Monday, August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013 Rappers in Idaho?

Dear Family,

Good week here in IPM (Idaho Pocatello Mission).  So first things first.  We set a baptismal date with Victor.  He's still not very sure if he wants to be baptized yet but we told him that if he set a date, he would get an answer to his prayers by that time.  I said, "How about you prepare for baptism on September 21 (which just happens to be a Saturday about a month away which gives him enough time to come to church 3 or more times;)"  His response was, "I don't know, how about I prepare for December 1?"  We were thinking "haha what?That's not good enough, that's hardly a baptismal date it's so far away!"  Eventually we talked him down to September 28 so that's a little better. 

We got to go tracking for the first time this week.  I love it.  It's super inefficient as far as finding goes, but we met some good people.  We met this new group of rappers called Flight 208.  208 is the area code of south east Idaho, so basically they're probably the only rappers ever to come out of south east Idaho.  There's like 7 of them living in a 2 bedroom apartment, but they're living their dream I guess.  They rapped for us and then told us to come back any time to teach them. Rad, they could probably use the gospel in their life.

We moved out of the Assistants basement on Wednesday.  It's so sad to come home at night to an empty house!  We all got pretty close and it was fun to hear the inside information about the mission.  We have a good apartment though with everything we need.  The first like 3 days there was no shower curtain so we had to take baths.  Bath tubs are not made for people over 5 feet tall. 

This past Sunday we gave talks in sacrament meeting which was actually kind of fun.  I gave mine on faith and used bridge jumping into water as a way to explain taking a leap of faith.  I said that after someone jumps off the bridge they always look up and the next person standing on the edge and yell, "Jump! It's fun!" I asked the members of the ward to do the same when it comes to missionary work.  They have taken a leap of faith and are members of the church and told them they should encourage they're friends and family to do the same!  Analogies are fun when teaching lessons.  We try to use different analogies for different personalities that we teach.  For example, my favorite analogy is for Harry Potter fans.  The Deathly Hallows consists of the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone, and elder wand.  Any wizard that has all three is invincible against all things.  This is the same as reading the scriptures, praying, and going to church.  If you do these things, your faith will grow enough that you will be able to withstand all trials and temptations that come in life. 

I love you!

Elder Marsh


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