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

Monday, April 25, 2011


Its your boy Elder Gnehm
Easter was way legit. It was fun. So on saturday we had a noon dinner to celebrate it with a family, and we roasted marshmellows and hot dogs outside, while it was practically snowing by the way. And yeah i smelled like smoke the rest of the day and I saw my mission president at the easter program and he probably thinks that I have a word of wisdom problem. haha
On saturday and sunday we got to see Elder Perry speak, i got to shake his hand and i asked him if he remembered me from the jazz game last year haha he just laughed and said no. then he told all the missionaries that they better be teaching 20 lessons. Yikes. not really happening right now. trying though. There were some really good talks. And i thought i would never say it but a sister gave the best talk, she was the primary president of the stake, like jess. It was super good though. Elder perry was just talking a lot about how the world has changed and how to stay away from modern things and stuff like that. It was good. Then after all that spiritual goodness, we went and had lunch at a members, and i don't think i have ever eaten so much food in my life. It was soo good though. And then we played the game sorry for like a half hour, then we went to the olsons and ate even more food. I'm going to be a balloon, i am telling you. We are definately getting insanity when i get home. speaking of insanity i ate some of that on a burrito and we did a challenge with a couple other Elders, cause yeah we are dumb like that, and i was crying and my stomache killed, but it was totally worth it. But yeah it was a realy fun easter.
That is cool about derek's gradutation, i emailed him and said congrats. and just to let you know, you really don't have to cry all the time, its not that hard, i cry when i eat insanity but you don't have to cry to think about talking to me. But i am pretty excited to talk to all you guys. See whats up with the fam, and whatnot. Let me know how derek's new job goes for him and everything, HOpefully all starts going well with him. Oh i showed the olsons, all my pictures that i have, and they said they you and jess look way alike and they said that you guys are super cute, so good job mom. haha.
Don't worry about the missionary mall thing, but i still want it so hopefully next week, this week has been pretty cold, so i haven't really been wearing my short sleeve that much anyways. I still haven't gotten an email from steves parents. but yeah i think that his p day is monday so you might get an email back from him today.
Anyways, transfers are almost here, and i am pretty stoked. So yeah i will definately let you know about where i am headed or if i'm staying (heaven forbid). So yeah i'll let you know because we find out on mothers day so i will just tell you in person.
Well i gotta run so hope all is well with you and the family, so i will talk to all yall soon, love ya, have a good week.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I sent you and Ty and Jess and also the Smiths a easter card, so if you could deliver that to the Smiths that would be awesome.
We made that card and it was my idea. yeah thats right, i like taking pictures now too. don't judge me. Easter is going to be super legit. We have Elder Perry coming and talking to the stake for stake conference. I'm way excited to be able to see him speak, i think the topic will be on missionary work. haha so hopefully he condemns people and tells them to give us some member referrals! Thats cool that you had a speaker come and talk about it in the ward. So yeah we had our 40 day fast, ad it seems like some people were making efforts to share the gospel, but all the people that they were sharing it with was their coworkers, which is good but not good for us because they don't live in our area. So hopefully an apostle can tell them to start doing it, if missionaries and the bishopric cant. Yeah i'm gonna be honest, i am getting pretty trunky from this ward. I'm not going disobedient or anything but it seems like every day is the same thing. We knock on doors and they aren't home, and our investigators listen, seem like they feel the spirit super strong when we teach them, but they don't keep their commitments. Its really starting to make me mad. So yeah we will see, transfers are on may 9 so yeah when i talk to you on mothers day i will know where i am going by then.
For easter we are going to a familys house to eat. They feed us for every holiday. I think that we are going to go there for a while, make a stop at the olsons, and probably our ward mission leaders house too. I don't think that we have any easter egg hunts or anything like that planned. It would be pretty cool if we did, but i don't think our ward is even doing an easter activity. As far as pictures go, i just want immediate family pictures. maybe some more tennis pictures or something, i dont know, whatever you can find, the more the better. Also, do you think that you could send me some more shirts in my easter package. Some nicer t shirts that i could wear on p day. maybe just two. just look in my room and pick some good ones, i trust you. maybe an ezekial or element or volcom one.
SO i'm getting 315 bucks back! is that good? haha i don't know if that is a lot to get back for how much i have or not. But cool, i am going on a shopping spree. haha i have been definately making an effort this month to save my money, i have only gone out to eat once and that was at wendys and i got a small frost and a 99 cent chipotle chicken sandwhich. which is bomb by the way.
That is exciting that Derek is done with weber state. You'll have to email some pictures of the graduation. I bet he is excited, and he has a job too! thats way cool, it sounds like he is definately being blessed right now.
So yeah i did play some tennis this morning, us and the zone leaders are going to start playing tennis in the mornings for our excersize, so we are going to start waking up early at 6:00 and play tennis before studies. its supposed to rain a lot this next week for us to from what i hear. Yeah i'm not excited for it either cause i wanna play tennis bad. I played this morning, and i definately am a little rusty, but i'll just blame it on a bad racket.
So anyways, we helped teach primary again this sunday. We were narrators while the kids stood up in the front and held up the pictures. The story was a lot about the death of christ and the ressurrection, and him coming and visiting the americas. and as we were reading, the spirit was the strongest that i've ever felt in sunday school. It was more strong then i've felt it in gospel principles. ALl the women in the room starting bawling, because that is just what girls do. and even i was like on the verge of tears because the spirit was testifying of what we were saying was true. It was a really sweet spiritual experience. and it just goes to show that even the spirit can be in the primary room too.
Well anyways, i gotta get running. have a great easter! i love you guys, be safe, do good, give you ward referrals. LOVE YA! ELDer gnEHM

Monday, April 11, 2011




haha suckers in utah. It has been mid 60's sunny all week. We are playing volleyball and tennis outside today. It hasn't snowed for a little bit. We were watching conference and we saw the snow there and we were laughing and then the next day it was snowing hard here. dang mountains, stop that snow!!
Hey while you are sending an easter package, do you want to send me some more pics of the family again, that would be super cool, because I need more pics of before the mission so i can look at them and share it with peeople. I'm pretty excited for easter!
We have stake conference on easter sunday and elder Perry is coming to our conference and talking. I'm way excited, i'm gonna ask if he remembers me from the jazz game when i asked him about the colorado denver north mission. I guarantee he remembers me, we're basically best friends. haha.
Thats super good that ty didn't have anything too bad. So do you remember my crazy back aches that would just happen randomly? yeah i got that the other day while i was at the olsons, and i tried jumping through a moving hoola hoop, not a good idea by the way. haha my back was killing me for a little bit, but now its not too bad.
So to answer your questions about if its going fast or slow. . It feels like its going by slow and fast at the same time, weeks go by so slow but then i think of it being april and being out for 9 months already and that is just crazy. Time is going a little slow right now though and i am getting a little bit tired of this ward, not gonna lie. I feel like i've visited everyone soo much that they are probably all sick of me. 6 months in one ward is a little bit long. We have district meeting every week, did i tell you that President Ely walked into one of my district meetings and he listened to my whole training. haha when he walked in i was like craaaaap. haha but it went really well, i wasn't all that nervous because i've trained in front of him so many times now that it doesn't really phase me. Our district is a pretty hard district, this ward and thornton ward are super hard, but brighton ward which is where elder goesch went after, had a ton of work and they have a baptism next week so i have a baptism interview that i have coming up this week. Elder aamodt got transferred to arvada so i don't see him anymore. But i still talk to him every once and a while.
I am glad that you sent some pics of hunter and bode cause i was just thinking last night that i havent seen a picture in them in a while and i was wondering how big they were getting. So does bode have brown hair or is it a little bit red? Haha that is hilarious that Hunter is doing swim lessons right now. That just seems so young to do it. But he looks like a stud in the water.
Um steves address? haha i still don't have his mexico address, i will definately get it by next week!
So spiritual experiences... hmm. I can't think of any that are mind blowing right now. except for the reality of the spirit and the feelings. Last week we were having a really bad day and it was just getting ridiculous and so i decided that i would read the Book of Mormon and as i started reading it, almost immediately i felt completely different, i didn't feel discouraged, i felt warm and i could feel the spirit strong. It was just awesome the spirit that i immediately felt as i read the book of mormon, and it amazes me that some people can't feel that as they read the BOM.
SO anyways i gotta run, so if you could send me some pics in the easter package that would be great, don't give me any of those marshmellow ducks peeps are disgusting. Cadburry eggs are good though. So i love you, be safe and I will talk to you all next week. Oh and the reason that i need more money in my card is because i need to take basically all of my pants and suits to the dry cleaners because they smell absolutely awful. So if i could get a little that would be much appreciated. Thanks. Well talk to ya lata. peace

Monday, April 4, 2011


Hey There
ok first of all i want to defend myself with jess' letter. So that took me at least the entire P'day or more to read that letter, and there was no way that i had the time to write back after that! Her letter was ginormous, I'll try to get to it someday. haha just playing i will do if ater i write you. I'm trying to write you first so that i actually get time. But yeah i thought you didn't write me and that you were just gonna give up on writing every week. It just sounds like something you would do..NOT!
haha yep i am still with my greenie for at least another 5 weeks. haha so get this i was at the Olsons house (that is where we watched General COnference on Saturday) and they were asking him about his family and everything. And Sis olson asked about his brother and Elder shepard said, oh we are nothing alike, i am way more outgoing and more talkitive then my brother. She's like wait...Your the talkative one in the family..haha i busted out laughing. She's like don't feel intimidated by your companion, you don't have to be afraid. haha. i love that family.. But my companion is getting a little bit better at talking to other people. He doesn't like to talk on the phone though! He yelled at me because i told him to make some phone calls. He says he hates talking on it. I told him that he's going to have to get used to talking to people on the phone because thats what he will be doing for the next 20 months. But when he talks on the phone you can just tell that he is so nervous and he is like walking around and tries to get off of it as fast as possible. So yeah he definately still needs some work. But oh well, i will keep helping him. ..Reasons like that is why Utah isn't the greatest. Some people are WAAAY to sheltered.
Anyways, General Conference was bomb. it was way cool to watch it, we watched the first day with the olsons like i said and the second day we watched with the powers. We have some investigators that are going to try to listen to if this week because they couldn't do it on sunday. i sure hope that this gets people to be more missionary minded. haha i don't know what else we can do if they don't listen to an apostle. But we have definately seen some good come out of this 40 day fast that the ward has been doing. This week we got two new investigators. One we were walking and this lady told us to come over here and talk about the mormon church, we thought she was going to bible bash but suprisingly she didn't and she was pretty interested because she does a lot of work with people in Utah. We got another investigator by a headquarter church referral, and this guy is pretty legit. He met with missionaries before, and he stopped and realized the blessings that came from meeting with the missionaries. The only thing we are struggling with him right now is he needs to receive his answer, and he needs to stop drinking. He says that he is an alcoholic. He also is meeting with us behind his wifes back because she is very against the church. So yeah all that good jazz. Our other investigators are ...one is 15 and she likes church but when we try to teach her, her mom is absolutely crazzzzzy, and she interrupts and screws everything up so we are going to start meeting her at another place. Another investigator is someone that missionaries have taught for 5 years and she really hasn't progressed that much.. I am sick of it and i just want to quit going over there because it is pretty much a waste of our time because she never reads or prays. Another investigator just got divorced and turned to God with all of it and it was around the time that we came over, he is super legit and he just needs to receive his answer and i think that he will defiantely get bapt. So yep thats our investigators. We work a ton with going over to less actives house as well.
As far as GC went, my favorite talk was probably elder oaks on desire, and the story that he gave of the guy that was
trapped by the rock for 5 days and was ready to give up then he had that vision of him picking up a kid with his left hand
so he broke both of his bones in his arms and he cut off his arm. haha i just like that because thats not a normal story
that you would get out of conference. that is legit! haha and the desire he had to want to have a family and everything.
That was a way good talk. I also like the talked with the 70 that talked about the difference of to be and to do. That was way
cool because its a testimony builder of becoming more like christ and having his attributes and that faith is nothing without works.
SO yeah I loved general conference. I like it a lotttt more than i did before my mission that is for sure. haha.
Anways i gotta get running, I hope that you are having a good week and that everything is going well. Maybe if you want to send a little money this way for dry cleaning that would be fantastic. All my clothes are super filthy. and its gonna be pretty dang expensive. Anyways, i love ya and pray for you. LOVE ELDER GNEHM