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 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'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!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday August 21, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hey mom! 

So I don’t have any time to email so this will be short. I’ll have to give you a better update next week. But today we went on the Hiawatha bike trail with my Ward Mission Leader Bro. Bryce! It was cool. And we got to watch the solar eclipse while we were out there.

1. Did you get your jeans in the mail?
1. Yes I got the jeans thanks so much.

2. Did you get your solar eclipse glasses/book?
2. Yes, and the eclipse stuff.

3. If you're writing after the eclipse did you watch it?
3. And yes we watched it. It was cool.

4. How have your allergies been lately?
4. My allergies have been fine.

5. Happy year mark week! At this point I feel like I should ask you how your shirts/pants/socks & shoes are holding up? 
5. The only clothing that is getting really worn out is my slacks. Not suit pants just normal slacks.

6. Do you have any crazy year mark traditions in your mission?
6. Umm only thing I can think of is burning a shirt and that’s about it.

Thanks for saying hi to Mrs. Grant for me! I’ll send a bunch of pictures. I promise I’ll give a better update next week!

-Elder St. John

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday August 14, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hi Mom! Doing good. 

1. Did you get your pants I ordered? Do they fit? If not, you'll have to send them to me in the bag w/ the papers.
1. Not yet. I’ll tell you when I get them.

2. I think Dad asked you, but could you clarify about all the awesome pictures you sent us last week?
2. Ok so I sent this to dad but…the antlers were my companion’s that he got and was cleaning so he could send them home. The sandwich was just our lunch one day and my comp took a pic and I don’t know why but I thought it was funny. And that’s not a dead fox. We were at an investigators house doing service and I saw a pack of coyote out the window. So you know it’s North Idaho so the investigator jumped up and grabbed his gun off the couch and went and shot one. It’s only a baby one but it was pretty cool.

3. You're less active they live right next door in your apartment complex? Or where?
3. Right next door.

4. Do you do anything for exercise there in your beautiful area while its nice and summery?
4. Well, we don’t have any time to do anything really that fun but we run in the morning sometimes. We went on a hike on one pday to. 

So this week kinda just felt like a normal week. It’s good to hear that you had fun in St. George and stuff. This week we worked hard and taught a couple lessons to our investigators and they’re doing good. We did a lot of service for people this week. There really isn’t too much to update on. All is going well.

Transfer calls were last night and we are both staying! So we get to be here for another 6 weeks together!

This week I’ve been studying a lot in Jesus the Christ and man I’ll tell ya, that’s quite the read. It’s got a lot of really cool stuff in it to learn.

One cool thing that happened this week was that yesterday we went and taught our investigator Jessica and she is going to stop smoking. We offered a blessing and gave it to her and she said that the words we said really touched her and gave her a lot of confirmation to her prayers. Giving blessing has always been one of my favorite things to do and I will never forget the miracles I’ve seen from it. I know that the priesthood is real. It is a very real thing that God has given us on the earth and it really can change the lives of the people who believe.

Well I love ya all. Talk to ya later!

-Elder St. John

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday August 7, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hey mom! It is weird that it is already August.

1. Do you know that there's a solar eclipse happening in a couple of weeks? Did you know you're in a really good location to see it? If you're not already aware I'll email you more about it next week.
1. I didn’t know about that. Yeah send me some info on it so we can plan on seeing it.

2. How many missionaries are in your district and are there any sisters?
2. Just us and a set of sisters in the Plummer branch (yes spelled like that, natives named it).

3. Catch any more mice?
3. We are up to 14 mice now. It seems like it’s slowing down.

4. Where do you do laundry in this area?
4. We do our laundry at home. We have a washer and dryer.

5. Picture requests...send pictures of the street you live on and your apartment building please!
5. Ok I’ll work on that.

Well this week was a good one. We started off with a great powerhouse of lessons on Tuesday. We taught our investigator Eric who we put on date for baptism! September 23rd is the date. But he wants to move it up sooner. So I’ll keep you updated.

Then we taught our other progressing investigator Mia. We taught her the whole plan of salvation and answered her questions and at the end we committed her to pray to know if it was true. She said, “Oh I don’t need to, I already know it’s true.” Sweet! That never happens. So that was great.

Then the rest of the week was good. Just did our usual driving and teaching and talking. You know, normal missionary stuff. Besides that, we have been working with our less active neighbors a bunch and they are so awesome they are just going through a lot of hard stuff.

I’ve really learned to love the people out here. It really makes all the difference when you truly love the people you serve. So when you have struggles and hardships that charity inside you pulls you through. President Monson gives a good talk on charity.

Well I hope you all have a good week and good luck with stuff! Love ya bye!

-Edler St. John
*These pictures come with no explanation from Elder St. who knows!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday July 31, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hey so questions first…

1. Did you get our package? I totally forgot to send a pair of jeans from your closet. I can do that this week.
1. Yes I did. Thanks for those! Also when you send some jeans send the darker ones that are 30' 30's please.

2. Any news with any investigators? When you have investigators how often do you try to meet with them?
2. Yeah we have a few that are progressing. I’ll tell you about them below. We try to meet like 2 times a week to have lessons. And have frequent contact.

3. Do you ever eat out in your little town or just always cook for yourselves? If you have eaten out, where?
3. We don’t eat out too often. Every once in a while at the Mexican restaurant.

4. How many youth does your ward have that you're serving in? Do you ever get invited to teach them or help an any activities?
4. Not very many. Just like 5 or something. We don’t do too much with them. 

Now, a couple of questions about your recent ER visit...
1. What exactly did they give/do for you in the hospital? What medicines? Did you end up getting any prescriptions?
1. Just Benadryl. It was kinda lame. 

2. Did you request that they send you the bill? If you used the insurance card I think they'll just run it through that and we'll get the bill.
2. I didn’t request anything just that I could breathe better. So we will see. They did ask for my address in St. Maries.

3. Did they have you pay any sort of co-pay?
3. Nope just asked for the insurance card.

4. Did you have to wait a long time in the ER and were they nice?
4. Not too long. We knew a member working so we got in quick and they were nice. (It’s just a bandaid hospital, they’re not super professional)

5. Were you all itchy too, or just having a hard time breathing?
5. I got super itchy on my arms and stuff. They got all puffy too. 

Well this week has been pretty good. I’m feeling fine. We got to work and teach some lessons this week which was good.

Some of our investigators we’re teaching now…one is Eric. He’s in his 40's and he is pretty awesome. He’s gone from being a "non-believer" to praying and reading all the time. It’s great. He’s not on date yet but it he will be soon. Another is named Mia. She owns a real estate company in town and is super nice. She has come to church a couple times, but we have a hard time finding time to meet with her because she's so busy with work and family which is kinda backwards but oh well. Those are just two of the people we’re teaching. Prayers for them wouldn’t hurt.

We have been loving the work here. Our bishop and ward mission leader are great. Our ward mission leader is one of my favorite people ever. We will have to stay at his house when we come up to visit. Nothing crazy happened this week. We have been working with our less active neighbors a lot lately and they are great! They are like our best friends.

I’ve really grown to love this area already and my companion. I hope I stay here for a while. Transfers are not this Sunday but the next. So, coming up. Next transfer me and Elder Jackson hit our year mark. Weird, right? I can’t believe it. It’s already halfway gone. Well, I love you and I’ll talk to ya later!

-Elder St. John

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday July 24, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hey mom!

1. Did you catch any more mice with your redneck mouse trap setup?
1. Yes, got another one a day or two ago. Total mice caught: 10

2. Where are the mice coming in to your apartment?
2. Probably from our creepy basement. We put our redneck trap down there and we will see what we get.

3. What size are your jeans & slacks that we need to replace?
3. 30-30's 

4. Which allergy pills work the best for you? Blue, green or purple lid on the container from Walmart or if you know the actual name.
4.The green lid ones work the best. It’s the liquid soft gels. 

5. Is your ward bbq today or did it already happen?
5. It was on Saturday but we didn’t go. I will explain down below. 

6. Any good progress with any of your investigators?
6. Yes there are a couple we’re teaching that are starting to make some changes and one is consistently coming to church. 

Well it sounds like you had quite the trek experience I hope you learned and grew stronger from the hard things you did. 

This week has been interesting. We had exchanges the beginning of the week so I spent a day in Post Falls, Idaho. That was good and I had a good time. On Thursday we had zone conference and that was really good. I always love hearing from President Dymock. He has a lot of deep and interesting things to teach us. I mostly just try to absorb as much as I can because there is so much that he teaches. This time it was a little different. He taught about planning and goal setting which is something our mission struggles with. He showed us a couple videos from the new mission president seminar. That was really cool to see what the mission presidents are being trained on. One thing that was interesting was that the quorum of the 12 is encouraging them to leave missionary companionship's together and in the same area longer. That made me excited!

Besides that we had an interesting adventure on Saturday. In the morning we went and bucked bales of hay for a guy we found out in the sticks. It turns out I have really bad hay fever. Like super bad. I don’t think it helped that I had run out of allergy pills a couple days earlier. So we threw about 140 bails onto a trailer and into his barn and by the end I could barely breath. We went home and got cleaned up but it kept getting worse and worse so I knew I was having a bad allergic reaction to it. We waited a little bit and I still was having a really hard time breathing and it was freaking me out. We didn’t have any Benadryl or inhaler or anything so we went to the ER for a little bit. They gave me some meds and let my lungs calm down in the clean hospital air. So that was quite the adventure. I found out that I’m super allergic to hay! I used our family insurance card just so you know. If I pay a bill on the credit card in the next week or so don’t be surprised. And don’t freak out because I’m all better now and things are a'okay. Well I love ya and I’m glad you had a good week. See ya later!

-Elder St. John

Monday July 17, 2017 St. Maries, ID

1. Does it seem like the summertime weeks are going by fast or not really?
1. Yeah I guess. Time is just weird.

2. What's the average temperature been there this week?
2. Like 95 according to our Tacoma.

3. Does your ward there do anything special for Pioneer Day the 24th of July?
3. I don’t think so. We are having a bbq but not specifically for the 24th.

4. Did you guys have your big fireside with the little Crosby girl? If so, how did it go?
4. Yes! It was amazing! Really a great missionary opportunity and it was really successful. 

This week was good. We had a really productive week which was very needed.

For the mice we made this way cool redneck trap and it totally worked. I’ll have to send you a picture. Our total mice caught is now up to 9.

We found 3 new investigators this week and that was really nice to get some new people to work with. It seems like getting people to have real intent and decide to progress in the gospel is hard here. But everyone is nice so it makes up for it.

We have been working with this one investigator named Eric. He has gone from not knowing there is a God to reading and praying daily. I’ve been so blessed to see his transformation so far. I hope and pray with all my heart that he will get baptized soon. He’s a really good guy.

It sounds like trek takes a lot prep. I hope you have a good week and learn a lot. Stay safe and healthy. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruit leather.

I love it here in Idaho. I hope I stay here for a long time. This next week probably won’t be as productive because we have exchanges set up for Tuesday and Wednesday and then we have zone conference on Thursday so it will be quite the week. Wish me luck!

I’ll think about what I could use. The first things that come to mind are allergy pills. They’re super expensive here. I could probably use another pair of slacks and some work jeans maybe. (I ripped my gray slacks on my bike a little bit. But I sewed them up). 

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

-Elder St. John

Redneck mouse trap