Monday, January 19, 2015

A Surprisingly Eventful Week

Well first off I would like to note that church attendance yesterday was a little lower than normal. Rumor has it that the Seahawks game had something to do with it. Either way they're going to the Super Bowl so in a few weeks we are going to have a very low church attendance seeing as we have 12:30 and 2:30 church sessions. Anyways moving on.

This week was a pretty awesome week. I guess the overarching thing is that since we live in a town house with 14 beds in it we become the housing squadron for misplaced missionaries. So for the past 2 weeks we have been housing an extra set of a missionaries who got kicked to the wayside due to a plumbing problem in the house so there is now six of us living together. It gets pretty hectic.They finally got another place so they will be moving out this Friday. It’s gonna be strange having the house to ourselves again.

But in other news, let me tell you the story about Joe and Sally (not their actual names). Flashback 10 years ago to Idaho Falls. Joe and Sally get in contact with the church and go through the lessons and get baptized, but before getting confirmed, they move away for some reason or another to Yakima, WA (about an hour and a half north of Tri-Cities) and fall away from the church. They fell onto some hard times and make their way over to Kennewick to escape the whole Yakima scene (just so you know, Yakima is supposedly the 3rd scariest place to live in in the States). Fast forward to a few months ago and they run into some missionaries on the street and talk to them and said that they had actually been baptized and wanted to start meeting with the missionaries again, recognizing how much easier life is within the bounds of the gospel, so the missionaries grab their name, and just their name. No address. So they all shake their head in dismay but as luck (or the plan of God) would have it they run into the same missionaries again a month later and this time they remembered to grab the address. The only problem this time is that the missionaries can never find them at home and so after a few weeks they give up but one night at 8 with nothing to do they say what the heck and try by them again, and find them home. That night Joe and Sally had actually called the Family History Center attached to the church building in search of the missionaries when to their surprise they knocked on the door. After that the rest is history.

Now flash forward to3 weeks ago when I show up. We had set the date of the 17th for the baptism and all was on track for that until we came to the interview. For one reason or another, the interview kept getting postponed later and later and so we thought we were going to have to postpone the baptism and disappoint the whole ward but late Tuesday night we got a call from the person that performed the interview giving the go-ahead. "And there was much rejoicing." Monty Python references aside, there was a lot of celebrating that night. Everything got set into motion and the baptism went off with few problems (there can never be a problem-free baptismal service) and ended up being a great night. One of the neatest parts about the baptism is that a man who had been baptized in November and was part of the teaching process was able to perform the baptism and be a part of that moment with them. They came to church the next day and were able to be confirmed which was especially miraculous since they had to go to the ER immediately after Sacrament Meeting. The Lord really does have His hand in all things. Even though I hopped on the train at the tail end of the journey it was still a great experience to work with them and see the change that the Gospel has brought into their lives.

So with that in mind, let me set the stage for Thursday night and the quote of the week. The area my companion and I are in is a particularly challenging area due to the rather affluent nature of the community so we don't teach a lot of lessons but the lessons we do have are super solid. As of that night we hadn't taught a lesson since Sunday night and had had doors slammed (like actually slammed on several occasions, I'm not being melodramatic on this one) for four days straight and so in a bit of a sarcastic rage this conversation went down:

Elder 1: "Elder what am I even doing with my life?"

Elder 2: "You're finding, teaching, and baptizing."

Elder 1: "Well I feel like we are doing lots of baptizing, but not so much finding and teaching."

Elder 2: "Elder, that's a good problem to have."

If you don't find that funny, then just chalk it up to a had-to-be-there kind of moment because we thought it was hilarious.

And with that, adios.

Elder Kupferer

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