Sunday, January 20, 2013

Always a Football Connection

Man, that is super cool. NINERS!!!!!
 I’ve had a few run-ins  of my own with the NFL. On Saturday night we went to visit a super cool recent move-in to the ward who is an immigrant from the Ivory Coast. We got to talking and his kids live in Castro Valley. Wild. His son is apparently an all-star running back for CVHS and his mentor is a guy on the Ravens named Paul Kruger. Paul Kruger served in this mission and that is how they know him. Another interesting fact about Paul Kruger is he went to the University of Utah. An even more interesting fact is that he is from Pleasant Grove. That 6 degrees of separation thing is creepy. 
The bigger NFL experience is as such: the Kansas City Chiefs recently hired a new coach named Andy Reid. He happens to be a member of the church. Cool, right? That's not all. This new coach found himself in the sacrament meeting of our Riverview ward. Afterwards he came up to us and shook our hands. I had to hold myself from exploding football upon him. It was super cool. I've seen him on tv many times and we went to a game against his former team, the Eagles, my senior year. There he was, in sacrament meeting. It was unbelievably cool. In hindsight, I would've told him that the Niners are going to kick his team's trash the next time they met. So cool. It would be really sweet to have a Super Harbowl. Do they ever use LaMichael James on special teams for like kick returns and whatnot? They should, he was the best running back in college football and a track star.

The work is going well. We've been working hard and staying anxiously engaged. We are trying to get some people to church because everyone that was a regular church goer dropped us. It has been a little bit of a struggle, but we are working through it. We found a few cool investigators this week. We're hoping that they work out alright. 

We are having a member of the Seventy named Eduardo Gavarret come out to visit our mission next week. It will be pretty neat. Last year we had one named Elder Evans come here and he had a lot of good things to say. He spoke at our stake conference when President Anderson was called. He was the guy that 40 minutes left in the meeting and used every last one of them. I’m excited about Elder Gavarret coming. It's going to be cool. He will be holding a special fireside for all of the Spanish people in the area at the Kaw River building. It is going to be great.

We have hit another classic case of Missouri weather: in the 60's on Friday and it hasn't gotten above 28 degrees since. Better not get used to anything because it’s always changing.
Go to the January Ensign and look on page 76. Is that our house in the background? Why did you let this family into our home? 

1. Yes, we have a microwave in the apartment.
2. We give them quite a few tries if they dog us on an appointment. We just go until they tell us not to come anymore. Persistence is key.
3. We are going to play some basketball today. It will be fun.

Okay, mi familia, have a great week and cheer hard for the Niners. I love you.
Love, Nick

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