Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 30, 2013


Father,

Well sounds like a pretty successful golf week to me. That little wanker who jipped you out of a couple strokes need to lay low next time haha. I would love to spot some balls at the Mulligan for a couple extra bones haha. I made a whopping $220 last time I did that gig haha. That's how I bought that Big Bertha driver. I was a little younger when that happened though. I'd feel like a goon doing that at 21 years old haha. We actually went to Dick's Sporting Goods last Monday and putted on the green and hit the demo clubs for a few minutes. That was a little treat seeings how it was my first time hitting anything for over a year. 

 I'm a lot like yourself when it comes to losing weight. I would actually love to exercise if we had more time in the day and didn't have to do it at 6:30 in the morning. I hate mornings, they're my worst enemy. It's sad cause when you get up early you feel like you accomplish a lot more throughout the day. I just hate to do it haha. But all is well. Don't you be getting over zealous either I still have a good 10 months before I come home, we're not down to the single digits yet haha. I come home on the day of graduation for Wasatch High School I believe. I was checking out the calendar for the Midway 2nd on lds.org and found out that little info. Seems like they're also doing the Flaming Gorge trip.. Weasels, they're doing it without me. But it's okay because we basically had one of the best weekends of my mission so far. The temple attendance policy for missionaries is once a year during the month of your birthday. So you can only attend when it's your birthday or your companion's birthday. At worst you only get to go once a year, and I didn't go during the month of my birthday cause you need member transportation and we lived like three hours from the LA Temple and I didn't want to ask anybody to make a special trip so I could go. BUT we've started to do departing missionary temple trips, therefore if you're an assistant, you get to go every six weeks when you take the departing missionaries down. This last Friday was our first trip down and it was pretty much awesome. I drove the mission van down and president took his car as well and both were pretty full, funny sidenote, totally ran a red light on accident with president driving right behind me, that was kind of awkward.... But he just laughed when we got to the temple and he found out I was driving. So we're in the clear haha. Anyways, we got to have a chapel session with the Temple President, President Huff, which was super sweet. Then we got to go through a session. It was awesome. It's been over a year since I went to the temple. It was nice to go back. After that we had lunch in the cafeteria at the temple then headed home.

Next part, we had a little issue come up where we needed to emergency transfer a missionary because reasons I don't feel like revealing, but we had to take him far away. The farthest place in the mission just so happens to be Mammoth Lakes... YEAH IT WAS SWEET! He'll only be up there for a week, but we took him on Saturday at about 3 o'clock, and since it's about a four and a half to five hour drive, president told us to stay the night up there. The place where the missionaries live is a little cabin on some lodge property that a member owns on June Lake. Super pretty. So we got a free room that faced the lake and so on Sunday morning we went for a nice little drive around the lake and through Mammoth up to Twin Lakes then we got to go to the Mammoth Lakes Branch. Then we made the trek home which was rather depressing. But Mammoth was stunning. It reminded me a ton of Utah. Big mountains, lots of lakes in the mountains, and friendly people. It's literally like it's own little world up there compared to the rest of the mission. It was amazing, but alas, even the sun sets in paradise. So now we're back in flat, dry, yellow, smoggy, Bakersfield... I love it though ;) I'm going to send the other memory card home this week so all the pictures will be on there. I took like 100 pictures as we were driving around so be prepared. 

We had a lesson last week with our miracle investigator Rosemary, that was really good. She's ready to be baptized she just needs to resolve the issues with her husband, he's not too big on religion. But she's super prepared. We were supposed to have a lesson with her today but that ended up not working out. But we'll hopefully have one on Wednesday. That's all the missionary work we got to do last week. We were pretty busy with other various things as you can tell.

On a more depressing note, I don't know if anyone coming to visit in September is going to happen. President is super relaxed and chill with a lot of things, but if it goes against the white handbook he for the most part will say no. Still worth a shot, but there is a slim to none chance there. The odds of only Kory coming up to introduce himself and take us to lunch is slim. The odds of anyone else coming up with him are about none haha. In the missionary handbook it states on pg. 37 "Visits from family members, friends, and acquaintances are against Church policy. The impact of such visits may extend far beyond the visit itself, both before and after the visit and among other missionaries. It can often take some time for missionaries to refocus on their callings and their work. While expressing your love and your desire to share your experiences with them after you have been released, help those who may want to visit you to understand the importance of maintaining singleness of heart and mind on the work of the Lord."  That's pretty much what he's been referring missionaries too when they ask if a family member can come visit or something to that effect. Seeings how Kory, however, is not a family member yet, nor a friend yet, nor an acquaintance yet, we could very well still have a shot. It would just have to be him that comes up to visit haha. 

But that's about all we got for this week. We are having our departing missionary meeting tomorrow night then taking them to the airport on Wednesday so that'll be fun. Outside of that the rest of the week will just be spent getting ready for transfers. I love and miss you very much so. Can't wait to hear from you next week. I don't know when i'll get to e-mail next week cause we'll be having all the new missionaries arrive next Monday so we'll see what happens. Talk to you soon!

Love,

Elder Brady Scott

Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013


Father,

What's happenin G? Just figured I'd keep up wit yo street talk! Haha Well sounds like the week is just full of frolic and fun for you! The Zone Leaders in the Bakersfield Zone told us they were going golfing today, they're probably there right now. I'm coveting a little bit. Sounds like our boy Phil isn't doing too bad that's some good news. I miss the Halls! I was thinking about them the other day cause we were talking about cooking pigs in the ground with a missionary from Tonga. Elder Tauatevalu, he's a good kid, he was on the back up squad for the All Blacks Rugby team. Pretty intense stuff. You are correct in your assumption that you don't send my stuff to Oxnard anymore. I'll include my address at the end of the letter.

I'll be sure to include a picture of myself next e-mail in a red tie. I think I only have one red tie... It's not the prettiest either. Do they even have enough cardboard to fit my carcass on? We'll make it work, us peasants out here just can't handle the Jack Victors and Robert Talbots.... Glad I finally know the wedding date that's a good piece of information to have. Kind of I can't really do anything with it but it's fun to know haha. The Elders in your ward sound like nice kids..... I have definitely learned the value of having a good filter over the pulpit on my mission. Some things just don't need to be talked about or brought up period. Let alone over the pulpit haha. But all is well in the cause of Zion. The church is still true. We've got a couple quirky kids over here to so that's nothing new.

We have been in the office pretty much all day every day for the past week. So nothing to crazy there. We were supposed to have a lesson with our golden investigator today but she ended up having to cancel and reschedule for Wednesday instead. We got to travel to the desert (when I say desert I basically mean the other side of the mountain so Palmdale, Lancaster, Ridgecrest, etc. even though the whole mission is the desert) and meet with all the zone leaders over there to talk with them about some of the things that are happening in the mission. The way we do transfers is changing up quite a bit and there's a couple other things we're working on. Nothing too crazy right now though. That is pretty crazy that Kelso comes home in 3 months. That's just super weird. As far as the Chev goes it's great with me as long as I have a job that can support those kinds of gas charges haha. That things a hog to the max... It is quite the luxurious vehicle though haha. As far as Costco goes, it's really not that big a deal. It would be a nice pleasantry to have, but where I do my shopping is trumped in comparison to planning for weddings and helping with school and sports. I've survived this long I can go a little longer haha. I might in the future need a little fundage for a diet I might go on. It's called Medifast and our housing coordinator Elder Slayton and the Stake Pres. down in Lancaster have done it. Elder Slayton lost like 20 pounds in a few weeks and the Stake Pres. has lost like 60 pounds so far. But it sounded a little expensive. He gave us some sample food and it doesn't taste amazing and it doesn't fill you up that great... At least not for me. But it sounds like a good gig. So i'll get back to you on that one. But that's about it. I know it wasn't the most miraculous e-mail but that's about what my life has consisted of lately! So hopefully we've got some other cool things to report next week! Thank you for all you do, I love and miss you very much! Here's my addresses for the next little bit.

Mission Office

California Bakersfield Mission
3512 Coffee Rd. Ste. B
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Our new house will as of this Thursday will be located at 

14203 Calle Los Bosque
Bakersfield, CA 93314

Love,

Elder Brady Scott