Elder Drew Schneider is serving a full-time LDS 2 year mission in Billings, MT. Drew is originally from Snowflake, AZ but had recently moved to Mesa, AZ before heading out to Montana. His family loves and supports him. Thank you for your interest and support via this blog.
Red Lodge Montana
July 25, 2016
Chillin n Grillin
Yet another week. Can't remember half of it so I'm thinking
that means it was good. Sometimes we just gotta stop and look around and see where
we are at.
We were able to do some good things this week. We have been
on foot more because the mission is really cracking down on miles. It's been good
for us. We meet way more people on foot than in the truck going from person to
person. Although, we did walk ourself into an awkward situation, I accidentally
knocked on the door of a crazy lady that we were told not to go visit. Oops. Once
she invited us in it was too late. She immediately started asking for a bunch
of things she wanted the church to do for her. Paint her house, move furniture,
etc. and she's missing and eye, which kind of makes it like the perfect crazy lady
story. And to make it worse she came to church and was asking the branch
president for all this stuff and eating food out of the fridge. Yeah we felt
kind of bad. We try to be nice and accept her but apparently she's got problems
that no one in the church can help her with so there isn't much we can do for
her. Good things Christs atonement covers all of our imperfections.
We were also in Redlodge a bit more than normal this week.
It's difficult to get stuff going in that busy little town. It seems like everyone
who lives there tries to get away from the ruckus and then when there isn't
anything going on they want you to leave them alone. For example, there was a
car show this week. Like a million old restored cars show up from nowhere (Although
I can't complain about a car show). But it just gives the town a buzz when
social stuff like that is going on. It's just not the best for missionary work.
But hey, we tried our best.
With the whole miles situation we are in we have been trying
to find another place to stay in Columbus or Absarokee for half of the week. It
eats up our miles to drive 80 miles to go to Absarokee and back. If we could
stay for a few days at a time we could save hundreds of miles. But it's looking
pretty unlikely that we will find a place. We have pretty much exhausted all
other possibilities besides getting another apartment, which is very unlikely
to happen. Me and my companion were thinking about investing in an RV. We think
it would be the best of both worlds, don't you think? Haha that would be the dream,
we will live with what we've got now.
The work is also picking up. We have a baptism this Saturday
actually. His name is Carl. I don't really feel like it's our baptism because it's
not our baptism haha. Our branch mission leader found and taught this guy and
got him all ready to where he only had to pass the interview. And we have to
put him in our records because future missionaries still need to know about
him. So it looks and counts as if we did everything but we didn't. I'll still
pretend like I was a part of it though ;) and besides that we are also teaching
another family that is progressing really well. A less active guy in the ward recently
got married to a nonmember so he wanted to start to bringing the gospel back
into the picture. So we have been teaching her and her daughter. It's going
well. They are recognizing the blessings of living the gospel. We are hoping
they will be ready for early August, or August at all.
I'm learning a lot in this area. This is the first time
being in a branch, well, two branches. It's been a great learning experience.
It's making me stronger, which is what I need. :)