Monday, September 29, 2014

Letter #10

Dear Mum and family,

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.

Elder Peterson

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

Monday, September 22, 2014

Letter # 9

Dear Mum and Family,                 September 22, 2014

It sounds like it's been another great week back in Cache valley and I guess St. George.  I was told by everyone I think about the re-dedication of the Ogden Temple and it sounds like it was a really great experience. I can't wait to go through it when I get home.  

We had another great lesson with I*** this last week.  We are still teaching him about the commandments.  This last week we taught him about prayer, studying the scriptures, and keeping the Sabbath day holy.  We also had a really cool experience.  I*** has to work on Sundays so he really isn't able to come to church very often.  We felt impressed to tell him that if he prayed and then went and talked with his boss then he would be able to get Sundays off.  We talked with him at Stake Conference on Saturday and he said that he did exactly what we told him.  His boss said that it would be okay for him to have Sundays off which made him really excited and it really strengthened his faith.  It was really cool for him and for us.  

We also had another great experience this last week with L***.  She texted us and said that she still wants to take the lessons which was really good to hear.  She just knows how important baptism is and doesn't quite want to commit to it yet because she knows how important it is.  It was really good to hear from her again and I can't wait to start teaching her.  I know that all the prayers back home are really helping our investigators and those experiences really show that they are helping. Thank you guys for having our investigators in your prayers it really does help. 

It sounds like the family is doing really well back home and I’m glad that everyone is enjoying my letters that I’m sending.  You can tell Nan (Grandma Crossley) that I have learned a lot from her.  I have watched her do her sewing many times while she has been watching T.V. and I did a pretty good job in sewing one of my shirts this last week.  It wasn't as good as she probably could have done it and I don't think that I ever will get there, but just watching her helped a little I think.

We finally got a pump from the District Leaders and it works great.  We finally have our bikes back, but we haven't ridden them yet because we bought a week long bus passes and we decided to use them instead until they expire.  I'm glad to hear that you are working out now Mum and that you are finally taking my training advice.  I have tried to be your personal trainer many times, but you would never listen to me.  I'm glad that you are now though. 

Now I will answer some of your questions that you have I guess.

I have not been asked yet to give a talk in sacrament, but the first sacrament meeting I was here I had to bear my testimony.  That wasn't too bad of course, but I’m sure I will be asked to speak before I leave.
The members are really great in Sheldon. We always have DA's (Dinner Appointments) every week which of course is super nice.  The foods I have had at them are really good and I haven't had anything gross yet.  There hasn't been anything new that you guys don't eat back home so there isn't much excitement there, but it is good.

I'm not really missing any of the foods back home really.  I have my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches almost every day so I think I’m good. I have made an improvement though.  I now put bananas on my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and that is super good.  The American restaurants like McDonald’s don’t taste as good here, but its ok because I would rather go to a Chippie and get fish and chips than go to one of those.  We might be going to one today so if we do I will get a picture with me eating one.  

My favorite thing to do on Sundays is to go to church. Mostly because it's fun talking to the members and there are another set of missionaries who are really cool that are in our ward and it’s fun to talk to them.  One of them is from the Philippines and he is super funny.  

I'm really not that tired, but I sometime take a nap on Mondays since it is our Pday and we really don't do a whole lot.  Other than that we really don't have a lot of time to take naps, but that's okay because I’m used to getting up early now so I’m not too tired during the day.  

On Saturday one of the members gave us a fish pie that was really good.  It's kind of like dad's shepherd pie.  It has potatoes, salmon, onions, cabbage, and hard boiled eggs cut up.  It tasted really good and the good thing was she gave us a ton of it so I wasn't very hungry after.  

The weather here is starting to get chilly also.  It's funny because most people are freezing over here when it's actually 70 degrees and it's quite nice.  The mornings are a little chilly, but it warms up throughout the day.  People are always asking us if we are freezing because we aren't wearing coats, but I actually really enjoy the nice weather. It hasn't even rained this last week which is really nice.  I'm starting to think that they don't get much rain over here, but I’m sure it will come. 
It sounds like everything is going well back home and I hope that everything continues to go well.  

Some interesting news that I have for you guys is the reason that they were going to change the Union Jack's colors was because Scotland was planning on not being a part of the UK anymore.  They voted on it last week and the votes were pretty close.  The results are they are not leaving the UK so the flag will stay the same.  So don't worry about getting a new flag
Also I could be getting a new companion tonight.  My companion has been in this area for quite a while and tonight is what we call dodge night.  Every six week there is a transfer and the Mission President calls us up and tells us if we are staying or moving.  Since I just arrived here I will most likely be staying, but there is a possibility that my companion could leave.  We will be finding out tonight at 9 so I will let you guys know next week how it goes. 

I wanted to share a few scriptures with you guys this week.  The first one is found in 
Isaiah 49:15-16
.... Yet will I not forget thee, Behold I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands.

That is the Savior of course and we need to remember that he is always there for us and that he died for every single one of us.  He knows everything that we go through and that he knows EXACTLY how we all feel. Let us all remember that he is always there no matter what's going on in our everyday lives.
The other thought I wanted to share with you mostly goes for the young men.  We are told as missionaries to encourage younger boys to serve missions and a quote that I have from the prophet goes great for the young men.

"Within two short years, all of the full-time missionaries currently serving in this royal army of God will have concluded there full-time labors and will have returned to their homes and loved ones.   Their replacements are found in the ranks of the Aaronic Priesthood of the Church. Young men, are you ready to respond? Are you willing to work? Are you prepared to Serve"?
- President Thomas S.  Monson

When I read that I thought about when I was in young men’s and how I thought that it would be quite a while before I was going on a mission. But as the prophet says it is really "within two short years" missionaries will be coming home and time will fly and the next thing you know you are actually serving the Lord.  The young men need to do all they can to prepare to serve not only because they are told to, but because the Lord needs them to. This doesn't just apply to young men either.  Young women also have the opportunity to serve for 18 months and they also need to prepare to help God's children come closer to Christ through his gospel.

I hope you all have another great week this next week and have fun in St. George Mum and Dad. Keep working hard and remember to always read your scriptures. 

I love you all and thank you for your prayers. They really are being answered six thousand miles away. Have another great week in good old Cache Valley.

Elder Peterson
I will send you some pictures of our flat today

Dining room
Living room

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Letter #8

Dear Mum and Family,

It sounds like everyone has had a great week especially since it was homecoming.  I saw the pictures of Lyndsey with my jersey on and it looks like they had a lot of fun at the powder puff game.  I'm glad that you guys are enjoying wearing my jerseys. The only thing that I ask is you don't make them smell like girls because that's not cool.  

This last week we were able to teach the gentleman I have been telling you about. We taught him at his house. We have started teaching him the commandments.  Last week we taught him about the Word of Wisdom and that we need to follow the prophets. We read D&C 89 with him and he really enjoyed it and he said that he learned a lot since he couldn't remember the Word of Wisdom.  You asked where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we taught him last week.  It is in the Preach My Gospel book in the third chapter. It's a really cool chapter that really talks about what we need to do in life to return to Christ.  And of course it is very simple so it's really not quite everything.  

Our other investigator we haven't taught our other investigator yet she texted us last week and said that she is not quite ready to make commitment.  It was really weird because we haven't committed her to do anything yet so we don't know what's going on.  We have been trying to get a hold of her for the past week, but she hasn't answered our texts.  We are going to try and talk to her and see why she doesn't want to learn and then we will go from there.  We just need to trust in the Lord and I know that everything will go well if we do.  

I'm glad that you like my bike because right now I’m kind of frustrated with it.  The third day that we went out riding my front tire got popped.  I have a tire repair kit and I fixed it, but our pump is horrible so we can't pump my tire up or my companions.  So we have gone back to walking and riding a bus until Wednesday when we can get a pump from the District Leaders who said that we can have theirs since they don't use it.  We have to carry our bike up three stories of stairs which I don't really mind because it's some great exercise. 

Speaking of exercise I talked the Elder from Tonga that I met in the MTC, and he gave me the best workout ever.  He told me his secret on how to get strong so I have started doing it. He said that he does 600 push up morning and night with his feet on a chair and that you need to drink milk.  So this last week I have started doing that.  Of course I’m not quite to the part where I can do 600 morning and night, but I have got to the point where I can do 300 morning and night.  It's super hard and I’m sore almost every day, but I love it.

I'm glad that you said that you really enjoy the way that my hair looks. Just to let you know I have not gotten my hair cut yet so you can thank Melissa for doing it because she is the last person who cut it.  I will be getting my hair cut today though because it is getting kind of long so I will see how that goes.  
I have not had beef kidney pie yet, but I hope that I do because everyone that has had it says that it tastes pretty good.

I will send you guys some chocolate sometime soon, I just don't know when.  The chocolate is really good over here especially the Cadbury chocolate.  I always look at the ingredients to make sure there is no alcohol and I haven't really found much chocolate that does have it, but I will make sure I don't send any home.  
I don't really need clothes for my birthday because we still wear a shirt and tie on Pday, but if I have money on my account that might be best so then I can get things that I might need later.  I forgot to tell you guys that we only have to wear suits when we go to church and when we go to meetings.  So really we only wear them on Sundays and once during the week for a couple hours. It's actually quite nice to only have to wear a white shirt and tie.

You asked me if England just received Twinkies.  
No I just decided to take a picture of the Twinkies; we did not buy them because they are super expensive. That box cost about 8 pounds which is about 16 dollars so it was so not worth it. I just decided to get a picture with it so I could enjoy looking at it.  

The most interesting thing that happened this last week is some kids about 12 or so thought we were policeman so they kept saying hi policeman. It was really funny and I don't know why they thought that because the police wear all black over here and we have white shirts on.  It was really funny though.

I have not really had any interesting foods this last week, it has all been normal food and the only restaurant we went to was a chippie which is where we bought fish and chips so that's not really interesting.  
Also it hasn't rained any so I don't know what you are talking about when you ask about the rain.
And Lyndsey of course the girls are not cute and I don't know why you asked that because you already know that I’m not getting married so why would I be looking at them.  I'm sure they look at me though because I’m soooo muscular, but I can't really help that I do a lot of push-ups every day.  

I have attached a picture of fish and chips. It doesn't look like it's that big, but just so you know the fish alone could cover one dinner plate and the fries cover about half of one.  It was great and I was super full after it. 

Fish and Chips

I'm glad that you guys had a great week this last week and that you guys had fun meeting my companion’s parents.  Thanks for the pictures that you have sent. I really enjoyed looking at them. Have another great week this week and continue to work hard. I have noticed that you never really know how much you love something until you go without it.  I'm glad that I can be serving a mission though and plus two years really isn't that long. Have a great week.

Here is my quote for the week:

Declaring our testimony of the gospel is good, but being a living example of the restored gospel is better.
Wishing to be more faithful to our covenants is good, but being faithful to sacred covenants- including living a virtuous life, paying our tithes and offerings, keeping the word of wisdom and serving those in need is much better.
Announcing that we will dedicate more time for family prayer, scripture study, and wholesome family activities is good, but actually doing all these things steadily will bring heavenly blessings to our lives. 
- Pesident Uchtdorf

Elder Peterson

Something that I forgot to tell you that is really interesting.  England might be changing the color of their flag this week. They haven't quite decided wether they will or not.  I'm sure that you could find it on the internet though.  It will have the same design the colors will be changed to black, white, orange and red I think it was.  It was pretty interesting and I thought that I would let you know because the flag hanging up outside of our house might have to be changed.  I will let you know next monday what they have decided, but i'm sure you might find out on the internet before me  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Letter # 7

Dear Family,                          September 8, 2014         

It sounds like everything is going great back home and that everyone is enjoying school.  We had a great week this last week and some good experiences with teaching.  We taught the gentleman that I have been tell you about on Tuesday of last week and it went really well.  We taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he really enjoyed it.  He is really doing well and he has been making some great improvements.  He said that he is praying every night and that he can't fall asleep unless he prays.  It was really good to hear that from him and to hear that he has been reading almost every day out of the Book of Mormon.  He really understands what we are teaching and we will be teaching him again tomorrow. I can't wait. 

We have a new investigator.  She lives pretty close to our flat which is nice.  She just moved there from a different area and she has been taught some of the lessons from the sisters in the area that she was in.  She is really excited to learn more about the gospel and we can't wait to teach her more.  She has been looking up a lot of the church websites online so she already knows a lot about the church which is kind of nice.  We showed her around the church house this last week and she said that she really liked looking at the baptismal font.  It was really cool to see how excited she was and we should be seeing her next week we just don't know when because she works a lot.  

Yesterday we had a really cool experience at church.  It was fast and testimony meeting yesterday of course and we were in sacrament bearing our testimonies.  A man walked in and sat in the back of the chapel.  We have never seen him before and the other Elders who are in the ward haven't either.  He walked up to the pulpit to bear his testimony which wasn't really a testimony because he is not a member.  He told us that he has been homeless for about 10 years now and that he really loves his mom and sister, but they have both died and he feels really lonely because they are not here.  He then went and sat down in the back of the chapel again. My Companion and I thought that he had left so we stood up and went out to see if we could find him, but of course we didn't because he was in the chapel.  So we walked back in and saw him so we went and sat by him.  We told him that he did a good job bearing his testimony and that we were proud of him.  He then started talking to us so we took him outside and got to know him a little bit better. We spent the whole sacrament sitting outside talking to him and it was cool to get to meet him.  He then left and said that he would be back next week so hopefully he will come because we have already made plans to teach him about the gospel next week.  

I finally got my bike this last Tuesday and it's kind of nice to be able to get to places a lot faster.  It was kind of weird at first riding on the left side of the road, but I have gotten used to it now.  I definitely like riding a bike a lot more than walking and riding a bus especially since it's helping me keep in shape so I can eat some more great food.  

Today should be a really good Pday.  After we email we are going to go to a Chippie and get some fish and chips.  I really enjoy them and Kyle and Robby said that I’m supposed to eat a lot of fish and chips for them so that's what I’m doing.  I have had crumpets a few times and they are really good.  We have been having some great food and I really enjoy the great tasting chocolate.  I will have to send some home so you guys can taste it.  Elder Leal has sent some to his family and he said that they love it.  We have a couple more dinner appointments this next week and I can't wait to see what amazing food we will have then. 

You asked about the stupid pigeons that have taken over our balcony.  They are definitely not cute, but the good thing is they don't wake me up.  A couple of days before they hatched we were going to throw the eggs off the balcony so we wouldn't have to worry about them, but we were so busy that we forgot to.  So now we have to deal with them for a little longer and then when we think they can fly we will probably throw them off.  They don't really make a lot of noise; it's just annoying because they made a mess all over our balcony.  

This week should be another great week and I’m excited to find more people to teach.  We haven't really had any success finding people while tracking, but we are working hard and hopefully we can find some people who want to listen.  I hope that you guys have another great week also and that you have fun going to school.  I will be wearing my Sky View tie this week again so hopefully they can get another win this week.  That includes Caden's team too.  Go Sky View!

I received my package this last week, but my letters weren't there yet.  In the package there was a pillow case and a plan of salvation card.  I think that the funniest thing on the pillow is that is says not to jay walk.  It's funny because jay walking is legal over here so we do it all the time.  
Thanks for the package and hopefully I will get the letters soon.  I will be putting a couple of pictures in dropbox and I made sure I was in them.  

My thought for this week is D&C 90:24.   Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good....
So if you read you scriptures and pray and believe that God will help you then everything with school and work or anything else that we do will all work out for us. Have a good week.

Elder Peterson

P.S. Lyndsey to answer some of your questions most of the people are pretty short over here so I feel really tall walking around and they are mostly really skinny.  Since I’m so muscular and strong I look like a beast.  Actually I looked like one back home so I guess not much has changed.  
Our flat is pretty much like any apartment would look like back home so it's pretty nice.  We have a pretty nice kitchen, a bed room, a study room with couches and desks, and a good sized living room that has a dinner table in it.  It's mostly wood floor so it's pretty easy to clean.  
McDonald’s back home is a lot better than the one here.  I think that all the American restaurant’s like McDonald’s, Five Guys and a few others taste better back home, but they are still pretty good here.  
My favorite thing this week was probably getting my bike so we don't have to walk everywhere.  And I’m definitely glad that you are still in America.  It's nice knowing that you are about 6,000 miles away.  
Have a great week in school and have a fun homecoming week.  Work hard in school and remember to read your scriptures. And Go Sky View!

Elder Peterson found Twinkies in England

Elder Peterson's New Missionary Bike

Monday, September 1, 2014

Letter # 6

Dear Family,                                     September 1, 2014

One month down only 23 more to go. This last week has been a really fun week for us.  We started it off with teaching an investigator on Tuesday and then we taught him again on Thursday.  The lessons went really well and he understood and asked a lot of great questions.  He came to church on Sunday which was awesome and he really enjoyed it.  We will be teaching him tomorrow morning at his place so it should be really fun.  I can tell that your prayers are really helping us over here.

Our dinner appointments were really great this last week.  The past two Sunday’s members have come up to us after church and asked if we were going anywhere to have lunch.  We didn't have any plans and they invited us over to their house for great meals.  The members are super nice and they all make really great food.  A missionary couple took us out to eat on Thursday to a place called the Harvester.  It's a lot like Chili's back home. I had a gourmet chicken sandwich with pineapple and bacon on it with some chips (fries).  It was super great and I really enjoyed it.  Another member took us to a carvery which is kind of like a Golden Corral, but a little different.  You can have a choice of two kinds of meats.  I got turkey and gammon (ham) and then you can have all you can eat vegetables.  For vegetables they have mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, chips, carrots and many more.  It was really good and I took Kenny Furgeson’s advice and stuffed myself until I couldn't eat anymore.  Speaking of Kenny you can tell him that everything is going great because we had a Big Mac after our district meeting on Wednesday.  We have coupons for McDonald’s and a Big Mac is only £2 and they don't take your coupon after so we can use it as many times as we want to and it doesn't have to be on Monday.  It's like Big Mac Monday any day of the week.

You don't need to worry about sending me any food while I’m over here.  We buy plenty of food and there are members who give us bags of food sometime after church.  We went and visited a family yesterday who are not members, but they are a really great family.  Their daughter makes cakes for baby showers, birthdays, wedding, etc. When we go over there they have bags about the size of a Walmart bags full of the cake that she cuts off when she cuts the cakes into the designs that she does.  They give us this bag full of cake to take home to eat which is awesome.  We have a container of frosting that we bought at the store so we can spread it on the cake and have it whenever we want.  Because my companion is on a diet he won't eat much of it so I get to have a good amount of cake to myself.  It's quite nice.
It sounds like Tennison had a great mission and some of the words that he said are kind of like over here. They call the candy here sweets not lollies so that is a little different.  Just so you know Tennison might have an accent, but don't count on me coming home with one.  There is an elder who is leaving England in about nine weeks and he doesn't have an accent so don't count on me having one when I get home.  I will probably be able to fake it though because I’m getting pretty good at that.

It sounds like Caden's team is really doing good this year and I hope they continue to do good the rest of the season.  I'm really glad that Caden is enjoying playing linebacker.  It's about time he chose a good position.  I was showing off some Sky View pride over here in England on Friday.  I wore my Sky View colored tie and I told myself that if they won then I would wear it every Friday until the season is over.  So from now on I will be wearing it on Friday's I guess.  That's too bad that USU couldn't hold it together, but then again that is a pretty big school and I bet is was a lot of fun to watch it.

Caden It sounds like everything is going great at the farm and that you are really enjoying driving the tractors.  I think the reason that no cows have gotten out is because they are scared that you will run them over with the tractor.

My schedule for the day usually is… I get up in the morning and exercise first. Then I shower and eat breakfast which is either pancakes or cereal with different fruits on them.  After breakfast I study my scriptures for an hour and then we do companionship study for an hour where we talk about people we will be teaching. We then go out and look for people to teach the rest of the day. We usually have lunch at noon and dinner at about five every day.  We come back to the flat at about 8:30 and we do our planning. I then do a little more exercising and then we go to bed at about 10.
The weather is about 70 degrees  every day and it has rained for about two days this past week.  It's really nice weather and I really like how cool it is here.  I have had a lot of fish and chips and I think that that is still my favorite food.  I have had a lot of other great foods, but everything is the same as back home really.  I haven't had anything different or gross yet.

Keep up that good work on serving others I know that it makes my day a lot better and it's always fun to serve others.  I hope that you all have a great labor day since you don't have to go to school.  Not to make you jealous or anything, but I don't have to look forward to holidays because I’m out of school for two whole years.

My thought for this week:

D&C 121:7-9

.... Peace be unto thy soul, thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment, and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high, thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

Elder Peterson

I have sent you some more pictures
One is a picture of a tractor that is cutting the grass at the park behind our flat.  It has been the only tractor I have seen and it was really cool to see how they cut the grass in the big parks.  The other is a picture of the stupid baby pigeons that are on our balcony that we were going to get rid of before they hatched, but we waited too long and now they have to stay until they grow up. I hope you like them even though it's only a couple of pictures. There is none of me so don't be too disappointed