Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hey there!

Man, it sounds like y'all stayed super busy this last week. Thank you again for the update, I   always love hearing what you been up to. That is so crazy that the Yellow Jackets did so well this year - that makes
me happy to hear.

This last week was pretty crazy for us. Mission leadership council went really well, but Elder Arnold (from the Quorum of the Seventy) was there for an hour and I feel like we're making good progress in the mission which is good. There's still a lot of things that we can improve and do better, but we're doing the best that we can and slowly improving, which is all we can do at the moment.

We had a busy week, and a lot of cancellations. But that gave us a lot of time to find new people, and we have a few promising prospects.

This week, I tried something that I had never had before. For dinner one night, we had Elk heart in venison steaks. I will send a picture of the heart. It actually tasted really good, and I would eat it again if given the opportunity. The guy that fed us was a real country boy, and he had shot the elk himself with a compound bow - then butchered it himself.

Elk heart for dinner!

I am definitely learning a lot being in this position (assistant to the president). It pushes me in a lot of ways that I haven't really been pushed before on the mission, its one giant balancing act. Where in charge of so much administration office work, and then we have to go out and do the same missionary work we were doing before, but without as much of an opportunity to study the Scriptures and really plan out what we're going to do with the people that we teach. It is such an amazing opportunity though, and I love the challenge. I'm learning tons, and I've learned a lot from Elder Chapell (his companion).

I really cannot wait for our Christmas time phone call, it is going to be so good to hear from you all again. It's hard to believe that it will be my last call home. 
May 5 (the official release date for his mission) is coming up way faster than I thought that it would, but I'm going to work hard until the end. I love you so much, and I can't thank you enough for all the support that you give

I love y'all! Our big project this week will be getting out new phones. Our mission is switching over from Sprint to AT&T, so we are in charge of getting every companionship (75 of them) A brand-new
phone, transferring over there contacts, and then updating the online missionary information system for all of them. It will be quite the task but we are hoping that it will aid the work in the long run :-)

Love y'all!


(From his email to his Aunt Tammy):
Hey Aunt Tammy!

It's so good to hear from you. Thank you so much for sending all the pictures, I love seeing what's going on with you and your family.

Thanksgiving was awesome. We got to spend most of it with the Balderas family, and we had lots of good food, football, and basketball. It's crazy to think that it'll be the last Thanksgiving I had out here in the mission field.

We are staying busy as usual. We are finding new people to meet teach and we are seeing great progress in the Tu'uhetaufa sisters. They are going to be baptized on the 20th of this month, so we are quite excited.

I don't get to practice Spanish as much as I used to, but here's some Tongan words that I've been learning:
*ofa atu - I love you
* Malo 'aupito- thank you very much
*sisu kalaisi - Jesus Christ

I love you aunt Tammy. I hope that you are doing well, and I can't wait to see you soon :-)


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Scottie being Thankful with the Balderas

 Hey Family!!!!!

Life has been tooooo crazy lately haha. Elder Chappell (his companion) and I had been running on fumes so Thanksgiving was a very welcome break. 

We got up at 6:30 so we could go and play Turkey Bowl with the Balderas family at one of their friend's house in South Jordan. It was the most organized and epic Turkey Bowl Football I'd ever seen. They had the field painted and flags and a referee and an announcer there the whole time haha. It was way fun, and our team did well!! (Elder) Jarvis (his previous companion) got to come with us too so that made it even better. 

Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl!

We came home, then ate our first meal (lunch really) with the Roblyers (the Mission Executive Secretary couple). 

Scottie and the Roblyers

Thanksgiving lunch at the Roblyers

Then we chilled with them for a while, then I spent the whole night with the Balderas family. Chappell and Jarvis went and played basketball at the end of the night, and as much as I love Basketball, it was better to be with family (Balderas') that night. So it was awesome. Thanks for telling her I love mac and cheese! She made some and it really helped me feel like I was at home haha :) I loved it! I'll send you pictures from that!

Thanksgiving dinner with the Balderas Family

Elder Higgins!

The rest of the week, we did lots of teaching and finding and that was great!

We found one new investigator that started smoking while we were in their apartment, so we left their house smelling heavily of smoke. Not my favorite but we do what we have to do to go ahead and hasten the work!!

I got my new suits from Men's Warehouse also! They fit super well and I'm much happier now that I have nice clothing (the suits he left home with had gotten pretty worn out!). While being in the car ruins my cardiovascular endurance, I can wear nice clothes without getting them ruined which is nice! 

We'll be busy this week with Mission Leadership Council tomorrow (Elder Arnold of the 70 is coming) and then on Friday we'll have zone trainings. We usually get invited to train at all 7 of them, so we stay busy on Friday :)

Life is good! Thanks for sending the update and all the pictures, I read the whole update and saw all the pictures and loved them! Madre I hope you get to feeling better!!!!

P.S. Go Ga Tech!!!!! That's so awesome that the beat UGA at their home stadium #wreckthehedges

I love y'all so much! Thanks for everything you do for me, can't believe it's already December. May 5th (our officially announced date to go home for the missionaries that come out with me) is coming up sooo quick!

I'll send pictures soon :) 

Love y'all!!!!!