Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gregory and Corey decided it would be fun to try and ride the 4 wheelers from Logandale to Beaver Utah. Gregory has done it before but it has been a while. Corey has never tried it. It should take them about 10 hours. I am going to Beaver( in the van and on the freeway) to pick them up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It sounds like there are a lot of changes going on there.  This week end went pretty good here.  Joie's parents were at the baptism, but not at the confirmation.  Elder Hansen and i want to ask them if they want to be taught.  Her dad just had a pretty bad stroke on saturday, but it sounded like he was doing better by sunday.  We are going out there tonight to see how they are all doing.  The baptism went really well.  We have another one this saturday for Carla.  We just met her 3 weeks ago. on the 4th of july.  She is going to be an awsome member.  She has already started introducing us to a lot of her friends.  She lives in an appartment right down the street from us.  a few weeks ago we were going to see a family in walnut Ridge.  They werent there so we decided to walk around and try to talk to their neigbors.  thats the day i got sprayed by the little kid.  Well we went back to see if we could teach the mom.  I guess she knows one of the sisters in the branch and already has a copy of the Book of Mormon.  We taught her last night and she told us she would like us to come back.  She said we could stop by the hotel she works at and talk with her while she is on breaks to.  Elder Hansen and i are pretty excited to start teaching her.  So you are going to Nauvoo on this Saturday?  thats going to be a lot of fun. Ya i remember Sister May.  She was my 5th grade teacher wasn't she?  she was in Nauvoo on a mission last summer to.  We saw her while we were there. So Amelia came over?  Is she still going to babysit while you are gone?  when you see her again, tell her i said hi.  well thats about it from here.  Have fun in Nauvoo.
Love Elder Marshall
Just a little update on what we have been doing....not a whole lot. Sometimes I feel like we are still in a bit of a fog. I didn't realize there was so much to do after a funeral. Bank accounts, pay checks, insurance issues, head stones, cleaning out bedroom..... Maybe it just seems like a lot because I don't want to do it. Gregory and I are getting ready to leave on Saturday for Nauvoo. It should be a fun trip. It has been nice to focus on something fun. The kids will stay home. We have someone staying with them. The girls are fine with it but Corey thinks he is to old for someone to have to come "babysit" him.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dear family
Its been a busy week here in pocahontas. We started teaching Carla last Saturday. Her baptism is going to be on the 25th. She is pretty excited to be baptized and is already trying to find other people for us to teach. Joie's baptism is on this saturday. She is prety excited to. She is trying to read the Book of Mormon before she gets baptized. She is only 13 years old. We have been trying to get her to let her brother Kevin baptize her, but she thinks he would drown her. Kevin got baptized 3 weeks before i got here. He has been bringing his girlfriend to church the last few weeks and he wants us to start teaching her to. hopefully we will be able to sometime this week. We haven't been able to talk to her yet. We are going to start going all the way out to ash flatt starting on Tuesday. Elder hansen says its about a 120 mile round trip so its going to burn through our miles. Their branch has a couple people who have been coming to church for the last 3 or 4 weeks. Elder Hansen and I are hoping to set a date with them either this week or next. I guess we will see what happens. We are pretty excited about how things are going here. I got a call from one of the spanish elders on tuesday. He wanted me to talk with him in spanish. I didn't do very well, but at the end he said that President Drewes is looking for more missionaries to go spanish speaking. Ive been pretty woried the rest of the week because transfers are this week, but if i was going to be transfered i think i would have gotten called by now. I'm hoping i can stay here at least one or two more transfers. So Grandpa is in Washington? That sounds like a lot of fun. I miss going flying with him. We are all done moving and cleaning. We had our first big storm here two nights ago. There was a lot of lightning. There was never a pause in the thunder. Just a conastant rumble. You could have walked around outside with out a light pretty easy because of all of the lightning. The wind was blowing pretty hard to. There were a few trees blown over and lots of libs on the ground. Joie's power was out for about 12 hours. It was really humid all day yesturday. O Elder hansen said that Nauvoo is only about a 4 or 5 hour drive from here. i dont know how he knows though. O I found out that music isn't as strict as it says in the book that came with the letter. President Drewes said that we can listen to any music that doesn't drive away the spirit. one of the CD's that is approved is Spirit by Alex Boye. I was wondering if you could maybe get me a copy of it. I'm pretty sure you can buy it on deseret book. o and i was wondering if you had found out anything about a gps. Well thats about it from here. I hope everything is going good in logandale. I miss you all.
love Elder Marshall
O one of our investigators is having trouble accepting Joseph Smith. She believes everything we have taught her about the restoration, and the gospel, and she accepts him as long as we call him brother joseph or just joseph. But she doesn't like his last name. Elder Hansen and i aren't sure how to convince her that he had a last name. If anyone has any ideas let me know.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Steven's Letter July 6

Dear family
This week was a pretty busy week. We had to move into the Elder and sister Winegar's appartment. We are appartment B now instead of A. There isn't any one in the old appartment yet so we can still check both mailboxes, but could you let everyone know that the address is changed? They aren't going to replace the winegars. We are the only missionaries in our area. The nearest elders are about an hour drive away in Jonesborro. Thats where Elder Fjerstad is. We had all the missionaries over last week to help the winegars move out. We had to clean their appartment after they left, Then move all their furniture out and ours in. Then we had to clean our appartment really well so other people can move in. Then load all the Winegars stuff on to a trailer to go back to Little Rock. It took all day tuesday, and part of Wednesday. We are down to just one baptism schedualed on the 18th. The two that were suppost to be this saturday are running from the law right now. So they arent going to be baptized this week. We had three investigators at church on sunday. One of them wants to be baptized so we are going to be setting up a date with her some time pretty soon. She was talking to missionaries before she moved here from Texarkansas, but she lost track of the missionaries for a while. It hasn't rained here since i got here. Elder Hansen said that it was raining a lot before i got here, but the grass is starting to turn brown now because it hasn't rained in three weeks. So i haven't seen any lightning or tornadoes yet, but hopefully pretty soon. He says the clouds turn green when there is a chance of a tornadoe. Ill try to get some pictures. :) Thank you for the light, the knife, and the Priesthood line of authority. I just got the box today. There was a lot of stuff in the box. Did you take the pictures off the card and put it on the computer? transfers are next week. They happen every six weeks. Elder Hansen thinks i am going to be switched to spanish speaking pretty soon, but he doesn't think it will be this transfer. I guess ill find out by Sunday if i am going to be transfered. Hopefully i wont though. I like it here. The people have been really nice. The food is really good to. I haven't tried any wierd food, but Elder Hansen has. He has eaten possom, pig intestines, and some kind of squirl soup that had fur in it. I've just tried deep fried brocoli. O i ment to ask you what all of the envolopes were for that were in the box with the blanket and pillow. I still have them, but i'm not sure what they are for.
So did you go to Lagoon? Grandpa said something about that in his letter. Well i better go. I hope everything is going good in Logandale. Have fun on the Lawn mower.
Love Elder Marshall
o and the humidity was pretty bad when i first got here.  I thought i was going to sufficate when i walked out of the airport.  I don't think its to bad now.  Its not as hot as it gets at home.  but i still swet a lot.  There are rivers that go all over the place here you cant get into town without going over at least one bridge or more.  the windows are always fogged  up on the car and in the house.  In the mornings sometimes it looks like there is a mist just hanging around.  The morning is deffinatly the best part of the day.
O and elder Hansen says he knows some bowmans in Idaho Falls.  He doesn't know the Collins though.