November 9, 2015
Hey everyone. I opened yuns had a good week. You did? That's good. How was mine? Well Let me tell you...
We went up to Byrdstown to visit KayTee. He is doing...well? It is hard to say. Every time we see him now he seems real serious and asks us these questions that are real minor things and after we resolve his concerns, he brightens up and is all happy to learn. He is a good guy. His wife doesn't like us though. He way KayTee explained it was "She is stuck in her ways and isn't willing to learn and change." He wants us to come back though. He said, keel coming back and don't let my wife discourage you! I think we need to push him a little more. He is testing the waters right now trying to decide if he should dive in or not....I think it's time we give him a push :)
Elder Powell had some really nasty shoes...they are completely trashed! He says they are his missionary shoes and he wants to wear hem out entirely before he retires them...
We go to this one investigators house to talk with him, Mickey was there with us. The guy keeps looking at his shoes. After a few minutes of that he goes back in his house and comes out with something and he gives it to Mickey. He says to Elder Powell, " I ain't tryin to be mean, but it is gettin to be winter and it'll snow soon...get yerself some new shoes. Mickey looked at what he handed him...a hundred bucks! I laughed the whole time. That wasn't the first time people offered to buy him shoes either. Mickey told me when Elder Powell was in the shower to look at what size he wore so he could get him a new pair...
And so the week went on..there is this one road I absolutely hate. It is filled with dogs and they are all stupid. They bark at us and if we go up to a house they go insane! I wonder how to get rid of them...Later on in the week there was a house that had this insane dog and it wouldn't let us get close to the door. One day it was chained up in the back yard and I uttered a triumphant haha! But then we go in. One lady let's us in and she goes behind this curtain. We heard her talking to some other woman and the other lady was like " why did you let them in! They could be criminals! She then gave us this story about how she was from out of town and she was busy so we just left. I thought that was funny. As we were leaving I was tempted to say, for the record we aren't criminals:)
Something completely unexpected happened though this week....
One of our members, Michael Vinson, passed away.
He wasn't even very old. He was only sixty. We believe he had a massive heart attack and died before he fell to the ground. His sister, sister cobianponce found him on the floor. It was and still is very hard on the whole family, especially her. We went over with Mickey to help them but there really wasn't anything we could do... We went to the funeral home and saw him. It was so strange to see him there like that. Just a few days ago we saw him and he seemed just fine...
All I know is that the Lord has something to do with it. Maybe it is a blessing because he did have cancer and if he hadn't of died when he did, the cancer would have got him eventually. We are all very sad that he is gone. He was probably the one we could count on the most. Every Thursday he would take us out and he almost never cancelled. He was an example of diligence and would do what the Lord wanted him to do no matter what. I just know that he is still doing good work. After all, the life to come is a life of peace. It is found in Alma and Mosiah,
11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection--Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
6 And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.
7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
They are good examples to me. They make me want to keep going even when it gets hard or boring or long or etc. I am glad u could learn from them and get to know them.
Well, in the long and short of it all, life goes on. And for the rest of us, I hope we are always found doing the right thing. I love you all and hope for the best. Keep loving, keep laughing, and keep thinking what would Jesus do. Love yuns,