serving in the New Mexico Farmington Mission
for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Monday, June 13, 2016
February 15, 2016
Ft. Defiance, AZ
Once again it was a good week in Ft. Defiance. We have been blowing
through our miles and are much past where we should be. We are at 1,300
and we only have 400 for the rest of the month. Whoops.
We are working a
lot with the garden program now and are trying to find all of the who
were once on placement. If you've read past letters from me you know
that this is a lot. Here in the Window Rock Ward we have about 150
people come a week, but we have about 10x's the amount on the rolls...
The ward is just around the corner from splitting, the name for the new
bishop is submitted and we are just waiting on that, it will be
interesting to cover 2 wards again. The other missionaries in the ward
are going to have it easy just covering 2 wards but we will get both.
Here in an update on some of the people that we are teaching. Sam, he is
still on date to be baptized in the beginning of April. He is very
excited, inviting former missionaries to the baptism, and looking for a
good place up in the mountains to do it. Dennis, still hasn't come to
church but we have re-set his baptismal date for a couple of weeks later
and are praying that he will come back. The Begay family was busy this
week and when we went over for our lesson and they were gone, so we
didn't get to see them. Saturday we went wood hauling, it felt so good
to do some hard work.
So in Navajo culture snakes are bad news, you
don't do anything with them whatsoever, well in Gospel Principles I told
the analogy of the young Native boy who climbed the mountain and found a
rattle snake up top, was tricked into taking the rattle snake down with
him then the snake bit him... well, when I finished relating this story
and the moral, one of the ladies in the back said to one of the Sister
missionaries who was sitting next to her "boy, now that's a white boy
story." Once I hear that I laughed. We also know a guy this by the last
name of Snake. He is from a tribe in Minnesota, and he said that his
wife's family was not happy with her choice to marry a Snake.