Monday, June 2, 2014

Our missionary work was kind of slow this week, but there wasn't much we could do about it. Owen was sick the first part of the week with an asthma attack; which, I think might have been more than just that because I got hit with a bad sinus infection for the rest of the week. I finally went to the doctor on Friday. We did not feel at all like going out, and I am sure no one would have wanted us around anyway spreading all our germs. We didn't have any RV checks to make either. Good thing because neither of us felt like driving.

We did finally make contact with a family that we have been trying to find out where they lived. As you drive down the road and come to a fence, you see a 'No Trespassing' sign. We had started down that road another time, but turned around when we came to the sign because we weren't sure we were even on the right road. This time we could see someone walking further up the road, so we decided to be brave and drive up and ask her if she knew the family we were looking for. Not only did she know them, she was one of the family. We didn't visit very long because they were getting ready for a closing school program, but we were glad to finally make connections with them. Did we just happen to be on their road at that time of day when she was walking? We were on our way home from Gallup, after getting the truck serviced, and decided to exit the freeway and try again to find them.

We are still teaching and working with the young man who was baptized, and we can continue to see him grow. He will soon receive the 'next ordinance' and be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood. Since we have none right now in our Branch that are active, that will be a good thing all the way around.

I have been compiling a list of the unique names of landmarks, towns, etc. as we have been traveling around. Some of the town names related to rock are: Shiprock, Many Rock, Window Rock, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Chimney Rock, Rock Point, White Rock, Twin Rocks, Church Rock, and Steamboat (named after a nearby rock formation). Other towns are Wheatfields, Many Farms, Mexican Water, Little Water, Red Lake, Pine Springs, and Oak Springs. Then there is Black Creek, Crazy Creek, Fish Wash, Burnt Creek, and Dead River. Some of the roads are: Jackrabbit Road, Two Guns Road, Buffalo Range Road, Twin Arrows Road, Smoke Rise Road, and Silver Saddle Road. Then we have Gray Mountain, Blue Mountain, Low Mountain, Red Mesa, White Mesa, First Mesa, Second Mesa, and Third Mesa. I am sure there are many more creative names out there we will come across before our time is up. It would be interesting to know the history, how, and why the names were chosen. There are a lot of very interesting and beautiful rock formations all around here.

We are hoping to have a much more productive week, so we will see how things go.

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