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!