Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Oh no worries, I figured there'd be a reason behind last week it's all good. But yeah the mission office forwards all the mail that comes in. So I should get it pretty soon. Only get about one letter every couple weeks so that's okay haha. But glad you got to come visit. I had a dream the other night where I was home doing something so it was nice to see you guys again! haha But work is good all is well. We have a couple baptisms this Friday so hopefully we'll be able to make those happen. It should be awesome. But other then that all is the same in the good ol' Tehachapi. Next snail mail you send put like a ward list or something so I can talk to a few folks back home. I would appreciate it! Thanks for everything I appreciate it! Love you too!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Yeah shucks I've been out two months... I have mixed feelings about that. But definitely glad to hear that the guy from Utah was picked for the Bachelorette... All my wildest dreams seem to be coming true. I miss reality tv almost as much as I miss Pippa... Haha but glad you got a reward from the days of 47 and get to go spend some time with the family. Goose could beat me before I left so that's not going to be a huge surprise when I get home and he's shooting 40's while I'm shooting 60's. If I had clubs we could go golfing out in Bear Valley on P-day for like 5 bucks cause it's a private community. But alas... there are too many variables so we'll just wait till I get home. The girl you ran into at Tarahumara's name is Tori Mauer if i'm not mistaken. She's worked there for a little while so that's cool she's still around. I feel like it wasn't that long ago that the rodeo was going on that's crazy. Only two years ago I was walking around that stadium in my football jersey, remember that? Time flies, it's kind of starting to freak me out. I kind of figured that Stratton wouldn't make it too far. Got to know the kid when I went to Texas last fall to work with Miro, nice kid but has worldly intentions. That's too bad though he would've had a great experience and a lot of fun. But you're right, better to go home then to waste the Lord's time and money. It's definitely not easy but it's a mission not a vacation. That's my President's quote haha. Hope all goes well at the tournament, must be hard. If you win some crazy prize that'd be pretty legit. Swinging a club to get Mercedes and cash and all sorts of awesome things.... What a life ;)
I might take you up on that offer of sending people to the house. I believe some members in the Golden Hills ward might be going to Utah and Idaho so I'll tell em they're welcome to stay there if they need to. But other then that work is the same. The adversary is working some pretty wicked magic on a couple of our investigators and trying to push back the baptismal dates, so I hope that doesn't happen. He's kind of a tool.. He makes it hard for people to progress in the gospel. I don't know if i'm allowed to bad mouth him but shucks.... What a weasel.. Anyways members are great and everyone's treated us really really good. Transfer calls were this morning, Elder Monk and I are both staying another six weeks so hopefully everything goes well. We're laying tile for a less active family in the ward which is going pretty well.. So looks like I'll just build myself a house when I get home. Wire it, tile it, pipe it, all sorts of fun stuff. But till next time I love you and I hope all is well. Tell everyone hello and to feel free to write me. I'd love to hear from the Kelly's and the Bonner's and the Kelson's. Tell that man Wade i'm mad he hasn't done anything to keep contact! haha but love ya talk to you soon!
Monday, July 16, 2012
That sounds like an awesome time down in Sin City! I'm jealous, when you're not running from diseases and people trying to attack you it's actually a neat little town... That's good Brandon got into a Med school they were still trying to figure that out when I left so that's really neat! Thank you for depositing that check into my account I appreciate it, and for purchasing a king bed that i'm assuming has a frame!!! That'll be so cool!!! Especially after sleeping on a twin mattress for two years.... But anyways I had dinner with a family last night, the Jasters, and they actually know Matt and Jody. They have family there and the brother of the wife is in their ward! They said they passed through St. George to go on a youth group trip and stayed at the Valentines for the night! The weather in Tehachapi is pretty steady in the 80's and 90's surprisingly which is still hot for me but it's not 115 like it is in Bakersfield. Anyways on a more spiritual note, John and Michelle have been investigating for like two years, and are finally set with a date!!! John has been ready for a while he's just been waiting on Michelle. She had a dream the other night about some kids she was with and an animal they had. For some reason she was responsible for the animal and it got stepped on and killed. So she told us she said a prayer along the lines of "God if you bring this thing back to life, I'll be baptized into the Mormon church..." sure enough it came back to life. Then she described the animal and I told her it was a naked mole rat, and she didn't know what that was so she looked it up and it pretty much was which is what helped her decide that is wasn't just a dream... Weird huh? But everything is good here, i'm not in need of anything right now that I'm aware of but when I find out I'll let you know! Love you and miss you and I'll be back before you know it!!!
People in my mission commenting on the pic? Is Nic friends with people from here? Cause I don't think I am... But the work is going good. The people here are really friendly so I don't have much ridicule for being LDS. Most people know someone who is but not a lot of people are interested. We did get chastised the other day by some crazy old man telling us about or false prophets and how he's the Lamanite of all Lamanites... Nice guy though. I think he might have been at Woodstock a little too long. But Tehachapi does have thousands of wind turbines so that's pretty cool. But no baptisms yet. We have six investigators with dates, and I just told Nic about one of them. We have to keep pushing them back too which is unfortunate cause everyone keeps running into problems which is really starting to weigh in on their salvation and I don't like it. If everything goes as planned we should have four baptisms on the date of August 4, then a couple more after that date. But the work is good. The members are really great and there's some very solid member missionaries that really reach out to others and try to share with them so that's pretty cool. The only memorable experiences so far are the crazy lady I met and told Nic about, and the e-mail I sent her today talks about why two of our investigators finally decided to get baptized. Oh the other day one of our members called us over to give a blessing on their home because they found a dead guy in the apartment up and over from theirs so that was pretty interesting.... Apparently he'd been there for a few days which is kind of weird... But yeah that's about all. When I have more cool stories i'll definitely let you know. But till then I love and miss you and I'll talk to you soon!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
That's good everyone is staying busy! I'm gonna go right to mission things since time is limited on this technological piece of communication. My first companion is good. It took me a while to get used to him, we are basically nothing alike haha but he's an awesome guy and absolutely loves his mission. His name is Elder Monk and he's from Idaho Falls. I told Dad a little more about him last week I don't remember exactly what. But once we got adjusted to each other everything has gone a lot smoother. I forgot my stinking camera again!!!!! I just barely thought about that. Dangit... But we've been doing pretty well. We have like 10 investigators or so. My favorite ones are Joe Layne and John and Michelle King. Joe is a vietnam vet who was referred to us by a counselor in Bakersfield. His daughter is a member and he told us he prayed to ask for help on what he should do because he's been to several different churches and hated the fact that they were all focused on money. He said his dad died and his mom had to pay a pastor like 500 big ones under the table for him to be "saved" which is total garbage. I hate that.... But anyways he prayed and then we showed up and during the lesson we were talking about being saved and he asked "Well what do I need to do?" and I said we'd like you to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone holding the proper priesthood authority of God and he said well sure haha. Then we told him we'd have a baptismal service on the 14th of July and asked if he'd prepare to be baptized on that date and he said yes and his daughters baby shower was that day. So we told him we could change the date and he said Nahh that's for girls hahaha he's a stud but we changed the date to the 21st we just need him to make it to church more so he can meet all the requirements.
John and Michelle are awesome they both have accepted baptism and we are just waiting for Michelle to make up her mind on when she wants to be baptized. We haven't quite pinned down what obstacle we need to help her over come but we're getting there. But outstanding people. You'll have to meet them when all is said and done and we come to Cali again or something. But anyways I have some more e-mails to hit up so i'll talk to you soon. Oh and we had a herbalife shake last week, I'd check it out if you're still doing the whole diet thing or whatever it's got some pretty good stuff in there and a lot of people lose a lot of weight rather quickly so check that out. But love you and thank you for the cd's tell the kids I love them too and i'll see them soon! Share this with dad too i'm sure I'll tell him other things then you can swap e-mails or something! Talk to you soon!
I totally forgot about Goovin's birthday:/ tell him happy birthday for me and that i'm only going to miss one more then I'll be there for the next one! But yeah nothing's really happened this week. I don't have any crazy Chilean stories like Kelso I'm living in the states where everything is safe and sound.... Most the time.... But thanks for everything and I'll talk to you all soon. Tell everyone I love them and that I'll see them soon! Finally got some pictures too! Companions, kids in my district in the MTC, something we did on P-day last week. All sorts of goodies haha You'll have to share these with Jordan too or throw them on Facebook or something.