|Had to get a pic with all of us before I left. |
Jose is so cool!! I miss him and his kids.
I'm serving in the Omak Ward which is part of the Ephrata stake and I am one of two sets of missionaries in the ward. Our area is technically the towns of Okanagon and Mallott, which are two towns just south of Omak. There's not a whole lot of people in those areas and even fewer Hispanics, but there are certainly a lot of Native Americans. Just outside of Omak there is an Indian reservation and so a lot of the people that we talk to have direct Native American descent which is pretty cool. It's also really interesting because most of them have no Christian background.
|The Purple Palace! Our apartment in Omak. |
We live in the upstairs apartment.
So I got to jump right into working with some pretty cool
investigators. One is this small family of
4. The parents are Jeff and Amanda and the kids Quinn and Ty. When I got here
they had never come to church but had met a lot with Elder Allsop and Elder
Harman, they'd been to the church building several times for activities and for
a church tour but for some reason the idea of going to the church was scary for
them. So Saturday night we had a lesson with them and our only goal was to make
sure they got to church. So we talked about church for 45 minutes with them,
and just broke down every excuse they may have, and gave them as many good
reasons to go as possible. We focused a lot on their kids, and how going to
church would affect their kids more than anything. Our member, Sister White
(she's the wife of the guy form Cedar Hills), bore some seriously strong
testimony about how the only way their kids are going to learn about God is by
them doing things. She got pretty bold with them which was super awesome! And
they came to church Sunday morning!! They only stayed for Sacrament, that's all
that they would commit for, but at least they got there, and they really
enjoyed it. Hopefully next week we can get them to come for all three hours.
|This is the Villalobos family. They are such a strong family. |
Brother Villalobos would literally do anything we asked
him to, and he has been a huge part of the
success of the ward recently in Wenatchee.
|This is Nancy. She's the one Elder Cannon |
and I were working a lot with before I left.
She's hopefully is getting baptized this month.
I am super stoked to be in this area and to work with Elder Allsop. I love teaching with Elder Allsop, it already feels like we've been companions for a long time. In the MTC we thought it was funny because we had basically the same personality and ideas, and now actually working together is super cool. I feel like I'm working with myself. It's kinda strange, but I love it! We honestly work so well together.
Washington Yakima Mission
|This is Jr. and Julissa Zavala. There family came to church once and we were working with them for a little while. They're pretty cool.|
|This is Esteban, Liliana, and Aldo. They would feed us the best Mexican food every Wednesday. Liliana was our "Mom" in the Spanish ward. She made such good Mexican food and I'm super stoked to show some of it to you all.|