have been going crazy this week!! I have been going up and down with a
lot of different problems! I will admit I am so extremely homesick it is
almost funny HAHAHA!! It is okay though because the worst of it is
over! I am happy and ready to keep going! The world isn't over being
away. The one thing I have told myself since being out is all those
things I think I am missing while I am out here are all gonna be even
sweeter when I get back!! We hear and see parts of movies, music, and
games all the time here! I am so excited because it gives me even more
reason to keep fighting to the end! I think if I went home right now I
would be disappointed with life... I wouldn't have anything good to look
for because very little has changed. That is something all missionaries
have to come to with themselves!! It is of the most importance to
realize why you are here and what, in the end, will be awaiting you back
This week we had a baptism of Brother Mark (another sister
investigator) he had such a strong testimony and will be a great example
to all those he come in contact with. We also Interviewed a man we had
no idea was an investigator that we met the first week we were here! He
is one of the most elect I have seen in my life. He is 23 and is getting
baptized next week! He is looking to serve a mission which is so sweet
As for us we had a struggle this week. We have been fighting for new investigators and other things with little success. On Saturday
we had a Yearly Family Week Celebration/Parade for the church!! It was
great to see our whole district there wanting to be with there families.
We got to walk the street around town in a huge parade of Mormons and
pass out pamphlets and Family Proclamations to the World!! It was
awesome and it was a great way to spread the gospel across the
we only had 1 investigator show up to church... And that was because
some of our best fellowshippers didn't go... We now know why
fellowshippers are so important!! It is Difficult sometimes to do these
things but we are always going forward!
This week will be great fun filled with exchanges with Elder
Garner, follow up batch training, and being fingerprinted so I can make
it through customs when I return home!!
I love you all and am
so excited to see you when I return!! Please SEND PICTURES!! I love them
they make my week even more sweeter!!
Alright now its yalls turn... Quit your complaining ;) To
start off the bat, I miss you all more then anything!! This week has
been by far the trunkiest week of the mission... President said this 2nd
transfer is the hardest and yep he is right!!
This transfer has been crazy and has brought lots of blessings!!
The language is improving a ton more, or at least my confidence has!! I
am able to talk pretty well with people. I still struggle in lessons
because I have to explain a lot more. ME and Elder Crosland do pretty
well when it comes to lessons.This week we had 7 investigators show up
to church! Crazy huh?! I have not had such a great opportunity! Last
week I did get to do that baptism i just wasn't able to change before
pictures! This week though, I got to do the same thing, I baptized
Rian Improtante Jumaway. He is 9 and is a crazy kid! It was awesome! My
cloths very rarely get dry! October 6th we have a baptism of our own for
Leny Obdamen ... She has a testimony ... and a desire for baptism. ... The people here are poor... they have nothing and they have
no way of getting anything... We try helping them through faith but that
trial is super hard to pass.
Lessons with SM are going great. Sadly
he did not go to church... He is busy a lot but he is really trying to
leave time for the gospel. We should be showing him the restoration
video tonight and hopefully that helps him know what he really wants!
This has been a crazy adventure. Rain, sunshine, rain, rain,
stops. Your adventures seem pretty crazy though. I am
way jealous of that camp boys!! I think that is so cool to repel and do
things like that!! Over coming fear is hard but it is the first step to
success!! Oh I forgot to tell you my fear of spiders is slowly
diminishing!! I hate big ones still which you will see pictures... But I
play with little one with the kids!! It is awesome.
We got to go to zone conference this week. It took a lot of
time out of our proselyting time, but it was worth it. I met a lot of
amazing missionaries. I got to talk to my batch, and got to learn some
interesting things on how to study and prepare for lessons.
how important working ward missionaries and home teachers are. Our
branch has little home teachers, but the branch missionaries rock!!
all I can say is keep pushing the Ward to get out there and do
missionary work. The missionaries are out here to teach but 1out of 285 door
knocks get a baptism, 1 out of 8 member introductions get a baptism! That is a
Members are the key to success remember that... You are all
missionaries!! Keep strong and be the best you can be!! Love you and
miss you all!!
Please send pics of home, the family, friends, my 3d graphics stuff,
ect. It is the only thing I have here and it means a lot to me!!
This week has
been very crazy!! Especially weather wise. I can't believe the amount of
rain we got!! The pictures here show me soaked to the bone!! I was
wading through almost 2 feet high water through these small huts to
reschedule appointments!! Man this place is just filled with surprises!!
So pretty much I only have pictures of the very poor areas I realized. I
haven't ever sent anything of the real city where we live. I don't live
in bad conditions we actually have one of the largest and nicest Elder
apartments in the whole mission.
Transfers were crazy me and Elder Crosland were nervous the whole
day not sure what was going to happen. We have heard some Elders have
been called as late as almost 11 O'clock.
We were nervous, but never happened!! So we are all good for one more
transfer. What is so scary is I probably will lead the area after this
Well I had a great and crazy opportunity yesterday. Randomly during sunday
school President Loreto (branch president) came up to me and asked,
"Can you help us?" I was like heck yeah with what? He then says, "Great,
can you give a talk in sacrament?" WHAT!?!?! HAHAHA It was funny it was
like maybe 30 minutes before sacrament. So I did and the lord blessed
me greatly people were very impressed by my ability. I by no means know
the language or know how to speak correctly, but I am able to get the
message across and I gave a 10 minute talk on Magtuman sang Kasuguan.
(keeping the commandments) I am trying so hard and I think I am finally
finding my voice.
Mom I think that I so cool that you are starting to start school. I
know it will be tough at first, but once you get in a rhythm of school
again it becomes easier and you will learn quicker. It is like the
gospel once you start saying your prayers, and reading every night,
learning the gospel becomes easier, not because you changed how you
study, but your mind adapts to learning.
Dad I am so jealous of you and being able to go to Oregon. Man I
wish I was able to go. Did you see the temple? I love the temple in
Oregon it is super beautiful. I hope grandpa is doing alright. I have
emailed him. I told him if he ever needs a place just to go to get out
of the house our house is open. I wouldn't mind it if he moved in with
us. I guess Tammy is moving in again, I just wish I could be there. Dad I
want you to read the Kolob Theory if you haven't. It will blow your
mind I mean it isn't doctrine, but it is an interesting take on the Plan
of Salvation. It makes sense in a way. I will send you that in a bit.
Brody, thanks for your email. Camping sounded like so much fun! I
wish I was able to camp. Well it kind of is like camping out here in a
way HAHA! It is cool you are making new friends. Brody I promise you
that if you expand your group of friends and just love everyone and not
separate your self from anybody you will have an awesome time in high
school like I did. That is one thing I was grateful I did. Keep having
Brig-Ham where is your email bro? I heard about your game... I am
sorry that is rough. Keep on hitting people. It doesn't matter how your
team does. Just do your best and that's all you need to say. In the
future the teams will be based on skill and you have the skill. I hope
you are enjoying school. Keep having fun it only lasts a short time then
you are on a mission.
Family I love you all. Please send me more pictures. If you can
send me some pictures of my architecture work. I have it on my email
somewhere if you can't find it on my computer. The people here love
hearing about it. I am focused on the work, but one thing different
about there is if you don't have a relationship with the people it is
hard to get through the door. SO we spark interest and BRT with things
of home, my fair skin everyone thinks is handsome also helps, and most
people here love computers so if you can just some pictures would be
Well family this week was cool. Yes I got to visit the giant house
several times. He is very gracious and the last appointment he said
that he will take all the time he needs if it gets him closer to Christ.
That is how we should be. Magnify our callings coming closer to Christ
is better then anything else you can do in your life.
I love you all my friends, family, and anyone else who reads these
things HAHA! It is nice to hear from you. I have about an hour and a
half to email a day. That includes, Emailing President Lopez so it is
not much time. I love you all even if I am not able to get a hold of
everyone. Keep praying. Our investigators our Sister M, Sister A,
Brother M, Brother S, Brother C, Brother J, Sister L,
Sister E, Sister E, Sister A, Sister S. They all need
help one way or another. It is difficult here. I have you in my prayers
though. Love you all!!