It sounds like it has been another fun and exciting week in the great valley of cache. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the pictures of the flat and that you got a good laugh at the washing machine. I'm really glad that we don't have a lot of dishes to wash or else I would really wish that the washer was a dish washer. It is nicer to have a washer though so we don't have to go somewhere to get our clothes washed because it is pretty expensive. The flat is usually that clean most of the time. I made sure that I took pictures when it was the cleanest though. We had our flat inspections that day and we passed with flying colors so that just shows that we do keep it really clean. Just so you know my desk is always that clean though. I really don't like studying at a desk that is really messy. I sleep on the top bunk and no I don't keep my companion up with my snoring.
This last week’s lesson went really well with I***. We taught him the 10 commandments and the law of chastity. The lessons were great and he said that he really is enjoying our lessons. I'm glad to be helping him out and it's really cool to see his improvement every week that we go over there. I know that your prayers back home are really helping us out.
We talked to L***** this last week. We talked to her about pray and the importance of reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. She said that she would read and pray about it before we talk to her again. She works a lot of hours and so it's kind of hard to see her sometimes. We did text her the other day and she did say that everything was going good and she said that we can most likely see her this next week. I'm sure she has done the things that we asked because she does really enjoy reading the Book of Mormon and she told us that she does pray every night so that was good to hear.
I don't have a new companion. I will for sure be getting one in six weeks though because he has been here for a long time. I probably won't be moving from this area until about a week before Christmas so l still have some time here.
The peanut butter sandwiches with bananas are really good. I have one at least once a day. I will admit the peanut butter doesn't taste quite as good as at home, but it's not horrible. I do have a new recipe that's also really good. You just get some oats and you pour boiling water just like you would to make oatmeal. You then add some jam to it, a little bit of milk and sugar. It is actually really good. The best thing is that oats over here are dirt cheap so I think I will be stocking up on those today when I go shopping.
I did get all the letters that you have sent to me. Just so you know I will probably be getting my mail probably once or twice a month. We have to go to the mission home to get it and that is usually once a month. I really enjoyed the pictures that you sent and I was actually already planning on getting a frame for the family one. I also really enjoyed reading the newspaper clipping and the letter that I received from Blaine. I wrote a letter for him already and I will be sending it to him today. The recipes are great that you sent. I haven't tried any of them yet, but I will be getting some of the things that I need for them today so I will probably make some this next week.
I'm glad that you guys are all excited to listen to General Conference this next weekend. I too am really excited to listen to it. We will be going to a church house on Saturday and Sunday to be watching it on a big screen. Because of the time change all of the sessions but one will be a recording. We won't be able to see one of the sessions though because of the different time, but I’m not quite sure which one it is yet. I really can't wait to listen to the great talks that will be given. All the missionaries that I have talked to have said that attending conference while serving a mission is really special. That has made me really excited and I can't wait to listen. It will be kind of weird not being home, but it will be the same talks you guys are listening too.
My clothes are holding up really well so you don't need to worry. I just had to sew that one hole that was in the shirt that I was wearing when I left. You will have to tell Grandma Crossley that it was kind of hard not to watch her sew because it was interesting that she could sew and watch TV at the same time without messing up. I haven't got to that stage yet, but maybe in two years I will get there. I doubt it though.
It sounds like another great week for Sky View Football this last week. I am really glad to hear that they took it to those Mustangs. They really deserve that win. I'm sure that Lyndsey was paying more attention to the boys then the game that's why she didn't know much about it. It sounds like it was a really good game and that the defense did amazing. That's too bad that Caden's team wasn't able to get the win this last week. I hope that they do well in the play off this next week though. I'm glad that he had a great game though. I hope that he is really enjoying playing offense this year. It sounds like he is doing really great and that he is enjoying it from what I’m hearing.
I'm glad that you guys had an enjoyable time at the Pheasants Forever youth hunt. I bet that was a lot of fun to go hunting in the rain all day. I'm glad you guys are getting the rain because we haven't had any for quite a while. I'm really surprised that Chelsey went and actually shot a gun. It sounds like she had a lot of fun. Sounds like Caden is doing really good at the hunting thing. Hopefully he doesn't get any better or I’m not going to be able to out shoot him anymore. I'm glad that it was a lot of fun for you all though.
It was really funny this last week. When we were walking back to our flat one night you won't believe what we saw. We were walking on the sidewalk and a fox ran across the road and into some bushes. It was really weird because as you know there is a ton of buildings around and it was weird to see a fox. The first thing I thought was where is my gun because I know mom really wanted one. But oh well maybe when I get back I will have to get one for her.
I have found one thing new that was actually quite nice. Last Monday we found a restaurant that's all you can eat for only 5 pounds. It was really good and we are going there again today with some other missionaries so I’m excited for that.
You ask me what one of my favorite topics is to teach…..I have to say that
I think one of my favorite topics to teach to people is probably the restoration. It's a pretty simple topic to teach out of preach my gospel and I really enjoy the spirit that comes when we quote the first vision from memory. It's really cool and I really do enjoy teaching it. I do enjoy teaching all the topics though.
The scripture that I have for all you guys is in Mosiah 2:23-24 and it says:
23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which ye are indebted unto him.
24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you, for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you, and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are and will be, forever and ever, therefore, of what have ye to boast of?
The Lord has done a lot for us and because he does so much like this scripture says we are in debt. I think that we will always be in debt for the many blessings, but a way that we can pay just a little back is by serving him and serving his other children on this earth. We definitely will not be able to pay back everything because he is continually blessing us, but we can try our best to pay just a little.
I hope that you guys have another great week this week and that you learn a lot from General Conference this next weekend. I know I’m really excited to learn.
I hope that you enjoy the pictures that I sent of the really big spider that we found in our flat. I tried to compare it with my hand but the spider actually looks a little smaller than it actually was. I also put a picture of me holding an American football. We actually went outside last pday and passed it around and it was really fun.
|Spider in Flat|
|Size of Spider compared with Elder Peterson's Hand|
Elder Peterson with an American Football