Dear Mother, 3.2.13
I do my best to write you but lately our P Days have been filled with activities. First the Air-Force Museum, then the Temple and lately hanging out with the hippies, in Yellow Spring. ....... where we ate at an Amish Buffet named Der Dutchman. That place was good. All the food was grown there by the Amish and they supply this restaurant.
Since Monday last week, we have found 7 new investigators. 6 of them are solid but they do have their own vices that we will work with them on. And this last P Day, we as a district, went on a hike (I have pictures) and spent the rest of our time in this town called Yellow Springs.
Yellow Springs is a town that is definitely hippie town. They have a lot of import stores. .......We have a wonderful conversation with the clerks of one of the stores. People are very nice when you don't judge them. I think I made a few friends that day. After Yellow Springs, we had dinner at a place called Young's Dairy.
(This photo of Yellow Springs is courtesy of TripAdvisor) All the food they have are completely fresh and home grown. I had me some good buffalo sauce cheese curds, which were very good. I've also realized my love for Reuben Sandwiches. If you could send me a simple recipe on how to make Reuben, I would be eternally grateful.
Let me tell you about the day we found a family of 6 that we found on the 22nd. We tracted into the Reed's by using a method where, at the doorstop, we asked if we could leave them with a blessing upon their home and family. They were all for it. James, the young man at the door, was very excited to see us and when he let us in he collected his family by saying "the Jesus people want to leave a blessing!" James is 21, has a good amount of tattoos, he's been to jail and that's where his path began. He realized that he was doing wrong and started reading the Bible. He is now engaged to a girl named Gabrielle who I've already met. When I was serving in Xenia, we started teaching her cousin, Brandon. She wasn't interested at that time but shes very engaged in our lessons now. James's mother, Danielle, lives there with him and she is very interested, also her best friend, Amanda and her two children, Brad and Elizabeth. they live in Springfield but they were visiting and they were also very engaged when we shared the restoration with them. We did so the same day as when we blessed their home. They loved to hear it and are willing to learn more. Hurray!!!
Elder Decker is a greeny. One of the first of the 18 year old out on a mission. He's big, he's happy, and he 's willing to get the Lord's work done. He's from Wyoming and has the accent to fit him. Elder Poulsen is on the last legs of the race. He has 4 months left and he might just finish out here in Beavercreek with Elder Decker. He's from Riverside, CA. He's super up beat and positive about everything.
I have gotten to do 4 of the 5 baptisms myself. I know it's better if a member does it but they felt more comfortable if I did it. I've had such a wonderful journey on my mission and I don't plan to end it there. The last 2 baptism were for Jane and Andrew C____. They are Kate W___'s 2 children and they are such a hoot. Andrew is 10 and reminds me of Father. He doesn't smile for his pictures. And Jane is 12. She is really into cats. So much so that she related the Gospel to cats, somehow. I have now helped a family to become complete. I know that's why I'm still here in Beavercreek. I am so happy to have helped them to reach closer to their Father in Heaven.
I'm afraid I must go now. There's more work to be done. I will write more letters when I can.
Elder Ephraim K DeCoursey.