Monday, June 17, 2013

June 3, 2013


Pops,
Wow sounds like you still remember how to throw a bash. We have those all the time only people try to prove how we're wrong and don't hit their heads on rocks when they're done baha. Glad all is well though. Tell Kara to keep racking up cash like that so she can buy a house and give me my room back when I come home haha. Filthy little weasel. Good to hear that Goose is livin up the family name via BYU golf. I'll talk about transfers and how it's going to effect me at the end of the e-mail. But for now here's what's going on. We did four exchanges this week all of which were really good. But some were a lot more meaningful then others in certain aspects. Pope hasn't really shared any cool mission experiences with me either. I don't share a lot of mine either though cause we're not given the largest amount of time to e-mail. But here's a couple happenings for this past week.

This has been a pretty busy week. To start off we were able to teach a few lessons this week and a lot of them were with the same individual Jennifer. She has been progressing really well but she's also been receiving a lot of opposition from friends about the church. But she's been holding strong and keeping her commitments. She backs up the church as well so it's good to see her developing faith in the restored gospel. We just continually hope and pray that she can withstand the opposition and make it through. Right now is a pretty hard time for her because she's providing for her mom, little brother, and daughter. She's only 18 as well. So she's got a lot on her plate. But she's doing well. She's moving to another ward boundary next month so I probably won't see her get baptized but that's alright. As long as she stays with it and follows through over there that's what matters.

We also went on an exchange with Elder Broby and Elder Cox in Tehachapi. I was with Elder Cox in Bear Valley. I was so happy to be back there. I miss it so much. It was hard to go and do work rather then go see people I used to know. Elder Cox is a good missionary. He's got a great desire to do what's right and be the best he can. He's also one of the happiest loving people that I've met. But a quick miracle that happened, while we were in Bear Valley, we tried to see a recent convert to teach him a new member lesson. He has moved in with a guy named Woody that I became very good friends with while I was there. He was diagnosed with cancer a couple months ago and has been struggling. When we showed up he came down and looked out the window and when he saw it was me he chuckled and shook his head. We talked for a minute and as we were discussing his health he explained how on all the hard days, the day in which he needed something the most, I showed up. He said that was a testimony that God was aware of him and he answers prayers. So that was very neat to be a part of. He expressed how I'd done more for him then about 90% of the people in the church have, and how it was harder to see me go then it was to hear about the guy who baptized him so many years ago passing away. He gave me a quad (I sent that home a while ago in a USPS box so hopefully that's still there cause it's important) that I could keep a while back when I was in Tehachapi. He reassured me that whenever I read it I can know that some crazy old man in Tehachapi cares about me and wants what's best for me. I was pretty touched and I'm very grateful that I got to know him. I hope he's still around when I come back to visit.

As for how transfers will effect me. I'm going to be helping out President Wilson quite a bit when he comes in to the mission. My companion will be from the San Fernando mission. Don't know who cause transfers aren't for a couple weeks, but we'll be the ones to aid President Wilson in his efforts as the new mission president. My companion right now goes home after this transfer so he'll be replaced by our friend from San Fernando. This is an e-mail that President Castro sent out. I don't really know how to introduce it so I'll just show you what he sent.

President Castro

To: All Missionaries

In preparation for the creation of the California Bakersfield Mission, Elder Brady Scott has been extended the assignment to serve as Assistant to the President. This means that the mission will have four Assistants until the end of this transfer--Elder Ipsen and Elder Smith serving in Ventura, and Elder Jensen and Elder Scott serving in Bakersfield. This is a temporary arrangement intended to help with the transition. We wish Elder Scott the best in his new assignment.

That's about all that's happening around here though. Glad all is well on the homefront! Keep it locked down and if you could have my clubs cleaned and prepped for a round on the Thursday of my arrival I would genuinely appreciate it! ;) Haha I'm just messing..... Kind of.... Love you tons and i'll talk to you next week!! Tell everyone hi for me as well!

Love,

Elder Brady Scott

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