Monday, April 26, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I hope that you have a great birthday. I can't believe I have been here 3 weeks already. The ward is really cool, very nice & they all help me with my spanish. Yesterday was Stake Conference and a member of the 70 was there. He was great. My companion is awesome. He leads the mission in baptisms and he is a great example to me. Our investigators are neat and we have 4 baptisms this saturday! I'm way excited. I live just outside of Centro and so it is bigger than I thought it was going to be. There are mountains everywhere and the people here are really nice. I am fine and I don't need anything. Thank you though.
The picture that I've enclosed is some of my district in the MTC at the Provo Temple. Just a random picture to share. The pictures that I sent last week are of Elder Gil, Alizian (young boy that was my first baptism) and the food pictured is NOT Tacos al Pastor! ha ha It was something that I ate but have no idea what it was. It was very good though! I'm glad you've researched Tacos al Pastor and found a recipe. Let me know how you guys like it. I will send more pictures next week.
Hey Sis (Dilla-haha)- That is cool that you are working hard to earn money for Girls Camp. Where is it at this year? Yep, that one picture does show my sunburn-lol! You are very observant! My companion, Elder Gil, is really funny and tries to speak English... it's pretty funny. And in all fairness... I'm sure he and others think it's funny when I try to speak Spanish at times. I love you sis.
Hola Tanner! Como fue su Semana? Yeah, I remember that family and it's good that you guys are friends. You will receive blessing for what you have done to help him feel at home. That's so cool that you are bearing your testimony every month. I have bourn my testimony every month since I received my mission call. I love to bear my testimony even though my spanish isn't perfect... I know I can bear my testimony in Spanish. That is crazy that the OKC Thunder is doing so good. I hope that they win it all!!! Where did Bradford & Gerald McCoy go? What do you want to know about the food? They eat a lot of chicken, meat, fruit and juices. I love the food. Congrats on being called to be 1st Counselor! That is awesome! I can't believe how fast the school year has flown by for you all. You're basically in High School now. Yep, my hair is pretty long now and I have to part it too! ha ha! I'm doing great. The people are really cool and it's not a quiet town... it is loud in the city and quiet outside the city. Love you bro.
Hey Dad- I love serving a mission for the church and I love and appreciate all you and mom have done to teach me about the gospel. I'm so happy to hear that President and Sister Hansen wrote you about my accent! ha ha! I love you so much Dad!
Tyler- That's cool that Ryan is home and you guys get to hang out before he leaves for Brazil. I'll bet he is excited to leave and serveno. We received a call from one of our investigators saying that she didn't want to get baptized because her husband didn't want to. So, we went to their house but before going into the house we prayed for the Spirit to be with us and with this special family. We were talking inside the house and invited them to church. They went to church and they are getting baptized on Saturday. The power of prayer is amazing. I have such a testimony of it. Love you bro.
Colton- You are going to have a blast on your mission! I can't wait to figure out where you are going! I know that wherever you go there are people especially for you. I think you need to talk to Bishop Hawkley and President Bean about the mini-mission as a Stake. Those are really helpful and I loved gaining an appreciation for the missionaries, the work they do and it also gave me the will to serve my mission. That was a great thing we did in Reno. The other thing that you should do is go out and teach with the missionaries in the ward. They can help you so much. I love you and can't wait for your papers to be sent in!
Mom- I loved your email about the comment left by President Hansen. He is really awesome! I'm so glad that so many family members, ward members, friends (members and non-members) are following and sharing my mission experience! Please tell Barry & Leola hello. I was so happy to hear they were reading it also. I love them. It is a blessing to attend church and learn and grow spiritually. I love you and hope that you have a wonderful birthday. I love you so much.
I love you all so much! Talk to you next week!!!