Yakima Stake Correlation Meeting

2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (1)Our next meeting was with the Yakima Stake leaders and the Yakima and Yakima Valley Zone Leaders.  I get a little emotional sometimes as I sit and listen to the care these leaders have for our new members and investigators.  I am grateful to be a part of what goes on here.  My heart is happy.  These are amazing men.2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (3)Stake President Hendricks:2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (2)2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (4)2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (5)2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (6)President Hendricks owned a glass company.  As we were talking about the historic total eclipse of the sun tomorrow morning, he went to his car and came back with a gift for me–5 pieces of the darkest glass sold.  If layered, we can look through these to watch the eclipse tomorrow.  I am So Excited.  We haven’t had time to get ourselves some safety glasses.  Now we can watch!2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (7)2017-8-20 Yakima Stake Correlation (8)

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Selah Stake Correlation Meeting

2017-8-20 Selah Stake Correlation (1)Today was our monthly correlation meeting with the Selah Stake leaders.  I wish everyone could look in on these correlation meetings.  We have the finest leaders and the finest missionaries.  Every new convert and every investigator with needs is loved and cared for.  These men do what our Savior would do if he were here.2017-8-20 Selah Stake Correlation (2)Our Selah and Yakima Valley Zone Leaders lead the discussions.2017-8-20 Selah Stake Correlation (3)2017-8-20 Selah Stake Correlation (4)2017-8-20 Selah Stake Correlation (6)2017-8-20 Selah Stake Correlation (9)Best wishes and farewells to Elder Vejnar, who will be going home before our next meeting.

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Sunday in the Yakima 3rd Ward

2017-8-20 Sunday Yakima 3rd (2)We got to be with Matt today in the Yakima 3rd Ward.  It was great to be with him and these fabulous missionary teachers today.2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (29)

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Matt Palmer’s Baptism in Selah!

2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (1)This evening Matt Palmer entered the waters of baptism!  This was a day to celebrate.  Elder Oliver and Elder Shugart knocked on his door last year and the missionaries have been teaching him and loving him ever since!  Today was his big day.2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (2)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (3)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (4)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (5)Elder King was here too, watching from Texas!2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (6)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (8)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (9)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (11)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (12)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (13)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (15)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (16)Hello to Elder King!2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (20)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (21)Visiting with Elder King afterwards:2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (22)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (23)Elder Hamblin, reunited with his Yakima companions!2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (24)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (30)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (31)So many friends!2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (26)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (27)Congratulations, Matt!2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (28)2017-8-19 zzBaptism Selah Matt Palmer (25)

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Tamale Making in Yakima!

2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (1)Today members of the Englewood Branch in Yakima met to make tamales!  These tamales were sold at the ward auction a few weeks ago.  I was happy to receive these photos from the members there.  Come see the fun:2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (2)2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (3)2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (4)2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (5)2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (6)2017-8-19 zTamale Making Englewood (7)

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The Elders’ Apartment in Ellensburg

2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (1)Here’s where the Ellensburg Elders live.  Right now there are only 3 of them, living in one side of this duplex.  Hopefully we’ll be back to 4 soon.2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (3)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (4)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (5)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (6)Elder Kneip is home from the hospital today after his appendectomy.  He’s feeling Way better now.  2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (7)A crowded bedroom:2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (8)Tie collections:2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (9)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (10)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (11)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (12)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (13)Study area??  Yikes!2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (17)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (14)Tracting area:2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (15)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (16)Elder Holt’s study area:2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (18)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (19)Elder Holt and I are cousins.  My 3rd Great-grandpa, James Holt, is his 4th Great-grandpa.  Here are Elder Holt’s wonderful grandparents:2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (20)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (21)What missionaries eat:2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (22)2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (23)Happy to be home, Elder Kneip!2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (25)Elder Hamblin returned to Yakima with us, to join his tri-pan here.  He’s been a great hospital companion to Elder Kneip here in Ellensburg!2017-8-19 zElders Apartment Ellensburg (24)

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Interviews in Ephrata

2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (1)We found missionaries waiting for us in Ephrata when we arrived there this afternoon. They were very excited to show me the checklist they’d been putting together of things missionaries do.  Take a look:2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (3)2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (4)2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (5)2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (6)Here is the Family History Center in Ephrata where the missionaries do their weekly Monday emailing home:2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (7)2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (10)

Elder Powell and Elder Lucio, serving in the Ephrata 1st Ward2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (12)Elder Powell:  I’ve learned to keep conversations going until I know/remember what I wanted to say.  I’ve learned more of how the Spirit communicates (I still have a long way to go).  I’ve learned a lot about how the family works, how God works, and the kind of father I want to be.   I’m memorizing Ether 12:12: “For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.”

Elder Lucio:  I’ve learned how to ask questions.  I’m able to have more conversations with people now.  I’ve become more observant (facial cues, body language, noticing things in the environment).  I’m memorizing 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Elder Holley and Elder Amat, serving in the Ephrata Spanish areas2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (15)Elder Holley:  I’ve gained confidence.  I have more trust in what I can do–especially in talking to people.  I’m better at talking to people, relating to them, making them feel special.  I also work harder, using my time well and not giving up when things get hard.  I’m memorizing Alma 26:12  “Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boastof my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.”

Elder Amat:  I’m better at being bold and helping people get past their excuses.  I’m better at asking inspired questions.  I’m trying to be selfless.  I used to talk a lot about myself.  Now I listen more to them.  I haven’t memorized any scriptures.  One day.

Sister Boehmer and Sister Goodrich, serving in the Ephrata 2nd Ward2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (17)Sister Boehmer:  I’m better at talking and relating to people, adjusting to change and cooking.  I like to make pancakes, banana bread, biscuits and gravy, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  I’m memorizing Hebrews 11:1  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Sister Goodrich:  I’ve learned to be more social by trying to think of ways to participate in conversations.  I’ve learned how to let trials build my testimony instead of shaking it.  I look for the blessings.  I’ve also learned to keep smiling even when I don’t feel like it.  I’m memorizing Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (19)2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (20)2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (23)

Elder West and Elder Fullmer are the Zone Leaders here, serving in the Ephrata 3rd Ward, Spanish2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (24)Elder West:  I’ve learned how to be interested in others, learning about them and making what they’re interested in the most important thing.  I’m able to strike up a conversation with a stranger.  I’m able to take good, organized notes during my personal study and scripture study.  I’m memorizing Luke 18:10-14: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Elder Fullmer:  I’ve learned to trust the Spirit and do what I’m prompted to do.  I’ve learned to be confident through knowing really well what I’m sharing and through knowing myself.  I’ve learned to work hard and bite the bullet.  Just do it.  It gets easier.  I’m memorizing 1 Nephi 15:24  “And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction.”

2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (33)We found the History of the Siam Mission where Elder West’s ancestor grandpa served in the 1860s.  We also found the journal of a fellow missionary who served with him in Europe and mentioned Elder West’s ancestor many times.  It was pretty fun and very interesting!!2017-8-19 Interviews zEphrata (35)

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