Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So this week has been pretty interesting. I got my new companion Tuesday
morning at 6. He's very different than Elder Preston for sure. He's from
Texas and his name is Elder Duval. We got back the apartment and he started
tearing it apart first thing. Our apartment was way clean, much cleaner than
any of the other apartments that I've been in. He said he was organizing. He
pulled everything out then started going through and and deciding what he
didn't think we needed that we could get rid of. Then he started putting it
all pack the way he wanted. He told me that he needed it to be organized in
a way that would fit him? But now we'll be looking for something that I used
to know right where it is and now he can't even find it cuz he can't
remember where he moved it to. I guess it's good in a way, but some of it is
a little ridiculous. Like all our pots hang on these hooks over the stove,
and he thinks we need to get rid of stuff in the cuboards so they can fit
down there cuz to him it looks cluttered. And he keeps eating all my
food:( But I'm really working on getting along with him; I know there's a
lot I can learn from this, and we have been getting along these past couple
of days a lot better. But at first he kept saying these little biting
comments, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to handle it. Like the
first night I said planning prayer I prayed for all our investigators and
stuff and he ridiculed my prayer and said we weren't at conference. He'll
say these comments and I don't know if he's trying to kid or if he's being
serious? And he keeps calling me greeny, but I'm learning to just deal with
it and not let it bother me. He did get him start washing his hands after he
went to the brathroom. Cuz he went to the bathroom, didn't wash his hands
then was over in my cheese making a sandwich and I asked if he washes his
hands. He said "no", so now he washes. Now I just have to figure out how to
let him know he needs to shower better or something, I'm pretty sure he
doesn't use deoderant because he has this really strong odor that just
eminates from him, that's probably one of the hardest things to deal with,
especially when we're in the car all the time. But I'm sure I'll come to
Other than that we've had some very good lessons this week. We have Patricia
that now wants to meet with us every week. She still wants to write her book
about how the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a true prophet,
but she still thinks we need to mix with the Christian Advent Church. She
wants to be baptized by authority, which she thinks both of these churches
have, but wants to keep here title of Rev. Jones. So we're not really sure
what we're going to do with her.
Then we're teaching this guy, in his mid 20's, named Mike. He's been keeping
all his committments, coming to church, and had a really neat experience
with prayer:) We're way excited for him!
We're teaching quit a few other people as well but they don't seem to be
progressing as quickly, but hopefully we can change that.
It's getting warmer here and we've gotten a lot of sap this past week. We
got about a quart last week from ten gallons of sap. And a lot of the snow
has melted away... Finally! But the mud is pretty bad.
Well other than that and my new companion nothing else really super exciting
has happened this week. I love you all so much!
Love Elder William Campbell
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Our microwave has been one of my best friends. I use it daily for quite a few things especially the timer. The other day I was timing Low-and-Slow Sloppy Joes in my slow cooker. Of course I used my microwave timer instead of my oven timer. I set it for one hour and then I was going to set it for another hour. The dish washer was going also, though that is no excuse, so it was noisy. Then I sat down at the computer and did a little arbitration on the LDS site. I wondered why the dinger didn't go off on the microwave, well you have guessed it. I set the timer wrong and the microwave had been trying to cook nothing and had burned out. Now I'm 20 years younger than my dad when he burned up his microwave and I don't think I have dementia.
But the deed is done. Sid kept telling me not to feel bad, but he keeps going over to Trudy's to use her microwave.
Yesterday he decided to take the microwave off the wall so he could see if there was a way to fix it. He called Steve over to see if he could help him lift it out. Two hours later they still didn't have it out.
When Baxter came home from school he took over because Steve had to leave. Well the guilt feeling started again. After Baxter had been here for over an hour Sid figured it out. There was a latch thingy in the front grill that all you had to do was pull it and wa la Baxter and he lifted it out. Oh the fun of growing old. Now I have a kitchen cabinet hanging on the wall.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This was taken in the temple of the Gods. There were 12 of these statues holding this stone up.
The week ended to fast for me. I had gotten a bad sun burn the day before and had used Vicks to help the burn feel good. We woke up to it raining and no electricity, so no shower, then went and sat in a hot airport until boarding our plane. But given the chance I would do it again.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
If you teach piano you know having a student count out loud is like pulling teeth and some still don't even silently and wonder why they are taking the piece over and over again. Course some of it is because they don't practice. Even though this isn't Tuesday, I want you to know I look forward to Tuesday because I start my day by giving Stevie her piano lessons before the bus comes and end up giving Noah and Zane their lessons Tuesday after school.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Of course there are lots a birds around singing and making the world sound bright.
One bright sunny morning last week, Sid was on his stationary bike when a robin flew in and was looking for worms on the lawn. All of a sudden a falcon swooped down and grabbed that robin from behind taking it to the ground. The robin didn't move at all. The falcon then looked behind, in Sid's direction then flew right out of the lawn, robin tightly in his talons, into the neighboring woods. Now I have seen that on programs on TV but Sid got to see it first hand. To say the least Sid was amazed. (Moral to the story: "Watch Your Back")
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Speaking Freely: Vol. 1: John Perkins
Author and former economic consultant John Perkins takes aim at himself, confessing his shameful role in helping organizations such as World Bank and the IMF drive poor nations into crippling debt while enriching U.S corporations.
It is quite the eye opener. Sorta makes you wonder if we are headed in the same direction.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I was Googling Earth the other day, looking over my old stomping grounds and had a flashback of an incident that should be of interest.
My dad Alva Young used to keep a "winter herd" of dry cows at his ranch in Tooele county Utah, well into the winter almost every year. To help them stay in good condition he used to take cotton seed meal out and mix it with salt in a couple of feeders in the Dry Farm pasture where the "dry cows" were. As I recall, about 1 ton of cotton seed meal each trip.
On this particular trip, the "posi track" differential in his truck broke stranding him very near Erickson Pass shown on the map. It was sundown and there was nothing to do but walk for help. The only living people in the area were at Ecker's Ranch, so he made the walk there in the cold and snow arriving there well after dark. It was 9.6 miles according to Google Earth.
He stayed with the Ecker's overnight and they gave him a ride to Abraham, his home, the next day.
That day, he and I went back out and took the broken differential out of the truck and returned home to have it repaired.
The following day he and I went back out using my brother Joe's old 49 Ford 2 door sedan. We replaced the differential and drove home again. I can attest to how bitter cold it was. He drove the truck and I drove the old Ford.
Tune in next week for the "rest of the story"
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I wouldn't send my best friend there let alone a dog or cat, which I have had and loved dearly. Then I asked her to look at my ears to see if everything was okay there and dad said she put her light in but didn't even look in the ear. Well I came away with a $60.00 prescription and a bad taste in my mouth.
I've been to ear, nose and throat doctors before and this is the worst doctor I have ever been to!!!!!!!! Hopefully she knows enough that this ointment will do the trick.
I feel a lot better now.