Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fwd: 2.17.09

The latest from Elder Matt.

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From: Matthew Courtright
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Subject: 2.17.09

I feel really off right now because we are emailing on tuesday. Yes, we are allowed to because yesterday was presidents day but it still feels weird. Its amazing to me how being a missionary can become so routine and when that routine is thrown off just  a little bit, it throws off your whole day. It might be that way to keep us doing what is right. the world my never know.
Things have been going well. With 2 wards, there is alot more to do and yet it seems like we have nothing to do because its hard to coordinate it. Elder Paull has no idea about the Western Hills area and I have no idea about the Indian Hills area. It definately makes it hard to coordinate those efforts because of that. Also, we have had to change our sunday around because we are there for an extra 2 hours. Those 2 hours were set appts. for each week so that is definately making things alot more difficult. We are having to rearrange alot of things but we are making it work and the ward is being very understanding.
Things are going slower now than they were last week. Mark, who I've talked about a couple times, is ready to get baptized and now we are just waiting for the date to come. That is the most frustrating thing, but its less than 2 weeks away. We are really excited for him and we are going to go see him tonight.
Another investigator with a baptismal date is Jerry Bennett. SHE is 77 years old and is raising a 10 year old girl, Krista. Krista is in a very difficult situation and i dont fully understand how it came about but just understand its not good and kinda weird. Jerry however is working on giving up smoking. I have faith that she can do it. She wants to be baptized and whats to change her life around. She married (like 50 years ago) a guy who was a member of the church. Several years after their marriage, she found out that he had another wife. Not bueno. Since then she didnt want to have anything to do with the church but she has had several friends and us who have changed her opinion. Its awesome to see people who have been prepared.
Well, i have a short amount of time today because we have a lunch appt. at noon with the people in the stake who make sure we ahve houses to live in. Love you all

--Elder Matt Courtright

Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.