Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Elder Wise

Hey Hey!!!  Thanks for all the B-Day wishes!!!  I can't believe I actually turned 19 haha.  Let's see, today we did a bunch of stuff.  This morning, I opened the package you guys sent!! Thanks a ton!!! The hole punch and pencils are perfect!!! I don't think I got all the other letters you guys sent.  I got one from Lucie and that's about it.  I loved the leaf haha.  I also loved the sweaters and stuff.  Those will be great!!  And the twinkies were so great!!  I've already eaten some haha. 
We went to Kohls this morning and bought some new shoes.  They are great.  Thanks!!  After that we went out to lunch.  A place called Angus McCurdy's. It's pretty dang delicious!!  Possibly one of the best burgers I've ever had.  They also have Tri-Tip steak sandwiches, which are to DIE for!!!  Past that stuff, we haven't done much else today.  Tonight we are going to a member's for dinner and then hopefully we will go see some investigators. 
 The mission conference was super awesome!!  President Van Cott invited all the stake presidents in our mission to come speak, as well as a bunch of the bishops and stuff.  Elder Hyam of the fifth quorum of the 70 was also there.  It was totally awesome.  If I have some time I'll tell a cool story that they shared at the end. 
For Thanksgiving we are planning on going to a member's house.  I don't know if we will get more than one dinner or not.  Hopefully not cause I am getting fat.  Really I am.  I don't know how accurate the scale is that I'm using but according to the scale, I've gained almost 10 pounds.  AHHHHHHH!!!!  Not good.  I eat so well out here.  We need to start waking up a half hour earlier and going on runs or something.  It's not good.  Haha
 It sounds like it's been crazy at home what with all the people and stuff.  It's fun that Zach and Sara showed up!!  And super crazy that Gma and Gpa were in Yucaipa!!!  If I'd have seen them that would have been unreal. 
Congrats Sadie on the swim meet and stuff!!! That's great!!  And Duck Dynasty season 4 sounds like a blast.  I saw a toy today at walmart that was really awesome.  It was Si's head and it talked and said lots of funny quotes and stuff.  It was really great!!
I'm glad to hear that there were no more major catastrophes in the ward this week.  And I'm glad people are getting better for the most part.  I didn't get a chance to call Joanie last week but I will for sure do it this week.  I promise. 
Well, I will tell you that story now. So one of the bishops in our mission, Bishop Luna, got up and bore his testimony and stuff and he told us a sweet story.  Well first, a little about Luna.  He is the bishop of a spanish ward and they lead the mission and a ton of other missions in baptisms.  They baptized 68 people so far this year and they've had to split the ward twice.  Unreal.  Anyways here's the story.  Two missionaries were in Mexico and in their area there was a town out in the middle of nowhere and they could only get there by train.  The train went out to the town twice a day.  Once, sometime in the mid day and once around 11 at night.  So usually the Elders would take the 11 oclock train out, spend the night, then get to work early the next morning.  Well the people in the town hated the missionaries.  Really hated them.  So much so that they wanted to kill them.  So some men in the town found out when the missionaries were gonna be coming and made a plan to kill them.  They were gonna hide on the side of the road in the ditch or somthing and kill the Elders as they walked the mile or so from the train station to the town.  So the night came and the men hid themselves as the train pulled up, and they saw the 2 elders get off the train and start walking towards the town.  Well, the men lost sight of them for a bit around a curve in the road so they sent one of the men to scout it out and see how close they were.  He returned a few seconds later and brought some incredible news!! The Elders weren't alone.  They had brought an entire army with them mounted on horseback! Sure enough, a few seconds later the Elders rounded the curve and behind them marched thousands of soldiers on horseback.  The men didn't dare try and kill the Elders.  Well the procession marched past for several minutes.  As the last horses marched by the men hiding were shocked.  Well, they wanted to see where all these soldiers were going and stuff so they started on the walk home and as they came into sight of the town, they saw two missionaries, alone, walking through the streets of the town, looking for place to stay the night. 
Isn't that a sweet story!! The Lord protects his missionaries!!  I hope I was able to tell the story alright and that it made sense.  I know I'm a lousy storyteller. 
Well, I love you all!! I apologize cause I don't think I'll be able to reply to everyone who sent me emails.  But I appreciate them all and I did read them so thanks!!!!
Love you guys,
Elder Wise

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