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Bittersweet Moments

Sounds like you had an interesting week...Welcome to Missionary Work/life! I smiled really big as I read your letter, as I was doing the same thing that you all were doing. We had two baptisms on the 14th! Each hold an interesting story of how it all came to be. 
  Our first baptism was for Amanda. She is a single mother of two young kids (3 years old and 4 months). She wanted to have the blessings of the Gospel in her life. She started meeting with the missionaries and accepted the invitation to be baptized on the first day. She went to church twice but did not make it the third time so we had to move the baptism date to the 14th. She came to church for the 3rd time! Whew...but then we realized that the missionaries never taught her the Word of Wisdom and the commandments so we tried to set up a lesson but she was so busy the first half of the week. So...we taught her over the phone. We got the time and everything set....then she got a fever! "Oh my goodness!" I thought! …

Christmas Once Again

Hello Family and Friends! 

   I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Merry Christmas! I have learned that when you believe---anything is possible.  Here is a little story that I read and felt to share with all of you. 
“A Favorite Christmas Song” “Next on the program was one of my favorite songs—“C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s.” I looked up to see a sister with stooped shoulders and one hand held close to her body, walking with an awkward stride to stand beside the piano. She stood with one hip lower than the other and offered a lopsided smile before she began. I admit I wrongfully wondered if the song would be any good. “When I was but a youngster, Christmas meant one thing,” she sang. The song went on to tell how a child learns how to spell Christmas and discovers what the holiday is really about. “C is for the Christ child, born upon this day; H for herald angels.” Her mouth was slack on one side, and she had difficulty forming the words. “R means our Redeemer; I means Israel; S is for the star…

When Faith Endures

Mom and Dad, 
   First, the mailing address was changed just because of my area. We live with members and they are not home all the time and it would be a hassle to have the mail thing figured out. So sending it to the mission office is the best way at this time. Plus, I live in an "estate neighborhood." I am not kidding....people actually live in an estate and the house we are in is kind of in the middle of a house and estate. I will attach a photo of one of our neighbors. So, apparently Mitt Romney lives in one of our wards! This should be a very interesting transfer.     Thanksgiving was great. Our zone got together and had a turkey bowl and then about 12:30 or so we all split up and attended the missionary thanksgiving day! Some missionaries asked if we could go with them to a 1pm to help eat the food. Then we asked them to go with us at 3pm to help eat the food and then President and Sister Eberhardt invited us over for a 5pm dinner. Lets just say I ate very little and …

Blessings Once Again

Transfers was on Tuesday and now it is Thanksgiving and our P-day. I got transferred and learned that things often don't go as we planned. Although, there are many blessings in disguise. On Sunday night I was awaiting that phone call that I would be released as Zone Leader and made a trainer. But, that phone call never came. I prayed that I will be able to handle whatever is thrown my way. Mondaymorning came and I found I would be leaving Park City and staying Zone Leader. It was a rather rough day for me personally. I was humbled and comforted by the Lord as I studied the scriptures and knew that this was what needed to happen. I said my goodbyes, packed my bags once again and headed to the mission office to see what the next 6 weeks awaits for me. They called up all the newly called zone leaders and current zone leaders. I was the oldest zone leader up there, going on 8 transfers as Zone Leader. I am now in the Cottonwood Zone serving with Elder Smith. He and I were in the MTC …

Trust in His Plan

This morning, after a long wait, we got the transfer information. I am still trying to figure out what is going on. So this much I do know. 1. I am leaving Kamas (Super sad about it) and 2. I am STILL Zone Leader (going on 8 transfers as Zone Leader). I am not sure what to think about that. I totally thought I would be released as Zone Leader and do something else....guess not. I am just going to embrace whatever comes my way. I pray that I will have the strength to continue to help all the missionaries. Dad, you may understand this aspect but I am tired of dealing with all the missionary drama that always seems to happen each week. Deep breathing comes in handy when I just want to say something rather harsh to some situations I encounter.
But, it is a Beautiful Life and I will keep smiling and trust in His plan.
I was thinking about what a short time I have been in this area and just how I was able to see God's hand each day. I was able to see lives change, make connections and…

Miracles and Simple Blessings

Hello everyone! This past week has gone by so fast and lots of things to do and get done but we still see miracles happen everyday! 
On Thursday we got a phone call from a member saying "Hey, can you come to my house as I need to talk to you about someone that I need you to teach." We had meetings most of the day and said we can come over at 3pm. We showed up and he told us the story. Brother Thacker goes on to say "So, I was helping a lady pull stumps out of her yard and stuff. I decided to ask if she had any religion. She said she did not grow up with anything and went to every church growing up to find what fit with what she felt to be true. So, I asked her if she would be interested in having two young men, missionaries, come share with her what I believed. She said YES! I then they may invite you to be baptized on their first visit are you okay with that? She again said, yeah!." Elder Daines and I almost fell over at this point as we listen to him te…

Snow Once Again

Good Times...No, Great Times!

What an amazing, crazy, fun and blessed week it has been! 
I am grateful for all the Divine Signatures that I find placed in my life each day!  Your package came and the bread was all in one piece. I was craving that the day before the package came and it tasted soooo goood! Good memories. :) Thanks for the package...I loved it! :) 
  On Tuesday I was on exchanges with a district leader in Coalville till Wednesday morning. The Elder I was with is a great missionary and he goes home with me. He is from the South Mission when we split and created the new Utah Salt Lake City East Mission. In the short 24 hours that I was there I learned that the first Stake President for that area was W.W Cluff. It was really neat to see that. The guy that we ran into asked, "You are a Cluff?" and I said "Yeah...". He then went on for about 15 min about the Cluffs and really wanted to take me to the cemetery  to see the grave sight. We could not as we were already busy with appointme…

Halloween in Park City

This is where you would find me on Halloween!! We gave out 1,850 pieces of candy and ran out! There was about 2,000 people that came through main street. It was a great night and lots of fun with the Park City Zone!! Enjoy the photos! 
 Cleaning the Tree! 1pm to 3pm!  All ready to go....loaded up 1,850 pieces of candy! 3pm to 5:30pm  The first group to coming up!!!!
 Yikes.....too many people!  Decorating Contest!!! (This is not mine....mine was a disaster.)   FOOD! Had a yummy Dinner, Hawaiian Haystacks and an awesome apple desert.  Yum! 
 Meet the missionaries that I get to work with everyday! They are all awesome!   An attempt to do a zone photo.... Got a good one! Whew!!!!

 Happy Halloween!

I've Moved!

Family and friends, As you know this past week was transfers and I left Wyoming. As sad as that was for me, I really love my new area. I am still a Zone Leader(7 transfers)and training a new zone leader, again. This is my 3rdtime training a new Zone Leader and we turned his area into a Zone Leader area forPARK CITY!!!!Elder Daines, my new companion, is from California and has been out for a little over a year. He was already in the area when I came in. I am in the Kamas Stake which has 3 sets of Elders to cover it--two sets of English and one set of Spanish! It is the vision for every stake in our mission! My apartment address is: 1216 Cow Alley Oakley, UT 84055 But…my mailing address is: PO Box 494 Oakley, UT 84055 I live in a trailer…love it!  They remodeled the inside so it looks really nice and it is a new missionary apartment. The members, the Lakes, that own it live up the street from us and are super nice. They have us over for Sunday lunch and like us to feel a part of the family.…

Leaving Wyoming

Sounds like you had a great time with Grandma and Grandpa and all the kids. Looking at the photos I can't believe how tall everyone has gotten. Sam and Sadie!! Wow! They are growing up!
Tomorrow is transfers and guess what! I am leaving Evanston. :(  Right now I am still Zone Leader--I was really wanting to train this transfer. We will see what happens. I am not sure what to think about this transfer as it has been a crazy few days. The transfers now start at 1:30pm tomorrow and we have some special training to do. It will be interesting to see what happens. The Lord's plan is often different than ours. Last week we did a lot of traveling. I had to do some more baptism interviews in Green River on Thursday night and then we did exchanges with the Elders in Lyman area and stayed the night at their place as we had a zone meeting the next morning in their area at 9am. The zone got together one last time before the transfer and at the end I shared my testimony and expressed my lo…

Miracles, blessings and simply tender mercies all around

A miracle and tender mercy occurred while in Green River. Lets start with the beginning...about a month and a half ago (last transfer) I was on exchanges with an Elder in Rocks Springs for 24 hours. That night we were teaching a less active mother and she said that her sons live with her mom in Green River and they are being taught by the missionaries there. As the lesson went on I felt to have her watch the Mormon Message "Lifting Burdens" and we saved it on her phone to watch later. We left with a prayer. At the end of the exchange I kind of thought, "Did I help this area that much as it felt like nothing really happened." Our lives kept going and walking through unplanned events that would soon take place. On September 27, 2013 I had to help conduct an emergency transfer and I was made a District Leader and Co-Trainer, for the time being, as well as keep my responsibilities as a Zone Leader...all in one package. I was slightly overwhelmed with the s…

The Lord's Plan--Often Different Than What We Think

I am not really sure how to explain this past week. Reading about the Zone Leaders and the Elders in Pacific made me laugh as we may have had similar experiences.

The week started out pretty good, except it snowed on September 25th! I am just glad it all melted in a few hours. On Wednesday we were supposed to have an all day meeting in Salt Lake City but last minute (the day before) they decided to make it a mission wide meeting---except for Park City and Wyoming zones. It was all good as we were able to do exchanges as planned with the Green River Elders. It was an OK, weird exchange but it prepared us for the following experiences. Thursday morning we rode up with a member to Green River / Rocks Springs area for a District Meeting. It was very interesting and I will have to tell you in person about this whole unforgettable day. As we drove back to Evanston Elder Taka and I felt that the elders we did exchanges with were not the best companionship and one was being trained and did no…

Twists and Turns

What a crazy week it has been this past week! On Tuesday morning president called and was asking me if he could pull the sisters out of Evanston to fill in for two sisters that got their visa in Salt Lake. As we were talking he kept saying, "Your phone keeps breaking up..." I laughed and said "No, I just have a sore throat." It was decided that the sisters will leave today. It will be interesting as in the meantime we have to take care of their Spanish investigators. Yikes! As the day went on my throat got worse. I ended up having to go get some more medicine/ cough drops. The following day we were supposed to go to the temple but they ended up having to work so we could not go. It was a good thing because I woke up with a 102 degree fever. I was very weak that morning and as always when I get really sick I end up falling all over the place if I try to walk around and do things. I stayed in bed, took some medicine and prayed that the fever would go away. By 10am …

Hastening the Work

Mom and Dad,

What a week it has been! Tuesday we had a Mission Leadership Council meeting at 8am in Salt Lake City and we were there until around 3pm. It was a long day. I was just very glad that president did not make any comment to all the zone leaders about the accident. But, the word got around pretty quick and other missionaries would come up and ask me about it. It does not take long for any news to get out. :) Today I got the police accident report. I hated getting it as I was just fine not having to see it. I did get new tires for the car on Wed so that is an improvement---just need the body to get repaired. Just like dad and concrete---I think I hate dealing with these types of situations.

I love the fall weather and I have been wearing my sweater most days but I love it. So far no flooding at least in our area. The Elders in Mountain View area are having to deal with a lot of sand bagging and such as they got it the worst. On Saturday Elder Taka woke up rather cold--I guess…

One More Thing....

As I was writing my letter to president I was reminded of something that happened yesterday and I felt to share it with you.

"Yesterday, we were teaching a group of Young Men in one of the wards. We were wanting to help them learn how to teach using Preach My Gospel. We did many role plays and often they were reading straight from the book rather than teaching from what they knew and bearing testimony. To help them understand that sharing testimony is the most powerful tool you have when you are teaching I decided to share my Testimony in American Sign Language. I started to sign my testimony; the room fell into silence and the Holy Ghost testified to each of them that the things we taught are true. As I signed "amen" the boys sat still and they knew that they felt the spirit despite the fact that I was speaking in a different language that they could not understand.
It was the perfect lesson!

I know that Jesus is the Christ and that through Him we can become …

All Things Cowboy

Mom and Dad,
  I read Colton's email and yeah....I am in the same boat as him. Him in London and me in Wyoming....who would have thought. I mean this past week I have had to help walk horses back to the barn (stepped in horse poop), pulled huge weeds that seem to be the only thing that can grow in Wyoming and they are hard to pull out, unloaded and stacked hay. We also went to the county junior rodeo to talk to one of the bishops and make contact with our investigators. I kept laughing as Colton and I seemed to have switched roles for a little bit. I mean everyone here wears boots and cowboy hats---EVERYWHERE. It seems that Heavenly Father is making Colton and I come to really appreciate each other. Interesting how the Lord works.    I am learning to find Heaven within...despite how very different all this is for me. A family in one of the wards kept telling me that they think it was a blessing for me to be here in the stake where there is a young man who is 17 years old and has …