Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aug. 27th email: "It's neat to see God help you out"

 I'll try to start my emails by some sort of uplifting story or cute message. so the story begins a couple weeks back when i was in Whitecourt and ate at a members house and she said she had grandkids in Hinton and i was like cool i could go visit them and stuff and she was like, here take these ice skates to them. it turns out that we have tried this kid a couple of times but their dad doesn't like religion but we went with the skate and were able to get in and we had a neat lesson and now we meet with one of the kids twice a week so thats really cool. he also came to church this week! and he had tons of excuses not to come but he still came, he has no church clothes, he had to find a babysitter for his little bro, and he walked! how rad is that. hopefully he can receive the priesthood soon so we don't have to bless the sacrament every week. its neat to see God help you out with stuff like that. now here is the crappy news we taught our person who is supposed to get baptized next week. and we taught tithing and she said a god that loved her wouldn't make her pay money. and that she had been poor her whole life and god wouldn't want her to go back to those ways. it was really sucky. soooo it was really sad hopefully things will  work out ok. so we are kinda back to ground zero here in Hinton. we have lots of people to teach but none of them have real intent so its sucky. anywho everything else is going good im still trying to lose weight but its hard when members feed you a poop load of food. i go jogging every morning and usually just eat fruit and veggies for lunch oh and i eat granola. so thats my weight loss regime. i feel a lot more healthy but i don't think i look any different. but i can take off and put on my pants without unbuttoning them so thats nice for getting ready quick. ive really started to appreciate the little things in life. its pretty easy to get down on your mission unless you look for the little things. also having prophets is really cool. you can always know that the prophet is leading you to where we should be. hmmmm, this week was slow we had to cancel some appts. cause we couldn't get members to come to them it was sucky. ill try to write more letters p days usually turn into nap days haha i haven't changed much. i love you lots and am doin good. i love the branch here in Hinton and i love this gospel. byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

First pictures from Canada "I'm not very good at picture taking like Bwinton!"

 On their way to Edmonton...
 P-Day in Jasper National Park
 Elk and Elder!
 Elder Watt, Jasper the Bear, Elder K
 Black Bear
Behold Glacier Lake
Angel Glacier

Friday, August 24, 2012

Aug. 20th email: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall"

 This week was great, we got 4 new investigators and had more lessons then we have ever had. its been a really great week. we started a new meeting were we go to Edmonton every month so you can just send stuff to the office. so if i get transferred I'll still get it. i got to talk in church again thats 3 times so far. it was good i am getting better at speaking and what not. anywhoo next time you make baked potatoes wrap a piece of raw bacon around it then cook it. its amazing! phill would appreciate it. i have a confession to make... i think im starting to miss mexican food. i havent had mexican  food once or anything spicy.  pretty crazy that the whole state is on fire. a guy in my branch tried to find Garr at McDonalds but you were in cali. too bad. its neat that so many people are coming home from their missions. I've already been out for 3 months witch is pretty neat. i think ill prolly stay in Hinton for awhile cause we are stating to have a lot of success. ive been eating a lot of salad with bacon flavored ranch its pretty tasty. im tryin to lose some weight so thats exciting. i had to poke a new hole in my belt so that was exciting. im at a sexy 238 right now. we got another person on date for baptism so thats exciting. we should be having two baptisms next month. our branch mission leader (who is mexican) is really rad he is really trying to get his family up to Canada then i could eat really good Mexican food. but anyway he always comes with us to lessons and has a super strong testimony. our branch president calls him the lamanite. its really funny he always talks about aztec ruins and weird stuff. i met a lady from Norway this Sunday who knows all about Torlief so that was cool. she came up to me and said my name perfectly so i said you most be Norwegian and she said yes and we talked for a little it was cool. man im pretty stoked for conference its an exciting time as a missionary.  we are teaching a lady who has a down syndrome 6 yr old son and every lesson he gets naked and runs around yelling 'excuse me' haha its great. he kinda looks like me. maybe ill take a picture of him it would make phill happy. im sending home pictures today i dont have many but it will give you something to look at. im really enjoying the mish its a great time. Hinton has a lot of crazy people here like literally crazy. everyday we meet someone with schizophrenia.  we came up with a cool slogan for Hinton cause  the church chapel is about the size of our family room so our motto is ''mr. gorbachov tear down that wall" cause the church is on a huge property but is so little so we are trying to turn it into a ward. it would be pretty crazy. im pretty sad the guy i would always talk about guns with and play with his sks got sent to jail for trying to kill someone, so now i just have to think about them by myself. we saw another bear trying to climb a fence in between the highways. it was cute. i took a picture of my belly button for phill cause he likes it :) has football season started? how are the utes lookin? phill needs to pic up his game with sending me updates. i saw a dog that looks exactly like moses wellll i love you all so much have a great day and stay classy

Monday, August 13, 2012

Aug 7 email: I got really good at shining my shoes so that's neat

DONT SEND UPS it costs a poop load of money to pick up. find out if there is one that doesn't cost money for me to get. life is really good this week. we started teaching this 75 yr old lady named Rosemary Sweet and she will be baptized this time next month. she cries every time we teach her and she excepted a baptismal invite!!!! so thats nice it will be fun. man im pretty jealous that you are in cali.. you should say hi to Coleman for me. he got caught watching a movie haha silly guy. the Olympics sound like fun people talk about them sometimes so we know a little bit Canada has a good trampoline jumper! haha silly Canadians. a less active lady gave us a poop load of lettuce from her garden and i bought bacon flavored ranch to put on it. Canada is great. i think Phill should live here. i got like 10 letters all at once cause i got the ones from Edmonton then 5 in the mail all on one day. it made me pretty happy. i really like the coat it makes me feel like Biggy Smalls. im tryin to lose weight so thats fun. ive lost like ten pounds so far and im tryin to get to a sexy 220 lbs. i got a hair cut in a gas station last week it was fun the lady was nice. Hinton is a really cool place, it would be fun to come back and visit. i might be transferred in 3ish weeks so don't send mail around then or a package cause it would probably just get lost in time. we have been meeting with this guy who is crazy and thinks he is a secret agent and its really funny to ask him questions cause he give fun answers. he tries to talk to me about guns and he totally makes everything up. yesterday was some Holiday so we couldn't email. but we did go chill at a beach so that was fun. i also bought a football so we played catch. we actually set up an appt during it cause some old lady came up too us and asked us were our church was. so thats fun. you should totally just show up in Hinton for church and we can just pretend we dont know each other. baby Scar is lookin awfully cute. it will be weird seeing her in 2. the mish is already flyin bye. it seems like I've only been out a tiny bit but its been a couple months now so thats cool. who is watching maxy waxy while your gone? is he still cute? at this less active dudes house there are two cocker spaniel puppys and they also have a donkey and 2 horses. but the guy is in jail right now so we cant visit him. we also found out one of the ladies we have been teachin killed a guy so that was scary. one of the members here is really cool his name is Marlin Bennett and he has been workin in the coal mine for 55 years. the people in the coal mine call him GOD. kida sacrilge but oh well. he tells us all sorts of cool stories and stuff. we ran into a guy who was fixin his gun and it was an SKS so i got to watch him play with it. the recoil spring broke. i got really good at shining my shoes so thats neat. well i G2G byeeeee love ya
Here are some questions:
Have you gotten any of our mail in Hinton yet? lots
Did you get your package I sent to the mission home? yes it cost 55 bucks to pick up dont use UPS
Did you buy a new towel? ya  lolz
Have you been warm enough with just your suit? yeah i dont use my suit
Do you need some warmer clothes for p-day? no
Do you meet other missionaries for p-day? they are 4 hours away
Do you exercise every day? yes
Have you been driving yet? YAYAYAYAYA
Where do you do your laundry? in our building is it going ok? ya but expensive

July 30th email:

 My week was good, had lots of prayers answered and all that jazz. i have now compiled a list of things you can send me asap haha here it is... a boat load of ugly ties, a tie holder of some sort, music, gummyvites, but dont send candy cause im tryin to eat right. that should be good. for now. by next transfer i could be a trainer and Jordan Marsh is coming that transfer so it would be cool if i got to train him. um dont have to much to say the work is goign good we should have a baptism soon. and we are covering 2 areas so thats crazy. bishop sent me an email that was nice. he is a good guy. hopefully ill get that package this week cause we have a district meeting so if it is in Edmonton i will get it. i havent got any mail to hinton yet. i think it takes quite a bit of time. i was playing with a cute puppy named jeff the other day it made me happy. we gave a lesson at church this Sunday because of 5th Sunday and we speak again the end of this month haha its crazy we bless the sacrament and give talks we basically run the place. i get to go on splits to a place called Whitecourt this Wednesday so that will be fun. i think im getting a hair cut today so thats fun. hmm we met this girl named Anna and taught her then the next day a member called us to come to the church to give a church tour and it was her sister named Leah. then the day after that we met there step dad while he was working and Anna and Leah didn't even know the other saw us. so it was pretty cool. both are very interested and hopefully more cool things happen with them. my favorite guy in Hinton just walked into the library. his name is slim and he is a free mason who wants us to come over to eat his surprise stew haha he is crazy. anywho how are things at the homefront? anything exciting happening? whats nagol suhpank up too? hows maxxxxy doin? is baby scar cute still? well here is some music i want: i can feel a hot one-manchester orcestra, hallelujea-jeff buckley, iron & wine, mason jennings, damien rice, timber!, and anything else chill that dosent swear. well have fun.  i hope all your wildest dreams come true! byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee