Going, Going, Gone!

I honestly am still in awe that 2018 is already here, so hence the subject title, 2017 came and went like none other. So many amazing memories, it is a year for the record books in my solid 20 years of life.  Cheers to a new year. 
This week was AWESOME!! Adrian got baptized, which was one of the coolest things ever. So much to talk about, but the coolest thing is that Adrian does not cry very often. In the last week he has cried three times!! It isn’t a bad cry, but a cry of joy, because he has told us over and over again that this is the greatest decision he has ever made in his life. That is a bold things to say, but we can see it in his eyes. He is such an example to me. He lives in a house with 33 other members of the church and 1 person named Josh, who Adrian shared the Book of Mormon with yesterday and he committed to read it. It is going to be a good time. I know that the more that we seek joy in our lives, the greater desire we will have to help and …

A Year of Opportunity

Hey everyone! Just so you know, this will be a short one. I had quite a few more tasks to take care of than usual, so if I wasn't able to respond to you, just know it is nothing personal! 

Coolest experience this week: yesterday Adrian received the priesthood, which we believe is the power to act in God's name here on the earth. He asked me to give that authority to him, which was a really cool experience. The coolest part was he talked about how he felt a sudden change in his love for others, and he has set personal goals to love others and be more kind in his everyday life. I think all of us could do well to do that same thing! 
Probably the weirdest experience of the week, someone contacted us about helping them move down the street, so we went over to help. We knocked on the door, and someone we didn't recognize answered. They asked what was up, we told them, they then said that the person we were looking for had stolen all of her stuff and moved it out of the apartment.…

Merry Christmas!!

Hey everyone! Merry Christmas to you all! I apologize for the lateness of the email, you know Christmas, it always ends up being pretty busy for some reason...😉 Not much to report, other than the fact that I am such a lucky man! I get to be a missionary in Tempe, Arizona, where it is 65 degrees on Christmas Day! How awesome is that?!? 😎 I also have the most awesome and amazing family ever. For those who don’t know, on Christmas and Mother’s Day we get to Skype our families and talk face-to-face, rather than the usual e-mail! It was so much fun, I love my family with all of my heart, and seeing their smiling faces was the greatest. 

With not much time tonight, I just want to share that I know that Christ is the reason for the Season! I love him and I love each of you! I know that today we celebrate His birth, and that because of Him, we don’t have to face our challenges alone. We have His love to uplift us and strengthen us so that we can do the same for others! I love the Christmas s…

'tis the Season

Hey everyone! 
This is going to be a short one, but there is one main experience that I want to share with each of you. 
As you know, we are working with Adrian, who has been making tons of progress recently. You will be pleased to hear that he is still doing fantastic. We had originally planned on having his baptism on January 13th, but he is so pumped about all of this that he wants to do it on the 30th of this month! Talk about awesome! He has been super excited and happy about making this choice to follow Jesus Christ! He has such high faith and is so excited to continue to make changes to follow Christ. 
Probably the coolest part of everything has been that this will be his first Christmas believing in Jesus Christ. He told us yesterday that he had no idea how to even celebrate it! It was a really humbling experience for me to think about that. We basically explained how the whole Christmas thing works, and he has nobody to celebrate it with, so we are making some pretty cool plans …

Stand As a Witness

Hey everyone!!! Man, life is good, am I right? The Christmas season is here are we are having so many good things happen in the world. People are feeling the love!! The Christmas spirit I should say. Anyways, this week was different but awesome. We had lots of good things happen in the mission!! A few people from the mission headquarters in Salt Lake came down to the mission for three days to train us on what we could do better as missionaries!! It was legit! The best part was, each of those three days, someone came out with us to do missionary stuff to help us apply what we had been learning. It was a good time. 
Day 2 was probably the most impactful for me. It was entirely centered on using the scriptures more in your teaching, using them as the foundation of a lesson rather than the “ornaments” as they described it. It was awesome. That night we had a dinner with a member named Jonathan. He is a great guy, he served a mission as well, and he is probably one of the nicest people I ha…

Christmas? What?

Hey there all my lovely people! Thanksgiving was pretty great, wasn’t it? I always love getting together for the main purpose of being thankful, but eating tons of food is a pretty good secondary purpose. Food is life. I hope you all felt that as well. 
Thanksgiving was awesome! That morning we played some football with our district, took a nap, had dinner, took another nap, then played like 30 rounds of UNO. Good times. It’s pretty weird to have free time as a missionary, you always feel like you should be doing something. So it was a pretty intense day, but I had so much to be thankful for. We went to dinner with a guy named Brigham Dallas, who is quite the stud. He invited about 20 people over for Thanksgiving dinner, so it was a party. There was tons of food, and he is such a nice guy. He offered to host for all the people who didn’t have families to spend the day with, and all those who just needed a place to go. It was so great to interact with all of those people! Good times for…

Gobble 'til ya Wobble!

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! I hope you are preparing yourselves for one of the best holidays ever. Food is definitely one of my favorite things, so I always look forward to the feast that will go down in about 3 days. And yes, always remember, gobble ‘til you wobble. 

Well, after being in the Towne Lake ward for about 2 Weeks, I have seen some awesome things. I even saw an Audi, Lamborghini, and Ferrari all at the SAME HOUSE. And it was an apartment at that. Logical? Not really. Awesome? You bet. Anyways, I definitely have a strong belief that there are people out there who need us! Something that is really emphasized as a missionary is the principle of talking to everyone, which is exactly what it sounds like. We go out of our way to talk with and get to know everyone we see. That is my favorite part of this work, we meet so many amazing people! 
This week, we met a lady named Valentina, who is actually from Russia. She is a student at Mesa Community College and is one of the nic…