Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15th, 2014

We just went to Billings for Christmas zone conference and I wore my new tie that I got from Ross! It's awesome!

Transfers! I am no longer going to be in Poplar, I am going back to Billings and my new companion is Elder Decker. I don't know if he is related to the other companion I had named Elder Decker, but I hear he is a great guy!
I will be serving in the Canyon Creek Ward this time. I don't know if I live with members or not. But if anyone needs to send me mail now, please send it to the mission home address until I can tell you my new one.
1848 Rimrock Rd
Billings, MT 59102
We have had a great week full of surprises and good teaching. I'm a little sad to be leaving here, especially before Christmas where I am going to a place that no one knows who I am.
But the good news is that I get to go to a wedding for one of the members here. They are having it in Billings and I got invited! So that's really cool.
Three elders are leaving Poplar, and only one is staying. There will be two Elders serving in Poplar as opposed to the four that we normally have.
I think it's been good serving here. I am really going to miss it. I don't think I will come back to live here like some Elders have thought, but I will definitely need to arrange a visit after the mission. I still don't know how I'm going to talk to Wasichu (white people) again haha. I'm going to have to find my native friends when I go to Billings. 
I'm stopping by the bead store to get some beading kits because I still haven't learned how to do that, but I hear it's easy. A lady is going to take me to the store and show me everything that I need. Her name is Cheyenne Foote.
She is a Chantay Washte Wia (Good Hearted Woman). She actually just got baptized and she is going to show me how to bead.
I'm also going to get a Sioux dictionary so that I can bear my testimony in Sioux. I love the language and it's a little similar to German in the way the sentence structure and some pronunciations are. 
More than anything I am going to miss the people. But I can't wait to see the people I am going to get to teach in Canyon creek ward!
Have a good day everyone!
Elder Garceau
(I love you Mom!)

I have learned a little bit like:
Mato Sapa (black bear)
Chantay (Heart)
Washte (Good)
Wakan (Holy)
Wakan Taka (Holy Father)
Takashala (the Creator)
Wia (Woman)
Wasichu (White person)
But I don't think I can hold a conversation yet haha.
I want to get to that point.
Then I can speak it better than most Sioux

Our God is an awesome God. He gave us Caffeine free Pepsi and it's not even Diet!

This is us at the Presbyterian Church singing with the community Choir for the community Christmas program. They were happy to have us there because there weren't very many men to sing.

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8th, 2014

It's been another week. We had a great Christmas zone conference. The trip to Billings was pretty great. We got to sleep on the floor in Billings at some Elder's apartment there, then on the way back up we stopped in Glendive and slept in the really cold Trailer that the Elders there live in. I am very happy to have by own bed back!
I would also like to add that I felt very uncomfortable being away from the reservation, which is a sign that I have been here for too long. For one, I am not used to being around other white people anymore. I don't know why. I know it sounds racist but try to see it from my point of view. I feel much more comfortable around native Americans. When I go somewhere else it's really going to take some adjustment. For another thing, we don't have sister missionaries in our zone and I didn't know if I was going to be able to communicate with Sisters that I know at zone conference. When you serve with just Elders for a while you get accustomed to a gorilla-like grunting dialect that is unintelligible to any sisters that might be listening. I might as well go to neverland and join with the lost boys, because that's what it's like.
I sent a lot of pictures home that I hope suffice for my loss of words, but cool things have been happening.
 OH and by the way, I got an email telling me that I have been accepted for BYUI! So I can start school their next fall hopefully. It's exciting because I already know so many people going to school their.
I am excited for the fresh start I get from going to a new place with new people. I don't have to go back to my old ways of thinking or my old habits. It's an opportunity to put things in the past and become something new and better than before.
We have a new transfer coming up because this is only a 5 week transfer. This is the last week of the transfer. The reason being is because of Christmas coming up and our mission president doesn't want transfer day to land upon Christmas Eve.
I hope everything is going well, stay warm!
Elder Garceau
(I love you mom!)


The assistants dressed up in Christmas costumes and we got to take pictures with them.
YOU will never guess who I ran into!
Sister Singson! (sitting in front of me in the photo)
She is the Granddaughter of Joyce Schroepple who used to be in my ward in Ivins and is good friends with my Mom!
It was very neat that we ran into each other!


We had thanksgiving dinner with the Pipe Family. They are so great.
Two of sister Pipe's kids just got back from serving missions.
Starting from top left:
Jessica, Amanda, Jared, Myself, Elder Anthony
Starting from bottom left:
Debbie, Heather, Horace, Elder Montague
And Elder Hausia at the bottom

Jessica, Amanda and Horace are all three going to be attending BYUI next fall so I might see them there!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Hello everyone! Sorry this is going to be a short one because we are going to christmas zone conference! 
We just had a baptism on saturday! Grandma Cheyenne is going to be so great! She bore her testimony in the font right after the ordinance! There was the spirit of prophecy there! Her family members also bore testimony and shared prophecies that their families have had, it was seriously the best baptism ever!
Elder Hausia felt prompted to do like Alma by the river side and ask,

"Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people,and are willing to bear one 
another’s burdens, that they may be light;...
Now say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as witness before him that ye have entered into covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pouout his Spirit more abundantly upon you?" Mosiah 18

He didn't do it though. But we all made a commitment to each other that if the spirit was ever that strong again like it was, we would ask the question to everyone there.

I hope you all have a great day!

-Elder Garceau
(I love you mom)