We have 4 outstanding young men in our small ward in Liberty, Texas that have been called to serve a mission. It will be fun to have our ward family follow their experiences through this blog. Elder Clegg left July 20,2011 for the Idaho, Pocatello mission, Elder Waddell left July 27, 2011 for the Alaska, Anchorage Spanish speaking mission, Elder Escobar left in August for the Massachusetts, Boston mission, and Elder Tellez left September 14, 2011 for the Mexico, Veracruz Spanish speaking mission. We are so very excited that these fine young men have chosen to serve the Lord.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Elder Everett Escobar   4/23/2012

Hello again!

Well I'm happy to say that we had another eventful week, we picked up two new investigators. The first, was a media referral that we received named, Witerland. Witerland is 15 years old, she is from Haiti, she has 2 older sisters that are members of the church, she has been to the Haitian ward before, and she wants the same happiness and blessings that her sisters have. We taught her the 1st lesson and she was really open to it, we then extended a light baptismal invitation/commitment and she willingly accepted and she even said that she is 'looking for to being baptized'. I was pretty excited and both Elder White and I feel like she has indeed been prepared. The second, is a man named, Sam, we ran into him tracting, he is from India and is a Roman Catholic. We had our second conversation with him and taught him the 1st lesson and we were very bold and straight-forward with him by continuously explaining in different ways the importance of the Restoration and how we can know that these things are true. I guess we kind of put the ball in his court, so he can do whatever he makes of it; it's in his hands now. He said that he will start reading the Book of Mormon and we will meet with him again soon.

We had two memorable experiences with Suzanne this week. 1) We met with her this week like usual, but we found out that she didn't have much food left to get by this month and that she didn't have any money left. So we decided to give her some of our food that we had at the apartment. So we came back to her place later that afternoon with 3 bags full of groceries (she needed it more than we did, so that's why you may see me use my Wells Fargo card) and like normal, she greeted us with a somewhat feeble handshake and then she asked us what were in the bags. We smiled and replied that it was food for her and Danny so that they would not have to go to bed hungry anymore. At that moment, she politely kissed the hands of which she had previously shaken and started to cry, she cried in joy. Soon after, she explained that we were indeed an answer to her prayers. I imagined that the way that I felt was like unto how the Savior felt when he was in the service of his fellowmen. 2) Well Suzanne came to church this Sunday intending to stay all three hours. And right before sacrament meeting ended the fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate the building and go out into the rain. It wasn't very fun. Apparently, a little kid had pulled the fire alarm. Good going kid! haha.

I received Danny's e-mail (Bath-tizing haha) and I will respond to him promptly with a letter. Oh and about the Aston Martin car show pics, believe or not we were driving by. My camera has a setting that you can put it on called 'Burst' and it will take 100 quick-snapped shots in 5 seconds. Most of the pics were blurry but I picked out the ones that weren't. So ha (: you have seen the results of 'modern' technology. Jealous much? Just kidding. This week was fun and it went by oober (super) fast. Danny has ADHD, hmmm, that doesn't seem possible...oh wait yes it does, very much so. Well it's good that you confirmed that he does for a fact have ADHD and is now taking medicine for it, probably makes the load of things a little easier.

Aaron's actual/real 1st Youth Dance, geez! 'Oh bothah...' Outgoing: yes/check mark, but tell him not to get discouraged too easily (dress or appearance-wise, from his 1st experience. It's not bad to look different, it's probably a good thing). You need to take a side by side picture of Danny, Aaron, and you, so that I can see how much taller Aaron and Danny really are. Is Danny going to follow my footsteps and play basketball? Mister Tall Guy! He'll probably be able to dunk over me when I get home. Well I have to say that I have gained a little weight this week (I will not specify how much; that's confidential haha) but I'm eating a lot more than I usually am/was, well isn't that hard to believe, I already ate a lot haha. Well hope you enjoy this somewhat lengthy letter, because I forgot my camera today so no pics this week ): oh well. Hope all of you have a great week!

Elder Everett Alan Escobar

Elder Tellez 4-23-12

Hello again, How is everybody doing? So, I would absolutely love to take pics of different things, but there is nothing!!!! So I just get creative with what I have. Hopefully, this is my last week here and then it is off to a different place. There are no mountains, no hills, no statues, no historical sites, they tell us not to look like tourists or terrorists, so I try my best not to take pics of houses and such. The trees and other things look exactly like the trees from Texas, I'm sorry. That kid in the picture is Marcos, the kid that goes with us everyday, I think I have other pictures of him. I have no clue how to change it to .jpeg and I really don't have the time, hopefully it will all work out, I'm sorry. Ok, so we can make food for ourselves, but we mainly just buy cereal and things to make quesadillas. So, groceries, we usually buy cereal, milk, ramen noodles, little bread snacks, cookies, those fruit milk things that you will see in the pics, juices, Tang drink mix, and other things. It sounds like a typical missionary kitchen, haha, bunch of junk food, but don't worry, I'm as healthy as a horse. We eat with a member everyday, 1 time a day. I don't play the piano because this old lady does at times. Yesterday, however, I did because no one was playing the prelude music, like always, and they need it to bring the spirit. By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA!!!!!!!!! Yup, that's my story, haha. So, we are collecting those milk things as you can see. I created the Houston Temple with them, haha, enjoy. Nothing much new, no baptisms so far. I think it is time to go. Til next week. Keep your fingers crossed that I get transferred. I will tell you guys where I'm going if I'm going, next Monday. Les amo and all the other stuff, haha.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Elder Waddell 4-23-12

Hermano Morales teaching Elders how to make salsa

Hey! Thanks for the email. This week has been interesting like most of the weeks on a mission. This one was more because it was Elder Samuelsons last full week. So there were a lot of goodbyes and stuff like that. He's been in this area two different times with a total of 16 months. That's a while. ha We got our transfer calls and Elder Thorne and I are called to stay and Elder Samuelson was given the next step, get married. haha so that was fun. I've done a pretty good job this week of not comparing the months I have left to his days. So it hasn't been too bad. It helps that he's an incredibly focused missionary. Let’s see... so what happened this week? Not too much. Oh yeah sooo they have POG in the stores here. We bought all that they had last week. And we're going to do it again, delicious. My Spanish is slowly improving. It's good to be in a trio because I get to hear them speaking it all the time. But at the same time it makes me more nervous to speak it to other people in lessons in stuff. But now I won't have a choice since it will just be the two of us ha. Oh yeah happy anniversary, almost, to you and dad! I think we're taking some people on what's called their "greenie tract" the new missionaries are getting off the plane today and we're going to take them to knock a few doors for their first time. So that'll be fun maybe. We had quite a tracting experience this week. 3 things that hadn't happened to me yet happened all in less than an hour ha. The first one wasn't that weird but I guess since I was in Ketchikan and knew all the members on the Island it makes sense it never happened to me but we tracted into some members. So that was pleasant. Then a few doors later I was about to knock on the door when it swung open. Normally when that happens nothing good follows. But this time it was a missionary.... ha, some of the Elder's from the Samoan ward were talking with some members in that house. That was a first for Elder Samuelson too so that was cool. And the third new thing wasn't as cool, it was more sad. I should've said it in between those two but that's not the order that it happened. The third one, to make a short story shorter, was just a guy that tried to spit on us among other things and words. So,  three experiences to remember. There will be many more with that too. So recently I've become more and more aware of how much the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation has helped me in my life. I think I really took it for granted growing up. I never really had to question why I was here and I never had to be scared about what would happen after death. I never had to worry that at some point I would be looking for ways out of the life cycle. But now talking and seeing so many people who just have no idea where they're headed why they're going there or how to do it has given me a little more of a drive to share that knowledge. I know that If I didn't have a knowledge of that plan I would be succumbing to the weaknesses of flesh all the time. I wouldn't care. I wouldn't know why I should care. I would live for me. Look out for number one. It also gives me a greater respect for those who don't know these things and yet live better lives than I would if I didn't have this knowledge. The key to this plan or the key that's worked best for me at least so far to going on in life with a real purpose and with real happiness is letting the atonement work. I've just decided I'm going to randomly share life lessons I've been learning. Sorry if it's lame or preachy, but it's true and I become more and more thankful for it every day. Love you guys. All is well in Zion.

Elder Waddell 
Elder Everett Escobar  4/16/2012

Hello mi familia,

I am doing very well! Suzanne, the Sister from Lebanon and her son, Danny, have agreed to get baptized. So yes they are progressing. Our last meeting with them was such a blast, the spirit was really strong and Suzanne boldly told us, "I know that Jesus has brought both of you into my life, thank you for everything that you have done for me." And as you can probably guess at that point my eyes got a little watery, however I didn't cry amazingly haha. Well Jade and Jean are getting better, Jade has a baptismal date for the 26th of May and Jean just got a job so he's not discouraged anymore and he is coming back to church.

Monday was pretty hot it was in the 90s, Monday was also Patriots Day! So we were able to go to the temple which was great. While I was there the University Elders told me that Ran Jan, a guy who I found and started teaching before I left is getting baptized. They also told me that Nic Petre another person that I found and started teaching is finally coming around in his faith and what he believes (he was and probably still is a hard egg to crack). I was also able to talk to Chris Battoo over the phone that evening, seems like life is still tough for him but he is still coming to church and he is going to meet with Bishop Porter because he wants to receive the priesthood and soon after that go to the temple.

Oh Dad and Grandpa (or any man) would be jealous of this. There is an Aston Martin dealership close to our apartment and on Friday last week they had a car show, it was amazing! They Aston Martins, Shelby Mustangs, Lotus', Audis, and Ferraris - galore! It was so sweet, however, we did not stop and give into temptation but I did take a few pictures while driving by.

I received an e-mail from John (Elder Tellez) today, just so you know. So Shane is working for Brother Farrell now that's pretty cool. You should tell him to convert, Don and Saint, for me or at least invite them to events at church. Sounds like there are plenty of changes in Liberty Ward. Well before I forget, I have to tell you that Elder White and I are staying together for another transfer and so apparently I am his only companion that he has had for 3 transfers, he was pretty excited about that. Oh and I have a boat load of pictures for you. By the way it is very GREEN here right now! At the beginning of the next transfer will be 9 months out, crazy! And next transfer 30 missionaries are going home!!! That's a bit ridonkulous! Anyways, time keeps tickin'...
Elder Everett Alan Escobar

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Elder Waddell 4-16-12

Hey! Thanks!  I'm doing pretty well today. Things are going good, I can't complain. This week went pretty fast. Looking back things that happened a couple of days ago seem a long time past , but last pday seems like yesterday. sooo I guess the lesson is don't try to measure time. But we've had a productive week. The other day we were talking to a guy on the street and a bunch of little kids were running around. I recognized one because we had been in the area before and the last time he stuck his tongue out at us like some little kids do. But this time while Elder Thorne was talking to the guy the little kid walked up and looked at Elder Thorne in a strange way. Then he stomped on Elder Thornes foot. Then he started to hit him with a stick and try to stab him haha The guy we were talking with yelled at him then called him "nino del diablo" ,  so that was interesting. And I've decided that it would be much nicer if some people would just tell us they're not interested. Because being invited into someone’s house then after half an hour of conversation being told you worship the devil and you're going to hell isn't the most fun or productive thing I could be doing.  And it's not very easy to leave. Just a thought . So there's a lot less snow on the ground now. And it was about 50 degrees all day today! woohoo!  So that's been nice. We've met some new people and the work is just going rather well. Especially considering we have to actively seek out people who speak Spanish. Right now the Branch is split in two areas west and east with 5 missionaries. But next transfer Elder Samuelson will be gone and Elder Smith might finally leave the Branch. So we think It will just be one area covering the entire city and we might get Elder Petersen so we'll have a trio again ha. That would be pretty cool I think. But we're definitely worried about Elder Samuelson leaving....We need a native speaker so we can learn at a faster pace. Today we did some hiking. It was pretty sweet. It was Elder Samuelson's last real pday.  We have a Family home evening with a family we're teaching and some members tonight, so that should be good. Things are going well and we're excited for the success we're seeing. I hope things are nice in the lone star state. All is well in Zion.

Elder Waddell

Elder Tellez 4-16-12

Another week gone bye,

¿Que dicen? ¿Como estan? I am feeling super lazy today. I woke up with a massive headache this morning. I think it is safe to say that I am definately used to Mexico. We I go back to America, my little head will just explode. I find it better to speak in spanish. I am trying this crazy tecnique (probably spelled wrong, spanish words are popping into my head instead of english) to where I speak with more of an spanish accent and less gringo. Surprisingly, I never really sounded gringo to begin with, haha. But I want to sound really good. Just think of it, in less than a month we might skype or maybe just a telephone call. So, last night, I was looking through letters and stuff from my time in the MTC and first couple of months here, and I made me think how supportive you all really are. If it feels like at times that I don't appreciate all that y'all do, don't feel like that because I really do appreciate each and every one of you. I am sure it is harder to have a grandson, brother, and especially a son 800 miles away in a completely different country on the Lord's errand than it is for me here. Because I spend all of my time dedicated to all of this that it is almost impossible to think about anything else. Don't get me wrong, every night I think about home, but my mind wanders back to "Ahhhh, what do Enrique and Elizabet need" or "what am I going to teach tomorrow to Sachari!!" In other words, it is harder for the family than the actual missionary. So, thank you for your support. "What do we do when we fall down......we get back up." -Alfred (Michael Caine) Batman Begins Cheesy movie quote, but it is so true. Sure you may stumble at times but you will always get back up. The first time you bake a cake, it might not turn out amazing. But the more you try again, the more rico it will be. Never give up. So, that is all the time I have. ........... Love you all, now time to eat some nasty fish and papaya!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Elder Everett Escobar  4/9/2012

Well I must say that Easter was great! So about a week and a half ago I ran across a lady from Lebanon (middle-east), while looking for a media referral and we have been able to teach her and her son. She, Suzanne, is a very funny, sweet lady and her son, Danny, has gone through a lot in his life. Our last lesson with them was interesting part of it was in English and part of it was in Arabic so that Suzanne could really understand what we were talking about. They are really open to what we have to say and they came to church this Sunday and really enjoyed it. Before Suzanne was about to leave from church she said that she 'really' wanted to 'keep' meeting with us. So I'm happy about that. Well I'm glad that I don't have to say that I didn't have Easter dinner, because did have dinner. As a matter of fact we had 2 Easter Dinners I was so tired after the second dinner because I had already gorged myself with food, but it was fun. Things are looking up we are bringing more members to our lessons and they seem to have a great time.

That's great that Kenny got baptized, please tell him "Congrats!" for me. That must have truly been a special experience for everyone. Sounds like things are happening in Liberty Ward. Did Grandma and Grandpa ever get my letter? Sounds like Aaron is making money! Tell him not to spend and go ahead and save it for a mission, that's great that he is getting opportunities to make money. Danny is still getting in trouble it sounds like, I guess not much has changed from that aspect of things. So everyone, including myself, thinks that I'm going to be training this transfer, but we will see what happens this Saturday. I still remain in awe, as the time keeps whizzing by, it's so crazy. Pretty soon I will have been gone for a year ayayay! Hope Aaron and Danny are doing well in school. Hope that you continue to feel better and that Dad is able to continue in the work both occupation, fatherly responsibilities, and church calling-wise. We don't know the details about Mother's Day yet, but when we do get the scoop I will tell you.

Elder Everett Alan Escobar  

Elder Everett Escobar   4/2/2012

Christmas all over again was great, personally I don't think that President Monson said anything extraordinary, but all of the talks were great and insightful! A lot of talks were aimed towards family and trying to encourage greater stability and love within the family units (preparation haha). I guess I will send the bill from Boston Childrens Hospital to you, even though I already wrote on it (oops!), I guess white-out will do the trick! So the little/big guy (Danny) is 10 years old and had an Angry Birds birthday party. Ayayayay! Angry Birds is taking over the world, I see something related to Angry Birds almost every single day, I find it annoying but oh well. That's great, sounds like he had a good birthday party. Today we helped a family unload their new couches into their home so that's why I am e-mailing this late, sorry. Back problems, tooth ache problems, what's next? That's rough, hope everything gets better soon. Early this morning my nose started bleeding, I was ticked, I hadn't had a problem with my nose since I got to Boston. I guess my luck or peace of nose (instead of mind) isn't going to last long. April Fools Day was fun all 4 of us came home to beds being sabotaged and messed with ridiculously it was funny, My whole bed was covered with pass-along cards. Elder White's bed was just completely gone. Elder Campos's bed was greasy and wet from lotion and water being put/poured on it. And Elder Hansen's bed contained RANCH DRESSING in between his sheets (it looked disgusting), he always has bad run-ins with ranch. It was funny.
I have only heard from Samuel a little tiny bit (like a 1 or 2 sentence e-mail) and I don't hear from anybody else, I guess I'm out of the loop. Time just keeps zooming by, a week seems like a day or not even a day. AHAHAHAH! The clock just keeps going faster. I'm in my 8th month, 1/3 of the way done and I still feel as if I am the new guy in the mission, but I'm almost considered a veteran.  So grandpa is in scouting now that's a change, I guess he is going to be relying upon you a lot for advice, hopefully he enjoys that calling.

We are striving to get member referrals in our ward, we just started a new program that I created (I will have to take a picture of my idea and send it to you sometime), so hopefully we see some pretty good results. This week has been a sad week mail-wise in the apartment, no one has received a letter or package this week which is quite abnormal. The missionary work is still going, we are trying to get members to come with us to our lessons. We are teaching an elderly woman named, Suzanne. I ran into her when looking for a media referral and she seemed pretty open to me and what I said to her. She is from Lebanon, she used to be a singer there interestingly enough. And now we are teaching her son, Danny who seems particularly interested as well. So the mission life is good right now. Just thinking about my future and from experiences and from what people have proposed to me, while on my mission so far, I'm kind of leaning towards the pediatrics side of the medical field. But who knows, that may change, I enjoy being around kids though so it seems to fit. Anyways, focus on the mission right now haha.

Elder Everett Alan Escobar
Elder Everett Escobar  3/19/2012

 That is such great news that Kenny is going to get baptized, it's about time. Good for him and Serena! I remember Sister Smesny said a while back that she said that she wanted to have a temple marriage, maybe that's not too far away now. That's great! Yea you should give the Book of Mormon to Uncle Travis. Sorry about last week, we came to the library a little earlier but today we e-mailed a little later because today is Deep-Cleaning Day! Yay, we clean the whole apartment, it's not too bad though. Please tell Danny, "Happy Birthday!" for me. 10 years old, time flies, I remember when you brought him back home from the hospital after he was born. Feeling old?! I think so... We had 1 investigator (Jade) at church yesterday, finally! It was great, she enjoyed it. So this whole week we have taken 2 hours everyday to help Brother Jodrey, a less-active, clean his room. He is an elderly man, he's a massive hoarder, and he doesn't take very good care of himself at all. I have never cleaned anything so disgusting in my life than his room. He was grateful for the service we gave him and gave me 2 model cars (he's a big collector): Aston Martin (from a 007 movie) and a Ferrari FXX it looks pretty sweet. Jade, one of our investigators, has a baptismal date for April 8th, but that is bound to change because she is living with Jean, another one of our investigators, and they don't plan on getting married any time soon so it's a sticky situation. We met a guy this week who was really open to us, but he was a little tipsy at the time, his name is Jerry. He just has a lot of problems in his life but he wants to come to church and we haven't even had the first discussion with him yet. Tell Aaron to keep going and become an Eagle Scout, no regrets only more opportunities await him. I can't wait for General Conference, it's like Christmas all over again! Well I'm still having fun on the mission, the more stressful it gets, the more fun and entertaining it is. I do need a few things: deodorant, contact solution, toothpaste, listerene, and several packs of protein powder (if you can). And yes I did receive the SD card in the mail, thank you very much and yea I'm pretty sure that will last me for the rest of my mission, haha. Did grandma and grandpa get the letter that I sent to them?

Love you alot,
Elder Everett Alan Escobar
PS I tried uploading a video of me but it didn't work, sorry

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Elder Waddell 4-9-12

We get to use this parking spot!! 

Hey! thanks for the email! I'm doing pretty well today. We had a good Easter. We ate dinner at a really cool family's house for Easter. It was pretty fun.  Oh,  Sister Searcy. ha She always catches you unaware. She just appeared outside of the church after we had a lesson and said  "I need an Easter video for your family!" haha!!  I hope it wasn't tooo strange.
I think one of the best things about a mission is the fact that we have almost no stress relief valves. We can't listen to music or watch tv or go randomly play sports or games. We have to always be working. So it kind of forces you into one of two choices (if you want to be obedient ha) either eat.....  or unload yourself in prayer. I guess I haven't had all that much stress before to where I felt like I needed to do that. So it kind of feels weird at first. But it kind of helps me to understand that the Atonement wasn’t  just for the times I mess up and need to fix something. It was for my sicknesses, my doubts, my trials, and burdens in general. Well I didn't mean to make this a mini sermon but I feel like I learned something kind of significant from this week that will hopefully help me out till I die.   I hope things keep going well for you guys!  Keep me updated! All is well in Zion.

Elder Waddell

Monday, April 9, 2012

Email from Elder Tellez 4-9-12

Hello hello,

How is everyone doing? Thank you for the emails. I appreciate them much. So, I am in Isla until the next transfer, which is at the end of April. Well then, news from this part of the world: They will be starting construction on the new stake center in San Andres (where are little district center is at (2 1/2 hrs away!!)). With that being said, we will be made a stake then. Isla will become a ward, actually from what I've heard, 2 wards. I think after the stake center is completed, they say that they are going to construct a new church building here in Isla to fit the 2 wards. We haven't had a baptism in 4 weeks. Every week there is something that happens to our "golden" investigators. It is all good though, I still have faith that we will baptize 10 this month, me and E. Barnes have prayed and we know that we can do it. Remember mama when you send me a package to put my InsideOut CD and some other church CD like those ones that annoyed me back then with the girl singing. Don't forget the beef jerky. Wait another month or two before you send it though because I don't want you to spend a bunch of money on a package.................... This week was even hotter than before and my face is baked, my arms however are just getting tanned. Yes, I am using sunscreen, but I sweat so much that it just slides off. They don't sell very much sunscreen here. But I bought some that was water proof and still it kind of just dripped down my face. I think, however, that it kind of worked. Time to go. Send me many emails and pics, Love ya all.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Elder Tellez 4-2-12

Still no new pics :( But he sounds so great!!!

Greetings to all,

How is everyone doing? Thank you for the emails and such. This week has be pretty normal, I can't lie haha. E. Barnes is awesome and we are pretty sure that this is going to be my last week here in Isla. Thank you for all of the "Happy Birthdays" Saturday was good. Everyone forgot it was my birthday, even me, until about 2:30 when hermana Treviño (wife of the mission pres.) called me and wished me a happy birthday. The baptisms aren't coming as much lately, but I have faith that we will see many this week. Conference was great, as always. I watched every session. I liked Boyd K. Packer's talk Saturday morning. I interpreted that we need to have faith and hope, they are essencial together like it says in Moroni 7:41-42. We need to be like a little child, like it says in Mosiah 3:19. Families CAN be together forever. I know that all of this is true through personal revalation and ferverent prayer. Through Elder Hales, I learned we need to come back to the light of our Savior's love. With Elder Oaks, I learned it is so important to ask God, not just pray just to pray, but pray with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Also, missionary work is only but a small sacrifice of what the Lord did for all of us. Listening to President Eyring, I wrote: How dare I ask "Why?" We need to choose the right constantly, not every now and then when the time feels right. Also, trial happen, make the most of them. Ahhhhh Elder Holland, I got that we don't need to be envious. Envy is a mistake that just keeps giving. He said,"it is like downing a jar of pickle juice everytime someone has a happy moment." The men need to "step it up". Elder Scott got me a little teary eyed. Death is but a small separation. We need to trust in the Lord. I will not write all that I have learned because I don't have all of the time in the world, but I have plenty of notes. I will just tell you that I weeped at the end of all of it. The music and all was just grand. For everyone sending packages, I would love black socks and a bunch of snack food that is ony in America. I can't send pics this week either because there isn't a slot for my card on this computer either. I will end my decent email by saying that I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!! I really do, I feel your presence with me constantly. You are all 100 times stronger than I will ever be. Stay firm in the Gospel and keep sending emails. -Elder (guapo) Téllez

Trinity 4-2-12

Hey! Thanks for the email! Conference was great. It always is. The only problem this go around is that we watched it in Spanish.... Which means I need to rewatch them. I enjoyed the stuff I understood but especially with conference I want to hear more than just the basic idea.  Man the girls are always on the move. When are they supposed to go to Hawaii?  Counting down the Mondays. Anchorage is good. Learning Spanish, always on the move, the occasional moose, lots of nasty melting ice.  What do I need?... music never hurts,  but I’m definitely stashed as far as hygiene goes, haha, thanks. Well let's see this week has been good. One really cool experience was we got to go to the swearing in of one of our investigators. It was sweet. There were 75 people from 26 different countries becoming citizens. They all went up and said where they're from and some stuff like that. Man. America is a good place. So that was cool.  Most of the people we teach are from the Dominican Republic. They're notorious for slurring words and speaking like they have peanut butter in their mouths, but not all of them are hard to understand. Well let me rephrase that. Because it's hard for me to understand no matter how clear it is. Not all of them are impossible for ME to understand. One thing we do to try and meet new people and speak in Spanish is visit the little Spanish stores. We always buy a Jarritos. So tasty. Oh the other day I didn't realize it but we ate lengua! (tongue) haha it was rather tasty. They were some members from El Salvador. I'm glad things are going so well back home! Things are still moving along here. I'm a little worried for when Elder Samuelson goes home but there are still a few weeks. We'll see. Well I think that's about it besides I was wrong about the breakup stuff and it's definitely in full nasty swing right now. It's like the in-between snow and washing away in Ketchikan except it takes a lot longer to leave. We've gotten stuck in the slush a few times. But yeah anyways all is well in this part of Zion. I love you

Elder Waddell