Dear family and friends,
Here is a bit from my email to Pres.
We found this lady named Flora Afaro on Friday. Elder Smith and I tracted into her last week and because Elder Smith was inspired he already had a Spanish Book of Mormon in his back pack! We were able to explain to her what it is and invited her to start reading it. We are going to see her again next Friday morning. We have a member from our ward from Chile who is going to come as well. Flora just moved here less than 2 weeks ago so hopefully our member and her will be able to become good friends and she will accept the gospel. We are very excited about her.
This week was great, and long.
Tuesday was a bike day because we are lower on miles. We rode around. Not a whole lot exciting happened. Elder Smith and I went on splits with some members. He went to teach a lesson all by himself. I was nervous for him. But he did great! They felt the spirit and are progressing. I went out with a member of the High Council to check up on prospective Elders. We had a great time and said a prayer with a traveler while we looked. (A traveler is a guy who chooses to be homeless and travel around the country. They ALL come through Arcata regularly.)
Wednesday we did some yard work for Brother Woody in our ward. It was a lot of fun; we fought against a wall of evil black berry bushes and gained some ground. Then Brother Woody made some steak for us. We were able to go out with him to see a few of the less active members of the ward. We all then piled in a car and went to Ukiah. It was a 2 1/2 hour drive. We had a half mission conference down in Santa Rosa and we are the banished zone so we had to leave early. For the rest of the mission it takes an hour and a half max to drive to Santa Rosa. For us it’s a 3.5 hour minimum. So we got to go on a ROAD TRIP! We spent the night in Ukiah.
Thursday we got up at 5:30 am and left for Santa Rosa. We were going to have the great pleasure of hearing from Eduardo Gavarret of the Seventy! He gave us all hugs and talked about a lot of stuff. It was sweet! The Eureka Zone (us) did a musical number as well. There is a song in the back of the special Book of Mormon Ensign that we sang. But we did it to the music of “If You Could High to Kolob” We rocked it. We all wore the brightest green ties you have ever seen in your life. We gave one to Elder Gavarret as well and asked him to wear it at conference ha-ha. We drove back that night and made it home around 11:15 pm. Driving through the redwood forest at night is amazing and creepy as mess.
Friday we got back to work. We were quite tired. We had district meeting and taught Irene again, she is so great!
Saturday is when we found Flora. We then did weekly planning and extra studies. There is a new training program for new missionaries. I went through it when I started. It means you study for 3 hours a day for the first 12 weeks of your mission. It helps a ton though.
Sunday we ate Japanese curry and taught a few people. We had a great day and had a good time. We are having fun!
Love Elder Tubbs