Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Our week hasn't been too lovely, I've been pretty ill the last couple of days so we haven't been able to accomplish too much cuz we've been inside. It's pretty lame, hopefully we'll be back into the swing of everything soon though. I don't really like staying inside much, it gets a bit boring. I've spent quite a bit of time sleeping though.
Christmas was alright here. We had a good time with Gerry as usual so that was good. It's warmed up the last couple of days and rained a bit so some of the snow has gone. Hopefully it'll stay gone. I used to like the snow until I had to be outside all day in it. Then it's not near as fun.
That story about Grandpa telling Devon he wouldn't be able to walk if he didn't get to bed is hilarious. I can just hear him saying it too haha. I'm sure Grandpa didn't catch too much stick for that huh lol. I bet Devon wouldn't let that one go.
Grandpa told me on the phone he was having his knee replaced. That's pretty intense. Has it been bothering him for a long time? It's cool that we have the technology to do that kind of thing though. Back in the day you would've just been hosed.
So ya, not too much has changed here. We'll continue looking for people to teach once I'm healthy again. Ryan is still doing well and I'm pretty sure Richard is still planning to come to church this Sunday so we're happy for that too. Sharon, our recent convert is still awesome. She gave us some Christmas presents with a really nice card in it thanking us for making such a difference in her life. It made me really happy to read that. That's the best thing about being a missionary in my opinion, it's just such a good feeling to know the gospel has made such a difference in someone and you got to be a part of it. It makes everything worth while, every bit of bad weather, slammed doors, and insults. It's a beautiful thing.
I hope you guys have fun at Todd's for New Year's if you get down there. I'm not sure what we're going to do but we have to be inside early so we don't get bricked or something lol. They say we can stay up until midnight to see in the New Year but we have to wake up at 6:30 still so I'll probably just go to bed at the normal time I would imagine. New Year's kind of loses its lustre on a mission I must say. It's not near as big of a deal, but the weird thing is after this New Year's Eve we'll be officially in the year that I come home. Crazy.
Anyways I better get going now. Have a great week! I love you both.
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Well, it's Christmastime here again. And it's about the same as last year to tell you the truth. Everyone is busy and we get alot of "Call by after Christmas" comments from people. It's a bit frustrating cuz I want them to know what it's really about but no one is too bothered. But we keep on trucking. It's snowed quite a bit here the last few days. They say it's the largest single snowfall since 1981. (It's really not that bad compared to home but it's brought this country to its knees). Our church got cancelled yesterday so we ended up spending the morning shoveling people out of their driveways and pushing cars out of snowdrifts. I guess a bit of Christmas service is one of the best things we could do in light of missing out on church and whatnot you know. But it was good anyways. I just think it's funny cuz before winter came they were all saying that they're so much better prepared this year than last to deal with the snow but I haven't seen a plow yet and it's been a few days so maybe they should've looked over the preparations just a bit more. And they're not really used to driving in the snow here anyways so you have alot of accidents and people getting stuck and not knowing how to get out.
I'm glad you guys are feeling a bit of the Christmas spirit now and getting ready to take that stuff to the hospital. Sometimes when I see people over here who are struggling it really makes me grateful for what I have had over the years. It's really tough to see people struggle so hard for things that I always took for granted you know. It was always nice to know that we would be having a nice dinner and getting presents and everything else. Some people just don't have that, it's tough to see you know.
I'm also glad to hear that you are on the bone marrow donor list. I've heard donating that hurts like crazy, but if it's going to save a life it's more than worth it. I think I'll probably put myself on that list when I get back too, if they'll let me.
Rapana told me the other day that he'd been to the mission office and saw that I have two packages there from you and Nat so they're already there and I'll get them on Friday for sure. Thank you for that. I'm excited to get it. And thank you for the debit card as well, hopefully that'll be there as well but if not I guess I'll get it when I get it. I just hope it's soon cuz my other one is going to be in pieces before too long I think. And that would not be very pleasant.
Anyways I better get going now. Just so you know I'll be calling at noon your time on Saturday from Gerry's house so be ready for that. And I'll call Dad's cell phone like you asked. I love you both. Talk to you on Saturday.
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
How is life going back home? It's going good here. We did a bit of digging in our flat and found a few Christmas decorations believe it or not. And yes I kept the stocking you made last year so don't worry about that mom,I wouldn't throw it away. But ya things are going good here. We find quite a bit cuz our teaching pool is a bit shallow. Things are going really well with Gerry's son right now. He has come to church the last two weeks and he seems like he's really in it for the long haul and everything. Gerry and him have already talked about doing baptisms and whatnot for their ancestors and Ryan is excited to do that so it's all really nice. I'm as excited about that as a baptism.
The shop party sounds like it's going to be a nice one. If I could choose my last meal I think prime rib and shrimp scampi would be on the menu. You'll have to send me pictures of Drew's trophy this year haha. What ever happened to the one they made for Blake? (I'm not a plonker just so you know so I'm not implying that you didn't keep it cuz I know you wouldn't get rid of it, I was just curious as to where you guys have put it now).
I'm getting really excited for our mission Christmas party as well. That should be really cool. It's crazy that they're getting everyone together in one place. That never happens. But it'll be really sweet. Christmas is a bit of a bitter sweet time for me out here you know. I enjoy spending time with the members and everything like that but at the same time I just want to be at home you know. Luckily this is my last one out here so next year I'll actually be at home. But at least we get to spend it with Gerry. I'm looking forward to my call home as well. I'm sure this won't shock you too much but when I call home I would very much like to talk to Natalie so if you could arrange that it would be much appreciated. I'm not exactly sure what time I'll be calling though so I'll have to let you know that next week in my email to you. I can't even believe it's Christmas again already though. It feels to me like it's flown by. Christmas last year was the last time I talked to Blake too. While I'm on that subject I'll tell you about the DL thing. I got a call from President last week asking me if I would accept getting emergency transferred out of Redditch to become a district leader in a place call Stourbridge. I never got the story as to why the previous one got ET'd but I asked him to pick someone else. I know that sounds a bit weird to turn down the Mission President but this Christmas is going to be hard and I didn't want to get moved to somewhere where I don't know anyone and I wouldn't have Gerry to talk to and help me out. So I felt like me becoming a DL when I'm struggling with personal things wouldn't be doing me or my district any favors. That's why I turned him down. So he told me because he loves me he'd agree with that and leave me in Redditch for the holidays but he said the calling isn't going to go away so just cuz he's leaving me here right now doesn't mean I won't be called later. So that's what's happening here now. I get to stay in Redditch for the rest of this transfer but after that I can almost guarantee I'll be moved and I would assume a calling will come with it. But we'll have to see what happens. So there's the whole story about that rather than the pieces you had before.
Anyways I'm about out of time right now so I better get going. I love you both.
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Life has been pretty good here lately. Other than it's blinkin' freezing outside! It rained a couple of nights ago so all of the snow is gone for the moment but from what I hear it'll be back soon. Today there's a thick layer of frost all over everything. It's intense I tell you what.
Nat told me it was Grandma Lois' party this week and she loved it. Thank you very much for inviting her to that kind of stuff and looking out for the family and everything. I can tell it means alot to her by how she talks about it.
So you guys are going to Salt Lake with the youth too then? That should be really fun. I really miss seeing the lights at Temple Square. I used to love that. I'm looking forward to next year when I can go see them again. Christmas next year is going to be a nice one. I'll even be able to turn the wreaths upside down again haha. We don't even have any Christmas decorations in our flat to put up and I'm poor so I don't want to buy any so it's a bit lame. Last year we only had one little nativity thing, a 6 inch tall Christmas tree, and one 5 foot long strand of lights. It wasn't much but we put them up with pride haha.
That's sad to hear that Dale is having such a rough go of it. I'll keep him in my prayers. I didn't even realize his health was that bad. I hope it all goes well and he can get a liver in time.
So I have to tell you a story of what happened to us this week. So Gerry has 2 sons who hadn't been to church for years and years because they just didn't really want to go and didn't feel like it was that important. But this week one of his boys just started to ask questions about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and then he asked to hear the missionary discussions. So we taught him all week and then he came to church on Sunday! We're really happy to have that going on here. Gerry was so proud too. I'm as excited about that as I get when we have investigators who come to church. He seems like he's in it for the long haul as well so we're really excited! It's so cool to see it make a difference in someone's life you know. I'm just so happy I can't even explain it.
I'm also happy to hear you got my package and everything too. I'm sure you figured out what belonged to who and everything just fine. Thank you very much for the debit card as well. I appreciate all that you do for me. I'm about out of time now so I better get going but I'll talk to you again soon. I love you both.
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
It sounds like you guys had a good trip up to Forks and the place looks beautiful from the pictures you sent so I'm excited to go see it when I get back. But apparently the roads are ugly though. It's funny cuz we got the first snow of the season here and everybody is crapping bricks about how bad the roads are going to be if it keeps snowing. The thing about here though is the traffic comes to a standstill if the snow gets more than a few inches deep. And they don't know how to drive on snow either. Last year me and Largesse witnessed 5 or 6 car accidents just from people who don't know how to drive properly and rear end each other. Kinda like when the road is too slick for the person behind to stop but somehow the one in the front was able to. Pretty wild huh Mom? haha Remember that? Sorry I couldn't help myself.
Our Thanksgiving was really good here. We had a good dinner and everything was fun and whatnot. It was about as good as it can be without actually being home. We had to speak in church this weekend about missionary work and that went really well I think. I don't particularly enjoy speaking but I've gotten used to it now so it doesn't bother me too bad. And besides that we only had to speak for 6-7 minutes each this time so it was really easy. My comp was scared to death of it though. He was losing sleep the whole week over it. Maybe it didn't help that I told him we had to speak for 15 minutes and had him believing that til Friday when they told us on the previous Sunday. Our new convert Sharon gave a 10 minute talk and she did awesome, especially for only being a member for a little over 2 months now. It was just awesome. I was so happy to see that. And life is going pretty good other than that as well. We've been spending alot of time finding lately so that's been alright. It's getting flippin cold though. I had to bust out the big gloves this week for knocking doors to make sure I kept all of my digits.
My debit card has about had the weiner and is cracking. I'm afraid it'll break before too long and we'll be up poop creek without a rowboat. So if you could go up to the bank and see about getting me a new one that would be sweet. I'm not really too bothered with what it looks like so just pick something that isn't girly. And I don't know if they do them or not but if they offer the cards with the chip and pin thing it would be a bit more convenient to have one of those but if not it's ok I can manage just fine without one. Thank you very much! Did you get your post yet?
And one more bit of good news. You already know I'm staying in Redditch which I'm really happy about but also Elder Rapana is our new zone leader so I'll get to see him all the time now. I'm really excited for that. 
Anyways I better get going now. I hope you are having a good week and I'll email you on Monday again. Love you both!
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 22, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
It sounds like your trip is pretty interesting haha. I bet the "oh $%^!" handle is about to come off its hinges by now knowing you. It's bad enough when the wind is blowing over 3mph but when it's snowing it gets rather ridiculous. So Kristi and Neal are going up too? I didn't know that. That should be pretty fun I think. I always enjoyed when we could all get together. And this weekend will be cool just to be venturing off to somewhere different.
Thank you for agreeing to the shoe thing for Sharon as well. Her son wanted to order some custom made Converse All-Star shoes for his girlfriend so he got them all designed and everything but then he found out they don't ship to the UK and he happened to know a couple of nice Americans who might be able to help him out. So I gave them the address to your house so when they get there I'll give you Sharon's address to send them over here. She said she will cover all of the shipping and whatnot and she wanted to know if you wanted to have it sent over through the post or what? I don't know how long it'll take for the shoes to get there either so I'll have to ask Sharon and let you know when to expect them and everything. I'm not sure what is going to happen with transfers this go round but I think I might have a chance of staying here for one more. So hopefully that's what happens. I'd really hate to leave all the people here just before Christmas cuz I'd rather spend it with people I know and not have to meet all new ones just before the holidays. We'll have to see what happens I guess.
Everything is fine for Thanksgiving with Gerry so that should be really fun I think. I'm really excited for that. Nothing got messed up or anything so all is well. So at least I'll have a little piece of home this season. I've been luckier than most missionaries here cuz I got a Thanksgiving both years of my mission.
It sucks that the football team lost the game but hey 2nd at state is a heck of alot better than anything we've accomplished in recent years so they should be proud. I'm happy for them.
I think the idea you had about donating things to Primary Children's for Blake's birthday every year is a good idea. I couldn't help myself every time I saw the donation things for Primary Children's back home I had to give them something. They played a huge part in Blake's life for alot of years and some of that was fueled on other people's donations so I think it's only fitting that we give them something back so they can do it for someone else who needs it.
I'll make sure and get some good pictures of Thanksgiving this week. It scares me that I haven't taken enough pictures of everything over here. I've been trying to be better about it lately. I just wish I had taken more of the places I've been to and everything. We'll just have to take alot of them when you come over and we visit my areas. It's shaping up to be an easy visit for you guys if I get transferred to close areas for the rest of my mission. I've spent 16 months all within about 25-30 miles. Redditch is even in Worcestershire, the same county as Worcester. I'm sure you gathered what Worcestershire meant but I thought I'd clarify myself just a bit in case I never explained what a shire is.
Anyways I better get going now. I hope you have a lovely holiday. I love you both!
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
The work is going ok here. We spend alot of time finding so I'm hoping we can find someone new soon. We'll keep on trying for it. We are working quite alot with less-active members as well and we've been able to get a few of them back the last couple of weeks so we're happy for that too. So at least we are helping less actives anyways. I personally think re-activating less actives is as exciting and important as baptizing investigators so it's all good.
So Devon wouldn't have surgery til after the game in the dome huh? Haha that sounds about par for the course. I'm glad everything went well for him and he wasn't full of infection. The power of prayer is amazing you know.
So the football team is in the championship game now huh? That's so awesome! Tell Dr. Steve I'm proud of him! You know if you flew up to Forks instead of driving you could probably make it over to Moscow pretty easily. Just saying.
It's been cooling off quite a bit here lately. It's started to get dark at about 5:00 now so not too long and it'll be pretty black at 4:30. But it has gotten pretty cold. I've had to bust out the winter hat and gloves a few times in the last couple of weeks. It won't be long til we have icicles on everything again.
That was a pretty intense story about the bull dad, haha. I think you must have had at least a little bit of divine assistance on that one. That reminds me of when me and Rapana got chased by the bulls.  I'll hang on to that video so you can watch it when I get home lol.
I really like the base of Blake's headstone alot. That's really cool. I think it's going to look really awesome when it's all finished.
We went and got my suit fitted so it'll be ready for us to pick up really soon. I'll send you pictures in a while to see it. It's pretty pimpin if I don't say so myself. The Captain Crunch was wonderful so a bit more of that would be good.  I'm about out of time now though so I better get going. I love you both
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8, 2010 #2

This is a bit of information that he shared with Natalie and I felt like it was worth putting it in his blog this week~Wendy
"It wasn't easy here this week but alot of things went well too. Gerry helped me alot here. I don't think it was an accident that I was here for this time in my mission. But when we were in church I was going to get up and bear my testimony but then I chickened out cuz I knew I was going to get emotional but then Gerry said he wanted to hear from me before the meeting was over so I did. It was really emotional but I felt alot better after having said what I needed to say. I don't really ever talk about Blake being gone too much with anybody unless I really trust them so I just explained what had happened and how it was his birthday and everything. Then I bore my testimony of the Savior taking our burdens from us if we lay them at his feet and how grateful I was to know that he would take the burdens away. Then I talked about how there are so many out there who don't have that knowledge and I want to give it to them but I needed help from the members to do it. I wouldn't normally make a plea for help from the pulpit cuz that's weird but I felt like I needed to and we left church yesterday with 3 referrals and some others who want us to help their less-active family members. So I think Blake was giving me a bit of help with the work here."

November 8, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Thank you so much for the pictures and everything you sent. It was nice to at least see what was going on even if I couldn't participate in it myself. I'm glad you had Nat come over too. That meant alot to me to have her there. I like the new layout of the headstone alot. I didn't really follow what changes you were going to make but it looks nice anyways so I'll trust your judgment. I like it with the family picture on it and the one with the coke. Those make it alot better I think. I'm proud of Mom for flying to Boise, cheers for that lol.
That was funny about Brandon and his suggestion for the the cheese grater and stuff on Blake's grave lol. I remember finding freakin cheese everywhere too haha. That's just how it was with him. And flippin banana peels in the garbage can downstairs that nobody used except him. I cleaned that crap out more than once cuz it smelled like banana bread from the 90's. That's nasty. Great memories!!
The cookies we made at Gerry's were amazing. I forgot how good those really are. We had a bit of batter left after we filled the sheets so Gerry used a bit of ingenuity and put the rest in a pie crust so we made like a massive pumpkin cookie pie. And it was lovely. And Gerry used his first spatula too ;-) haha. Now can you see why me and Gerry get along so well? We're always making jokes. 
The weather here has gotten pretty cold this last week. It got really cold for a week last month and then it warmed up for a while but I'm afraid now we're headed for winter. I'm not all that excited for it to be honest with you but we've got to deal with it don't we?
But other than that life is good. I've got to get going now though but have a good week ok. I love you both! Talk to you later!
Love, Elder Brice Anderson
p.s. I'll be getting my suit this week. I'll send pictures a bit later

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
I'm having a bit of a rough time dealing with Blake's birthday and everything as it is so it makes everything seem a bit hard. But I'm doing ok. I spend quite alot of time talking to Gerry when we're over at his house. I'm pretty sure it was an inspired decision to send me to Redditch with Gerry so he can help me out.  I just need a bit of help sometimes.
So Devon is doing better then? Gerry said he asks you about him all the time to see how he is. I'm glad to hear that all is going better for that. Hopefully he'll be out of there soon. You'll have to let me know how he's doing and everything next week. I'm not gonna lie I miss that little turd and his cheeky comments. Remember when we were bear hunting and he kept saying "Hey I'm Wendy, I'm afraid of heights" haha. Good times.
I really miss going to the temple alot. I wish we had one in the mission so I could go on pday or something. That would be brilliant. But unfortunately we don't so I just have to wait. I miss it alot though.
I got a letter from Justin last week and he said he was struggling alot with stuff but he wasn't too specific. He did say he quit going to church because he wasn't happy there and he thought I wouldn't want to talk to him anymore. Now of course this is not correct so I had to write and straighten that out and I'm just waiting for a reply now. I sent the letter on Friday so he will have gotten it this morning I would imagine. So hopefully I'll hear back in the next couple of days. We'll have to see what happens there. I'll let you know though.
So now you'll have the porch decorated with uncarved pumpkins and the exorbitantly priced straw bales. Cool beans. Just so you know I still think those things are ridiculous.
I'm really happy for Dr. Steve and the football team too that's awesome. Where do the have the playoff games for 1A? I've never really paid much attention to that before now. Tell Dr. Steve hi for me though. I miss football. But this is the last season I have away from it. Happy day for me. I'll probably just watch sportscenter for hours when I get back haha. By the way how are Utah and Boise State doing? I heard they were ripping it up this year.
Dad, you'll have to send me pictures of the painting of the Tetons when it gets finished and of Grandpa's house. I'm anxious to see what it looks like. I bet it's pimpin. And to answer Wes's question I still want black for the color of my car. Thank you for the pictures I did get though. I loved the ones of camping they brought back lots of good memories. And Mom on the scooter was a bit comical as well haha. I like it though.
Anyways I better get going now. I love you both. Talk to you later. Thanks for everything!
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Life is going pretty good here. We've been doing quite alot of finding and such all over Redditch and we keep meeting alot of people but none of them have been too overly bothered about the gospel yet so we're still looking at the moment. But life is going good. The Bishop and another member here said they were going to try and shift their schedules a bit and take us golfing in a couple of weeks for p-day so that's definitely a plus. But ya life is going ok, we're just finding quite alot. And it's started to get pretty cold at night here. The days are doing ok but in the morning and after the sun goes down it's flippin freezing I tell you what. And it'll only get worse after we turn the clocks back. That'll mean it will get dark at like 5:30 and continue to get dark earlier. Pretty crazy business I tell you what.
I'm glad you are going to put a family picture on the headstone I think that'll be what it needs. I think it's more important to have a picture of all of us than to have one just of me and him anyways. And don't get stressed about it. Stress is of the devil. Just remember, which is more important, to get a headstone on as quick as possible or to give him something he deserves?
I like the story about Wes' kids on the roof haha. . I was a bit of a turd when we were roofing and building the house and all of that, as you both well know, but I have to admit I've been able to use alot of the stuff I learned doing that to help people out here when they ask us to go and do a bit of service. So it'll be good for them to learn a bit too. We've had some good times doing the old roofing you know. Remember when we filled my sweatshirt with old shingles and threw it off the roof out at Grandpa Max's house? That was hilarious. When I tell people that story out here I get the same reaction, all the Dads think it's funny but the Moms just fail to see the humor. I don't know why.
Thank you for the old Halloween pictures. I remember that very well. I hated the face paint though I remember that part. Something about the sensation of the skin on your face stretching out every time you blink isn't that appealing to me. But it was good fun anyways. You'll have to send me more pictures of Grandpa and Grandma's house later. I'd like to see how it's looking. Are you guys going to have to bust out the old insulated cover-alls to do the siding like we did on our house?
Anyways I better get going now. I love you both and I'll talk to you later. Have a good week!
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
I'm still in Redditch! As you already know. But I'm really excited to be here I love this place. Gerry is all sorts of chuffed that I'll be here for Thanksgiving haha. So am I though, that's really exciting! That means for both Thanksgivings of my mission I've gotten to have a nice dinner. I thought I was lucky to eat with the Hansen's in Hereford last year but I scored big here too. Sweetness.
I'm glad Gerry tells you all of my funny stories haha. The dish towel was interesting I tell you what.
Some things are easy to find as far as recipes go but lots of things they don't have here it's true. Sometimes it's a bit hard to find things. How long does it take to drive to Forks from Grace? I bet that's not a short drive to make. So is Novell "downsizing" a bit as well? That's not good news but hopefully Neal can keep his job. That's a bit scary.
You said something about saving days off for your trip to England and speaking of that, how soon do you need to know my release date so you can plan for that? I'm sure if I asked president he could tell me but I don't know what it is at the moment. I can guess but I don't know if we'll have a five week transfer in there somewhere or something like that so I don't really know for sure.
I'm planning to write Justin a letter today cuz I haven't in quite a while cuz I've been really busy.
Sounds like Devon is having a good hunting season haha. Brandon is probably catching heck left and right haha. He's a funny kid I tell you what.
If you get a chance, tell the Neibaurs and Gundry's and Bronsons hello from me. And tell Tarmi congratulations that's really cool. You never told me what Taigan was up to in the woman department though. I was wondering if he's set his sights on anyone yet.
I'm glad the house is going good for Grandpa and that they are excited for it. That's really cool. Did you guys build the trusses for that like you did the garage or did you buy them this time? I wish I could be there to work on it as hard as it is to believe that. That would be pretty fun I think.
I'm glad you took Nat and Dwight flying that's really cool. I miss that alot. When you took Nat flying and had her fly the plane what did she think of it? She never really said much other than you had taken her flying and she got to fly the plane. You don't have to worry about taking my children flying because I'm excited to take them up too and I've already picked my wife and she is fine with it as well so no worries there.
Thank you for the pictures of the headstone too. I think it looks nice but it seems like there's a bit of something missing. Do we not have a family picture we could put on there somewhere? I would like to see one with the 4 of us. That's just my opinion though. I think the one we took a while back when we were at Ginger's would look nice.
I better get going now though. I hope you both have a great week. I love you both
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
The work is continuing to move forward here in Redditch. We're just finding mostly now and that seems to be going ok. Sharon and Katie are doing amazingly well. Sharon got up and bore her testimony yesterday so that was really, really cool. I shed a few tears, but they were manly tears don't worry. But ya that was pretty neat. She's making lots of friends in the ward already so it's going really well. Gerry is a pretty entertaining man isn't he? He makes me chuckle. We were talking the other day about him coming over to the wedding and he said we should get me a nice suit and he knew exactly where to get one. He's a good man, Gerry is.
That's really cool about Ian. He's a good guy. I'm not so great at keeping a journal I'm not going to lie. I try to include stories in Natalie's letters so I have a bit of a backup journal cuz mine is a disgrace.
I didn't even know Tarmi was engaged. That's pretty intense. How is Taigan doing in the woman department?
Devon is a funny kid. It sounds about right for him to be finding an excuse to go hunting. Him and Brandon make quite the pair huh. Gerry thought it was pretty funny when we were watching my "Hump Day" video and Devon was getting all embarrassed to say "Hump Day" haha.
I think that's a good idea for the suit for Christmas. I can buy myself trousers here for cheaper than at home anyways so that's ok.
Thank you very much for the pictures I loved them all. It almost made me miss doing that kind of stuff like working on the garage and everything. Ok I'll admit I probably complained with the best of them but it was fun being with everybody and laughing. Remember when Wes cut the cord to the Skil saw cuz he set it down while the blade was still running? I didn't even know he did it til I heard "#!*% your eyes, Wes!" and saw the cord come flying onto the roof. That was hilarious. Good memories.
Anyways I better get going now ok. I love you both. Talk to you later.
Love, Elder Brice Anderson
Oh and I almost forgot, I probably would have time to make cookies on pday sometime so if you want to send those things that would be lovely.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 4, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Man conference was wonderful wasn't it? There were some awesome messages in there. Those general authorities just reek of awesomeness! Did you end up going to the priesthood session then? I thought that was really good. Elder Kearon's (the Englishman's) talk was awesome. He said some very English phrases in there too haha. Like when his dad "battered the scorpion with a shovel". That was extremely English. It was good though I thought the message was awesome. The whole thing was good I thought.
Gerry asked for your phone number at the city office the other day so he could tell you my trouser size haha. I couldn't remember whether 3533 was the high school or the city office so we took a bit of a gamble on that one. I told him if it was the high school just to hang up lol. But I'm glad you enjoyed talking to him. He talks cool doesn't he? He always takes good care of us. Oh ya and by the way he is coming to the states next year so that he can take a look at Idaho.  He's never seen the West so he's excited to come over. I told him he could stay at your house. Hope that's ok :-)
For the team Utah/Idaho jacket just hang on to it at home. That's pretty important to me and I don't want to risk having it lost in the post or get ruined or something out here so just keep it til I get there.
So you guys have been flying to get parts this week huh? That sounds sweet I'd love to do that. I miss flying alot. After I get home and get a job and whatnot I want to get my pilot's license too. That would be sweet. But good on Mom to go flying to get the parts. Makes me proud. I bet landing in the dark was the most fun you've had for a while huh?
I'll be looking forward to the pictures of Blake's headstone when it gets done, I hope it looks cool. He deserves to have a cool one. I miss that kid sometimes but I know he's still here helping me and you too. It's just sometimes hard because I see things that only me and him would find funny and I want to tell him about them and I can't. But I'd like to think he's still here laughing at them right along with me.
Tell Spence hi from me and congratulations on getting engaged. Tell him I better get an announcement or I'll kick him in the butt when I get home. But as long as we get a generalized mission one that'll do.
Anyways I better get going now I'm about out of time. I love you both. Talk to you later.
love, Elder Brice Anderson

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Our week has been really good here. We had confirmations on Sunday at church and they were amazing. Katie and Sharon both asked me to confirm them so that was a really, really cool experience. Sharon just kept talking about how warm she felt inside. We had FHE with her last night at a member's house and she just said it was something she had always looked for but never really knew she was looking for it if that makes sense. But she's found it now and she's doing so good. Seriously her testimony is absolutely amazing. She is a person who was so prepared to meet us it blows my mind. She doesn't come to church or give up alcohol, coffee, and tea because we ask her to, she does it because it feels right. She is so receptive to the Spirit. It really is amazing to teach her and Katie both. I love it.
I got the pictures of the etching but for some reason the picture is huge so I have to scroll around a bit to see all of it so I can't really get a full feel for how it looks. I'm going to try and move it about a bit on the computer and make it smaller in a minute or two when I finish this so we'll see how that goes. Nevermind I just tapped into my vast computer knowledge (ya right) and got it moved so we're good. I really like how that's going to work but I'm with Dad, I don't know about how they have it arranged at the moment. Not that I have a better idea though so maybe I should just keep my mouth shut. But I do like how it's going to be done I think it will look really nice when it's finished.
I really liked your life lesson today Dad. I try to take things in when I'm out but sometimes I forget. The times I remember are the times I send you pictures of stuff like the Worcester Cathedral or stuff like that. Next time you see something like that you should take a picture of it and send it to me so I can see the valley too. I do miss it sometimes.
I actually do remember the potato days fondly. Me and Blake made a few trips down to Kaysville and Provo ourselves to deliver those. The part that I wasn't so fond of was having to unload, that wasn't my favorite at all. But it's all ok, that kind of work makes you buff haha. So there is a lady in Grace now who worked with Dr. Book? That's pretty cool. Have you guys talked to Dr. Book since we lost Blake? I couldn't remember whether you said you were going to or not.
We're really looking forward to conference here. That's my favorite part of the year. I love it. I better close now but before I go I did get your letter last week so thank you very much for that. I got myself some new shoes as well so thank you for that as well. I'm still working on the license. I'm going to try and schedule my tests next week so I can get those done. I'll be sending a letter to you for the primary soon so be watching the post for that. I better go now though thank you for everything. I love you both.
love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
First things first, I did get the letters from the primary like last week I think but I never sent anything back yet. My bad. I'll repent of my wicked ways and get something in the post for them. I'll print out some pictures as well cuz I'm going to be sending some anyways so I can just print one or two for them while I'm at it.
Our Baptism last night was amazing! Von Brughan got to come back and baptize Sharon and I baptized Katie. And then Elizabeth was baptized by another member in the ward. It was awesome! If only we could help more people to understand how important this is! It was so good though seriously. They were glowing and so were we. I really love baptisms because they make you that much more motivated to find more people so they can share in the joy. It was so good! And me and my new comp are getting along really well so that's all good here too. The only problem with baptisms is that it means your awesome investigators aren't investigators anymore so then it's back to finding some new ones haha. But such is life.
I'm glad you guys got my post finally. I'm glad you like the cuff links. I keep on finding cool ones that are on sale and I think everyone should have a good set of cuffies so I keep on sending you cool ones. I'm glad you guys like the pressed penny too. I couldn't help myself when I saw the machine. It brought me back some good memories of the old vacations we had. We had some good times that's for sure.
The weather is getting cold here at night. And it's getting dark earlier every day. I had forgotten what it feels like to walk around in the dark. But in the near future it'll be darker than heck at 4:30 and not rise again til 9 or 9:30 so we'll practically be nocturnal. That's weird when it gets like that I tell you what. But ya it's all good. Although with the cold I think I might get frostbite through the holes in my shoes. By the way, my shoes are pretty bad so I'm needing to get some new ones pretty quickly I think :-)
Haha for some reason I'm not surprised to hear that Brandon would pull a staple doing something like pulling back his bow. Sounds about par for the course. I think that would be really cool if you put the class of '06 thing on Blake's headstone. What is taking so long for that to get there anyways? It's been forever. Oh well I guess. And what the fetch is up with people pinching stuff from the cemetery? This is about ridiculous in my opinion. My word.
So anyways I better get rolling now. Thank you guys for everything you do. I love you both.
love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 13, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
First off I'll answer the questions you guys have. You are correct that everything is not fine and dandy every single day out here but the reason I tell you that all is fine is because on the average everything is fine. I'm not just withholding information for the sake of it or something lol. We're doing good still so don't worry about us. Sharon hasn't gotten baptized yet her date was moved back a week so her daughter can get baptized the same day so we're really happy for that. Her two boys aren't too interested at the moment but maybe later in time they will be. We'll have to see. I got your package and I loved all of it thank you so much. We ate the pancakes already and they were amazing. I did send a thank you card to Maili two weeks ago for entering me in the bike contest so it should have already gotten there.  I'm happy to be here in Redditch still. I get settled in areas and I don't like to move much so I don't mind getting left in an area for a long time. I'm not training Elder Christiansen but he's been out for 3 months so I'm his second companion. He went to Copper Hills High School back home so you'll have to speak to Lola and see if she knows him haha. Knowing her she very well might.
Sister Isherwood told me she had a chat with you on Facebook yesterday.  But ya she wouldn't tell me what you guys talked about she just kept saying "Mum things" haha. But it sounds like it was good so that's cool. The Isherwoods are awesome.
I liked your Austin Powers story Mom lol. That was pretty funny I'm not gonna lie. That sounds like a Blake story if I've ever heard one. And it sounds like Kim and Sue are having a grand old time in the medical department lately lol. What the heck?
If grandma ever gets a chance to meet that person again you should have her ask which ward they were in. If her mother was over the primary in the Birmingham area she must have been in the Birmingham stake. That was probably back when Redditch was a branch too if there weren't any missionaries here. That's crazy. Small world indeed.
Thanks for letting me know that you go down to be with Blake, Dad. It really means alot to me that he gets a bit of company down there. He liked nothing better than to sit around with a pop and have a nice chat. And to tell some good stories about stuff we used to do. That was his favorite. The best was talking about hunting with Grandpa Max. I think that was one of his favorite stories of all time. That one never got old lol.
I'm glad you liked the pictures as well. It's amazing how everything out here greens up when it rains. It's rained a bit here and there lately but all in all it hasn't been too bad. It's starting to cool off a bit but then we still get a few of the hot days here and there. The worst is when it rains and then the sun comes out and it gets hot. Then it's just flipping humid. 
Anyways I better get rolling now cuz I'm about out of time. I love you both. Talk to you later. Love, Elder Brice Anderson.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad, life is good here. I got to stay in Redditch this transfer but I've got a new companion, his name is Elder Christiansen from Salt Lake. He seems like a really cool guy we get along well already so that's really good. Sharon is still preparing really well for her baptism so that's all going awesome.  So ya it's all good. Sister Isherwood said she facebooked you the other day as well. The Isherwoods are the bomb they take good care of us as well. We have alot of fun with them. They have us over every Thursday so that's really fun. Oh ya and Gerry's last name is Marsden.
Bear Lake sounds like fun. It's too bad the water is so choppy there but at least you had a getaway huh. I would agree though I would prefer to ski in places where the water is a bit more calm so I can't blame you for that one. At least the boat was holding up for those swells. I miss wakeboarding really bad. We have to do that as soon as I get home before it gets too cold.

It sounds like stuff is pretty busy at the shop lately huh. Better busy than not though right? I liked the cartoon haha that stuff was funny. That was Grandpa Max all over the place. It sounds like most stories we hear other than when he finally decides which one he thinks it is he sticks to his guns lol. Like Chicken Point for example. I also really like that quote you gave me for the life lesson. It's so true though. Especially in missionary work. People hardly ever remember what you teach them the first time but what they can remember is the feelings it brought. In a talk Elder Bednar gave once he talked about how they speak to converts sometimes and most of the time when they ask what it was like to be taught by the missionaries they say that the lessons were the most discombobulated group of scriptures and stories that they had ever heard in their lives, due to missionary faults I'm sure, but the thing they remember is the feeling they had while they heard it so that made them want to learn more. Amazing how that works isn't it.
Tell Devon I'm proud of him for not supporting BYU in the football game. Stay Red. It's the only way to go. That's really cool of Kally to send a t-shirt up for Devon. To be honest I got a bit choked up myself when I saw Blake's initials on the sleeve. I've had a few rough days the last little while but I'm making it through ok. It's all fine. I hope you guys are still going down to have a coke with him on a regular basis.
I didn't know Grace had gone to 8 man ball this year. Is Dr. Steve still coaching? If he is and you see him tell him hi for me ok. I bet those afternoon games are different than usual haha that's weird. That would throw me off that's for sure. Well anyways I better get going now. I love you both. Thank you for everything. Talk to you later. Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 31, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
Life is going good here right now. We still have Sharon doing really well. We're having dinner at her house tonight so we're really happy for that. She's still doing awesome. Guess what else, she works two jobs and one of them is delivering pizza for a little place down in Studley so she volunteered to bring us pizza every Friday for the next month. She brought it to us last week and it was pretty much amazing. She even gets it for free cuz her boss is religious, I think he might be Muslim but I don't know for sure and she tells him it's for some poor kids who don't have much money who do work for the church. He sounds like a really cool guy to me. She said he's just so excited that she's found God that he doesn't really bother with which church it is she goes to. Pretty cool huh. We're chuffed.
Transfers is next week so we'll have to see what happens there. I'm not sure what's going to happen cuz I could see either one of us getting moved but I'm about 95% sure one of us is going. We're hoping we get to stay the same for one more but I think our chances are slim. We'll see. I'm working on my license now. I just have to schedule my tests and get those done. I'm going to schedule my test probably next week so I'll know whether I'll still be in Redditch or not. I have to take the theory one and after I pass that I can schedule the driving one and get that one done. So that'll all be sorted out soon. Hopefully within the next month.
I really liked the pictures of that monument. I thought it was going to be like a stone monument or something like that but I really really like the glass. I think that's really cool. Thank you for taking the picture of his name too I love that. That story about the transplant games was really cool too. That whole 3 pointer bit sounds familiar. I remember more than once that fetcher would start making it rain when I would play against him and he would just make me more frustrated than Ray Charles with a Where's Waldo book. But anyways I do remember Whitney and I think that was really cool of him to send that medal to you guys.
Thank you for getting those post cards for Gerry and Justin. I don't have their addresses on me right now but I'll get them for you later if you like. Or if you wanted to you could send them to me and I could forward them out to them from here. Either way. So anyways I better get rolling now. I love you both. Thank you for everything. I haven't gotten the package yet but I should get it soon I would imagine.
Love, Elder Brice Anderson

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 23, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
It sounds like you guys had a good anniversary trip. That sounds like a really sweet drive out there. I miss seeing the mountains I tell you what. That story about grandma and grandpa was hilarious. I bet they were both just furious til they figured out it was you two haha. That's funny.
Our week has been pretty much amazing. Our investigator called Sharon is awesome. She accepted a baptismal date for the 11th so we're really happy for that. She's doing so good. She came to church last week and bishop gave her a gospel principles manual and by Tuesday she had read the whole thing. So we were going over to teach the Plan of Salvation and she already understands the concepts of temple work and exaltation. And it didn't even freak her out. She's pretty much the most golden investigator I've ever seen. She even got invited to go to another church with a friend this week and she turned them down to come to ours because ours "feels right". I couldn't agree more. But ya she's really cool. She even signed up on our dinner list to feed us next week haha. She's way cool.
You probably did tire Nat out going shopping on her crutches. You used to tire me out when I could walk just fine. Doing the loop at wal mart used to drive me insane. That's why I had to make up fun games like stealing your purse and putting random things in the cart to see if you would notice. That was the only way to stay sane! Ok so it wasn't that bad but those games were fun anyways.
It's true about Largesse and Spence as well. Largesse said he's saving up and hopefully going to be able to head over next summer and Spence and his girl are probably getting married sometime soon I think. But that's just me. It's not doctrine or anything lol. But ya it sounds like everything is going pretty good for them at the moment.
I got Nat's package on Thursday. We went and watched the dvd at Gerry's house and she left the part on there with Dad being a pervo and pinching Mom's butt. Cheers for that. That made me feel right at home. Gerry found that quite amusing as well.
Anyways I better get going now. Transfers isn't until the 8th of September. I'm not sure what will happen there so we'll have to see. I love you both. Talk to you later

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,

Thank you guys so much for your emails. That story about Todd was flipping hilarious. Sounds about par for the course for the boys up at County as well. Sweet stuff. I bet he was freaking out haha. That would have made me really mad I tell you what. I'm the first to admit I've done some dumb stuff in my day but being accused of something I didn't do would not make me a happy camper I tell you what. But at least it all got sorted in the end. Thank you for the spiritual message as well. And Dad for your life lesson. Just so you know the life lessons will never get old for me so don't worry. That is one of my favorite childhood memories. We always used to get them right before lunch at the shop while everyone was washing up haha. Good memories. I do know what you mean about some weeks being worse than others for missing Blake. I have my good ones and bad ones. I taped the front of his funeral program in the front of my Preach My Gospel along with a little Coke label right under it. It just didn't seem right to leave him there without it lol.
So our week went really well here. Our work is showing forth some fruits finally. We found a lady on Friday named Sharon. She is awesome. We met her son first and gave him a Book of Mormon and when we went back to see him he wasn't home but she was. He had left the Book in the living room and we invited her to read it and she invited us back the next morning. So we went by the next morning and taught her the Restoration with the Bishop and she came to church with us yesterday. We're going back tomorrow to teach her and her 3 boys, aged 21, 18, and 15. They are coming back from holiday on Thursday and she said she's going to convince them to come to church with her next week. Pretty cool huh. We're well chuffed. And then one of the young women in the ward has a friend who comes to youth with her all the time and she's hopefully going to be coming to church and to dinner with us at the members house tomorrow night as well. It's all really exciting. We're really happy. Now we just have to help them keep on moving forward. But it's all really good. And we didn't even have to speak in church yesterday so it's all good haha. It flipping rained like mad on Friday and Saturday I tell you what. But I'd rather be wet from rain than from sweat so I can't complain too much. It's starting to get dark earlier here. It's weird cuz I haven't walked around in the dark for quite some time now cuz during June and July it doesn't get dark until about 10 or 10:30. It's pretty intense.
Well I'm about out of time now so I better get rolling but I just want to say I love you both. I hope you have a good week and everything. Talk to you later.

love, Elder Brice Anderson

Monday, August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010

So it sounds like the fair was slightly lame compared to other years. I'm sorry for that. But I see they still had the corn dogs so it sounds like a victory to me. I liked the pictures of Brandon and all of those guys looking like fruitcakes haha. That was ridiculous. And you won a rifle? That's awesome! You'll have to send me some pictures of it when you go get it. I think I'm going to go gun crazy when I get home haha. We're not supposed to hold them anyways but we don't even see them over here cuz they are illegal in the UK. But that's really cool. I wouldn't have thought Dad would have the luck to win a gun, Blake would've, definitely not me or Dad though. But that's cool anyways.
Thank you for that life lesson today Dad. It's pretty true if you want my opinion. Especially for us the last couple of weeks. This week was better than last but both have been a bit rough. But the important thing is that we learn from it.

Yesterday was a good day at church I tell you what. We had a good morning and everything getting ready and then our ride gets there and he was stressed out like crazy for reasons I'm not going to mention over the internet so we were trying to help him and then we get to church and the 2nd counselor of the bishopric comes and says one of the speakers can't make it so they divided the time between the two of us so we needed to give talks. That is not my favorite thing in the world. So our Sunday was a bit stressful I'm not gonna lie. But we survived so I guess I can't complain too much.
The other day we were over at Gerry's house and he pulled out some stuff he found in his attic. He had some old stuff that some of the mission presidents had given him. He had an old England Birmingham Mission tie pin and a few of the mission yearbooks from back in the day. He even had one that had Dusty in it. Pretty sweet huh. I thought that was really cool.
So anyways I better get going now but before I go I have one request for the package you send. I would just like some regular Jolly Ranchers. They don't have those here and the flavors they have for hard candies are terrible so some of those would be wonderful. And some deodorant. But other than that I'm good. Thank you guys so much for everything. I love you both

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad. I did get the package you sent so don't worry. Thank you for all of that stuff. Von Brughan is pretty chuffed about his vote for Pedro t-shirt. And I don't know if I told you yet or not but we found some moon boots in the flat as well so he's going to have a really cool picture to send home to his family haha. He's pretty excited.
Things are going crazy here with all the changes I tell you what. We dropped two zones because the total number of missionaries has gone down substantially in the last little while so it was going to be more effective to drop the number. They never really said why but my theory is that the number of missionaries is going down because more of them are getting sent to places where they have more success like Africa and South America. And if they ever open China I bet they'll close Europe altogether. But that's just Brice-doctrine. But ya we had our districts and everything re-organized so we're just getting used to all of that at the moment. It's intense.
So it's fair week this week huh. I hope you guys have fun there. Eat a fair burger and a hand-dipped corn dog for me while you're there. I miss those. But that's alright. One more year and I'll be back in the promised land lol. I can't believe I've been out here for a year already. It sure doesn't seem that long I can tell you that much. But it's been great. It all just seems like it's going by so fast I can't even believe it.
Thanks for sending the pictures of camping! I loved those. That reminded me of back in the day. Camping trips are some of my favorite memories. I'm sorry this one wasn't the same but you're right the grandkids will be there soon doing the same stupid crap we used to do haha. You'll probably find that thoroughly entertaining huh? I have to admit I'm looking forward to that myself. It should be pretty funny I think.
So anyways I better get going now cuz I'm about out of time. I love you both. Have a good week.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 28, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad,
First of all, I have to say that those pictures of climbing the mountain are awesome! And it sounds like Mom didn't have a heart attack from the stress so it was a successful climb. But that looks really cool I'm glad you had fun doing that. We just have transfers this week and Elder Von Brughan and I are both staying here so we're really excited for that. Our mission is going through some drastic changes lately. We just dropped from 8 zones to 6 since the overall number of missionaries has gone down quite a bit so our districts and everything have gotten all rearranged so that's crazy. And then starting next week p-days are moving to monday. It's pretty intense stuff.
Thank you for doing all those things for Natalie. She told me how great you guys were and she really appreciates all of it so thank you so much for that.
I hope the camping trip went ok. I really miss that alot. I would've totally gone for some of that extremely unhealthy camping food. I bet it tasted good if nothing else. I've decided I'm going to eat healthy for the last year of my mission and try to lose a few more of my extra pounds. I'll have to only buy vegetables to eat in the flat cuz you can't really choose what you get fed when you go to members' houses you know. So I'm going to try and do my best.
I haven't gotten my package yet but we're going up to the office today for p-day to collect our post so I should be getting it today I would imagine. We'll have to see what happens. Gerry is taking us up into Birmingham today for p-day to check things out and get some good chinese food in Birmingham's "Chinatown". We're pretty pumped for that. Oh ya and I did get the letters from the young women tell them all thank you from me. I'll try and write a letter back when I get a bit of spare time.
Thank you again for the pictures Dad. And for the life lesson. That was great. Sad story, but a good lesson learned from it. Thank you for that. I had better get going now because I'm out of time but thank you both for everything. I love you both

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad. So I didn't even know Natalie was home until about 10 minutes ago. That's crazy. But she emailed and said everything was fine so that's really good to hear. Thank you guys for going down to see her too. She said that really meant alot to her. The work is going really well here. We have a few people we're teaching and everything so that's really exciting. There's one member here whose wife and son aren't members and he wants us to start teaching them here in the next couple of weeks so we're really excited for that. That'll be really fun.
So after seeing the people over here and all of the crazy ones we meet and everything I've made an observation that I would like to share with you. Many of the areas we go into that are run down and mingin are that way simply because of the type of families that are there. That sounds rude but let me explain myself. God's way is a man and a woman who are joined together equally in marriage for the rearing up of children. These places we go into are so full of single parents it's frightening. Or of "partnerships" as they call them, when two people aren't married but Biblically know one another if you catch my drift. But those relationships usually end in some sort of domestic abuse and a single parent anyways.  And then when you go out and tract "posh" areas those houses have families living in them. Like husband, wife, and children. There seems to be some kind of correspondence between having a "traditional family" and having temporal prosperity. It's quite interesting. I know sometimes there are circumstances where single parents don't have a choice, they aren't the people I'm talking about. The moral of the story is that if you follow God's way and marry and cleave unto your spouse and none else, you will be blessed in worldly as well as spiritual matters. Pretty cool stuff. But seriously after you get out into the world you get to see a bit of how others live and it makes you really appreciate and understand why God's plan is the way it is. It makes you realize how important it is that a husband and wife work together and are tolerant of one another's weaknesses and faults. But anyways I just wanted to share that with you.
But ya everything is good here. I haven't gotten the package yet but with a bit of luck I'll get it on Thursday. We'll have to see. So that bike is a pretty expensive piece of equipment then. That's pretty sweet.
I sometimes really wish I could call you guys and talk you know. That would make life a ton easier. But I guess missions aren't supposed to be easy huh. But next time you go for a ride in the Nissan do a sweet burnout for me. And make sure to have a Coke with Blake at least once a month for me til I get home then I'll go do it myself.
Anyways I better get going now. Tell Cody to keep on working with them and their bourbon haha. The tea thing is serious here though cuz no one thinks there is anything wrong with having a bit of English morning brew. It's crazy. But anyways have a good week. I love you both

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010

It's all going good here. We've been out working and trying to find some new people to teach and we've got a few we're working with so we're happy about that. Gerry gave me the Idaho flag he ordered as well so now it's hanging up in our flat. I thought that was really cool. He's already planning a trip to come over and see Idaho and Salt Lake and whatnot next September after I get home so just letting you know. I told him we could go out to Fort Hall so that he could see Lamanites lol, there aren't too many of those here. He's pretty excited about coming over. So you might have to give him a ride in the plane while he's there Dad. I told him you had one and the only way to appreciate the beauty is to fly over it so he said he might do that. That's really cool about Kally and Mark doing the shirts and pins like that for Blake. I think that's really cool. So are you guys going to do the potato thing again to earn money? It may be a pain but they do make alot for it don't they? Just curious.
So whereabouts does this guy live who is related to Dale? I'm trying to think of places that are 10 miles away from here and there's too many little villages around to guess. Is it like Droitwich or Alcester or something? That's pretty cool that he lives close by anyway. It was flippin hot here last week I tell you what. I was dying out there. The last couple of days it's cooled down quite a bit but man it was crazy. My shirts have like permanent sweat rings on the back so I think I'll have to bleach them hardcore or something. It's crazy.
We had a bit of a disappointing week last week with people dropping appointments like mad but this week is already going better than last so that's good. We're really working with a couple of people here so we're hoping to be able to get a few to move forward a bit. Thank you for the life lesson today Dad I think it was inspired. Sometimes when things aren't going so good in our area or something and we're in a hazard I try to pull out the driver on it and generally it doesn't go so swell. That just reminds me of what you always used to say to me and Blake when we would be working on his car and get ahead of ourselves. "One problem at a time." I couldn't possibly count how many times we heard that one haha. But it really is true if you apply it correctly. Anyways I better get going now. I love you both
Oh ya and I have my provisional license now so I just need to do my theory and driving tests. I just have to find out where they do those and find the time to do it. I'll let you know when that happens. And tell Kim we have trifle here all the time and it is gorgeous. It's one of my favorite puddings I tell you what. Sometimes we buy a bowl of it at Tesco's cuz they have it packaged and ready to go. It's not as good as homemade but it'll do the job. But ya members give us that every now and again at DA's and stuff so it's really cool.
p.s. I have one more request for something sent in the next package. If you can find two pairs of the "Bad Boy Pants" (American Flag pj's) up at Alco me and Von Brughan would both appreciate some of those, if they even still sell them that is. Just get XL's if you can find them. Love you guys

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 6, 2010

Life is good here. Me and Gerry talked the Bishop into singing the Star Spangled Banner in priesthood on Sunday so that was good. The only thing was me and Gerry were the only ones who had ever sung the song so it sounded a bit like a pub brawl at times but it was good anyways. We had us a sweet barbecue at Gerry's on Sunday. He made hot dogs and fried chicken and put up the stars and stripes all over his house and played the national anthem and America the Beautiful and everything while we ate. It made me feel nice. Von Brughan didn't really understand all of it but he enjoyed himself anyway. The Bishops wife was there and she asked me what the 4th of July was about. She honestly didn't know what it was a celebration of. So I shared with her the purpose of it and she asked Gerry why he would support such a thing lol. It was really funny. So then for our spiritual thought for the day I shared 1 Nephi 13:16-19. You should read that it's funny and it's in the Book of Mormon so it's doctrine. And on Saturday we did some service for some members and got an awesome new investigator. She's one of the member's daughter's best friends and her name is Sophie. She's like 16 and we gave her a BoM and she loves it. So we're really chuffed about that.
That's cool about you guys eating at the Ranch Hand. I can't even tell you the amount of times we went out there haha. Good memories anyways. That's what me and Blake were about. Eating diner/truck stop breakfasts and going to watch football games. I was thinking the other day about how many games we went to together and man I can't even number them. Between the Utes, Colorado State (that's when they played against BYU in Provo but Blake would come smack me if I said we went to a BYU game), and Idaho State holy crap that was a ton. That's not even counting the high school ones. We had some good times. I like those ideas you guys have for the headstone. I agree that it just has to fit Blake so whatever we have to do for that I agree with.
Thank you for getting those things for me. You can just send them to the office that'll be fine. Von Brughan is excited for his Vote for Pedro shirt. All we do while we tract is quote Napoleon Dynamite, Hot Rod, and Nacho Libre so he's heard my impressions haha. We were looking around in the closets in the flat and found a pair of moon boots in there so he wears those around in the mornings. He's going to get a picture wearing those and his t-shirt when it gets here so he can send it to his brother lol. Him and his brother are alot like me and Blake. There's just funny stuff he sees that he has to send to his brother just cuz only him and his brother would see the humor in it lol. It's funny to see.
So how is Ginger liking Forks if the kids are hating it? I keep on telling all the Twilight fanatics in the wards that I have an aunt and uncle who have a hotel there and they freak out and everything it's pretty sweet. So Dad now that you have the new plane and whatnot are you going to get Mom to fly up to Forks to visit Ginger and Dan? That would be the easiest way to get there you know. I think that'd be a fun flight to take anyways. Thank you for the life lesson as well that was really a good one. I've had to apply patience a bit in the last little while here because the work has been tough but that's ok.
So I have to get going soon but I need to tell you a story first. On Thursday we had zone conference and we had Elder Kopischke of the Seventy there. They told us beforehand to come with a question in mind that we wanted answered so I did that and prayed that it would be answered there. It was awesome. It was Pres. Ogden who answered it for me but I watched him receive a spiritual prompting to share a scripture with us that answered my question. He was standing there at the podium and all of the sudden he paused and pulled out D&C 64:33 for us. It was awesome. Anyways I better get going. If you apply that principle even to coming to church on Sunday I promise it will work. Just be prepared. I love you both. Have a good week.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010

Hey guys it sounds like you guys have had an interesting weekend. I'm glad everyone is ok. Thats intense. Man that could have been disastrous. Our week was pretty crazy as well. We had another baptism this last weekend, it was Keiffer's little sister who got baptized. I'm sure right now you are wondering why I didn't tell you we were planning one but the thing is I didn't even know we were having one either. It's a bit of a long story of how that happened. We got a call on Wednesday night saying she was getting baptized on Saturday because the Bishop had set up a date for her. Ya that was weird. The Bishop here is new so he kind of forgot the normal protocol about missionaries setting up baptismal dates with interviews and all of that business. So long story short we called Pres. Ogden and he just asked if she had been taught and everything, which she had about 4 times with the rest of her family when they were getting ready for their baptisms, and then just said to do a baptismal interview with our DL and if she passed she could get baptized. So she passed the interview and he let that one slide but ya it was pretty crazy. But hey we had another baptism so that was sweet.
Elder Von Brughan and I are getting along really well. We have tons of fun cuz we joke all the time about stuff. Seriously if I could've hand picked a type of greenie to have he's it. He likes to work but he likes to have some fun too so it's all good. And he set a record this weekend for time for a greenie between when he gets to the field to when he gets a baptism that he organized. Cuz lots of people get out here and go to baptisms that their companions already had planned but as for setting up one for himself he's probably one of the fastest in a really long time. So that was neat.
We're having a 4th of July party on Sunday with Gerry. To answer your question, no the English really don't even like our Independence day but Gerry is from Northern Ireland and back when they had American troops there during the war the Irish in his area celebrated it to make them feel more at home and then they just carried on celebrating it every year since then so he keeps on doing it even now. Gerry is the man. Seriously. I've got my tie ready to roll on Sunday too don't worry. I don't think I'll get bricked at church so don't worry about that either. I'll be sure to take some pictures. I tried to convince them to sing the Star Spangled Banner for Sacrament meeting next week but I don't know if that one will happen. Probably not I would imagine.
Thank you for the pictures Dad. I liked those alot. I forgot how cool the Manti temple looks. I'm glad you sent me pictures of that stuff. It's good to see you guys having a good time out there. I really like the picture of me and Blake you guys have. That's really cool!
So anyways I better get going now. Before I go though it's funny you should ask if I need anything because I do have a request or two. Elder Von Brughan is a big Napoleon Dynamite fan so if you can find a Vote for Pedro t-shirt for him that would be sweet. His shirt size is a medium if they still sell them at Big J's or anywhere like that. And also I've lost my multi-color scripture marker so I need a new one if you get the chance. They sell them at Deseret Book. And also at Deseret Book they have these little blue books called " the pocket reference guide for missionaries" If you find those Elder Von Brughan and Gerry both said they would like one if you can find them. Sorry that list was huge. But I really do have to get going now. I love you both.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 22, 2010

It's going good here. We had our baptism on Saturday and everything went well for that. I didn't get Beus's mom's email address though so sorry about that. I'll try to get it sorted out though. But the baptism was all good and Keiffer is doing well so we're chuffed. We're going to go and see him later tonight too.
The Manti pageant sounds fun. I went to it once in the Scouts I thought it was awesome. Were there alot of anti people waving their signs? There were when I was down there. But I've decided all of the anti stuff is due to mis-information and half truths. One of the zone leaders here had a picture of a picketer outside the conference center waving a sign that said "Abortion is Murder" so obviously they had their facts skewed a bit. I never went to the Strawberry Days what do they do there? It sounds fun though. I know what you mean about Blake though. Every week I come to the library with this little bit of hope that there'll be an email from him in my inbox. It's a bit tough sometimes. But we just have to fight through it.
I got my tie so I'm really excited for the 4th of July to come around. I'm not too worried about getting bricked at church but then again you never know haha. I don't think that'll be a tracting tie though. I think that bike thing is really cool. If you get the chance tell Maili thank you for that.
The weather here is ridiculous I tell you what. It'll be flaming hot one day and freezing the next. It's weird. But it's been pretty hot the last couple of days. The humidity is killing me. It just feels way muggy and then you sweat like a priest in a brothel when you tract. It's crazy. Anyways I better get going now. I just want to tell you both that I love you and appreciate everything you do for me. Thank you so much. I love you both!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad! It sounds like the tournament was a success this year huh? That looks really fun even if the weather was nasty. It sounds like TripleK M is back in the glory days huh haha. Blake was the one who named that team actually. But that's really cool. I think it would be awesome if they held it off til I got home next year as well. But ya that sounds sweet. I'm glad you guys had a laugh as well. Sometimes it's tough not to have a laugh when you get everybody together like that you know. I'm happy they did that tournament though that is really cool of them.
So I won a bike did I? That's pretty sweet I'm not gonna lie. But you might as well keep it there cuz it'll cost you a ton to send it over here and besides that it'll probably get stolen anyways so just hang on to it and I'll use it when I get back to stay in shape. (Just to explain how he won a bike......Maili entered his story from his January 19, 2010 blog in a contest for a missionary bike company and his story won so he will be receiving a new bike. Thanks Maili!)
Keiffer's baptism is still good to go on Saturday so we're pretty chuffed for that. The only problem is he wanted Elder Beus to baptize him and Elder Beus just got moved to Wolverhampton. But it's ok I think President Ogden might let him come back and baptize him anyways cuz Wolverhampton isn't that far away. So now I'm training a new Elder called Elder Von Brughan from South Africa. He's a really cool guy so I think we'll have some fun over here. I'm excited to train but I feel a bit inadequate right now. But I'm sure we'll make it through. I'm glad you liked my Studley picture too haha. I thought that was pretty funny.
The World Cup is a bit crazy over here that's for sure. I think a tie is the best thing that could have happened for us. The Good Lord was looking out for us I think. The reason I say that is cuz if we would have lost we would have gotten alot of stick from the people because we lost and if we would've won, even though the bragging rights would've been fun, they would've harbored some ill feelings and we would've gotten bricked. so with a tie they can't really say much either way. They take this stuff very seriously.
So Rapana's Mom is coming over to the States next year huh? That should be really fun for you to meet her. I still hear from him quite a bit. He has to call and ask about investigators sometimes so we get to talk. And plus at some of the meetings and whatnot he'll be there so I'll talk to him alot for the rest of my mission I'm sure. He goes home 3 months before I do so he'll be here for quite a while.
So you used Blake's clubs and stuff for the tournament, Dad? That's really cool I think. I hope you guys are still hanging on to all of his stuff. I'm glad that tournament was good. I just really think that is awesome. Happy Father's day on Sunday! I found  you a card the other day and I'm posting it today so it'll be a bit late so sorry about that. But Happy Father's day all the same. I just wish I could call on Father's day as well so I could talk to you guys again. But I just wanted to say thank you for everything. You brought us up right, even if it took us a little longer to learn some lessons than others. We learned them nonetheless. Thank you for that Dad. And for all of the life lessons. I really liked the one today alot. I love you. And yes I still have the battalion coin. I keep that safe don't worry.
I better get going now but I want you both to know I love you. I gotta go out and get to work now. I'll talk again on Tuesday.
p.s. as far as the driver's license goes, I sent in for the provisional and as soon as that goes through I'll start taking the tests and everything so it's all under way don't worry.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8, 2010

The work is going pretty well here. A few of our investigators are back so we'll start working with them and then one of the other ones accepted a baptismal date and will be getting baptized on the 19th. Unfortunately that is the Saturday after transfers so hopefully neither one of us gets moved. But ya his name is Keiffer. He's 16 and he is really cool. I'm excited for him. We're not really sure what happened to Paul. He went a bit off the rails and we haven't been able to contact him since. We'll keep on trying though.
I'm glad you got my post to you guys and that you like them. I hope you hung it up in your car. I don't know if you guys even hear much about soccer back home but the World Cup is on soon and USA vs England is in the first round. So that should be interesting. The game is on Saturday and President Ogden told us to go in early that night to make sure none of us get bricked or something for being Americans haha. But ya that should be sweet. I haven't gotten my tie yet but it might come today. We usually don't get post til like 2 anyways.
Who would take something from a grave? Man if I knew who that was I'd be on the next plane home to kick someone a new one. Seriously what the fetch is the matter with this world. I just can't even believe that.
So Cody is officially a missionary then. I'm glad he's doing good so far. He'll love the work when he gets into the field. One thing I really underestimated was the friends you will make out here. Whether it be companions, members, or converts. It's really a cool experience. I just wish you guys could come out and meet these people. But one day you'll meet Justin anyways cuz he is planning on coming over after I get home so that will be cool.
Thank you for the pictures of Blake's grave I really like it. I liked the tile at the front of it too. The quote on that is really cool. And I'm glad to hear that you like your cuff links. I'll try and find some other cool ones to send over. Is there anything specific you or Mom would like to have from over here? Anyways I better get going now but thank you for everything. I love you both

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010

It's all going ok here. Our teaching pool has temporarily died. Well not necessarily died but became pretty ill. Pretty much all of our investigators went on holiday this week so we haven't been able to teach much. But we've been trying to find some new ones so that's ok. I would really like to see the grave and how that all went. I forgot it was Memorial Day weekend to be honest. I think they do celebrate it here but not really on the scale that we do back home. At least that's how it seems. I forgot to mention that I wanted someone to go down and have a coke with Blake for me last week so tell those guys thank you for doing that. I guess we all had the same idea. Just as long as it happened.
That dinner with Kent and Sonia sounds pretty fun. I just wish I could've been there to hear the stories. I bet that was hilarious. It usually is whenever you get Dad and Kent or David together. And all three of them together is the best.
Elder Beus and I are getting along great. We joke around alot so we have alot of fun. I've found that missionary work really just isn't that great if you're not having fun cuz the people you meet can see that you aren't having fun so they don't really want too much to do with you. So we try to have a good time while we're doing the work. But ya it's going really good.
Thanks for the life lesson again Dad. You find over and over again how much you need to have the Spirit with you and to be able to follow the promptings you are given. That's another thing President Ogden always tells us is to always follow the promptings we are given. No matter what. And I told Nat about getting life lessons and I sent her a copy of the flying one so that's how she knows I get them. She really liked that one by the way. Anyways I better get going now. Did you get any post from me yet? I love you both. Talk to you later.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 27, 2010

First things first, I got Pam's package on Wednesday and I love it! I hung it up next to my study desk. It made me shed a tear but it is amazing. Our baptism on the 5th has to be postponed because our investigator's mother passed away on Friday and he needs a bit of time to get the funeral done and everything. So we're helping him through all of that at the moment. It's kinda hard because alot of the stuff he says about it is the same type of stuff I was feeling with Blake so it kinda reopened a wound you could say. But it did give me a chance to testify to him of the Plan of Salvation. It's actually been so amazing how many people we have met lately who are angry with God over the loss of a loved one. What I say doesn't always help them but if nothing else it strengthens my conviction.
That sucks that you guys are getting snow. It's been fetching hot here the last couple of days. I've been sweating so bad. But today isn't quite as hot and they say the rest of the week should be the same as today so that's good. So Dad, did you go flying while Mom was at the spa? How long do you think it'll be before you get the door fixed and all of that business? I'm glad you enjoyed the spa with Megan and Kelli. It sounds like you had a good time.
Thank you for the life lesson today Dad. It's easy to forget how true that is. Out here you have a badge on your chest that hopefully reminds you to keep your nose clean but you never know who's watching, mission or otherwise.
So is Cody getting excited to head out? I'm excited for him. Who spoke with him on Sunday? Tell him his mission goal should be to tract an Amish community and baptize someone from there. I don't know how many Amish people there are in Kentucky but I'm sure there's a few of them. Anyways I need to get going now. Thank you for everything you do. How much longer will it be before you start getting the headstone sorted? Sorry that was just one more random question. I love you guys
p.s. I need an American flag tie for the 4th cuz it's on a Sunday this year and I want to wear it to church to wind these people up so if you can find one and send it straight to the flat that would be awesome. And if you can, send it in a relatively small envelope cuz if it doesn't fit in the post box they take it to a sorting office clear across town and I have to go get it there.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 18, 2010

Hey Mom and Dad we've had a good week so far. We have a guy named Paul committed to baptism on June 5th so we're pretty chuffed about that. We're teaching quite a few people actually so it's all good. When the crazy man talked to us about magic Elder Beus was over there trying to figure out what he was talking about just like I was. That guy was crazy I tell you what. We haven't heard from any General Authorities lately. We were supposed to have Elder Kopischke, the Europe Area President, come to zone conference tomorrow but the flippin volcano went off again so he couldn't get a flight in. So that wasn't very cool. The volcano always slows down the post too.
So they're putting Blake's name on a wall in Salt Lake then? I'm going to have to go see that when I get home. Even if they couldn't use his eyes on someone at least they're getting put to good use. I haven't gotten Pam's package yet but I'll probably get it tomorrow I would imagine. That's cool that you and Kelli are going up to Poky together. That should be fun. Will there be a plane in the sky that day, Dad? I would get one up there if I were you. Man that's sad about Nephi. I don't even know what to say. Where was the other guy from? Take care and I love you guys.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010

How is everything going for you guys? It's all going good here. We're teaching quite a few people and everything so that's good. Elder Beus and I are getting along good.
I had no idea we had English ancestors. Maybe if I get moved over to Nottingham I'll have to check out a cemetery to see if there are any Chattertons still there. That would be really cool.
I have to tell you a story about a born again guy we met yesterday. So I know this is bad to say but I have a really hard time having any charity for these people. Because I don't think I've ever met one who didn't start an argument with me in the first 30 seconds of talking to them. But this guy takes the cake on them. And he was Elder Beus's first one so that made it even better. So he starts off by telling us he doesn't believe in "Mormonism" because it is tied in with witchcraft. So I asked him how he knew that and he proceeds to tell us how some crazy Satanist guy wrote a book about witchcraft telling people that in order to become immortal you have to collect 12 "strands of magics" from different organizations, the church being one of them. So I asked him how to collect a strand of magic and he couldn't tell me. Then he asked me how I knew I was feeling the Spirit so I related Galatians 5 to him about the fruits of the Spirit and he told me that wasn't a valid answer because that could be a counterfeit. So I asked him to read the Book of Mormon and pray and see if he could feel the Spirit, which apparently I can't feel but he can. And then he goes off to us about how the Book of Mormon is cursed and anyone who reads it invites evil upon themselves and if they read it they become a Mormon because of the curse. Ya. So then we just had to leave because I was getting mad and he wasn't going to listen so it was a waste of time. But ya that was our crazy man of the week. Pretty cool huh.
Thank you for that life lesson today Dad. I think I forget that one alot. I worry so much about getting everything right the first time that it gets a bit discouraging when it doesn't work out the way I want it to. But thank you for that it helped me out alot. Anyways I better get going now. I love you both.