Hey, so first off you've gotta name one of the chicks Maximus for me! haha I think it would work well for a chicken... ;o)
Thanks for the info about meniscus tears. I don't know how bad it is yet... I should be hearing today. I called the office this morning and left a message so they should be calling back hopefully. My range of motion has increased a little bit. Very little but still signs of improvement. I've been resting it and icing it a lot the past 2 weeks. I'll keep you posted!
My new companions name is Elder Elton. He's from Dublin, Ohio and has a funny accent I'm trying to get used to and be patient with - haha. He's a great guy though and a powerful missionary. We actually came out in the same group from the MTC but I didn't know him very well because we were in different districts, but I knew him a bit. Elder Meeks actually trained him and he served with Elder Bradley for 2 1/2 transfers before he got called to be an AP, so we've got some common grounds. He is a ZL also. The way that works is they always have 2 ZL's together and then if a particular missionary needs help they will sometimes put them with a ZL companionship.
I am glad to hear that your Relief Society activity was a success! I love that talk by President Uchtdorf, it teaches a powerful principle that everyone in the church would do well to apply. Elder Elton and I both gave 20 min. talks on Sunday, I spoke about missionary work in general and how we can work together better with the ward, what they can do for us, and the main portion of my talk was about the power of having a willing heart and mind and what that meant.
We really don't have a whole lot of investigators to tell you about right now honestly. We've got a handful of people that have been investigating for quite a while that we're trying to help progress. Al West is one of them, we're seeing him and his wife (who is a member) tonight. He is a very analytical thinker and very critical thinker when he hears things. I don't think this is a negative attribute it's just taking him a while to catch the vision. I feel I have been able to help him out because I've been taught how to communicate with people on more of a philosophical and analytical level (Thanks Dad! haha). I can't see him not getting baptized someday. He has more faith than he realizes and I believe he's honestly seeking truth.
Katherine and her daughter Katelin are some others we're teaching. Katherine is the mother and is a member... Katelin is her 13 year old daughter who has been taking the lessons. Katherine is returning to activity after a couple decades of being inactive and it's been great to see her make changes. Her husband, Joe, is not interested at all and kind of gives us a hard time when we're there but he's harmless enough. Katelin's biggest obstacle is that she hasn't come to church yet. I guess she had a bad experience when she was little and felt like she was forced to read so she is hesitant to come back.
...I just got the call from the Doctor about my knee. He didn't bring much good news. He told me I ruptured my ACL, have a tear in my meniscus, overstretched the ligaments, and banged up the bone pretty good. The ligament and bone damage he said will heal just fine with time, but the ACL and meniscus will require surgery within the next 2-3 weeks but the recovery time is optimistic... he said within a week after the surgery I could be walking a little bit as needed and should be able to walk pretty actively within 3-4 weeks after but obviously no running or activity for a while, 3-6 months. I just tried calling President to see what the policy is on this and he didn't answer so I'll wait to hear from him and let you know.
I love you all. I am really hoping for the best on this knee thing. To be honest I'm a bit scared what will be required to get it healthy. I don't know what the requirements are for recovery time to be able to stay out. Thank you for your prayers and for your faith.
Elder William Marks