Saturday, May 28, 2011

Oh man, it has been a long week. We have been teaching a lot. We had another lesson with Thomas. He is really starting to get more comfortable with us.  He is beginning to understand and is asking a lot of good questions. I am really starting to notice that I'm starting to change on my mission. I am looking forward for people to ask me questions so I can answer them. And I think I did pretty well. We taught him the second lesson. It was a great lesson.

We actually had a fun week too. Today we got to play golf with Brother Rause! You have no idea what that means but to us it’s awesome. We have been trying to play a round of golf with him for the whole transfer. We got to play 18 holes and go to the mall with him before. Right know I'm at the Parkinsons. You know where Ashley lives. We celebrated Skyler's first Birthday.  We got him a card.  I got lots of pictures so you will be able to see it. This is such an awesome family. Ashley has been house sitting her parent’s house and she has been saying stuff like "I can't feel the spirit there" and " I feel so much cleaner here." It is so awesome to here that she can feel the difference of where the spirit is and where it isn't. 

Elder Lee

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What? Jake's been called "The Quiet Man?"

HI Momma,

It was great taking to you too. I loved seeing you guys. You should get a better camera before Christmas. =)

This week has been going very well. We picked up some new investigators and we have been making some good contact with some LA members that we are trying to get back to church.  We just started teaching this one guy his name is Thomas. He is pretty cool. He reminds me a LOT of Jared. He is really into far out things and he is going to school for an engineering degree. He seems really interested and we gave him the first lesson and a Book of Mormon. We taught him at the Peterson's so after we left they all watched the Restoration with him. It was a really good lesson.

Ok, so Janene is soon to have a baptism date again. She told us the 21st we set it all up and it fell through unfortunately. We just need her to keep holding on staying strong, going to church. Get everything settled with her job and have the baptismal interview, and ETTE. She is trying so hard. I HATE THIS ECONOMY!! AHH it is hurting everyone and its making it hard for people to progress in life. We just have to keep our heads high.

I think I have told you about Bro. Stanfeild.  He is from California. He lived in Bakersfield and Grass Valley.  He is a less active that we just love. He is so awesome. He talks forever but that's a good thing. That means he likes us. We met with him this week and it was my turn for the lesson. And I decided that we should have the lesson about Giving and the Feelings of the Holy Ghost. So we watched the video "The lesson I learned as a boy" by  President Gordon B. Hinckley. I told him about the feeling I felt when the ward came to bring us food when Grandma passed away and the feeling I felt of their kindness and their hospitality towards us.  Then he told us about a time that he helped some people out and how he felt the good feeling inside and it was really powerful. You could definitely feel the spirit in that room. After we had the spiritual moment and our prayer, he said to me “It’s always nice to hear from The Quiet Man."  That's his nickname for me. =)  He is great. I had a smile on the rest of the day.

Well, I got to get going. I miss you all. Love you guys so much.

Elder Lee

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Guess what?

Ashley got baptized on Saturday!!!!! It was SO awesome! And super Spiritual! I can’t even explain how I felt, it was an amazing feeling. She is so awesome, and a super star I’m telling ya. She is about to have her baby last Sunday and she asked everyone on her own if they would do their specific parts at her baptism. We didn't have to do anything really, just set up the room and fill the font. Brother Blaser (Ward mission leader) made the programs. She had the baby on Monday. We talked to her on Wednesday. She said "No matter what. I'm getting baptized on the 7th!" And I was like "Your Awesome!"  Ashley also told us that while she was in the hospital. She didn’t really want to watch TV, so she picked up her phone (that's an Android) and started reading the scriptures that was on it until her phone died.  She is my Hero. Some fully active members don't even do that. I was really impressed with her. Come Saturday 30 people showed up at the baptism. It was a great turn out. The talks were wonderful. The musical number was called Perfect Love, which talked about Christ and his Love for us. By then everyone was crying. Ashley was baptized by her brother-in-law, Zach that got his mission call to Mexico, Mexico City.  The glass in front of the Font was all fogged up. Elder McAdoo and I got the opportunity to be the witnesses. It was great. On Sunday Ashley was confirmed and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Elder McAdoo and I were able to be apart of that wonderful experience also.  Again, I can’t put into words how I felt but it was awesome! I know I say that a lot but it really is true. =)

I got to talk to my family on Mothers Day!!!!!! I got to see how everyone is doing. Take care of some medical business. Craig and Julia are married!!!! What!!! That's crazy! I never would have guessed! Man! I need to know these things. That is big news. Tell them Congrats. 

I love being out here. Being on a mission is the best. No doubt about it. You help people. You teach people. You help people understand better. You get to be with awesome companions. I really hope I don't get a crazy one. But I will try to work through that too. You come closer to your Heavenly Father and Christ. I love it.

I miss you all and I love you.

Elder Lee

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ashley's Baptism!! 5/7/11

The baptisimal service was amazing. Ashley was glowing the whole day and the next when she got confirmed on Mothers Day. =)

Left to Right.
Elder McAdoo, Ashley Parkinson, Thyme Parkinson (her daughter), Zach Parkinson (Ashley's brother in law), and me.