Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 26, 2011

Hey mom,

Q: Are you sitting down?
A: Yes, I am sitting down. That is awesome!!!! I’m sorry I never got around to doing that either. So you are finally going to plant the garden of your dreams and use all those seeds that we bought you for Mothers day that one year. Like 5 years ago. =)

Q: Since you got to Meridian you have lived in the same house serving the same wards right?
A: True. Since I have been in Meridian I have been serving in the same 5 wards that I started in and I am loving it.  I love the people here and I love working with the Non-members. I am truly learning how to be a missionary here and how to love the people that I teach.

Q: Did you have a nice Easter?
A: I had a wonderful Easter! I focused on Christ and His Atonement. On Saturday we got to help out at one of our wards Easter Egg Hunts. It was a lot of fun! We got to look for eggs also and we got too get to know a lot of new people. On Sunday we had Stake Conf. so we got to hear talks from Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elder Johnson from the Seventy, The General Primary president and President Dieter F. Uchdorf.  It was a great session. It was so good we got to go to it twice. =) since our wards were split up. lol I was craving your honey glazed ham all day!!! You have no idea!! I was soo hungry at the end of the day.

Q: Do you every cook for yourself and your companion?
A: Hahaha no. We have nothing really to cook with besides Top Romen. lol I wish I could make some Bulgogi. But it’s too expensive.  =)

=) that was just for you mom. =) I love you so much.

 Ashley’s Baptism is coming up. 2 weeks!!! May 7th!! I’m so excited for both of us. For her that this is the first step to take to living with Heavenly Father again and for me that it’s my first baptism!! I'm more excited for her though.

I love you,

Elder Lee

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

Dear Family,

Thank you so much for all your letters.

Bro Skii. That is so exciting that you are getting such good grades. I'm so proud of you. You are doing so well, and so much better than I ever did in school.  Hey give Herr Boyle my email so I could email him.  Bitte =)  Love ya and I miss you a bunch.

Crystal. It sounds like everything is going so well for you. You got a new cell phone and getting to go to the Temple. Some Exciting times! =) There is so much to look forward too. I hope everything goes well for you at the Olympics! Swimming that’s going to be so much fun.=)  I had a dream last night that you painted my old room pink. Is everything working out for you?  I miss you. Love ya.

Daddy. Thank you so much for that letter. I greatly appreciated it. It’s good to hear that you have so much work and you have been receiving those blessings. Please be careful while you work. I don’t want anything to happen to anyone while I am gone. Every time I see an old car I think of that Chevelle.  It’s good that you want to start working on it again. I was wondering if you guys still have the Mazda? I hope you keep it. I miss stick shift. We have a car for the next week because of Elder McAdoos surgery. I keep going to shift. It’s a habit now.=) I miss you daddy. So much. Love ya.  I'll write Grandma and Grandpa when I get some time.

Momma. You gave me the Good SEAWEED!!! It was AMAZING!!!! It was soooo good. Thank you for your conversion story and your testimony. It was really touching.=). This is the last week of this transfer. Monday will be the start of the next transfer. Transfer #3!! I don't know if I will be leaving yet. I'm kind of scared. I really want to stay. I really feel that I have not done enough for this area this transfer. With Elder McAdoo being so sick. That alone took up about a week and a half. I don’t know. I have come to love this area. Ashley has a Baptismal date. May 7th!! And Janene has had most of the lessons done!! We are going to make a baptismal date for her!!  Exciting times in this area. We have a car! Because Elder Mcadoo's surgery. We have been getting so much more work done. It has been such a blessing. We have been working a lot with the Haradas. They are a wonderful family. We helped them set up for their gymnastics meet and helped out time the events. It was so much fun and very productive. One of the friends of the Haradas is a member that was there and she told us. After this whole thing, they really wanted to prioritize their life and make church a priority. And after we heard that I was jumping around, only in my head of course. And I really was thinking about this writing in my journal. I really care deeply about that family. I want the best for them. I want them to go to church. I want the kids to get the lessons and be baptized so the whole family can be sealed in the temple for time and all eternity. That’s where I want my converts to go, is the temple. Baptism just happens. It’s a crucial step. But the temple seals the deal. We talked to Brother Harada the other day and he said that he is all in for going to church. And he told us that all you have to do is to get my wife and kids on board. So ya, hoping we could do that. Soon!  Kelsey is another investigator we are working with. She has had all the lessons and she is having a hard time with her Dad. He won’t let her get baptized. We have been working with her for a while, and she loves meeting with us. She told us that we have helped her out a lot. And when we told her that we have one more week of transfers and then told her what that meant. Being one of us might leave or we both stay. She flipped out. She told us that she was going to pray really hard for us to stay. And she said "you two have been sent here for a reason and that reason is to help me with my dad."  She is really nice. Hopefully her prayers will help touch our Presidents heart. Well, I love you so much.  I got to go. Love you, I miss you.

Elder Lee

April 5, 2011

So the past week has been crazy.  So here is the story. Saturday night my companion threw up 24 times. Of course I was asleep the whole time. When I woke up he told me. We ended up not going to church. He felt horrible the whole day. So at the end of the day I gave him a blessing. I truly felt the spirit talk to me. I had no idea on what to say so I listened to the Spirit. When I didn't know what to say I heard a voice telling me what to say. I was literally a mouthpiece for the Lord. It was Amazing. Monday was the same thing. He was really bad but we thought it was just something else. That night at midnight he woke me up and said we are going to the hospital. He said it was the worst pain he has ever felt. So President Cannon took us and we were there for 3 hours. They told us that his appendix was inflamed. He had to have surgery in the morning at 8 and the surgery will take 30 minutes unless there were complications. The Surgery took and hour and a half.  Apparently, his appendix burst 36 hours before the surgery. So it was around Sunday that it burst. They said "anytime waiting longer than 12 hours is dangerous." because the bacteria can spread to your heart and brain. But all of the bacteria stayed in his stomach area. So they said he was lucky. We think he was blessed. Heavenly Father needs him around longer.

Ashley is doing great. We finished the last lesson with her. So all she needs to do is to have the baptismal questions and some other stuff needs to happen and she is good! =)  Two more weeks in this transfer so hopefully I will stay in this area. Fingers crossed.

Is there an Elder Bradley Out there? Because in one of our buildings it has that Elder Bradley is in the Sacramento Mission. So keep an eye out for him.

Conference way awesome!!! Jeffrey R Holland’s talk was great too. Seriously, a temple in Meridian!!! Hopefully it will be done before I go home. Our mission has 3 temples now! Crazy!  I saw Doug King singing IN CONFRENCE!!!!  It was so cool!!!

I love you guys so much. Stay in touch. You’re always in my prayers. =)

Elder Lee
March 29, 2011

Today has to be short.  I have had a long day.  Sorry.  The wards I am serving in are: Centennial, Bristol Heights, Hobble Creek, Edinburgh, and Vienna woods.  Awesome wards. I love them. I have to go to my appointment.  I love you.  I am having my appointment with Ashley. This is going to be awesome!  I love you all so much. Great job Jared!!!  On Eagle badges and your Grades!!! =)  Good luck Crystal in you TRAINING!! =)  Mom when ever you can get that package to me. I will be so happy. If I could get the shirts soon that would be great because after General Conference this Sunday I’m going No Coat!  =) I love you. Thank you so much.  I have been praying for all of you. Love ya.

Elder Lee
I promise to write more next week.

March 22, 2011

Hey everyone,
Everything is going great in Idaho.  The weather is really weird here, windy too.  We were walking yesterday and it started raining.  Light at first then it got harder and harder then it just stopped.  Then it started raining in the distance and we just watched it come towards us. And it started to rain hard on us. Someone gave us an umbrella because she couldn't give us a ride. This was all on one street and within 10 minutes. Transfers were ok.  I'm in the same place which is good and my companion is Elder McAdoo.  He was my trainers companion in the MTC. And my trainer went to Elder McAdoo's old area in Oregon so I am destined to go there!

We are doing our hardest with what we can. I know Heavenly Father has been teaching me and I think I haven't been getting it until now.  I am going to go above and beyond with the work.  I love getting letters!  Thank you to those have been sending them and packages. It warms my heart every time I see my friends names and Elk Grove. I love you all and I miss you guys.
Love always,
Elder Lee