Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Awesome things happened this week. We had a baptism 2 days ago for Karen. She's wonderful and was crying throughout the whole thing. After she was baptized by one the Elders that began teaching her, she stood in the font for like a whole minute extra. It was a very special experience for everyone, especially one of our close-to-baptism investigators that came.

We have another 3 baptisms coming up this weekend; Carrie, Tera, and Hannah. It was around 5 months ago that I randomly knocked on their house. She always talks about how normally she would've sent us away with a Ouija board (lol), but something told her to let us in, and now look where we are. :) Since the new year, she's only relapsed two or three times smoking-wise, and she knows she can't for a week before her baptism, so please pray for her. Her and her two daughters are my shining example of what living the gospel can do for a family.

Everyone makes jokes about how I'm still here, and that maybe I'll serve my entire mission here (which I don't think I would mind too much). Rock Springs is definitely the Sion of the SLCE mission. Well, that's about it. After Carrie gets baptized we won't have any people on date, but we're working on that. Hopefully we should have a couple more in the upcoming weeks. I love you all, and thanks for your support!

- Elder Martineau

664: $500,000 Ford GT
665: $100,000 Dodge Viper
667: District Lunch at Sonic!
668, 673: Karen's baptism
674: Elder Wilson during lunch-time

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


So, this last week of the transfer was an awesome one. We got a lot done, and we worked really hard for some 'out-there' goals. We set a goal of 20 lessons with a member present (as apposed to the 8-11 we usually get) and got our 20th at night. It was definitely a week full of miracles. Oh yeah, since this is the last week of the transfer, I'm sure everyone's wondering if I'm staying or leaving. The news came in today that.. I'm staying! Again! 7.5 months in Rock Springs. Maybe I'll spend my whole mission here... haha. The other two Elders in our apartment are also staying.

Gas prices. I don't know what it's like down there, bus gas is $1.89 right now. I think the world is ending. I heard it had to do with America producing more oil, and so the Middle East dropped prices to run American oil companies out of business.. but I'm a missionary, what do I know. Also on the note of weird things; it was 60 degrees yesterday. People are convinced that I brought the Arizona winter. It's supposed to be -40 until April, so I'm not sure what's going on.

We do so much in one week it's hard to keep track of the important things.. we had 7 investigators show up at church, but not the 4 on date to be baptized >.>. We should have a baptism (if we can see her before then). Her name is Karen, and while her parents are really against it, she knows it's right. I can understand where she's coming from, because I couldn't imagine telling my Mom I was joining a different church. It must be hard. Hopefully everything will go forward as planned.

The following weekend we have Carrie and her two daughters being baptized. For the longest time Tera (12) had been against it, but during one of our lessons she piped up and announced that she was going to join her sister and Mom. They said they wanted me to baptize them, which will be an incredible experience.
Well, that's all I guess. I'm looking forward to this next transfer! I love you all!

- Elder Martineau

100: Our speed ball with my letter G all over it
101: Our College Branch Ward Mission Leader helping someone move
105: Shayla, our Investigator is in the middle. She's working towards a baptism date. Other girls are members of the Basketball team and are members
106: Our 20-with week :)
Other: Our district

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Well, I actually have time to send this, which is good. So, a lot has happened in the last two weeks. Miracles were abundant. We managed to hit all of our goals last week, and James Kline was baptized. It was a really awesome week, and we watched the last few lessons we needed fall into place night!

During the previous week the temperature dropped down to -33 (without the wind (and there was a lot of it)), but now it's up to the 40s again. People are talking about how this is the weirdest winter ever. I mean, it's supposed to be -20ish from October till June, but here I am with no coat on or anything. It's weird.

We've been very blessed with a lot of new people to teach. We found 7 new people last week and we're up to 28 Investigators, and should pick up a couple more this week. It's not like we're doing anything special (I mean, we are working hard), but people come up to us and introduce us to friends, or we just run into people that want to talk to us. There's a great fire in the hearts of the people here.

I'm looking forward to this (possible) last week in Rock Springs. I don't know what's going to happen, but Elder Wilson thinks he might be leaving, which would be pretty funny. I wouldn't mind staying here though :)

Take care! I love you all.

- Elder Martineau

07097: James and Us
07098: James, his Wife (Jess) and Us
07099: Our goal board for last week 
(black is goals, blue is actuals)

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, because I sure did! A lot of miracles have happened this week, which I found surprising, since it was the week of Christmas and all.. I'm very grateful for all those who showed up to Skype with me, and for those that didn't, I expect some letters next week... haha.
We had planned to have a baptism this last Saturday, but since her parents had gone out of town, we've moved it to the 10th of January, which is also when James' baptism is. They are both ready and willing, so we're excited about it!
The crazy miracle happened two days ago. Someone from a neighboring town gave us a call about one of their friends who lives in our area that wants to learn more about the church, which is already a miracle as it is, but don't worry, it gets better. This friend said that he wanted a Russian Book of Mormon, and we found out that he's from Russia. Now for those of you who don't know, Elder Wilson, my companion is fluent in Russian because he started him mission in the Ukraine. So that was crazy enough, that the only missionary who speaks Russian in Wyoming happens to be in Rock Springs when this person calls. Not only that, the person who gave us a call also speaks Russian because he served his mission is Moscow. So when we meet him, I won't be doing much of anything as the only non-Russian speaker...
Well, that's about it! It was a slower week because of the holidays, and I'm definitely looking forward to this week. I hope you all have a happy new year, and I look forward to hearing from you all!

- Elder Martineau

1. The straightest stretch of road ever.
2. Stuffed pizza from Papa Murphy's
3. My new candle!
7-9: Christmas Eve with Carrie
12: Our Tree
14: A stocking at an investigator's house
15: A truck with it's youth
16-17: What I did on Dec 26... haha
Other picture: Missionaries is Rock Springs last transfer.