Monday, September 14, 2009

Up Hill and Around

Short entry today.

Elder Edgell and Elder Reeder went fishing this morning to start off their P-Day (preparation day). Didn't catch anything.

Last Tuesday was "walk day" and they biked 15 -17 miles. It was a long day but fun. Tim said the 5 miles he did while home was nothing compare to what they do there. LOTS of winding roads and hills.

Tomorrow is Zone Conference for them. They will be in Goodletsville all day.
Next Tuesday is transfer day. Tim should know this weekend if he will be transferred to a new area.

All is good and he is happy the Gators won this past weekend.

That's it for this week. Maybe we'll get more next time and hopfully some pictures.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Baptism and Farm Life

September 8, 2009

Elder Edgell had a good week. A baptism, Daniel Curry, on Sunday,September 6th. Tim had the privilege of laying his hands on Daniel's head to confirm him a member of the church and give the gift of the Holy Ghost.
In Elder Edgell's words "It was an amazing experience."

They will have another walking day because of more preventable accidents in the mission. They are going to be riding bikes.

On Labor Day, he and his companion had the opportunity to work on one of the member's farm. They moved hay all morning. Before they could move the hay, they had to herd cows out of the yard.

His knee is doing great. Now if he can just overcome some clumsiness - he was trying to jump on to a porch at the farm and misjudged his jumping skills and his shins took a wipe out. They are bruised and cut up.

He and his companion had a great dinner at an investigator's home Monday evening. Burgers, hot dogs, etc.
They are always grateful when folks feed them dinner.
He says he might get the chance to eat some squirrel while there. EWWWW! First  possum, now squirrel.
I've heard it's tasty, but no thankyou.

I know Tim would love to get letters -

Here's his address again:

Elder Tim Edgell
Tennessee Nashville Mission
105 West Park Drive Suite 190
Brentwood, TN  37027-5010

More updates coming...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ups and Down

Here are Elder Edgell's updates from the past three weeks.

August 31, 2009.
"Good Morning!
Walking day was okay, we didn't go very much of anywhere, just stayed around in Sulphur Well.

Our baptism date didn't go through yesterday because our branch president thinks he he’ll be more ready and prepared for this Sunday.

We rode our bikes a few times last week, which mine isn't that great, changes gears all by itself, but it works.

This weekend we had 5 investigators to church!
We didn’t have that great of a week last week, but I know that this week will be better.
I'm emailing so early cuz we ran out of miles. We have about 6 left for the month, so we can't go into town today to shopping or other stuff. We have to stay here in town."

Feeling like fall in Kentucky

August 24th :

“Howdy from beautiful Sulphur Well, Kentucky!

It has felt like fall the past couple of days and is amazingly beautiful.

I gave my talk in sacrament meeting yesterday. I don’t know why I was nervous. I teach and talk to random people every day. Other than being nervous, it went well.

We’ve given the Stop Smoking workshop like a million times this week. I taught it for first time on Saturday night to one of our investigators. Afterwards we gave him a priesthood blessing. It was way cool.

Our mission got over 600 new investigators last week. AMAZING! Elder Reeder and I taught over 36 total lessons and the week before that we taught over 48! President Hutchings called to congratulate us. I think we set some new record. We found 16 new people last week.

From Pres. Hutchings – “Great news – 50 dates were set this week. That was our goal and you made it happen. Thanks and congrats. Also, we have 87 future dates. There are others in the wings. They didn’t come to church so they weren’t counted as a future date. The hope is real and our faith is being tested. You are coming through like a knight on a white horse. Keep up the great work and thanks so much for all your good and hard work.”

Our fridge is dying on us. It never keeps food cold and our milk has gone bad after just a couple days since purchasing. So we have no food or milk, which stinks. We are getting a new fridge tomorrow. Thank goodness.

I received my reinstatement letter from President Monson on Saturday. Pretty cool! It’s a letter from him, short, but it’s cool.”

Back and loving it!

August 17th -“It’s great to be back! We had an amazing first week together. I forgot how awesome it was to be a missionary.

Sulphur Well is awesome. Really SMALL town, smaller than Interlachen (FL). Only has the famous Lighthouse Restaurant and another tiny store, and that’s about it. The nearest Walmart is about 25 minutes away. Lots of Amish people out here, pretty cool I think.

Sulphur Well is famous for that Lighthouse Restaurant and an actual well. That’s why the town is called Sulphur Well. It’s tradition for new missionaries to drink from the well, which I got to do. Let just say it’s not the best water in town.

Everyone knows everybody out here. It seems like one way or another they are all related too.

I’ve always wanted to live in a small town like this and now I get my chance too. I love it. Our apartment is really cool. It’s the old church’s gym. They built it for the missionaries. It is right across from the current church building. We also live right next to a graveyard.

We have a pet spider who lives in a HUGE spider web right outside our door. We’ve named her Charlotte.

Tobacco and corn are some of the main crops here. Everyone owns a farm here and have some type of cattle or crop.

I ate possum last night for dinner. (surprisingly really good) It was possum and regular beef on the kabob. Everything we ate was from their farm.

We had a really good week last week. My first night there we taught an investigator name Daniel Curry. We taught him how to pray. He knew how, but wasn’t really sure and he told us he was nervous. We gave him encouragement and he prayed for us. It was awesome! You could really feel the spirit. We then took him to the church and gave him a tour. We taught him the 2nd lesson, Plan of Salvation. A little background on Daniel – Daniel’s brother was baptized into the church about 6 months before he died. Daniel has been curious about the church since then. He really loved the Plan of Salvation lesson and has set a baptism date for August 30th. He has a “chewing” problem,(a lot of that out here) so will have to overcome that before baptism. Please pray for him.

We had a cool experience on Wednesday. We had been tracting (knocking on doors) for about 5 hours in Edmonton, wanting to find a family to teach and were debating whether we should head back to Sulphur Well. We had forgotten our phone at the apartment, which is like death if you have no phone. We were heading back to the truck and we walked pass a house and heard little kids crying. We were like, YES! That’s the house, so we knocked on the door. A woman answered and told us to come back in 10 minutes because it was so hectic right then. Our door approach was the plan of salvation and how our families can be together forever. She said the she was really touched by what we said, and in shock because she and her husband have been having marriage problems and were looking for a church and a way to strengthen their family. Please keep them in your prayers. It was such an amazing experience. I have had so many like this, how the spirit guides us to people who are the “Elect”.

I finally get to serve around Elder Osmond and Elder Boswell. They are our zone leaders. We cover the areas of Edmonton, Adair County and Columbia, KY. They are all small areas.

Our mission is really close to the 100 goal.”

A little history of Sulphur Well, Kentucky:

A few years before the Civil War a man named Ezekeal Neal owning about 300 acres of land lying along either side of the South Fork of Little Barren River decided to drill for salt on the river bank. Instead of salt, he tapped a wonderful stream of water of great medicinal value – a combination of sulphur, magnesium, salt and iron, so proportioned that it is very pleasant to the taste. Naturally artesian, unaffected by cold, heat, rain or drought, it has been flowing incessantly for nearly a century. From this well the village received its name.