Monday, July 2, 2012

Another Week Another Transfer

Apparently President really likes me here in the old town of Mountain View. I've been here now for 4 transfers, and President is having me stay yet another transfer so more than a quarter of my mission will be here. Elder Schwegler will be staying with me as well.  At the end of this transfer I will have been here as long as Elder George was which is abnormally long. It was expected though and I'm excited.

I don't know what else to say in the way of news this week.  It has been a slow week. But we have been teaching our regulars and even got a new one! Her name is Esther. She was being taught by the Sister missionaries about 3 years ago but they got transferred and Esther did not get put back into the works for some reason. We taught her the first lesson and committed her to read and pray about the book of Mormon. We will be seeing her on Wednesday so hopefully that works out to be a fruitful contact.

It is getting hard with the ward here. The church is structured in a way to benefit families and mold you into a solid, productive person. But the people here never stay put for more than a year, and hardly anyone has a job, and family values are being thrown out the window. So the ward expects us to bring nice, conservative, families into the church but keep getting unemployed individuals who have had problems in the past. But if all we did was go for the solid, conservative families, we wouldn't have anyone to teach. It's the nature of the area we live in. Everyone in the ward council understands the situation, except our ward mission leader. It's hard, and we haven't gotten a referral from the ward for at least 9 months. Take it from me. Missionary work goes nowhere without the members -- just nowhere. But on a positive note we were second place in the district as far as lessons go! Whoopee J

Well that's all I have for now. Have an awesome week everyone!
Elder Bringhurst

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