Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Samurai Investigator, Hiking and Old Friends

Heyya Everybody!
Today is Tuesday. The 28th of June. I just thought you might be wondering. It's now week five. Which is insane. The transfer is almost over. It's been getting pretty warm here: 90-95 mostly. It's not bad outside since it's dry (nothing like what I'm sure it is back home), but the lack of AC in the apartment is a little irritating. Peeved. That's a good way to describe the resultant feeling. It's pretty warm at night even with the windows open and fans blowing. We're hoping to get another fan from DI today though, and we might try to rig a fan system out of the kitchen, through the hallway, and into the bedroom. We recently got a small window AC but the only window big enough for it is in the kitchen. So the kitchen is extremely comfortable.
We found three new investigators this week. One of this is a Karen refugee that's actaully been in the states for a while. He looks to me like a Samurai. No joke. He's actually really open. He lives with some of the Burmese members, so he knows a little about the church already. The first lesson with him was really good. He speaks good English, so we didn't need a translator, and he commented and told a few stories and actually said that he knew what we were saying was true. It was pretty cool. As with the other Burmese, the trouble is getting them to church, because the only jobs they can get are those that force you to work on Sundays, and if one of them doesn't have a job, they're always out trying to find a job. That's the case with him. He says he wants to come to church, but we didn't see him on Sunday. We're going to make sure he has a ride and everything.
What did everyone think of the pictures of Shoshone Falls?
(Haven't gotten any yet)
It's pretty intense. I took a couple short videos just so you could see the water flowing and hear how ridiculously loud it was, but they're to big to send in an email. So I might make a cd or something to send. You would love it, Mom. I've never seen a waterfall like it. I also went a few days ago to Twin Falls. It's much smaller, and due to some hydroelectric projects Twin Falls is technically just single falls now. But it was still cool. I was on exchanges with the Zone Leaders and we were in the area so they just pulled up to the parking lot. The observation thingy is like ten yards from the lot. I got some good pics, but the light wasn't quite right. I'd love to take pictures of the falls at Sunset, but the sun sets at 9:30 here, so it's past curfew. And past the end of p-day anyway. Sigh.....Oh well.
I heard from N. J. (formerly Elder J.). He said that he bought an engagement ring yesterday. Him and C.S. both. Pretty crazy. Poor guys. He seems to be in really good spirits. He's a good guy. Both of them are. I think they're probably the ones that made me realize that missions were fun and cool. When we're about the Lord's work we need to be mature and focused, but it doesn't mean we have to be 'pious' all the time. It doesn't mean we can't laugh and be ourselves.
Well, I hope this week's been good for all of you. Don't take any wooden nickels. Also, if by chance you meet a frown, tell it to do a backflip.
Elder Matt Waller

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