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.