Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Miracle

This week was a good ol' time.  We were able to have 4 baptisms:  Mary, Christine, Thomas and Martha.  I am happy they have English first names.

I got some Christmas lights and now our apartment is looking super Christmasy.  I miss Christmas.  It was always a good time.  It is weird because it is like 80 degrees here and there is no sign of snow.  I will get over it.

The Christmas miracle that was mentioned in the title goes as follows.  We were shopping in EastMatt ( a big grocery store) and I found cream of mushroom soup!  So, now I can make one of my favorite dishes.  The Spirit of Christmas is alive and well!:)

Deuces


Justin's Christmas sunburn!

Monday, December 1, 2014

HI

12/01/14

Sounds like it was a good week!  I had your bag of potatoes that you sent me, by myself on the couch, for THANKSGIVING.  It was a lonely holiday, but I will get over it (ha ha).  I got you and Grandma Bradford's XMAS packages.  I am thankful for your faithfulness as a "Missionary Mom"  haha it definitely helps, especially here in Africa.  I went to Subway this morning, it tasted just like home.  Let Grandma and Grandpa Blomquist know!  We also went to the National Museum of Kenya this morning for District Activity.  It was a lot of fun.  Oh and we also went to Cold Stone.  It was a fun day.

Thanks for being so supportive of me and stuff.  Tell everyone that I missed them Kabisa on Thanksgiving and I can't wait to Face Time them all.  I will probably Face Time on Sunday the 21st at around 5 or 6 my time.  The member that I am going to has an IPAD so I will be able to Face time instead of Skype, which I think is better anyways.  It would be cool if Grandma could be there too.
(if you noticed how thin he is...he is not sick.  His companion likes to run alot and they made weights out of cement so he has been working out)

11/26/14

Due to the recent terrorist attacks in an around Mandera, I have been told to inform you that I am safe and we have been given safety procedures from the US Embassy.  I know that the Lord will protect me and my fellow missionaries as long as we are obedient!  Love you Guys!  I will also take this time to send some pictures because I am on a nice computer.

Elder Barasa and I
Me and Our investigator at stake conference on Sunday
Me and George kasue's son (The coolest member ever)
Hallelujah on a cold Sunday Morning



A Peek At My Week

11/24/14
Aish, Athi River is treating me nicely.  Blessing are sana lately.  We were able to schedule 5 people for baptism this week, which makes me quite happy.   A 17 year old who wants to go on a mission, he is boss, and 18 year who wants to go on a mission, she is my homie,  A 13 year old who has already been coming to church for like 2 years, so we decided she needs to be baptized.  A woman whose husband is less active but she has decided to get baptized and she wants to be sealed to her husband and her new born child.   And another woman who decided to be baptized.  I'm so pumped.  I am excited for the coming weeks.

This week I had the "50 Nifty United States" song stuck in my head the whole week.  Aish, I miss that place kabisa.  My appreciation for the USA has grown so much since I have been here.  We are lucky, I tell you.

Aish, we had stake conference yesterday and we were able to hear from Elder Bednar and Uchtdorf via video broadcast, it was pretty cool.  They talked about eliminating the "Dowry" or "Bride Price".  That is common thing here in Africa, giving a cow for your wife or something.  They told the members to discontinue the practice, which is good because now I don't have to pay for my future African wife:)  Only a joke (ha ha)

Thank you all for being my pals and emailing me so much.

Happy Holidays doe

Elder B Rad

Monday, November 3, 2014

Preciate Halloween! I dressed up as "Justin Bradford" and I just wore normal clothes, haha just kidding but it was a good idea. One of the members, George Kasue (The one who likes the beef jerky, thanks by the way) told me happy halloween so that was nice. 

This week was great for me. I think I may have told you last week, but I memorized President Hicken's favorite poem called "The Race." he told me when I arrive that if I memorize it, he will take me out to dinner. So we spent the day at his house playing games and such. There is this game called bochie ball, and we were playing and Elder Thomas (My homie from Arizona) threw one of the balls in the pond on accident. Well, Elder Pehrson, the AP had to get in President Hicken's swimsuit and go in and get it.. hahahaa. It was awesome. Then we went to this wayyy nice steakhouse in Nairobi called The Golden Spur. I felt like I was back in America, haha. It was definitely the highlight of my week. 

This morning we went to a chapel in Westlands, Nairobi Area, and we played soccer with the whole zone. It was a ton of fun. I got a really bad sunburn though hahaha. I also got to play a little bit of Basketball, with a soccer ball though, but even it was a lot of fun! Sad news, we were supposed to have Steven's baptism yesterday, but he didn't show up, and his phone was off. :( It was kind of a bummer, but I think that he was just caught up in work or something, hopefully. AISH! We found this family in Kitengela, (The other ward I cover) and they are so great. The father, Daniel, had a stroke and we were able to give him a priesthood blessing, when we went there, he couldn't speak and his wife was very sad and scared. We gave him the blessing and now he is almost back to full health. The mother is very excited about that and she was grateful sana sana. I can't wait to go back there and teach them. :D


The church is true!

Mzee Bradford

Monday, October 27, 2014

This Week in Kenya

This week was eventful!  Sorry that I haven't been sending out these emails, haha.  It is partly because of an insurmountable lack in responses, so if you could write back it'd be appreciated.

So on Tuesday we just proselyted like normal and had a really good day.  We were able to teach Steven, but he had to postpone his baptism until next week because he was attending a funeral this last weekend.  He chose me to baptize him but I think it is better if a member does it. because members stay, and I leave.

Wednesday was DDM, so, me being the District Leader, I was able to instruct the homies in the district and we had a really good discussion about Obedience.  The meeting went well.

Thursday I went on exchanges with Elder Nyambita.  He is a former AP turned ZL for this, his last transfer.  He goes home in two weeks.  He is truly an inspirational man.  He is the perfect example of what i want to be like after my mission.  He taught me a lot and we were able to give a priesthood blessing to an investigator with his whole family present, so that was definitely a positive expereience.  Also, it was the first blessing I have given in my broken Swahili.  But it was better than I expected.   Thursday was a good day.

Friday was zone conference, so we got to hear from President Hicken and Sister Hicken and the Assistant to the President.  Also when I first got here, President Hicken tole me if I memorize his favorite poem, "the Race" he would take me out to dinner so obviously, me wanting a gold ole american burger, memorized the poem and I was able to recite it at the start of zone conference.  I am excited to go to "Spurs Steak house in Nairobi with President!  Zone conference was great though
, I really enjoyed it and it helped me learn more of the culture of the mission and things.  I felt the Spirit a ton this week!

Saturday my comp was sick so we didn't proselyte at all, but I wrote some more songs on my Ukulele, which I always enjoy doing.  I think by the time mission is over I will have a whole album written (ha ha)

All is well here in Kenya!  Things are going good and I am loving the food and the people and everything else about this place.  Stay faithful and Godspeed brethren and Sisteren!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Gift of Tongues

Wow, I've already been in Athi-River for 6 weeks.  Crazy.  That was the fastest 6 weeks of my entire life, seriously.  Things have been going great.  The miracles that Elder Barasa and I have seen in the past two weeks are many.  I'm loving it.   We taught 41 lessons this week and set 5 people with a date for baptism.  The fruit of the work is plentiful her in Athi- River, we are grateful.

Also, my understanding and ability to speak Swahili are increasing at a rapid rate.  I can now talk to someone on the street about their family, the church and the restoration.  Just the basics, but I'm very grateful for the gifts of the Spirit that are helping me speak this crazy language.

Things are going rizuri out here.  IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are reading this, I would like to hear from you.  So write me back, wazee.  Tonight are transfer calls, but I think I will stay here for the next two transfers at least.

Asante sana zuku,

Elder Bradford
KICC with Upper Hill Zone

Upper Hill District:  Elders Pehrson&Nyambita, Maduna &Thomas, Bradford and Barasa, Obika and Qodashe, Sisters Shikuku &Adong

Monday, September 15, 2014

09/15/14

This week we went on a Safari, I felt like Nigel Thornberry.  It was a great time.  I got some good pictures but the computer isn't working well, once again.  haha.  However, I will move forward with faith and when I get to a working computer, I'll upload them.  We found a nice pond deep int he savanna of Athi-River with George (one of the members) and we are going to go fishing there in a couple weeks and catch some Tilapia, I am pumped for that.  I got my first sunburn on the safari as well!  So that's good

The works is moving forward at a rapid pace here in Athi-River.  We are teaching upwards of 30 lessons a week and we have a lot of investigators who are planning to get baptized!  We didn't have a baptism this week




, but we will keep the faith, doe!  Oh!  I ordered pizza earlier in the week because i got my allotment and I was feeling American.  The pizza here is pretty much the same as in the states, greasy and expensive.  It was worth it though.  My tummy felt at home.

This coming week is Zone meeting and rumor has it that afterwards, we will be going to the tallest building in Nairobi to take some pictures.  That would be a "blast" as Nigel Thornberry would say.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nigel Thornberry, google it and this whole email will make a lot more sense.

I love you all, have a good week.  Email me back!  The Gospel is good!

Elder Bradford

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Interesting facts from Justin

*Learning Swahili and can contact and talk so somebody now
*Saw two zebras on the way home from a meeting
*Walk 10 miles per day in church shoes
*Misses Lucky 5 lunch Buffet the most
*Curfew at 6pm every night
*Not homesick but would like some "real letters' or a package
*Getting good at ukulele cuz of 6pm curfew
*Read "Jesus The Christ" in 2 weeks
*Comp can speak english but Justin can understand his 5 year old neighbor better than his comp


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kony2012

After walking like 15 miles to find a computer that is actually working, we have accomplished our goal.  This week was nice.  We had a baptism on Saturday.  Her name is Annie. She is pretty cool. She is going back to school tomorrow so we won't be able to teach her the recent convert lessons for a while but it's cool.

Africa is crazy different from the USA.  Swahili ninjifunza, ninajaribu.  My Swahili is getting a little bit better.  I can kind of speak to people now, but not really.  All I do is "Smile and wave boys"  haha.

I wish I could send some pictures but I have yet to find a computer capable of doing in in under 3 hours.  One day, one day.  I have some pretty cool pictures in my opinion.

I saw a "Matatu  explode in Nairobi the other day.  It was pretty sweet.  Matatu is just basically a van that is used for public transportation.  The mission president told us we can't use them because terrorists had been plantning bombs inside of them.  I'd much rather walk that be in an exploding van.  Haha.

This week was pretty swell.  TTYL.

Elder B

Monday, August 25, 2014

Arriving in Kenya.

Hello. I'm currently in a cyber hut in Athi-River, Kenya. I love it here, so much. There are so many things to write about, but I will try and keep it as simple as possible. YOU DON'T KNOW LIFE UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN TO AFRICA. 

Everyone here is so nice and so funny. Even though I can't understand hardly anything they say. I don't know why the church told me to prepare to serve in the English language, everyone speaks swahili here. So I have made it a goal to learn the language by the end of October. So far it seems pretty easy. 

My comp is Elder Barasa, he is from Uganda. He has a very thick accent. He's cool though. We are white washing this area. We have two baptisms on Saturday tho, so that is cool. I also got called as district leader, so I am super excited about that. 

Life is so different here. The pictures and the videos that you see on TV and such are so accurate. I already love the way of life down here and I am sure I will love it even more when I can understand people. Haha. Every shower is cold and we only have good water through 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and we are proselyting during that time so it is dumb. I love the food as well. They call fries 'Chipas' and they eat mostly with their hands. 

Like I was told, the little kids all call me 'Mzungu' which means white person. There are so many mtoto's running around all the time. It makes me wonder where their parents are. I have made a couple of mtoto friends if you look at the pictures. They're pretty cute. 

Church on Sunday was a surreal experience for me. They have a building for church but the congregation out grew it so they have a tent in the back for sacrament. There was a total of 90 people there, when we began to sing the hymns the spirit hit me way hard. I don't know why but i was holding back tears. The Athi-River ward is amazing. 

Probably the only bad thing about Africa is that it has a very odd stench, always. There is trash everywhere and people burn their trash as well, so I think that is the problem. 

I think TOMS shoes was lying because I haven't seen one pair of TOMS yet. Well, it won't let me upload any pictures so I will try in a different hut next week. 

With Love,

Elder Bradford


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kenya Believe It?

I have got my Visa accepted and I leave to Kenya on August 18th at 11:25 AM.   I'm pretty excited!  On Friday we went out to dinner with on of Elder Granado's recent converts.  They took us to get sushi, which was very delightful to me.  Afterwards, we walked around downtown Covina for a bit and we went into a museum that had the history of the town.  It was awesome!  There was a picture on the wall from 1951 of the city.   It was literally all orange groves.  There was maybe two houses and a barn.  The whole place was covered in orange groves and now it is covered in houses.  That is crazy.  There was also a record of the jail inmates from 1946 and I saw the name Bradford in the records!  Eli Bradford was incarcerated for "intoxication".  Haha that was funny.

Everything is going good and this is Elder Granando and I's last week together.  ITS TIME FOR AFRICA.  NAMINAMINA AY AY WAKA WAKA AY AY NAMINAMINA SANCALEGUA .  ITS TIME FOR AFRICA.

 For dad!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another Glorious P Day

Last week was alright, ha ha.  We had a ton of let downs and such.  Right when it seemed to be going well with new investigators it kind of fizzled out or they told us straight up they weren't interested anymore.  But hey, Elder G and I will keep the faith.   I was able to score a pretty sick Nike hoodie at a yard sale for dirt cheap, so that was probably a highlight of the week.  Oh, one night we went out walking to see some people and such and we had our Uke with us and this old guy comes up to us and starts singing and dancing with us.  He then went inside to get his guitar and he started to play along with the songs we were playing, completely by ear!   It was amazing.  He was very talented.  Not interested in the gospel of Jesus Christ but a very talented musician.

We had a picnic for Pioneer day on Saturday with the whole stake.  We were able to get a new investigator there with a woman from the ward whose son just moved back from Tex and said that he wants to get baptized.  So that was probably the biggest miracle this week, his name is Raymond.  We will see how that goes.

You probably aren't very interested in these details but, what you should be interested in is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and will  TRANSFORM you into the person that Heavenly Father wants you to be.  Follow the prophet, keep the commandments and live like Christ.  I promise that you will BECOME a divine disciple of our Father in Heaven.

Peace out 'til next week pals.  Write me back!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spanish Fork 6th ward

Thank you all for your support.  I am so grateful for everything.  I hope things are going well back there.   I just say hop because you never know with my dad in the bishopric!   haha.  Now, to all you young men and women that are considering going on a mission, do it!  It is so fun.  It is the most rewarding work out there.   I love being able to see the Lord's hand have a lasting chance on someone's life.

Second the gospel blesses families!  one of the biggest evidence of this to me is...As a missionary you go into a lot of people's homes.  The contrast between at active members home and a home without the gospel tremendous.  There is nothign better than, after hours of biking in the 100 degree weather, stopping into a members home a literally feeling the love of God.  No matter if I've never met the person or even seen the home, if the home is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, everyone who enters it will be comfortable.

Lastly, the Gospel is true.  The church isn't true, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is.   Live by the gospel and you will prosper.

With Love,

Elder Bradford

Monday, July 14, 2014

Time flies when you're having fun!

This week went pretty well.  We had a lot of investigators drop us for stupid reasons, but elder Granado and I always end up having fun.  It is such a treat when members decide to take us out to eat at nice restaurants and it seems to be Elder Granado's favorite thing about missionary work., besides P-day.  He loves P-day.  I love it as well but he has an extreme obsession with it that no man can understand.  We were able to combine our musical talents this week and learn "Best day of My life"  on the Ukulele.  I'm going to miss having a musical companion when I get transferred.

Wow, I have been out for almost 5 months!  Time has flown by.  It's crazy the amount of life lessons and street knowledge one person can gain in that amount of time.  I can actually talk to adults now without being scared and mumbling.  It's a miracle.  I have learned a lot out here but the one thing that I think is the most important is that I have learned to love other people.  I'm not an expert yet, but I am a lot better than I was.  Ha ha.  I love being a missionary.

On Friday, about 4 of our investigators all text us and dropped us.  It was stinky and we were down in the dumps for that day.  However, we went out Saturday and worked hard and were able to contact some potential investigators and even got a referral.  Elder Granado and I have seen the miracle of maintaining your faith this week.  LOL, sorry that I just mumbled on for a long time but I hope you enjoyed.
  Cow Appreciation day at Chick-Fil-A.  Ha ha classic!

Monday, July 7, 2014

June 30, 2014

This week was fantastic!  We had a lot of fun and did a ton of wholesome things.  We were able to find 3 new investigators and set a baptismal date with Reuben, one of our newest investigators.   We worked hard and we played hard this week.  We played hard because we went to the LA temple visitors center with Alex and Brenda.  It was a ton of fun, I love going there.  They enjoyed it a lot and Brenda even opened up and answered some thought provoking questions.  In my opinion the highlight of the week was Saturday, Alex's baptism.  It was awesome.  It is so fulfilling and spiritually satisfying to see someone make the sacred covenant with God.  i had the privileged to baptize him and the Spirit that was being felt in the font was like none other.  He is a great dud and I was so proud of his decision.  He is probably one of the best friends I've ever had.  I definitely saw the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week.

I would love to hear from you guys.  If you feel so inclined as to write me back, I wouldn't object.  Love you all!  justin.bradford@myldsmail.net



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HI!

This week went well.  Elder Granado really enjoyed the candy and stuff you sent him in the package.  He says, "Your mom is the best mom out of all my companions."  So that is good.  We were able to find a new investigator this week and we were able to set a baptismal date with Valerie, one our current progressing investigators.  Alex is going to be baptized on June 28th.  He came to church again yesterday and he is in love with it.  He has already made friends and he can't stop talking about how much he loves to pray and go to church.  I am excited for his baptism.  Here is a picture of us at church.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bout that life doe

This week was pretty good.  We had to drop a lot of our investigators though because they weren't keeping commitments.  So we are starting with a pretty clean slate.  We have one investigator, Alex, who has a baptismal date for June 28th and he stayed all 3 hours for church yesterday.  He was saying the whole time, "I can't wait to be baptized".  He is one of the nicest guys I've ever met.   He has his wife, Brenda, who we hope will also get baptized and he has a son, Alex Jr who is 2 1/2 years old.  They are a great young family and I think they realize the blessings that will come from living the gospel.

Elder Granado and I performed a song at a guitar shop open mic night.  Well, actually 2 songs.  We first sang "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison.  We learned it a couple days ago because his mom sent him the chords.  We played it and everyone was singing a long and it was great.  But of course, being missionaries, we had to throw down a song about the Book of Mormon.  We sang "How Can I be"  for our second song which talks about characters from the BOM.  The people loved us and we are preparing to go back for the next open mic night in a month.  We also got a couple contacts out of it, so that's good.

The church is true and keeping the commandments of God is the best way to live your life.  Follow the prophets and remember the Atonement and you will see immense happiness as a result.
-Elder Bradford


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Elder Granado is a great guy and he's way funny.  He has taught me a lot of tricks on the ukelele so that's good.  We had an alright week.  We had a lesson with one of our newest investigators, Alex.   He said a prayer at the end and said he felt calm and peaceful.  He also was quoted as saying "So, the person who baptized me probably didn't have the right authority.  I understand."  So that's good.  He said he is interested in getting baptized again, the right way.  He's a great dude and he would make a great member.  He has a young family so I think he realizes this is what is best for them.

I instructed my first district meeting.  It was on patience.   I thought it went quite well and it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.  I have a leadership training meeting tomorrow and I get to hang out with President Becerra all day, so that's always a treat.

Being a missionary seriously rules.  It's definitely funner than a lot of things I would be doing at home.  I hope to hear from all you guys, it would be great to know what is going on in the real world.  I'm almost 4 months old.  It's flying by!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This Saturday was transfers.  Elder Diehl got a call at about 9:30PM and was told he is getting transferred.  he left to a place called La Puente.   I had no idea who my new companion was going to be.  He was supposed to call on Saturday night but he didn't so I couldn't sleep very well thinking about it.  Sunday after church I got a call from the assistants to the president and they said, "Elder Bradford, after much prayer and consideration you have been assigned as District Leader of the Walnut Creek District.  Elder Granado will be your companion."   Haha.  I was totally shocked, it was crazy.  So I have replaced Elder Diehl as District Leader.  I feel extremely under qualified.  I don't feel like I can instruct missionaries that have been out longer than me, so I am scared.  My first district meeting will be on Thursday about "patience".  It's going to be interesting.  Elder Granado is a short spaniard from San Antonio, TX.  He is really funny and he is a great ukulelist.  So I am pretty pumped for the next six weeks.

Also, I crashed on my bicycle once again, but this time it was a vehicles fault.  They pulled out right in front of me so I had to swerve and I fell off.  I landed directly on my bad shoulder again, so I was in a serious amount of pain for a little bit.  I am a little better now, but I just can't move my shoulder.  I have to go to the doctor for an xray soon.  Wish me luck!:)

My new companion.  We are physically opposite.


Monday, May 19, 2014

05/19/2014

Last night we met this lady and she said she was raised in the church but when she was 16 something happened and she thought God didn't care about her.   She didn't say what happened, but she was very emotional about it.   She kept yelling "where was God that night?"  "He wasn't there and I hate him for that."  Stuff like that, so we explained to her that God puts us through trials and things to mold us and shape us into the people that he wants us to become.  She was very distraught at this time and we offered to give her a priesthood blessing.  She accepted and asked if I would give the blessing.  It was one of the most powerful things I've ever been a part of, I could feel God's presence there.  It was awesome.  Afterwards, she sat there and slowly her tears dried and she said "I feel peaceful."  We asked her to say a prayer.  She hadn't prayed for 30+ years and she did.  She said she felt like her Heavenly Father was right there with us listening.  It was extremely powerful.  It was very humbling to see God work so swiftly and meaningfully in someone's life like that.  She wants to have us over again ASAP, she says.  Last night was one of the greatest experiences I've been a part of.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

05/11/14
Have you heard of Baloot?   The egg that has a chicken or a duck already formed inside.  We eat a Filipinos home and they serve Baloot.  Here is a picture.  It's good.  It tastes like egg drop soup from Lucky 5.



Bridget asked "Is being a Missionary a lot different than you thought it would be?"   Justin's response:  "Yeah, It's fun!  I thought it would be boring.   I'm tired always and my feet hang off the bed.  Like a foot off the bed, no pun intended.

On June 16th the Anaheim Angles are having a mormon night.  We don't get to go though because it is out of our mission.

So there are lot of Mexican people down here.  We are trying to serve people to build trust so every time we ask the Mexicans if we can help they always say "No habla English"  Well, you know how I took all that Spanish in high school and I can speak pretty good?  When they say that I say the exact same thing in Spanish to them and they get this shocked look on their face and usually start speaking English.  It is pretty funny.

We met a man who owned his own business and is very successful and was all normal and he said he would like to have us come over and teach him.  We were excited.  When we got to his house and started to teach him he stopped us and started telling us about how the aliens live among us already and are going to send for more aliens and that we don't need to really worry about religion because the aliens are going to take over our souls.  Not as normal as we thought.
Elder Diehl, Studying

Do you like the sign?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Justin and the Mega lemon

This week we ran into the mysterious fruit known as MEGA LEMON.  I don't know if it is really was a huge lemon, but it had the exact same texture, look, and taste as a normal sized lemon.  It literally blew my mind.  We found it in the gutter in the middle of nowhere.  There was not a tree that bore the same fruit in sight.   The amount of joy that MEGA LEMON brought me when we found it was immense.  To this day, I am convinced it is an urban legend.  I don't think it really happened


.  I'm pretty sure that MEGA LEMON is comparable to UFO's, Bigfoot, or the Lochness Monster.  Also, Elder Diehl bent his rim and I tried to bend it back but I couldn't.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The one thing I am still trying to figure out is how to influence people to use their agency in a righteous way.  Ever body makes choices on their own, but it is just so frustrating watching our investigators make the wrong choices.   Elder Diehl and i do all we can to influence them and help them decide to come to church, read, pray, etc but when they don't do those things, it just frustrates me.   So that is something I have been studying over the past few weeks.  We're trying to let the Holy Ghost influence them more than we do, so hopefully we can improve with that.

My Shoulder from my bike wreck is swollen underneath the muscle or something and I have tendinitis but the Dr. said it should go away in about 3 weeks.

I wrote this song to help me convert people.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

04/21/14

This week went very well.  Elder Diehl and I went to Catholic Mass.  We were having a lesson with Ron and his mom came and was like, "Let's go!"  So, we hopped in her car and we went with her to her church.  It was soooo different.  It was all dark inside.  I don't see how the Holy Ghost could work his magic in there.  They are literally obsessed with the cross.  It was good though.  I liked the music and it was good to get some perspective.  Now we have a reason to talk to all the Catholic people!

I also crashed my bike and landed directly on my shoulder and it is swollen and it's all purple so we are going to the doctor today in a little while.

Thanks for the Easter package!  It was Great!  I liked all the treats and stuff.  Elder Diehl also enjoyed it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I didn't get to email much last week because I was playing basketball.  Ron has committed to baptism and he is going to get baptized in the first week of May.  He is one of the nicest guys and he is so funny.  We have grown a sincere friendship over the past few weeks.  We also set Nick up with a baptismal date.  he is having problems with church attendance but I think when his band breaks up he will be able to make it.  Still no news on my visa.

We helped this guy load his truck because he was moving.

I made an LDS toaster Strudel.
 Elder Diehl learned how to make a pie.
Yeah, the scriptures are cool.  I like when I can tell that people feel the spirit.  Ron has a few friends in the ward but we have a lot of dinners with him scheduled this week so he will get some more.   I haven't bitten my fingernails in 2 days.

I feel right at home.
And here is a picture of my district.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

03/31/14 email

Totally felt two EARTHQUAKES this week.  It was crazy.  We were sitting at the church and all of the sudden the whole building started to shake.  It was scary but it was the coolest thing ever.  Haha.  Went to the LA temple which was awesome.  This week was awesome.  There was a sign that read "free books" outside of someone's house so Elder Diehl and I put a Book of Mormon on top.  LOL.  We had dinner with some philipinos and they gave us this chicken and it was so amazingly tasty.  Bought Ukuleles last week and I have already learned to play I am a Child of God, Over the Rainbow and I'm yours by Jason Mraz.  The ukuleles make it so much easier to talk to people because they are a great conversation piece.   We are going to Ron's tonight to ask him to be baptized.  He came to church and said he loved it so hopefully he is ready to get DUNKED.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 25, 2014




I went on exchanges and had dinner in the biggest house I've ever been in.  And when we were done we got to go down a huge hill because he lived up in the mountains, and he followed closely behind and said we were going 44 on our bikes.  His name is Brother Hipwell and his house was sooooo nice, you could see the whole valley and it was so pretty.

I can pretty much teach every lesson now.  We use pamphlets to teach mostly now instead of Preach My Gospel.   Nothing has been said about my visa.   I like it here.  If I stayed here I wouldn't mind.  I would get more packages from you guys. 

Elder Diehl was feeling under the weather so he decided to take a nap during studies.


Our ward mission leader took us to the Los Angeles Temple.  The LA temple is way cool.  Have you been there?