Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 29, 2010 0
I think I will have to say that this Thanksgiving was one of much thanksgiving. It was great to be with one of the families in our branch for Thanksgiving and the best part was that we had the opportunity to eat with all the other missionaries in the branch. The interesting thing was that transfers happened the day before Thanksgiving but from what I just said I kind of gave it away. Oh well. I'm still in the ASL program with Elder Tritsch. There is a difference though and that is that we now have 3 areas in the program and they brought Elder Cordy back for the rest of his mission, I would suppose.

Anywho...the week went by really slow. We didn't really make much progress with anyone, except for Walter and Cathalina who are still kicking, which is a good thing. They are still doing great, continuing to read the Book of Mormon, as well as the Bible. But I think that this week I think it finally sank in that they were breaking a commandment. I had asked them to read Alma 5, which talks about how "heaven is at hand" and all that jazz. They didn't read it. So, unfortunately, I had to give a strong lesson about how urgent the message we have for the world to share. I shared a story from the Old Testament, specifically the book of Numbers 13 and 14, and of course it had to be about the Jews. Well to make the story short, at this point the Jews had seen countless miracles, the Red Sea being split, the plagues, the magical bread that appeared, the rock spouting water, and had heard the voice of the Lord numerous times. One would only think that by this time they would finally get the picture that whatever Moses had told them was from the Lord himself. Sadly, they hadn't. Because of the position that Moses held, being a prophet, many filled with pride decided along the way to continuous create a ruckus to make the work of Moses even more difficult. In Numbers 13, the journey in the wilderness could have been over, if and only, they would have trusted the words that Moses spoke to them that were from the Lord. The Lord had revealed to him that the land of Canaan would be theirs and that it would bear much fruit, in fact, 12 men from the 12 different tribes would be the first to attest to that being they were commanded to go search the land. What amazes me the most is that they had been given everything, literally everything that they needed, to prosper and were given power from on high to conquer any obstacle to was set before them. The Lord tested them in this certain aspect, seeing that the land of Canaan was ruled by the Canaanites, who had developed a great city at this point in time. Instead of rallying up the troops, they whimpered, complained, and even tried to kick out the presiding authority, Moses and Aaron, because they felt it would be better for them to go back to Egypt. That is when Moses and Aaron did one of the most selfless things that they could do, they cried unto their Heavenly Father and offered a prayer, even a mighty prayer, to obtain mercy from the Lord because of their stubbornness and unwillingness to do and accept. The Lord did reveal His mercy unto the people but faced some certain circumstances, of which would leave them in the wilderness for a longer time. In fact, everyone above the age of 20 would not see the land of promise and the Lord swallowed up the 10 of the 12 of the search party for claiming that the Canaanites were great and mighty, instead of telling the truth. I'm so thankful for the scriptures and the many lessons it contains. I'm so thankful that the Lord finds mercy on us, His children to partake of the heavenly gift of eternal life, upon our faithfulness. Grace is a wonderful that all the prophets of old and new testify and witness, for they, along with us have experienced it and will continually to feel is bounteous hand. But what I'm most thankful for is that we have a living prophet today, of whom we, as representatives of Jesus Christ, testify of because, just as in times of old, there are prophets here on the earth that guide the way back to our Heavenly Father. It is not relying on his hand that we rely on, for that would be most abominable of all; for flesh is corrupt, but we trust the One on High because He continually guides us the same way in the times of old, for He never changes. Prophets are part of His plan, I know that to be true. They are witnesses of the only Begotten and the Father we beseech continually all day and ever day, even our Father in Heaven. I know that He exhorts us to ask for such knowledge, for it is true, but just as the Jews were unwilling, the unwilling will not ask as well and will not receive such knowledge because they have no contrite spirit or broken heart. Only the meek and the humble received the message of the Savior and that still remains true today. Satan would want us to think that prayer will not help but that is a lie. We are always worthy to communicate with our Heavenly Father. I'm so thankful, especially during this Thanksgiving week for the blessing of knowing, not just believing, that He lives and that He is real. There is no greater power or feeling that can be received when we feel of the atonement of the Only Begotten.

The good thing was that Walter and Cathalina finally read by the next time we visited them and the more amazing part is that when we were discussing Alma 5, Walter was thinking a ton and said "We need to get married and baptized." I know that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and testified to him that these things are real and are of great importance. I know that it wasn't my words but the words of the Lord that brought forth a mighty change of heart. We also had the opportunity to take them to the Visitor's Center to watch the Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration movie and they loved it. I know that when Walter's mom comes into town tomorrow that they will make the necessary decisions to do what is right. I pray that they will. Other than that we don't have anyone that we are working with.

I hope that all of you had a splendid Thanksgiving week and that you counted all your blessings. I love you all and miss you too. I'll try and send some pictures soon.

Elder Leavell

Monday, November 22, 2010

Three Languages in One Lesson...IT CAN BE DONE!

Monday, November 22, 2010 0
Howdy there partners? How has life been treating all of you? Over here in California we have lovely blue skies (just like Vegas skies without the heat) with little to no clouds. But for some greater news, we had some football action in our mission's Turkey Bowl today. It was fun getting to see everyone from the other zones but it was even funner feeling the intensity of a football game. Our Zone won both of the games making us the champions of the Turkey Bowl in our region, so we be ballin. Anyways there isn't too much to report since I was on the computer just this last Wednesday but some interesting things have happened in this short period of time.

Once again we had a Mission Training on Friday from 9AM to 3PM and every time we go to those meetings they kill me. But it was still none the less a good meeting where I learned how to better help the people of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it takes up the whole day pretty much so not a whole lot can happen on those days. Anyways we went to go visit Vitaly, a recent convert, that got baptized before I got in the area. He's great. Very funny and outgoing for a deaf person. The only bad party is where he lives, West Hollywood. As we were leaving we went down Santa Monica Blvd and that is where Sodom and Gomorrah is pretty well established. Saw some gay clubs and that was, well, not cool. But that is why we are here to help people come to know that there is a greater happiness found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Glad to know what my purpose is-to help people be better. The cool thing about that day though wasn't even the lessons we taught but the progression that was made with two of the coolest investigators that we are teaching right now, Walter and Cathalina. I think that I fell more in love with Walter and Cathalina that day. Since they wanted postpone their wedding till after the New Year, we took the opportunity to invite them to fast so that they could receive a testimony that it works. We told them that we would fast lunch and dinner on Friday and that we would all get on our knees at 12 (noon) on the dot so that we could start the fast. I called them to remind them about the fast and they told me that they were "pigging out" before so that Cathalina could make "milk" (Walter's comment haha) to feed the kids. So then we started. Later on that night the text us, "Elder Leavell we r sorry but we cant keep up with the fasting cuzz we are really hungry is it possible that we could close the fasting." After talking things through they then said, "By the time we end please have something for us to eat will stay strong." At this point I was pretty content and left things at that then suddenly I got a text saying "No!!! "I'm hungry"' haha so I called them to see what was up and that is when they told me the coolest thing ever. They said that they were driving when it hit noon and that they remembered the commitment they had made, so they pulled over and kneeled inside the car and offered a prayer to start the fast! How cool is that?! I was so excited and proud of them for taking the courage to test the law of fasting so they could receive an answer to their prayers and concerns for themselves. I know that if we were to all show this great amount of faith that the gates of heaven will open and I know that they have been opened for them because of their faithfulness. It was so awesome to hear that and I know that when a missionary hears those words that it makes their day. Then the next day before the Thanksgiving party with the Deaf Branch, Elder Western and I took the opportunity to teach them and share our thoughts about what had happened the day before. It went really well, despite the lack of planning and how we are not companions. We listened to the talk given by President Monson (you should all listen to it!) during General Conference called "The Three R's of Choice." After listening to the talk we asked them what they had felt during the fast and what they feel they should do about the wedding date. Ending up saying that they still didn't know but I felt like they did. So I told them, just like from the story from that talk, "Why are you so worried? You already know what the answer is." They looked at each other and said that they felt that Walter's mother should be there. Wish they would have told me that before but I'm glad that it came out. We committed them to ask her when she would be back and so forth, they agreed. The Thanksgiving party went great, about 70 people showed up. I was hanging out with Walter and Cathalina the entire time and we had a good time. We ate so much! At least I did, but I think that the food tasted a whole lot better since I had fasted for a full day. So worth it though.

Then for the mother load of all lessons. The reason for the title. On Saturday we went to go visit Olswando and his family. They are so awesome but OH MY GOODNESS was my head hurting after the lesson. The parents speak Spanish, the kids understand English better, and Olswando is hard-of-hearing. It was the awesomeist lesson ever though! We taught them about the Restoration and the Dad was crying by the end and said that he would do everything in his power to get his family to church the following Sunday, since he had prior arrangements this Sunday. They are so great! At the beginning they were saying how they were Catholic but then when the spirit came into the room everything changed. I know that we are representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ and that we bear the Holy message that would wish to bestow to all. I love serving a mission and I wish I could do this forever, but I can't.

The coolest thing happened at Church though. Two new people that we had never seen walked into church and sat down. Gilberto and Jesus. They are so awesome, partially because they are Latin but, also, because they just walked in. It's amazing how the Lord blesses us because of our work and obedience, but most of all because of our faith that He will provide. I'm so amazed at how this is a true principle in the gospel of Jesus Christ of whom the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of. It's so amazing to see all the references to the Savior, the Redeemer, and the Almighty in Holy writ. I know with all my heart that those books witness of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and profess to the world, as do we, that the only that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father, of whom the Savior has fulfilled His will, is through Jesus Christ and His atonement for all mankind. That is the gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of hope to all. I love this gospel and I love that I have the blessed opportunity to serve Him, the Almighty. May the Lord bless you all and all your endeavors. I love and miss you all. Till Next week.

Elder Leavell

P.S. Thanks for all the letters everyone. Keep the coming!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Roller Coaster is my Favorite Ride

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As missionaries, we get used to many things-getting yelled at to our face everyday, cursed at, people missing appointments, but I think that one of the things that I still haven't been able to get used to is when investigators drop us. It stinks and is so frustrating! And I really do think that I will never be able to get used to it. But I'm so glad to be doing what I'm doing, I think I have really gotten to understand how Heavenly Father feels of me when I make the silly mistakes that I know are wrong and yet I still do them. It is always a joy to be in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and when we have investigators that are progressing it makes things even better. WAY BETTER! I hope that all of you are doing mighty fine on this wonderful Wednesday, over here in California it's warm and in some place it's sunny, so I would say that it is a might fine day.

A lot has happened over the past week, we had Zone Conference and we had our mission trainings all in the same week. It was a killer but I have learned so much. The Zone Conference that we had was mainly based on improving ourselves so that we can improve the work and being devoted with the "heart." Unfortunately I didn't get much out of it because I had to translate most of the thing, so my brain didn't really have time or the strength to really captivate what was really happening but I was informed later that there was some big changes in the mission. One of them was that the "Greenie Binder" or however we called it is out the window. The only book of rules that we have is the "White Handbook," which puts a little more pressure on us since we will have to use our discretion of what is truly OK or what is not, but I think that it will help us grow as missionaries so that we can have the ultimate goal of being exactingly obedient. Also, all the missionaries are getting texting, WOO WOO! Yeah I already had that since I can't really get in contact with the people we are working with by calling them. None the less, I did feel the spirit, despite the extra task that I had to do, during Zone Conference. It was great getting to see some of the old missionaries that I knew and seeing how they have been doing. Oh and I almost forgot, the best part! We have another mission challenge to read the Book of Mormon before the end of the New Year. Not going to lie, I was sort of bummed (at first) because I had already started it and was in 2 Nephi but as I really humbled myself and thought of it as a great opportunity, my joy and diligence to read has increased so much. I'm already caught up to where I was in about 7 days. But I would like to extend that challenge to all of you, as well. I know that if we really read, ponder, and pray about the words that it contains that we will find joy in rejoicing and find a greater faith that can help us, especially during these troublesome times that are affecting many at this time. And I have total confidence that all of you can do it, you have way more time than us, missionaries, to read, since we only get about an hour a day to read. It will be a cinch for all of you!

For the bad news, Noe dropped us yesterday. We were going to take him to the Visitor's Center to show him everything that we believe in a visual manner. He didn't want to go and didn't really want to talk to us, it was weird. He said that he had been reading from the Book of Mormon and that he had felt good when he had read. Said that it pretty much has the same things in the Bible, just with different people (well...yeah). I got really excited and asked him how his prayer went. He didn't pray. Then the weirdest thing happened, the mood of the conversation just changed. He started getting mad when I was asking what he was going to do for his day off and about how his week went, when normally he is pretty open about that. We ended up dropping him because he said he didn't want us to come back next week. I know that something happened and I don't know what but I know that he knows that he was doing the right thing. He might not be ready right now, but I know that someday he will. He had already received so many blessings since the time he had started talk with us. He got two jobs that he had been praying for to support his family and he noticed that his stress level had decreased a lot. I know that the only thing that can do that is our Heavenly Father and that he was watching him and blessing him to see that what he was doing was of good worth. I know it to be so true, it always happens when we first start talking to people but just as in the times of old, many lose sight of why they receive those blessings and fall away because they feel they have done enough. It is totally the opposite, it just is telling us of how many more blessings are to come if they are willing to accept and walk in the footsteps of the wonderful Master, Jesus Christ. Walter and Cathalina, on the other hand, were doing great but since of yesterday we hit another road block. We took them to the Visitor's Center with the Calderons (the spanish missionaires in the Branch) and the Juan Guzman Sr. and Jr. It went great! I love that place. It's awesome, their is a great and powerful spirit there when people are ready. We talked about how important the temple was but, even more, how important the Savior is in everything since everything in this Church is centered on Him. Without Him the temple would be of no worth and families would have no way to sealed for time and all eternity. They were asking a lot of questions, as to why and how and the Sister who helped us did a wonderful job explaining and really helping to them to understand. There is a reason why Sisters serve in Visitor's Centers and not Elders. We sat down in one of the small rooms and watched some videos and then commited them to married. It was one of the most powerful lessons of the week. They sat there and said yes, the 27th sounds great for married and the 5th for baptism. We can do it. I was so pumped that day. I couldn't fall asleep just like a boy in a candy store. For reals. Probably had the biggest smile too. Ha. Funny thing happened at the Visitor's Center, their little daughter was running away, trying to get out of the room and ran straight into the glass wall, fell on the ground, waited 5 seconds and then started screaming. I felt bad for laughing but it was the cutest and funniest thing. Like one of those things that happens on American's Funniest Home Videos haha. Anyways. Then Tuesday came. I asked them how their prayers had gone and if they had felt that they had received an answer. They smiled like I hadn't seen them before, especially Walter, and said yes. But then I later found out that they had changed their minds and said that they wanted to wait for Walter's mom to get back from out of town and that she wanted a dress. The interesting thing was that we had planned a lesson on sacrifice for that day and it went perfectly together. We read them the story from President Monson's General Conference talk about the family who was grateful for thanksgiving. They loved it and got really excited about what some of the things that they could give up to be better and serve the Lord. At first they didn't get it but we decided that would fast on Friday to really know if that was the decision that our Heavenly Father would approve of. They are just great. Pray for them if you get the time.

Today we had the great opportunity to go to the temple. It was great. I love that place, there is nothing like it. I wish I could honestly live there. I'm so glad we have the opportunity to go as missionaries. It is a true blessing.

I love you all and hope that everything is going well with all of you. Miss you tons too! Till next week!

Elder Leavell

Monday, November 8, 2010

An Attitude of Prayer

Monday, November 8, 2010 0
On this mighty fine day in California you all have the opportunity to hear from me! What a great opportunity huh? Haha. It have been a pretty good week. Had some great lessons with a ton of Spanish people, yes I know it should be with the deaf but hey I can't do both at the same time. How are all of you doing though? I got a ton of mail this week, it was legit! Thanks everyone, all I want to say is: Keep it coming! It was great to hear from all of you and I will for sure make some time to respond so no worries.

Well, where do I start? We had another Missionary Training Meeting that lasted forever. Those meetings go from 9AM to 3PM and they can be so long sometimes but I'm so thankful for them. I think they are helping me become better than they are helping me help others. I have learned so much about where I can improve and that is a blessings since it sometimes always seems like a daunting task. During the trainings we learned of the importance of prayer and the Book of Mormon. It was mainly focused on how we can help others to come to the same knowledge that we have obtained and how we can help them help themselves, but that is when President Baker pointed out something that was very interesting. As we were discussing how to encourage people to pray, we came to the conclusion that we hadn't really been teaching them the importance of it (that being one of the main purposes of the trainings); therefore, they had no "pull" per say to get on their knees and pray. Then President Baker made one shore comment, he said "They don't do it because we don't know the importance." I think that comment hit us all pretty hard because their was a silence in the room and, at least for me, I was thinking about how true that was in my life. We all committed to do better. Then the second half of the meeting was about the Book of Mormon. The First Presidency has asked all of us, being all missionaries, to go through these trainings to help the work progress faster, and we have already seen the fruits of the call. Our mission last year, so October 2008 to October 2009, baptized around 350 people, then this year, so October 2009 to October 2010, our mission has baptized over 650 people. The Mission Presidents were counseled to give us tid bits of these trainings before but now we are diving into them and they are a great blessing. Just as with prayer, I have learned the great importance of reading the scriptures and how we can truly receive personal revelation to our problems and find answers that our from our Heavenly Father through such sources. I have seen that so much on our mission but I think I have learned it in a higher degree and I'm hopeful that we, as missionaries, will be able to share our knowledge and testimony because of the great importance it has on our lives and convey it to others so that they may receive such witness as well. I'm excited, even though we have already had these meetings before, for the ones in the upcoming weeks. They are long but worth it in my point of view. It's not just training us for the now but for the future as well and there isn't a price tag to that.

As far as the lessons have gone, we have only had a few good ones. I'm too hard on myself. Haha. I invited Elder Franson, our District Leader, and Elder Myers, his companion, to a lesson with Noe. He still hadn't read what we had given him and it was rather disappointing. I was so excited for him and it sort of killed it when he chose not to. We then taught a lesson on prayer. I think that was one of the best lessons I had been in about prayer. We did not speak about anything more or less, just the principle of prayer. We invited him to give the opening prayer, he accepted. We then asked him why he didn't do what we had invited him to do and he said that "I only believe in the Bible." He then said that he has always relied on its consoling power and has found great comfort that. And that is when I remembered on of the scriptures from the Book of Mormon. It says: "And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray. But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul." (2 Nephi 32:8-9). We focused on the part where it says that "the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray." How true is that? I know that our Heavenly Father would prefer us to ask a wrong question than to not ask Him at all. He is all-knowing, omnipotent, the almighty, and never-changing. He has said many times in the scriptures to pray daily and to hearken unto His word, therefore, he will always tell us to pray, no matter if we are asking a question that should not be asked. We expressed this to Noe and told him that our Heavenly Father will never get mad for asking if something were of His, infact, he would bless us. Afterall, the only condition is if we ask in faith as it says in James 1:5. He accepted to read and pray and hopefully he will do it this time.

On Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the temple and do the work for a deceased person. It has been awhile since I had last been but the same calm, peaceful spirit was definitely the same one that I remember. I know that it is His house and that it's a house of prayer. I would wish that everyone could walk on these sacred grounds to feel of that edifying spirit. I have found great guidance in just sitting and thinking of nothing but the things that the Lord would want me to do. I'm so thankful for those tender mercies that have come through the temple and I'm so thankful to have them here on the earth to be a beacon of light to look forward to. On that same day, I had the opportunity to go to Francisca's baptism. It was great! I can't believe that the whole family is baptized, except for the older siblings. It will be such a great miracle to see them go through the temple to be sealed for time and all eternity. It was great seeing the old ward I had served in, it's always great to see familiar faces.

I want to let you all know that I love you all. You are all such a great support, especially you Mom & Dad. I know I couldn't have done this without you. The way you raised me and the way you have supported me along the way. I love you all so much and miss you a lot. I hope that the Lord may encircle you with all His tender mercies. Till next week.

Elder Leavell

Monday, November 1, 2010

Could I say "Happy Halloween"?

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Well I hope that all of you had a splendid time this week, as well, as enjoying all the festivities that come along with the wonderful holiday of Halloween. It is always nice to be a missionary on these holidays, I mean who wouldn't want to stay at home all night, having consistent knocks at the door with trick or treaters? I know I would haha. NOT. It was all good though. We entertained ourselves for sure haha.

This week was an interesting week because we had a bunch of meetings. Remember when I had those two weeks of just meetings the entire day? Well they are back again but luckily this time they are a little more spread out and so it's not as hard on the brain, if you know what I mean. That leads me to an interesting story. So on Friday we had the meeting and our car had to be taken to PepBoyz (never go there by the way) to get the brakes changed. We had the bright idea to leave it there before the meeting, which started at 9AM, since they always seem to take forever doing something. Well when the meeting was finally over, around 3PM, and we headed back to where we lived, we stopped by PepBoyz, around 4PM, and well the statement still stands "they take forever to do something." We got there and the car was still lifted with the wheels off the car and they told me that they couldn't find anything and asked me if I could find something. I told them "well, if my companion, who is deaf, can feel that the brakes are having a problem, I think that it would be safe to say that there is a big problem." True story. Anyways, we took it for a test drive where they magically discovered the problem, since a car has a mind of it's own. I didn't get mad but it was WAY frustrating. We left and that was that. The manager found out and said that if we went back on Thursday that he would do it himself and change the whole thing with the brakes. If I could have any complaints with having a car that would be one of them-PepBoyz runs. As far as our investigators go. They are moving, slowly, but moving. We had an amazing lesson with Noe last Tuesday. We talked to him about the restoration and how it can bless our lives. He had a bunch of questions but he was excited to hear what we had to say. He was surprised that we had a lot in common and that we had the same basic beliefs-Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, the Bible is the word of God, and that our goal here in life is to learn to become better. It's amazing how things work out huh? The best part is that we finally contacted his neighbor, Lilia, who is deaf! I was so happy when we finally got a hold of her! She is soooo nice and so willing to come to church if she didn't have to work. It's really a bummer living in the economic times since it is really a big issue for some people who can't survive if they don't work. But I think that there have always been ways that have tested the faith of many, even members to continue following the commandments of our Heavenly Father. It's only a matter of, will we do it or will we not? That is where agency comes in and that is what I hate because I know that following the commandments of our Heavenly Father ALWAYS will bring happiness and I wish I could force people to do it so that they can experience it. But yet again that is what Satan did and look how he ended up...I'll pass haha. Enough with the ranting. The Guzman family came to church yesterday and so did Johnathon. It was awesome. We missed the first half of sacrament meeting, since we had to go pick him up but he seemed to enjoy it because he was participating and talking a bunch. It was sick. Walter and Cathalina didn't go to church so we will have to go talk to them about that. Tisk tisk haha. Oh and we contacted another deaf person that hadn't had any luck with yet. His name is Moises, so Moses in English. He is hard of hearing and way cool. He goes to the same high school as Juan Jr. so hopefully we will be able to get his whole family to church as well. Gets really distracted though. Yet again so do all of the deaf people. Well I'm wrong. They just tune out after awhile and go into their own world. Sometimes I have wondered what is like. Random ahh I'm turning into them! :)

So for Halloween we celebrated it twice. On Saturday we had a tri-ward "Trunk or Treat" it was awesome. The best part was seeing Tracy, Dalton, Alysha. Forgot how much I missed them. They are doing well and being them cool-selves. Can't complain. We were there for a couple of hours. My companion went trick or treating at the "Trunk or Treat" and all the members came up to me asking why he was doing it and simply said "I don't know, he is Elder Tritsch" haha. We would call it a deaf-ism. They are pretty funny. We helped set up and do all that jazz. It was freaking cold though. I thought I was going to die but after awhile I didn't feel it, probably because I was numb. Oh well. I'm not sick so that is good. Then on Sunday we went to the ASL South apartment for dinner. It was legit. Elder Hadlock blessed us with his cooking skills so we ate well. It was fun being with all of them since we are always together anyways haha.

The gang with Alysha's boy

Elder Western, Elder Van Dam (who likes mustard), Elder Hadlock, & Elder Tritsch

Well this week has been fun. I'm glad that I have the blessed opportunity to serve a mission. It is a true blessing from my Heavenly Father. It's weird to think that it's right around the corner when I go home. I love you all and miss you too! SEND ME SOME LETTERS! and I will love you more! For reals though. Letters are awesome. If you read this I expect a letter ;) Alright well hope you have an awesome week next week and may the blessings of the Lord be in abundance.

Elder Leavell

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