To answer a few questions, we are not freezing actually! The weather was predicted to be -20, but they were dead wrong! Barely even passed 0 this week. And today it is a balmy 27! I forgot how good that feels when you haven't felt weather that warm in a while. Tender mercies indeed! Our car hasn't had any issues yet, so we're hoping it stays that way.
Everyone in the Zone thinks I'm getting transferred. I kid you not. EVERYONE! They have all decided I'm going to leave and be a Zone Leader else where, and I told them "Don't you dare be prophesying, or I will have some harsh words with you! I don't want to leave!" But, alas, it's not up to us. I love it here, but I'm sure I will love it where ever I go, as long as I am doing what I am supposed to.
The next morning, we went to see him again, and for the first time since I have been here, I saw D sober. He was hung over pretty bad, but he was sober!!!!!!!!!! I was amazed! I've never seen someone want to change so bad in their life and not be able to because they can't get away from the temptation. It's Hyrum (once again, not the brother of Joseph) Smiths crab theory in action! If you put crabs in a bucket, one will start crawling up the side, making slow but sure progress out. Once it gets closer to the top, another one will reach up, grab it, and pull it back in. Humans are so like crabs. Once one of us decides to do something great, someone always has to say "What? You think you can do that? Nah, just stay down here with us." Moral of the story? Don't put each other down. Do all that you can to boost each other up. We are in a race, but the race isn't against each other, it's against the devil, so lets help each other make it to the finish line.
After B told us the story, he compared it to Jesus, and said that some think that it was Jesus that came, and the stories are very similar. Then he went right on talking and telling us more about the history of his people. Near the end, we needed to leave since we were already super late to our next appointment, but before we left, he turns to us and says "Let me tell you one more story and then I want to ask you a question. We teach that first the world was created by the Great Spirit. There is a cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota (And I forgot what it's called) that the rest of creation came out of. First came the buffalo. Then the eagle. Then all the other animals came out of this cave, and last was the man. All lived in harmony with each other. When man needed food, he would ask the buffalo, and the buffalo would sacrifice himself for the man to live. That is how they all worked. Neither was greater than the other, but all were equals, and they worked together." He then turned to us and said "what is the difference between this creation story and the creation story found in Genesis? It's the same order, the same things happen, yet our traditions are called "Myths", and yours are called "religion". What is the difference?" I smiled at him, then responded "Nothing. The only difference is the way the story is told and the wording used." The man nodded, then asked "then why are our traditions called myths? Why aren't yours myths? Because a Myth is simply a story that can't be proved. So why is our belief a myth and yours not?" "Honestly? Ours is a Myth. We can't prove it any more than you can. We have evidences that help us to know that what we believe is true, but you can't prove something that is faith based. That is the whole purpose of having faith." That man nodded and seemed very pleased with the response. After a little bit, I felt like I should ask him something. "I want to learn more! My problem is, I have to wait a year before I can take collage courses or read books about that subject. Can we get together another time and share our 'Myths' with each other? Just have a conversation where we can share our beliefs and why we believe what we believe?" Gratefully they agreed! I am so pumped for , because that's when we get to meet with them again! I absolutely love learning about the Native Americans! They really are a blessed people.
That has been my week! I loved it, and I'm looking forward to another great one this week. Love you all muchly!