Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week #78

Translated, the title of this email would be ''God Be With you 'Till we Meet Again'', which is directed toward the city of Jelgava.

It has been decided that the Jelgava Group (which has always been apart of the Riga 1st Branch) will discontinue to meet every other week in Jelgava and all Church meetings will be in Riga.

Also, missionaries will no longer live or do any missionary work in Jelgava. 

So now the Dream Team (E.Malmrose, E.Demille, E.Grossen, and I) are waiting for 1 week in LIMBO until transfer calls. We are currently in Riga. 

Me and Elder Demille traveled up to Riga in a rinky-dinky moving truck with a cool guy named Agnis who smoked an entire pack of cigarettes in the 3 hours we were together. Thank the heavens he is not allowed to smoke in the car. He said he wants to be Baptized in another (Pentecostal?) Church but they won't let him because he smokes. 

The leaves are turning yellow and red. 

I am happy. I love Riga. I am sad for Jelgava, but when the Lord says to do something YOU JUST DO IT BECAUSE HE IS RIGHT AND WE ARE WEAK AND FALLEN. 

Thankfully, we all have divine potential and can all become like God.

<:GENERAL CONFERENCE:>

I have seen it only in Latvian but listened to it is English.

Talks I enjoyed:

All of the talks.

My favorites:

Elder Holland- He either spits fire or provides sweet and calming words of love. This was a calm words one which was much needed. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!

Elder Zwick- Look beyond what you see. Try to get the whole picture. 

President Callister- He just screams pure factual doctrine at ne-sayers and I love it.

Sister Oscarson- Befriend people. 

and so many more.

I love you all. Don't be tempted to switch your Book of Mormon reading time with Conference talks. If you want to do that, read Presidents Eyring and Nelsons talks from this Conference. READ THE BOOK OF MORMON EVERYDAY!

Love you.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Week #77

Life is good.

I heard Conference was good. Sad to hear about Elder Hales, but I thought he was going to die 10 years ago!

President Monson will probably follow soon. He is not looking to good but until his work is done, he will stay. He is an incredible man.

Jelgava is good, we are working hard. I love our district here (Elder Grossen, Elder Demille (my trainee), and his trainee, Elder Malmrose)

We are from 4 different states in the USA. Utah (me), California (Malmrose), Arizona (Grossen), and Washington (Demille). We bought Latvian Scrabble and will play today (PDAY) and I am very excited.

BTW, I predicted that Elder Pinegree, Sister Oskarson, Elder Koch, and President Callister would all speak. Ask my comp, I am not lying.

Latvia is a wonderful place and I love the Latvian language. 

Read the BOM. That is the last thing our Prophet asked us to do, SO DO IT!

Love you all.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week #76

The news of the Week is the announcement that on the 22 of October the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Nelson will make a visit to Latvija.
WOO HOO!

He will be the 4th Apostle I have heard speak live on my Mission. I have seen Elder Oaks, Elder Renland (my Favorite) and Elder Ballard. I am blessed.

I also have memorized the names of the entire Quorum of Seventy. 

Jelgava is good. Weather is a bit cold but we will survive. We have Zone Conference this week so I will head home to Riga on Wednesday. I love Riga.

Great Scriptures. 3 Nephi 9:12-15
12 And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land, and upon this people, because of their wickedness and their abominations.
13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?
14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.
15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.
I love the Gospel.
Love you all.

Week #75

I don't have time so I will make it heartfelt.
I love all of you.
You all mean so much to me. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes on my behalf. I wouldn't be here without you.
Jelgava is supposed to flood this week. LOTS OF RAIN!
We have a few potentials we will meet with this week, I will let you know how it goes. Love you all.
Read and Pray everyday.
Elders Josts

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week #74

Apsveicu Jūtas Universitāti par uzvaru pret Brigama Janga


GO UTES.
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.

Anyway, I GOT TRANSFERRED  

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

GUESS WHAT?

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

Hi
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.
IT WAS A MIRACLE.
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. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week #67

Hi

How is everyone doing?

Good, I'm glad you are all well.

I am fine. I am staying in my first (and apparently only) area for the 11th transfer or in other words, 15th month. I like it fine. I am still with Elder Andersen and my other trainee, Elder Demille, will be training in Jelgava, which will be fun.

Still Zone Leader, which basically means I travel to Liepaja and Jelgava once a transfer and go to Missionary Leadership Council. Nothing too difficult. Being a District Leader would be harder. Elder Andersen is still the District Leader in Riga.

Saw these two cool Mormon Messages and I will attach links. Importance of Fast Offerings and how we gotta feel the Gospel and then dance (or act) to the beat. WOO HOO THE GOSPEL IS TRUE!




Love you all.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week #66

I am out of time, folks, so this will be SHORT.

We have cool new Italian investigator.

Gordon Hayward is dead to me.

2 Nephi 31 was my favorite chapter of the week.

Transfers are next week. Will I stay in my first area 1 more transfer? WHO KNOWS.

I love you all.

I have no pictures. I am a failure. I will repent and be better next week.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week #65

Sound of silence- Simon and Garfunkel

'Hello darkness, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again. Because a vision softly creeping, left it's seeds while I was sleeping. And the vision, that was planted in my brain, still remains, within the sound, of silence.'' 

While contacting a few days ago, we met a man named Martiņš  who was interested. I called him so he would have our number and the all time greatest song, Sound of Silence, was his ringtone. This is the strongest testimony builder of my mission. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is TRUE!

President P is a great man, funny too! He speaks good English and loved KFC!

Investigators are well. So am I. The weather is a bi-polar mess and Global Warming is a myth.

Kr is still going strong. Giving him the time he needs and he is loving the Gospel and seeing the blessings.

En is also doing well. Meeting with him this week. 

I love the Book of Mormon. Revelation comes left and right when we read. Mosiah 5:8, for example:  

7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.

8 And under this head ye are made free, and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free. There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.

We are the children of Christ, and through our obedience we are made free. When we are baptized and make covenants we give up nothing, but instead are given the privilege to follow Him.
Anyway, I love those verses. When we do as He has commanded, we are free. Think about the meaning of that word, free. It has so much meaning when thought of in Gospel terms. Please read this whole chapter. It is wonderful.

Well, I don't have much more time and am going to play Tennis on Clay in 2 hours so I need to prepare for that. Love you all.

GO FEDERER AND DOWN WITH HAYWARD.


Week #64

Born in the USA- Bruce Springsteen

USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA.

God Bless America. 

New President is cool, He is Ukarainian and has 2 kids. Short. Gave one of the sisters a fist bump. 

I don't have time to write.

We had a great time today celebrating the 4th (on the third). We had Shashliki (Shish kebab) and chips. We sang the National Anthem.

I love America.

Also, go on lds.org and read some of the stuff the Apostles said to the new Mission Presidents. They are the lords servents.

The building was dedicated this week. Very cool. I am lucky to be in my same area for so long. I got to see the open house and dedication. Blessings.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Week #63

Two songs come to my head today:

1) Sunday Bloody Sunday- U2
2) Allergies- Paul Simon

The first because we had the Police called on us last night and got thrown out of an Apartment building. One of the highlights of my mission thus far.

The second because my ALLERGIES ARE KILLING ME. I sneeze 20+ times a day. I cannot wait for winter.

The one and only President Harding leaves on Friday and President P will arrive the same day. He is straight 100% Russian-Ukrainian, which will be interesting.

Our first Zone Conference with the new President will also be a celebration of the 241st Anniversary of the Greatest Governmental Establishment in the History of the World, The United States of America. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Along with the Russian District Zone Leaders (True Patriots of the Red, White and Blue), we have decided the opening Hymn will be ''America the Beautiful'' and we will close with ''The National Anthem''. We will be eating KFC, watermelon, grape cool-aid and apple pie. George Washington will smile down on us with his Ivory smile.

God Bless the U.S.A. (Dievs Svēti A.S.V)

I am good.

Investigators are also good. We got a new one just yesterday whose last name means stink bug in Russian, so yeah... We are happy.

Sadly, I forgot to take pictures all week. (Mother- I apologize and will send double next week)

Have you all read Jacob 4 yet?

Also, the Church came out with a new Missionary Database that allows you to see your Missionary Ancestors who served early in the church. Pretty cool.


There is the link. TEE HEE.

Great job!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Week #62

I am now the only person in the Baltic States who knows about Steve Brule. (Welcome Home Parker)

I have been a SICK LITTLE BOY all week but no rest for me tee HEE because I am a MISSIONARY. For your Health!

I lack the presence of Parker in the Baltics. He was a good missionary and a better boy. For your Health!

Things are well. Elder Andersen is still cute and small and speaks Latvian now so that is NICE. We are the power couple of Rīga (He has been in Rīgā for 10 months and I for almost 13) and we will RULE WITH IRON FISTS AND MORMONA GRĀMATAS. For your Health!

Investigators are well. For their Health!

Get ready for next weeks email. It will be jammin. I am kinda bored with routines and we will be slammin them to the PAVEMENT. For my Health!

ALSO JACOB 4 IS THE BEST CHAPTER IN THE BOOK OF MORMON. READ IT PLEASE! For your HEALTH!

Love you all.




Also watch that video.

Week #61

I very recently started to write some poetry in my down time. I just write and don't think too much. I also now understand how truly disturbed I am. It is all very depressing. Elder Birch hates it.

Speaking of Elder Birch, we are no longer companions. He is going just across the river and I am staying (for my 10th transfer) in my 1st area. Yeah, that is crazy. President Harding, who leaves this transfer, has and will never transfer me. 

However, I am excited because I am Re-Training ELDER ANDERSEN. He is coming home after 8 months. He is like a college dropout who moves back with his parents (except he is actually of great missionary) and will live of off his Fathers success. I am happy.

Kr our investigator is doing great and will be Baptized sometime in July. 

Things are looking good here. 

I will miss Zone Leader Elder Matthew Parker Seegmiller, he is a great guy. We had fun talking to a guy on a bench last week reading a funny book (ask Parker the name, I wont say over email) and enjoyed a long MLC. I have truly been blessed to serve in the same mission as him.

Love you all.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Week #60

Cats in the Craddle and the Silver Spoon, Little Boy Blue and the Man on the Moon, when you coming home Dad? I don't know when, but we will get together then Child, you know we will have a good time then.

An was baptized on Saturday. She showed up an hour early and was very anxious. It was a good Baptism all around. Funny jokes, the Spirit, a GREAT missionary musical number.
We will have Zone Conference and MLC (with Leadership Training) which means that me and Elder Matthew Parker Seemiller will see each other one last time before he leaves me all alone in the Baltics. I am STOKED.

Os also passed the Sacrament for the first time. He is a champ. Sometimes you just have to push him off the cliff before he realizes he has angel wings and can fly. He really does have wings. I'm not joking. Ask Elder Birch (tyson.birch@myldsmail.net) if you don't believe me. He will back me up.
Speaking of Elder Birch, I have done my best to make this day VERY awkward for him. For those of you who didn't turn of their computer/iphone/ipad/whateveryouusefortheinternetnowdays after reading the subject, June 5th is the day of my Fathers death. I am known for my insensitivity toward sensitive subjects, and I also am funny (and humble, TEE HEE). I have spent the entire day, stopping at random moments to tell him what was happening at that time on that day. He is uncomf, but will live.
Who cares about a few jokes, lets laugh a little, because he is okay. Families are Forever.That is not just something ''Mormons'' tend to say a lot, that is a FACT. God has laid out the PERFECT PLAN OF HAPPINESS so that we can live as families FOREVER. NO END. What is better than that? When ever you have a hard time in life, just remember what the future holds for those who hold to the rod.
Love you all, deceased and living.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Week #59

Another One Bites the Dust, Don't Want to Miss a Thing, and Men in Black.

I heard Queen, Aerosmith, and The Fresh Prince all in an 10 minute period of time last night. It was BEERFEST in Rīga and everyone was DRUNK but listening to good music. WOO HOO.

ANYWHO we will have a baptism on Saturday so I AM STOKED. An has been a wonderful consistent investigator. One that is hard to come by.

Kr is doing well as well. We will meet twice this week and smack DOWN a date.

We have 2 new investigators this week. J  and V who both have great faith. Both great guys. WE ARE EXCITED!

I also got some GREAT PANTS WOW! and I am so happy.

The Lord is good. 

Also, I have really enjoyed talks from the womens session of Conference. Bonnie Cordons was great. Read them if you haven't.

I love you all.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week #58

Daudz Līdaku Daugavā. Mēs šorit gandrīz noķeram vienu, bet diemžel, viņa salauza nost...

Labi. Man gribas rakstīt šo epastu Latviešu Valodā, bet mana mate būs ļoti dusmīga, tad laikam to nedarišu.

WHAT IS UP.

I went fishing this morning. Another Elder had a HUGE Pike break his line. It was great. Caught nothing though...

An is still on track for baptism and we have a new investigator named Kr who is bringing his Girlfriend to our lesson tonight. He is the Manager at McDonalds. TEe HEe.

All is good. I am happy. The Gospel is so true. 

Also, for those who read Mormon 9, that is my favorite chapter from BOM. Verses 4,21,27,28 are OUTSTANDING. READ IT!

WOO HOOO.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week #57

If you could read my mind Love, what a tale my thoughts could tell. Just like a paperback novel, the kind the Drug Store sells.

The subject of this email is credited to the man who is a look alike of Gordon Lightfoot that is sitting by me right now.

We gonna keep this one short today because I am sick, tired, bored, and hungry.

How are all of you?

Miracles are EVERYWHERE all AROUND me. People are wanting to hear about the Gospel and want to be Baptized. Crazy. It is warm and people are nicer again. The Gospel is true.

Read Mormon 9, there will be a quiz next week.

Os was Baptized and that is a miracle. 3 Years ago he was into all sorts of drugs and his life was a mess. He has come a long way and changed so much. Great guy.

But the most astonishing miracle of the week was recieving an email from Mr. Ramjoue. The title is also credited to Adrian, thank you.

Me and Elder Birch are just cruzin along finding good stuff to do. Latvija is wonderful.

Hope you all had a great mothers day. Read the scriptures, pray, go to church. All good stuff.

LoVe

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week #56

Hei Hei Hei

In the words of the great Paul Simon''Time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown." 

Two things: 1- Time is FLYING BY SO FAST. IT IS CRAZY. 2- I hope that fall comes soon because it is getting HOT and STICKY again and I HATE SHOWERING TWICE A DAY.

I enjoy when it rains.

There is a man at this library currently watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, FIRE: The Emery Island Players. I am happy.

Anywhosies, O is getting baptized this Saturday. He is ready. He used to be into some heavy drugs and has made a complete 180 degree turn. His boss said to him "How can you believe that a 14 year old boy dug up some gold plates out of the earth?'' and O  replied "With all due respect, I would have said the same thing 3 months ago, but you just have to read it, and it all makes sense." I love him.

An is also still progressing well toward her date, June 3. We have many great investigators right now. We are blessed.

Here is a quote from our last Zone Conference by one of the Senior Sisters, Sister Barnes. It was the only thing she said the entire 7 hours. 

"Repentance is always a good thing.''

That is the most true sentence of all time. Repentance (or change) is ALWAYS a good thing. Dont fear it. Christ did not die for you to watch you suffer too. Let him take all of your pain and sorrow away. He always will.

Go Jazz.

Week #55

Happy Birthday Dad!

Pep Pep would be 53 today. CRAZY. Elder Birch is excited because my Dads Birthday and Date of Death are on P-Days and I LOVE TO MAKE OTHERS UNCOMFORTABLE.

Dont have a ton of time (or my camera) because all of the Libraries are closed an we have limited time today. Sorry.

Good week. We had 3 baptisms on saturday, which was fun and busy.

Oskars and Anda are both still on pace to be baptized. We are going to have a family home evening with O and some members. WOO HOO.

Next week will be longer and better.

LOVE

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week #54

Congratulations to Mr. Ramjoue on the job at the best high school in the world RHS. I am thrilled that I found that out through Megan after she joined on of his classes. Adrian, would it be better to continue to email you through this current email, or at your shiny new Jordan District email? I am awaiting your reply.
Anywho, I taught the lesson in Priesthood yesterday on Joy (Prieks) and that was good. There was a random guy named Mar there, who after the class, said he was "Full of Skittles''. Elder Birch then asked him how well he speaks English and he replied ''I sell moonshine with my uncle Jessie and my brother'' (Was there any mistakes, Mr. Ramjoue?) We hope he is for real and wants to meet. These are the people we look for.
Jau is still doing well. She is prepping to go to the Temple in a year, which is wonderful.
Investigators are well. We got a new one this week named El. Good guy. We will meet again on tuesday. (This is actually a serious question Mr. Ramjoue, how do you spell Tuesday? This computer does the red squiggly line under both Tues and Teus and I DONT KNOW) Anyway, El told us that he just feels inside that he lived before this life. Isnt that just incredible? Light of Christ is cool. I compare this to how I sometimes am unsure if i lived a life before my mission, but then All Star by Smashmouth comes on while you are eating a 12 oz cheeseburger with fries and you suddenly remember everything. WOOO HOOO.
The Jazz are killing it (Full of Skittles). We have a guy who tells us all the scores without us asking. (Tender Mercy?(That is still my least favorite phrase, but it fits))
Es esmu laimīgs, tas ir viss. Dzīve ir labi un man ļoti patik dzīvot te, Latvijā. Cilvēki šeit ir labāki nēka Amerikā. Varbut es te dzīvošu visu savu mužu? Redzēsim.
The church is true. 

If you want something cool to do, read Romans 7. GREAT CHAPTER OF HOLY WRIT.
Elders Jostiņš
Mom, I am sorry, the computer keeps shutting down and this is the only picture I could get on. Next week I will have baptism photos FOR SURE!

Week #53

In Latvija, the Monday after Easter is know as 2nd Easter and they have the day off and all the libraries are CLOSED. LOL

My birthday was good. Pictures will show our celebration. 

Investigators are good. We had 4 at church. Everyone goes to church on Easter and Christmas here. They are "devout" christians. LOL

The investigators were: An (Soon to be baptized media referral), Os (baptismal date on 13 of May), San (Cool guy who showed me all the Jazz updates(GO JAZZ!!!)) and J (cool guy who will also eventually join the church)

Someone send me PLAYOFF updates. I NEED THE JAZZ IN MY LIFE. JOE JOHNSONS BUZZER BEATER WAS VERY NICE!

Easter was great, God is good, Jesus is risen. No doubt in my mind.

ATA.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week #52

Hei

How is it going? My Grandma emailed me this week. It was nice. We all need friendly reminders sometimes, so I will now friendly remind these people as well:

Jon Ruggles (I need minion Buchemi)
Adrian Ramjoue
Melissa Wood

That is all. 

Anyway, this week was quite busy. We watched all the sessions of conference on Saturday and Sunday (in Latvian) which I sort of understand now. It was good.

Met with some members and ate some food this week.

It is crazy to tell people that I live within a 20 minute drive of 4 temples, and now it will be 5 with Saratoga. As President Chugg pointed out to me, we can now go to the Temple and then hit the lake. I AM STOKED. Members here, who travel 4 times a year to Sweden are always SHOCKED. Blessings on Blessings on Blessings of a Riverton, UT boi.

>:GENERAL CONFERENCE:<

My Favorite talks in order:

1)Elder Renland - Always steller. Compassion.
2)Elder Holland - Shaking things up a bit, but still marvelous. (Although i really dont like ''Saulains Prieks" (Sunshine in my soul today))
3)Bishop Causse - This talk made me think about growing up and all the guys who put up with me.

I will now give a online shout out, due to Bishop Causse's talk, to some great guys who kept me going when I was a snotty teenager (still am, actually, until thursday

Steve Boehme - When I was in middle School and didnt have a ton of close friends, we would go fishing. Wonderful example of humility and all in all an Incredible guy. Me and Elder Birch (who was Boehmes ceramics student) have many wonderful conversations about being called fatties and other mean names. Great memories.

President Chugg - Same thing here with the fishing. We fished A LOT and will fish EVEN MORE when I am home. One of the guys who treated this fatherless boy as his son. I remember being so excited to go fishing for the first time. We went on a monday nightto Pelican bay and caught some cats. 

SIDE NOTE: I love to make jokes about not having a dad, as most of you uncomfortably understand, but I had anywhere from 5-10 guys who filled that roll, and I am GREATFUL.

Mike Bohling - Also fishing. Great example of being able to have fun and be serious about the Gospel too. He would also steal every Crappie I ever was going to catch, and he wont let me forget about never catching one either.

Tom Hildebrand - When I had nothing to do on saturdays, Tom would invite me over to watch Utah games. He was a wonderful Teachers advisor.

Trent Earnshaw - We always just got along. Also would fish. Always made me feel welcome in every situation. Also a great teachers leader.

Jim Groethe - A great teacher who was actually never officailly my teacher, but nontheless had an impact on me. Helped me through a lot of rough times and helped me see the good in everything.

Steve Schaber - Another great teacher. I had many teachers who cared individually about me, but im not sure if a teacher has ever cared about his students more. Kept me going through some hard months of senior year, and for that, I am quite grateful.

Stewart Hudnall - One of the only guys whose sarcasm made my humor seem wet. I always enjoyed going to his class, because it was always uplifiting for me (although it was often uncomfortable and sarcastic, but that is where I thrive) In the words of a horrible country artist ''Its a great day to be alive, I know the sun is still shining when I close my eyes'' I dont actually see how to fit this in well but anyone in that class will understand.

Joshua Briggs - The most humble man I have ever met. Had him as a teacher all 3 years. Helped me through the tough times with genuine care for me and my well being.

I would also like to shout out all my friends parents but we DEFINANTLY dont have time for that. I am straight running out of TIME!

If you are all still reading, good job. I know that most of the people who read these dont know these guys or for that matter care about my young mens leaders and teachers. I do, however, understand the importance of looking back and seeing how the Lord always places the right people in our lifes, at just the right time, and I KNOW that the Lord has done and will continue to do that for me.

INVITATION TO YOU ALL

Think of the people in your life that have helped you along and thank them. 

When we show our gratitude for what God had done for us, we begin to recognize our blessings bigger and brighter.

Loves

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week #51

Hi

I was a kid in a candy shop this morning as I went to the ''Stūra Maja'' or ''Corner House'' today. It is a very large and nice white building on the corner of Brīvības Iela (Freedom street) and Stābu Iela. This building was built in 1912 and had many flower shops and grocery stores, as well as offices and apartments. 

In 1940, when the Soviets arrived, it was the perfect building for Interigations. Today, I stood in rooms that held prisoners and saw first hand the KGB methods (tourture, humiliation, execution, etc) Absolutely disgusting, but soo very interesting for my brain.

I am happy to have the knowledge that I do and the Peace that comes from our savior, Jesus Christ.

If you have not seen it yet, go to mormon.org and watch the churches Easter video. It is (in my opinion) the best video the church has made. SERIOUSLY GOOD!

Ja was succesfully dunked and has given the Holy Ghost and is now the sassiest 65 year old in the Church. She seriously reminds me of my grandmother, Linda, who has not written me for 3 weeks. Post dunk, she turned and said to the congregation ''Ļoti Patikami'' (Very Pleasing).  She later said her only thought was ''Žel ka man bija jākap ārā" (Pity that I had to come up(*out of the water)). She is GREAT.

Me and Elder Birch are well. We met with a referral today who is PREPARED AS A HORSE and will soon be baptized. GREAT JOB! (Of course, it is God who does all the work, I am simply a chubby redhead servent)

Met a cool lady in Jelgava on an Exchange. We were walking in an area with few people and just felt like we had to keep walking. We then, at the last moment before turning away, met a former investigator who wants to meet again! GREAT JOB!

That is it, I have no more. Tee hee. Also, I forgot my camera at home and am deeply sorrowful that I wont be able to send Picture of 1) the baptism and 2) the KGB house. 

NEXT WEEK I WILL REPENT AND DO BETTER! tee hee.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week #50

(my birthday is April 13th and it takes 1-2 weeks for a letter to get here and 2-3 for a package, FYI)  Just a friendly reminder.

Well, the 30th of March will be my 1 year mark, and I have accomplished NOTHING. Tee Hee.

I am a new boy. I am a glasses boy now and also now I am smart and can do math and science and can argue about literature with the highest scholars in the land. Also, I look like Dwight Shrute and Peter Griffin had a baby.

Also, I have gotten back into thrift shopping and found a ''Vintage'' store and LOVE MYSELF.

Ja will be baptized on the 1st of April. Me and Elder Birch have a BIG pool of investigators (for the Baltic Mission). We have 6 solid investigators and we are finding more. With the summer coming around, people are happier.

Found maggots in the apartment and it was gross. 

I don't know what else to say. I do the same thing everyday. Im still sarcastic. Not too much has changed. Except I have HOTT GLASSES AND A HOTT BOD. And I am more spiritual. 

I hope General Conference treats you all well.

Week #49

Me and Elder Satterlee are no longer companions. I am very depressed and will need birthday letters. (my birthday is April 13th and it takes 1-2 weeks for a letter to get here and 2-3 for a package, FYI)

I am now once again with... Elder Birch.

Yes, my absolutly pathetic MTC companion.

Jk I really like Elder Birch!

I also am still in Rīga Center South. 10 months strong and still going.

Ja and the family of 9 are all well. Ja will still Baptize on the 1st of April (it will be a huge joke) lol

Hope all is well in Amerika or where ever the heck you all are, I dont care. The world will soon all be Amerika because I TRUST TRUMP. Tee Hee im glad im in former Soviet Latvijā with agressive Putin knocking on the door. Tee HEE.

Im bored, I usually get really bored writing these. So I will stop. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Week #48

Hei Hei Hei
We are ROLLING in the Investigator dough here in Rīga Center South! Elder Saterlee is a very well oiled machine.
We have a great family of 9 that we are teaching and the parents came to church for all 3 hours and loved it. WOO HOO.
Megan is awake and just emailed me, she is great. I fear I may have to kill some high school tool boys when I get back. She is too good for them. I love her and Becca (missions change people) and my Mom and Grandma and Aunts and Uncles and friends and SOPHIE!
Lol, I am sappy as a horse.
We are going to the Ghetto Bus Station glasses shop to get E. Saterlee some now frames and to get my eyes tested! Wish me luck, I need some shades for my health.
Ja  is still great. Sassy, but wonderful.
The Church is true. The Doctorine is sound. Prophets walk the Earth today. Studio C is not, was not, and will not ever be funny. I love this Gospel.
The PixiesThe xx, Jose Gonzalez, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Foo Fightersare all coming to Rīga soon.
Ata

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Week #47

I bought Kevin Durants

Now that we ball every monday, I thought it would be nice to get some new kicks. So I bought a very nice pair of KD's. Love myself.

MLC was great. Got to see Elder Seegmiller. I also just read his email and I shed 3 tears. Here is the paragraph from his email, with a few added touches, by me.

Also Elder Yost and I had a special week this moment. During MLC, we were invited to role-play (I hate role playing in front of other people) teaching the doctrine of Christ together in front of everyone. Elder Curtis (aka Serena Williams) (acting as an investigator) had a lack of real intent. And as Elder Yost and I taught together, asked inspired questions and got to the core of our fake investigator, I felt wonderful. (As a matter of fact, it was arguably the greatest role play of all time. We already had companion unity from years of poking around together in R-Town) Memories trickled back to me, of camping trips (Elder @PKseegmiller is a City Slicker and cannot handle bugs) and spike ball (I miss spike) and fifa (for all you football fans out there, he would only play as Manchester City because his favorite player is Joe Hart...) and laughing and my subaru (my dream car) and his stupid saturn (best car ever) and crying (we actually would cry quite a bit) and a lot of long night conversations (when Marci wouldn't kick us out at 10:00) and somber moods (only when Elder Seegmiller was on acutane and when we would watch 'Bernie') and farewells and (few) emails (this was a shot at me) and silence (another shot at me) and surprises and rejoicing and our whole friendship just sort of culminated in a quiet moment in Riga, Latvia talking about the Savior of the world. (top 5 moment of my life) God has a plan. I am grateful for that plan. (BFF's forever <3)

I am very greatful for you all.

Ja will be baptized on the 1st of April.

I am very happy here.

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