August 24th, 2015- Getting to Know the Mesa

Alrighty, so this past week we got to meet a lot more families and people on the Mesa. Also, It’s mandatory to own a pitbull in this area. Most of them are tied up, but Elder Hudson and I are always checking to see if there are any stray dogs we haven’t seen yet. You can usually tell how nice a person is by their dogs. But, overall every loves talking to the missionaries. Although we don’t get to have a lot of lessons in homes, people stop by us as we’re walking and just talk to us. It’s awesome.
This past Monday, we got to go up Blue Mountain in a mud bog with the elders from Bluff and Monticello. It was super cool. We could see all the way to Canyonlands. On the way down we got behind a vehicle that was kicking up a lot of dirt and going super slow so we went a different way than them and ending up actually mud bogging. It was awesome! I was in the back so I didn’t get that dirty but the elders in the front got covered.
We had a branch potluck in Blanding this past week. The food was amazing and we got to see a lot of people that we don’t normally see there. Our branch President, Pres. Jones, had a huge dutch oven that he put potatoes, cheese, bacon and other good stuff in. It was awesome. All the branch Presidency are super nice couples that live in Blanding.
This was super cool! So Elder Hudson was playing some of his mission music and Children, go where I send thee came on. I was like “I know this song!” and started singing along. But, when they got to 2 it was Alma and Amulek instead of Paul and Silas. So, yeah there’s a lot of versions of that song (this was missionary specific). Anyway the rest were:
10: commandments
9: miles we ride on our bikes
8: girl that just couldn’t wait
7: prayers we send up to heaven
6: books that we call sticks
5: Alma who came back alive
4: Lord who knocked on the door
3: Tree in Lehi’s dream
2: Alma and Amulek
1: Little bitty, baby
Anyways, we got to see our golden investigator Joe on Saturday. He’s a family man who raised some incredible children. He’s taken all of the lessons and is just waiting for his son to get back from the Army and baptize him. He teaches us more than we teach him. We shared with him Alma 37:6-7: “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about this great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” He’s amazing and thanks us missionaries over and over again for what we do.
I’m doing great and thanks for all of the letters and mail. Love you All!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury
– Here’s me on top of Blue Mountain.

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