Tuesday, February 10, 2009

10 February 2009

Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:50 AM

Yeah everything is good here. I'm going to write the d[...]s a letter today and you have the right idea about the emails. Also I can only check emails 1 time a week on Tuesdays so Its nice to get real mail so I can read it during the week.

We baptised two girls last week and have successfully reactivated their family. That is the major reason why we do child baptisms is because we teach the children and get the parents back to church so by baptising the kids we get the entire family back to church.

A man we're teaching T[...] J[...] is going great. I committed him for baptism last week and he gave up coffee cold turkey. He's one of those golden investigators. We had an issue yesterday. His neighbor called and said he couldn't be baptised because his son couldn't make it up here this week. T[...] couldn't understand how this could happen when we prayed and got the answer for him to be baptised on the 21. Then later that day we got a call from his wife saying the son got it off work so it will work out. Our next lesson will be going over getting answers to prayers and how Satan is going to try to impede whenever he can.


E[...] M[...]

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Letter from J family, 3 feb 2009

Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 1:12 PM

Subject: Your Son, Elder M[...], visited us

Dear M[...] Family,

We had your son, and his companion visit at our home for Sunday dinner. We thought we'd send you a photo, and a note to say that he is doing great. It was great to meet him. He is a fine young man, and very diligent in doing the work of the Lord. We have a son on a mission now too, and know how much we would appreciate hearing anything about him, so we thought we'd do likewise. Your son is happy and healthy, and quite an incredible young man!

Hope you have a great day!


D[...] J[...] and Family

Letter from Elder M, 3 Feb 2009

Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 11:42 AM


On sunday we had dinner at a house with 11 kids. My comp has 12 in their family and it felt like sunday dinners back home. The parents insisted on taking pictures and sending them to you so now you know where they came from.

We have a new investigator named T[...]. His wife is a member and after a heart attack he started going to church but refused to be baptised. Now a year later he asked to be taught by the missionaries so we have taught him a lesson. He's wealthy, lives right by the temple, so it's kind of different working with him. [...] We're going to commit him next time[...].

We got to do service in the temple yesterday. We vacuumed the womens locker room and the brides room. It was really neat and probibly the only time we will be able to be in those rooms. My times up.


Elder M[...]

Letter from Elder M, 27 Jan 2009

Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:53 AM

Subject: Re: retainers

Yeah I'm in Bountiful and this is not what I signed up for. In Tucson the missionaries are over 1 or 2 wards. I'm over 3 stakes and 25 wards, just me and my companion. It's really fun though. We tract too, but mostly we run into members, but that's okay and really effective. We were told statitics and 1 of 1000 people we tract into will be baptised, 1 of 350 referalls will be baptised, and 2 of 3 people invited to meet with the missionaries in the members home will be baptised. Members are the best way to do missionary work.

It has been going alright so far, I just went to the Bountiful temple. We get to go every P-day except for the one on tranfer week. We are baptising two girls so far in February. The works good.


Elder M[...]

Other pictures - Jan 2009

Letter from Sister J, mission president's wife, 22 Jan 2009

Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 1:23 PM

Subject: Your missionaries arrived safely!!

Good afternoon families!!

This is Sister J[...], Mission President's wife in the great Utah Ogden Mission! Your missionaries arrived safely on Tuesday and yesterday went out into the field with their trainers. They are a great group, thank you for terrific sons who will make great missionaries.


When President Faust called us, he told us we would not be judged on the number of conversions we had in the mission, but on the men and women our missionaries will be in twenty years time. If you think about it, they will probably be preparing their own sons to go on missions at that time--quite an interesting assignment/challenge!! We take it very seriously and are very involved with our missionaries although we never attempt to take your place. We love them dearly and will do all in our power to help them reach their individual divine potential.

Again, thank you for preparing your sons so well!!

Sister J[...]

Letter from Elder M, 13 Jan 2009

Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 12:47 PM

Subject: Re: Re: hey family

Pretty much I can only email and receive emails on P-day which is tuesdays, but that doesn't really matter right now because I leave the mtc next tuesday. I can only email family. that is all the rules I have been given.

Its going fine here. I am working on teaching the 2nd lesson, the plan of salvation and its going along fine. Would you have dad mail me a copy of my preisthood line of authority. I'd like to have a copy of that.

I don't like the referral center very much. Sometimes its alright though. Last week I called up this lady who ordered a bible and I asked her if she knew anything about the church. She said she could never join because we don't believe in music. I politely straightened her out and taught her about all the songs we sing in church and that scripture in D&c 25 where it talks about songs. I taught her the first lesson and sent the missionaries over to see her. She wanted me to go, but I can't really walk over to Virginia whenever I want.

I hope all is well over there.


Elder M[...]

Letter from Elder M to Grandma M

Letter from Elder M, 6 Jan 2009

Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 2:33 PM

Subject: hey family

Dear Family,

My time here is going pretty good. I am having a good time and am not missing home, just naps. This whole time is so focused it is ridiculous. I have classes and meetings all day, but they are way spiritual so It's alright.

My comps name is Elder S[...] and He's from Georgia. He is pretty good and spiritual most of the time, but him and another kid in my district don't get much studying done during personal study time. We're pretty good friends though.

Its really cold here and its been snowing the last two days straight. I only have about 2 more weeks in the MTC till I'm out.

We have this thing we do called the referral center where we call up all the people who order church movies and books of moromon and talk to them. You guys know how much I like calling people I know and you can imagine how much better it is to pretty much be a telemarketer. Bad Times. Other than that everything is good.

It is amazing how close everyone here is to the Spirit. This whole stay I feel
like I am getting used to it then I accidentally break a rule or something (not anything serious) and I feel like crap. Amazing because I could do the same thing at home and barely feel bad about it. I know I am doing the right thing being here.


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