This week went by fast. In fact this whole transfer has gone by fast; transfers are next week! It has been so fun serving here, and I really hope I get to stick around longer.
We had interviews with President Sweeney this week. He talked with us about finding a new branch president in the community and suggesting them to the stake president. He also wants us to try finding a member in Carrizo (another little town we serve) that would be willing to let us hold a sacrament meeting there. The people is Carrizo don't like Cibecue. They are afraid to go there so it is hard to get them to church.
We went to the temple with our Elders quorum president. It went well. He invited us to run in a 5K race fundraiser in Whiteriver (the closest big reservation town which is an hour away). So, we went down there on Saturday to race. The race started at 7, so we got there at 6:30. It was getting close to start time, and my comp and I realized that we needed to find a facility to get rid of some excess weight. We went to the nearest building, and they let us use their restroom. As we were walking out the door we heard, "GO!" We had missed the start of the race, so we had to catch up to everyone because we were pretty far behind from the start. Well, we worked our way up and ended the race absolutely exhausted. They gave awards for different age/gender groups. We got 1st and 2nd in our age group. It was just like old times, running races and getting medals. It was a lot of fun!
Seminary starts today, and we are super excited to teach it. We will have more girls than boys as we start off because it is hard to find the young men; most of the boys are running in gangs by the time they are twelve or sooner. I'm not much of a fun teacher (in fact I think my teaching can be kind of boring), but I feel the Lord is blessing us to be exciting like seminary teachers need to be. We have some neat plans for our first week, and we think the kids will enjoy it.
Yesterday, as we were out walking to appointments, we got caught in a huge storm. Elder Gaebler and I were absolutely soaked, but we enjoyed it. It had been getting so hot recently that it was nice to get cooled off. We were having a great time walking around to make visits and then we were almost struck by lightning! It was a huge bolt that lasted for nearly a whole second and was less than a quarter mile from us. The EMT's in the fire station nearby called to us and drove us home. We were soaked when we got there; our clothes dryer does not work and hasn’t for a while. So, we have set up a clothesline in the kitchen.
Things are going great here. We're excited to be getting two more missionaries this coming week; it will be crowded in our little trailer, with the six of us, but it is going to be fun. We have been finding a lot more people that have been lost and forgotten but the Lord has not forgotten them. He has helped us to go to find them.
I love this place and the people here. They are very special to our Father in Heaven. That is why the Adversary is working so hard to keep them trapped. But we are here to help them be free, and we are already seeing that happen. We had 85 come to Sacrament meeting yesterday. Our branch is growing every week.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer.