Yeah, the ATM robber was weird. I don't know why he did it, all i know now is that he was caught down in Ogden Utah. Everyone who knows anything about ATM's knows that they aren't the best things to try and steal. Apparently KSL has a lot on the robbers, so for more information, you might try looking on their website.
Aside from that, things have been pretty smooth the past week. We had 34 lessons this week, 7 people at Sacrament meeting, three baptismal dates set up, and one baptism. Funny story about that baptism--we didn't know about it until after it happened. The Senior couple who are covering Cascade called us up and said that we had a baptismal record that needed to sent in to Nampa. They come up and give us the record, and we come to find out that it has been almost a year since the the baptismal interview occurred. The interview was done last March, the branch President signed the record on October 10th, the Baptism happenedon November 20th, and the record finally fell into our hands in this last week. So, we are still trying to figure everything out.
Anyways, I finally got to meet one of the investigators that the Elders had been working with before i got here, named Diana. She is around 60, and she is super ready to hear the gospel. During our lesson on Saturday, she asked questions that we were going to pose to her, before we could even open our mouths. One of them was about coffee, when we had planned on teaching her the Word of Wisdom that night anyways. We were able to help her commit to keep the Word of Wisdom, and to pray and study to find out if she can commit to be baptized on February 15th. She was also one of the 7 who made it to church yesterday, and i feel that if she continues to work in this path, she will be ready in no time to be baptized.
We also finally tracked down Jill, Elder Maynard's inactive cousin. We'd been trying to find her for the whole week, but she either wasn't there, or she was home but hiding (HBH; it's an actual progress record note in McCall.) Last night we went over to her NOT boyfriend's house, and sat there banging on the door for about 5 minutes, until she asked who it was. Elder Maynard's reply was, "Who else would it be?"
She invited us in.
She'd promised that she would go to church, and we hadn't seen her there, so we asked why she didn't make it. It turns out that she doesn't have a car, her ride that she'd thought she was going to get bailed on her, and it was too cold to walk the 4 miles to get to church. When we got there, she was even still dressed and ready to go to church. The sad part is that at about 1:30, we'd gone to give a lady at the hospital a blessing, and after we went over to Jill's to pick her up and take her to church. Apparently she was there, but she didn't hear the knocking because she was either in the bathroom, or taking a shower.
Aside from all that, she has a lot of things to work through, and she acts like a teenager trapped in a 40 year old body. I wont go into details, but she really needs some help, and from personal experience, I don't think that she is going to be able to go very far without professional help.
Well, enough of that. Some thing really cool that's going on right now is the Winter Carnival. Technically, it starts this coming Friday, but the cool part of it is the Ice Sculptures that people carve. McCall's winter carnival is apparently one of the biggest in the Nation, and their ice sculptures are chartered from around the world for people to come in and carve. Elder Maynard and i we thinking about making one of our own, an Angel Moroni, but we didn't start soon enough, and a lot of the snow has melted, making it hard to get enough to use. I'm still a little sad about that... but oh well. What can you do. We still are going to go around and do the tourist trick when the rest are done. (Don't worry, we'll still be working too, and we wont be obnoxious about it. We just want pictures.)
Those are pretty much the major things that happened this week. Thanks for all of your prayers, and your emails.
Love and Insanity, Elder Stuver