Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 17, 2012

Familia! Read bottom paragraph first Dad I need a reply.

Hey if the Aggies are good it's all good. I don't have a lot to report on either... That stuff at the conference center sounds really neat. That's a very inspiring story. I want to give that man a hug. That's super cool. We heard about the shooting in Connecticut.... That is genuinely awful. We met a guy tracting and he told us about it because we asked if there was anything we could do for him and he said pray for those who got shot, and we asked who got shot? Then he told us the story and it was very depressing, but he said go help someone that needs it more then me and we took off. But very sad news for sure. I think the most exciting thing this week was we went on exchanges with the traveling trainers. We had a very successful day. He asked where I thought we should go to tract that morning and I said I honestly don't know. So we said a prayer and he said it. While he was praying the thought came to me of a kid who was making fun of us a month or so ago and he was ridiculing us from his truck. So I told Elder Rapier this when the prayer was over and that's where we went. So before we got out of the car I told him this could be nothing but lets hit this street. So we knocked on the kid's door and alas he wasn't even there. So we knocked the rest of the street and alas, we were able to find 6 potential investigators and have a lesson with one. So I thought it turned out okay.

Another lil miracle was we went and saw a less active lady and she was baptized about 5 years ago and for about 3 years she hasn't been able to come to church because of work. She's been going through a pretty rough patch and every time we met we would always share with her something along the lines of endure to the end. So just recently the work schedule was changed and she should have some of if not all Sunday's off for the upcoming year. So that'll be pretty good.

But alas that's about all the excitement from the past week. So I'll talk to you next week and I hope all is well. I still haven't received Coach North's address so if you could get that to me by today I'd appreciate it. I want to send him a Christmas card. But I love you and will talk to you soon!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

Yeah having you this close is pretty interesting. The Guido's gave me the American Miss bag so I am now stalked up on jerky and have suckers for a good while. Thank you much for the cash to. That'll help me out a lot because I have some expenses to take care of bicycle and camera wise. But fun fact, today was transfer calls and my companion Elder Gallup is going to Lake Isabella and I am staying in Simi Valley. I will also be training..... Don't know how I feel about that one yet. I don't even know who my companion is. I won't find out till tomorrow morning when I go to transfer meeting. So hopefully I don't screw up too bad. As long as he makes it through the first transfer i'll consider myself successful haha. Think about it this way, I'm only two more Thanksgiving's away. Only one more Disneyland trip without me then it's home sweet home right?

I've learned a lot this transfer. It has been trying, but it has been worth it. I've definitely been coming to the realization that you can't rely on yourself. Yourself will let you down. Yourself will make it so that you try to cope with problems in a worldly manner. Which quite frankly as a missionary doesn't work. You're definitely on a higher plane. I have a new found respect for all those who have served before me and will serve after me. Especially those who actually have tougher missions. I have been blessed immensely and I still find fault with things. Guess that's what happens when you're spoiled huh? Thanks for that one haha. But I have a new found love for people as well. You truly start to appreciate both those who made this possible and those who help you through the hard times. There are some amazing people here in Simi Valley. You've had the pleasure of meeting some of them haha. But our ward mission leader Brother Walter is probably one of the best guys I've ever known. He holds a high status of respect in my books. It's just people like that who make it worthwhile.

We were out walking yesterday and we walked by a house with a couple of guys sitting out front, we said hey how ya doing then kept walking. But Elder Gallup stopped and said Elder Scott we have to go back, I agreed and we turned around and went and talked to em. Turned out they're going to a Bible College down here and they were both so open and willing to learn that it was a very good conversation. We taught the Restoration pretty much and we have an appointment with them tomorrow night so that'll be good. But unfortunately they are Young Single Adult age and we will have to pass on the referral to our Zone Leaders because they cover the YSA ward. So another one bites the dust. But it is what it is. As long as someone has work that's all that matters.

But I love you all very much, I'm sorry I can't be there to make your vacation that much more enjoyable. ;) But I'll talk to you soon. Christmas is right around the corner so we'll be chattering away before you know it. I'll probably call you from the Guido's house so we'll discuss that at a later date. Miss ya tons. Thanks for everything.


Elder Scott

Our Favorite Guido Family

Love this family! They are so good to our Elders! We were lucky enough to spend a day with them at Disneyland ovewr Thanksgiving. The amazing Guido Family!

Simi Valley

December 3, 2012

Well Hello.....

Glad to hear everyone is home safe and sound. It is indeed always good to be home. I will second that motion for you. I heard about the season passes as well... Does sound like they're fairly useless for being in Utah... HAHA down here where it's just a day trip it's not a big deal at all. But you gotta do a whole week ordeal from up there. As for the acting thing.... I love the Guido's to death. I don't think Kara being in their home for that long would be that big of a deal. But it would have to be after a certain person in the area leaves. Cough cough. Also I don't think she realizes that people bug you more when you're with them constantly then they do when you only see them occasionally. Especially young teenage girls. So that's the part i'd be more concerned about then anything is just a relationship going sour and living with the person it goes sour with. So yeah... I would say give it some more thought and definitely wait like a year or so. Maybe even 18 months. ;)

That's funny that Goovin is still doing the whole nerd squad thing. He's only 9 that's pretty normal for his age haha. Don't make him grow up to fast. That happens to much these days. Kids need to be kids because you only get to be a kid once.

I hope the pheasant hunt works out. Which i'm sure it will. What a joyful occasion. It definitely doesn't feel like it was a year ago though that we went hunting last, or when I was opening socks and ties as my Christmas gifts haha. So that's pretty crazy. There are definitely fast times on the mission, but there are also slow times as well. It's a toss up.

Recently we've found a couple blessings in the work. As you know I am training. So that's interesting. But we had a lesson with one of our investigators Sky last week, and we had originally planned to just meet with her and her parents, but alas the dad called most the kids into the living room and we had a lesson with all of them. Originally we were working on Sky, but that wasn't working out too well and then we decided we'd try to get the parents, also didn't work out too well, but they have a 9 year old son named Tristan who was asking questions and expressed an interest to come to church and learn more and he asked us to help him with his lying problem and how to gain respect by being honest, very thoughtful kid for only being 9 years old. I was impressed with the questions and answers he was giving us. Very big heart. You wouldn't expect this family to be about hearing the gospel or chatting with the mormons cause they mom has dyed hair and is tatted up like nobody's business and the dad is tatted up too. The kids have dyed hair and are all kind of scandalously dressed and what not. But they're a very nice, loving family. Just need a little/a lot more foundation in the home. We also had a family bring a girl to church who is friends with their daughter and she now wants to take the lessons and learn more, the mom just told us she was going to talk to her parents about her taking the lessons then she was going to call us. So that should be good. But things are starting to kick around a little bit. We also had a lesson with Cc last night about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In which we invited her to be baptized and she respectfully declined but told us not yet instead of no, a very positive sign. But she has good ward support. We also hitched a ride with them and went and watched the First Presidency Christmas Devotional which I thoroughly enjoyed and so did she. So that was good.

But that's about it down here. Love you all very much and I don't really know what I want for Christmas. I'm having to shave more and more now so maybe that razor wouldn't be to bad of a gift after all. But that's about it i'll talk to you next week!!! BYE!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Scott