Monday, September 11, 2017

Week #74

Apsveicu Jūtas Universitāti par uzvaru pret Brigama Janga

Translated the title would be ''Congratulations UofU for victory against BYU. They is no slangy-er way to say it in Latvian, or at least my vocab is not slangy enough. That is a good thing though, slang is BAD.
Well, Jelgava is small. My last area had a population of about 100,000 and Jelgava has 60,000. Everyone in this town knows us, and most dislike us. We got flipped off 3 times on Saturday. Many missionaries struggle with rejection and hatred but I am just disturbed and dark enough that it makes me happy. I like when people are nice more, though, and there are nice people.
Jelgava has very few members. It is not a branch but a group of a few people who meet in this city 2 times per month. The other 2 weeks we travel to Riga. 

I miss Riga, but enjoy the slower pace of Jelgava.

My companion is from Gilbert, AZ. He wants to be a Neurosurgeon. He is smarter than me.

This week I was reading from the last conference (I am SO EXCITED FOR CONFERENCE) and this section from Joseph Brough's talks stood out to me.

''Brothers and sisters, there will be times in our lives when the blessings of guidance seem distant or lacking. For such times of distress, Elder D. Todd Christofferson promised: “Let your covenants be paramount and let your obedience be exact. Then you can ask in faith, nothing wavering, according to your need, and God will answerHe will sustain you as you work and watch. In His own time and way He will stretch forth His hand to you, saying, ‘Here am I.’''

He knows all. Leave it in his hands.

The Church is true.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week #73

Good week. We had a good District Conference with Elder Golden of the 70. He said some funny stuff that he promised us not to say so I will keep my lips SEALED.


Seriously, I am out of Riga. I am going to Jelgava. I will be serving with Elder Grossen. I will fish on preparation days.

Elder Andersen got his ear drained of blood, hence the picture.

The War Chapters of Alma are really good and not super boring like we all tend to think. I am learning a lot from Captain Moroni. The main thing I take from him is:

''To be RELENTLESS for the Lord"

Never give up on yourself or on others. Fight for what is right.

Anywho, I am really excited to go to Jelgava. I have got 6 months left and need to work harder. I'm a naturally lazy guy and gotta be better.

Love you all.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week #72


I don't have much time this week. WOO HOO.

Also, Thank you Roger Lindsay for sending me letters from the Reunion. I will make sure this letter stays within the guidelines of length you set up for me. 

This week I was in Liepāja on an exchange and had MLC and Zone Conference which means I spent 1 1/2 days in my own area! GREAT TIME TO BE ALIVE. It was really good though. I really enjoyed Elder Golden. He is a great man.

Met a guy named D who was wearing a Compton hat. I asked him if he had been to Compton and he said no. He said his dad had died. He didn't show up to the meeting we set up. Good guy though.

My comp is great. 

I am super tired. 

I am listening to all of Legrand Richards talks. He is my favorite because he never has a topic and just yells scripture quotes. 

love you all.

Week #71

Hello everyone.

Don't have much time.

Love you all.

We had a Zone Conference with Elder Golden of the 70. He was really cool and has a great South African accent.

We talked a lot about goals and how we need to have faith that God will help us to achieve them.

Have fun starting school everyone.

Forgot my adapter so no pics this week. I am a MESS lol.

The Church is true.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Week #70

Summer is finally here and it was 95 degrees a few days back. It is in the 60's today, which I enjoy.

How are all of you? My inbox is getting thinner by the week. You all have time, just put in the effort.

Anyway, life is good.

We went to Jelgava (again) this week and will go 2 more times this transfer... That is a lot of trips out of the area. Not to mention the 8 other exchanges we have to do. CRAZY we will spend little time in out own area. Oh well.

We did service in Jelgava and helped an 80 year old member in her garden. She is bats crazy and so cute. I will attach picture.

Also, your homework this week is to read Alma 30-34. Very good chapters.

Alma 34: 9-10:

For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
Thanks to Jesus, that eternal sacrifice has been made. Now, what are you willing to sacrifice to obtain eternal life? We cannot expect to have the Atonement work in our lives if we have not felt any of the pain or sorrow that he felt. Sometimes, we need to feel a little down in order to get back up. Sometimes, we need to give something of ourselves to feel of the love he wants us to feel.
Don't let Trump blow up the world! HAHAHAHAHA BYE

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week #69

The computers dont work and wont let me send to everyone. Sorry.
This week was good. Jelgava is pretty.
I knocked into my first EVER lesson this week in Jelgava. It was a 19 year old kid who let us in after I complemented his tattoo. LOL. It was a good lesson and there will be another. His name was E.
Anyway, the rest of the week was normal. Interviews with President, finding, meeting with members, translating for primary... All is good.
Love you all.

Week #68

Hi friends, family, Mr. and Mrs. Blake Sykes, and any other being who will read this.
Congratulations on the wedding, Blake. I hope you have a good life and that you will still have time to make creepy little films with the boys.
Well, here we are. Another one of these emails that I do not want to write and you wont find time to read.
The area is good. I will be in Jelgava this week with the new missionary. It will be fun.
K is good. We are meeting today.
Recently I have really enjoyed the book of Matthew. The Gospels are so nice because we here the Gospel of Jesus Christ as he said it. So many good stories.
I have been very tired all week. So has Elder Andersen. I guess we are working too hard.

Well, I love you all.