Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My First Week in the Mission...

Elder Stucki & Elder Duncan
A person in the mission sent me this picture of Elder Stucki.  
They were feeding him and his companion dinner on his first Friday night in the mission.

A member sent me this picture.  
(I wanted to share this picture of your son doing some service for our family.  Our washing machine broke and he helped us get the water out, take our old machines out and bring in the new ones. He is doing such a great job here serving the Lord.  We appreciate his hard work and dedication.  Brother & Sister R (Ward Mission Leader) 

P.S. My husband gave them all matching shirts to wear that had my husbands name on them. They thought it was pretty funny. He is very happy and doing great. I am sure you miss him very much. I will let him know. Elder Stucki is such a hard worker and we appreciate his willingness to step up and do anything. He is a very nice young man. We will make sure he is taken care of.  @BR 


The flight was fun! We flew straight to Seattle and the Mission President picked us up. They are super nice. We went to the Presidents house which was way nice.  We had ribs and met with him. After we went to a chapel and got our companions.  Mine is Elder Bryson Duncan.  He said look him up on Instagram.  He is pretty cool. You guys know more about Orting then I do. It has been pretty slow.  We mostly visit less actives and we have 2 investigators.  There are tons and tons of less active members. It is hard here. After you go to the MTC  you come out on a mission...  and you forget you actually have to find the people to teach. I love teaching people... but I hate tracking!!! Everyone here is young families that just moved in and they already have a religion so they do not care at all to listen to you or hear what you have to say because their life is already going good.

There are no church shoes here so you might have to send some.  Also boots would be nice if because it is super muddy here. Service projects are ruining my tennis shoes.  An ipod with church music would be really nice.  Music is kinda okay here as long as its church appropriate. Vocal point is really good. I'm going blind. Literally my eyes are getting worse and worse it's so weird.  I can't read things on the other side of the room.  I sent a letter to the house and it has a SD card in it with like 200 pictures.  

Letter from the Federal Way Mission:

Elders and Sisters, 
Here is the mission website and on it has the updates and latest news on the mission and also the pictures taken as as whole mission form the visit of the General Authorities !! A thing to do is to look at it for yourself and to send this link to you parents to look at.


Also, here is the Scripture Focus for this week from the Rasmussen's

This weeks scripture to ponder is 2 Nephi 11:4-7
Nephi declared that his soul delighted in proving "the truth of the coming of Christ" (v.4).  
Identify some of the things Nephi delighted in.  
What do you delight in as you teach about Jesus Christ?

I also had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Elder Rasband, Bishop Wadell and Elder Clayton and Elder Call of the Seventy. They were here on Saturday and talked  to all the missionaries in Federal Way.

So we go to some sketchy houses, some of them are tucked away... clear up in the woods all by themselves.  There are these sketchy little cabins with big dogs (as big as bears) I have been told there have been people in the past who come out with guns when they see lights.

We should be able to email about the same time every week. We email from a library.  I have been praying for an Ipad.  My ward is super nice. You can send mail to the Mission home and then they get it to us. I live in an apartment.  It is just me and my companion.  We are the only Elders in the area.  It is pretty here and it is starting to get cold.

I read my patriarchal blessing the other day for the first time in a long time. I decided that it should be scripture. (ha ha ha) It was so good. I read it like everyday now. I can see how important serving a mission is.

I love you guys
Elder Ethan Stucki
October 24, 2016

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