Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Everett, WA is absolutely wonderful. We are working our tails off out here trying to keep up with all our appointments. It kind of reminds me when I was in High School but much more rewarding. I love it. My companion Elder Vandehei is great. This is his second transfer and he is a wonderful missionary. So I have to tell you about a small miracle that happened. I only have time to write one but miracles happen daily out here.
So last week we dropped off our van at the Dodge dealership to do some electrical work that was under warranty. We expected it to only take a few hours. During that time we were going to study because we were way out of our area at that time and it was in the morning. Then they told us that it would take at least a day. So we started walking home, I would guess about 4 miles (give or take 6 miles). It was going to be a long trip back and we are the only missionaries with a car nearby. So we started walking. I found a little over a dollar in change in my bag. So we decided to try the buses. We didn't know when would come, where they were headed... but as long as it was headed in the right direction. We stopped at the first bus stop we saw hopped onto the first but that came and headed off. You wouldn't believe it but that bus took us and dropped us off two blocks away from our house :). It was such a blessing. We rode the buses around that day and talked to so many people. We even got kicked out of the Mall parking lot where the buses have the endpoint of there route. It was fun. There was a few that were listening on the bus where we were telling this one man about the Restoration and they were asking us questions. Then when we got off the bus, a security guard was driving by and saw us talking to people as we got off the bus and told us that we couldn't hand out anything. Then drove off. There also was a recent convert on the bus so while we both waited for the next bus. A random man down the bench started asking us about our beliefs and so we would answer his questions. Then once again the security guard drove up and said "I told you.." I explained that the man was the one who started asking us questions. The security guard didn't care what I said and said, "I know your ways... I will have to ask you to leave," so we did. He literally sat there and drove next to us until we left. It was so much fun. That is an example of how Everett is. There is so much reaping to be done here. We are going crazy trying to keep up.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The MTC is a wonderful place. The Spirit is always here and everything is beautiful. It really is weird just to look out past the gates and see real people out there.
I hope everyone is well.
Deserae I think I have met your future teacher in the MTC that will help you if you are at a visitor center. Her name is Sis. Allen. She is a great teacher. We only had here for one day as a substitute but she was amazing. You will definitely like her a bunch.
My teacher Bro. Larsen is a wonderful man. We have become quite good friends.
My companions Birthday was yesterday and it was great. Sis.
In our residence we have a communal pile where the Elders that leave put all of the extra stuff they can't take on the plane because of weight limits. There is so much food and ties and random but really good things to have that they leave.
I wrote a letter to you all so expect that soon.
Also last Preparation Day we had a devotional where Jeffery R. Holland spoke. It was wonderful to listen to him. I’ll describe what he spoke about in my letter you will get soon.
Besides the inauguration today has anything happened big in the world?
Lastly I love you all.
Could the boys write me a little letter about how much they love Jesus for all the things He has done for them?
For the girls if they could write how the Atonement has helped them in their lives?
And for you mom and dad can you write me and describe how the Plan of Salvation has comforted and makes life better?
I love you all so much and there is a lot of work to be done.
I love you Dad, Mom, Deserae, Danissa, Deanna, Devin, and Dallin.
Love from your elder,