Monday, October 28, 2013

I'm getting transferred!... it's kind of technical...

Yes, after only one transfer in Havre, with still another transfer of training left, I am getting transferred.
I am going to.......... Billings!!! Exciting, yeah? 
Well, that's not the exciting part, actually. The exciting part is.... (drum roll please)...
I am going to be working in the office as an iPad specialist!!!!!
Cool, huh?
And ironic.
I've never owned an iPad until now.
But I love Apple.
And technically the iPad isn't mine, but.....yeah.

Here's the story:
We have 3 assistants now, and the new one called me a week ago and talked to me about my computer skills. So of course I mentioned that I could program in C, C++, MatLab, Maple and also run the engineering software FLUENT at NASA, and anything in Office was simple... I have no idea if he knew what I was talking about at all...he claimed he was following what I was saying though..

I thought he was calling so I could help out at the meeting on Tuesday when we received our iPads... I was a little off.

Anyways, I am super excited because the iPads are AMAZING and my technical skills are better than my people skills, so this matches my strengths a little bit.

I'm not sure of what my duties are going to be in the office with the iPads, but I'll let you know once I get to Billings. Transfers are on Wednesday.

So now about the iPads.
Did I mention yet that they are AMAZING?
Because they are AMAZING.
Our Area Book and Planner are combined. In an app. Teaching appointments in the calendar section update the teaching record in the area book section. 
It's technically an online area book that gets saved onto your iPad every time you sync. So Sister Jones syncs, I sync, and then I've got everything she's added. 
So this area book app does our weekly and daily goals, shows us how we are doing at meeting those goals, automatically classifies our investigators as progressing/new/potential based on their teaching record, etc, etc.. It also has a  task list so you can make reminders within the Area Book app to call certain people.. 

Oh and this app has our entire ward directory :) And so when you click on a member and don't know where they live, you can tap on their address and it brings up a map showing a pin where you are and a pin where the person in question is :) I love maps.
One annoyance is yes, we can only sync or use the map stuff when we have WiFi. But all church buildings have wifi and there's internet at our house.
So basically, the area book app is awesome.
The next awesome thing is the Gospel Library app. Most of you probably already know how awesome that app is. Let's just say it is quite a blessing to not have to carry around a full set of scriptures (though I still carry copies of the Book of Mormon) and also to be able to share Mormon Messages (just download them in the morning). And also the fact that we can get Preach My Gospel, the white handbook, all of the hymns (we have LDS Music app as well, it helps us with our singing in the morning since we all know I can't carry a tune very well....)


                                                                                  Sign for the Rocky Boy Pow Wow


Anyways. Both with teaching and organization, the iPads are quite a blessing. And the maps. I love maps. Maps are great. 
So Stake Conference was this weekend in Great Falls-- it was fabulous!! We have an amazing stake president, President Mecham spoke, as well as the temple president and matron from Cardston, and the area 70 authority.

The focus in the adult session, as with stake conferences everywhere (so I hear) was on hastening the work. Elder Payne shared 15 ideas of how to help hasten the work, and encouraged everyone to pick one that they would diligently strive to accomplish. And so that's my challenge to you. Here's the 15 ideas:
(1) Fast and pray for the missionaries. Not to find people but to have strength, to teach with power and the spirit. We do need help, I promise.
(2) Fast to find someone that you can have the missionaries teach. So in other words, fast for a referral.
(3) Ask missionaries to use your home for teaching lessons to their investigators. This would be AWESOME!
(4) Go out once a month with the missionaries. Even if no on is home and no lessons end up being taught the whole day/evening, you and the missionaries you're with will be strengthened and edified. 
(5) Create a mormon.org profile. Invite friends to view your profile. Give our mormon.org cards. Say you enjoyed church on your facebook profile.
(6) Invite friends and neighbors to church activities. Invite those having difficult life experiences. Be a caregiver. 
(7) Role play in Relief Society or priesthood inviting others to come to church.
(8) Introduce yourself to those you don't recognize or know. Invite them to sit with you. Be a friend to the friendless. THIS IS HUGE!!! 
(9) Invite an investigator or less active to dinner at your home.
(10) Volunteer to teach new member lessons to recent converts.
(11) Put a Christmas message and your beliefs about church in your Christmas cards
(12) Have an open house
(13) Offer to help others with family history
(14) Tell others of your values and how they keep you happy
(15) Encourage your youth to invite friends and families
Please pick at least one idea, and be diligent in applying it to your life!!
Anyways. Conference was great.


                                                             Part of a decaying ceremonial lodge on Rocky Boy




                                                                        The meat shop in underground Havre

In other news, there is finally snow in Havre! But not even enough to completely cover the ground. They don't really plow here, and my lovely Californian companion is driving in snow for the first time. I told her that if you don't slow down in advance, all stops are Californian stops whether you want them to be or not. (: I'm having fun teasing her. But she's doing great so far.

About Underground Havre- Havre burned down in the early 1900s/late 1800s, so the businesses moved underground. Sounds cool, but really just think of it as a basement that extends under about a couple blocks. The underground used to be far more extensive, but they've filled up most of it for stability reasons. But in the underground there used to be a barber, a bar, an opium den, a bakery, a hiding place for Chinese immigrants, a bank, a mortuary, and ladies of the night. Most of it did not occur in the exact rooms that we were in, but since the original places were filled in, they had displays of everything.
Billings, here we come!!
Love,
Sister Griffin

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