This past week was a very important week for the Navajo Nation. It was the week of their primary elections. There were only 17 people vying for the office of president and a chance to be on the ballot for the final elections. One of them was from our Branch. He is a very nice guy, so we were hoping he would make it through the primaries. Even though he made a good showing, he didn't make it as one of the two finalists. A sister in our Branch was running for a council member, but she didn't make the finals either.
All day long on election day there were a lot of people at the Chapter House. There were several shade tents set up with people getting in last minute campaigning for the different candidates. I guess they figured a person would vote for the last name they had seen before going into the voting booth, especially if they were giving out freebies.
We have finished the discussions with the girls we have been teaching. Now we are just doing a lot of reviewing and making sure they understand the concepts of the Gospel. We aren't just sure whether they will be able to proceed and be baptized or not. Hopefully, we will know for sure this week.
We have also started teaching their uncle. After several tries and not being able to find him home or have some other thing come up, we were finally able to give him the 1st discussion. He is a good guy with a wife (who is already a member) and a two-month-old baby. He has been coming to church nearly every week for the last while.
We have learned we need to be ever on guard. We need to be aware of the adversary's activities, secret or otherwise, and never feel secure against his treacherous ways. We need to consider ways in which to outwit or defeat him. This week we learned that we must never let our guard down. We must be constantly alert for Lucifer is cunning and very deceitful. Our encounter this week with one of his servants left both of us shaken, and we determined that the work we are involved in is hurting him. Therefore, we must move forward with greater energy and persistence to strengthen our testimonies and the testimonies of those whom we work with.
The RVs took a lot of our time this week. We made a trip every day, except Saturday, to do something on an RV. We ended up with two trips to Sawmill, two trips to Tohlakai, and a trip to Polacca. The elders in Polacca asked if we could be there by 8:00 a.m. because of other things they had going. So we left early (before 6:00 a.m.) and made it there a little before 8:00 a.m. (our time). When Owen talked to the elders, they said it was only 7:00 a.m. Another time change mix up. They are on the Hopi Reservation, so they follow Arizona and don't do the time changes. Oh well, if we had known we could have got another hour sleep.
This week is shaping up to be another busy week, full of new adventures, and more traveling. It is also the week of the Navajo Nation Fair. We were in Window Rock on Wednesday (the 27th ) and saw lots of yellow and pink tape marking off people's places for the parade, which isn't until the sixth. On Saturday we even saw tents where people are already camping out in order to save their spots. We have heard from the locals that fair week is really a big deal. Unfortunately, we will miss the parade; not because we didn't previously save us a spot ten days in advance, or get there by 2:00 a.m. in order to have a place, but because we are going to be at the Mission Conference in Farmington with one of the apostles.