Monday, December 19, 2011

It's Almost Phone Call Time!

You can start counting We will hopefully be skypeing and calling next Sunday at about 3ish my time. Honestly, I'm looking forward to talking to y'all for a good chunk of time.
Yes, I do feel very adored by all of the stuff that I am getting. It is a lot of stuff and thank you so much for sending me stuff. It is nice to feel the family love.
We have been busy this week trying to see people before the work dies down for the holidays. The Natividads are doing well. Jesus hurt his back last week so he has been in and out of the doctor's office this past week. But he is good. He should be getting the priesthood pretty soon. Yesterday at church was awesome. Some inactive families came, and that was great. Yeah we have been seeing one of the families that came last week out of the blue. They are the Bogorquez's and they are awesome. We taught them 3 times last week and they came again yesterday to church. They have told us that they know this gospel is true, and that they want to learn more. It is very exciting to see a family that are doing the things that they need to do to progress. RADICAL!
We went to the Liberty Jail yesterday for a fireside. It is crazy how close all of that Church history is from here.
Yeah we have our regular P-day next Monday, but the libraries are closed, so we can't email. Rats.
It may snow here this week, so we may have an icy Christmas. You lucky dogs will be in California having a hyphy Christmas. You probably don't get that reference. Don't worry about it. It's Bay Area slang.
Okey dokey. It. Is. Time.
1. As a whole the church still does new member lessons. Our ward is having a lot of unity problems so the members here don't do them. It is tough. No body Spanish-wise does home teaching or visiting teaching. There is a lot of pride and gossip. It is bad for the ward. The bishop is trying to focus the ward on unity this upcoming year, so maybe that will help them.
2. We did a service project called the Red-Bag project. There are like 500 bags of gifts for kids in the area. We took them out of a semi, sorted them, and then different agencies came and picked them up to distribute. It was cool. We got to help little kids have Christmas.
3. I'm not sure what kind of dog I will get. Maybe a big dog, maybe a little dog. Maybe a white dog, maybe a black dog. Who really knows.
Mom:Dad told me about the vegetarian thing. That's cool,I guess,if you are in to that sort of thing.
Dad: Go Niners!

Have a good week, travel safely, and get ready for my most anticipated call of my life (so far).
Love you,

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wow, lots of fun in the Sun in Utah. Are you dancing, and prancing around the empty house? Tell Michael congrats on the job front.
I too am sending a package to you today, don't open it until Christmas. I'm not a 100 percent sure how we are going to do the phone thing, but I will let you know next week for sure. Only 13 days!!!!
The work was pretty good this week. We didn't do a whole lot on Friday because we were getting everything ready for the baptism but all in all we had a fairly good week. Jesus and Brandon were confirmed yesterday, and we had 3 random new people show up to church yesterday, so that is good. Oh our ward got sister missionaries this week. They are nice, I guess. They are Spanish speaking as well, so hopefully they don't steal our investigators. The Kaw River ward Christmas party was on Saturday. It was pretty OK. There were 20 non members that showed up, so that was really good. It was a party/talent show and we, unknowingly, had to sing at the end. We sang jingle bells, it was awful. Also the Spanish Elders Quorum did a very funny skit. They strapped deflated balloons to their faces and held big feathers to look like turkeys and danced around to Swan Lake. It was funny. I have a video on my camera.
I feel bad because there is not too much to say this week. We just kinda went throughout our days like missionaries.

3 Questions:
1. We actually don't do very much tracting. A lot of the times we just talk to people on the street as we go from appointment to appointment. We have tracted, but only for a few minutes here or there.
2. This morning we had a big service project at the church, so I didn't get to study this morning. It's postponed till later. I have recently been reading all of the accounts of Jesus' birth in the new testament. Good stuff.
3. I haven't really needed to wear the big heavy coat just yet. This week was fairly mild so there wasn't a big need for it. I do wear the little coat from the big coat quite a bit though.

Mom:Oh yeah, there is something else that I could mention. I dreamt in Spanish last week. It was cool. Ever since then my Spanish has been pretty good. Not fluent, but good. I can understand everything, and say what I want. It just takes me a while sometimes.
Dad: Sup fool.
Dang Niners. Do you think that they may have been looking ahead to the Pittsburgh game a little? Is big ben going to play next week?
Yeah the baptisms actually happened last Friday. It was a good little service. I got to baptise Brandon, the son. It went well I guess. Hopefully, we can have some more baptisms in the coming month. Yesterday at church, 3 new investigators just showed up out of nowhere. It was exciting. And I had to cover for somebody and teach a primary class. Good thing you taught me well at that category. Thanks for everything that you have done for me. Oh and I lost my sweatshirt. I dunno where, but it is gone. For Christmas could you give me some money to go and buy a new one? If not, don't worry about it.
Alright, I don't have a ton of time to write this week so I gotta go.Have a good week. Love you lots.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Good Week

Hey, tell YBA a huge thank you. I will be sending a card as well.
Wow, Australia for Taylor, that is sweet.
Tell Ellie that maybe Jesus wants some of the memory foam slippers that you sent me. They are commmmmmfy.
Why is Dad going to Wisconsin? Sounds wicked boring. I couldn't tell you where to get a yarmulke. Try your neighborhood rabbi.
The Christmas devotional was good! It was a good little battery-charger to hear from the First Presidency of the Church.

This week has been very good. Monday night we went to teach this man, Jesus Natividad. His wife and two of their kids were baptized I think like a year ago, and they have one other who isn't baptized. Anyways, we were teaching him and his son about baptism, and when we were teaching I got this impression saying "He is going to get baptized," and so I invited him to be baptized and he said that he would. His son is also getting baptized. It should be this Friday. I'm happy for him.
Other than that this week has been busy. We worked pretty hard and we taught 34 lessons this week. We had some team-ups this week with members of the elder's quorum from the ward. They went really well. They were both converts and were able to share their experiences with some the investigators that hopefully will help get them going. Whenever we use converts it helps us so much because they really know what the investigators are going through while they are listening to us.
We had to go to the Mission Home this week for a meeting because I am getting trained. All of our group that came out at the same time was there. It was good to talk to some of my airplane-mates. Anyways President Keyes gave a good point when describing church. We usually just invite the investigators to church without explaining it too much. President said that we should really spend a little bit of time telling the investigators what happens during church because most of the people have very different perceptions of church.
After the meeting we went to the Church of Christ temple, you know the ugly spiral building. It was very...interesting. They have completely changed the Book of Mormon, and have like 150-something sections of the Doctrines and Covenants, cuh-razy. Them folks be nuts. Anyways this week was good and productive.

3 Questions Time!!!!
1. The fudge has landed. I got it I think on Friday. It is good. Thanks for the articles as well. Oh yeah, the Church of Christ people have the original door from the Liberty Jail.
2. My shoes are good. My dogs don't really bark at the end of the day. They usually are fine. Sometimes frozen, but mostly just fine. It is getting COLD here. It may snow on Friday. Yikes. Better than ice I guess.
3. Sadie the dog can do a few tricks. Her favorite trick is to run out of the house and go frolic in the neighborhood for a few hours. She leaps like a deer when she is escaping. Other than that she can sit, shake, speak, and turn. Good dog.

Dad- Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? I mean… Playoffs? Sorry, channeling my inner Jim Mora Sr. That is awesome. Looking at their schedule they should realistically be 13-3, maybe 14-2 if they can pull out a win against the Steelers. Tell Frank Gore congrats for me. The Holiday Bowl is a pretty good bowl. When was the last time Cal played Texas? Ever? The Rose Bowl sounds like it will be a goody.

All is good in the hood. Love you.
Love, Nick