Sunday, June 24, 2012

It's happening

I'm glad that you liked the letter. I like drawing pictures in them because one, they take up space, and two, it shows how crazy I still am.

Yeah, Sis. Gaona called me before she went over there. They're so cool, huh? I'm glad you got to meet them. Did Jaime go? He loves the Cowboys. I just had to get past that.
 Things are truckin' like a Peterbilt our here. If everything that we have planned goes through, we could have 5 baptisms in June and July. Evelyn was baptized on Saturday. Her grandson did it. She is so great. She was crackin' her little southern jokes the whole time. It was a really great experience. Then she was confirmed yesterday, and now she is a legit Mormon.It was pretty sweet.
We have another for the 30th-we are teaching that one 12 year old I mentioned earlier, Ally. She is very excited.  So the work is clickin. Not bad.
We also put this Spanish guy, Gabriel, on date for the 21st of July. This one is a little more tentative, like there is a lot of work to do with him, but I think that he can do it. He wants to, so hopefully he uses that desire to get there.
We also got some media referrals, like from a Visitor's Center or, and went to see them. We got in contact with one, her name is Carla. It was pretty cool, when we got there, that was the first day that she had been home in 3 months because she was in Atlanta for a while. She said when she put her name into the system, she kept thinking about the church, and then boom, she gets home, and we go over. There really aren't any coincidences. There is a lot of good work to be done out here.
Everything is going well. Thanks for the package. The comp is great. The ward is getting really involved. Life is sweet.
1. The kids is the Spanish branch just go with the English ward on all of the scout camps and girls camps. All of the kids can speak English, so it's no big deal. And there is only one girl that is youth age in the branch.

2. The dogs here are pretty tame, and not running amuck in the streets. In Kaw River, there were lots of dogs everywhere, but here, nothing too scary.

3. Let's see, one life lesson... Probably that everything happens for a reason. Everything that happens to us is to help us grow and God puts us in certain situations all of the time that we would otherwise never be in.

Okey dokey, have a great week. Love ya.
Love, Nick

Friday, June 15, 2012

Keep On Swimming

Congrats on the indexing. 7000 names is a lot.
The work here is going well. We are still ramping up for Evelyn's baptism on Saturday. It is pretty amazing to see the change in her from when we met her to who she is now. The temple has blessed so many people in this mission. If all goes well with another investigator, Ally, we should have two baptisms in June.
The other day, we were walking back to our car after an appointment fell through and this lady stopped us on the side of the road. She said she has been a member for a long time but has fallen away from the Gospel. She just recently moved into our area and is looking to change her life around. We got her info and then went on our way. The next day she calls us and sets up an appointment to have us over and teach her boyfriend about the church. It is pretty amazing how God provides for us. When one door closes, one or two more open.
One of the things President Keyes is getting us to focus in on is finding. Some missionaries love tracting, some do not, but overall the best way to find is through members. That is the thing the Elder Burden and I are going to focus on. We have some plans to just start asking the members to fellowship or befriend the people that they brought to the temple, and then see from that point whether they are someone that we could teach. The bishop here also wants us to start teaching the Preach My Gospel lessons to the members after dinners and stuff to get them in that missionary mindset. It should work pretty well. So yeah, things are going pretty freakin' peachy here. Hope all is well at home.

1. I don't have a bike, so I have not crashed or biffed yet. Luckily, the buses are close-roofed, so there is no chance of me falling outta one of those bad boys.

2. There are ZERO snow cone shops in my area. It blows. I have grown to love snow cones. I miss them.

3. In the Spanish branch, no one really conducts the singing are anything like that, we all just kinda sing. If anything, I just pass the sacrament a lot. Nothing too crazy though.

That is exciting that Trevor is leaving. He is going to do great.
We are working hard and sweating up a freakin storm. Saturday was REALLY hot. and it is only June. Fantastic. Things are kicking along quite swimmingly.

Okey doky, have a great week. I love you too much.
 Love, Nick

Sunday, June 10, 2012

It's Hot Here

Good Morning America,

Umm. It is way hotter here, and you don't have to walk around with a backpack full of pamphlets and books. That's too bad that your AC went down. Sounds like fun in the sun. Was it hotter than snot there? It was pretty warm here until like Friday, then got hot yesterday.
It's crazy that the Taylors are moving. In Platte Woods, the yearly cycle of med/dental students are beginning to leave, and so we'll have some more coming in soon.
Everything is going very well here. The work is booming. Evelyn has a week and a half until her baptism. She is doing really well on her Word of Wisdom stuff. Pray for her to have strength. We found this guy Juan, who surprisingly only speaks English, and he is a really nice guy. He works at a prison as a corrections officer and in August is going to take his retirement and start a pet grooming place. From dawgs to dogs. He was taught a few years ago, and now is changing his life around a little and wants to learn again. We see the Cool Book of Mormon Dude on Wednesday. Hopefully that goes well.
So yeah, life is good. My comp is a cool dude. We get along really well, and people always feed us.  Such a fun guy. So yeah, all is going really well. Any trips on the horizon? Any thing fun coming up this summer?
I miss being able to sleep in. I mean, I'm used to 6:30, but if I could catch some more Z's every once in a while, that'd be sweet.
Dad, did you see the MLK Monument? They were building it last year when we were there. I'm glad that you're doing well in your interviews.
Guess what, this system has emoticons. !!!!!! I hope you're not just looking at squares. If you are, you're missing out.
Not much new here, summer is around the corner and there are tons of bugs. Also fireflies, which are a new experience for me. They are cool. We have a baptism a week from Saturday, and other than that the work is really clickin'.
Sounds like there is a lot going on at home right now. Especially boring tv shows.That is funny that Spencer is serious, going Reid status. 
Here ya go:
1.Yes, we have AC, and we use it. Nothing better than going from hot and muggy to cool and fresh.

2. We can listen to anything that is a hymn, EFY songs, and MoTab. So we mix it up and keep it real.

3. Polygamy is usually the first question we get. "Do you really have 7 wives?" is one I've gotten too many times. If I had 7 wives, I definitely wouldn't have time for a mission- too much drama to deal with.

Alright, family, have a great week. Love you more than Chelsea loves Otter Pops.
Love, Nick