Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 19. 2011

This week was A-mazing!! Oh man. So Tuesday we had district meetings that went really well. Then that night we had our lesson with Rob Frost. That went well too. We went over the baptismal interview questions and made sure he was ready for Friday and then answered a couple of his questions. It went really well. He is amazing! Then we had the baptismal interview on Friday and Rob and Elder Farnsworth were in there for a while but they came out and he was ready So that was exciting. Then we had the baptism at eleven the next morning. That went really well too. It was cool because he is a volunteer on the fire dept in Pincher Creek so we had Sis Brasnett give a talk and Bro Earle played the piano and a musical number. Then Bro Westrup baptized him, he was the one that introduced him to the church. Bro Russell confirmed him there because we didn't have Sacrament meeting on Sunday.

Then after the baptism we went and had Stake Conference in Fort Macleod and Richard G Scott was there. That was awesome. They had the adult session at 6 and that went really well. It was a little interesting because he talked to us for a while about marriage and stuff, similar to his talk in conference, and then he had a big question and answer thing at the end of it but nobody really had any questions to ask him. He talked a lot about Elder Hales an how he is doing since we didn't see him at conference. Then he ended 30 mins early and shook everyone's hand that was there and the four of us missionaries were standing there and he came up to us and talked to us for a while and then we asked if we could get a picture with him so we did! That was awesome! I love Elder Scott! He is so loving and caring and funny and a lot shorter then I thought... but it was really good. Then Sunday morning at 830 he had a meeting where he invited all the recent converts and serious investigators and recently reactivated members. So that was awesome. We went as well. And yes Rob Frost made it to. That was awesome. Rob met an apostle his first full day of being a member of the church! Lucky. haha. It was a really good meeting though. A lot of question and answer there as well and he even asked a lot of questions. He asked Rob what brought him to the church and Rob talked a lot about Satan and his dark influence and how he loves the church because now he can escape that. It was awesome. Then at 10:30 he had the everyone meeting and that went really well too. Pretty similar to the other meetings. Questions. Again though nobody had too many questions. So we ended early that one too. It was really cool though. I love seeing and meeting and hearing from apostles of the Lord. I had a very strong feeling when I was there that he really is an apostle of the Lord. I love him. And I was even in the priesthood choir that they had at Stake Conference that was good too. Even though I can't sing very well and my companion dragged me into it. It was a cool experience and it gave me a good sweat. haha.

Then on Monday we all got together as a mission again in Calgary and Elder Scott met with us as well. It meant another two hour drive there at 6:00 in the morning though. But it was really good. He talked to us an so did Elder Brimhall of the 70 that came with him. (he was at stake conference too by the way) He talked a lot about how we should begin teaching people and he got a couple companionships up to role play with him. And then he asked if we had any questions so we asked him questions for a while. Some questions were actually really good but some were kind of interesting or didn't even make any sense. Then he had to take off to get to his flight so he didn't shake our hands. Luckily I already had like four times. haha. It was a really good weekend though. I loved it and to top it all off we just went to the temple today! Since we went to Calgary yesterday Pday was moved to today. So now we are still in Cardston and we are going to go play basketball with the rest of our zone. It should be good.

Oh, also. It's cold and snowy again here. It snowed six inches Saturday night which made for an interesting drive Sunday morning. Someone forgot to tell the weather that it was Spring and not Christmas... it's not to bad though. I've gotten pretty used to it. And mom, I'm learning how to drive in the snow just because you told me to! haha

Well I hope you guys had an awesome week as well. I loved mine. Hope this week is as good as the last one. Thanks for everything you guys do for me and I hope you all know how much I love and appreciate you! Thanks again!

Elder Townsend

Me, Bob Westrup, ROBERT FROST, Brighton

Brighton, Me, ELDER RICHARD G. SCOTT, Farnsworth, FowlerFarnsworth, Fowler, Me, Brighton

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 12, 2011

Como Esta? I feel kind of left out speaking English on my mission. Reading Eric's email made me wish I was speaking Spanish. So I thought I would throw a little in this week. haha. We had a pretty good week here. Nothing too exciting. We had transfers on Wednesday. Neither of us are getting transferred but one of the missionaries from Fort Macleod, Elder Grace, was going home so when the bus picked him up that would have left Elder Fowler alone so they had us go up there so he wasn't. That took most of the day because the missionaries coming from BC got caught in traffic on the way in so that slowed everything down. Then the rest of the week was pretty slow. We got some member lessons in which was good. I really do like this ward. I guess it won't be too bad staying here another six weeks.

Then we taught Rob Frost again on Friday night. That went really well. We taught lesson 4 which is basically all of the commandments. We throw a couple of them in the other lessons when we can so we didn't have too many left to teach. Then we talked about his baptism and he is still excited and ready to be baptized this Saturday! Woot! So that should be awesome. Then we went over the program for his baptism and who he wanted to give talks and baptize him and stuff. He is having Bro Westrup baptize him. He's the one that introduced him to the church. It was actually really cool. We had dinner with the Westrup's on Sunday and they invited Rob as well and it was their son in laws birthday on so they had a bunch of people over dinner. There was a time when it was just me and Bro Westrup and Rob at the table, my comp was getting more food, and Rob was talking to Bro Westrup about his baptism and then he got a little awkward as he was building up the courage to ask him and then he did and Bro Westrup said he would be honored and then there was kind of an awkward silence and then the conversation just kept going. It was awesome though. It was really cool to see the very spiritual experience between these two guys. Oh Man. I am excited for Rob. It is going to be a great day for him! Then he gets to see an apostle of the Lord the same day because Elder Scott is coming to stake conference here! and Elder Scott wants to meet with all of the investigators and recent converts and recently reactivated members in the stake on Sunday morning at 830. So that should be sweet as well. (we are going to try to sneak in there as well. they cant really say no to missionaries can they? haha)

So this next week should be a good week as well. Tomorrow we are having our interviews with President Archibald and car inspections and then we are going to the pass Thursday and Friday and then we are coming back Friday night for Rob's baptismal interview and then Saturday at eleven is the baptism and then we have Stake Conference at three and six on Saturday and then Sunday at 10 and hopefully 830 and then Monday Elder Scott wants to meet with the missionaries. So the whole mission is going up to Calgary again to hear from him and then they are moving Pday to Tuesday. So eventful. I can't wait. It's going to be awesome.

That is pretty much it from me this week though. Thanks for everything! I love you guys!

Elder Townsend

Cajun fish and baked potato and zuchini (No i did not make this myself. My comp really likes to cook...)

Brighton, Mott, Farnsworth, Shupe and Fowler making waffles after district meetings today. Remember Mott? He was my companion for four days in Cochrane. Now he is my zone leader. weird.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 8, 2011

Hey everyone! Dont worry, I am still alive out here! We had transfers yesterday and me and Elder Brighton are staying so I get to be here when Elder Scott comes for stake conference and when Rob Frost gets baptized so that should be good. I am looking forward to it. But I didn't get a chance to email yesterday because we went to the temple. Monday night my companion found out there were some missionaries going to the temple in the morning so we decided to go with them. I'm pretty sure my comp would have killed me in my sleep if we hadn't gone. He was so excited to go and was rather pushy about it. I was hesitant because of the kilometers to get there but we went. It was like seeing a kid on Christmas morning. He was sitting in the seat beside me freaking out for the whole hour it took to drive there and then was so excited to be there it was ridiculous! haha. It was a great experience though. We went with four other missionaries. Elders Hatfield, Heap, Moore and Reese. Hatfield was in my district in the MTC and Reese was my companion for three months a while ago. It was good to go to the temple, I loved it. Especially after conference. It made for a great end to the weekend. Conference was great as well! I love conference. It's the only vacation we get as missionaries because we get to just sit and relax and listen to people teach us for a change. And those people are teaching us exactly what we need in our lives to be happy! It's awesome! Oh man, even if this time was a lot about marriage and I can't get married so it didn't really apply to me. But it was still great!

The rest of this week was good too. Kind of slower but not bad. We helped a less active family finish moving. We moved them a couple weeks ago but they still had a little bit in the garage so we helped with that. That was on Wednesday and then Thursday we helped a lady from Iran move. We moved her a while ago into a trailer and then we just moved her into a little town house on Main Street. That was interesting. Apparently she used to have slaves so she wouldn't do anything and was rather bossy. But it was still a lot of fun. The Bishop was there and he is hilarious. He reminds me a lot of you, dad, only a lot more random. Like we loaded two couches onto a pick up and then she asked if we could put some chairs from her dining room set on as well to save some trips (the dining room set costs more then her house) and Bishop was all... sure... so he put them on top of the couch and when she saw that she was freaking out they might fall off and Bishop Oliver just said "yea they might fall off and crash onto the ground and break everywhere... but it was your idea!" Anyway, funnier in person. But I love this ward. There isn't much to do here in terms of non members but I am really excited to work with the members here. They are all amazing! We also went out to the pass on Thursday and Friday. That was good too. Dani still doesn't want to meet with us. So we didn't have much to do. But it was still fun. That was pretty much our week though. I cant wait to see what this week has in store. Thanks for everything guys! I love you all!

Elder Townsend

Cardston, Alberta temple... I like it. It is beautiful.

Me at the temple. We didn't get a picture of the six of us that went though... we should have...District leader Elder Grace. My district leader here and my companion in Cochrane. He and like 20 other guys are going home tomorrow... weird... sad...