Apparently here in Wyoming, people actually celebrate Columbus Day…many get the day off of work and most kids got out of school. I thought that was “re-donk-ulous.” Who gets THAT day off of school?!? That never would have happened in the Nazi Jordan School District…I'm surprised we didn't have to go on Christmas! Ha!
That's sweet that you finally found out what the baby's gender is…I'm gonna go ahead and say it's a girl. No one has spoiled it for me, but that's what I have been feeling.
Of course you guys do fun things with the Bob Rasmussen's while I'm gone! Seems like we rarely did things with them. You ladies crafted?!? That's crazy talk. You never do anything like that!
So about transfers...I GET TO STAY IN SHERIDAN!!! Hoo-rah for Israel! I’m so happy that I get to stay. I was not looking forward to leaving yet, but luckily I get to stay here for 6 more weeks (and hopefully longer). This being my first and only mission area, I can't imagine serving anywhere else right now. We have a lot of great work going on here and we have two great people who have set baptism dates. I'm really happy I’ll have the opportunity to stay and see them get baptized. My companion is also staying, which is fine with me! Sure, we have our good and bad days just like any companionship would, but almost all are good days—rarely do we have bad ones.
So I finally met a lady who has a Minnesota accent—it is super sweet to hear. She said to us today, ”I'm from Minnesota don't cha' know?" as well as "Oh yeeeeah, I know all about the Atonement of Jesus." I was like, wow...guess some good Minnesota folks really do sound like you hear in the movies. She has three cats that are extremely fat and you know what they say, the only good cat is…a fat one! My favorite of the feline trio is the fattest of them all; his name is Connor, an orange tabby. She also has a cat that looks exactly like our former cat, "The General," so I love going over there. The cats all jumped up on me and today; I had all three of them sitting on my lap..ok well, one was on the upper part of the chair and the other two were on my lap so I felt like the "Cat King." I soooooo wanted to get a picture, but we were in the middle of a lesson so it wasn’t appropriate to stop and take a picture.
I also had the opportunity to go up to Ranchester, Wyoming recently, which is a town even smaller than Sheridan--population about 800 or 900. I went to Ranchester as part of exchanges (with other missionaries) and it was an interesting time. We ran into this guy who barged out of his home as we approached (and I immediately thought, “Great! Here comes the yelling and the, Get off my property!” (*insert shotgun pumping sound*) But he invited us in, warmly shook our hands and we ended up having this crazy and entertaining 2 hour conversation about his life. We talked about a lot of subjects and as many tangents. Doesn’t seem especially interested in learning more about the church at present, but he was a really nice guy and it was a good time.
Yeah, I’ve been doing my hair differently lately. Don't know what got into me…I just one day decided it was time for a change and have liked it, so it’s my new do. Seems to be getting the job done.
Yeah, Lexe's (a nice girl Cort has been dating) cousin is way sweet. He takes us out to dinner every month or so, and has a super cool family. We were surprised when we realized that my brother had dated a girl with the same name as his cousin. And I thought, no way it's the same person…but he showed me a picture and there she was! Crazy small world..like what are the chances that would happen??? One evening we were talking about how if Cort and Lexe ever got married, we would be cousins-in-law. We had a good chuckle about it. It’s strange how many connections I’ve discovered and experienced since being here.
I'm excited to find out what Caitlin and Bryce’s baby is, and I'm still working on my birthday package…I don't have much free time, don’t cha know?
I love you guys and can't wait to hear from you all again.
-Elder Rasmussen, Eri-eri-E-Rik