Dear "Frozen in Fremont County",
Just so you know, I'm wearing shorts and flip-flips right now...haha I had to drop that in there. Anyways, Happy late Thanksgiving! It sounds like you all had a great time in Portland over the week. The drive didn't make me too jealous, and neither did skipping dinner at either of our Grandma's, but other then those minor details I'm sure you had a blast.
Now it was pretty odd spending Thanksgiving away from the family, but the members definitely did their part to help me eat away the pain...which in turn brought on a lot of pain. Haha Bro. Staber went all out--egg soufle for breakfast, and then gma Kunz's rolls, apple crist, turkey, etc.. It was awesome. Didn't taste quite like home, but it was pretty dang close. We spent a lot of the day there putting decorations on his tree and then stuff out faces as well. After that we visited another awesome family in the ward, the Ellison's. They fed us a little as well, but I ate very slowly and sparingly. Following that we went over to Bro. Wentzel's (he's in the bishopric) to watch our designated one movie on Thanksgiving. Ha we ended up watching Toy Story 3 because I hadn't seen it yet. It was a funny movie, and Bro. Wentzel has a pretty sweet viewing set up. All in all it was a really great day. Other then that, last week was a bit on the slow side. Everyone was so busy with family and preparations that we got stuck on the back-burner with our investigators. It seemed like just about everyone cancelled on us, which was a bummer. We're really hoping that this week is a lot more eventful.
But, guess what? Jonathan Turner was BAPTIZED yesterday! Ha we were nervous that he wouldn't be over his flu yet, but fortunately it all worked out. We've been trying hard to stay in contact with him, and when I had called earlier this week I asked him if he was still planning on getting baptized he said "Well, YEAH" as if it was an extremely stupid question. If only all of our investigators would respond like that...haha so except for the fact that I forgot to turn on the font until about 45 minutes before, it all turned out really well...it took some forceful baptizing on E. Larson's part, but he got the job done. Jonathan was really excited about getting baptized, and the program was really nice for him. His grandma came along with his little brother, but his Mom didn't show up...I felt bad about that, but I was so proud of him for making this decision. He's such a good kid, and he really wants to do what's right. He'll be confirmed on Sunday, and so we have that to look forward to as well.
Also this week we had a lesson with Joan and her family. I needed a haircut and so did E. Larson, so we turned it into a teaching opportunity as well. We got to teach her and her grandkids about the restorations of the gospel. They really seemed to soak it in, and the kids had really good questions as well. Joan participated really well, and we were able to leave a Book of Mormon with her. We're praying that she takes some time to read it and feel of the Spirit that will come when she does. They didn't show up to church on Sunday, but we're planning on seeing them again soon.
I love you all! Thanks for all the letters and support.
Love from the Sunshine state,
Elder Kade Bartschi