Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monday July 10, 2017 St. Maries, ID

1. So, you got a new companion! But one that you already knew. How's it gone so far?
1. Yes, its Elder Jackson and he is awesome! I love him and he’s a good hard worker.

2. Did you get to do anything for the 4th of July? If not, what the heck did you do? I'm sure people were not wanting you to be teaching them.
2. No, so the 4th was transfer day so we spent half the day in Spokane. We just had dinner with some members and talked to a couple random people. Nothing fun.
3. Do you get to be the driver of the fancy truck now?
3. Dang strait I do. 

Well this week has been really good. I got my new comp on Tuesday and it has been a blast ever since. He is so fun and a really hard worker and we are tearin it up here. The first night together we got back to the apartment and could smell the smell of death. I knew that we were in for a treat. We figured out that it was coming from behind the fridge. So at about 10 at night we pull out the fridge and find that there were mice living there. There were 2 dead mice and a smelly mess. We put out some glue traps the next day and about 2 days later we had caught 7 mice in total. So we have been having the time of our lives!

We are just getting back in rhythm with teaching and we will start to get people progressing here pretty soon. One of our most progressing gators came to church for the first time this week so that was a huge blessing for him because the talks that were given were just perfect for his interests.
That’s really all the update I have this week. Just been working hard and walking in the hot sun. Sounds like you had a great time at the ranch and that prepin for the trek will be fun.
Love ya!

-Elder St. John

Monday July 3, 2017 St. Maries, ID

1. How much do you use your bike these days?
1. Well lately we’ve just been walking a lot but we have used them quite a bit here. 

2. How many towns are in your area?
2. Depends on what you count as a town. But about 3 major towns all less than 1500 people. Then about 5 that are less than 500 people. 

3. Do you go to ward council in your ward?
3. Yes.

4. Have you met any white supremacists in Idaho?
4. What kind of a question is that? None that are super outspoken about it. But I think since I’ve been here I’ve seen 1 person that was not white. 

So this week was really good. We taught a lot of lessons to investigators and did some service. The weather has been so nice for us. It hasn’t rained in a week at least so that’s some of the best news ever! There’s not much to update on this week except for transfers. Elder Horne is leaving which I’m kinda sad about because we work really well together and he’s a really hard worker. But, I’m getting Elder Jackson! He was in my mtc district so we know each other pretty well already and he is such a fun kid. I’m way excited to serve with him and I think we will have a lot of fun.

This week I’ve been studying Alma a bunch and I’ve just been eating it up. I’ve learned so much and my testimony of that book has grown and keeps growing every day. I know that reading it daily will change your life. It is also our greatest tool. It’s our evidence that what we believe is true. So, read read read!!!

I hope you have fun at the ranch this year. I’ll miss you guys a ton and the fun times that we always have there. Don’t drink the creek water! Just kidding it’s not bad. If that joke doesn't make sense just ask Tyler. I hope you have fun! Love ya!

-Elder St. John


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday June 26, 2017 St. Maries, ID

1. It looks like you maybe had a zone conference or something's this week. Tell us about that.
1. Yes, we did. It was good. We learned a lot about the pre earth life and the need for the fall of Adam and Eve. Everything tied back to our purpose as missionaries. Pres. Dymock was the seminary institute director at usu, so he is crazy smart and loves to blow our mind with the things he teaches. It’s always good to hear from him. He makes us think really hard.

2. How far do you have to travel to go to meetings like that?
2. We drive about an hour to an hour and a half.

3. Did you do service at the thrift shop this week?
3. We tried but they didn’t have anything for us to do.

4. How was your temple trip last week? How far are you from the temple?
4. It was great. It took a big chunk of our day out but it was worth it.

Well this update won’t be too long. We had our temple day on Tuesday and zone conference on Thursday and then a ward bbq on Saturday. Then we went back up to Coeur d’Alene on Sunday to practice for a missionary musical fireside thing that we will be doing. It will be pretty good. It just takes a lot of time to get up there and also a lot of miles we could use for missionary work. But it will be good. They’re having Claire Ryann Crosby come to perform for us (if you don’t know who that is it’s the little girl that sings the Gethsemane song on YouTube.) It’s turned into a big deal I guess.

This week should be more full of work because we don’t have a bunch of meetings to go to. Like I said, we learned a lot at zone conference and it was a really good spiritual experience. We learned the need for the atonement as well. It’s too hard to explain all that we learned because there’s just way too much to even try to explain, but it was good.

I’ve learned something while I’ve been out here. It’s something that God has been trying to get me to learn since day one and that is that the Gospel is for everyone. And I mean everyone! The rich and the poor. The parents and the kids. The druggies and the doctors. It is for everyone. We cannot judge by looks or personality. They are all God’s children and we have a right and a duty to give them the most important thing, the Gospel. It would be selfish and prideful to not share what we have so freely been given. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that when I talk to the homeless people on the street or when I knock on the door of a really wealthy person. But this Gospel is for everyone and I have gained a testimony of that while I’ve been here on a mission.

Well I hope you have a good week and that you’re having fun! Love ya!

-Elder St. John 

Tuesday June 20, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Hey! First, thanks for the little package! 

1. Please explain your pictures from last week. You know, with the deer???
1. So we were tracting and we had just knocked a door and nobody answered so we were walking down the street to the next house and we looked up and this deer was just walking around coming right towards us. We stopped and it just came right up to us and started rubbing up against us and stuff. It was so weird. It turns out that it was raised by these people that lived at the house that we were going to next. It was super funny! It was like a pet. 

2. What was the best thing that happened this week?
2. The best thing that happened was that we taught a lot of lessons this week to a couple of new people. That was way cool. From that we found 3 new investigators this week!

3. What was the funniest thing that happened this week?
3. Well I don’t know. Funny stuff just happens to us all the time but I’ve gotten so used to it that I don’t even recognize it anymore. We talked to a guy from North Carolina and he was super southern. Thick accent and way Baptist. But it was super funny cuz he would yell everything he said. Weird stuff like that happens almost every day. 

4. What was the best thing you cooked for yourself this week?
4. We made these way good chicken burritos. 

5. When are your next transfers?
5. We get the calls not this Sunday but the next one. Transfer day is on the 4th of July. 

Update on this week. We did a lot of missionary work. I know big surprise. But we have been working in an area called Alder Creek and a place called the Benewah. We found 3 new investigators this week. One family is German and they are immigrants and they live out in the middle of nowhere. So they have kept a very heavy accent. They are super interested and ready to learn. They’re a little weird but they have definitely been prepared by the Lord!

Another investigator we found lives in Harrison and her name is Paulette. She is an older lady and is super nice so we will be working with her too.

If you’re wondering why I’m emailing today, it’s because they switched the rules with temple trips. We have to go on our pday and so our temple day was today so they moved our pday to today. Sorry to make you scared.

There’s not much to update on besides that. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun there and a lot of work prepping for the wedding. Good luck and know that I am very happy that I don’t have to be there for it. Well I love you all. Talk to ya next week!

-Elder St. John 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday June 12, 2017 St. Maries, ID

1. How long has your companion been out?
1. A little over 6 months. He came out with Elder Chamberlain who I trained.

2. Do you get fed by members in this area every day, or no?
2. Not very much like 2 times a week maybe.

3. How was your bike ride last week?
3. It was way fun! 26 miles and some really pretty views.

So this week has been great! We had a baptism for the 14-year-old girl Isabella. It was really great to see her start her life off with a good choice like that. We have been working really hard and have been seeing miracles. We have quite a few investigators in that area just waiting for a sure answer. We will keep praying for them, bringing the Spirit in to bless their life and help them recognize the answers that they are getting.

One thing that I learned this week was about fasting. Yesterday we decided to fast for our investigators. We fasted morning til night, 3 meals, 24 hours. It was hard because we did a lot of walking. We went out and visited people and talked with people from 4 until 9pm. It was a long hard day and we were getting nothing. People were nice but "not interested". We kept going even though we both felt like giving up but then we just decided that we could do it.

We were both starving and tired and then the very last door at 8:15 we knocked and it was the house of a very well-known person in the community and everybody knows them in the town of St. Maries. They talked to us for a long time! We found some great service opportunities and ended up being able to talk about the Gospel finding that they were very open and willing to learn. We gave them a Book of Mormon and some pamphlets and committed them to read. It was just a testament of how God will bless us if we stay diligent. It also helped me gain a huge testimony of fasting and how God recognizes our sacrifices for Him and will bless us accordingly. 

PS: I need some hair stuff this week please. Also some allergy pills would be nice too. Thanks!

-Elder St. John  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday June 5, 2017 St. Maries, ID

Monday June 5, 2017
1. What was the most fun thing you did this week?
1.The most fun thing we did this week was probably tracting out a small town in one day. That was pretty fun. Also, we went to the Idaho Falls temple re dedication on Sunday. All fun things.
2. What was your most spiritual experience you had this week?
2. Well this week we went to a little town called Harrison to do some service and then we ate lunch and we just decided to get some ice cream from the ice cream shop. There was this 16 year old kid working there so we struck up a conversation with him and ended up talking to him for like an hour and half. Ends up that his dad is the pastor of the town’s Baptist church and he was really nice and open to us. Not super willing to change yet but we have a good start. It was just cool to see that the Spirit will guide you to those who are being prepared even when you don’t recognize that the Spirit is talking to you. Also, the knowledge that the gospel is for anyone helped because it didn’t turn us away when he said that his dad was a preacher. 
3. Tell us about at least one person you're teaching.
3. So one person that is progressing is Audrey. She’s in her 30's and has two little boys and is a single mom. She is sooo close to baptism I can tell. Her hang up is that she is just waiting to have a spiritual confirmation that it’s true. But really she just need to open her eyes to the answers that are already right in front of her. 
Well my week was good. The weather has been up and down. Rainy and 50's to sunny and 80's but I can’t wait for it to be nice and warm consistently. Nothing too new. Just working hard. The work was a little slow over Memorial Day weekend but it’s started to pick back up.
We tracted out the little town of Caulder in one day. We found one or two potential investigators but nothing major. We are trying to do more work on the outer edges of our area because the town of St. Maries has been hit like 3 million times. So we've been trying to work some other little places first. It’s been going good. We have had people tell us that they have never seen missionaries in their town until us so it’s been an adventure.
My ward mission leader here is amazing. His name is Brother Bryce and he’s a temple sealer as well (he’s kinda like Grandpa Mark). I love him! He takes good care of us.
We have a fun thing planned today. We’re doing this sweet bike ride that takes us over a bridge over the lake so it should be really cool. Well love ya! Talk to ya next week!
-Elder St.John


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday May 30, 2017 St. Maries, ID

1. Where do you live? Tell us a little about the town of St. Marie's and what your address is.
1. I live in St. Maries Idaho. On Main Street. The town is about 2 thousand people or so. It’s just a little place. It reminds me of Kamiah a ton. 325 S. Main Ave. #2 St. Maries Idaho 83861 is my address. Tons of logging here like Kamiah so again very similar. 

2. How's your companion Elder Horne? By the pictures we've received he looks like a pretty big kid.
2. He’s amazing. He is from Farmington, Utah. And yeah I’m just small and he’s tall so I think it’s mostly because I’m not a big person. 

3. Looks like you've been busy helping this week at the Red Barn Thrift Store in which you get to wear some pretty sweet overalls! Tell us all about that! Is this just for service or more of an actual assignment?
3. Yeah so that’s just a regular service thing we do. The ladies there love us! The lady that sends the pics is Dina and she is hilarious so don’t be weirded out if she makes jokes over text with you. So, the overalls are a tradition the missionaries do there. They’re our "work" clothes. They’re kinda funny. I haven't worn overalls since I was 4!

4. How's the truck? Do you drive or does your companion?
4. The truck is sweet! Cherry red and super nice. My comp drives at the moment.

5. Is your town big enough to have a Walmart? Where do you shop?
5.Nope. Just good old Harvest Foods again!

6. Please send pictures of everything!
6. I will try.

So this week has been great! Got here and started working and I have missed Idaho so much! I can’t believe I would actually say that. But I love it here. It’s so pretty and the people are so nice. Way nicer than Spokane. The weather has finally been good as well. We went out biking and I actually got a little sun burnt. That’s how good the weather was! Mostly we have been getting to know the investigators and members here this week. But this seems like a really good area and Elder Horne is awesome. He’s a really good missionary and a good kid. We’ve have a lot of fun so far. We do a lot of service here and it’s crazy how much the people in this town love the missionaries. Everybody here is nice. It’s a dream come true.

We have a baptism scheduled for this Saturday. I didn’t do much to get it but I’m happy to be here to see it through. Her name is Isabella and she’s 14 and part of a part member family. Also, we have an old lady on date for next Saturday and she is in her 80's with terminal cancer so were excited that she will be able to be baptized before she goes.

Some of the pictures I’ll send is when we drove to a town called Avery. It’s way cool. It has like 20 people in it. It’s funny. But yeah that’s my update to ya!

It’s sad to hear about Kathrynn. I did know her and I hope that things will be ok for her family and friends. Good luck to Cass with wedding stuff. I hope you had fun on your hike. I could use some more hair stuff in the near future when you get a chance the mini ones don’t last very long. Well love ya and hope you have a good week!

These first 3 pictures were sent to me from the lady at the Red Barn Thrift Store where the missionaries do service every week. In overalls:)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday May 22, 2017 Millwood, WA

Hey mom.
1.How are you doing this week?
1. Good

2.When are your next transfers?
2. Tomorrow 

3.Did you get Cass's wedding announcement?
3. Yes

4.What was the best thing that you did this week?
4. Had a training by another general authority. 

This week was interesting. On Friday we had a really long training by Elder Golden from the missionary department. He did a really good job and shared some really good insights with us about missionary work. How to set goals better and such. But by the end of the training Elder McKnight’s hearing aids had died! So he was deaf for the rest of the day. Thank the heavens that I know sign language! It was really interesting and funny because I had to do all the talking at the places we went that day.

So the news with transfers is that I’m getting transferred!!! I know feels like I just got here. But I’m going back to the boons! I’m getting transferred to St. Maries Idaho! That's near lake Coeur d’Alene. I hear that it will be really beautiful there. But the best news of all is that I will be driving a brand new Toyota Tacoma!!!! Like really new like 2017 new. It’s great. This area is almost as big as Kamiah so I’m super excited to go back to the backwoods Idaho people I’ve missed so much. My new companion will be Elder Horn. I’ll update you more next week. But besides that, this week has been full of ups and downs.

Well I hope things are going good there I know Hadlie and River are excited to be out of school. And all the wedding stuff I’m sure is stressful and fun but I hope you have a good week. I miss you and love ya!

-Elder St. John

These pictures were sent to us by the sweet Christensen family on Elder St. John and Elder McKnight's last day together in Millwood. I know Elder St. John will miss being in their great home. They've been a favorite family & have been so sweet to him! Thanks Christensen's!
After the training by Elder Golden. Elder St. John is in the far right hand corner.

Monday May 15, 2017 Millwood, WA

Ok well nothing super new here. I’ll send a couple of pics. 

I hope the wedding goes well. And that people aren't to stressed. ummm I can’t really think of anything to talk about because we just talked yesterday.  I guess I’ll try and get a picture of the river for you. It’s not that exciting though. Well have a good week!​

Also the pictures that you’re going to ask questions about are in the paper mill across the street from our apartments. We do service there every week.
From Mother's Day dinner & Skype. With the Christensen's son.
Thank goodness for Sister Christensen who sends us all these great pictures. This is what the Elders brought for dessert to their house on Mother's Day!

 I think Ricky should come here, buy this Porsche and refinish it!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday May 8, 2017 Millwood, WA

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hey mom!

1.When will you be calling us on Mother’s Day?
So I think we will do it in the evening on Sunday. Like 5ish? I’m not sure. You should just text or call Sis. Christensen up here and talk with her. I’m sure you will have a lot of questions for me then. 

So this week was pretty good. As far as missionary work goes it’s been slow. We have been meeting with a lot of the members and have really been trying to gain their trust and encourage them to do missionary work. It’s going to take some time to get them moving.

On Saturday we had some General Authorities come to our mission. They were Elder Holland, Elder Ardurn of the seventy and Bishop Cosse of the Presiding Bishopric. It was epic! Such a spiritual powerhouse and I can’t even believe the spirit they bring to their meetings. If I could tell you what they shared with us I would, but it’s too much and I can’t put it all into words. I can barely put my normal week into words. But to say the least it was one of the most impactful meetings I’ve ever been to. Elder Holland is very passionate about the gospel and told us that God wants us forever not just for our missions and what we’re doing here will change our lives forever. 

Good luck to Brooke with her 4th child and that’s an interesting name. Well thanks for the update. Talk to ya on Sunday! love ya!

-Elder St. John

 The entire Washington Spokane Mission at their meeting with Elder Holland.
 Elder St. John - 3rd from the left at their meeting with Elder Holland.
 Another couple of pictures from Sister Christensen (she's awesome!)
Enjoying the beautiful weather after a few weeks of A LOT of rain!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Monday May 1, 2017 Millwood, WA


1. How was your birthday??? We saw pictures of your celebration with the Christensen's. That was very nice of them to celebrate for/with you. How was dinner? And the cake?
1. My birthday was great. The actual day not so much but celebrating with the Christensen’s was great! Dinner was amazing! I can’t believe they actually made salmon for me! The cake was actually really good. She did a great job with it. They even signed happy birthday for me.

Well this week was kinda just normal besides the birthday thing. Birthdays on a mission are just like normal days nothing to special. The Christensen’s are really awesome and take care of us so well. I love them!

So the bad news is that our investigator on date for baptism dropped us this week. She didn’t give a good reason why so we have been trying to figure things out to see if there might still be hope. We will see.

So there was nothing really noteworthy this week. This upcoming week will be way exciting! We have some general authorities coming and we are having a mission conference! Elder Holland is coming to speak to us on Saturday! Then we are having a special stake conference. So, that will be way cool. I will let you know how that goes and what I learn.

Besides that, nothing new or upcoming. I can’t believe how fast time moves. It’s already week 4 of the transfer so I hope I stay for another transfer. I feel like I have more work to do here.

Well I love you and I’ll talk to ya next week. Thanks for the updates! And for real, Brooke is that pregnant?! Wow I feel like I’ve been under a rock.   

 These are the Christensen's - such great, kind people to take care of our boy on his birthday!