22 March 2010
Thank you for the email. That was so much fun to read. That is very exciting that the Brumbles finally get to leave. I am glad I didn't have to wait so long. I think that I counted 19 missionaries from our stake! That is amazing!
St. Anthony is doing well. We set a baptism date with a twelve-year-old boy this week. His father is a member and his mother a non-member. But the whole family has been going to church since the beginning of January and we started teaching them at the end of January. The mother wants to be baptized also (and has had that desire since she was 8) but is scared she can't prepare. It is so cool to see people's lives change. The father is actually a descendant of Omer's son Omer Samuel Call (b. 1857) and we come from Cyril Josiah (b. 1860). It was those two and their cousin Josiah Call (son of Homer) and their brother-in-law, George Albert Cordon, that came up from Willard in 1883 to settle in Rigby.
We also almost set a baptism date with a 21-year-old man last night. We have been teaching him for about 4 weeks. We have tried twice before. But he now feels like he has his answer and his faith is increasing (that was his concern last week). He told us he just doesn't have the courage and that he "need[s] to just buck-up and do it." I hope that he can continue to strengthen his faith.
So transfers are this week and I am being moved. I am going to the Idaho Falls South Stake on Wednesday to be a district leader down there. Elder Walker and I were here for 3 transfers together and we have only heard of one other companionship that has been together 4. But the really cool thing is that Elder Walker is training! It is highly unusual to be in your first area with only one companion and then be called to train in that same area! So in mission language that means "my son will give birth in the wilderness of his birth." My grandson will also train in St. Anthony that would be sweet.
I am very sad to be leaving, but I kind of half expected it. I love this area. You are right though about being able to return.
I do love the spring break trips we had and I will always remember those. Especially looking for Cyril Call's land in Ohio.
Thank you again.