Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oct 19

No mom i havent been to the mission home what they
do normally is you send stuff
to the mission home they stick a little sticker on
it with my address and the
mail man takes it to where i live because the mission
home is a long way away we
can't go there. unfortunately the mailmen got upset
at having to reforeward all
the mail the the mission home gets so now we get mail
roughly once a week at
zone/district meetings the assistants bring it the all
the individual zone
leaders and the zl's give it to the district leaders
and the dl's give it to
each missionary right now the zl's have my package they
told me about it a few
days ago i just haven't gotten it yet. and about the
whole jackekt thing i just
decided i don't really care anymore if i get cold i get
cold if i'm warm i'm
warm i'll find out how cold it gets this winter than
next winter i'll know
whether or not i need anything... its really kind of
amusing this whole combined
letter thing. it makes me laugh... your goofy email thing
with the word wrap
thing thats a little frustrating.... i couldn't open the
window big enough to
read the whole thing with one i copied and pasted into
word then shrunk it down
but the other it wouldn't let me do that so i just had
to scroll back and forth
the whole time... oh no i'm running out of time... umm
well everything going
cool here we had a mission conference yesterday that was
pretty cool and after
that we had a fireside for the rest of the night we didn't
do much missionary
work at all yestarday because elder Pace from the 70 came
to talk to us so that
was pretty cool. umm. i'm not sure what else one of the
members already told us
she wants to feed us for thanksgiving she way cool she
always plays pranks on
the new missionaries its way fun :) but yeah everythings
going good umm i can't
think of anything else and i need to go write brigette
still i don't know if it
will extend my time or not... so i'll talk to you next week!


Sept 30

hey i sent an email last week i don't know what
happened i sent one to you and
one to brigette too but oh well... thats so cool
that there's two full time
missionaries in the family now :) i would tell you
exactly what time it is right
now but i don't have my watch i've been way out of
it today i don't know why...
i'm doing great we had transfers today and i'm still
with Elder Godfrey six more
weeks with him then we're pretty much certain he's
gone. thats kinda ridiculous
about alex's teacher i reallyy don't think thats a
very good way to teach. but i
guess i really don't have much say in the matter...
i hope it gets better
though. we had two baptisms this last saturday we
baptized kayla finally and
this guy named jose they're both way cool kayla knows
and has known that the
church is true, jose has a pretty strong testimony
but he loves learning about
new things and he is almost always reading the book
of mormon so its really
cool. then last night we had a cottage meeting at a
members house with one of
our investigators and he had all these weird questions
like he pointed out how
in the bible it says that cain was kicked out or
cast out and then like two
verses later it says in his new land he found a
wife so the question is where
did the wife come from if cain was the first to be
cast out? it was crazy so we
answered it with the pearl of great price it
basically says it was a daughter of
seth. but like he just had a bunch of questions
like that and it was really cool
we haven't given him a baptismal date yet but we're
going to go for sometime in
october he basically knows the church is true but he
just doesn't under stand
why so we're just answering his questions that he
has. usually our day consists
of about two investigator visits a few member
visits and an hour of street
contacting we almost never tract we've practically
been told not to tract just
because its so ineffective our mission right now is
trying to think of new
creative ways to find people we every once in a
while play guitar and street
contact we'll play dominoes because the dominicans
love to play dominoes so we
play a llittle and then start talking about the
gospel its sweet :) but yeah we
almost never tract the weather is starting to get
colder its funny my companion
is from canada so he loves it but the other three of
us are from mesa phoenix
and las vegas so we always want the windows closed
i personally really don't
care right now because it still feels good i guess
you could call this like fall
or autumn something like that.... but it does feel
good one thing i need is a
good jacket i don't want to buy one here cuz it will
be way too expensive it
would probably be cheaper to buy one and send it to me
let me know how much
money i have on my debit card. i don't want to use it
but i want i at least know
if i can use it if i need to. just send the package
that you have the longer you
wait the more stuff i'm going to ask for and the more
expensive its going to be.
oh ok so we have cockraoches in our apartment its not
bad but everyonce in a
while... so last night we got home and on was on my
desk so i just smashed it
and left it there cuz i didn't want to do anything with
it. so this morning i
went in and turned the light on and it jumped up and
started running around!! so
i sprayed it with raid and threw it away but it was
weird. i hope you guys get
this letter i'm doing fine everythings going good i
hope everything goes well
with getting brigette to the mtc the mc is going to
be pretty interesting right
now with the swine flu again. oh ok cool story. i'm
getting closer to being
bilingual i was at the lds employment center we do
service there we like
translate stuff and make phone calls. but the lady
had me call some one who said
they spoke and understood enlish and so i was like
ok cool whatever. well she
answered the phone and i could tell she did't speak
english so i tried to talk
to her in english and she just didnt get it so i
started talking in spanish she
aparrently understood spanish she started blabbering
about how a bunch of stuff
but it was really cool :) so yeah the spanish is still
coming along it takes a
lot of practice though and a lot of saying t
hings wrong. last week we learned
that constipation in spanish means you can't breath.
that was weird... but
anyways i think thats about it so i'll write you again
next week i love you all

Elder Shumway

Sept 16

Ok so I'm going to start off by saying that i
love being a misionary in new york
but there is no way i would live here...
its great to visit but no way... so we
moved a couple of weeks ago and our shower
was pretty much garbage... like it
looked great it was newly remodeled and everything
it looked great you turn the
tub on water works fine... but when you turn the
shower on its pretty much
garbage... it was like a mist like impossible to
shower type of mist so i took a
little thingy out of the showerhead and it was a
little better then we decided
to just take the whole showerhead off and it was
almost worth fighting with i
just took baths but i'm one of the shortest ones
in the apartment and the other
elders can't fit in the tub so we told the
superintendant and she was like that
fine thats normal we're like no its not so we
called the mission office and they
called the super and the super was like there's
a new water conservation law and
thats how the showers have to be now and the
mission office sister farnsworth
was like thats a lie get some one to go fix the
shower. it was so awesome so now
our shower works and our superintendant pretty much
hates us. so let me see what
else happened oh yeah we were supposed to have a
baptism on the 5th of sept. and
we got verything ready everyone was there except
kayla who we were going to
baptize. so we waited about an hour which is like
spanish standard time and then
i took another elder with me to go talk to see her
and help her with like her
baby and everything and she basically had the worst
day of her life on saturday.
she was late getting home from a meeting she had so
she had to rush to get ready
her baby was crying for like 3 hours and she couldn't
figure out why the 5 year
old that she takes care of was crying she had no idea
why her aunt and mom both
had to go help her cousin who is about to give birth her
husband had to go to
work she lost the money the she was going to use to get
a taxi and her phone
died so she couldn't even call us to tell us. so it was
kind of a bad day for
her... since then she went to new jersey for a while and
we haven't seen her
since then she pretty much fell of the face of the
planet... we don't know she
won't answer our calls she's never at home oh yeah and
we talked to her brothers
mother-in-law and she told us that kayla's 19 year old
sister in the dominican
republic is lost and no one knows where she is so
basically satan will not let
kayla get baptized and its kinda annoying so we know
that once she does get
baptizd she'll be a verry faithful member for the
rest of her life and her newly
born son will be the most incredible missionary ever :)
at least thats what
we're telling ourselves :) so yeah we've had a lot of fun
recently oh on
saturday i ate more rice than i ever have before and
probably ever will again we
had three dinner appointments on saturday the first
one gave us rice beans and
chicken the second lady Daisy gave us beans chicken
and rice. the last lady gave
us arroz abichuela y pollo or rice beans and chicken.
so it was pretty much a
fun day :) i'm so excited for lissa's baptism i can't
wait to see pictures. its
such a huge moment for her i wish i could be there to
see it :) hey i've got a
question... who if any one is going to post our emails
after brigette leaves? on
the little blog thing? oh so recently our apartment has
been getting way
interested in geocaching but we can't go online to see
the website or anything
so we can't really do any we have a gps and eerything
but we can't get the
coordinates or anything like that so its kinda lame
but oh well we'll figure out
something to do. we just like want to do it on a pday
or something like that
because we aren't supposed to leave our area so the
only places we can go are
like mcdonalds. but we have parks in our areas so
we're pretty sure theres at
least one geocach somewhere oh um if some one from
new york calls answer it. i
gave your phone number to a lady named glennys she's
way nice she gave us like
four boxes of cereal last week and two gallons of milk
and just a ton of food
she always feeds us she speaks english obviously or i
wouldn't tell you to
answer it. she said she called and no one answered and
i guess she like got
offended by the answering machine cuz it says "we just
don't want to pick up the
phone right now." she told me thats just rude. i'm like

sorry its the truth :)
they probably all watched the phone ring when you
called too :) she's such a
nice lady though :) now i think thats it i'm pretty
sure... ok have a nice week
i hope everything goes well.

Elder Shumway