Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016

Okay lots to report on this week. My new companion is Elder Willie. He has been out a year. He is an interesting guy so this will be an interesting transfer. He asked me if I like dungeons and dragons haha. I said, "I don't know what that is." He likes cross country mountain biking, so that is the closest thing we have in common. He is from Utah. He wants to be a mortician or go into film. He always randomly starts laughing under his breath which drives me nuts, but there are worse things I guess. I think I almost killed him on Tuesday. We were knocking doors all day pretty much and it was kinda hot out. He was starting to lag a little bit and we weren't having any luck. So I got him a slurpee to keep him alive.
        I am in the Maplewood area which covers some of Southwest Portland, Beaverton, and a little bit of Lake Oswego. It is a pretty big area and has a ton of houses. I'm pretty excited about that because there are plenty of people to talk to. There are a lot of Muslims, Jews, and Atheists in this area. The ward has a bunch of old people in it haha. There are old people and a few young families of people who are in school or just got out of school. We also have sister missionaries covering the same area we are covering which is interesting. I think last transfer the elders just chilled the whole time because the stats sucked. And the sister have a lot more investigators than we do. And it's the same exact area so I don't know what the excuse would be. This week was pretty good though.
        We started teaching this Pilipino couple. Their son is on a mission in the Philippines and they are interested to see what he is teaching. They are so awesome. He said that his son gets after him because he doesn't email him very often and he said he doesn't like to do it because he gets emotional every time and he doesn't like to cry. She fed us a huge lunch of steak, chicken, fruit, asparagus, salad, and pie. And her husband said you see how happy she is by her body language. It’s like she is feeding her son. It was pretty sweet. They had lots of questions and we brought our ward mission leaders wife who is from the Philippines and they were speaking tagalog. It was hilarious.
        We taught this guy whose wife his a member and is returning to activity. He was an interesting guy. He is an er doctor. He is a vegan and has his kale garden in his backyard haha. He tried to disprove the Book of Mormon with his ancient coin collection. He said he doesn't believe it because it talks about metal work and coins, but they never find any of that in the American continents. We told him to focus of the doctrines the Book of Mormon teaches. It was interesting, but he gave us each two widows mites which is cool. And he has a coin which "could have been one of the 30 pieces of silver that judas got”. He said he likes the Mormon church, but he isn't sure about the Book of Mormon. We told him to just keep coming and sometime down the road things will fall into place.
        There is this apartment complex in our area were were knocking doors in and these kids kept harassing us. They wanted a book Mormon so we gave one to them. Then they wanted my iPad. I wouldn’t give it to them and they tried to take it from me. I still had that Starbucks gift card you sent me, but it only had a couple dollars on it. So I gave it to one of the kids. Then we went back the next day and they wanted another book of Mormon so we gave it to them. And last time they wanted my watch so this time I didn't wear my watch. And then the kid asked me for my watch but I didn’t have it so he was sad haha. I'll attach the video I took of them.
        We had a ward council meeting this Sunday and it was ridiculous. It was the worst ward council I have ever witnessed. They talked about home teaching and visiting teaching and how you would feel if someone came into your home and asked how your prayers and scripture study were going. Then a couple of the people said they would be offended which I thought was a joke in and of itself. I had so many things to say, but I just kept quiet and did the missionary report when it was my turn to speak. I was thinking about bringing up Matthew 24:10, but there was already enough tension so I just kept to myself.
        That's all the excitement for this week. Just knocking a lot of doors. Love you guys



Elder Garfield

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016

This week was pretty interesting. We had the head of the missionary department, Elder Nielsen, come and teach us. I was pretty disappointed when he didn't teach any new doctrine ~ just the fundamentals of missionary work. It makes sense because there's no change to doctrine in the church, God is always the same. I am also getting transferred. I am going to southwest Portland. I am not sure who my new companion is going to be, but I will probably figure it out soon. I’ll be serving in the maplewood ward. It should be a good time. We also found a sweet new investigator this week, his name is Austin and he is a senior in high school. His family isn't super religious and he is trying to find his path in life. He had read 10 chapters in the Book of Mormon before our first lesson with him. We got a referral from a member of our bishopric. He said some guy he talked to lives in a motor home and he moves it around Canby. He said that he usually parks it in Safeway. We went to Safeway and saw this motorhome so we knocked on the door and it was super awkward. The guy was not interested at all. We took a picture of the motorhome to make sure was the right one. We showed him and he said it was not the right one. So that was really interesting. Also we went to have dinner at this older lady's house. And she has this big old loom inside her house. So we asked her about it and she was making some fabric that she was making dishtowels out of. So she taught us how to weave. Which is kind of cool, but very very useless. I was talking about how I was going to get a loom. She said if you want to get a loom that you need to consult an expert because there's lots of different types of looms. So I think I'm gonna look into it. It seems like it be really fun hobby, except it's really boring and time-consuming. Our neighbor asked me if I had seen the police out in front of the duplex. I said I hadn't and they told me why they were out there. Apparently yesterday while we were at church their son's mom was there to pick him up. Since it was Father's Day he was supposed to stay with his dad at the duplex. So she was very very angry and also she was high. She made a big scene and the police were called to get her to leave. Then they told me that later in the day she kept calling them saying that she was going to report them for kidnapping her son. She seems a little bit of her rocker. The neighbors told me that is why you find the right girl the first time. I was like oh yeah yeah yeah yeah sounds like a good idea. It's going to be interesting living in a normal apartment and not the duplex with the stray cats. Most of the cats are gone now. This week they captured them and took them to an adoption place. So now the only cats that are left are scratch Eye, elder menlove, sister menlove, and the bobcats. The Bobcats  don’t stay around much, because they are afraid of us. The other cats are afraid to, but not as much. Also I think the black cat is still around somewhere. But it's pretty rare when you see that one. And I think there are one or two gray ones left. So we still have a good amount, but not as much. The Bobcats aren't really bobcats, but they have no tails so I call them the Bobcats. Not much else to report on this week. I will let you know who my new companion is and where my new address is when I can.


Love,

Elder Garfield



Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016

This week was just so good. I am not really sure what happened. I think it was a good week. We found out that one of the less actives That came back to church has a daughter who is not baptized. So that is pretty sweet we're going to try and baptize her. We have been stepping up our game to try and scare the cats away. I started sneaking up on them while they are sleeping and dumping a Picture of water on them. It is super funny and it doesn't really hurt them but they hate it a lot. And so they are very very very very afraid of us now. Anytime they see us they quake and tremble because of fear. They won't even stay in the area when they hear our door open. So that is good. I think the neighbors are trying to get someone to come out and trap all the cats. Which will be cool, but I will miss them. On Sunday a Laurel in our ward came up to us at church and said her friend wants to take the lessons. So that is pretty awesome. We talked to him on Sunday and he seems pretty interested in learning more. And he has been reading the book of Mormon. Which is significantly better than everyone else we've been teaching. Other than that we don't really have anyone to teach. Our investigator who had a date to be baptized dropped us. So that was disappointing. We went on exchanges. I went with Elder Richard's to molalla. Molalla is a pretty interesting place. It is very hick. Even more so than Canby. It was a good time and we had a lot of fun. Brother Steve Who is the member in Oregon city who loves to play Yahtzee has been calling us every day pretty much this whole week. He wanted us to come over to play Yahtzee with him today. So he told us to buy some donuts and orange juice and come over at 9 o'clock in the morning. So we did and it was good to see him and his mom. But he had to go to the doctors to get an MRI for his back. He has to go all the way to Greshem because that's the biggest MRI machine in Oregon. And he is a big man. We also did tye-dye last Monday. So this Monday we will be able to pick up the shirts and I am super pumped about it. Transfers are next Monday. So if anyone is planning on sending a package then get it here by Sunday or sooner otherwise I won't get it for a long time. The weather has been very nice this week. Last week it was kind of hot, but it wasn't raining so I wasn't complaining. But this week it is been about 69° the whole week... Which is great weather. On Saturday we had a waffle breakfast with the stake presidency. This has been my ninth waffle breakfast with the stake presidency. I've been here in Oregon city so long that I've seen two different stake presidents and four stake conferences. On the 23rd it will be my nine month mark. Not that I've been counting. Today is day number 265 not that I've been counting. So basically I'll see you all pretty soon and just like a year and a half. Also Ward Council this week was pretty funny. We talked about emergency preparedness. They made this list of emergencies that could possibly happen. No, sharknados were not on the list. Then we talked about what would happen if those things happen. For example water shutting down or running out of food. And then we talked about dividing the ward into zones. Then we talked about how you can't have a zone without a communicator in it. How would they communicate? That wouldn't make sense. And then we just talked about random stuff having to do with emergencies for a little bit. It was kind of a waste of time. Then for the other part of ward council we talked about insurance policies. Because a member of the ward got in an accident and we weren't sure if they were insured or not so two members of the ward council we're arguing about what insurance policies will cover and what they won't cover for A good 20 minutes. I was so glad I attended. Another funny thing that happened was while we are sitting in the Priest quorum for third hour a ward member came in and grabbed one of the priests because someone's cows got out and he had to go put them back. It was the bishop’s cows and he was out of town and you cant just have cows roaming around because that's dangerous because cows are dangerous and also they could get run over or someone could hurt them or maybe someone would try and steal them or something along those lines. Other than that not much to report on. Just another week in the paradise of Canby, Oregon.

Love you all,

Elder Garfield

Monday, June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016

This week was pretty average. It was kind of hot. It was about 95 with 50 percent humidity.  Everyone was freaking out like they were going to die. Every time we knocked on the door they would make a comment about how hot it was. We got offered a lot of water. So it's kind of nice. They still weren't interested. I checked the weather at home and the high was 108 so I didn't feel so bad. We weren't able to find any new people this week. So that was a bummer. We went tracting in town which was interesting because the people in town are very rude most of the time.   I don't know why they live in town if they hate people coming to their door.  We knocked on this one door and talked to this lady who is atheist. She was pretty nice but wasn't interested. So we were walking away from her house and some guy came from behind the house to yell at us. He pointed to his no soliciting sign and said hey buddy no soliciting. I told him we weren't soliciting but that we are just sharing a message about Jesus. He pointed to his stupid sign again and said this means I don't want people coming to my door. He said if you look along the houses on the street there's lots of the signs. it means they don't want you to go to their door. He was yelling and I was yelling back that they (his neighbors) didn't seem to mind so much. He said just keep that in mind and I said will do! And then we knocked on his neighbors doors. I don't know why people hate people coming to their door so much. It takes 30 seconds to answer the door and say not interested. I don't even know why they have a door if they hate people coming to it so much. They should just build a brick wall in front of it. And no soliciting does not mean that you don't want people coming to your door. It means you don't want solicitors coming to your door. He made me super angry so I just had to take a minute and say WWJD what would Jesus do haha. I got your letter with the gift cards. We already went to Starbucks and I got a smoothie. I felt like a basic white girl. It was pretty funny. I can't wait to use the McDonald's gift card. But the McDonald's in Canby is still under construction. They tore it down since I've been here and it's almost already rebuilt (that's how long I've been in Canby). It's going to be a super McDonald's which is awesome so I'm not complaining. But I probably won't be in the area when it's complete. Transfers are coming up in two weeks. And I probably won't be staying in Canby. So just keep that in mind for packages. If you'd like to send any. I will probably be gone on the 20th. Other than that nothing too exciting happened this week. We are trying to find different places to tract because all the places nearby have been tracted a lot. So we’ve been doing some Boonie  tracting. But it's hard because it takes a long time to knock on any doors. The driveways are like a mile long and each house is like a mile apart. And people get mad when you drive up their driveway so you have to park outside on the street. But all the streets have a 4 foot gutter next to them. So it's hard to find a place to park. It was funny because during gospel principles class the teacher asked us what good happened during our week. She called on Elder Goodrich first and he had nothing to say ~ because nothing good happened this week. My good thing that happened this week was that someone offered us water. OK. Goodrich sat there for a while and came up with this as his good thing. "We got to talk to a lot of people" Hahahahahahahhaha. Also we raided the Di-pod in the church parking lot. We found a sweet speaker. So now we can listen to all kinds of stuff. Like Motab. Classical. Catholic talk radio. All kinds of stuff. So I guess that was a good thing. Probably not the best thing to share in gospel principles though. We've been living breadcrumb to breadcrumb. Because last month we didn't get paid before payday. So we had no food. And not a lot of members signed up to feed us this week. So we ate almost everything that we had. So I'm excited to go get some cocoa puffs today. But I was thinking maybe I would make things a little healthier so I don't get as fat so maybe I'll eat some special K instead. We will see. That's all I have for this week. Tune in next week for the next update.

Love,

  Elder Garfield

Friday, June 3, 2016

May 30, 2016

Hey here is the weekly update. We met with the Allen's. He is the guy who grows medical marijuana and he and his fiancé have four daughters. We had a great lesson with them about the plan of salvation. His twin girls had their book of Mormons in hand ready to go and they can't even read haha. They are such a great family. He's got his grow operation in a huge barn next to his house and he is a "master gardener". He and his fiancé were both inactive members, but he had his kids and he wanted them to grow up knowing who God is and he doesn't want them to go down the same path he did. He didn't always legally do what he does now. And he has had some serious trials that he caused in his life and had to overcome. His dad who is technically his step dad is super active and goes to the temple every week so I'm sure he is thrilled about this new change. They were at church this Sunday and it was great to see their whole family there. We also got Andrew to come to church. He isn't really sure why he wants to join the church. He has some Mormon friends and they said it was a good one and he wants to be closer to God. I guess that's as good a reason as any.

     I'm definitely starting to really like Canby and it has taken a while. It is really small and kind of redneckish. If you look on YouTube and search welcome to Canby there is a hilarious video a member showed us. It's a song about Canby. But the ward is really great and it seems like we are on the right track to get some work happening here. A lot of people here are really stuck in their routine. We talked to a lady who has lived in the same house her whole life and gone to the same little church down the road the whole time. She is like 80 years old! The chances of us converting her are not so good haha. Being new here is living here only 5 years. It's crazy. So two of the cats that live outside our duplex gave birth. The one gave birth to 4 kittens. The other we are not sure because it just barely hatched em. So now we have 15-18 stray cats that live around our house. Hopefully we can have 100 by the end of the year.

   The mission office sends us mass emails sometimes and it is sent to everyone in the mission. Sometimes they send it to us and forget to hide the emails so you can hit reply all. I was trying to mess with them and so I hit reply all and said okay. Then a few other elders started responding too and everyone in the mission kept getting the responses and finally the assistants to the president replied and told us all to stop haha. We got em so good.

  We went a talked to this family that lives way out in the country. He unfortunately wasn't home and we talked to his wife briefly. Her name is Billie and his name is Colton and they have three kids. Charles, Harrison, and Ricker. They are really nice and hopefully we can start teaching them soon.

   That's all I got for this week. Have a great week. Love you

Elder Garfield


   Tell dad and Johnny they better win

May 23, 2016

This week was super Duper. We baptized Linda. It was a great baptismal service. Not a ton of people showed up but there were a good amount. Also her son who is a nonmember was there. He is super nice. But not interested. She got confirmed on Sunday. We got to stand in the circle and it was pretty awesome. Linda was the first baptism this ward has had in 14 months. Hopefully we can get a couple more. Andrew who we taught last week and we set a baptismal date with canceled on us this week. And he didn't come to church. So hopefully we can get in contact with him again.

      We did a lot of service this week. A lot of people got mad at us this week. Sometimes we do service at the Canby adult center. We serve food in the kitchen for all the old people. The kitchen people are really mean and they get mad at us because we are sure what to do because they never tell us what to do. Usually the adult center will call us and tell us when to come in. This time they never called us, so we didn't know when to come in. Then we were over doing service for a member in the morning and we got a call saying that we were supposed to come in. They were pretty mad at us, so I told them that we would come in late. Then when we got there they were getting all in our
business. It was really annoying because they all work there and we don't have to volunteer there at all, but they get all in our business and get angry at us and it's really frustrating.she said it is been
the third Saturday of the month for 30 years that you come in. I said "we haven't been here 30 years so we didn't know that. They usually call us and tell us when to come In". They are super short tempered and always get mad at us for doing stuff wrong. But they never explain how or what to do. So we told them that we had an appointment at 1:30 and left early. We probably won't ever volunteer there again.

     Also the garden performance was this week. Our ward has been working on it for like ever. They were super excited about it and said it would be the missionary event of the century. This women in our ward name Laura told us that they wanted us to usher so we would have to go to the church at 6 and then we have to stay until after the garden which ended at 8:10 and then stay after to help clean up and talk to people. They also wanted three sets of missionaries to be there the entire time. So then Goodrich told them that that was not the best use of time. We said that we would come at the end to talk to people and help clean up, and that we would bring the three sets of missionaries but we wouldn't stay the whole time. Laura got Super mad at us. They were going to call Our zone leaders and President Ballard to get them to tell us to stay at the garden. Also just to add to the picture Laura is kind of old and really broad shouldered and probably lesbian. And unmarried. And really short hair. She called the zone leaders and they said the same thing that we said. They were one of
the sets of missionaries that was going to come. So Laura got super mad at them too. It all worked out in the end. We were there to talk to people and there were a lot of non-members there but none of them would really talk to us, and We didn't find any new investigators from it. But it was cool because I got to see the bishop for my first area and also some other members from Oregon city second. It was hard to find the nonmembers because they still look like people. And they dress the same.

    We got in contact with Colton a guy who lives way out in the boonies. We told the ward council about it. We said we'd been tracting on Yoder Road. The bishop asked surprised, "you've been tracting on yoder road? You must be getting desperate". He has no idea how desperate we truly are.  But Colton is pretty cool he has a young family and seems pretty interested. He said we could come back up on Saturday and teach his family. Hopefully it all turns out well and he gets baptized. It would be awesome to teach a whole family, but it is really hard to find families to teach.

    This less active woman finally came to church. Her name is sister Newell. And she gave us a $25 subway gift card which is awesome because I have like $12 to last the rest of the month haha. Hope you all have a great week.

Love,

Elder Garfield

May 16, 2016

This week was pretty awesome. I have been getting pretty frustrated with the missionary work here in Canby because all the people we have been finding are just medium interested or just "curious to learn more about different religions" so they won't do the things we ask them. For example reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. So I was pretty frustrated. This week changed all that though. We got in contact with the Allen family. He is the one who grows medical marijuana. They are awesome and they have twin girls who are 7 and then two younger daughters. He just out of the blue decided to go back to church so that his daughters could be raised up in it do he was there this Sunday with 3 of his girls. The mom had to stay behind because one of the girls was sick. It was great when we were teaching him. He started talking about how he wants to get married in the temple. He said "yeah because there is like regular marriage and then there is like extra married for time and all eternity. That's getting married to the max bro" it was awesome we were all cracking up. Then this Sunday we got a text saying that there is a guy named Andrew who is interested in talking with us. It had his number so I called him and he said "yeah I was raised baptist and I have been thinking about converting to Mormon". I was so pumped. We had a lesson with him later on Sunday night and he agreed to be baptized on June 18. Also Linda Conley is getting baptized this Saturday so we are pretty pumped about that. I'm glad we found a couple more people because it is the worst when you baptize everyone and then you have to start over. It's better to keep finding people while the other people are progressing towards baptism. We also found rosa. She is from Mexico I think and she
doesn't speak English so we told her we would have the Spanish missionaries come by. The Spanish missionaries called her and they said she had no idea what was going on haha. I was laughing because she had no idea who we were, but she accepted a Book of Mormon and gave us her phone number. Hopefully the sisters will be able to teach her. Some funny things that happened this week....

There was this potential investigator we were going to visit and we are walking up to the door and this guy is in front of us going to the same door and he gets there and opens it then kneels down and crawls in half way. And then he just stays there with his butt poking out the door a little bit. We still wanted to see the potential and Elder Holland said be persistent so we go up to the door anyway. We say "excuse me", but he didn't hear so we just kinda knock on the side of the house. He jumped up so fast and just started walking backwards into the house. He was so scared hahah. It was great.

So the tree fell in front of the church and there is a guy named Dennis. He is a member. He was at the church because he is putting on this musical production thing and everyone was practicing. He always seems nervous about stuff and he is super stressed about his musical production and he comes up to us and says "hey elders I really, if you can, can you go out and take a picture of the tree because I can send it to brother Perez and he can get it in the newspaper because he knows the newspaper guy and it can be like some great publicity and then we can be like yeah the tree fell In front of the church and you know what is happening at the church is this musical production called the garden... And it can be some great publicity because you know that a tree doesn't just fall for no reason right?" We said sure we will go take pics of it. Another example of how he is losing his mind is that he called us this morning and said "hey elders can I call you back"
and then he hung up haha. And he hasn't called us back.

Love,

Elder Garfield

May 9, 2016

Hey everyone. Not much to report this week since we talked yesterday. This week we just had the regular routine. I'm staying in Canby for another 6 weeks. It should be good. I like the members here. Should be good, my companion is still elder goodrich. Not much time to write today so sorry for the short email. This pday we hung out at a members house and played basketball and what not. It's been pretty fun. I learned how to kickflip so that is good. Happy late Mother's Day. I love you.

May 2, 2016

This week was pretty grand. We had a few good experiences. It might be my last week in Canby so we will see next Monday if I go somewhere else. A couple cool stories from this week. I'll tell the coolest one first since it just happened a couple hours ago. We had to drop our car off to get detailed in hillsboro which is the other side of the mission. We were out there with the zone leaders because it was gonna take all day and we are picking it up tomorrow. So we were looking for a place to eat and lo and behold there is a McDonald's which is great because the McDonald's in Canby is shut down right now. So I say lets go to McDonalds and everyone was like oh no blah blah blah. I convinced them and we had a beautiful meal. Then We go and walk across the parking lot to a thrift store. As we walk over this lady comes up to us and says hello. She was a member. She started crying and said she left the house that morning to kill herself, but she knows God sent us there to stop her. She said she needs to go to the temple visitors center. So we said go and she left. Then We walk into the thrift store and I say, "and thus we see that McDonald's saves lives". I finally have proof of the divinity of McDonald's.
     Another cool story. We knew a member of the ward was having a wedding reception for his daughter at the church so we texted him and offered to help him. He said yes so we did. Then we went to part of the reception and right away we met this guy from China and taught him the first lesson. It was great. He is a Buddhist.
     We were driving down the street and I saw this guy who was trying to pull weeds while holding onto his walker. So I pulled over and we asked him if he needed a hand. He said no and we got talking and we talked to him for an hour about the church and about life and what not. Turns out he had been taught by missionaries before. So we might try and stop by him again.
     I'll throw in another cat story for you mom. We saw scratch eye, the one eyed cat, sleeping in the grass so I snuck up behind him and got a hold of his tail and threw him a few feet. He hissed so loud I thought he was gonna attack me. It was crazy. Then This gray cat was giving me the glare so I got a pvc pipe and a nerf dart and I blew into it and shot the dart. Hit him straight in the head. The dart didn't have a needle in the end so he barely even moved. Also one of the cats had its kittens so we are gonna have even more cats around here! I think we have 9 adult cats right now.
     I'm not sure if anything else happened that was funny. Oh yeah I got to feed a baby cow named Kevin after dinner at the bishops house, so that was awesome. Also this little girl got up to share her
testimony and she said, "we got a llama to protect our chickens from coyotes and Hawks... And it reminded me of how Jesus protects us from bad stuff." It was great. Apparently llamas are guards for chickens.
     We also have a new family who are very less active members who want to come back to church. He is a medical marijuana farmer. We haven't met him yet, but I will write about how it goes down. Love you all. Talk to you on Sunday.

Love,

Elder Garfield

April 25, 2016

This week we went on exchanges. I stayed here in our area for the 3rd exchange in a row. Elder Norris came to our area from Molalla. He is a really odd cookie so it was a painful 24 hours. On Saturday morning we got to go see a Joseph smith historian. He was an interesting guy and he had a bunch of artifacts we could look at. It was cool. He told a story about Joseph smith I don't remember ever hearing before. All the people were living in a swampy area and there was a malaria outbreak. Almost everyone was sick. Then he healed everyone. His point in sharing the story was that we shouldn't make Joseph smith seem like an ordinary guy because he wasn't. He performed miracles, he saw God and Jesus Christ, and he restored the true church to the earth. 

I told Elder Goodrich that never before on my mission has someone pointed to their no soliciting sign and slammed the door. A few minutes later it happened three times in a row. Then the next day it happened again. So I'm never saying anything like that again. I hit 7 months yesterday so that was cool. Time is flying. I've been out 7 months, but it only feels like 7 months! Haha. 

Another cool thing that happened. You may have read previously that we have a ton of stray cats around the duplex. So I have been tormenting them in many ways. For example, shooting them with darts that have thumbtacks in the end, poking them with sticks, poking them with my iPad, grabbing their tails and tossing them, I tried to spear one with a knife taped to the end of a stick, and I always sneak up on them and scare them. So they aren't very friendly to us. They see our car pull up and they run away... So we have been trying to gain back their trust so that we can betray them and kill them. An investigator gave us this canned tuna so we have been feeding them. But I didn't want to wait to gain their trust so I put some on our balcony and left the sliding door open. Then I concealed myself with a blanket and lied in wait. The cat came up and was eating the tuna and I jumped out and tried to catch it. I failed. So now they are very hesitant to eat food from us too. 

Another funny story. Elder Goodrich is the district leader so he has to call the people in our district on Sunday night. This time I called the sisters and was messing with them pretending to be elder Goodrich. They new it was me though. Whenever we text them or call them if it's serious they know it's elder Goodrich. If it funny or weird they assume it was me. Which is true. Anyway one thing led to another and they said they need a blender so we said we would give them ours since we never use it. I wanted to put it to use one more time so I made a will it blend video with an orange, a tie, and a thing of Vaseline I found in our cupboard which is weird. I think the blender might be broken though.

That's all I got for ya. Have a great week.

Love,

Elder Garfield

April 18, 2016

This week was pretty swell. It is Canby clean up here which means that everyone puts their junk out on the curb and the. It sits for a week and the garbage people will pick it up. Which means that it's free week. We can just go around and pick up the stuff that we want. So I got a ripstick and a bike ramp! I can't wait to hurt myself on it! So this week was the Ivy pull. The new zone leader who is way uptight didn't want to make the Ivy pull a zone service because it's "not effective". So it was just us and one pair of sisters and random people from the community. It was awesome as usual. We pulled lots of Ivy. My companion said maybe we shouldn't go and I told him that I will go pull Ivy myself if I have to. I also told him that the war on Ivy isn't gonna solve itself. After that he agreed that it was a good idea. We had a great time. We did service at the adult center serving food. There is this old lady there who really grinds my gears. Her name is June nice, but she is not nice at all. She was as usual being really bossy and rude so I was starting to get frustrated with her. I passed out salads to all the tables and then was standing there waiting holding the tray with salads on it. And an old lady who was also volunteering came and grabbed two salads for herself. Then June gets all sassy with me and said "you know you could walk around so she doesn't have to go back and forth". I said "yeah.. I know.. I already passed salads out to everyone! she just wanted those for herself..." I was getting really Freakin angry. The adult center calls us and wants us to do service then We get there and Judy is getting all up in my business. Oh man I was so mad I had to go chill in the back for a couple minutes. I ain't got time for that. You can serve your dang food yourself! So that was cool. Also what made me mad this week is we got a new stake presidency and this guy wants the missionaries to sing at every dinner appointment!!! and every lesson with our investigators!!! He must be out of his mind! I hope I get transferred out of this stake asap! I will not be a little traveling performer monkey that goes from member to member singing carols! We went on a hike today and it was long and tiring, but the view was cool. You could see all the surrounding mountains in Washington and here. Mt St. Helens, Mt hood, and like 3 others I don't know their names. It was pretty fun. We taught quite a few lessons this week. We had 6 member presents which is actually a lot for us in this area. However, despite all our best efforts no investigators came to sacrament meeting! I another funny story we talked to this guy while we were on exchanges. I was with Elder Hintz. We talked to him and he was a redneck from Molalla. He told us about his lazy good for nothing son who couldn't work for nothin so when he was 15 he told his mom if you think you can do better then do it yourself... And she left. And he told his son that there wasn't enough room in Molalla for the both of the. so his son better leave the state or he will run him out of town. We said cool. Way to tell it to her straight. He said yup. We asked if we could come by his house sometime. He said sure if you can make it past the pitbull and my shotgun. We said we would dodge the bullets. He said you won't dodge nothin. I'll hit you straight in the face. He was so crazy haha. That's all for today. Hope you had a great week.

Love,

 Elder Garfield


April 11, 2016

This week was pretty swell. It didn't rain all week which is incredible. It's raining right now though. I got a lot of stories so it could be a long one.
    First of all. We were knocking doors, which we do a lot of, and his guy opened up the door. He was an older guy. He brings up the verse in revelations that say not it add or take away from this book. Which is silly in and of itself since the bible isn't arranged chronologically and it says the same thing in Deuteronomy. My companion said "oh yeah in revelations chapter 22" and he said why don't you come in for a minute. So we did and he quizzed us. He asked us a bunch of questions about the bible and what we believe trying to get us to trip up, but we didn't. He couldn't stump us so we basically taught the first lesson, he refused to accept the challenge to read from the book of Mormon. He gave us water and prayed for us which was nice. But he prayed that we would be able to find the truth haha. We were like no worries there we already found it. Also that is the first time in 6.5 months of Tracting I have been let into someone's house right away.
     Next story we set up a night for some youth to come to the church and play ball and hang out and bring nonmember friends. So we were there and then This girl ran out of the church and her two friends were chasing her and this kid came up to me and said "Deanne wants to kill herself so she ran out and that's why they are chasing her. Should I call the cops?" I said probably not. I could tell she
was just doing it for attention since she came back in the church smirking. So then a little later the cops show up and take her and talk to her and what not. So we had to stay there a while and wait for her grandma to come get her and for them to fill out a report. It was cray cray.
      Next story. We met Elder Ballard of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. We had an awesome meeting with him and got to shake his hand. He is a great speaker. There was one meeting where the bishops
and ward mission leaders came and he opened it up for questions this guy got roasted. He got up and started asking this long question about passalong cards. "I have this neighbor I have been working on for 30 years and he is only interested in the tabernacle choir and general conference came around and I noticed there are not general conference passalong cards. And there aren't passalong cards for the tabernacle choir..." And he went on for a good 5 or 6 minutes until elder Ballard interrupted him and said "I got it". He then Told him that passalong cards are not a substitute for just taking the missionaries to talk to him and introducing him to the Book of Mormon. He laughed and said I will ask if the first presidency wants to do passalong cards for conference, but let's not over complicate missionary work. It was hilarious. He talked a lot about missionary work obviously and he told a few great stories. He told one when he was a mission president in Canada and he got a new elder. He had an interview and the elder told him that he would be the best missionary he ever had. He asked why and the elder told him that before he left his dad was diagnosed with cancer and he would likely not survive when he got back. But he promised God that if he would be the best missionary he ever had if he would save his dad. He sent the elder to the northernmost part of Canada do it was winter. He said the temp could be down to -60 with the wind chill. He and his companion were at dinner and an hour passed by. The elder said we have to go and his trainer said no we don't we don't have any appointments this evening. He said no we have to go. They got their coats on, left the warm house and outside on the doorstep the new missionary told him he would have to help him save his dad. So they went and knocked doors. People would invite them in so they wouldn't freeze to death and he would stay long enough to find out if they were interested and then move on to the next house. Pretty crazy. And his dad lived. The end.
       Next story we were in a lesson with his lady in her late 20s. She has clearly had a rough go at things and has blue hair. She told us all about her crazy boyfriend troubles and how he had sex with his baby mama while they were together and she almost did meth and her friend said its just like weed, but it helps you focus and she was like, what? I'm not gonna do meth and she was feeling down one day, so she took ten shots and then got in a fight with her boyfriend and something Possessed her and she picked up a sharp rock and was going to kill her boyfriend and then her inner good self was like no so she dropped the Rock and ran away so she would hurt him and then she got picked up by the cops and they said she wasn't drunk, but she was like what I took ten shots. Then she told us a bunch of other crazy stories and eventually we taught her a lesson and committed her to be baptized and she said she would. So that was awesome. She said she met with missionaries before and like having them talk to her because she felt good when they came by and she lost contact when she moved and she was praying the Mormons would knock on her door. Pretty cool.
     That is all the stories I care to write down. I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great week.

Ps. If you can, will you send me a few short sleeve white shirts. It's starting to get warm. Thank you.

Love,

Elder Garfield

April 4, 2016

Hey everybody. This week was pretty swell. I have my new companion Elder Goodrich. I am still in Canby, Oregon. We did a lot of Tracting/ service this week. We got a text from a less active member I've never met saying "can you possibly mow my lawn?" We said yes of course and we figured it would probably take a half hour. She lives in a mobile home park so the lawns are small. We get there and it turns out she has the biggest lawn in the neighborhood and it is literally 3 feet high in some places. It was a jungle of grass, dandelions, flowers, and who knows what else. After finding her lawn mower we tried to start it. It wouldn't start. I worked some magic and got it started after about 15 minutes. Then we started. My companion started mowed a little bit and wanted to switch off. So I mowed half the backyard and then gave it back to him and he mowed a little bit and then wanted to switch off so I just mowed the rest. It was hard work! The mower didn't have any drive so we had to just push it. It took two hours! It was ridiculous. A couple funny stories from this week.
      We were Tracting and I could smell someone was smoking pot. It got stronger and I said to my companion I think it's coming from this house. We knocked on it and this guy answered stoned out of his freaking mind. I talked to him and asked him if he had ever heard the message of the restoration that the missionaries share. He said "nah bro... You got it all wrong". After we thought we should have messed with him. Imagine what he would think if he was high and two guys in white shirts and ties started pretending to speak Japanese or started dancing... He would be so confused. We also talked with a Buddhist and a Jehovah's Witness and a pagan. The pagan I have written about before
a long time ago. We went back to visit her again. She is still insane. She told us she is a white witch. She has been brewing stuff to make her not sick. It hasn't been working... We talked to her for an hour. She said she does some voodoo and some Satan worship, but not a lot of Satan worship. She also told us she is into anime (boy on boy) which is nasty. She said "God forbid I don't watch it for that. I just watch it for the story behind it" haha. Good grief it was a weird week. None of them were interested, but it was funny.
      We had some success too. We set a baptismal date with a woman who has been investigating for a year and a half. She is scheduled to get baptized on the 30th so I'm super excited about that. We also had a lesson with a lady and her mom. They are actually pretty awesome. They said we could come back and teach them again. Other than that not much else happened. We watched conference and that was awesome. It was great to hear from all the church leaders. I liked President Monson's talk "Choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong" sometimes or most of the time choosing the right thing is difficult, but it is always possible.

Love you all,

Elder Garfield

March 28, 2016

I heard about the missionaries in Belgium. It has been a good for us because some people answer the door just to say they are sorry for the missionaries. It has been kinda funny people getting the story all mixed up. Some people say there was 1 or 2 or 3 missionaries. Some people said, "yeah I'm sorry for the missionaries that got hurt in France". It is funny how information gets confused so easily. That's probably the same reason as why there needs to be a prophet on the earth to guide the church. I've almost finished the new testament and it is funny reading all the epistles Paul wrote to the different people. In just a short time after Christ died. There was already so much confusion. The Corinthians forgot about the resurrection. They didn't think people would be resurrected anymore. Paul had to set that straight. And stuff like that happening all over. Especially without the type of communication we have today. It was a serious challenge to try and keep everyone on the same page. This week was pretty good. We did some tracting which is always fun... Not. We did find a lady who
said we could come back so that is awesome. And she seems like she is completely sane. So that is even better. We walked down this long driveway to go knock on a door and there was this German shepherd barking at us. No leash. No fence. I said hey, you think this dog will attack us. We said we would find out pretty soon. We walked up and it kept backing up so we could tell it was just scared and wouldn't attack. We knock on the door. We hear a older lady (55+) come around the corner angrily saying hello. I thought to myself "here we go"... She starts going off about how we can't just walk down people's driveways and knock on their doors and there was a dog barking and that should be a sign to not come further and that if she wasn't there we would have gotten attacked and we can't just go around knocking on people's doors. Especially in this neighborhood. Her "neighborhood" is
just a few random houses on a road in the middle of nowhere haha. So she was furious and wasn't interested, obviously. And her dog was really friendly. As she was telling us it would attack us I was petting it and it was licking me and leaning against me. I said "this dog right here"? She angrily said yes haha. Then we found a lady who was really nice and said we could come back right next door. We were knocking doors later that day and this guy answered. He looked really tough and had sleeves and was bald and buff. He was really nice. We asked him where he came from because he said he just moved in. He said "ummm... Prison". What do you say to that?!?!? We were like oh cool. We didn't really know what to say haha. He wasn't interested, but he was nice. Then his neighbor was a really flamboyant guy. He said he wasn't interested, "but (he put his hand on his heart) my humanity
extends beyond denominations so I am so sorry to hear about your friends in Brussels" it was kinda funny. He was super nice. Then His neighbors we knocked and they had really loud music playing. Some guy answered. He seemed a little bit tipsy. He wasn't interested. Then as we were knocking on the next door a lady from the loud music house opened the door and yelled "don't y'all pray to some guy on another planet!?!?" Uhhhh she's not entirely wrong I guess.  Then two more doors down. A lady was in her driveway. I ask her how she is doing. She says "don't bother guys" then she went in her garage and closed the garage door haha. So many interesting people in canby. So here is the transfer scoop. Transfers are today and elder hill is leaving. He is going to sandy. My new companion is Elder Goodrich. I don't know him at all so hopefully he is cool.

Love you all,
Elder Garfield


I heard dad is getting a new rail? Is that true? That's too bad about

Derryl. He is the dune legend. It sucks getting old.

March 21, 2016

This week was a bit rough not going to lie. We had some old guy yell at us to get off his porch like dogs. "Get out of here!! Go!! Get!!" He was a real nice guy. Then we were walking someone yelled "Mormonism is a F&$&@&$ joke!" That was nice of him. We didn't have a ton of success. A lot of cancellations and no one really interested. We did some service.. We did the ivy pull so we pulled a bunch of ivy and chopped down some blackberry bushes that was pretty fun. Then we planted plants for this older lady. It was sunny two days in a row this week so that was very lucky. I think I got a little bit tan. It was bring your own container to 7-11 for Slurpees so I drank probably a gallon of Slurpee this weekend. It was amazing. I'll attach some pics of that. This is the last week of the transfer so I might have a new companion soon. I'm not sure yet. I will almost certainly stay in Canby though. Unless they whitewash the area. You never know, so I will keep you all posted. Other than that nothing super exciting happened. Easter is coming up so we are pretty excited about that. And then the week after I think is general conference so that should be awesome.

Spiritual thought:
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. (Isaiah 49) Go knows what each of us is experiencing and he will help us through our trials. Especially when we turn to him in times of need. Thank you all for your support and prayers.

Love,

Elder Garfield

March 14, 2016

This week was interesting. I was playing pinochle at the old folks home with some old people and this old lady came up behind me and gave me a hug. I was like oh this old lady is so nice. Then she straight up kissed/licked my ear... I was freaking out. I did not expect that at all. It was disturbing. Other than that the week wasn't disgusting. The weather has been pretty bad as usual. It's been raining a ton. As usual. We found 4 new investigators which was amazing. We had a mission wide fast for more investigators and we only fasted breakfast because we got really hungry, but it worked. We went on exchanges this week. I went with elder Miller. Not much else crazy happened. We sang in the choir for some musical fireside which is lame. I sorta just lip synced.  There's than that not much happened. Congrats to Alyssa on getting hitched. Sounds like you had a busy weekend. Sorry my email is really lame this week. If you haven't gotten a chance to watch the new Easter video go check it out on lds.org.

March 7, 2016

This week was pretty good all things considered. Our car was in the shop all week so we were on foot/bike. So I got to ride my bike which was bomb. My companion has his bike, but he didn't have a helmet so we only rode once to the church since you need a helmet to be allowed to ride. This week we also got to go the the temple which was awesome. We didn't go to the visitors center so I didn't see any of the hot sisters unfortunately. We had some rough days too. We were walking in the rain for 3.5 hours Tracting/visiting people who used to meet with the missionaries, but stopped for various reasons. Only 3 or 4 people even answered the door and they weren't interested haha. So it turned out to be a colossal waste of time. But we planned our route so that we would end up at McDonald's so we got some ice cream which was awesome. We went on exchanges with the zone leaders. I was with Elder Shaw. We walked over 11 miles the first day and again no one answered or was interested. So we went to a members house and taught the restoration so that we could at least teach somebody. We were walking and someone pulled over and offered us a ride. We hopped in and were talking. It turned out to be Elder Blunk of the quorum of the 70. So that was pretty cool. We also saw some llamas. And we were walking through this neighborhood. We saw a lady outside working on something.

We said hello. She ignored us. We asked if she needed help with anything. She ignored us. Then her later bumped into this bird bath that was hanging up and water poured out all over her face and sweater. Then Elder Shaw says "oh no!" And she was trying to play it off like nothing happened. We kept walking and turned the corner and were dying laughing. Later in the week we went to dinner and the members were feeding us. Their kids were so crazy. There was this 10 year old boy who sat on Elder Hill's lap and called him mommy. Elder Hill promptly threw him off and said I am not your mommy ha hahahahha. Meanwhile another child was barking like a dog and another was running in circles yelling. It was crazy, but hilarious. And on Sunday we got to play with a bunch of puppies and take a pic with a donkey named Guss. It was legit.

Spiritual thought:
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

John 15

Love,

Elder Garfield






































February 29, 2016

Hey. Sorry my email is so late. Everything is going alright here in Canby. We aren't having a ton of success, but we are trying. Canby 2nd ward hasn't had a baptism in a year so we are doing the best with what we have. This week we tracted quite a bit. We didn't find a single person. We found out two of our investigators aren't actually interested. Our investigator family has been giving us the run around. I have never had a lesson with them since I've been here. And we think the investigator who lives in the trailer is just trying to get with us. 😨 we saw her again so she wasn't murdered, but she is pretty crazy and she was saying, "yeah those two young guys come to my house looking for me. That's something I can brag about if you know what I mean" we were like yeah... Maybe if you had some teeth that'd be cool haha. So our car is in the shop getting the bumper fixed. We won't have a car for this week, so it is going to be tough doing missionary work. It takes 20 minutes to drive to the edge of our area so it's basically impossible to walk/bike out there to see people. This week was fairly uneventful, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

Spiritual thought:
When I was a young man, my parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We knew that the missionaries had been teaching them, but my parents had taken the missionary lessons alone.

After this surprising announcement, my brothers and I began to listen to the missionaries as well, and they each received the message of the Restoration with gladness. Although I was curious, my heart was not into changing my life. I did, however, accept the challenge to pray about whether the Book of Mormon was the word of God, but I did not receive an answer.


You might ask why Heavenly Father did not answer that prayer; I certainly wondered. I have learned since that the promise made by Moroni is accurate. God does answer our prayers about the truthfulness of the gospel, but He answers them when we have “a sincere heart” and “real intent.” He does not answer just to respond to our curiosity.


Perhaps there is something in your life that you have a question about. Perhaps there is a problem you do not know quite how to answer. Today I would like to share some thoughts that may help you obtain the answers or help you are seeking. The process begins with being converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Receiving Revelation Depends on the Condition and Intent of Our Hearts


I have thought about the accounts of several individuals in the scriptures. Take, for example, Laman and Lemuel. Like Nephi, they were “born of goodly parents” and taught “in all the learning of [their] father.” Yet they murmured because their father was a visionary man. From their point of view, his decisions defied logic, for they knew not the things of God, and therefore they would not believe.


It is interesting to note that their choices allowed them access to potentially faith-building experiences. They left their home and their riches. They suffered through wanderings in the wilderness. They eventually helped build the boat, and they agreed to journey to an unknown land.


Nephi passed through these same experiences. But did these actions build their faith? Nephi’s faith was made strong, but Laman and Lemuel grew more cynical and angry. These brothers even saw and heard an angel, but alas, they continued to doubt.


Mortal life is not easy for any of us. We are placed on earth to be tried and tested. Our response to life’s experiences will often greatly influence our testimonies. Consider some of the reactions of Laman and Lemuel: They murmured when their father asked them to do hard things. They attempted to obtain the brass plates, but when success did not come, they gave up. Their attitude was “We’ve tried; what more can we do?”


There was even a time when they were sorrowful for doing wrong and asked for forgiveness. They prayed and were forgiven. But the scriptures record that later they returned to complaining and they refused to pray. They came to Nephi and said they could not “understand the words which [their] father [had] spoken.” Nephi asked them if they had “inquired of the Lord.” Notice their response: “We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.”


Continuing Obedience Allows Us to Receive Answers



Nephi’s reply to his brothers is a key for us to receive continual answers to prayer:


“How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?


“Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?--If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things [will] be made known unto you.”


I know some returned missionaries who have had undeniable spiritual experiences, but the lack of certain spiritual habits seems to have caused them to forget the times when God has spoken to them. To those returned missionaries and to all of us, if you “have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” If you do not feel it now, you can feel it again, but consider Nephi’s
counsel. Be obedient, remember the times when you have felt the Spirit in the past, and ask in faith. Your answer will come, and you will feel the love and peace of the Savior. It may not come as quickly or in the format you desire, but the answer will come. Do not give up! Never give up!


Let us compare Laman and Lemuel to the sons of Mosiah. Both groups of men were raised in righteous families, yet both strayed. Both were called to repentance by an angel, but what was different about the experience of the sons of Mosiah?


Trials Will Build Our Faith


Their missionary success is unforgettable. Thousands were converted to the ways of the Lord. However, we often forget that as they began their missions, their “hearts were depressed, and [they]
were about to turn back, [but] the Lord comforted [them].” They were counseled by the Lord to “bear with patience [their] afflictions.”


The Study of the Scriptures Tells Us God’s Will


Why did the trials of these sons of Mosiah strengthen their faith and commitment rather than cause them to murmur or doubt? The key is that “they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.” We will all face trials and have questions, but remember that we must be “continually holding fast to the rod of iron.” “The words of Christ will tell [us] all things what [we] should do.” We must make scripture study a daily part of our lives, as this will open doors of revelation.


Prayer, Combined with Fasting, Invites Revelation


For the sons of Mosiah, “this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation.” Prayer and fasting will
allow us to be susceptible to spiritual promptings. Communicating with Heavenly Father while purposefully abstaining from food and drink allows us to “loose the bands of wickedness [and] to undo the heavy burdens.” Prayer, combined with fasting, will provide so that when we “call, … the Lord shall answer; … [and when we] cry, … he shall say, Here I am.”


Turn to Him


These personal religious habits--obedience, scripture study, prayer, and fasting--strengthened the sons of Mosiah. The lack of these same personal religious habits was a major reason that Laman and Lemuel were left vulnerable to the temptation to murmur and doubt.


If you have been tempted to murmur, if you have had doubt that leads to unbelief, if trials seem more than you can bear, turn to Him. If you are one who has turned away or rationalized your behavior, turn to Him. Can you remember when He did “speak peace to your mind … ? What greater witness can you have than from God?” Ask yourself, “Am I as close to living like Christ now as I was before?” Please, turn to Him.


May I return to my personal story. Eventually I began to be sincere. I remember when the missionary who was teaching me asked if I was ready to be baptized. I replied that I still had some questions.
This wise missionary told me that he could answer them but that I would have to answer his question first. He asked me if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. I told him that I did not know, but I wanted to know.


My questions led to increased faith. For me, the answer came not as an event but as a process. I noticed that as I did “experiment upon [the] words” and began to “exercise a particle of faith,” the Book of Mormon became “delicious to me” and it did “enlighten my understanding” and truly did “enlarge my soul.” Eventually I had that experience the scriptures describe as a swelling within your breast. It was at this point that I desired to be baptized and to commit my life to Jesus Christ.


I truly know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. Oh, I still have things I do not comprehend, but my testimony of truth draws me closer to the Savior and builds my faith.


Brothers and sisters, remember Nephi and the sons of Mosiah, who had spiritual experiences and then acted in faith so that answers came and their faithfulness grew. Contrast this with Laman and Lemuel, who doubted and murmured. Even though they sometimes acted in worthwhile ways, work without faith is dead. We must have faith with works to receive answers.


I hope as you have listened this morning that the Spirit has impressed on your minds and hearts something that you might do to have your questions answered or to find an inspired solution to the problem you face. I bear a solemn witness that Jesus is the Christ. Turn to Him and your prayers will be answered. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
-Elder martino

Love,

Monday, February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016

Hello. This week was the absolute worst until yesterday. We had a bunch of people cancel on us so we didn't teach very much. Basically the whole week we were saying, “Well what should we do next?” We did 13 hours of service so I guess that was alright. We did some tracting, but it was not successful at all. We tried to see the investigator who lives in the super sketchy mobile home. We brought a member with us so she could meet someone in the church. We got there and he goes, “What is this? Look- they got a fan going in the window.. in winter… They have to be cooking up something in there. This looks like a crack house. Yeah. You guys should probably not come back here." We knock on the door and I think like 5 or 6 people live in there because it’s always someone else who answers. She wasn't home. So we said, “Okay do you have a number we could call her with?" The lady said, “No I don’t know her that well." What? You don't know the person you share a small mobile home with? Then We went back a couple days later. This guy answers the door and says she's not home. We said okay. Do you have her number... No. We asked when she'd be back. He said he doesn't know maybe a couple days. After we walked away I said to my companion. "This can only mean one thing... They killed her!" <--sarcasm. I said all the signs lead up to it. She disappeared, they "don't know her that well", they keep giving us the run around, and they live in a crack house. I said they must be really nervous because they probably thought no one would know she is missing. So that's my theory I will let you all know the truth as I find the facts out. Saturday morning we went and did an "ivy pull." I guess ivy is this plant that is invasive and it is everywhere. It grows all over the ground and up the trees. It is like a vine type thing. Anyway, I think it looks pretty and it is an enormous pain to pull out. But there is this crazy guy who I guess hates ivy. He even went as far as to make a YouTube video about how to kill it. He does ivy pulls and once a month our zone goes and pulls out a bunch of ivy and blackberry bushes which are the absolute worst. Blackberry bushes have huge thorns all over them and they are a vine that gets all tangled up and they stab you all the time. Anyway we were dying laughing because this anti ivy guy had us come out and tells us where to pull ivy out. We think he had a bad experience with ivy when he was a kid so he hates it now. Kinda like batman and bats I guess. But he gatheres us all together and pumps us up to GO GET SOME IVY! Hahahahha. He wasn't yelling, but he said, “Alright everyone. We are going to get in a line and walk across the forest and pull out every frikin piece of ivy we see" hahaha. I was trying so hard not to laugh. Then after an elder came up to me and he is a samoan guy from Australia. He said, “Hey mate. Did you start dying laughing when he said "frikin ivy?" It was super funny. Then On Sunday we went to see this new investigator. She said we could come back on Sunday. We tracted into her/ her husband. We weren’t expecting to get anywhere because whoever we tract into who says come back, isn't home or isn't interested and it's always really lame. So our expectations weren't high. Then we get there and they let us in their home and we taught the restoration. It was awesome. They said we could come back and they loved having us over and what not. Elder Hill and I after were talking and we were like, when he said come in I didn't know what to do and then We taught them a lesson... That was crazy that has never happened before. We came to the conclusion that on both of our missions, til that point we had never had a legit lesson with someone at a return appointment we set with them at their door. It was great. It seems too good to be true so we will see next week what happens. Then later on Sunday we talked to this crazy lady. She was kinda fat and very crazy. She told us she was pagan so she worships Satan, but she also said she worships God and she also said she believes in Japanese culture of honoring your ancestors I was about to invite her to family history class on Sunday, but she said if we showed her a picture of our ancestors she would pray to them... So I thought maybe not invite her to family history class. She spoke Japanese too. She was teaching us some of it. She also said that she believes that tree is God and that grass is God and that everything around us is God. I was really tempted to ask if the dumpage I left In the toilet that morning was God, but I figured I better not. That could be interpreted as rude I guess. We talked to her for like 45 minutes so it was interesting. That was my week. In case you were wondering about missionary work here as far as baptisms go... In October we, as a mission, had 14 baptisms which is about 2 per year for each companionship. Which is garbage. Then in December we, as a mission, had around 35 and in January we as a mission had 31. So we have had a significant improvement since October so President Ballard is pretty excited about it. Our mission was the lowest baptizing in the north west area, but I don't think it is anymore. So that is pretty awesome.

Spiritual thought
"On October 6, in the year 1536, a pitiful figure was led from a dungeon in Vilvorde Castle near Brussels, Belgium. For nearly a year and a half, the man had suffered isolation in a dark, damp cell. Now outside the castle wall, the prisoner was fastened to a post. He had time to utter aloud his final prayer, “Lord! open the king of England’s eyes,” and then he was strangled. Immediately, his body was burned at the stake. Who was this man, and what was the offense for which both political and ecclesiastical authorities had condemned him? His name was William Tyndale, and his crime was to have translated and published the Bible in English.

Tyndale was a devoted student of the Bible, and the pervasive ignorance of the scriptures that he observed in both priests and lay people troubled him deeply. In a heated exchange with a cleric who argued against putting scripture in the hands of the common man, Tyndale vowed, “If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough, shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost!”

William Tyndale was not the first, nor the last, of those who in many countries and languages have sacrificed, even to the point of death, to bring the word of God out of obscurity. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude. We owe perhaps an even greater debt to those who faithfully recorded and preserved the word through the ages, often with painstaking labor and sacrifice--Moses, Isaiah, Abraham, John, Paul, Nephi, Mormon, Joseph Smith, and many others. What did they know about the importance of scriptures that we also need to know? What did people in 16th-century England, who paid enormous sums and ran grave personal risks for access to a Bible, understand that we should also understand?

In Tyndale’s day, scriptural ignorance abounded because people lacked access to the Bible, especially in a language they could understand. Today the Bible and other scripture are readily at hand, yet there is a growing scriptural illiteracy because people will not open the books."

-D. Todd Christofferson

Think of how amazing it is to be able to carry thousands of pages of scripture In your pocket. However, it doesn't do any good if you don’t read it! So read it!

Love,
Elder Garfield

February 15, 2016

Hola hola hola. So a lot has happened this week so this might be a long one. I got transferred to canby Oregon. Not much happens in canby Oregon it is not very densely populated. Also it is in the same zone I was in before. Same stake haha. My companion is elder hill. We get along great. He is from Arizona. He actually went to byui too, but we didn't know each other there. We have a few investigators. The work isn't crazy good here, but it's not bad either. We live in this ghetto duplex, but it's actually pretty sweet. We have a yard so that's cool. There are a ton of stray cats that live around our house. One got in our house once and we were chasing it around it was jumping everywhere. We might kill one and eat it one of these days so stay posted. Our neighbor told us the Mexican cartel lives in our neighborhood, but I haven't seen em so I'm not sure. Our back fence has razor wire on it so we have a beautiful view in our backyard. Not. My new address is 240 Se 3rd avenue canby Oregon 97013 if you were wondering. This week we killed it as far as missionary work goes. We taught a bunch of lessons and we found 4 new investigators. Which is a ton considering we only had about 4 investigators to start with. So we were pretty pumped. We were wondering what was going on because we didn't even work that hard. I thought maybe the lord knew we weren't gonna work that hard so he just kept the investigators close to each other. For example we were tracting for 20 minutes and found 2 investigators and gave away 3 book of Mormons. One house we knocked on we were sure we were about to get kidnapped or something. It was a mobile home that was really run down and dirty. There was this thing on the door that said "insane asylum". the porch was leaning to the side about ready to fall apart. We said well here we go and knocked. The window was open and we could hear someone creepily cackling inside after we knocked... Then It was silent we were looking at each other like whaaaaaaat.... Then this lady opens the door. We give her a Book of Mormon and a pamphlet she was really excited about it and we set up a return appointment. It was crazy. Also we found these strange creatures while we were Tracting. They have the feet and bill of a duck. The face of a rooster. The butt of a chicken. The body of I don't know what. I was laughing so hard I was crying when we knocked on this persons door. They didn't answer so we took selfies with the doosters (duck roosters). It was so funny. I'll attach pics of them. That's All I can remember about this week so peace and blessings.


Spiritual thought:
Watch this video
Good Things to Come (4:55)

Good Things to Come (4:55) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland recalls his days as a poor young father with a broken-down family car and testifies that for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are better days and good things to come.

Love you all,
Elder Garfield