Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017 Pullman, WA

Hello hello!

1. How is Moscow??? Tell us how the people are, how big the town is, how the weather is different than your other place, etc.
1. So I actually live in Pullman, Washington which is in the Moscow Idaho stake. The town is not super big but there are a lot of neighborhoods. The weather is like the same as Spokane. Not really that different. 

2. How is the new companion?
2. Elder Horman is awesome! We get along super well already and he’s pretty fun. I think we will have a good time. 

3. Do you have a car/truck or are you biking?
3. We have a corolla most of the time. So not too great but not too bad either. 

4. Is there a Walmart or McDonalds in Moscow?
4. There is both. I think I’ve been to McDonalds like 3 times at the most on my mission. I know…letting the family down. Sorry. 

5. How far away is Moscow from Spokane?
5. It’s like an hour and a half so not too far. But far enough away that I like it.

6. Are you still a zone leader?
6. Yes.

I got to the new area on Thursday and things have been great so far. The weather has warmed up a little bit so we could do some walking. We have some good expectations in this area and we can feel a surge of good hard work coming on. We have a couple people we are already working with, but we will work on finding a lot more in the next couple of weeks.

We live in a 4 man and our apartment is right on Washington State University's campus. I’m sure dad has heard of them but they are the Cougars! Haha kinda funny. The town is like a smaller Provo. It’s full of college kids and we see them everywhere. It’s kinda weird. So WSU is what they call it so I’ve had to adjust to not thinking that they are talking about Weber. But it’s great.

The area we work in just covers the 2 family wards in Pullman so we have a bunch of young families so it’s great. We just had stake conference this week and there was a huge push for missionary work. So we are expecting miracles in the near future! We are excited to work. Thank you for your prayers and support. We can feel them lifting us everyday! Love you!

-Elder St. John


Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday November 6, 2017 North Spokane

1. Do you have any awesome pictures of your area? Where you live? The car you drive? You and your bike? You and your companion?
1. Yes, I took some pictures this week.

2. Do you have any items you'd like to put on a Christmas list?
2. Well the only thing I can think of at the moment would be a cell phone because we will have to get one anyway. Might as well get a nice one so I can have it after my mission. I’ll let you know if I can think of anything else.

3. What was the funniest thing that happened to you this week?
3. We were driving the other Elders that we share a car with to lunch and were just being goof balls. That was pretty funny.

4. Do you eat out very much in this area?
4. Yes we eat out more than my last area for sure. Like 1-2 times a week. 

5. Do you still buy yourself your favorite orange juice?
5. Of course!!!! I’ve started getting the bigger jug for myself now. It’s sooo goood.

Hey so first the news! I’m getting transferred! Super out of the blue. I’m headed to the Moscow zone! I’ll cover 2 wards called Sunnyside and Terre View. My new comp will be Elder Horman. I’ve met him a couple times and I think he will be great. I got super excited because it’s an Idaho zone, but to my great disappointment my area is only in Washington. But that’s ok, it will still be close enough for me to feel like I’m in Idaho.

Well besides that news we got three new investigators and one of them is on date for baptism! He is 8 years old. The other two we found late Sunday evening so I have seen miracles in this area for sure. This week we went on exchanges with Elder Scott and Elder Speckhard and that was great.

Besides that, we have just been working hard and finding new people to teach. It has been good to serve in this area but I’m also glad to see what’s ahead of me. I hope things will be good in my next area.

Oh, by the way WINTER HAS HIT! Why winter has to come so early I do not know, but it is here. We have received snow. Wish me luck and hope that I don’t die of freezingness. Love ya!


-Elder St. John









Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday October 30, 2017 North Spokane, WA

Hello!
1. Do you have any great pictures to send us, of your area, your living space, you and your companion?
1.Ummm I don’t know. I’ll check.

2. Do you have to be in early on Halloween?
2. Kinda. We’re not allowed to go contact random people or tract. But we can still do set appointments.

3. Does the ward your serving in have any Fall/Halloween party?
3. Yes, we had it this week on Thursday. It was fun. Someone made super good kettle corn and gave it out to people. It was good. 

4. Have you enjoyed any nice Fall weather where you're at?
4. Ehhh it’s ok. Mostly it’s just cold which is lame but that’s ok.

5. We heard that there's supposed to be some changes in the technology that missionaries use. What sort of phone do you have now? Have you heard of any changes for your mission?
5. Yes! I was going to update you. And prep you. Our mission in December is scheduled to get smart phones. Pretty crazy! Right now we have dumb slide phones that are super bad and don’t work very well. The smart phone thing sounds pretty set that we will actually get them. We will have to buy them ourselves and it has to be an android, one of the Samsung ones. I wanted you guys to know so maybe you can save money or whatever. But yeah there are some big changes that will come with that. I will let you know more when I hear about it.

Well this week was pretty uneventful besides our Thursday party. But we have been working with our investigator Tammy a lot and helping her quit smoking. It will be quite a challenge for her but I know she can do it!

This past week we have been working hard to find new people and we have some that seem promising so hopefully we can get in with them and teach them. I don’t know if I told you but we found a family that is from Afghanistan and we went over to teach the father one morning for the first time. It was very interesting. I learned a lot about the Muslim faith and even though he wasn’t interested in the end I was still happy we got to learn from him. Boy am I glad we have the gospel in our lives.

This next week we will be going to mlc (mission leadership council) on Halloween! So I will be in a long meeting then. Hopefully it goes good. But that’s about it for the week. I sure love you all! 

-Elder St. John

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday October 23, 2017 North Spokane, WA

Hey hey!

1. Tell us about your zone conference...particularly the part where you were all dressed in a white plastic cover from head to toe! We saw pictures on facebook.
1. Zone conference was good. I’ll give a run down below.

2. Approximately how much do you ride your bike in this area?
2. At least 2-3 times a week. So much more than before.

3. How long do Elders usually serve as zone leader?
3. Well depends on when they’re called. In our mission, they usually serve until they go home or sometimes they get a transfer or two off before they leave. Just depends.

4. Did you know Dad's birthday was last week? And that River's is tomorrow (Monday)?
4. I did. I hope they have a good one!

5. Did you get your pants ever that I sent? Did they fit?
5. Yes I did! And they fit! Thanks so much!

Well it’s good to hear from ya this week. This week we went on exchanges with the ap's and then did a lot of prep work for zone conference. That went good. For zone conference, we started by having interviews with our president. That was really good. While interviews were going on we had to inspect the cars. So I got to wear the white suit of spiritual/dirt protection. It was great. Then we had a training for several hours by President Dymock and then we trained for a long time as well. Then we had a meeting with the whole stake’s ward councils where the stake president trained on how to further the work in the stake. In total, we spent about 13 hours at the church. Crazy long time! I was really tired.

Then Saturday was good. We did a zone service project at a community garden and that was fun. I’ll send some pics. Last p-day we went on a hike and then this p-day we are getting pumpkins so we can carve them. It should be great!

But that’s about it for the week here. We have been working hard and hopefully we will have some new people to work with this next week. Well I love ya and will talk to ya later!


-Elder St. John







Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday October 16, 2017 North Spokane, WA

Hello Hello!

1. Can you send us some pictures of your apartment? Maybe like the street you live on so we can have a clue.
1.I will try to take some this week. 

2. How long has your companion been out?
2. One transfer longer than me. So like 6 weeks more.

3. Do you have different responsibilities in this ward than your last? If so, what are they.
3. Nope. Just always a missionary. Nothing special.

4. How much "real music" do you hear these days? Like when shopping or stopping to eat? I want to know how much of the Imagine Dragons album you've accidentally heard?
4. NONE! It kinda drives me crazy sometimes. But I just get over it. So I have heard literally none of the new album. So lame. 

This week we had a good week with not too many distractions to our missionary work. We were able to teach a lot of the investigators we have and one came to church! Tammy…the one on date for baptism in Nov. or Dec. So this area/ward is very different than what I’m used to. We have a lot of really solid members that are great leaders and they keep the ward functioning very well. There are more members than I’m used to and a lot of support in the missionary work.

Something I’ve noticed is that when a ward is ready to receive a new member and they take good care of them then God will trust them with more and more people to work with. A lot of times the missionaries are out working hard in every area and the difference is the people in the ward. If they will take care of them or not. It’s kinda interesting to see.

One cool thing that happened this week was that we tracted into an Afghanistan family who had never heard of Jesus Christ before and that was super cool. They have only been in America for 7 months. We will try to teach them as best we can. I’ve never taught anyone like that before so it should be interesting.

The elders we share a care with are pretty great. I haven’t served around a lot of missionaries like this before and its good. Just different. I miss Idaho but I’ll go back one day.

This week we will be prepping for zone conference. We have to do a lot of stuff for that now that I’m a zl. So it’s a lot of work. We have exchanges with the ap's Tuesday too, so a full week ahead of us. Well I love you!

-Elder St. John










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

Hello!

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.