Happy Halloween! Get lots of candy! Scare some people! Good times.
We as missionaries are not allowed to be out working on halloween night. We must either be in our apartment or be in a members home. and we aren't allowed to drive after 6 because of the kids running around. Its good to be safe. Tonight we will be going to one of our members houses, the prestons. It should be pretty fun. Ill take pictures!
This week has been good! EXCEPT it got to below freezing... already. You will probably hear this like every week because its cold.
So my dad asked some more questions that i thought i would also answer in this letter:
What is sue falls known for? Sioux Falls is known for... i don't really know. like everyone here is a doctor though because there are two pretty large hospitals.
How many stakes are there? There is only one stake. I covers like... all of south Dakota and into Minnesota.
What part of Sue Falls do you live? we live in the city.
I do like it here in Sioux Falls though. The members are very nice and the city is pretty cool too. Theres like everything you could ever want here as far as like restaurants, stores etc goes. I'm sure i will enjoy being here!
We have been working a lot with a few people that will hopefully be baptized in the next few weeks. Most of the people we have been teaching have taken the discussions for a LONG time but for whatever reason they want to be baptized now. I'm sure ill say more about them in later emails.
Well thats about it for this week!
Love you all!
Elder Andy Carter
Monday, October 24, 2016
Yes i got transferred! I'm up in one of the furthest north parts of the mission... so its cold. Already. I guess in the winter it gets to about -30. So excited for that.... NOT. We can't even go outside when its that cold. youll get frostbite within like 5 minutes outside. So thats going to be interesting.
But i'm excited! This area is one of the best in the mission. And i'm with one of the missionaries from my MTC district!!! Its going to be a blast. His name is Elder Jensen! Hes such a funny guy.
On sunday this week, we were sitting in sacrament meeting and this guy came in and we talked to him and he said that he had been investigating the church for almost 10 years but never joined becacuse he was living with his Girlfriend but now he is ready to get baptized. His name is Anthony! What a miracle. We hadn't even talked to him or even heard of him or anything but he just showed back up at the church. Hes a good guy and says he already has a solid testimony of the gospel. We will see how it goes from there.
Its been a crazy week. I'm looking forward to having everything settle down a little bit.
Last week we went hiking on P-day (before i was transferred) and it was kinda fun, But we got attacked by some strange bugs. Pictures of hiking attached!
Then we also went to transfer point and we had all matching ties. We had so much dang fun back in CB. #godsquad.
Love you all!!!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Yes this week is transfers. I haven't found out for sure if i'm leaving yet but assume that i will. But you never know!
So last week i saw something that reminded me of my sister savanna, and this week i found something for Katie! Pretty cool i think. We knocked on all the doors on that street to. Most people were gone... But still worth a try i think haha.
Other than that it's been a pretty relaxed week. Just runnin around teaching people. One of the families we are teaching is the Castaneda family. They are soooo awesome. Two of their kids are super great. They will probably get baptized in the next few weeks i think. Hopefully they will be able to come to church, both of the parents are blind so they can't drive and we have been finding rides for them. But they are so awesome.
We had some good meetings this week with our stake president and another one with all the priesthood men in the stake about member missionary work. Seriously the comparison between the work the missionaries can do and the work the members can do is not even CLOSE. Definitely help out the missionaries any chance you get!
Love you all!
Monday, October 10, 2016
Hello Dearest family and friends
Such a good week its been! Had some good lessons, some good trainings, and some good everything really!
So I saw this place today that made me think of my sister Savanna. She is a clogger and we walked by this studio that said "Foggy Mountain Cloggers" hahaha. Sooo close to rocky mountain cloggers. But anyways just thought id throw that one in there.
Also I got to pet one of the elusive black squirrels. We were talking to this guy on his porch and this squirrel ran up and started begging for food. Apparently this guy feeds all the neighborhood squirrels. So when it was eating i squatted down and petted it. Strangely the fur was actually pretty soft. I'd definitely keep one of them as a pet. Sept they'd probably climb all over the walls... Worth.
And another fun thing, Last week, we were over at one of our investigators houses and he was doing some work thing for a guy and taking pictures of his car and whatnot. We didn't think much of it but we talked to the guy for a while, he gave us a tour of his car too (it was a fancy new Tesla car said it was about $55000 or so). Then on Tuesday last week we got a text from our bishop and was like Hey did you meet a guy named Elon Musk? And we had no idea who that was so we said no? Should we? And he said Well your investigator told me that you did. So we called up our investigator and i guess we did. Still didn't know who he was though and then we asked our bishop and he said "hes a billionaire/cofounder of Tesla." BILLIONAIRE?! yep. Met a billionaire right here in council bluffs.
We had Zone Training this week! and it was so good. We studied this talk called Purify yourselves, and basically its about how a guy fasted for 40 days from things that were holding him back from being a powerful missionary IE: Waking up late, not studying, thinking about women etc). So we are currently doing that same fast. Hopefully it will help us become better missionaries! I'm sure it will!
Hope you all are enjoying life!!! i know i am!
Monday, October 3, 2016
Well hello family!
This Conference was GREAT!!! hope you all learned some new things! i know i did! I think its interesting how many people feel like there is different themes for conference! I obviously thought the theme was missionary work but thats because im a missionary... But i LOVED the talk by Oaks and the other one about the power of the book of mormon. What a great weekend its been!
So interviews were super good this last week too. I'm sure theres a picture of me on the facebook page as well. President Gardner shared some ways with me that i could improve my studies as well as increase the faith of my district. He is also starting to emphasize memorizing scriptures! so thats what ill be working on in the next few months!
This week i'm going on exchanges with some other elders in my district. It Should be really good. I'm excited to be able to help them in their area. We also have Zone training coming upas well... and guess what mother... i am doing a musical number haha. Piano song! Hopefully i will be able to play it well enough without too much practice.
So there is a cat that lives around our apartment that likes to come up and meow at our door and one night we were just going inside and the cat came and we started petting it but the cat decided that it wanted to go inside. So it booked it in before we could shut the door. and it took us a while to get the cat out of our apartment. It started running around and jumping up on our study desks so we had to close all the doors around so it wouldnt get into the closets or anything. We finally got it out after some bribery with tuna.
Hope all is going well for you!