casual conversation about what they did over the weekend. I have seen the turnaround happening in this area. The work is building up like water in a damn and eventually we will have so much work that it will explode because of the people in this stake!
Sorry about that rant, I get so worked up. 
remember to do some sort of exercise in the mornings! Pull-ups are awesome. Ran on our treadmill this morning.
I hope everyone is doing well!

May 19th, 2014

I got a new knife the other day. One of the members here has some connections. He's a retired E-9 Navy Seal who served in Vietnam. I was expecting some beat up old knife from Nam or something, and he gave me this:
This is a SOG Seal pup knife. It's modeled after the same knife the navy seals used. Such a pretty blade.
This is the knife that you dream about but you never think you'll have. The one that you see in Call of Duty. It's my new baby. Still haven't come up with a name for her. let me know if you come up with any ideas.
,Elder Garceau

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5th, 2014

I am not going to write too much in this one because I am speaking with my Mom on mother's day. But I will give a small update:
We had a baptism for Aden and it was wonderful! His dad got to baptize him and they asked me to confirm. I seem to have been doing that a lot lately... But he is such a cool kid and I love their family!

This week we will have a baptism on Thursday. This kid is super excited to be baptized! Hunter is probably one of the best investigators we have because he reads his book of mormon and prays every night! He has read so much more than we asked him to! he even bore his testimony on Sunday in sacrament meeting! He's awesome!

I hope all is going well at home!
love you all,
Elder Garceau

(love you mom!)