Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wild, Wonderful (and a little crazy) West Virginia

It has been another wonderful week here in Buckhannon with a lot of fun things going on. The weather is finally starting to get nicer (it got up to the 80s this week) and we finally got a washer (not a dryer yet) so hopefully next week we won't have to be spending 5 dollars on laundry a week.

Along with that, this week we were out trying to find a less active member of our church and couldn't find the house so we went to another members house (the Chapman's) that would know where she lived. Well we went over there and when we got there Brock, one of the members, was over cutting down some trees (he's a logger) and he had some of his big machines there. Hence the picture of me in the big "loader" (that's what Brock called it). But we went back to the Chapman's home later that week for dinner and went over a little bit early to go dig some ramps. I had never heard of ramps before coming to West Virginia, but if I were to explain it, it is like a wild onion but it is a lot stronger. Apparently kids aren't allowed to go to school if they eat them because it smells so bad. But we decided to eat some but nobody said anything to us about smelling bad so I'm not sure how much I believe it. Maybe we just didn't eat enough. But after digging the ramps we found out that he had just got some baby pigs! So of course we had to go and see them and hold them! So fun! (the picture with the little white cat was at there house to. it looks like a little snowball with legs)

We did do some missionary work too though! Derek is doing great! He has been coming to church and apparently bore his testimony in one of his classes at church yesterday! He is definitely getting excited for his baptism! We just have to make sure we are able to teach him everything! Rita (who just got baptized) is doing great. We were able to confirm her a member of the church and give her the gift of the Holy Ghost yesterday which is always a good experience to be a part of! We have been trying really hard to find new people to teach. The people have been friendly but haven't found too many super interested yet so hopefully we will find more success this week!

Love you all!!! Hope all is well!
Elder Ryan Carter

"We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us—all of us—have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval." -President Thomas S. Monson

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