Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 28th 2016

            Was it a good picture? I never got to see it. We were at the Trump's
            eating our second thanksgiving dinner. We hung out with them for the
            rest of the night playing games and stuff. They're a really cool
            family. My companion knows them really well, since he's already spent
            Christmas with them last year. So before them, we had our first
            thanksgiving dinner at the church. We cover two wards in our area now.
            I don't know if I told you yet. And the two wards meet at the same
            building starting at 9:30am(just like how Ensley used to be!) and
            1:00pm for the other ward. They both collaborated and held a huge
            thanksgiving potluck at the church. There was so much food! But we
            didn't eat that much because we had already planned to eat at a
            member's house shortly after.

            I got the package last Friday! Thank you so much! I love the silly
            little solar turkey haha. I got more pizza now too. The tie is super
            cool and sooo cheap! Really? 90% off?!? Wow! I would've liked another
            one for that price, since there're so cheap. Thank you for the canned
            air and also my favorite aloha bars.

            It snowed a bunch today. I need to take pictures because I don't think
            I've ever seen so much snow in my life. Kaylee's going to be jealous.
            I didn't buy a jacket yet. I really don't think I need one. I've been
            just fine with the the light coat I brought, and my butt's still
            intact so I think I'm good. Remember I never get cold! Haha. Me and my
            companion walked to temple square one night to look at the lights and
            it was packed! There were so many members! We couldn't walk 10 feet
            without running into someone who needed their picture taken. So we
            left after taking countless pictures of families.

            Our investigators are doing great. One of them has almost quit smoking
            completely after doing it for over 40 years. We have a new
            investigator named Sergio. He's 19 and very interested in the church.
            He's going to be baptized December 10th. We have others too but
            they're a little flaky and don't seem that interested anymore. Super
            disappointing.

            Tyler sent me some of his wedding and honeymoon pictures and it made
            me really sad. I don't have a brother anymore!!!!!!!!!!! Why did he
            get married?!?!! That's sooooooooo weird!!!!!!!!!! He's definitely not
            the Tyler I knew a year ago. What do you think of it?? Anyway.. Thank
            you for forcing everyone to write me a letter. I love getting stuff in
            the mail!

            7 months seems about right, since it already takes a lifetime to get
            anything done around the house. So do you still have a tv in there? 
            I would like to see a
            picture.

            I bet you love not having me there to pick up Kaylee from seminary every
            morning. At least you have a car with seat warmers that's parked in
            the garage rather than one that doesn't have seat warmers and gets
            freezing from sitting outside in the cold weather..hint...hint..

            I'm starting to take nrf1 now, and I'm getting better at taking nrf2
            everyday. I need one of those daily pill box reminders so I don't
            forget as easy. I'm all good with axio. I think I still have around 30
            left.

            I hope you're doing great too! Love you too Mom!!!



            Love, Elder Randall

November 21st 2016

This week we went on exchanges. I went with the other missionary and
my companion stayed. The new missionary was actually one of my
roommates at the mtc so we got along well, since we already knew each
other. That day we went tracting for pretty much the entire day
because he didn't really know what to do. We planned visits but none
they were in instead. Not much success after that, probably because of
of them answered their door, so we ended up tracting the apartments
the Utah and Oregon game that was going on during that time. So the
nothing fun besides shopping and do laundry. Apparently Thanksgiving
rest of the day consisted of walking and my companion complaining about his feet. P-day was cut to only 4 hours today because of thanksgiving. So we did
guess.
counts as a p-day so that's why President cut Monday p-day in half I

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 14, 2016

This week we had zone conference on Tuesday, so we received a lot of
training from mission president and also from the APs. The church
released a new Christmas video #LightTheWorld. It's a great video that
reminds us of our duty as members. It makes a great dinner message
too.

We just put two people on date Micah and Alice this week and scheduled
them for this month and December. So far none of them have WOW
problems and are looking forward to their baptismal day. Next week we
should have another person Sergio on date, so hopefully that works
out.

This p-day we all went bowling and everyone sucked. The first couple
games nobody even broke 100. It was a very disappointing day. After
that the zone leaders took us out to lunch and then to a zone
activity. We left at 5:30 to go to a member's house that my companion
knows very well for dinner. We then had family night and played games
with the family. So other than bowling we had lots of fun.

November 7, 2016

This week was kind of slow mainly because of transfers that happen two weeks ago. Our stake that we used to cover is now split into three different areas with two extra sets of missionaries now working, so work is kind of scattered now. We hope that things will pick up soon. Thankfully we're still teaching our original investigators that we had before, so we're both happy about that.

Today for p-day we did not go bowling sadly, but we went to Nordstrom Rack to buy a tie. Nordstrom sells a lot of nice ties with big discounts. I bought my first skinny tie. It's made from cotton so the texture is a little different from silk and polyester which are the only two materials I've ever known. It has a frosty looking design and is a perfect choice for the winter season that's coming up soon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 24, 2016

This week was kind of slow. We've had many appointments fall through
because of their busy schedules, so we had very few lessons this week.
One of which was a long discussion with a member who had lots of
questions about how mentally ill find comfort through God, and if
they're even capable of committing sin, and if so then how are they
able to repent. That was an interesting discussion. I think the
members should leave their questions for the bishop to answer. Because
we have a lot of members wasting our time expecting us to answer these
types of obscure questions. But because we had nothing else to do, it
was fine to just sit and to share our thoughts. I think that their
just trying to test our knowledge, and if we fail to satisfy their
expectations then they report us to the mission president (which their
not even supposed to have a contact of because of this very reason).

This p-day me and my companion went bowling with a bunch of other
missionaries. I've improved a lot, but not too much since last time. I
got up to 120 and had 4 strikes in one game vs one strike last time
we've played.. While my companion got 235 with his ten strikes. He's
says he's not even good, but I think so. Maybe I just suck really bad.
After bowling we went hiking up in City Creek Canyon on Freedom Trail
which is by Memory Grove Park. Lot of walking. I was hoping to hike up
a big mountain. But it didn't turn out the way I was hoping it would.
There was no big mountain to climb, and it was just a trail that
looped around a tiny park. So that was kind of boring. Maybe next time
we'll climb a REAL mountain and see snow and  have a beautiful view of
the valley and take pictures and all of that kind of stuff.

Sincerely,
Elder Randall
 
P.S.
 
Look Who ran into to me!
Elder "Jeff" Van Buren!
   

October 7, 2016

This week our zone gathered together for a p-day activity and went bowling. That was a lot of fun, especially when I learned how to spin the ball. I think I got to 100. My companion was getting turkeys.
One of the investigators we're teaching is funny. He has a lot of questions and wonders if some Mormons take pills to make them happy. He has a hard time understanding faith. He's sees the world through a scientific perspective but is agonistic towards religion. He is always praying for a "sign" whenever we challenge him to pray. He says once he wins the mega millions lottery then he'll believe and be baptized. And he's always talking about what he would do with the money once he had it. So after the second lesson, we challenged him to read Alma 32.

We just received a new assignment from our mission president last week. Two hours of tracting is now part of our daily schedule. Elder Hashey wasn't too happy about it at first since he's never had to tract for his entire mission (22 months). He also thought that tracting in the greater avenues would be pointless because of how liberal the people are. But blessings came from obedience because we now have a return appointment after our second door. I thought we would never tract because of how many referrals we receive, but tracting is fun, especially since the weather is getting cooler.

October 10, 2016

This week the investigator scheduled for the 8th was baptized yesterday. His name is Felix Bonamou, he is from Guinea Africa and speaks only French. We were able to teach him through a translator (his wife) the lessons before baptism. For his baptism he assigned my trainer to perform the first ordinance while I did the second. My trainer was determined to memorize the prayer in French for Felix, and so he did. He did a great job as soon as he was reminded the first few words of the prayer. The confirmation was done the next day at church, and was performed by me. It was something I never thought I would do, and I was afraid at first because of not knowing what to say. But with the spirit, I was able to memorize the prayer and recite it without missing a word. So that gave me confidence for the future.

This p-day, me and my trainer went bowling with a bunch of other missionaries. My trainer is pretty good at bowling and gets at least one turkey every game. I didn't do very well at first, so I was taught how to spin the ball. After learning the technique I was able to improve my score. After playing a few games, we all went to a member's home to sit around and to play games for the rest of p-day. Of course shopping was done before p-day was over.

Here are the baptism picture of me Felix my trainer and family.

October 3, 2016

 My first week experience like most has been quite a haze, but I got through it somehow. Lots of adjusting for sure. My trainer's name is Elder Hashey, and he just turned 26. So far all my companions have been at least 5 years older than me—just a random fact. Terrific trainer. 
My second week went by much smoother. Made multiple visits and taught several lessons to recent investigators. I can definitely say that teaching people has gotten a lot easier over the past few weeks. So as far as baptisms go.. I've got two people on date, one for the 8th, and the other (maybe) for the 15th. One is currently struggling with the Word of Wisdom and has trouble with addiction, but really wants to be baptized. So it really makes it hard to guarantee that the baptism will be held at its set date. Hopefully things will work out. The other is all set and ready for a baptismal interview. So it's nice to know that we have at least one for sure baptism this month.

September 26, 2016

Hi Kaylee! Thank you for the letters. I'm doing okay. My companion is funny, he laughs all the time, he's also really old, he like 26 right now, he doesn't act like he's 26 though. The apartment is kind of old, it's not like the apartments we lived in. It's basically an old house with separate rooms or apartments. I ate my penne noodles with sauce and cheese, just like the noodles I eat at home. I didn't make the cake yet because we don't have the right pans. I still have the cake mix and candles. Next year maybe.. Our schedule is breakfast in the morning, read scriptures, get ready, then we'd go outside and walk to an appointment. After lunch we visit less active members for the rest of the day till dinner at 5:00. For dinner we usually eat whatever the members give us, like papa murphy's, papa johns, or subway. We don't eat at member's house too often, they just give us food because their lazy I guess. We're not too busy so it not really hard. We walk most of the time. It a good thing we have perfect weather over here unlike Alabama. It stays pretty cool most of the day, and it's only going to get colder since Utah is closer to winter. Anyway. How's max and Ally doing? Can you send a picture? Is psycho still alive?

September 19, 2016

I'm in the Joseph Smith memorial building right now. I do like my trainer. He's 25 and really cool. The MTC was fun. We grew really close as a district, so I kind of miss them. We all have each other's emails so we still keep in touch. Class was around 10 hours a day so that was pretty boring. Did you ever go on to byu tv to watch the mtc devotionals? M rustle Ballard and some other dude spoke at the meetings. It was great. But my favorite part was the special musical, where missionary's with great talent were able to perform. Super cool, you should have watched, it's also possible that you could have seen me. I was an usher directing traffic in one of the meetings. We had a testimony meeting as a district the night before we departed. We all shared our testimony, It was a great spiritual experience. We all cried.  After the mtc, we boarded the train and left for salt lake. We got to stop by the mission office where me and you visited before the mtc. After that, we had dinner and spent the night at the mission home. The next day we got our iPads and we're assigned to our new companions. His name is Elder Hashey. We literally live a few blocks away from temple square. This is our apartment. See the door under the stairs?



September 13, 2016

Hi Mom! I just got through eating dinner at the mission home. It's strange how different home cooked food is compared to mtc food. It makes me appreciate real food. I didn't like the food served at the mtc. Before we ate, we visited temple square and walked through the visiting centers just like you did with me. The mission president is similar to president Hanks, but a little more serious. I wish I could have been there to celebrate Dad's birthday. I like hanging out at the Bozemans, but like you said, i'm in a more important place right now do the Lord's work. I'll let you know where my first area is next monday. I'm glad to hear that I have packages on the way! I love packages! Thank you Mom!

September 9, 2016

Date: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 7:31 PM
Today is my last p-day. My comp's name is Elder Lane and is 25. I forgot the cord for my camera so I can't upload the pictures. We've gone to the temple twice. The best part is my district, the worst part is the food. The picture of the temple is on my watch so I can't upload it. Make sure he's still alive when I get home. I love you!