Monday, October 13, 2014

Naimbeg nga aldaw (Good noon!)

Hello family! 

Man this week was nuts. Conference was amazing, so many amazing talks I really really needed to hear. I really really liked that Jorg guy's talk. Super good! And I've heard about that "Meet the Mormons" documentary, any news on if it's available to download or anything like that? That'd be super cool to use with out investigators! Dad, I am super stoked for the iPhone 6! This one ward member talks technology with me all day, so I've heard a lot about it haha :) He always bashes on anything Apple though, the Philippines is almost purely Samsung. That's way cool about javelina too! I don't have my driver's license with me though, so if you're still on please let me know what all you need and I'll get it ready for next week's email. Ah, and yes, our training went awesome. I used some Jeffrey R. Holland quotes for the chastisement, and scriptures for the motivation. It worked out really well haha :) 

So mom, for school I've been giving BYU a lot of thought, but I'm still not sure, it just doesn't make sense to pay all that money for my generals when I could hopefully get a scholarship at a smaller school and save a lot. So I'm still pondering that out. Those two classes at Pima though would be awesome, definitely a great idea :) If it's all right, I would love for them to be science/math classes. That's what's been calling my name lately. Mom I am okay financially, and in terms of supplies. I will be okay :) Thanks so much mom! And I'm glad your classes are going so well too :) 

Well as for me, I am doing well, no complaints. I have read a few really life-changing talks lately, including one by my favorite general authority, Tad R. Callister, that's called "Becoming Men and Women of Integrity". It is so powerful, and has definitely helped me these last few days to have more integrity in everything I do. 

All right, pics! 

This is after a family home evening at these members' house, with their investigator sisters!
The river we went to earlier! :) 
A ward baptism that happened this week
We had a district CSP this week, that mound of cement we're sitting on is what we hauled.
Our zone activity earlier! Just sat in bamboo huts along this river, super relaxed.

Okayokayokay! Looks like I'm gonna call it a wrap. Love you all, thanks so much for everything you guys do, I am sorry for all of my faults and weaknesses, but I am truly doing my best to overcome! Till next week! 

Love,

Elder Rand

Monday, October 6, 2014

Parents Letter from Pres. Clark


Fam-fam :)

Hey all! 

First off, this computer is centuries old and has no USB slot in the front, and all the USB slots in the back are crammed full with different cords, so I cannot upload pictures D: BUT! I really do ahve a ton to send, so next week is going to be a great week for pictures. Just in case you're into that kinda thing.

So this might be a super short letter, I got caught up in planning our workshop for this week. Ugh it's an hour and a half long workshop with President Clark there, so we've got to do it right! And it's all about addressing our zone's weaknesses, of which there are many. So it's got to be the right amount of chastisement and Christ-like love, and honestly I've never been good at getting that balance right, I've kind of just learned to not beat around the bush and just go ahead and chastise them, but apparently that's not how it should be done. Hahaha..anyway, but mom thank you so much for putting that money in, I definitely appreciated it! You are awesome :) And honestly I think that would work out a lot better if I just waited till I get home and didn't get anymore packages :) That is perfectly all right with me! Whoo hoo! 

Dad, I would love to be put in for javelina. Google is claiming that is not a real word. Is that how you spell it? Anyways,  that would make me so. Happy. Haha if it's not too much trouble, I mean, please don't do it if it's a hassle or anything...

Well I still as of now have not watched conference yet, but everything you guys have said about it (with the exception of Maile falling asleep "a lot"[Aleigha's words]) have got me pumped to watch it! This will be my fourth and final time watching conference in the mission. HOLY COW. 

Mom, in answer to your questions, this week has been great! Things are going, we've been working at a crazy pace, and things still don't seem to be picking up quite how I wanted them to, so I'm just trying to grit my teeth and keep going. I'm getting a little tired of the repetition in this area, and how every one we talk to is just like "There's only one God, we don't need to go to your church since there's only one God". And then with that attitude they don't care about anything we say next. Okay that's my rant ;) Weird that our church building my change, but change is always so expected in the church. 

All righty, I have to go, I'm sorry. But I love you all immensely, and Maile I guess I will see you in 72 days according to your chain :) Have a great week everyone, and enjoy the good vibes from conference! 

Love,

Elder Rand