Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 28, 2014 30 days left!


Mufasa,
I'm glad you got to enjoy a little homecoming session with the Kohler crew. I miss those people.  That's awesome that you can tell he served well. In his e-mails he never gave me reason to think differently. He's a good kid. He never told me about that story so that's super cool. I won't have any cool stories like that haha. But it'll be fun to speak to some familiar faces, and some that aren't familiar at all. Haha I think he's gonna pick BYU.
That's good to know I got one month. That's more then I thought I would have. How many hours did it take you to finish last year? That'd be awesome to go as a little trio with you me and dupree. Haha Sandra is doing super well. She's set to get baptized next Friday which we're excited about. It'll be an amazing tender mercy for us missionaries cause we've been working pretty hard to do all that we can. It's hard on 4 hours of sleep haha. But you get by. This past week nothing really happened as far as our missionary work. Sandra is in LA for a work convention and she gets back on the 4th. I received anti material for the first time on my mission the other day haha that was a really funny, and learning experience. We were visiting someone on the west side of town and a car passed us, then it flipped around and passed by again and I thought to myself, that was kind of weird. So we let it go and didn't think anything of it. But we go to visit someone on the east side of town which isn't a long drive but it's a few miles. When we get out of the truck the same car pulls in behind us and parks on this little off chute road. Once again think it's pretty strange but shrug it off and we go visit our investigator. After our chat we went back to our truck and I grabbed the handle to get in and something fell. It's about 8:30 pm so it's getting fairly dark. I pick it up and it's a little pamphlet in the form of a comic book. I'll spare the details of what was in it but it was a bunch of anti material haha. We didn't read it till we got home, but when we got home I read it and had many good laughs. As a missionary you hear just about all the anti stuff people have to offer, but in this little book there was some stuff I hadn't heard of by general authorities. So I was bound and determined to find answers to the statements in the scriptures. The next morning I'm reading the new testament in sacrament meeting and I had thoughts and impressions that answered all my questions. But to top off the cake it was high council sunday. One of the high councilman shared insights from Pres. Uchtdorf's talk "Come join with us" One of the lines in the talk is something like "we acknowledge over the past 200 years that there have been things said and done by church leaders that is not congruent with our doctrine" I immediately thought to myself, alright God you win haha. He basically answered all my questions via the scriptures and revelation. It just so happened our stake president assigned this man to speak in our branch on that topic with that line... Coincidence? I think not! Haha But it strengthened my testimony a lot of the fact that God answers prayers and is mindful of each and every one of us. The pamphlet didn't effect my testimony or anything but I was curious as to the origin of the claims. The best part about it on the pack it gives you a written prayer to say "Thank you God for letting me know how you feel about mormonism, I also reject it." Haha it was a funny comic.
But all is well in the cause of Zion. It's more apparent to me now then ever that the gospel is real and it's our job to share it. I can't believe the two years are almost up. It seems like I still have forever to go but I know that I'm a short ways from home. So we'll see what happens. Enjoy your weekend of frolicing in the red rock. That'll be a good time and I'm happy for ya haha. But I love you very much and thank you for putting some money in my account. Happy early birthday to you too! I'll try to find you a little trinket as well today! LOve you much and will talk to you soon!!!

Love,

Elder Scott

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 21, 2014, 36 Days left


Poppa,

Well that's good you got a few years to worry about it. So we can just play it as it lies haha. I can't believe how big the kids are.... I'm kinda freaking out haha. It blows my mind how much time has gone by. This last week was kind of a tough one on the ol' mind. Got little sleep and your head is constantly fighting between here and home. It's so close you can almost see it but at the same time you try to kick those filthy thoughts outta your head and keep your head where your feet are. It's been quite the mind game haha. But all is well ya know. Good to hear that you were able to purchase Winnie boy's old bike. I'm excited to hit the big race. I don't know that I'll make it more then 20 miles though. What day is the race? I can barely walk up our flights of stairs over here without having an asthma attack haha. I'm sure we'll try to make something happen though. I have a plan for weight loss and a goal. With those two things anything can happen haha. I also agree with the forementioned plan of my arrival. That's exactly what I was hoping would happen. That's cool that Pres. Nielsen just comes over to the house for the release. I figured it was more of an interview setting at his office. So that'll be quite the treasure. Speaking on the 8th sounds great. That'll give me time to rummage through all my old notes and stuff like that to add in little tid bits. It'll be joyous. That's also Chris's birthday. So that'll be cool. I have a favor, it's Jordy's birthday this week and I'm sitting on a whopping like 15 bucks right now.... Could a guy hook another guy up so the other guy could get her a little souvenir from the town of Mammoth Lakes? Just a favor... Since you haven't done enough for me already... Haha I feel bad asking for so much stuff cause you've already spent a life savings on me. But I really do appreciate all of that. 

That's cool that Kara had another pageant. First runner up isn't a bad position to be in. Maybe we can hire a hit man and get rid of the winner ;) Is that kid gonna be rich or what? I'm gonna be her highly over payed body guard with a 401K and everything haha. Easter was very enjoyable we had a good Sunday and great church services. Sandra came to church again and is more then ready for baptism. This week was good though. We had a little tougher of a week as far as numbers go but we worked the same. We had a lot of appointments that flaked. Either our investigators or the members. But it's all good we have another week right in front of us! We just started up a Book of Mormon class and we had the four missionaries and Bro. McCoy as well as Sandra. Haha the class went really well though and we're trying to use it as a finding tool. Sandra's baptism is on the 9th which is a Friday at approximately 7 pm. She is going out of town this weekend and won't get back till the fourth so that's kind of nerve racking. She also will be out of town on the 10th that's why it's now on the 9th then obviously confirmed on the 11th. Richard didn't come to church yesterday but he'll be around this next week I believe. We also have a group of younger people who we're trying super hard to get them to progress but they're not having it. We are on the verge of lessening our contact with them cause they won't keep commitments. Must mean there's other people that we're supposed to be spending our time with. We tried to contact a less active the other day and he didn't answer. So we knocked on his neighbors door and this girl answers and the first thing she says is "Hey I'd love to talk to you guys but I gotta get going to work." We're both like ....what just happened? Haha we had a quick conversation and we're going by later this week. She's YSA age and lives with her mom. So hopefully we can start teaching both of them. We also have a lady named Renah who's super solid. She loves mormons haha. She knew a member family that used to live in branch and absolutely adored them. So she's been curious as to what makes us tick... So we gave her a pamphlet and a Book of Mormon and she's started to read both of them and what not so she looks very promising. It's spring break up here though so a lot of families are going over to the beach... Lame.... But that's okay. The branch loves the spanish elders and they had a less active family at church this week. Super awesome. 

That's about all I got for ya though, thank you so much for all you do in my behalf. I'm grateful for your example and the chance that I've had to learn the Gospel a little better and figure out how to apply it haha. Love you so much and can't wait to talk to you on Mother's Day! 

Love,

Elder Scott

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 14, 2014, 44 days left


Hey Pops,

Not much changes out here. The weather is warming up and getting quite beautiful. That's no bueno that Stan was sick all week. What are you going to do when he retires? That's within the next couple years isn't it? Good ol' Jordan and Kory wouldn't pass up a free Jazz game. That's sweet you went down to Vegas. I like that place even though it's full of sin and stuff. I think it's fun. You would weasel yourself a little 75 dollar card and some free night's at the expense of those hard working salesman! Haha I got the pictures that Nic sent. Gall darn what the heck happened to those two little gremlins? I'm freaking out. Also, If it makes you feel better my favorite pillow is in Bakersfield too... Not up here haha. Sounds like a plan. If there's not a whole lot happening in June, it's possible there will be a couple baptisms up here and I would like to return for them. Did you ever talk to Bishop about the whole releasing thing, and when I'll be speaking in Sacrament meeting? I assume it'll be the 8th since the Sunday after I get home is fast sunday. But you'll have to let me know about that.

This week has been really good. We've found a few new investigators and invited a mother and son to baptism. They accepted if they know it's true. So we'll be working on them for the next little while in addition to Sandra. We also had a lesson with our little friends in the trailer park and Dustin referred us to his dad who is now investigating and came to church for all three hours. Priesthood was a little awkward cause it was about Chapter 7 in the Joseph Fielding Smith manual and it was all about Joseph and Hryum. So that was a bit strange but we talked about it afterward and straightened stuff out for him a little bit so that was good. We get two spanish Elders tomorrow and have to share our apartment with them which we're bummed about but we could use some spanish help quite a bit. Other then that though we just patiently await the baptism of Sandra here in a few weeks. Her confirmation will be on Mother's Day which is kind of cool. So I can give you some better details that day. But other then that all is the same up here in the Mammoth Lakes Branch. Thanks again for all your help and support! And don't worry my companion isn't green at all. He's super good and was outstanding when I first got up here. He just wasn't trained very well... But he's an amazing missionary. But I love ya lots and will talk to you next week!!

Love,

Elder Brady Scott

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014

Father,

Well that was indeed a subtle change from typical letters and secular information haha. I appreciate all the kind words and remarks which you have thus given. It's been an echoing thought throughout my entire mission that "you should've listened to your parents a little more." Haha but there are indeed so many things that I have learned over the past 22 months that have made me realize many different things. I think one of the biggest is I've learned how not to live anymore. In many regards. But entering certain homes or seeing certain situations has definitely given me a larger perspective on life. It's made me extremely grateful for the families that I've been given. Although we had a few years of rough patches and some of those feelings still continue today, it's one of those mountains that I'm grateful I was able to climb. The mission has been one of the hardest things that I've ever done. There are many blessings that you have serving in the states but there are also many challenges. There's a lot of distractions and if you're not careful you get sucked into things much to easily. As compared to no television, radio, or Hollywood influences in the jungle of Brazil. However, I'm not showering in muddy water or swatting flies in my mud hut for that I am pretty grateful haha. It's been one of the hardest things to not relax, quit, or justify petty sins out here. I'm consistently tired, I dread waking up in the morning due to lack of sleep the night before. But by the time you get out there and go, for the most part none of that matters anymore. I still don't have a "perfect knowledge of all things" but I've definitely developed a greater appreciation and love for the gospel and my family. You see a lot of broken homes out here and a lot of struggles with the people in the world. It makes it pretty clear that when you do what you're supposed to it's a lot easier to go through life. Doesn't mean that you won't have trials and heartache because we will.... That's life haha. But it seems like the harder you try the better things are. At least the trials that do come aren't self inflicted like a lot of what you see out here. I am grateful for your example in my life as well. A lot of who I am isn't any of my doing, but the example that my parents set for me. All four of them. You've all taught me great attributes and qualities you need to have in life, maybe even some things you shouldn't do in life haha. But all in all, your advice of little eyes always watching in a large measure was very applicable to me when I was growing up. Honestly, the main reason I kept going to church and being involved in youth stuff after I moved in with you was because I didn't want to disappoint you. Maybe not the best reason to do what was right, but once again I believe it was you who said there's no wrong reason for doing the right thing haha. But know that I'm extremely grateful for all you and Nic have done for me over the past couple years. I wouldn't be out here if it wasn't for your support. 

It'll definitely be a bitter sweet experience to come home. I have grown to love some of the people out here very very much so. But I'm also extremely excited to see my family again. A realization I've been pondering a little bit over the last couple months is life goes on whether or not we're in it. It sparked when President Wilson talked about if a mistake was made how "Well if it doesn't work, the world will keep spinning." As I've thought about that it's been kind of an eye opener as to no matter what happens, the world continues to move. Which has made me appreciate all the things that have happened over the past couple years to strengthen my knowledge and understanding of the gospel. 

As for missionary work though this past week was decent. We had a couple more lessons with Sandra which went really well. She's super stoked to get baptized and I'll be super stoked to see it if I'm still around for it. She was the only one that came to conference and she stayed for all four sessions haha. She's not even a member of the church and she's already watched more conference then I did till I was a missionary haha. President Segura said she needed to get tickets and go in the fall so if she does that we should go with her. Even if she doesn't go we should go haha. I don't remember ever going to conference and I only live 45 minutes away haha. So we should do that. Maybe go down for the priesthood session then get a little Tucanos afterwards huh? What do you say? Haha. Other then that we didn't find any new people this week which is a little saddening. But all is well. We're kind of weeding out some of our investigators and helping the ones we do have to progress more. People just don't want to commit to things these days. Filthy liberal media... I blame them haha. But anyways, that's about all I have for you at the present time. I'll talk to you next week! I love and appreciate you very much so. Talk to you soon!

Love,

Your son.

P.S. I don't know if you're planning any journeys for when I get back, but if you are, can I have the dates for those? I don't need to know what it is. But a time frame would be cool cause there's a couple events that I would like to attend out here if I got the opportunity too.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014


March 31, 2014


Fatha,

The land of milk and honey... We're in the land of frozen tundra... Just kidding it's not that cold. It has snowed a few times the past couple weeks though which is good cause we desperately need it haha. The filthy Jazz.. Are they even going to get a good pick in the draft this year? Or do I get to come home to a squabbling team that can't put up 80 points on the board unless they're playing the Heat? Haha I don't know how bad they're doing I just wanted to sound clever. Sounds like your March Madness bracket about lines up with all the ones I've ever done haha. Only to be defeated by the cause of justice. That's awesome news that Goovy boy scored a whopping 11 points in the big game. He's beat my career high by like five points haha. I did just win a game of horse though so you should be proud! Sounds like a good round of golf too. How was that double bogey for you right out of the chute? Haha I'm sure you were mighty heart broken. Way to save birdie right there at the end though. Clutch performance. We'll play as much sticks as we can when I return. I'll be excited to join the ranks once again. How long do I have before I have to start paying to play down there at the RCC? That'll be a depressing day...

Hey if you're putting in a good ten hours a day at the office you otta be raking in about a millioin a day right? Does that mean you'll buy me some new Foot Joy's when I get home? Haha the most comfortable sock in golf is starting to breed a few holes. I've got enough left out of em for another six months or so though so we're good. Make sure Bug N' Goose keep those grades throughout high school and not just till eighth grade then plummet off the deep end like their idiot older brother haha. You'll have to congratulate them for me that's awesome. That's good that Jordy and Kory are doing well. Every time I hear from her she only has positive to say about that kid so that's good. 

That's awesome you got to take a little trip to Kelso's and hear about the mission. I feel I'll be void of funny stories and awesome miracles like these foreigners. Or if there were any I've forgotten them now due to my lack of effort in journaling. I've done much better this calendar year. But there's about an 8 month gap in there somewhere.... Haha I'll take the blame for that one. Gotta love those little empanadas. 

Work up here is going well. We're finding spanish investigators left and right which is disheartening cause in about two weeks we're getting spanish elders and when that happens we're gonna tank haha. We are still teaching Sandra who is more prepared to be Baptized then Johnny Cash is to sing a song. Every time we talk to her she's super stoked about being baptized and whenever we give her a commitment she keeps it without fail. I wish all of them were like her. She taught herself and said the prayers with the valiant result of joining the fold on May 11. It was going to be May 10 but she'll be out of town so we're just going to do it before church and call it a day! Hopefully I'm still around for that. I don't imagine I'll go anywhere but you never know. I'll do what I'm asked but it'd be nice to see. Seems like the rest of our people are kind of doggin us lately which is kind of disheartening. But we do have a couple of potential families that we'll be meeting with this week which will be awesome. Hopefully they decide to take the lessons and keep the commitments.

We had a lesson the other night with a family and the grandpa is pentecostal and he has a red letter version of the bible and we read John 10:16 and 3 Nephi 15 talking about the sheep. In his red letter version it says the other sheep are the gentiles and when we read the part in the BOFM about how it's not the gentiles he was kinda thrown back.... He doesn't appreciate the BOFM a whole lot but we're working on it haha. They love the missionaries and they feed us so we'll probably continue in our efforts of helping them come in haha. 

You're exactly right about conference haha. Conference is my favorite weekend of the year as a missionary. You watch all 5 sessions and take all sorts of little notes. Not only do you watch them, but you watch them... It's not like the classic I'm going to lay on the couch and watch it then fall asleep once the opening prayer is said, but you actually get something out of it haha. 

But that's about all I got up here. Nothing too crazy as of late. We did have Zone Conference down in Palmdale... Due to travel that took a couple days to take care of haha. But I love you very much and am grateful for all the support that you've given me. Can't wait to see you guys on Mother's Day. It'll be an exciting Skype session... 

Love,

Elder Scott



GOOSE!!

Look at you all star. Don't let all these big numbers get to your head. You're only as good as your heart is. Don't worry you'll definitely be beating me when I get home. Especially if you're going out and practicing every week. Just keep your head down and remember who you are and what you stand for. Don't be braking ankles either, unless it's from you jukin somebody else out. You can't afford to have weary bones and joints at such a young age. It's not good haha. Love ya buddy and I'll talk to you soon!

On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM, Bryan M. Scott <bms@prestonandscott.com> wrote:
Elder S,

Well, another busy week here in the land of milk and honey.  All the major teams are basically done until football season starts.  As you know the Jazz is terrible and all Utah college hoop teams are done for the season.  My March madness bracket has been officially killed as three of my final four teams have now bitten the dust and Michigan State, who I had picked to win it all, bit the dust today.  Thus, ends my NCAA pool hopes for another year.  In better sports news, Goose scored a career high 11 points and his first official 3 in competition Saturday.  The team only scored 19 so Goose was the main man.  They did lose by 35, however, so to score that much in a losing effort was a little depressing.  Then, we went out for our weekly Saturday nine holes and Goose shot a career round 50.  He should have shot about 45 because he had 2 penalty strokes and made a quadrouple bogey on hole 4.  He's doing well though and is so excited to play with you every day or so he thinks when you get back.  Other than that, not too much else going on here in the world of sports.

Other than work there is not much else going on.  I have been getting to work by about 9 every day and do not get home until about 9.  It's great to have work though, so it's hard for me to complain.  Both Gavin and Kara got 4.0s this quarter and are doing well in school.  Kory and Jordan are doing well and are enjoying married life.  Unfortunatley I don't have a lot more to say.  We look forward to hear about how things are going.  It's too bad that you are losing your entire teaching pool, but the Lord will provide.  I'm sure you are excited to hear conference this weekend and take notes from every speaker.  I know anything that is different from the normal grind is always joyous in the field.  We took the priests over to Kelson's on Wednesday and Cameron told us about his mission.  He is an awesome kid.  He looks great and is super great example for these young priests.  He fed us empanadas that he made with his own little hands.  It was fun to spend some time with him.  Other than that that's about it.  We love you and miss you.  Thanks for your great example.  Work hard to the end.  I can't believe you are down to two months.  Endure to the end and make it happen.  Talk to you soon, we are so proud of you and to have been witness to this wonderful experience that your mission has been for all of us.  Talk to you soon.  Love, Dad

HELLO MY BROTHER, Well It has been a crazy week for me first I had a big basket ball game, but unfortunatley we lost bad 45 to 19 but I scorred 11 points and got my first three. I almost broke my ankle and made bolth free throws and missed four others. My second crazy thing is I play golf 2 times already, first time I shot a dubble bogey on 8 holse strate and second time I went I shot a 50 on 9 holes. I can't wate for you to get home and I mite be able to beat you when you get home but don't let that upset you, well that is it for the statis report see you soon. Love, Goose