Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24th, 2014

Monday we did p-day stuff, FHE at the Owens, just the usual.
Tuesday, we were supposed to have zone conference but it got cancelled because it snowed a little bit up there! I'm sure you've heard about all of the snow! There was 6-7 feet up there so yeah, crazy! I won't tell you too much about the snow because I'm sure you've heard a lot about it. We only got about 2 feet and then it all melted in the next few days so it was a bunch of snow but nothing compared to Buffalo. We really haven't done much because of the weather so it's going to be a short letter. It's been super cold a couple of days so we tried to stay inside when it's below zero. We've done a bunch of shoveling though. We've been out a lot shoveling during the storm so it doesn't build up too much at once. We've shoveled off a couple of roofs so they didn't cave in. We went out at night and walked around and shoveled people's driveways. We tracked for about six hours on Saturday. We taught a couple people this week actually and they had a lot of potential! 

Yup that's pretty much it!
Sorry for the short letter, it was a pretty boring week!

Love Elder Daugs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 17th, 2014~ Winter has arrived!!

Hey guys!                                                                                                             November 16, 2014

Well, it's cold now and there's lots of snow! I saw a weather forecast that said Springville should get 24-30 inches in the next three days! So,
that will be awesome! This week went ok I guess, not that much different from any other week. So the first part of the week here was no snow but after Tuesday there was tons of it! Pretty much every day it snows at least a little. We've done a ton of tracting lately trying to find more people to go and teach. We've found probably ten potentials and we've got two new investigators, so I guess it's working! We've had appointments set up with a bunch of people this week but they've all been gone or said it was a bad time. We've tried to stop by and see all of the potentials that we have on our board a couple of times and none were available. So we'll keep trying! We've almost knocked on every single door in Springville only a couple more streets to go! 

It's kind of hard to find things to do once it gets dark because it gets dark around 5- 5:30 and people don't like us knocking on their door once it's dark. We've done the usual service at the trading post, and we did some service for Jim and Kelly. Hunting season started this week and Jim has already got two I think! And a boy from the branch got one and he said he's going to bring us some jerky! Stake conference was this week up on Amherst so that was great! We rode up with the Beckers and had lunch with them afterwards. I'm finding out that people really hate change out here! They have their religion and that's all they need they don't even want to hear what we have to say most of the time and the people that do listen are the ones that aren't religious! So I like talking to the people that aren't religious at all! They are much nicer! I think we're going to the church and going to build giant snowman for p day and then go to the Owens so that will be fun!

I'm keeping pretty warm. The humid cold is a lot different than the dry cold in Utah! I don't know what we'll do after we're done tracting? Nice elk! The Nissan is pretty good as far as I can tell! It's a little light in the back end so we might get some sand bags or something. It's going to be a blizzard for the next three days and zone conference was canceled because of the snow. Here's the fort so far. That's pretty much it! Yep!

 Love, Elder Daugs

Ether 12:4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.

Winter has arrived!

Guess, it's time to build a fort! (P-day activity)
 Me,  Elders Cramer, Passey, and Smith

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014 ~ First week with my new companion

Rochester in the Fall

Hello!!                                                                                                  November 10, 2014

So this week was really busy!!

Monday we got transfer calls and figured out that Elder Vickers is going to Kodak Park in Greece. So, Monday he packed and then we did the usual p- day stuff.

Tuesday was the crazy day! The Freedom Elders are getting a new Nissan so we had to take their Colorado up to transfers in Pittsford. We also had to
take the back license plate from our truck because we still don't have the front one from the accident. The Freedom Elders didn't have a truck while we were at transfers. Then we got there and had the transfer meeting which was awesome! We got a new AP, Elder Bevan and a bunch of other missionaries went home. I got a new companion, Elder Smith and I got to see the other Elders from my MTC district for he first time! That was really great to see those guys again!! And now Elder Miller and Jones are in the Buffalo Stake so I'll get to see them a little more often. Then before we went home they were supposed to get us our other license plate but the DMV was closed so we couldn't get it so.... We had to take the Elders new truck and Cattaraugus' old truck for a temporary replacement until we could get our plates! So that meant we had to drive separate back down to Springville since we had
two trucks! So, I was all alone for two hours for the first time in 3 months! And it's not as exciting as you would think! Elder smith just followed right behind me back to Springville and I sat bored out of my mind in my truck! I had no music and I couldn't listen to the radio and I had no one to talk to! When we got there we went to Kelly's for dinner.

Wednesday we went and met some members, helped at the trading post, and went tracking. We got several potentials just from an hour of tracking! Then we went to family history night and I found some names and printed them off so I can take them to the temple!

Thursday we had district meeting, had dinner at the senior Owens and had game night, which was better than normal because 8 people showed up!

Friday we helped at the trading post for only an hour then Elder and Sister Ray came to clean and reorganize our apartment for 5 hours!!  We did a deep clean and set up the apartment so if we need to it can have four elders. They are super nice and have a granddaughter that goes to mountain crest. Then we went tracking in the snow!! Which I don't mind but I don't like the snow in early November!  One guy let us in and we taught the restoration for over an hour!! He said we can come back and teach him and his wife more but we haven't been able to get ahold of him yet.

Saturday we helped Roy cut down about ten big trees and haul them out, and we invited him to family history night and he seems to be really interested! Then we had dinner at the Miess', which was great!  

Sunday we had all of the usual things except we had to teach the youth for Sunday school (all five of them!) then after church we finally got ahold of some in actives that we haven't been able to speak with my whole mission in west valley!  That's pretty much it for this week! Love you guys!

P.S. to mom:

Elder Smith is great! He is a really good missionary and I've already learned a lot from him! We are going to get a ton of work done here together! He has been out 22 months and he just got released as a zone leader. It's been cold here, the high is low 40s and it's snowed three times already and next week is supposed to be worse! I'm not nervous driving or anything I'm used to it now! I've probably driven almost 5000 miles out here! The cities are definitely bigger than Salt Lake and there are metropolitan areas all around them. Traffic in Buffalo on the freeway if you go at the wrong time is horrible! The freeway is bigger here too. One thing I no that I don't like is that all of the roads in the entire state don't have numbers, all names and there weird names like Genesee, Cattaraugus, Cochrane, etc..  We met for transfers at the mission off ice in Pittsford. Yeah a lot of people like Springville mostly because of the people like the Owens, and the Beckers, not the area. We eat at the Beckers, Kelly's, Miess', Owens, Senior Owens, and some others. Most of the time for lunch and about half of the time for dinner we eat at the apartment or go to a restaurant. One thing that you could send me only if it's less expensive to ship than to buy a new one is the nice black jacket in the closet. Send me pictures of it and I'll tell you if it’s the right one or if I want it please! Thank you!

Love you!

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3rd, 2014~ Getting a new companion (Elder Smith)

Hey everyone!                                                                                                  November 3rd, 2014

This week was good but it was a little cold.  I'll tell you more about that a little bit!

So, on Monday we did the usual and went to the Owens for FHE, which is always great!

Tuesday, I went on exchanges over to Arcade again but this time I went with Elder Cramer and we did a bunch of service in the rain. We went to two different people’s houses and stacked wood for most of the day!

Wednesday, we went to the trading post and met with Billy again. He said he would have us over but still hasn't called and he never answers his phone. We also taught Chuck and he finally said that if he came to know what we taught was true he would be baptized but he won't read and his shop is open on Sunday so he can't come to church. So, still a lot of work to do there! Then we went to family history night at the church and I noticed on mine that a bunch of the names have duplicates and I don't know how to fix that or how to make sure they are duplicates, so maybe grandpa could figure out what’s wrong.

Thursday, we had district meeting and then we had game night. We are doing it inside and more people are starting to come to play board games and other games so that's good!

Friday was Halloween. We went to the trading post and they got some sort of bug in some of the boxes so we had to move all of the food out of the building and into the garage! That took forever!

On Halloween, we had to be in by dark so that's like 6 so we went over to the senior couples apartment with the other elders and played cards for the night.

Saturday, we went to Roy’s and cut down and moved a bunch of trees for him in the snow! Yes, I said snow! It wasn't sticking, but it was still cold! And we got him interested in coming to the family history night so hopefully he'll come to that! Then at night we went to the Becker’s for dinner and Cole was there, so that was good! We're trying to get him to church but he's 20 years old and is usually off doing stuff on the weekends. When we came out of the Becker’s there was 2 inches of snow!! It started to stick once the sun went down!

Sunday was fast Sunday and after we went and tried to visit a bunch of potentials but none were home! Today we got transfer calls and Elder Vickers is going to Kodak Park up in Greece and I'm staying and Elder Smith is coming here! I liked Elder Vickers, but a change will be nice! I've been in our area the longest out of all of the people in our district so I guess I'm an expert now! I don't know much about Elder Smith I'll find out when I go get him tomorrow. We have to drive all of the way to Rochester to get him! It's about two hours. So it will use up a couple miles!

The heater works ok.

I  read through the Book of Mormon once already and all of D and C and I've started Book of Mormon again and the New Testament. We study preach my gospel and watch conference talks usually for study.

That's pretty much all!
Love you!!

Elder Daugs