Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Good morning!

Elder Weber have been trying out emailing in the morning. It's been working out well, we'll probably continue it.

This week we went out to Cherry Grove! It was sweet. We had our outlying Zone Training Meeting on Tuesday afternoon in St. Paul, and then we drove from there to Cherry Grove and spent the night and the next day with them. They live about 5 minutes from the Saskatchewan border, so of course we had to stop by and take a picture :) On the way to St. Paul we also stopped in Andrew, Alberta and got a picture of the "World's Largest Mallard Duck", then in St. Paul is the UFO Landing Pad, and then on the way to Cherry Grove we stopped in Glendon and got a picture of the giant Pyrogy! It was a road trip very rich in culture. They were all on the way too, so don't think we just abandoned the work and went joyriding :)

We had Stake Conference this week, and Elder Choi of the the Seventy came up. He's from Korea and he's hilarious, it was like a comedy act the whole time!

Our car got broken into! Yeah! We went out Saturday morning and my door was open. So we went in and evaluated. They could have stolen, Elder Weber's wallet, my mp3 player, and all of our CD's. But all they took was my gum in the glove compartment, and a $10 bill sitting in the center console haha. He was a thief of simple tastes thank goodness!

Frane came to church yesterday, but we couldn't meet with her this week because she had to leave right after. Hopefully we'll meet this Saturday though. Andy came to church and is doing really well. The ward's been doing great with fellowship now that he's baptized.

That's all for this week! I attached some pictures for your viewing pleasure. They are all pretty self-explanatory :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy 22 Months to Kyle!

Hello my friends!

For all who weren't aware, today is Kyle's mission birthday. Please celebrate accordingly.

We baptized Andy! He ended up having to be confirmed on Saturday right after the baptism, rather than the next morning at church. He had to go get his gun license or something before he goes back to China so we got President's permission to do it on Saturday. It was sweet though! I got to baptize him and Elder Weber confirmed him. A lot of the ward showed up it was a way good turn out! Andy goes back to China in May so we're going to help him figure out how to attend church back home over the Summer. He should be back in September for school.

Elder Weber was sick for the last half of the week. We spent some time in the apartment, so I wrote letters and exciting stuff like that! He's been doing better though so this week should be a little more busy.

We had Zone Training Meeting on Thursday, and it went really well! The trainings that they gave at ZLC were exactly what our zone needed so we're excited to see what happens! We have the outlying areas ZTM tomorrow, so we're going to drive out to St. Paul in the morning, give the training, then follow the Cherry Grove elders out to their area and spend the day with them! Then we'll drive the 3.5 hours home on Wednesday night! It'll be good because I have some mail to catch up on.

Frane, the other Chinese girl that we're teaching, is on date for May 11th! We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invited her to be baptized and she agreed! It was awesome, things have been picking up a lot!

On Tuesday I got to go on exchanges with Elder Coe! :) Man oh man was it good to see him again. It was nice to get closure, his departure left me scarred. Haha he's doing well though!

I wish I had more to talk about....We decided our zone would be festive this transfer, and so we made up a bunch of holidays! Today is White P Day! So we told everyone to wear all white to the church today to play sports! We're pretty festive. Thursday was Mr Rogers Day so everyone wore a sweater, Tuesday was "Diabetes Day" so everyone had to say something nice to a diabetic! I got lots of nice phone calls haha. Friday was "Ginger Day" (because Elder Weber has red hair) and so everyone had to say something nice to a ginger! I know, we're creative. Anyways that's about all! It snowed again this week, but it's all pretty much melted. I'm looking forward to short-sleeved shirts! Have yourselves a good week!

Love you guys!

Relder Ead

["Kyle" is Kyle Johnson, who is on a mission in New Mexico. -Ed.]

Sunday, April 14, 2013

General Conference!

Hey fam!

Conference is the bomb! I loved President Monson's talk on Obedience, and of course, Elder Holland delivered again. I liked Elder Cardon's too, and then Elder Callister's in Priesthood session was dope! Super good conference.

Andy came to Priesthood Session, and we set up a Mandarin translation for him which worked out well. He loved it! He really liked how simple and human President Monson seemed. He then came to the Institute the next day and stayed for both Sunday sessions. So far so good for his baptism this weekend. He was interviewed on Friday by Elder Bowles and he passed! But then he texted us today and said he might not make it for Sunday because of some Gun License thing, so we might have to switch it to next weekend.....but we'll see! Keep him in your prayers :)

This week we had ZLC at the mission home and that was pretty cool. President and the AP's gave super good trainings and this week we get to give the same trainings at Zone Training Meeting! So we've been planning those and putting the trainings into our own words so we're not just regurgitating them.

Tomorrow we get to go on exchanges with the AP's and I'll be with Elder Coe! :) man I'm psyched. I've missed him. So we'll probably go around and let him say the goodbyes that he couldn't do before.

We taught English Class on Thursday, and we had a "Back to Grade School" theme. It was sweet. We had a Spelling B (Bee?), a book report on Prayer out of True to the Faith, and music class! Haha I took the chords out of the primary hymn book for "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man" and played it on guitar and we all sang along! It was sweet! I love English Class.

Hey did anyone ask the Jenkins if they know the Webers in Middleton?

That is pretty much all I have this week. Glad to hear you guys made it home safe! Have another good week!

Love you guys,

Elder Read

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Fools!


Hey sorry I forgot to tell you that the library would be closed yesterday because of Easter, so here I am!

I totally forgot that you guys went to Utah! It sounds like it went well, and Calista's engaged that's sweet! I expect a wedding invitation or I'm not coming. Haha. Seriously though.

This week has been pretty sweet! Transfer Meeting was on Wednesday and it was good to see a bunch of people again! The sisters that I was in the MTC went home this transfer! It was crazy to see them leave. Anyways it's been a good week though Elder Weber is the man. He's hilarious! He's from Middleton, Idaho and doesn't know the Jenkins, but I don't really know how long they've actually lived there so maybe that's why? Anyways he's been out for 15 months and just came from the Olds area. His personality is a lot like Geoff's except he has red hair! It's awesome haha. We get along super well. He pronounces it like "Webber."

We've been busy planning this transfer out and it's gonna be another fun one as usual! We're going on exchanges today with Forest Heights it's about to be fun! Cherry Grove just became a District Leader area so now we get to drive the 3.5 hours out there this week I'm pretty psyched! I don't have to drive :)

It's been super warm the past week, like 8 C! I don't know what that is converted. I just heard some guy talking in the library though and he said it's supposed to snow this week. Sweet. On a brighter note, we get to take off our jackets this week, and since it's my last General Conference I don't have to put them on again :) I'm ready for slacks!

General Conference is this week! Man oh man do I love this time of year. I definitely didn't take it for what it was worth back home, but it's seriously solid gold. We're watching it at the Institute building with the other YSA missionaries so that we have a neutral place to invite investigators. So we're hoping Andy and Frane will come.

Speaking of Andy, he's still solid as ever! We met this week and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we talked about the Sacrament, and he said "I never really understood church, I thought it was just for fun. But now I understand that I have to come and show my commitment to Christ each week." Score! He's still on date for the 13th of April, but he needs to come to church so let's hope he does! Keep him in your prayers.

Frane came to the last hour of church because she slept in and missed her bus. But we taught her after church about the last half of the Restoration and she soaked it in! We're planning on teaching her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week and inviting her to be baptized!

I think that's really all I had. Hope you guys have a good week!

Love you guys,

Elder Read