Thursday, December 13, 2012

November 19, 2012

Thanks so much! Great to hear from you.
I already feel I get enough challenges, but thank you...  :)
Once again, it's PDAY and the weather is really good.  :)
We had a busy week, our most productive and definately our best teaching week of this and the last transfers together.  I'm really glad to be knowing a bunch of the people out here. I've met a ton of good folks. People who are cool, and friendly!
We were inspired to go tracting on a certain street and place, and we ended up finding a whole family of members that moved from Rapid City a couple months ago. They were needed to be found, so we were led right to them. We hope that they'll be inspired and fed spiritually so that we can start to see them come to church with us soon.
A similiar thing happened but the girl kinda found us. We were knocking on a door in a big apartment bldg. and the guy was like, "It's the men from your church!" to his wife, pretty loudly, she didn't want to visit. But way down the hall this girl with blue hair and a lip ring heard the whole conversation which was pretty darn amazing all in itself.  But she is 14, she stuck her head out the door as we were walking by and we started talking, she is a very smart 14 year old, and pretty spunky and such. Her and her mom just moved in about 1 month ago from another ward. The mom is going through a divorce.  It's a bit crazy situation, but we found them by following the Lord and doing his work and we were led to her and her mom.  We'll be going an visiting both of these families with some other members of our ward coming up on Tuesday.  Awesome.
We're both doing pretty fine, and the Wyoming weather has been fantastic.  :)   Happy Thanksgiving!  I love you all, hugs and kisses and God bless you!
Good job on the Stake Conference Music mom and dad!
How long is Roger staying and everyone else?  The boys are growing up quick.
Love you guys all.  Bye

November 12, 2012

Hello!! Howdy do?!
It's great to hear from you! I'm glad to hear you guys will get to participate in Conference you both are so amazing and I'm proud and happy for you. I love you both.
Yeah so feel free to send some pictures this way from you guys.  How many kittens are you down to yet?
We got snow here also. We're walking now instead of biking.  We're getting rides and help from members fairly often too which sure helps and makes it funner and easier.
We've been blessed to continue to be working with good people, like Robin, who's making progress toward getting baptized in December. 
We had a great Sacrament meeting yesterday. It was very heartwarming and powerful with the spirit.  I left feeling very uplifted and grateful to be apart of the gospel and the church in this vast world.  What a great benefit of friends and strength --  and good people.  Of course the Gospel of Jesus Christ lifts us all in it's own.
Lately my reading of the Book of Mormon has helped me to feel more peace and joy in my life and in this service.  It's so true that a real study and feasting upon the words of the Book of Mormon draws us closer to our Father in Heaven so that we can be stronger and more powerful in life and against the things that can make life seem very hard.
I'm glad you had your primary program, ours was weeks ago.  They are great.
I'm also glad that Dennis has been visiting a lot lately. I hope to hear from him.  Tell him and Lavell hi for me if you see them soon.
I want to say that my District is awesome.  I will say that they are some of the if not the best and coolest Elders I've met in the mission.  There are some others in the mission that are pretty cool dudes but these guys are great.  Today I met one who says he's a pro skateboarder from New Mexico. I'm impressed. 
Casper is marvelously entertaining and a fun place to be. It's all those things and we don't even hit the town on Friday nights.  haha. We keep to the rule book pretty close   ;) 
ThanksGiving will be great, I don't know exactly what will be going on other than we do have a dinner planned with a very sweet and special family that is really good to us Elders. The Cordova's.  Remember last year, I ate with the Rich family?  That was the family that had the 73 year old dad, and the 13 year old son: the same age gap that pappy and I have. 
When I get home and have kids you guys need to stick around for another 10 or 20 years. plees don't you forget it.
Thanks fam for all your prayers and love and support.  It really won't be that long before we'll be talkin on the phone fro Christmas.
I'll write you again soon. Love you,
Elder Ensign

Thursday, December 6, 2012

November 5, 2012

Tell Uncle Tom Happy BDay for me.  How's all the family?!  I finally got some letters wrote. I'll have more coming. I'm sending you a postcard in the mail. On the postcard I requested you to send me a bike headlight, but I really changed my mind and decided that I will just buy a new one.
We've been working hard and seeing blessings.  The ward is really being supportive and helping us fellowship and teach. That has been so great. And I just love so many of our ward members.  One of the fun things about being District Leader is I get to exchange with each Elder in my District once per transfer.  So we get to switch and have a change of scenery or pace you might say for a day or so a week.  That is nice. 
Last night we met a guy named Josh who owns a gold Toyota Corolla just like mine. We've been trying to get in and visit him for some time now. We had a really good talk and lesson with him last night. It seems like he was very open to the message and he was accepting of the message. He has faith in God and Jesus, and looks to embrace the truth of the restored Gospel.  I like the gospel a lot and the insight and knowledge that it gives us. And the Hope!!!  Meeting with him was really good. He's 31 years old and single, he has two little kids that live with their mom.
Their is another guy named Josh we've recently met, this Josh is a member who used to skateboard, really got into some bad crap throughout high school and middle school, and has been off the path since. He's 21.  I got all happy when he was telling me that he skateboarded and stuff. Man it felt good to reminisce a bit. Then last night I dreamed about skateboarding.   This guys family are very nice folks and they are active in our ward. We had a visit with them and shared a quick message last night. I'm so excited to be working with the people we're working with. I love'em and am stoked to see them get the Spirit and light of the gospel and Jesus Christ in their lives.
 I'm praying better and more than I have yet.  Thanks for your prayers.
Wow, this Presidential Election is a big one. People are pretty nervous about Obama getting in again here. They say he'll stop all this oil drilling and then that would really stir things up for some people. This area is some of the best -- job wise in the country.  This and No. Dak.
Love you.
Talk to you again soon!!!