January 1st 2011
So this week was grand. It’s weird having a p day on Tuesday then another on Saturday. Oh well I like it. Sorry I didn't tell you my emailing schedule before. I forgot. I won't be emailing on Monday the 3rd. But I will be emailing that following week on the 10th.
So this week has been good. Tuesday night we went over to Rudy's house to teach them and so Elder Brantley could say bye. We asked Tristen if he wanted to be baptized on the eighth and his mom freaked because she never knew we invited him to be baptized on the 31st but she is cool with it now, she was just caught off guard. So he accepted and then Elder Brantley was telling Rudy that he would be back to see Tristen get baptized and then he would come back when Rudy decided to get baptized and he told us that if Tristens getting baptized on the eighth then he might as well too! So it was super exciting.
On Wednesday we went to breakfast with our ward mission leader and the couple who were going to take Elder Brantley to Stockton. It was real good. Then we went back home and the Elders from the other area came over and babysat me while we waited for Elder Byrum. (BTW Hayley, Elder Buttars is writing you a letter. Don't be too surprised just go along with it.) Elder Byrum finally got here and it was good. We went to lunch with the other missionaries then we went and helped a guy load a moving van. It was good. The rest of the night we just went and saw random members and introduced Elder Byrum to them. Then we went over to Rudy’s so he could meet them. It was fun.
On Thursday we had weekly planning. We have some good things coming up for this week. We went out at one after lunch then saw a bunch of people. We were supposed to have a lesson with a lady named Tara but she canceled cuz she was in Modesto. Then we had to visit some more people. It was a random day. At night we had dinner with Bishop Jenkins and afterwards he challenged us to a game of pool. We lost... Then we had to drive down to Lodi because we were spending the night at the Zone leader’s apartment. Elder Byrum is the District leader so he had a leadership training meeting in the morning and we would have had to wake up way too early for him to make it on time.
Friday was an interesting day. I went out with Elder Swank who is another district leader’s companion. He normally serves in the Hmong program teaching and speaking Hmong (Asian) but I guess each Asian missionary has to do a little bit of English now. So he got switched over. So we went out and helped a lady move in their ward. It was the fastest move of my life. Seriously, it took 30 min and we loaded a whole huge truck full. It was good. Then we went to tract. This is where the crazy stuff happened. We knock on one door and they were not interested so Elder Swank said he wanted to try a house across the street. So we went over and he said I think these people might be Hmong because they had a Honda to drive and corn hanging from their door. So we knocked on it and sure enough they were Hmong and they let us in and he taught a lesson. Now I have been a part of lessons in Spanish and I can understand mostly what’s going on. I couldn't understand a darn thing in Hmong. I couldn't even tell they were praying! It was weird. So that was crazy. We tracted some more then went and had lunch then we met back up with our companions. We drove back and got all changed then we had to see a few members to get some info but no one was home. We had a good dinner of pizza then went over to Rudy’s house to teach them. We taught them about the Anti-Nephi-Lehis which is a name I don't understand why they called themselves it. Why would they want to be Anti them. Oh well that’s their name. We taught about how they buried their swords and weapons and then I gave them each a piece of paper and told them to write something they want to change to be better and make a commitment to God with this paper. Dusty liked the idea she even had her daughters friends who were over in another room for a new year’s party come join us and do it. We put them each in a tin can and then buried it in the front yard. In a year they plan to dig it up and see how well everyone did. It was good. Then we went over all the baptismal interview questions with Rudy and Tristen. It went pretty well. Rudy got defensive because each question has something to do with something he's done and messed up with in his life but it was good. We told them it would be better now to hear the questions then having a complete stranger ask them first. So they are both excited and firm for the 8th. Rudy might want to push it back but we told him if he's ready then there is no reason to wait so I think both Rudy and Tristen will be baptized on the 8th. And some other great news, the whole family should be coming to church tomorrow! Dusty got work off and Eve finished her community service so it is just a matter of time till the rest of them follow Jesus Christ's example and get baptized. So that is what went on this week. It was pretty good. We have a lot of people we are going to resume working with next week because they told us to come back after the New Year so we will see how that goes. I hope all is well at home.
Love Elder Tyler Pete Arnett