Monday, May 16, 2016

We're hitting the new transfers running

Family and friends,

Transfer calls came in yesterday and I'll be staying in Powell with Elder Stone for another transfer! I'm super excited because we have a lot of good work going for us. We have baptisms happening on the 11th and 25th of June and we've got one that's supposed to get baptized on the 28th of May but we'll probably be pushing that back to sometime in June as well.

The last district meeting of the transfer was really awesome. A lot of spiritual power was packed into it. Elder Sorensen gave his departing discussion and it was great. He talked about having a good attitude and charity during your mission so that you don't have any regrets when you get home. Elder Sorensen finished his mission this transfer and as of Saturday he is no longer a missionary, that's pretty weird. He was the first missionary that I've served around and been with on exchanges that has gone home. We had lunch with him on Friday before he drove up to Billings and it was a tough goodbye.

Two cool miracles from the week. (1) We were trying by Victor's house and he wasn't answering. When we turned around we saw a mother and her young kids walking across the street and Elder Stone, being the stud he is, ran after them and we started talking! They had just moved here from Billings and they told us that they don't have a church to go to around here so of course we invited them and told them that our church always accepts visitors and they seemed excited to come! It was also the oldest girl's 8th birthday so definitely another baptism. Sadly when we stopped by their house for our set appointment and their landlord said that they moved unexpectedly so hopefully we'll catch them around town sometime. (2) We went to the Parish family (recent converts) to re-teach some of the lessons but their friend Cheyanne was there and we ended up teaching him the whole Restoration. I know that before I was here, Elder Lankford and Elder Rose had talked with him a couple of times but he wasn't interested at all. At the end of the lesson he just started telling us that he felt so good and that he knew it was the spirit and that he knew everything we had told him was true! So we invited him to be baptized and even though he had just finished telling us how much he loved his church and getting baptized previously he didn't even hesitate to say yes!

We did some more service for Clarence this week. All four of us went over there and we spent a couple hours helping him irrigate his big garden. He hoed out all the roes and then tug the drain trenches. It was all fun and the whole time Clarence kept saying, "Good work boys! Stick with me and you'll be wearing diamonds the size of horse turds!" Instead we got pizza, but that's still pretty good! We also went out to the Redd's. They live out in the country and they're called as missionaries to teach the Addiction Recovery Program at the church here. We helped them move a bunch of railroad ties around to make terraces on the hill next to their house so it doesn't erode as much. We landscaped it and helped them move dirt around and make everything nice and level and even. I love service, it makes me feel so much more like a missionary!

Other than all that things are still going great here! I am unbelievably stoked for another 6 weeks in Powell! Since Elder Sorensen went home we have his companion, Elder Gutierrez, with us until Wednesday. I hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Tippetts

607 Avenue E

Powell, Wyoming 82435

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