Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
so I found out this week, that for some reason, when people from the U.S. send a parcel to othe U.K., they charge 20% of whatever you paid in the states, onto the fee when I receive it in the U.K., so that's why it's going to take a little bit for me to get my packages. unfortunately I won't be getting them for a week! but that's ok with me! I'm way exited to receive them. It's kind of weird that it's my birthday on thursday! because it's just going to be a normal day. but that's totally fine! i've had 18 other birthday's haha
this week was good. Elder Pogue and I are getting along really great and I am so lucky to have him as a companion. He came to the mission pre-trained, he's probably already a better teacher than I am and we are best friends! such a blessing. We taught Sean this week. He quit a bunch of things pertaining with the word of wisdom, without us even teaching him about it! He just felt like it was wrong, and then those things weren't exiting to him anymore! pretty fantastic! I'm so exited for his baptism, and so is he! He just needs to come to church on sunday, which he was never to exited about. Please pray for him to come to church with us on Sunday! also, please bless that he will desire to have the rest of his family take the lessons with him. He has 3 kids that could all learn about the gospel and join him in the waters of baptism, so please pray for that to happen! On Saturday, I taught English classes to the hispanic people in our ward (and one mongolian). It was great! we had 6 people show up, and hopefully we will have more and more every week. It was so fun to be able to speak spanish with them, and to teach them simple phrases in English that will help them while they are at work, and with new mates and what not.
My hair grew back.. WOO!!!
This morning we found a new investigator named Matt, so please pray for him to be receptive. Yesterday we met the nuttiest guy ever named Bruce. He loves the osmonds, and because he loves them so much "He considers himself a mormon" haha he told us he knows with all his heart the book of mormon is true and he already lives the word of wisdom, but I think he is more interested in the osmonds than he is with any thing else. we will see! definitely one of the funniest half hours of my life! Nothing is really happening at the moment with the Kerr's, or with Jay. Jay just got off holiday, but seemed less than exited to have us around again this week, but that doesn't mean were not going to try haha.
Dad- I don't need any new trousers or clothing at the moment, and there is plenty of money in the account. I will be using the money to pay off the packages that I get for my birthday because of that U.K. Policy thingy. anyways guys I love you sooooo much. I'm stoked that you guys had a good time in Seattle. I had no idea that you guys were even going to Seattle, but it looks like it was a way good time. but let's be honest, any time all of us get together it's a good time. just don't have to much fun without me ;) Have a sweet week you guys!
Monday, August 26, 2013
Love bug...I am about to drop I am so tired. Came back and had to make up lots of stuff today. I will make up for it next week with more pics and more news. But really....the only news was...we had an AMAZING TIME...but WE MISSED YOU LIKE CRAZY...if your ears were burning or your nose itching the WHOLE week...its cuz we couldn't keep you out of our conversations or our thoughts or our hearts. You da BABY, and we LOVE OUR BABY. Hurry Home! Until then...create your own kind of AMAZING!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Hey family! Elder Pogue and I had an outstanding week, we found 5 new Investigators, only 1 was at church, but it was still amazing that we were able to find so many new people to teach. 3 of them are a family we found on wednesday. We went to go visit a less active who has been nasty to the missionaries in the past, and she was actually so happy to see us! she said that she has started praying again and trying to come back to church, and that us showing up just solitified her decision that it was the right thing for her! while we were talking to her, her friend Sean was there, and he started asking us a bunch of questions, he called us after and asked if we could come over and teach his family about our church! Also, another investigator we found, is a man called Matt. Matt was getting extremely upset at us for sharing the gospel to everyone we saw in the marketplace of Ilkeston, and so he started letting go his frustrations of how that wasn't right and what not. We got talking to him, and we were able to answer a lot of his questions, leading to him inviting us over to his house tomorrow. So that was a really interesting experience but it was rad. I felt like alma and Amulek talking to Zeezrom. My joy was similar to Ammon's joy in Alma 27:17. It's absolutely amazing to be sharing the gospel, and for a few people to actually listen. The work is picking up so much since I've been with Elder Pogue. GREENIE POWER!! haha If you guys can't tell, I love the book of mormon and continually relate my experiences to those I find from Alma, Amulek, Ammon, Aaron, etc.
Thursday I had interviews with my Mission President, President Rasmussen. I just want to let you guys know that he is amazing, and definitely called of god. He sincerely cares about each and every one of us, and I am in good hands. I love Sister Rasmussen even more! They are just extremely loving and I'm blessed to be serving while they are our mission president, and mission mom.
Saturday we had our lesson with Sean and his family, and Sean is going to be baptized on the 14th of September, and we'll see when the rest of his family is going to do the same. it was an amazing week! that's all I have to report. I love all of you so much. I love the gospel, and I have such an amazing oppurtunity to wake up everyday and invite other people to enjoy the good news we share, and to use the atonement. Have a sickkkk week family and enjoy the pool for me.
p.s. I really miss the mountains, so dad and Josh, you guys were right...
Monday, August 12, 2013
What a nuts week! I got my boy! his name is Elder Pogue, and he's a legend! He lives in Saudi Arabia, but is originally from Louisianna. He is super exited to be on a mission, and is a way fun kid. Constantly throughout the day he'll just say "man we are so lucky to be on missions!" and he's just the best. I have the priviledge of training a new missionary who understands the divinity of our calling! How lucky we are! anyways he's like 6'4, loves every single movie I love, and the same music as well. so that's really nice when we get to decide what movie were going to watch.... JUST KIDDING haha got ya.
So Ruby told me that she already told you that I'm STILL in Eastwood. haha and I will be for the next 2 transfers! We are extremely blessed to be here. I decided I'm not leaving... ever haha the first day Elder Pogue and I were together, he committed Nathan Rigley to baptism! He still has a lot of problems we need to sort out, but we will be working on that. There is a part member family that we are teaching called the Kerr's, they are actually from Lehi, and I love them. There are two kids that are probably going to get baptized within the next 2 months! So Jay, who kind of fell off the radar, wants to have the missionary lessons again! which is a miracle because we thought he totally gave up on trying to gain a testimony.
I don't really know what to say.. after I've been on my mission for a bit every day is like way similar but so different, but I just don't know really what to tell you. I'm sorry that my letter this week is so short. Keep praying for me as I do for you! Have another sweet week!
Mom: I'm so proud of you for reaching gold!! (whatever the heck that means, but in the olympics it's awesome so I'm gonna guess that it's awesome for you as well) You're the best mom ever. for so many different reasons!
It was so good to see so many pics of the family! I swear everyone has grown like a foot since I've been home! what the heck! tell Jeremy that he has got a filfthy beard (the good type of filfthy) and I might be having to grow one when I get back :)
Just the caption of Ghram singing Thrift shop made me laugh. I can only imagine how much I would have been laughing!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Everyone is here until Monday night and Sheri goes home on Tuesday morning. Its been a lot of talking and laughing and EATING and then starting all over again. Its SO GREAT to have all the kids old enough to really tend to themselves...they just start hovering when they are hungry...we bust out the next allotment of food and then they scatter to play ALL OVER the place. This is my heaven.
I really have mostly taken off since Thursday ...I did a Medicene cabinet makeover and went to a dinner celebrating hitting GOLD Rank and that's been it. Tuesday I'm gonna be swamped and maybe a bit panicked...but I'll just wait till then:)
I wish you could call to talk to everyone. We have missed you the entire time, but when we went to PF Changs with Michael there was an empty space....when we had the talent show... and empty space...when I made homemade mac n cheese...empty space...when this golf tourney we were suppose to be at in NY came on today...empty space....we are almost to the 6 month mark...almost. Everyone is great. Everybody is about interesting and GOOD things. So perfect to set ALL THOSE THINGS ASIDE and just BE together.
You are SO LOVED!!! Can't wait to hear about your week! Hope it wasn't too many pics.