This week was great, we got to go as a mission to Zion's Camp, a church owned and dedicated site in Belfair. The southern half went on Thursday and the we went on Friday. Both days it was rainy and gloomy and wet in the morning, but by the time everyone got there and started the ropes courses it had cleared up! Thanks Washington and Heavenly Father :)
|Elder Mosbrucker and Elder Tommy Webber|
|Obstacle Course Prep|
|Obstacle Course solved|
Another announcement made at Zion's camp, to increase mission unity and the spirit among is the Book of Mormon reading challenge. We started on Saturday and are reading the Book of Mormon together as a mission to finish together at our mission Christmas party, December 16th (I think). It works out to 7 pages a day which isn't too bad. Last year I studied the Book of Mormon with the intent to learn more about the principle of faith. So I decided this year to study the topic repentance! I'm really excited about it and invite all of you to read the Book of Mormon too, whether with my mission or your own schedule.
To update on the work, Ginger and her family still have innumerable challenges, but find a way to make it through day by day. This week she is going up to Everett to help her mom and step dad move out, then driving their moving van down to Arizona. She'll be back this Sunday. We met with their family this week, unsure of how to help. And really there is not much we can do as missionaries, like drive them places or watch the kids, which is pretty frustrating. But we listened and shared a scripture and encouraged them to keep going. There is always help and happiness and relief ahead for those who embrace the gospel.
I haven't told you much about a recent convert family in our ward. The mom's name is June and her two kids were baptized the weekend before I got to Silverdale. She's a brave single mom and her kids are Isaak who is 9 and Isaiah who is 10. They are a great family. She has a lot of struggles too, but she finds strength and fellowship at church. Her kids can be a struggle too. This week they were particularly rebellious when it came to coming to church. I gained a great appreciation for you, mom, for always getting 5 kids up and ready to church each week for years. You're the greatest mom ever!
June has a friend and neighbor, her name is Karine (pronounced "Kar-in") who she has been a super great missionary to. She invited her to the woman's brodcast this weekend and Karine loved it! She really want to come to church and learn more. Karine is also a single mom and has 4 kids of her own. We're excited about member missionary work and a new family. Members really make a difference.
|Silverdale Zone Meeting|
|After Zone Meeting|
|Zone Meeting group|
|After Zone Meeting Ice Cream Break|
I love my mission and I love the gospel. I'm so lucky to be able to study the scriptures every day. I love learning about the life of Jesus Christ, and striving to be more like Him. It is the best life this world has to offer. Keep doing the good things, and get ready for General Conference this week!!!! YAY!!! It's going to be awesome. I'll write next week with my "take-aways" and it would be awesome if each of you sent yours'. Thanks,
|Tracyton beach - overlooking Olympic mountain range|
Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-11 (see JST also. These verses were extremely meaningful to me this week).