I miss rock climbing. *Sniffle* Oh and Elder Richie says that Michaela and Mario are awesome for teaching Mei-Chan how to rock climb.
This week actually had a lot happen for me as well. The first exciting thing that happened is on Tuesday, where I got to go on exchanges with my District leader. I went to his area with his companion, Elder Eliason (EEL-a-SON), and Elder Knighton came to our area with Elder Richardson. It was really fun to get to go to someone else's area for a little while; life can get a bit old when you're trapped in the same 2 mile square bit of concrete for 6 months. I got to meet a couple of the people that they are working with, named Nicholas and Lucas, who are 18 and 14, respectively. Nicholas is also autistic, and i got to see how well Elder Eliason worked under that situation. As it turns out, he did very well, and Nick seemed to understand almost all of what was taught. After that, we were able to give their mother a blessing, after she had got out of the hospital. Elder Eliason gave that, and it was a really cool blessing. The last cool thing of that day was dinner, where i think that i had spaghetti that was actually close to your's, Mom. That was cool.
Thursday was the nest fun thing that happened this week. At 1:00, i got to drive up to McCall with my old companion, Elder Painter, to help baptize Kathy, a lady that we both started to teach while we were there. Her sister had passed away when we had started teaching her, and Kathy wanted to know what Hope (Kathy's sister) was learning before she died. once she started learning, she really just soaked up what we taught---she just seemed to never stop talking. Anyways, Brother Marshall was willing to drive us both up, so we left our comps in Elder Painter's area, and drove for 4 hours. It was fun to go down that drive again, and to be able to recognize everything that we drove past. We got there a bit early for the actual baptism, so we went and introduced Brother Marshall to Nate (the mortician) and David (one of the less active people we had been working with). Both are a good kind of crazy. At 6:00, we went and got ready for the baptism. It was weird, because this would be my first time in white for a baptism, and i'm too fat for my white pants, so i had to borrow a jumpsuit that they had there. (Fortunately for me, i can't find any pictures of that...) Kathy is really crippled, so even though Elder Painter was baptizing her, i was in the font to help her stay steady. It was really cool, and something that i would love to do again if the opportunity came. I did get one picture that i sent to you, and i will try to get a few more of that.
The last thing that i want to talk about was on Sunday, where something happened that i never really thought would. There is a lady in one of the wards that we cover named Gina, who missonaries have been working with since before i got to Nampa 6 months ago. She, some investigators that we have been teaching, and another less active family that we finally got to meet a couple of weeks ago named the Gonzales family, all made it to church! I didn't think that Sister Gage would ever make it back---which is why I'm not the one who is really in charge of all of this stuff. Heavenly Father is a much better judge of character than i am.
Well, that pretty much sums it up for this week. I hope your life keeps being a good kind of busy!
Love and Insanity,