Monday, March 24, 2014

Hastening the Work


Anyway, this week was good. I can't believe how fast my mission has gone though. It's crazy that this Saturday I will get the call to see if I'm staying in Scotia or if I'm headed out. (Your guess is as good as mine.) We got 4 new investigators this week, and Janet said she will probably be baptized, hopefully she can either marry her boyfriend or move once we teach chastity. That will be the make or break lesson. Anyway have a great week Dad. Love you.



I haven't sent the SD card yet. I still haven't gotten dad or Nick's gift either. I plan on sending the sd card home with their gifts once I get time to shop for them. It's a shame President Hunter got released, but I'm very glad he was able to set me apart as a missionary. Saratov Approach...Haha, that was great. The Lord is truly hastening the work here though. Janet (the one who is interested in Native American culture), has now come to church the past two weeks. She cried yesterday in Church as we sang the hymn "I Stand all Amazed." It's wonderful to see the gospel change people's lives. She has been hesitant about setting a baptismal date though, but when I asked her yesterday, she said it would more likely be yes than no. We are having dinner and a lesson with a less active tonight who's wife/girlfriend isn't a member, so that will be great. I've never met with him, but he seems like a really cool guy. The spirit is very strong here. I was able to give a blessing of healing last week to sister Stevens to help her stop smoking, and both the sisters who taught her and Elder Koyle told me it was great. Every time I teach a lesson, I am able to say something that I hadn't ever thought of prior to the lesson. It is truly a blessing to be able to see the spirit work through you and bless lives. We also got in with a Hindu family and it smelled like curry, which reminded me of home and dad's curry.  But it was very interesting teaching a Hindu vs. another Christian. Hopefully we will figure it out. I love you mom. Take care and I will talk to you next week and send home the sd card with Dad and Nick's presents as soon as I can. 


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grateful for your Support!

                Here is a picture of me and Elder Koyle!!!!


I did get my new suit, which was really nice. I also have to postpone Dad and Nicks birthday package for another week because we ran out of time today. The pizza dough didn't completely cook it was kind of doughy, but today we cooked potato bowls. We put mashed potatoes in our bowl, with cheese, chicken nuggets, corn, and gravy on top. It was delicious, but I'm not sure how healthy it was. Haha. I think I said congratulations on your master's program, but I don't remember. Elder Koyle and I are getting along great. He is a great guy and has 9 siblings, so that is very cool. He is from Burley, Idaho, so I am the only one from Utah in our group of 4. I'll probably send home the sd card today, which pretty much has all the pictures from December to now. This week went pretty well. Yesterday all 3 less-actives who came last week came again, and we had another less active come and our progressing investigator come to church as well. It is so awesome. The work is going great here. I'm eating well. Have plenty of food to eat, and I'm sleeping very well. Elder Koyle and I are working hard, and it's showing. We are so busy with all the less actives and investigators we are trying to get in contact with and teach. Tell everyone back home that I love them so much and am very grateful for their support. Love you mom and have a great week!!!


Monday, March 17, 2014

I Wouldn't Change a Thing

That is an awesome save percentage buddy!!! Way to be. Wow, is Eddie Lack a rookie, because I haven't heard of him. But he must be pretty good to take the #1 spot over. Sounds like hockey is keeping you very busy. Enjoy it while you can. I remember thinking the good old days in high school with hockey and hanging with friends and family were going to last forever, because 4 years sounded like a long time at that point. But they fly by. So enjoy them while you can. But don't worry once it's over either. I loved high school. Playing hockey, hanging out with all my friends, and watching newhart and playing mini hockey with the family. But missions are just as fun. And I wouldn't change anything if I could. My testimony has been greatly strengthened. I can't believe I've been out as long as I have. Take care little brother. Love you and have a great week.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Facebook Fun and GOOD FOOD!!

Evan Brooksby posted on FB
Elder Koyle and Elder Richins had dinner at our home on Friday last week.  They wanted Baked Alaska for dessert.  We skipped the part where you dump liquor on it and set it ablaze...

Victoria Pacheco posted on FB
Elder Koyle and Elder Richins came over tonight for dinner. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and corn for dinner.  Then we had homemade cupcakes...

Monday, March 10, 2014

PIZZA!!! This Week Has Been Great!!!

Homemade Pizza!!! With Elder Summers (in picture) as well as Elder Flaherty and Elder Koyle!

We didn't have flour so we used pancake mix to unstickify the dough!


This week has been great!!! That is so cool that the 3 boys will be playing lacrosse, I bet they will like it.  Things are going well. We are really focusing on less actives in this area. Our investigators are a little frustrating at the moment. Ariel who we had a very tentative baptismal date doesn't have one anymore. She still wants to be baptized, but since her mom and older sister are both less-active, we need to help their whole family make church and the gospel a higher priority. Brian, who wants to be a preacher had to cancel our lesson last week, but we are meeting with him tonight, which is great. Our most solid investigator is Janet. She's the one who is interested in Native American culture. She has kept most of her commitments so far, but she didn't come to church yesterday, but we will try to meet with her next week. As for less-active members, we have a ton of them right now. So when you say the one who wants to get back into religion, I can't remember who you are talking about. But we did have 3 less active members we are teaching at church yesterday, which was great. Jackie, Marlene, and Ken. Jackie is so awesome. I've been meeting with her since I got to the area, but yesterday was her first time coming to church. We were on and off with her at first, but recently she has started keeping the commitments we have left with her. When I asked her about church on splits she had many excuses for why she doesn't go, and that she wonders if the "lds thing is really for her." I shared John 7:17 with her and told her if she wanted to find out if the lds church was actually for her, she would have to actually come and try it out. Marlene way funny and super prepared for the gospel. She just lost her boyfriend and is really interested in the spirit world and such. She has a lot of good questions. It's interesting with less actives, because some still know a lot about the church and gospel doctrine and just don't want to come for some reason, and some are just as investigators and have forgotten almost everything about the gospel. So you have to find out where they are at in their testimony and understanding before you teach them. The 3rd less active that came was Ken. We actually had our first lesson with him Saturday. He's a recent alcoholic and drug user, but he claims to have been clean for a few months now and he wants to start coming back to church. It is truly amazing how the gospel can help people change and improve their lives. As for the sacrament, Just remember the sacrament is so important. As we worthily partake of it, we renew our covenants with the Lord and are spiritually strengthened.

Have a great week Mom. Love you


Monday, March 3, 2014


This pile of snow fell down on us off the roof when we knocked on the door!!! #treacherous

We also saw a raccoon in the neighborhood!!!!

So as for the pants... There is a brother in the ward who is really into sewing and he said that the seams that came loose at the bottom where they hemmed it were supposed to be like that so they don't look too tight. As for the navy suit, just send it. I'm needing another suit. I haven't payed anyone to sew my pants, and I won't need to for a while now that I know they are supposed to be like that. I will save receipts though for the future if I ever do need them sewn. Congratulations on getting into Masters of Social Work School, I knew you would be able to do it. Elder Koyle is great. We have been super busy, and I would send home a picture of us, but I haven't done that yet... haha. We picked up 2 new investigators this week. One of them is an older lady who we just talked to on the street when we were out trying potentials. She is very interested in Native American culture, so she is very interested in the Book of Mormon. She is so prepared. We extended the invitation to be baptized as she came to know the gospel was true. She agreed, but there are definitely some concerns we will have to help her resolve. The other investigator we picked up is an 18 year old boy who actually wants to be a preacher. Elder Koyle and I thought that was great. Get him baptized and then he can go on a mission. But he didn't seem as solid as the older lady was. We also visited a less active this week, Jackie, who wants to get active in the church again and get back to the temple this year. We taught her and she actually gave us a referral. The referral was one of her neighbors who lives in her apartment complex. We called her and she agreed to sit down with us when we teach Jackie this week. So hopefully we will get two birds with one stone and pick her up as an investigator and get Jackie re-activated. Elder Koyle has a black belt in Tae kwon do and has 9 siblings. He is really friendly, funny, and focused. I've learned many good things from him already and hope to continue to learn from him. Have a great week Mom!!! Love you.


P.S. Also I forogt to tell you this but I had a very funny experience this week tracting. I prayed that we would be led to those who were ready and receptive to the gospel. The first house we tried was actually the home of an active member (I was unaware of this fact). So I thought that was funny. Can't get more receptive than an active member right?? We did pick up a potential though. His name is Alan Bishop, and he's very involved in the church he is in right now, but He was open and wants to talk with us. In addition to his last name being bishop, his mothers maiden name was priest. We had a good laugh about that. I hope he gets baptized and is called to be a bishop. That would be sweet!!!


The weather over here is ok. It has actually gotten colder recently. A few weeks ago it warmed up to the 40's and 50's, but it has cooled back down. Today we went outside to pick up the schenectady elders (since we share a car and they use our place to do laundry), and it was about 15 degrees. So it hasn't really warmed up yet. But I've been told by many that this is the worst winter Schenectady has had in years. But it probably won't warm up until mid march to april. How is the weather back home?? I miss hockey. But me, Elder Koyle, Summers, and Flaherty went and played basketball at the church. I wonder if President Wirthlin would approve street hockey without roller blades (since falling down on skates is probably why hockey isn't allowed). But I don't miss hockey enough that I wish my time here would speed up. It has actually gone by very fast. I can't believe it has already been almost 4 months. But Time flies, not just on your mission, but all the time. We just have to remember to enjoy our lives no matter what stage of life we are at. Hope you have a great week Nicknick. Love you