This week was stupendous!
First off! Conference. Stellar. Wonderful. Inspiring. Spiritual. Any adjective that describes something awesome. The first session we watched at Sister Brownes house, the Second at Bro. Wallingfords house, and, to top it all off, I got to play "Where's Mom-o" with the whole Branch on Sunday! We watched both sessions at the church on Sunday. Loved to see my beautiful mother, especially when Elder Holland so movingly discussed such a heavenly topic as mothers. I testify that what that man said is true! Oh yeah, and I totally guessed 2 out of 3 of the new apostles. Elder Renlund and Rasband. Yes, you may bow to my awesomeness! We all got to experience the calling of 3 new Apostles, which in Hebrew means "One who is sent". What a privilege to be able to feel the Holy Spirit bare witness that these men truly are sent from and chosen by our Heavenly Father. I sure did worry about Pres. Monson, like everyone else, when he kinda... deflated during his talk. But! I was given words of comfort from a diabetic who said that the Prophet is also diabetic, and that is (hopefully) all that happened. Low blood sugar. And I'm sticking to it! And, to make things all that much better, we were told by Sister Browne, our Area Mom (she takes such good care of us) that President Uchtdorf is her favorite apostle. When we asked why, she responded thus. "He is the only eye candy out of the whole group! I know it's not right to lust after an apostle... But can you blame me?!" We about fell out of our chairs we were laughing so hard! As for a favorite talk... I don't know if I could pick one, but I sure loved Elder Bednars about how it truly is a blessing to have "old Men" at the head of this church. But they were all stellar!
Well, you are all probably wondering about the police cars comment... So, here it goes! We were at the Whitehawks home teaching the kids when Eugenio gets home (he's the chief of police on the Rez) and we briefly say hi and shake his hand, then he goes to change our of the uniform into something comfortable. After we had teh lesson with the kids, we talked with Eugenio and Denice for a bit. While we were talking, Denice looks at the TV screen that has a live feed to the outside, and says "wow! there's 4. No, 5? Geesh!" And by the time she finished saying that, one of the younger kids rushes in and says "The cops are here! 6 of them! They're gonna arrest Gracee!!" So, of course, everyone rushes outside while me and my companion look at each other, than decide we should stay seated inside, away from potential gunfire and from the spot light. We didn't think it would be a great idea to step outside, the only 2 white guys in probably 100 miles, and we just so happen to represent a church that isn't too keenly liked by those who... well, don't like us! We didn't hear a whole lot, but after a few minutes, everyone files back in (including Gracee) and Eugenio says with a slight shout "They're looking for a couple guys in white shirts!" then bellows a laugh like only a 6' 9'' (probably taller) Native American can, and then sits down and we kept talking. Turns out, they were coming for the person living a couple houses down, but they thought that Gracee was her haha! Good thing Eugenio was there to set them strait!
Now, in the picture below you will see 3 things. A box, meant to keep tobacco at the right humidity, a super fancy lighter, and a nice pipe. Guess where they came from?! Bro. W! He is a less active member who we have met with since I've been here. He is a man with a pretty rough background, but a great heart and great understanding of the Gospel. We finally were able to start the 15 step Stop Smoking program with him, and he is obviously dedicated to it (I don't even want to know how much all that cost, not to mention all the tobacco we dumped... It was a lot... And he doesn't have money. At all.). It was totally wicked! (guess that movie?)
Man! Time flies!! Long story short, this week was amazing. Thank you all for your prayers and support! I love you so much!
Elder Carter V
P.S. Sorry for being so late, we had an emergency and needed to help someone move out of there house immediately, and we didn't get done till 4.
2-3) First session of conference spent with my good buddy Zigmund (or Ziggy, mundo, boo-boo, and pretty much any other nick name you can come up with haha! I smelled like dog and had to clean up some slobber, but it was well worth it.