Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7th, 2014

So the pictures... The first one is a poem that was written by a return Missionary in my area. he's been home for about 20 years now, but anyway, he served in the North Carolina Deaf mission. He also served in California. The poem is called Highs and Lows. The author is Jack Lindsay Brinkerhoff. It's a very popular poem among missions around the world and people don't give him credit for it but it's been in circulation for about 20 years.
The second picture I thought was cool because it's a soda with my name on it!
The guy on the ground is Kirk. He has autism and he doesn't communicate very well, but he has a brilliant mind! He is doing three puzzles at the same time. The amazing part about that is how fast he does it! As soon as he picks up a piece he knows exactly where it goes on the puzzle, and sometimes he starts in the middle. He is never wrong. Coolest thing ever! And he can school anyone at jeopardy. 
We had some members drop off two 12 packs of California dreamin'. They were thanking us for helping them do some roofing on Saturday. We tore apart the whole roof on the garage and started putting shingles on the roof of the house. It took us about 6 hours of labor and it was very hot! We've been having 100 degree days lately. 
And the last picture is how my face looked when I found out I'm getting transferred.....................................................................................................................................................
Wolf Point is part of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The same blend of tribal and non-tribal residents (about 50%) exists today as did in the early 1900s. The Fort Peck reservation is home to the Dakota-Lokota-Nakota (Sioux) and Dakota (Assiniboine) nations.
I asked my companion,"It's because I'm brown isn't it?" he said yeah. The natives don't like white people and since I have a dark tan, I can go there. Just to give you an idea of how much they don't like white people, if members want to give something to the Elders, they will give it to the dark skinned companion instead of the white one. And another Elder I knew got death threats so they shipped him out of there. We are right next door to Poplar which has more stabbings per ca-pita than any other city in the US! So I'm probably also getting sent there because of my combat training. We are not allowed out at dark because of the drunk Indians with knives. The good thing is though, that none of them have guns. They are too poor because they spend all their money on booze. So I guess I can deal with knives. lol 

Mom, what can you tell me about these tribes?

The cool thing though is that I get to go to a rodeo next weekend which is called the "wild horse stampede". it happens every second weekend in July. It's the grand daddy of all Montana rodeos. It should be pretty good.

I'm leaving right at a time when we are going up in baptisms and reactivations, but I am also going into the largest baptizing area in the Glendive zone believe it or not. They have four people on date for baptism. Some people have said that I am being sent there because I can be trusted. I'm still going to be Junior companion, but that works just fine for me because I like doing grunt work. This sheep dog is ready for some wolves!

If anyone is sending mail soon, please send it to the mission address or just wait until next Monday when I can tell you where I am.

1848 Rimrock Rd
Billings MT 59102

have a great day! talk to you next week and I'll tell you how it is!
Love, Elder Garceau
(I love you mom!)

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