Hello errbody! Sorry for the late email! We have been busy all day. Cool adventures that I will tell you about in a bit.
First off, thank you all for your emails, I really appreciate it! I wish I had more time to reply to them, but know I read them and love hearing about everything that is going on there.
Also, Happy Late Birthday Dad!!! I hope you had a great one! (from the picture Mom sent and your email, it looks like it was awesome :) ) I miss you and love you tons.
Alright. Well this week was good. The usual stuff I spose. Doing the work of the Lord.
I had the opportunity to go on exchanges twice this week. First on Tuesday I went with Elder Allen (one of my previous companions!) in his area in Tooele East Stake. It was sweet. Taught some lessons, tried to help everyone, and had dinner with a funny bishop in their area. It was cool. Then we were back in our area for a day. Had District Leader Training meeting and planned on that day though, so we didn't get too much done. Then on Thursday I got to go on exchanges in Wendover, Nevada!! ha ha it is in the middle of nowhere..... I went out there with a district leader and we split off with the two missionaries serving out there and worked double for the day. It was really cool actually. Had a spanish lesson that I didn't understand too much of.... But it was good. The place is just casinos and stuff. Small little town where you can go to gamble and lose all your money. The border between Utah and Nevada is written on the road in paint. The casino parking lots are still in Utah, but the actual buildings are literally just a couple feet past the border in Nevada. Its funny. Im pretty sure the only reason the town exists is for the casinos. Although there is a military base there.. (or used to be.) It was big. That is actually where they built the bombers that carried the nuclear bombs that bombed Hiroshima. I think it was called the Enola Gay? Not sure, but it is an interesting place for sure. But the exchange got even better. Myself and Elder Hollingshead got to go down to a small place called Ibapah, Utah. Look it up! We stayed there for the night and left in the morning to go back to Wendover, then Tooele. But we got to go out there to try to teach some people. I believe there are about 80 to 100 people living in Ibapah! That is including the Indian reservation that is right next to it. It is probably the smallest place I have been to. (Besides Carter, Wyoming which has like 4 or 6 or something.) There are no restaurants, not even a little home town diner. No gas stations. You have to either fill up in Wendover which is a little over an hour away or have it shipped in which is pretty expensive. But there are just rancher families out there! Its pretty awesome actually. I like it. All the people were super nice to us. There are about 20-25 people that attend the branch out there each week. We are trying to get all the Indians to come to church more as well so there will be more soon. So yeah. Then we finally got back to Tooele on Friday. Had meetings and then worked a bit. Saturday was normal, and Sunday too. Taught some lessons, found some people to teach, and met some really nice members that have helped us out a lot.
We also made some shirts for our zone. Spray painted them, like I did for those Peak the Strategy shirts a long time ago. Its cool.
Then today we went hiking. We got to go hike a mountain called Deseret Peak. It was intense. The hike wouldn't have been so bad if we would have been able to stay on the trail...... but there was still a ton of snow up there so we lost the trail and had to just hike straight up it. It got a little scary for a second cause it was like rock climbing up this edge for a bit, but eventually we got to the trail on the ridge and then hiked the rest of the way to the top. It was awesome. I am out of shape though. But we ran all the way down and just slid down the glacier snow pack things. Its like a 4 mile hike and we ran down it in an hour. It was so fun. I got a little cut up from the ice, but no big deal. It was worth it. I'll send some pictures so you can see. I think it is one of the highest in Utah, not sure though. Not as high as the 14ers back home, but still a great hike.
So ya. That pretty much sums it up. I love getting to teach the gospel so much out here. So many people are ready to hear it. Things are moving forward quickly and I am so grateful for that.
I hope you all are doing well. I miss you all, and love you a freaking ton! Wordski.
The church is true.
God lives and loves us.
Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.
-Elder M. G. Hansen.
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