Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25th, 2014

Hello Everyone! I'm in Poplar "stab city". Just about anyone here will talk to us. There are a lot of weird things that happen here though. The dogs are crazy. We were on the verge of killing a few the other day. You never know just how many dogs are really on a street until one starts barking, then they all come out of the woodwork. Crazy rez dogs. I need to start carrying a Taser or at least some dog treats to keep them away. Good thing I've started wearing my boots, those should do the trick.

We have started to teach a couple people who we have high hopes for. Most everyone will let us teach them, but it's hard to find the ones who will really listen to the message.

The branch here isn't very big. But we can get a lot of less actives and nonmembers to church on Sundays. We had about ten investigators at church on Sunday. We are part of about 10 Melchizedek priesthood holders in all of Poplar. There are only two active Melchizedek priesthood holders besides us. So who knows who will be called as branch president...

I'm liking my new companion Elder Archie. He's a pretty cool guy from South Cal. He likes football a lot. He is also a very good worker and I can't wait to spend the transfer with him.
(pictures coming soon...)

Not much to report quite yet. Sorry! But there will doubtless be more in the future!

Elder Garceau
(Love you mom!)

These are Elders Lynch and Hausia. They are crazy. We live with them in the same house and it's always a party. Elder Hausia is from Tonga and learned English in the MTC for two weeks. Elder Lynch is one of our zone leaders and he is a very big guy. They are both very fun to joke with. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18th, 2014

Weekly email
Hello family and friends! It's another crazy week on the mission, and I mean crazy. I don't think I did very much of anything in my area this last week. But we have been super busy haha.

We actually had some cool experiences. On Wednesday attended a big YSA dinner hosted by one of the members of the YSA ward bishopric. It was kind of a good way to get less active and nonmember single adults to come and listen to a message and talk to some missionaries. Each companionship needed someone to bring with them that was either nonmember or less active to get into the dinner. The big hook for everyone was the steak. It was some really good steak for being made for a lot of people. They talked about life choices. The big theme of the dinner was "choose the right".

After that, on Thursday I got to go to Helena with Elder Payne to pick up all of the missionaries over there who went home at the end of this transfer. At the end of the trip they dropped me off in Harlowton which is just a little ways out of Billings. I'm here with Elder Kilmon until the end of the transfer because his companion finished his mission. I packed all of my things on Wednesday and it's ready for me to be transferred.

On Tuesday I was interviewed by President Mecham. I asked him if I needed to pack since it's the end of the transfer and I wasn't going to have time when I had to go to Harlowton. He told me to go ahead and pack, which meant I wasn't staying in Harlowton or Billings. So I knew I was going to get transferred. I didn't know where, but I knew he would transfer me. I found out Sunday when they called me that I am getting transferred back to the reservation! This time I will not be in WolfPoint, sadly. I am going to Poppler. And if anyone cares to look up the statistic, it has the highest stabbings per capita than any other city in the United States of America. But that's okay, they won't mess with me. I will be perfectly fine.

This also means, don't send me any mail until I can give you the Poppler address or you can just send it to the mission home address.
Big news though, I'm finally moving up in the world! They are making me senior companion this transfer and my new companion is Elder Archie. I don't know too much about him, but I know that he's a nice guy and he was in my zone when I was in Wyoming. I wasn't made senior companion because pretty much all of my companions have been out longer than I have. That's fine with me because I am okay with not having to worry about anything but the work I do. Darn that responsibility stuff. Oh well, it will be a growing experience and I am sure I will learn a lot!

Hope everyone is having a good day! and remember, I'm pullin for ya, we're all in this together.

Elder Kilmon and I are having way too much fun. We have a whole house to ourselves in Harlowton and I just found a bunch of candles in the basement.
"today you join our brotherhood." name that movie...

Monday, August 4, 2014

August 4th, 2014

Hello again everyone! It's been another crazy week! My companions and I have been working our tails off in Billings. It's such a busy place and we have so many people we have to contact! This is how our days usually go: wake up in the morning, work out, shower, eat, study, work work work!, get home hopefully before 9:30pm, plan for a few minutes, then crash in bed. Everything is so fast paced here it's crazy! You really need a preparation day to get ready for the rest of the week. No joke!
We are teaching some great people here. We have the South side of Billings in our area and it's a little scary, but it's mostly appearance.
We just started teaching Carol. She is 16 and she wants us to teach her the lessons. She said she didn't want to be baptized only because she doesn't trust someone else dunking her in water. Otherwise she wants to be baptized. It's kinda funny. And she asked us if she could be turned into a fish. We told her she could become something so much better than a fish haha. So far we have taught the restoration and the plan of salvation. She listens very well and I'm pretty sure she understands haha.
Have a great day!
Elder Garceau
(I love you mom!)