Mama Bear!!!! hey :) Man I love today. I love reading all these amazing emails! Thank you for them so much. I will admit... watching the Lake Powell videos makes me a bit trunky haha.. I said it before but I can like close my eyes and go there..... feel the heat and the noise... ah man I miss it!! I miss it in a good way though.. we are going to have to do some family trips downt here like crazy!
It is so weird that it has been a year! I can't belive it... I have a big chart of my mission and seeing it half way done is so werid... at the beginning you think it will never end but every night before I hit the pillow it seems so much more real to me... freaks me out really..... but anyway! ha its really cool.
I do miss you guys loads though.... every single day.... it dosent effect the work but our family is so awesome..
I love the garden analogies too!!! it makes so much sense.. I read through Jacob 5 today.... Man I wish we could skype so I could just say so many things. But the garden was made so we can have analogys.. and food :)
I'm glad Dads foot is doing better.. I felt really bad about that .. he made so much proggress then he got broked.. is there any way that it could have been a good thing? weird question I know but lately I have found there is a lesson to be learned in everything.. good or bad..
ah man.. wrestling! I cant beleive that camp is starting and a new coach! holy cow... he sounds like a stud though.. I bet Stant was devistated to loose Giatras.. he is such a good guy.. this next year Stant is going to do so good though.. no matter who is coach that kid is going to own the matt..
Elder Maligon... he is such a good guy.. honestly he is what a missionary should always be.. he is incredibly humble and always ready to learn but at the same time he is really bold.. serving with him has been amazing and I hope that we get to stay for two.. here is a little insight... the dude shined my shoes.... never had that... he likes doing the dishes... ha! so I try to do them right after I use them or they get done... and he fixed my brakes one day.. like he is such a good dude... I have read books about missionary compaions like this guy.. not just becasue he does things for me just becasue he is so good and does things for the right reason. when he shined my shoes I was waking down the street and I noticed something shiney on the ground.. so of course I looked and it was my flippin shoe!! it really suprised me... I really appriciated it
In the Philippines they learn two first languages.. so English and Phillipino.. so he hasn't ever had language study or anything he is fluent I want to learn a language so bad... I really want to learn spanish. I remember you wanting to learn it so maybe that could be a project when i get back home :)
My bike is fine :) Wendy.. (the falcon) is broken.. she hit a house and a car hit her ha! so I think it was time to let her go... I built a new one out of a brand of bike called a peougeot.. I think thats how it is spelled.. I think its french.. I rode it today for the first time and its a bit shaky so I have some more work to do on it but its been really fun.. I only spent £2 on it :) and one of those £ I found on the ground.. its aweome! ill send you some pictures when I get to a computer that will do it..
So you asked how to pronounce cwmbran.. its like this cu(tongue roll)mebraun... sorta like that, depening on the accent of the speaker haha its welsh and sounds really interesting.. there is a place not to far from me that is like this... ll makes a cough sound... so (cough)neligh(cough)le kinda like a hauking a lugi cough.. ha this is useless.... when I get home ill show you :) or look it up on youtube! it bet it will be on there.
This week has been great! I was going to prepare a little spiritual thought for you guys this week but I started reading the scriptures this morning and when I looked at the clock next personal study had been over for eight minutes.... I couldnt beleive it.. I read from 2 Nephi 31 to Enos. taking notes and thinking about it.. I decided that I want to read straight through the book of mormon.. Most ppl say not to and to just look at bits but I have been enjoying it so much Nephi inspired me to start reading Isaiah.. I havent started yet but im going to give it a go in my free time... so today won't have little poems or anything but I have learned some good stuff..
we have some new investogators!! we have gone through quite a few since I have been here, but we have a family to teach!!!!! how cool is that??!! they are from Afganistan and are seek... the dad and daughter know a little english so we are going to try to teach them english and the gospel at the same time! cool huh?? they are a family of five :)
ha I do know you love me :) you guys know I love you right?
i'll do a blog email.. it will be short because I have to email pres and I have a few other ones..
I really love you ma!!
have a good week :)
Hey there :) so I'm running on short time again dang it!! sorry about that... I just wannna share some scriptues and thoughts I had this morning in study..
So this bad boy is in Jacob 4:10
Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works.
it made me think of Jeffery R Holland when he spoke about people wanting a God who doesn't rock the boat.. or a smooth God.. really brief but I thought of how so many people do that.. even sometimes when its a good thing we want we just ask and say thanks and wait.. instead of seeking his council we council him... haha I dont know about you guys but he sorta knows everything.. like all things from the beginning to the end.. we should seek council from him :)
another one I liked was 2 Nephi 31:12... we have the perfect example!!
And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
I can't remember the other one but it talks about people saying they beleive in Christ and then saying they don't beleive the scriptures testify of Christ.. ha! they it says if you don't.. beleive in Christ.. and if you believe in Christ you will believe these words.. the prophets from the beginning have prophesied of Christ... I wish I could remember the scripture.. flipp!!
The mission is so good!! I love being out here.. I have a year left of the best work I could ever do.. I know God loves us and that if we read the scriptures and say our prayers.. and go to church! our testimonys will grow.... I love the three legged stool analogy... we sit up there and the three legs are the primary answers.. scriptures, prayer, church.. if we loose one it's hard to balance! We may not fall but, our testimony can't grow if it doesn't have a firm foundation.
the church is true!! 1 nephi 19:23...
And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning. Every day!!!! they are only boring if you don't do that... apply them!!
Well I have been out a year! ha! I'm old :) Elder Downey pointed out that I have grey hair yesterday... sad part is he is right!!! I have a patch of grey hair....... man if I'm gettin grey hair from being out here whats going to happen when I have kids!! haha I'm just going to loose it all!
Ah man.. well I really love you guys :) family you are awesome friends you are aweomse.. thank you.