Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aaaaand he's back.

Hey sorry about last night. I was in a rush and forgot to put am or pm. Today has been okay though after talking to Dad I really took some time to ponder. It was also nice to be able to relax for a little bit and clear my mind. I wrote a letter today and sent a picture. I figured I have been so mopey that you haven't really been able to hear what I have been doing.

We all introduced made up investigators to one another, and now our district objective is to teach those investigators. So being ten of us, I now have 10 (8 + both teachers) investigators. It hopefully will be good to prepare for the amount of people that I'll teach in the field. My investigator is named Manny. He is a good dude, since I made him up. I won't lie, it is hard not to type in Spanish to you. I keep accidentally putting the sentences in Spanish structure to you and then realize I sound funny. I heard through the grapevine that the brethren have started calling Spanish speaking missionaries to 6 weeks in the MTC. That's freaking nuts. My six week mark is next Tuesday, and there would be no way that I would be ready to go preach in Spanish.
Please tell me some things of normalcy.I need the news of the outside world. Also, can you send my ankle brace that may or may not be in my lacrosse bag? And can you have dad send the scores for this week? My district is urging for the weekly sports updates.
So Gen-Con 2011 is this week, and we have to go to the main big room and sit in uncomfortable chairs for hours on end- yippee. I'm sure it will be good though. I'm pretty accustomed to seeing apostles now seeing as we have had 3 in 4 weeks, possibly 4 of 5 if tonight plays out.
Dev, I saw Broc today in the laundry room. We chatted for a little bit. I just figured you would want to hear that.
Alright. Well, gotta bounce.

Also, thanks for the Count Chocula. It has been tasty.

(Editor's note: Where the heck is someone finding Count Chocula? It has been missing from Utah for years.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

To the Point

Hey the podiatrist says I have a bone fragment in my ankle and that I tore two ligaments. I'm supposed to be on crutches for two weeks, then I have to wear a brace for like two months. It sounded like there was some hesitation as to if I could actually go through with the mission from the doctor's tone of voice. This is hard. I'm going to talk to my branch president tonight.
Thanks for all of the treats this past week. Brit's cookies win. They were heavenly.
M. Russell Ballard spoke to us last Tuesday. It was a good, dry talk. Two apostles in three weeks is a pretty solid ratio. This week our devotional is about the book of Mormon Ensign. Hopefully it turns out alright.
We had to move buildings again today. So that was pretty much my pday.
Love, Nick

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Update on the ankle: It is big, swollen, and hurt pretty bad. I'm on crutches and it sucks pretty bad. They said that there is a possibility that it was dislocated, but they can't figure out if it was or not.

This week has been tough.

This week we have taught 2 investigators, one named Manuel and the other Faber. Manuel is coming along well; the 1st discussion went over like a charm. We have only met with Faber once, but it was a good lesson.

I'm glad that the Niners and Cal won. At least a few bay area teams can actually do something right for at least a week.

I don't have a crazy amount to say this week. The ankle injury has really discouraged me a lot. It has made everything that much more difficult, and I'm struggling.

Hopefully, the iron chef will help out.

Love you,

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Book is Blue....

This week has been mad fast. I can't believe that it is already Tuesday again. It has been a good week. A tough week, but a good week. That Carlos dude, yeah he is our teacher now. We all "committed" him, and then after those lessons he walked in and told us that he will now be our teacher. And since he is legit from Mexico, his Spanish is crazy fast.

My district was talking about it and the MTC is no big secret. A lot of people ask what goes on behind closed doors. Studying. Studying is what does on behind closed doors. I saw Kade Worton (a friend from school) the other day and he is a lucky dog. Although he is going to India (yep.), he gets to speak English and therefore gets to teach people in English. I had a pretty humbling experience with the language yesterday. I felt that everything was going well with Spanish and then we had our first meeting with Manuel, our Carlos teacher's other character. I could not figure out how to say anything. It was so frustrating. I know that the Lord was giving me a humility lesson, but boy was it annoying. Elder Yarro, a funny dude in our residency hall, said that whenever you get feeling good about something, BOOM! Heavenly Father keeps you in check.

Speaking of residency halls... We got kicked out. Ha, no we just had to move because they are going to renovate our old building. The Cage is no exception to the Utah rule of Thumb: Under Construction. This place is one of a kind.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland came to speak with us last Tuesday. That was a crazy cool thing. He said so much to us. We are missionaries in the Last Dispensation; there will be no other apostasies in our time. Our work needs to be done. He also told us that we don't have the right to give up. Too many people have sacrificed their time and even their lives for our church. This came 4 hours after that sister in New York was killed in the car accident. He then answered some questions that missionaries wrote for him. I don't have my notes with me, so I can't write them down for you, but it was a powerful experience. That man has so much humility, and so much love for his work. He did say that for 2 years we get to do work that is almost identical to the work that apostles do. So that's pretty dope.

My vocab is filled with all kinds of Spanish now. It is so hard not to type "y" instead of "and" and I say "chis pas" all the time (it's an exclamation that we don't entirely know what it means).

The book is blue and the Church is true. I wish I had more to say, but I don't.

I love you all and I hope you have great weeks.


P.S. Dad, can you send me some articles with pictures from the games like once a week?