This blog chronicles Matthew Staib's progress as he serves an LDS mission over the course of twenty-four months.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

We Got Snow in Pocahontas

Dear peoples. I really don't have much to report this week.

On Thursday we got snow. 6 inches of blessed snow. Oh, I loved it so much. It was so pretty and majestic and calm and peaceful and... It was the makeover Pocahontas needed. But then Pocahontas suffered a massive hangover, and the snow melted, and things got REALLY ugly sitting in the dripping slush. It's all gone now, though. The only thing left behind is the cold. It's still cold. Every day. And I don't like it. (I won't be thinking that when it hits 115 this summer.)

Zac and Brianna are moving towards baptism. We're helping them read, pray and come to church, helping Zac participate with the young men. They're just... moving forward, I guess. April 6 is their baptismal date.

John and Jennifer are progressing as well. We had a really good lesson yesterday with a member, Bro. Cates, inviting the family to come to church. Jennifer works, but John said he'd come with Kreanne. They like to listen to the Book of Mormon more than reading it, so I pulled up on their computer and showed them the "Listen" feature in the scripture section.

God has blessed us with technology for this reason. We have so many wonderful tools like this to spread the gospel and make it accessible to everyone. Don't shirk these tools. Show a Mormon Message to a friend. Give a link to a question someone might have. and are such cool websites!

The Kerns are currently moving 5 miles down the road, so they're a bit busy with that right now. It won't be too long before we feel we can really get them to progress quickly and faithfully. We showed them several talks given by Elders Holland and Bednar, so the Kerns are excited to come to General Conference.

As I said last week, it's all in God's time. We must practice patience, and God blesses us. We found several new people this week that look promising as investigators. One is that father of a disabled teenager and another is a younger family that's friends with Jennifer. Fates are intertwining, and we're tugging at the threads as the Spirit guides us. This church is so cool, because it's God's church.

I hope everyone is well! Elder Whetten's going a bit crazy from all the missionaries poking at his departure date. I'm doing what I can to keep things moving. Pray that we'll continue to find, and that our investigators will have faith enough to make big steps for themselves. Love y'all! (I admit. "y'all" has officially been integrated into my vocabulary.)

-Elder Staib

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