mis-sion-ary (noun): someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others may live with their families for Eternity.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Those pictures that you sent me are legit. Bode is a handsome young lad. He takes after his uncle. And no i'm not talking about derek. haha.
Park city looks way pretty right now. Here the leaves haven't even started to change at all yet. Colorado is just ugly during the fall. It is just
super flat and brown. Nothing special, it actually kind of depressing. The one thing that i do like about here more than i like about utah is in
the winter here it will snow one day and then the next day it will be like 70 degrees and the snow will be melted. But in Utah when it snows,
it is there for like the rest of the winter until april. Haha i can't believe that you are already asking me where i want to go when i get home for
a vacation. that is still 9 months away. But i have been thinking about it haha, my companion is going home in three weeks so give me a break
if i think about a vacation every once in a while. But yeah I think that hawaii or some kind of cruise would be way fun. Something that involves
swimming, would be cool. Its been a while since i have swimmed...
So Conference was dope! way good! We watched the saturday sessions at the Hawkins home and then we watched the Sunday session
at the Berezays home. But there were some dang good talks. The one from the 70, i think his name was Callister or something, but he
gave a way good talk about how the book of mormon compliments the bible. It was like a perfect talk for missionaries, i can't wait to get a hold
of that ensign with that talk. But my favorite talk was in Priesthood Session. Elder Holland got up and laid the smack down. It was probably the
most bold sauce i have ever seen a general authority talk. He talked about missionary work, and he said himself that "We are speaking to you
boldy because you do not listen to us when we speak politely" haha it was amazing. That one will be a classic talk for sure. But overall
conference was good and now i'm sad that i have to wait another 6 months to hear it.
So this week we had a pretty good week. My comp is still kinda bugging me because of how trunky he is. So we had this lesson, with a
girl in the singles ward who is less active..like super less active. She doesn't even know who Jesus Christ is, or who we pray too..yeah that less
active. But Before we started teaching they were talking and they found out that they actually know a couple of the same people from back east so it was kinda cool ya know, to know similar people so i was alright with that but then I was teaching. i saw I because he didn't say a word really. But the spirit was super strong she understood what she needed to do to find out who jesus Christ is, and then he opens his mouth and says...so do you know "this person", oh and do you know "this person". So yeah he totally got her off topic, which bugged me and the member that we brought. But then we brought it back, and then he did it again, and started talking about how we almost got kicked out of byu idaho and he said his conversion story out of nowhere which was weird. SO i dunno,
it is kind of bugging me, all the missionaries that are zone leaders feel for me, and are super sorry for me, but whatever, it is just 3 more weeks.
We have interviews with President Toombs this week, i am probably going to ask him if he is thinking about moving me or not. Cause 6 months in any
area is way long, and i just don't know if i'll be able to do one more transfer in this area. I will be able to do it but, i dont want to haha. I know it sounds selfish but i guess i will just have to deal with whatever happens.
On a brighter note, i am super stoked for this Friday. remember cameron Burris, he was the guy that i taught in arvada a year ago, and was baptized. I called him on the phone the other day and he said the he was getting sealed in the temple this friday. So he invited me to come with him, and i've been saving a temple trip just to go to see this. SO i'm way excited to see this family get sealed. He is by far the most legit guy that i have baptized and has stayed the strongest since he has been baptized. IM PUMPED!
Hey so what ever happened to my package. Did you send it or no. because i ahven't gotten anything. Please let me know, so i don't call the office and ask for a package that isn't there.
Anyways, thats about all i got for the week, It has been super hot here lately, i dont know what your talking about. I'm dying of heat. I'm kind of excited for the fall but yeah not to excited for winter eaither. Anyways, i gotta run, so i love ya and hope you have a good week! CHAO

Monday, September 26, 2011



That is way cool that Ya'll are in Park City. Hopefully on the Drive up, tyler and them don't get in a wreck, I was actually telling
someone that story about me and derek crashing, the other day. weird. Tell them to wear seatbelts and obey all safety precausions.
Oh yeah by the way I started to say Ya'll, so if i come home and i sound like i served my mission in the south, its because of a
missionary that lives in the south but he kept saying and i kind of caught on...wee i am ashamed.
Young womens president getting the best of you know? already.. dang, who is even in the young womens right now?
I don't remember. Thats cool that you spoke in sacrament. I bet it was good, i bet there were also many tears that were
flowing. haha.. just kidding. But seriously... I have been talking to this family in my ward about my problems of not ever
being able to cry. haha and They have a daughter named allie, she is like 15. And she never can cry either, so I am glad
that i'm not the only heartless person. and get this, she EXTREMELY hates feet. haha.. I knew there were people that were
like me somewhere. haha. ANyways, that was pretty random sorry.
This week we had a lot better week. We were able to get a hold of a lot of people that we were never able to get ahold of
before. We finally set up this lesson with this less active that we have been trying to work with forever, so hopefully we can get
her to start coming to church. I had a pretty cool experience too. We went over to a less active in our singles ward, and his dad
was there too and he is less active in his ward. So we were just talking to them for a while, and we gave the lesson, and i just
thought about this scripture in doctrine and covenants section 10 verse 5 to read about prayer and coming off the conqueror,
and they both said, that was exactly what they needed to hear. So that was kinda cool, and then i continued talking, and
it popped into my head to invite them to pray together. And the dad was like, yeah you know i have been thinking about
that a lot lately, how we should do that. So it was kinda cool, that a couple times within one lesson, i told them things that
they needed to hear by the spirit. IT was a cool spiritual experience.
Gracelan? seriously.. haha i don't want to make fun of that name too much, if that is what they are actually going to name it
but that sounds like something off of chronicles of narnia or lord of the rings..but i guess tyler named his kids hunter and bode
so where are we to talk..haha just kidding. How are those kids doing anyways, We had dinner with a family in our ward and
they have a 4 year old son, and he is absolutely huge, he weighs probably 80 pounds, and it is just weird to think that he is
only like a year or so older than hunter. I might need to get some pictures of them too, cause i haven't seen them in a little bit.
Anyways, so to talk about what i would like in my package....hmmm... definately some good jerky. definately the cd of nashville
triuble to the missionaries and maybe also jenny oaks baker ( elder oaks daughter) she has a cd that is all disney music on the
violin, that would be pretty cool. maybe some gatorade powder. other random snacks.. just whatever you can think of.
but yeah since i haven't had a package in a while this one might have to be super big, to make up for the other ones. right?
Welp, i gotta run, i hope that you guys are excited for general conference this weekend.. I am stoked.. i can't wait to hear from
the prophet and apostles.. hope that you guys have a good week, enjoy park city! love ya


Monday, September 19, 2011


Hey der, yeah this last week did go by pretty fast i'm not gonna lie. Yeah there were some
interesting things that happened last week.. Lets just say that i'm pretty glad that its only 5
more weeks with my companion... So yeah, remember the house that i have told you about,
yeah i complained about it and stuff, but i have tolerated it for the last 3 months, and there
havent been really any huge problems. But my companion, has lived there for a week and he
says that he cant handle it anymore. So he has complained to the stake president, the bishop
and the ward mission leader. yeah he's a baby. He says its too unsanitary and that its not
good for us to live there... Oh yeah and to be quite honest the zone completely cant stand him,
because... In district meeting he got up and completely yelled and chastised the entire district,
(even with sisters there) because they were making phone calls to people outside of their
district without calling us for permission..now that is a mission rule, but that is probably one
of the smallest mission rule that people tend to break, and so yeah they should have been
told not to do it anymore, but he completely yelled at them, and told them that they were like
the pharisees, and that they teach to be obedient and aren't...yeah thats my comp. He is kind
of a tool..but yeah i'm just trying to get through these next 5 weeks. I'll be fine though.
Anyways, on that cheery note... Did dad and tyler go back out hunting? I want them to shoot
something! I need jerky or something. Yeah i'd be interested in seeing the rental house that
you guys are fixing up, are you fixing it for me to live there after the mission? Is that where you
want me to live so i don't move out here to denver? There are so many missionaries that come
back after the mission and marry girls in their wards, holy cow. Its like seriously, were you even
doing missionary work or were you just flirting with the laurels?
That is so crazy..Chloe Miller is getting married, i remember her looking like a 15 year old
does she still look like that? Thats pretty nuts, i'm not ready for that.. maybe in 10 more months
though i dunno. haha. just kiddin. But yeah i am kinda on the opposite side of the mission from
Elder aamodt right now but i know that he is doing alright. He still isn't a dl or zl or anything,
he is with a samoan missionary that beats everyone up. And president Ely when he was here
asked him who he wanted to be with so that he didn't beat any more of his comps up, he said
Elder aamodt. I guess they get along pretty well, so thats good. But yeah he is doing alright.
Well anyways, yeah not too much is different here, we got a referral of some investigator that
lives in longmont, she said that she would be interested in meeting with us but she wasn't there
at the time we set up an appointment. But we will keep trying, so hopefully we can get someone
new to teach. But yeah, i'm kinda just ready to leave this area, but i still got a while so i'm gonna
have to get over it. Welp, gotta run, love you hope the fam is doing good, take care yall.

Monday, September 12, 2011




Hola Como esta
Welcome back to Utah, your pictures that you sent are pretty sweet. I can't believe you saw a couple of bears. Some guy here in the ward
tells me that he goes bear hunting, and tells me some pretty crazy stories. For example, if you shoot a bear right in the heart, its adrenaline
is going so much, that it wont even know that it is dead for a couple of minutes and it will come and find you and rip you to shreds, so yeah
bear hunting is probably the manliest sport i've ever heard of and i probably want to try it at least once. The pictures of you guys riding
horses is pretty funny, you definately dont have the proper outfit for it, where is your boots, your cowboy hat and your gun?
haven't you seen the movies?
I gotta admit, i'm pretty bummed that tyler and dad haven't gotten an elk yet. I could definately go for some of that jerky.
We got into a door of a less active on monday and the whole time we were just talking about hunting, and then he gave me and my
companion elk steak, and elk burgers. There is a ton of it too. SO I just need to complete it off with some elk jerky, and i would
be set. Tell them not to give up and have faith. Read them the story of nephi breaking his bow if you have too.
So yeah me and my companion are doing pretty good. We still don't have any new investigators that we are teaching, but we were planning
the other day and we started to come up with some ideas that we could use in the singles ward to get new people to start coming to activities and
things. We are going to set up a basketball tournament and get out flyers and have people in the ward invite their friends, and we are going
to try to do it once a week. I've heard that there are a lot of convert baptisms just from people coming to play basketball with members of
the wards, so hopefully we can see the same success here in the singles ward. Its getting a little bit annoying that we haven't really
taught a single investigator in over 2 months. I really hope that we can get some more!
My companions name is Elder Yarmo, yes he goes home in 6 weeks now. He's not too trunky. He is from New hampshire, right on the border
of that and Massachussets. about 45 minutes from boston. I'm senior ZL now, and thank goodness i'm not a district leader anymore!! haha
5 transfers of that was too much. I'm glad that i don't have to do all those trainings anymore, but another dl asked me if i would give a training
last week so i had to do it anyways. Also we both spoke in church yesterday. My talk was on how members can use PMG to get ready to
answer questions when people that aren't members of the church ask them questions they can know what to say. It went pretty good i thought,
especially since i only prepared for 30 minutes cause we had no time, and i gave a talk for about 20 minutes.
Not much else has been going on, kinda the same old thing. so that is about all i got for this week, hopefully all goes well this next week,
tell tyler or someone to keep me updated on how byu football is doing, i heard they one their first game but i don't know if they won yesterday.
Yea that would be sweet if i got a package..just saying.. ok gotta run, love ya have a good one.