I cant believe that it is already another week. It is sorta crazy how the days are long, but the weeks fly by! Then again I guess it has only been 4 weeks haha! But this was definitely one of the best weeks! As far as numbers go, this was the highest we have ever been! We actually had 5 investigators at sacrament meeting yesterday. It was one of the greatest experiences yet because this sweet lady named Bobby got up in front of the whole congregation and bore her testimony and thanked the whole ward for the service that we provided. ( i guess i should back up and tell you her story) Her and her husband have had some pretty serious health issues so they are going through some hard times, and they needed help. So she put a note on a car in the church parking lot 2 weeks ago just asking for help. Myself and a man named Dan Jones went out and visited them. Yesterday we ended up taking them an entire trailer full of wood to get them through the winter. They were so grateful, they just did not know how to thank us, and i told them they should just come to church! And they Did! They were both really interested in the service and she said that is was the best she had felt in a really long time! Anyways she ended up getting up in testimony meeting and thanking everyone! While she was talking she kept describing what i knew was the spirit. I was so happy! And i could feel the spirit so strong! After the meeting they asked for the discussions and we are teaching them this week! Things are really starting to pick up. We had dinner with one of our investigators, and it was way fun. It was "a true idaho meal" we had grouse, (we each had a bird to ourselves) haha. A little bit of dear on the side with corn and potatoes. He said he shot them all within the last week haha! I am definitely in farm county but it makes me happy. We were visiting another investigator and they were showing us pictures of all 7 of their horses inside of their house!!! haha. I guess they have a tradition that they just let the baby horses inside for the first couple weeks of their lives haha. I think I am going to start to make a list of the most redneck things that happen up here haha. Halloween was nothing special, we had to be inside by 6:00, I'm sure it was the same for most every missionary that was in the United States. But it was nice to be able to relax a little and just eat some candy. (the members are really good about giving us treats!) Aside from all the cool spiritual experiences It was a good week for me because I got to play guitar! twice! I didn't realize how much i was going to miss music. Anyways last friday the ward had a little pot luck dinner thing and Brother Hunt brought a couple guitars! I was so excited, and when i walked in he was playing a Neutral Milk Hotel song! I was like "What!!??" It made me so happy and I was way surprised because he is like a 60 year old guy in the bishopric. Anyways we got to jam a little bit, I played some Radiohead songs and he recognized them! It really got me excited to be playing again and talking to someone about gear and different bands we both like. But I will tell you this, I didn't think it was going to be someone in the bishopric haha.
Then last night at our dinner appointment the member we were eating with had a guitar and they asked me to play. It was so fulfilling to be able to make some noise! Now all I need to do is find a member with a drum kit haha! Hope you are all having a great time back home. And to everyone in the service of the lord, Just remember the importance of the work we are doing. It really strengthens me to know that so many of my friends are out there doing the the same thing that I am. We are part of a great thing, I can feel that now more than ever is the most important time for missionary work. Keep it up! and DONT GET ELIMINATED!
Love you - Elder Maynard.
ps. Daniel, that is cool you guys are starting the whole 21st century missionary thing. I swear that is all anyone ever talks about up here in my mission. "when will we get ipad's, when can we get on facebook?" Let me know what you think of it once you really get going. And to everyone else serving, do you guys have any of that yet? if you do what do you think of it?