13 Apr 1998 -- A......promotion?

Elder Bettilyon
#10 9808 149th Street
Edmonton, AB T5P-1K4

Dear Family,

Hope you are all doing well.  Today is known as Easter Monday here in Canada; which means no mail today.  Nevertheless, today is still a good P-Day  We all went to the Edmonton Zoo today  There wasn't too much there to see, really, the best were the monkeys and the elephants.

The area is going okay.  We've been working diligently to find people to teach, and the Lord has blessed us.  A few nights ago, we taught a 1st to C., she's been coming to church since November w/ her boyfriend, A, and she's finally agreed to take the discussions.  She says she imagines she'll join one day, but she doesn't know when.  R. is happy, but he seems to be his own stumbling block.  He's had a witness that he needs to be baptized from the Spirit, but he's having a tough time obeying it.  He also has a court date coming up b/c of driving.

Another exciting thing happened, too.  Pres O. called this morning to issue me a new call.  I'm to be a district leader.  I'm taking over Elder A's district, and he's becoming a zone leader, though we'll still be companions.  Then, next transfer in four weeks, I'll probably move out to a different area with a new companion.  It should be exciting, and a great learning experience, too. Wish you all well.

Love,

Elder Bettilyon


[I still remember this trip to the Edmonton Zoo, but the part I remember was the "petting zoo" and there were sheep in there.  Elder K had this way with the animals and I have a perfect picture of him petting the back of a little lamb and it was clear that the animal liked him and was comfortable with him, they were both happy.  I wanted to try it, too, so I gave one of them my camera and the sheep just kept running away from me. 

The other interesting part of the trip was that we decided to go in "full pross" which meant we went in white shirts, ties and name tags on P Day.  Honestly, I always struggled going out on P Day in full dress.  I never learned to do it well, but Elder K insisted -- rightly -- that we do it.

So as I'm making a fool of myself with these little sheep, some dudes at the zoo catch on that it's a Mormon missionary playing the fool and start mocking me (or maybe us, who can tell).  I don't remember the elephants or the monkeys at the zoo today, but I still remember that petting spot.]


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