Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday October 9, 2017 North Spokane, WA

Hey mom! 

1. It looks like you were at a Leadership conference this week. Tell us about that. Like something you learned.
1. It’s called mission leadership council - just where we get trained and get to help decide things for the mission. It’s cool. We learned a lot about how to work with our wards.

2. Do you ride your bike in this area a lot?
2. Yes. When we need to.

3. You said you share a car - so how exactly does that work?
3. We get it Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then we switch off. So we get it half the week basically.

4. Do the members feed you in this area? 
4. Yeah, a little bit. More than my last area but not too much.

5. What was the best thing you ate this week?
5. Ummm 5 Guys? Maybe.

6. Where is your new companion from?
6. Centerville, Utah.

Well update this week…We had a baptism! His name is Dale. He’s the old guy I mentioned last week. It went super well and smoothly. I heard and got pictures of Mia in my last area getting baptized so that is some good news for the week.

There really isn’t too much to update on. We got a new investigator named Tammy and she is on date for the 2nd of December so that is exciting. Besides that, we’ve just been working hard to teach people and find people. It’s been good so far.

It sounds like there was a lot of death this last week and that’s pretty sad. That stuff can be hard to go through. I just know how much peace can be brought through the plan of salvation. That’s why God gave us the knowledge, so it can bring us peace. Isn’t it cool though with all the bad stuff happening that we can still go to a baptism! it just goes to show that the work of the Lord will not be stopped no matter what.

I hope you all have a good week. Love ya!

-Elder St. John 

 Dale's baptism
Mia's baptism in St. Marie's
 Mission Leadership Council 10-3-17

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday October 2, 2017 North Spokane, WA

Hey hey…

1. Did you survive your transfer?
1. barely

2. How's the new companion?
2. He’s good. A hard worker and obedient.

3. Tell us a little about your area.
3. Well its super small. And full of houses. Suburbia but it’s a nice place and the people are nice so far. It feels like a Utah ward with just more nonmembers in the area.

4. Did you watch all of Conference? Where did you watch it?
4. Yes in the stake center.

5. It looks from you pictures last week that you did the baptism of Eric. That's cool! And were you guys driving a tractor, or just pretending?
5. Yup! And just pretending. Haha it’s for sure against the rules to drive it.

Well this week was crazy. We swept in and have been trying to get the area and the zone figured out so it’s been a lot of work and a lot of phone calls. I was sad to leave Idaho but this place will be fine. I’ll just pray to go back one day.

There really isn’t too much to update on. We are in North Spokane and have a ward with like 500 members. Not all are active but there sure is a lot. It’s different being a zone leader. I feel like I have a lot of different work to do here. But I look forward to working with more people and making more friends.

General Conference was a blast and just what I needed to get through the week.

When we first got here we found out there was a guy who is 88 and blind and mostly deaf that is getting baptized on the 7th. So we have been working that out and trying to get stuff figured out but that will go good. We see missionaries a lot more now that we are super close to them. We share a car and it’s just really different than where I was before. But things will get worked out.

Thanks for your updates! Love you –
Elder St. John 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Monday September 25, 2017 St. Maries, ID


1. What are your plans for general conference? Will you get to watch all of it?
1. Well I don’t know yet. And probably yes.

2. When are your next transfers? Are you hoping to stay again?
2. Well I’m getting transferred...They’re sending me to Spokane. They’re also calling me to be a zone leader so I guess I’ll be busy.

3. What's your weather been like this past week?
3. Cold. And wet.

4. And the big one...Did Eric get baptized?
4. Yes! It went awesome. I’ll send some pics. 

Well, so we got transfers and I’m going to Shadel Park Spokane and I’ll be a zone leader over the North Spokane zone. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet. But it will be another adventure. I hope things go well. My new companion will be Elder Jones. I hear good things about him so I’m excited to be with a good missionary. This will be my first companion that has been out longer than me since my trainer. So it will be exciting!

Not too much to update you on. We had Eric’s baptism and that went super well. It was so cool to see the transformation he has made. With being transferred I’ll miss Mia's baptism which will be sad but I know Elder Jackson will take good care of her.

Well I hope I get the packages soon so I don’t lose them. Talk to ya later! Love ya bye!

-Elder St. John


Friday, September 22, 2017

Monday September 18, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hi there…

1. Did you have zone conference this week? Where do you go for that?
1. Yes. We went to Haden which is just above Coeur De Lane. 

2. Where do you get your hair cut in this area?
2. From a member and she does a decent job. I just miss Brooke’s haircuts a lot. She will have quite the job fixing it when I get home.

3. Are you allowed to have district or zone activities on pdays?
3. Yup. We do every once in a while. The rest of our zone is like an hour and a half away.

4. Did it rain there this week?
4. The only day it rained was today. But it was much needed. 

This week was pretty busy with just a lot of missionary work and meetings. So first on Wednesday we found a new investigator named Valorie. She’s pretty awesome. We built a fence for her.

We taught Mia a bunch of the commandments and it went really well. We just have a couple more things to teach her and then she will be ready for baptism. It’s kinda funny to teach her because it feels like we’re teaching a member. She’s pretty golden.

Eric had his baptism interview and passed with flying colors. His baptism will be this Saturday and I’m pretty excited. It should be pretty great! Mia’s will be on the 7th of October so I will be looking forward to that.

Zone Conference was great! We learned a lot about the Book of Mormon. There’s some pretty great things about that book. We have been talking about how the Book of Mormon should speak for itself. We have been learning better ways to do that. It’s cool. Also we are doing a cool Book of Mormon challenge where we are reading 5 pages a day with our companion and talking about how it can help our missionary work. I’ve never learned so much from the book ever in my whole life. It’s so cool. I encourage you all to join us and read 5 a day to keep Satan away.

Well not too much other stuff happening. It is getting colder and rainy so looks like it’s getting closer to winter. Love you all!

-Elder St. John

(p.s. are you sending hair stuff?)

Zone Conference

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday September 11, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hi! Answers to questions…

1. Who gave you elk steaks? And were you cooking mushrooms on the top of them? Were they good?
1. Our neighbor Sis. Hyatt gave us the steaks. Yes shrooms and yes very good.

2. You sent a picture of your table. What in the world were you eating in bowls? And do you listen to cd's on a dvd player?
2. Yeah so we have a golden plum tree in our yard and we had a bunch of them for breakfast with some milk there were super good. And yes we do.

3. Looks like the smoke is pretty bad there. Has it gotten any better? Did you get any rain this week?
3. It’s way better now. But it was really bad all of last week. It’s cleared up now. Still no rain.

4. So your investigator Eric's date is coming up in 2 weeks! That's exciting. Are things still going great? Fill us in.
4. Yeah things are still going good. We’re super excited for him.

This week was a little bit slower but still good. The smoke put a little bit of a weight on the work because we couldn’t walk or bike and it was just painful to go outside. But we still managed to teach Eric and Mia. Eric is doing awesome. He is finally meeting people in the ward and making friends (even if we have to assign them). But he’s doing great and is going to have his baptism interview this week on Friday. We also have zone conference and exchanges with the zone leaders that day so it will be a very busy day.

Mia is doing great too. She loves the people here and is making some great progress. It’s interesting to see how the spirit works in other people’s lives. For some reason, God really needs her to be a member of the church. She will do great things and will be a great missionary in this area. Her baptism date is Oct. 7th. The whole ward and even Pres. Dymock is super excited about her baptism. Great things coming up here soon. I’ve felt very blessed to be here. It’s real cool to see how our Father in heaven sends us to areas for a reason. We just have to find that reason. Sometimes it’s harder than others. The same is for life. We are put in situations and callings and families for a reason. We just have to continually search for that reason and work with it. 

I did hear about the crazy natural disasters. If you remember Carson Christensen is in Florida and I think Spencer Nielson is in Florida too. Crazy stuff! I hope they will be ok. I remember Brother Noot. That’s sad that he’s passed but I’m glad he lived a long time. I’m glad you’re having fun in your new calling and working hard. Keep it up! 

Hey so I could use some new dress slacks just some new gray and black ones. They’re pretty beat up. Along with some hair stuff pretty soon. Thanks for taking care of me!
Love ya and talk to ya later!

-Elder St. John
 Temple trip last Tuesday

 Sun in the smokey sky

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday September 5, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Well to answer….

1. Random question but do you wear sunglasses? Hadlie's been driving us around all the time with her learner's permit now and the other day the sun was glaring in her eyes and I thought of you and if you're allowed to wear sunglasses???
1. Yes, that’s actually what I used the credit card for a couple weeks ago. Did you check that yet?

2. What was your happiest moment from the week?
2. Happiest moment. Well...hmmmmm I was pretty happy when I was splitting wood for a guy clear out in the sticks this week. That was nice.

3. What was the worst food you ate this week?
3. Oh we had this super bland spaghetti stuff that tasted like cardboard. It was nasty.

4. And we're mostly really curious about your investigators you have on date for baptism...how did it go this week??? 
4. Well I’ll tell ya!...

But first questions. So...I got a bill from the er here in St. Maries. I guess they didn’t send it to you. It’s like 70 dollars. Do you want me to pay for it with my credit card? If not I need to handle it soon so please give some sort of instruction today. 

This week’s update on investigators…first our investigator Eric has quit smoking and really put his life in line with the Savior’s teachings and is ready for baptism on the 23rd of September! I’m super excited for that. He really has come a long way.

Second, our investigator Mia Suchouskie is flippin awesome. She owns a real estate business here and is like the biggest realtor in the whole area. She is so kind and such an amazing person and the ward here is pumped about her getting baptized. Her family isn’t super interested yet but they will be here pretty soon. She has had no real big concerns yet so she is one of those golden investigators that you hear about. She is like our mom out here. It’s kinda funny! She asks us were we are going next and what our plans are. She’s scheduled to get baptized on Oct 7th so it’s something to look forward to.

Besides that we have been dealing with some major smoke from all the fires in Washington and surrounding areas. The smoke is so bad we aren’t allowed to go walk or bike at all today. I’ll try and send a pic of how bad it is. 

Yes I’ve heard about the hurricane. I think it’s pretty funny that it’s called Harvey. Haha. I’m jealous that you went to a Toto concert. They’re one of my favorites of that era. Well mom, good luck with your new calling. I know you will do great! You have a great opportunity to serve the people around you. Advice from my mission president about leadership…always uplift and inspire others to do good. Instead of thinking about your calling as serving over the relief society sisters think about it as you are serving under more people now. Now you have the chance to lift from below like the Savior did and not govern over the tops of others like the world does. Good luck! You will do great!
Well love you and hope you have a good week!
-Elder St. John

Those are elk steaks on the grill. 

 These are logging trucks that we see out our window. That is not fog...it's smoke.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday August 28, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hey mom!

1. Your bike ride from last week looked pretty amazing. Can you tell us more about it? How far/long did you ride? Is the trail right in St. Marie's? 
1. Yes it was amazing. It’s called the Hiawatha and it’s 14 miles of just gradual downhill riding. It has 5 tunnels, one of which is a mile and a half long. There are also about 6 bridges that overlook a scenic landscape that you have never seen before, with beautiful pines that touch the sky and wonderful wild life all around you. This spectacle of a bike trail used to be a railroad that climbed the mountain side years ago. Electric trains used to run the rails and carry lumber for the mills that dotted the St. Joe river. It’s about an hour outside of St. Marie’s but to get to the trail head you have to go up and around and actually leave our mission! It was kinda cool to touch Montana. 

2. Updates about your investigators?
2. Eric is doing fantastic. He’s quit smoking and is ready to get baptized in a couple weeks. Mia we got to put on date this last week on Wednesday. That was super exciting! She is the real-estate lady that everyone in St. Marie’s knows and she is awesome! 

3. We got a message from Sis. Dymock telling us how great you are :) and that they met with you for interviews. Can you tell us about that? Were they just traveling around or there in your area specifically for something?
3. So every transfer they do interviews. We normally just meet in Couer d’Alene and have them there. That’s what it was. It happens every month and a half.

4. We also got a text from the thrift store lady. She said she was inviting you two over for a volunteer appreciation dinner. Did you go to that?
4. No. We had some other stuff come up. I was super disappointed but oh well the work of the Lord takes priority I guess.

5. (From Dad) What is the single biggest way that you feel that you have grown?  Please answer in no less than 20 words. Your answer will be graded so make sure you take your time.
Ok I’ll try to answer your question. But it’s hard because there’s a lot of stuff I’ve learned and it’s hard to put it into words. 
So the single biggest way I’ve grown in the first year of my mission is of course my personal testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. But along with that, I’ve grown in being able to apply that gospel to my life. I’ve seen that when we do that and put our trust in God he is bound and will bless us. There is too much to say and not enough words to describe what I’ve learned and how I’ve changed. I’m still the same person, don’t get me wrong but I have changed spiritually more than I thought I would. And that kind of change you can’t really put into words. 

I don’t know if that’s what you’re looking for. But it’s just hard to get my hands to type my spiritual feelings you know? 

So this week has been good. Most of the update is in the questions I answered up there. Besides those things we have been working hard and changing lives out here. I love it and I wouldn't change a thing.

We did a lot of service this week for an investigator named Pat. Our ward mission leader is sick so hope he gets better quick. I guess there’s just not a lot to say this week so it’s just been normal. We see a lot of miracles with our investigators changing and I’ve seen just how much the gospel can have an effect on people’s lives. It’s pretty cool. 

It’s kinda crazy that I have less than 12 months left now. (Logan only has 10. Weird right?) 

Well I love ya and hope you have a good week!
-Elder St. John

PS. I used the credit card a week or two ago and I forgot if I told you or not so just making sure you check that please!

*Don't worry these are Elder Jackson's pants! Ha!