I know I used this quote last year at new year time, but come on, it is a whole new year! A new year of possibilities, a year of potential and a year for growing closer to those that we love and to our God. It is also the last year of my mission, but that is beside the point. Now we don't really do new year resolutions, but let us all decide to have an even better year then the last one.
Monday, December 29, 2014
"Don't you know it's a new year?"-Phineaus and Ferb "Jokers."-Batman Beyond "So is this [the left] or [the right]?"-Up "You got to be a straight shooter do ya got it?"-Aladdin
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
"Turn it up! I love this song!"-Phineaus and Ferb "It's good to be home"-Shrek 2 "[Thursday] is Christmas, it's practically here."-How the Grinch stole Christmas "You see this face? This is a happy [missionary] face"-Gnomeo and Juliet
I love Christmas music, Disney Music and Country Music. But only two of those groups are approved for mission. So when ever I get any Christmas music I am giddy as can be, and I love getting Disney Music. I miss my good ole home town Country, but that can wait. I have been getting Christmas music as the days have gone by and I love it. I have also been getting Disney stuff as well, and will go into that latter. But when ever I hear it I want to crank it up and just enjoy it.I got to go back to Gweru last week, the place where I was "born" for what might be the very last time, since there probably wont be another zone conference till February, and I also got to come back to Chegutu after almost a three day exchange with the District Leader. So yea, it is good to be home.
Monday, December 15, 2014
"I'm a [messenger] boy, alright."-Shrek "Say it loud say it proud!"-Little Mermaid 2 "I think two genders is too much for him"-Doctor Who "Is there anything for me?"-Robots
One thing that is really annoying here on mission, people treat me like I am a district leader. Even my District leader treats me like I am a district leader. It is always, "how are the other guys investigators coming along" or "Hey did you get the information about this meeting" or something along those lines. I am NOT a leader. I am simply a missionary trying to find, teach, and baptize. I am perfectly fine with being someone president trusts to carry out assignments in the area, and all that good stuff, but I am not a leader and it is just weird being treated like one.
Monday, December 8, 2014
"[Waterguns] there's nothing [better]"-Horton Hears a Who "Thats new"-Princess and the Frog "Well this is awkward"-Phineaus and Ferb
My entire house and the Kadoma Elders got water guns last Monday and we had a huge water fight in the Kadoma house. One Elder, Elder Kwaramba got a launcher and he was just going to town, everyone else had little pea shooters, and we just soaked the house. That was so much fun, and now we have them in the house, and we just have fights once in a while. I'm telling ya man, there is nothing better on a boring day then filling up a water gun and shooting people with it. I love it, and it is a great way to bond as a house.Several new things happening here in Chegutu. Because of Christmas we have ended the transfer two weeks early, which means that today is the start of my 11th transfer on mission. That's new. Which means that this will be an 8 week transfer to get us back on track. That's new. Also I have stayed here in Chegutu which will be a total of four transfers here in Chegutu, totally at almost 6 months in an area, which is the longest that I have been in an area, and may be the longest of my mission. That's new. Yeah, so a lot of new stuff going on here.
I am doing well, and am doing my best to get lots of water, but it can be difficult knowing which water is safe to drink and which one I should avoid, out in the area where there is no filter to put it through.
Still in the process of becoming a branch, they are filling out the paper work to send to Salt Lake to get approved. I can't wait till we are a branch, it will be a great day. We are having four baptisms on Saturday, which is great, the area is growing and the recent converts are super strong. There are lots of things getting done, and in spite of the difficulty talked about above we still have lots of people we are preparing for baptisms farther down the line. I love the people and all of the things that we are able to do with them. What I don't like to much is there are so many people who want to argue with us. There is an Anti-Message guy who is just interested in teaching us what he believes, and in proving to us that we are wrong. I finely got sick of it and told him that isn't why I am here, and that if he wants to learn and to read he can call us. That was last week, and no word so far.
None of the families I have visited with have one (a Nativity). I don't know what one would look like. There are no decorations for Christmas, mostly becasue all of it is so expensive, I am thining about getting some lights, but trees are way to much and so is everything else. I so wish we had a tree, and lights and all that good stuff, but I have hung up my stocking.
My companion and I are both staying here in Chegutu, which is nice, I really like Elder Muzonde, and now that we have gotten to know each other he is quite the talker. (There is no spell check on the computer I am sorry if things are spelled wrong) I have a friend who is serving in his home ward in Harare, which is pretty funny. My companion has really connected with the people we are teaching.
"The Gospel of Jesus is the way of peace. To the extent we follow it and incorporate it in our lives, to this extent will we be blessed and prospered. What a wonderful thing it is to be involved in this glorious work. Let us rejoice in our great opportunity,
let us serve with gladness."
Monday, December 1, 2014
"We're gonna need.. some more peanut butter"-Phineaus and Ferb "There is no Santa Claus there is no Easter Bunny and there is no [Ju Ju]"-Megamind "we're all gonna die"-Winnie the Pooh "[Baptisms!] Now thats my favorite part"-Brave
I am sure that to those who know me this comes as no surprise. But I find myself eating a lot of peanut butter and jam. Our cooking supplies are limited and time to cook when we get home is also limited, and it just takes to long, so I eat peanut butter most every night for dinner. I should probably find some other stuff, and I am planning to, but still, I love peanut butter and jam. And it is so easy, just make it, eat it and go study Pearl of Great Price till bed time.The people out here are super superstitious. They believe in Ju Ju an mermaids and all this stuff that makes me think of the Twilight Zone. They are afraid of everything that goes bump in the night. I just tell them that it isn't real. They look at me like I am nuts, and they all say one day something will change my mind, but I don't think so. I say it is a lot of smoke and mirrors. It is funny when members are freaked out by it to, just the mention of a mermaid in the dark freaks my companion out. It is kind of funny.
I love the people we are teaching out here. I really care for them. Speaking of care for and prayers, could you keep the Nyumtora family in your prayers? They are a recent convert family and they have a son who is very sick, has been for a while and is now in a hospital, and they are in need of prayers. Please. I would really appreciate it.The area is doing great, like I said, baptisms are happening, and there are people to teach, and things are just Bho. I love it. And I am picking up more and more Shona. Probably wont ever be fluent, but I can understand most of the lesson material in Shona and say some few things. It is a fun language, but tough.
My companion is learning the area really well, and the people really like him. Smart guy, and a great teacher. But still the mermaid thing, I just find it odd. But we are getting a long really well, and things are sweet out here in Chegutu.
Monday, November 24, 2014
"We all gonna die, but we don't know the date, we know your date! THANKSGIVING!"-Barnyard "I miss when [I had good internet access]"-Shrek forever after "This is too hot, the [rain] was too cold. Will nothing please you?"-Iceage 2 "Don't stand that close to me I can smell your breath"-Kung Fo Panda
|Me and the children of a soon to be recent convert.|
Monday, November 17, 2014
"Somehow [how bad the frying pan is] had totally slipped my mind"-Phineaus and Ferb "[He's] quiet, too quiet"-Shrek "And we all share one bathroom"-Horton Hears a Who "Well finely!"-Shrek 2
I made pancakes the other night, and I had forgot that the frying pan is crap, so yea, burnt pancakes for me. Still great and I love pancakes, but just the smell and trying to clean it and all that stuff wasn't the best. It was a total "What kind of a Domcov" moment from Doctor Doofensmirtz. Funny, but would have been better if there was a decent frying pan.My new companion is Elder Muzonde, a great guy. Super powerful teacher and it is great being with him, but he is quiet. He just don't say much, and as we know I say a lot. It will be a great transfer with him, but I need him to warm up and speak. He is the only member of his family, the rest are of different faiths. His sister is actually in the states and is anti-mormon. But here he is, serving the Lord with all his heart, might, mind and strength. Great guy.
Our meeting yesterday was a little small, since it rained for the first time, and people seem to be afraid they will melt. But we had 11 people confirmed from baptisms the last few weeks. Things here in Chegutu are going great.
"it's your anniversary!"-Phineaus and Ferb "Do you know anyone who's happy to see a mosquito?"-Bee Movie "Let it begin!"-Bolt "I need you to stay [in Chegutu]"-How to train your dragon (Nov. 10th Post)
Hey now, just so ya'll know, fifteen years ago, my Mom and Dad got married. In Las Vegas, by a preacher man who looks like Elvis. Or I think he did, I don't really remember it too much. But I do remember that I am super happy that my parents got married. I can't believe it has been that long of a time. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.Man there are a lot of mosquitoes out here in Chegutu. Sounds like they are supposed to spray the area to keep them from spawning and that they either forgot or decided not to. Ether way I am happy for Deet, and for fans that stop them from landing on me. I slap at them all the time, but they are fast little buggers.
I can't wait for rainy season to get here. I want it to cool off, I want the sky to be a beautiful gray, and I want to feel like I am back in Washington. Hopefully either this week, or the beginning of next we will get rain. I say LET IT BEGIN!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
"And I just can't wait until next Halloween"-Nightmare before Christmas "Speak up [Machakaire]"-Tangled "Pins and Needles"-Despicable Me 2 "I could have made road pizza out of you."-Hoodwinked
I just got to say it, I MISS HALLOWEEN! I really do. The pumpkins, the candy, the costumes, the candy, the decorations, the candy, the haunted houses, the candy, the movies, did I forget anything else? Oh yea the candy. I miss it all so much, and next year is gonna be a great Halloween. I'm gonna go all out.My goodness, but the people out here are so soft spoken. Like even in the car without music on it is super hard to hear from Elder Machakaire, or even when I am right next to him. I keep telling him to speak up for me, but he is still so quiet.
There is no time change out here. Interesting for me, since I am used to it. I am proud of you for getting to Church on time. Our Sunday was good, I got to ordain our Recent Convert Brother Nyumtora to the Aaronic Priesthood. That was a great experience for me. I love being out here. There are many children in our group, but no Primary.
I know that God loves us, each and every one of us, His children. He loved us enough to give us His Holy Son. He loved us enough to give us this world to live in. He loves us enough to forgive us of our sins, and to welcome us back home as we do all He would ask us to do. He loves everyone who ever has, will or is living on the Earth. There is a strange concept taught out here that God doesn't love us when we sin, but I testify that he loves us even when we sin. I know he is there, and I know he loves us.
Monday, October 27, 2014
"Happy Halloween!"-Nightmare Before Christmas "That's messed up"-Open Season "I'm not sure where to go with that." "[Heat] drains my [energy]"-Mega Mind
Hey guys, it is almost Halloween!!! I really miss carving pumpkins. I got some great pictures from my Mom of the pumpkins and the carving and I really miss doing that. My companion has told me carving pumpkins is a total no. So no pumpkin for me this year, next year though, I'm carving a pumpkin. Happy Halloween everyone!You know what I hate? Stereo-typing. Like people look at me and their first thought is "Maroundgo" the next one it\s "equals money". My companion can go into a shop and have me standing outside and he can buy something for five bucks, I can go in and buy the same thing for ten. It is like West Side Story "one look at [me] and they charge twice. Twice!" It really sucks. Cause if I go in with him, they think I want the thing and he is bargening for me, so they play hard ball and wont let him bargen for a good price on something he wants. It is really difficult.
Monday, October 20, 2014
"Look you're already Half Way."-Shrek "Look at me I'm [one year] old."-Madagascar "Same [Apostle] Twice.-Mummy 3 "Well this sucks"-Madagascar
Well now, it is official. I am on the down ward slide. I am over the Hump. I am any number of other phrases that I can't think of that mean I am half way done with my mission. It is a weird feeling to be half way done. It really is. Only so long left and then I am done, not enough time to do half of the things I want/need to do. Weird.We got to be visited as a mission by Quinten L Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles this week. It was great to see him for a second time. For those who don't know I got to see him in California San Jose before I cam here to Africa. It was really super cool seeing him twice. The power those men carry, the Spirit that attends them, the strength that they have is incredible. He encouraged us and blessed us and much of what he said felt as if he were speaking only to me. It was a wonderful experience.
My companion's brother is getting married in December. He is all excited for it. While we were in Harare to see Elder Cook he was like ten minuets from home. We stayed the night at the Highlands Chapel/Mission Transfer House which is his chapel. It was a fun experience.
-Gordan B Hinckley 15th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"if our lives are centered around our Faith in Jesus Christ nothing bad can last."
-Howard W Hunter 14th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
All I have to say today is that this Church is true. I have shaken the hand of an Apostle of God and I can say without a single doubt that he is an Apostle. The Church is the only true and living Church on Earth. Thomas S Monson is the only true and living Prophet.
"What I bought them, most of them"
"Nefu I'm afraid I've been thinking. A dangerous pass time. I know."
"Is this you? Now they're just being mean."
"Where have you taken us Phillip?"
Monday, October 13, 2014
"So uh, was that a yes or a no?"-Halo 3 ODST "It seems [slow]. Its the deep breath before the plunge."-Lord of the Rings "First I actually commit a crime, and then you get to [fine] me for it."-Sinbad
The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth comes again. In one age, called the second age by some, an age long past, an age yet to come, a wind arose in [Chegutu] the wind was not the beginning, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time, but the wind was a beginning.
Had to throw that in there, since on Thursday, I am a year old on mission. Weird to think that a year ago, almost I entered the MTC, fresh from the arms of my crying momma, and my smiling daddy. It is an interesting thought to have. The first age of my mission has been completed, and now my second age is about to begin.
I know that it isn't a Disney movie quote, but I am running out of ideas and it really sums up how things go out here. I ask a question, and then they respond in some long string of Shona, and then I ask my companion, "so was that a yes or a no?" and then he tells me how they responded. It is interesting having a three way conversation every lesson. It is good, and I am getting bits and pieces of the Shona, when it is within lesson material, but once they leave that, I am lost.
The weeks leading up to this one have felt slow. It is my deep breath, before my plunge. Gonna start down that mountain that I started a year ago.
I keep running into problems with the police out here. They will ding you for anything, including apparently, a sticker on your window that someone put tape on since it was falling off. Really? It is a sticker! they don't have anything better to do with their time?
We had a great week end out here. Four people baptized, two couples married civilly, and all of it went pretty well. trying to get things organized for getting people to Kadoma, that was a different story, but it got taken care of and so all's well that ends well. Worth every moment of wanting to bash my head into a wall.
|We did have the wedding, and since this is the first weddings and baptisms in Chegutu they are gonna try to get it into the South East Africa part of the Liahona. Which would be super cool.|
My companion and I are doing well, though we are being swarmed by bugs every night. Things are great here, and we are working in unity and all that good stuff. Not much to say about him this week, nothing has gone on really.
"You are never far from the sight of your loving Heavenly Father."
-Boyde K Packer President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
"Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words."
-Dieter F Utchdorf 2nd Councilor in the First Presidency
"we Pray with confidence that we can feel the Saviors love for us. He loved us enough to pay the price of our sins."
-Henry B Eyring 1st Councilor in the First Presidency
I have met a lot of people this week who flat out reject what I have tried to offer them. From Jehovah Witnesses who refuse to listed to us as we try to answer their questions, to a guy who says we are supposed to pray to Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, even though when asked he admitted that you can't find it in the Bible. So many people try to make us not believe what we believe. So many people fight against the truthfulness of this Gospel. It makes me sad, but that is how it is.
I know without a doubt that this message I am sharing with others is true. I know that God lives and so does His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that this Church is true. I know that we have a living Prophet on the Earth in Thomas S Monson, and in the words of my Zone Leader Elder Mayall, you could put a gun to my head, and I wouldn't deny that this is true. But he says it in an English accent, since he is from Manchester.
"its not a dress its a kilt! Ya Sick-o."
"Giant? I prefer big boned, or jolly. Now who are we hiding from?"
"I'm speaking in rhyme! Max! Fetch my sedative!"
"Da! Quick to the SLOW!"
Monday, October 6, 2014
"Ignore him"-Cars "Blah, blah, blah"-Hotel Transylvania "It will never brake, it will never, it broke."-Aladdin "I [love] the rain"-Planet 51
Well I have learned this week, that a drunk person is like a two year old having a tantrom. If you ignore him, he will stop and leave you alone. Point in case, Prosper. Your friendly neighborhood drunkard. He always used to bother me, and then I started to ignore him and now he don't. It is nice when the drunk guy leaves you alone.My companion and I have started saying "Blah, blah, blah" like Dracula. I don't really know why, it is just fun. I enjoy having an inside joke with my companion.
My momma reminded my today that God knows my name. Now I would like to testify that He knows your name as well. He knows, He loves, He cares for all of us. Not a one of us is too far away to not be under God's watchful eye. He is there, He has always been there, He will always be there. He loves us and wants to hear from us. This much I know to be true.
I love you all.
Found an old run down pair of airplanes that used to be a fancy restaurant, so me and my comp got some pictures of it.
Monday, September 29, 2014
"Our [games] quickly became more elaborate, he would win some, I would almost win others."-Megamind "[Melot's] blown a tire!"-Cars "I'm stayin!"-Hotel Transylvania "Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry"-Hulk
Hey mom, a while back you told me you had given a friend at work a copy of the Book of Mormon. How did that go?
Would it surprise any of you to know that I have a travel sized Chess set? Probably not. Well, Elder Hove and I play Chess when ever we get the time and we are home. He is actually pretty good. I have to really concentrate to beat him, and even then he wins his fare share of the games. Not like when I used to play my old Zone Leader Elder Thomas. He would just throw pieces away willy nilly. So it is pretty fun having a challenge when I play chess. It is nice that he knows how to play since many people out here don't.
-Dieter F Utchdorf 2nd Councilor in the First Presidency..
"There is no problem to big, or to small, for God."
-Thomas S Monson 16 President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
"Your Potential is not determined by any outside circumstance. Your potential is determined by your faith and how much you want it."
-Elder Mohl my old Zone Leader in California
Well it is interesting, as I sit here at the computer I realize that I am coming up on a year of missionary work. It really doesn't feel like it has been a year. But it has been, my time on mission is not infinite, and neither is our time in life. People say YOLO all the time, but I prefer YOMO, You Only Mortality Once. We tell our investigators all the time that their actions here in life are very important, because what we do here will affect where we go after this life. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given agency, or the ability to make decisions for themselves. That gift is given to every son or daughter of Adam and Eve on the face of the Earth. We are free to choose our actions, but not our consequences. We must use our agency wisely. The prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon said that we are free to choose between two things, either "life through the mediator of all flesh" or in other words, Jesus Christ. Or to choose "captivity and death according to the captivity and power of the devil for he seekth that all man might be miserable like unto himself." So every decision we make either takes us closer to God or farther from him. We have to choose which way we are going to go. Elder Mapugwa my District Leader said "it is better to be a step away from Hell facing Heaven, then a step away from Heaven facing Hell". We have to choose where we are going to go and who we are gong to follow. We have the words of prophets, both ancient and modern day, that guide us closer to God. I testify that the Scriptures are true, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, also the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. They contain the word of God as given to Prophets. I know that they are true.
"Well then Mr. Lightbeer, prove it."
"You're a walking stick! It's funny! Now GO!"
"Stranger, from the outside. Ohhh.."
"I know its a rock! Don't you think I know a rock when I see a rock I spent a lot of time around rocks!"
Love you all.
Monday, September 22, 2014
So[what do you do on P-days] absolutely nothing!"-Space Balls "Stop following me okay!"-Finding Nemo
Had a few more I could have used but time is short, and computers are super not good out here. Tried to respond to an email from Auntie Jessie, but the computer deleted half of it. So Auntie Jessie, I got you message, thank you so much for the email and encouragement and I love you so much.
Hard to believe that a year ago I was at Auntie Lizzy's place, staying up all night playing Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword cause I wanted to beat it in a week. And I did too. Man that seems like such a long time ago, and at the same time, not that long ago at all. I love my family and I really enjoyed that week I spent at Liz's.
Monday, September 15, 2014
"What? Snake eyes? Eleven!"-Nightmare Before Christmas "Right where I LEFT you"-Pirates of the Caribbean " "Hey the showers are awesome!"-Elf "Them [fall through's] are rough"-Barnyard
Wanna know something that I can't seem to get my head around? I hit 11 months tomorrow! I can't believe that it has almost been a year since I came into the mission field. It is weird. Lots of stuff happened this time last year. Hey mom, did you ever try to play Dead Space like you said you would? Or did you forget? Anyway the time is going fast, before you know it I will be home. It is a scary thought. But it is what it is.
You know what is really embarrassing? An experienced missionary making a greeny mistake. That was me last week. Went to the ZL's (zone leaders) on P-day (Monday) because it was half way to Kwe Kwe where we were having a Zone Meeting. So we get all our stuff and get out the door, on our way to Kadoma, where the ZL's live. Latter that night I realize I forgot my bag, my scriptures, my Preach My Gospel, and so I didn't have anything for the meeting. Rookie mistake, by an experience missionary. Embarrassing.
I sit on the right side of the car when I drive and I shift with my left hand. It is interesting, and I think I am getting better. Tell Jeremiah that the only animal I have seen other then lizards and monkeys is a Zebra.
The good thing is now our geaser works, we get warm water and showers! I have missed warm water. And showers are great. No more bucket showers. Running water is great. The bad news is that lots of people have been making appointments to meet with us and learn about the gospel only to not be there or to tell us it is a bad time, or something along those lines. That isn't fun. For a missionary that is a fall through. And they suck.
The area is doing well. We are still working on getting people to come to church, but it is starting to work. Our numbers in Sacrament Meeting are going up, as well as our number of lessons, and Babas that we teach. A Baba for those who don't know is a Father. And they are very important in this mission. We are trying to teach and baptize more fathers, and more families. And we have a few out here in Chegutu that we are trying to get ready for Baptism. It is gonna happen, but it will be slow. I might have ruined white people for a kid yesterday. The children out here like to play around, and they like to mess with me, so one of them will poke me and run off, or throw things at me and run off, and so at one point when she wasn't paying attention I crept up behind her and surprised her. She happened to have her little brother in her arms, and the poor kid just starts to scream and cry and it was so bad. He may never like white people. Years from now he will be asked why he hates white people, and he will say "Elder Melot". I felt so bad, but it was super funny at the same time. Gonna need to buy him some candy to win back is friendship. My bad.
Out here in Zim there is Civil Marriage which is the Legal of the Country marriage, then there is Tribal Marriage, which is much easier to begin and to end. So church says a marriage needs to be civilly binding. So there are members of the Church who are marriage officers who can do the marriage, or other marriage officers can do it. It just needs to be done before baptism. So yea, they are a little crammed for time, and tight for money, so we are gonna have the wife clean our laundry to earn some money so they can get married, cause the church marriage is free, but it takes longer, and they seem to not want to wait that long, the non church one is $20 or so. So yea, that is how we are helping. Paying them to clean some laundry so they have the money to get married. It is a common thing yes, lots of people get tribaly married, cause they have Labola out here, you know "I want three cows for Mahana." type thing, so they don't really have money when they start out to get civilly married.
My companion and I are doing well. His cousin is here in the mission as well. He is serving North of Harare, in Bendura. Anyway my comp is super excited about it. He is 22 years old. But he acts like a teenager sometimes. It is funny, seeing him go from being all serious in a lesson and then be back to goofing off when we step out of the house. I wonder if I ever act like that. It is interesting being the "Senior Companion" to a guy two years my senior. But it is going well.
"A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation and it [is] through this sacrifice , and this only that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life"
Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration
"One who is obedient to His commandments is trusted of the Lord. That individual has access to His inspiration to know what to do and, as needed the divine power to do it."
Richard G Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
"Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the Temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive those blessings."
Thomas S Monson 17th Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
I have seen lots of people out here in Zimbabwe. Lots of struggle and hardship and also lots of joy. There can not be one without the other. The Prophet Lehi in the book of Mormon taught that if Adam had not fallen there would not have been any change or progression, then he says that "Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy" (2nd Nephi chapter 2: 25). There are many things in this life that are hard, and many things that are difficult. President Watkins my first Mission President said "You're gonna do hard things everyday of your life. Step it up, it will get better." If we look on the bright side, if we have an eternal perspective and know that this isn't the only life we get then we can face trial and opposition with faith and courage. I know that God has a plan for all of us, and that we are able to be happy in this life. The song "Red Dirt Road" says that "happiness on earth ain't just for high achievers". We can all be happy knowing that God lives and loves us, and that Jesus is the Christ, and that because of Him we will live again.
"And then Snap! Dad's leg was clean off! Oh now that's my favorite part."
"Um, I'm supposed to build a hive for the alien queen, yea and I'm supposed to blow up things unless you need help with the hive."
"At least we have hair, yeah and all of our teeth, and at least we don't live under bridges you grumpy old troll."
"I think I'm a zombie, I keep hearing this piercing voice in the back of my mind. It's me. There it is again. It's me you idiot."
I sing to the moon every night. Usually a country or a church song for you to hear. Problem is by the time it is night for me you are home asleep. So I don't know if you hear. We live in a pretty good size house. I will send a picture sometime. The computers here in town don't let us send pictures, so it might be a while. I have a kitchen, and one bathroom, and one toilet room. There are two stores in town, but they don't have very much in all honesty. It is a city, but it is a very small city, barely worth calling it a city. I don't hear much when I lay down to go to sleep, other then the buzzing of flies. It is quiet out here. I don't get many pictures, since we are encouraged not to take them into the area. Mom this is me, when don't I sleep at night? I have a bed, that is to small for me. I am like the man from Cornwall, except my feet stick off the bed. My knee and health are good, and I don't know how much weight I have lost. I think it has slowed down now that I am in a car part of the time, but it might not have. I do eat, I make myself dinner most of the time, cause too much Sadza makes me sick.
Love you all.