Monday, February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011

Hey Mom and Dad,
Life is going good here lately. Elder Wang is really cool. He's funny as heck, I tell you what. In England there are dog turds all over the foot paths around rivers and stuff and yesterday we were walking down there in the dark and all of the sudden I hear (in a funny Chinese accent) "Dammit! I step in dog crap! I hate dog! This why I eat them!" It was flipping hilarious. We haven't found any Chinese students yet but we're working on it.
Alexandra accepted a baptismal date for March 18th yesterday so we're really happy for that. Now we just have to finish up teaching her and everything and it'll all be good I think. I'm excited for that. Alexandra is really cool.
Elder Von Brughan is doing alot better from what I understand. We went and visited him in Leicester on Friday and he got up and talked to us for a few minutes. He doesn't have much of a short term memory at the moment but they said it's improving a bit every day so that's good. President said it'll be pretty tough for him to stay on a mission unless he has some sort of miracle happen and he recovers very quickly. We did a mission fast for him last week and that was when he started to really make some progress so hopefully a miracle is on the way.
I haven't had much trouble with Blake's year mark coming up yet but looking at the calendar still haunts me a bit. I'm not very excited for the day to come. I wish we had a temple I could go visit in our mission. That would make things alot easier to deal with I think.
Me and Elder Bedke get along really well, he's the one from Oakley. You'll have to meet him when I get back. He said he's coming down for my homecoming so you'll get to meet him there I'm sure. I can't hardly imagine Grandpa Max screwing up his name when he talked to Uncle Gary, lol. That wouldn't never happen ;-).
As far as you guys coming over I don't think we'll have much time after I'm done so you guys can go look at London and I'll see it when I come back in a few years' time. And I already bought myself some trousers but I do need some shoes so if you could help me out I would appreciate it alot. Mine have had the weiner. Anyways I better get going now. I love you both.
Love, Brice

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

Hey Mom and Dad,
Sorry about the email not coming through last week that is pretty annoying. I don't remember everything that took place but I'll try and give you the good bits. I remember that I laughed til I cried 4 different times and I explained that to you in the defective email so I'll try to give the story again. So one of the Zone Leaders was in the shower a couple of weeks ago and found a bump on his butt. He didn't know what it was and he couldn't see it so what does he do? He lays down on his bed and holds his legs in the air and aks us to see if we can tell what it is, it was disgusting but hilarious at the same time. The best part was he's usually really shy and everything so just the thought of him baring his butt makes me laugh even now. Me and Elder Bedke were dying. When we get together we always have a good time so I'll have to have you meet him when I get back. He's the one from Oakley. So anyways we saw the bump but didn't know what it was. (That was the first time I cried laughing). Then we had zone conference the next day so he went to ask for Pres. Ogden's opinion on it so then we started laughing again as he started to try to explain it to the Og Dog. (that was two) Then after that we were referred to the hospital so we took him there and at the desk they always ask the nature of the visit so Bedke, Lindstrom, and I were all standing around as he leans over and tries to discreetly explain his problem, so then we all lost it again right in the middle of the A&E (English ER). (so that was 3) and then lastly they told him it was a hemorrhoid and to go get some cream from ASDA called Anusol cream. We went there and had to ask for some assistance to find it and the lady in there was asking who it was for so the three of us very quickly pointed to the other guy and explained the whole situation to her. So then she was laughing and we all lost it again right in the middle of ASDA. It was flipping hilarious I tell you what. But we had our share of crap experiences too. I ruined a pair of trousers, had to super glue my shoes together, and wrecked my bike again all in the same day. But ya, that was the highlight from last week. Don't know if you want to put that in the blog or not lol (note from Wendy: I did edit the story a bit for the blog).
This week has been pretty good too. The girl from Spain is doing really well, her name is Alexandra. I get to stay in Nottingham this transfer so I'm really pumped for that as well. I'm getting a Chinese companion named Elder Wang so that's sweet too. There are alot of Chinese students in Nottingham so we're going to baptize the heck out of them now, haha. I'll just get to be the dumb guy who stands there with a leaflet not understanding what they are saying, lol, but it'll be fun I think. I'm really excited for all of it. The ZL with the personal issues mentioned earlier is getting transferred but Bedke is staying so that'll be sweet too. So ya life is good here right now. I'm loving it here. I honestly hope I finish my mission here but I don't know if that's going to happen. We'll have to see.
So about you guys coming over here. I don't mind how long we stay but I just want to make sure and take you to all of my areas and everything and I would really like to go out and visit Laneham with you. It's like a mile outside our mission boundaries so I won't be able to visit it on my mission but I do want to go while we're here. It'll only be like 45 minutes outside Notts so it's not that much of a detour anyways. But I'll tell you right now before you start to sort any of that out you need to either rent a car with a navigation system or you need to invest in a GPS yourselves or buy the UK maps for Grandpa Max's tomtom or something. Trust me it will save our lives. When it gets a bit closer I'll email you the UK driving tips because there are alot of unwritten laws and such that you should know about.
Anyways I'm about out of time now so I need to go but I hope you have a great week. I love you both.
Love, Brice

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 14, 2011

Life is still great here. I love Nottingham! The ward is really nice for the most part, and they feed us like crazy, so its easy to know everyone! My companion and I get along really well! We always hang out with the zone leaders here, too, so that's way fun. I get along really well with the one from Idaho. He's called Bedke, by the way. He's really cool. He goes home in April. He got an offer to go play football for ISU, so he might be doing that!

We've had a really good week. Things are still going really well with Jack still! He is still working on some word of wisdom things. So that's good.


Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7, 2011

Hey Mom and Dad,
My week here has been pretty good. We're still teaching Jack and that's all going pretty well, he just has a few word of wisdom issues to sort out first, but other than that he's good. We had a girl from Spain just walk into church yesterday too so we were quite chuffed. She speaks English but not very well so we were in a bit of a predicament cuz "no speako spanisho" doesn't get you very far I've found, but luckily one of the YSA girls and one of the guys both spoke Spanish so we were ok. The guy is actually from West Valley I think. Either that or West Jordan, but either way he's from the Salt Lake area going to Nottingham University. So ya that was pretty sweet. We have an appointment with her tonight so hopefully that'll go well. She said she had alot of friends back in Spain who were members but she just never got baptized herself, so maybe we'll help her along the way. Other than that our week was pretty normal. We're still just finding quite a bit. I haven't seen Vivien or heard from her or anything yet so we'll have to see what happens. I'm sure I'll get a call soon. I found out what my release date is now so you don't have to worry about keeping it a secret. I've got less than 6 months left now. That is insane.
We got a text this morning saying the Packers won the game. I'm not really that fussed to be honest. Sounds like Rothlisberger is a turd though. Did he pull a Tiger and spend a bit of time with the ladies of the night or what?
Thanks for bringing up the memories of the push-ups mom, ya I remember the push up ice creams haha. I can't ever eat one without thinking of scaring the Schwann's man crapless.
Great fun that was :-)
I'm glad you guys are enjoying doing sealings and everything. I've still never even been to a sealing that I can remember so I'd like to see one. I do feel like Blake is helping out alot with that kind of stuff. I got a bit choked up yesterday because there was a lady in the ward who bore her testimony about family history and how important it is and I just had this strange warm feeling telling me he was very much involved and that it is important. I've never really had anything like that happen in the middle of Sacrament meeting where it was so specific. I've gotten specific answers many times but those were to specific problems or questions I was praying about.
So I looked up Laneham in Nottinghamshire where our family is from. It's about 20 miles away in the middle of nowhere. But hopefully if we have a free p-day I can convince the other guys to drive out there with me cuz I want to see it. I looked at a satellite picture and it was really, really small. It looked a bit like Grace. And the street going through the middle was even called Main Street. That's extremely uncommon in England. But I just thought "these are my people" haha. It was really cool.
I liked the life lesson today Dad, haha. You are right I don't completely understand now what you mean but I'm sure I'll be thanking you later. Just like usual. Oh, and tell Kade I'm proud of him! I wish I could've been there to see his baptism.
Anyways I better get going now. I love you both and I hope you are having a lovely week.
Love, Brice