February, 2010

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February 22, 2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

hey everyone! ok this last hour has been pretty stressful and all i just received all of ya’lls stuff like 30 min ago and I’m looking at my journal the last week and 10 plus papers of dear elder… so yeah. Anyways it sounds like everyone is doing well and that no one was actually on Josh’s face. What a relief. I thought that was super funny though! o yeah while im remembering it, save the church news from feb 20th. the guy in there Brother Studdert that they quote and have pictures of is so awesome. That guy is my branch pres the one that ive been tellin you bout haiti n stuff its insane. Will yall save that for me? thanks. and im pretty sure the guy who’s in the picture on the right page is doin the jerk haha. So me and clark have been talkin a lot its great to see him. o and just for anyone who decides to email or send anything to my email. Please do it via dear elder for the sake of the blinking red timer in the corner of my screen. Josh it sounds like everything is well. Keep gettin swoll but you still got a lot of catchin up to do. I was impressed when you told me how much you were lifting. O and i was thinkin make sure you get a sufficient amnt of sleep cuz it really affects how easily/quickly you can build muscle trust me. Dear elder me again this week before thurs and ill write you back this monday. Megan it sounds like your doin great! congrats on your first scripture mastery! thats more than i ever did! jk, i did more i promise… but yeah it sounds like bro evans is a sweet teacher. o yeah dad thanks for the church lessons n stuff. i was actually reading about the abrahamic cov and the law of moses the other day. i decided after i learn spanish and i have more time to read im gonna read the bible dictionary along with the standard works. its actually really interesting. Mom i got the brownies thanks :) Did you send the glasses yet? im lookin forward to it. could you tell gma and gpa how to use dear elder if they dont know how cuz they emailed me but i dont really have time to reply.  I heard about that austrailian lds snowboard chick and what she said about being modest or whatever. thats pretty awesome. are yall not supposed to give me a political update? cuz i sure could use one. yeah dad i laughed pretty hard at your valentine it was way funny. o and yeah dad ive been studyin 2 ne 2 cuz we’re teaching POS (Plan of Salvation) in spanish this weekend its some good stuff but ive been studyin 2 ne 4 w/ nephi’s lament and how he puts his trust in the Lord and then D n C 121. good stuff. Also ive been inspired to carry around a lil notebook with spiritual impressions. you guys should try it, its a good way to chart your spiritual progress and helps you recall things that you need to know. also i carry another lil notebook where i write down spanish words i learn. i pack em in there so it looks like another language. but im realizing how important writing stuff down is. remember an unwritten goal is just a wish. o yeah dad im almost done with Our Search for Happiness because its apart of the assigned reading list and i can only read Believing Christ in my room cuz its not on the reading list. whatever. im about halfway w/ that one too. Sounds like Tasha is doin great too! i wish i had more time. When you guys forward stuff of hers to me and you spread the type out so i dont get it in like 3 letters? thanks. sorry this letter feels lame but today has been really insane.  o yeah i laughed really hard when i found out that tasha fell down the stairs i just couldn’t help it. hopefully yall got my pics and the shot refund thingy by now. but im outta time.

love you guys and thank you so much for all the support

love elder singer

Hey Everyone!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Hey Everyone!
How are yall doin? I miss you guys a ton! I’m sure hope everything is going well! I wont be able to say a whole ton about my dear elder today cuz i have to read it during my 30 min time limit cuz its pres day and the mailroom is closed. o well. anyways, the mtc is great! we taught in spanish for our trc appoinment for the first time and it was really cool. i was amazed at how much i could say! i was teaching and explaining and answering questions in spanish! it was such a cool experience! I knew i wasn’t doing it alone. o yeah josh i wrote you a letter so you can be expecting it soon. thank you guys so much for the v-day stuff! that was way awesome! i loved all of the hearts and stuff on em. nice one dad. thats all im gonna say haha. but yeah thanks for all the candy n stuff im gonna have to share cuz its so much! dad i heard they took “come thou fount” out of the hymnal because people would sing it too much. seriously. we had some down time and we figured out how to say: “hola, mi nombre es inigo montoya. te mataste mi padre: prepara morir” i think thats mostly right but our teacher said its a lil off but we thought it was funny. Can yall give me derek’s address? he wrote me like 2 months ago but he was leavin in like 2 days so i couldnt write him back. could yall tell his parents to tell him i wanna write him back? thanks. o yeah so holy cow. My branch pres and his counselor took that team i told you about 3 weeks ago to haiti and he’s back and he said the people there are suffering really bad and its just terrible over there. he said he saw some unspeakable things. Bro worthington the counselor is a contracter and he went to determine which buildings were still stable and he said that the earthquake wasn’t that bad just everything is poorly constructed there and they dont use rebar they use just steel poles and when they’re moved it just slides right out of the concrete, = disaster. That instantly made me think of heleman 5:12 and how important it is that we build a sure foundation. We are all pretty much in tears the whole sacrament meeting and after i felt guilty for having 3 square meals a day and a bed to sleep on. I dont have time to tell all the stories they told but they were pretty incredible… After Pres Studdert said “i dont wanna hear any complaints cuz all of yours are stupid. Your worst day ever is better than their best day ever.” It was kinda funny but at the same time i’d say the adivce was taken well. I wish i could go help those people but they cant use just any hands. they have nothing no infastructure and they’re starting from the ground up. Anyways im not sure why i didnt get a weekly email from dad to see whats goin on but it was nice to see that josh and mom wrote me. can yall send me tasha’s letter via dear elder? i dont have time to read all that… o yeah so from other sources it seems to me that yall arent weeding out as much as i thought yall would like my dimensions and such… o well. dad really random churchy people could be reading this and think im some nut case of a missionary. that might be funny though. o yeah speaking of my dimensions, mom im just talkin bout regular pday shirts i need regular ol saturday shirts or something its all good. o yeah thanks for the stomach stuff haha its been mas o menus mostly up until like 2 days ago… o yeah back to the haiti people stuff i was gonna encourage yall to find a way to donate or something they need all they can get. im doin way good btw with not getting discouraged and workin hard. this last week has been pretty sweet. Ive started reading Believing Chirst and Our Search for Happiness. Both very very good. i recommend them to anyone and everyone. to answer your question about layover and calls im sure ill have plenty of time to call durin layovers and what not. like so much time, i talked to a missionary thats goin to argentina tomorrow and he has like 30-40 hours worth of travel time its insane. O yeah josh did i say anything about how insane your wrestling stuff was? holy cow. it sounds crazy over there. im gonna be honest im glad im not there at the moment thats just absolutely ridiculous. Sorry bout the parking stuff. that sucks man. you got one more year left though. O and you’ll love byu efy. BYU is the bomb i love it. how’s fam/personal scrip study comin along btw? and mom its ok if dad takes time to explain stuff i read this thing about bruce r. mckonckie (however you spell it) and thats what he did. did you know he rewrote the BOM in his own words verse by verse and cross referenced every verse??? thats pretty incredible if you ask me, talk about desire. Mom and Dad were yall there (listening) to his final testimony right before he died? just wonderin. Ill send you guys my SD card soon ive taken a bunch and ordered some prints via book store. How are the olympics btw? Go USA. Speaking of international type stuff we met with the Argentine consul. I answered one of his questions and i was able to say the answer with a good accent and he asked where im from. im pretty sure he thinks im some sorta native or somethin. the tongan elders hear ask me if i have tongan in me its funny it makes me feel cool. Josh every time i wear my the tie you gave me i get a compliment. literally everytime no joke. i said the prayer last night at the fireside it was so scary. the big ugly security guard came up to me and said ” have you ever prayed in front of 2000 people before?” (i said no) he said “just close your eyes its not so bad” it was funny. but yeah im about outta time. i love you guys and miss you. thank you for all your love, support, and prayers. I always feel like i need to tell yall somethin else but im workin hard and i love what im doin!

Elder Singer

February 8th, 2010

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

February 8, 2010

Dear Family,

Sounds like everyone is doing good. Don’t worry about rushing the contacts, I’ve just been wearing my glasses cuz my contacts dry out so easy here but I’m looking forward to getting my new glasses. My shirts, I’ve been lifting a lot so I’m getting big, as in swoll, not fat, don’t worry. My shirts don’t fit as well and I’m probably shrinking them in the laundry, but I believe I’m doing it right…? The shoes were hurting read bad, but one of the guys who was in the district was heading out gave me his slippers and so I shoved them inside my shoes and now my shoes fit. The boots fit too.

Mom, I was thinking about your lesson about families and I guess I could just tell you something significant I’ve learned how important it is to love like Christ loves us. Thomas S. Monson said in one of the Mormon messages, don’t make a problem to be solved more important than a person to be loved. Also with my comp, I’ve really tried to apply the Christlike attributes and I’m looking for ways to serve him. When you are service minded and you learn to love everyone you come in contact with, things just seem to fall into place because the Lord is blessing you for your efforts. Another good quote is to make an effort to be Christlike so much that people who don’t even know Christ want to get to know him just because of your example and your love for him. Just another spiritual side note, the scriptures I’ve really enjoyed and tried to study and apply are D&C 6:39 and 34:34. They’re way good. Read em. The stuff I was saying has really helped our companionship. The last two days I’ve made his bed and he didn’t even realize it and this morning he said, “ I don’t remember making my bed…did you?” I just shrugged my shoulders and kept reading. It was funny. Something way awesome about doing service without the person knowing is that the only person that the can thanks is God. That’s what makes anonymous service so special is that you don’t take any credit and you let God take it all. Pretty cool huh? When you truly forget yourself and serve others the day goes by so much easier so I think you could apply that somehow to families.:)

Dad, I think it is so funny that you said something about Groundhog Day cuz Elder Hinckley talked to us at a devo about how to make your mission so its NOT like Groundhog Day. He gave us 6 points on how to do that but I don’t have time to get them, it’s in my notes but basically lose yourself, be obedient, have fun while being obedient etc. It was very good. He is a lot like his father. I’ve been reading The Greatest Salesman. It says it is so important that we create good habits and productive habits and become a slave to those good habits.

I really like the letter from Megan! Have her email me via dearelder also so I can read it beforehand. I always write an outline beforehand but it sounds like she’s doing great with swimming and tell her not to worry about solo and ensemble.

I was thinking since people ask you questions all the time I would challenge our family to study the lessons in Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel. I wish I knew it as well as I do now. Back in high school, I could have explained stuff so much more effectively. It’s really the gospel in a perfect nutshell. PMG is awesome BTW. I really want to finish Believing Christ. I’ve just been studying so much I feel like I want to just sit down and read all the standard works!

I was just gonna say at the MTC we can set up appointments to have a progressing investigator at the Teaching Evaluation Center and it’s all role play (we say real play) and we’ve almost got this guy committed to baptism! I can’t wait to do this for real in the field It’s gonna be great! The MTC is way awesome though. The guys in my district are all awesome and we’re all bonding. We have a lot of fun. I’ll have to send some pictures sometime with my memory card.

BTW, we go to the Provo temple and a session every pday morning. The Provo temple is pretty big and way pretty. Every Sunday after Sac meeting we go walk around the temple too and take cool pics to put on FB in two years. Speaking of Sac meeting, I bore my testimony in espanol and I tried to say everything I knew and I said more than I thought I could…. Spanish is coming along pretty well.


Elder Singer

Letter 4

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

February 1, 2010 6:33 PM

Hey everyone!

I have a whole bunch of stuff to say anda ton of stuff to reply too so sorry if I don’t go into a whole lot of details. If you guys could email me via dear elder on Fridays because I receive the letters from you the following day. When you send them on Sunday I get them about 4ish when I have 2 hours left of pday so I don’t have a lot of time to think about what to reply cuz I always make an outline.I’ll just address randomly everything I think I need too.
Mom, could you send me some more shirts? I think I’m shrinking them and I’m getting bigger, honestly, not fatter though. BTW Dad the food is alright, it’s pretty much the leftovers from the Cannon Center. I’m trying to eat healthy and I’m staying pretty fit. Are my new glasses/contacts in? If you could send those to me that would be great. Sorry for all the o yeahs. Tasha told me haha. My slip on no lace shoes hurt really bad so I never wear them. Should I keep trying to break them in or do you think I can still do something with missionary mall. Mom, thanks so much for writing all those addresses in my book. I didn’t realize that you did that until I finally cracked it open. I’m thinking about printing and sending yall some pics, is it okay to send SD cards via mail? I can if you want me to.
I see Clark and Cambria pretty much every day. That’s pretty cool. I talked with both of them for a good amount of time. Sunday nights are church video night after the fireside. I sat next to Clark and we pretty much talked the whole time.
The language is coming well. Don’t worry Dad. I’ve started doing the John Groberg thing w/my 2 BOM’s side by side and if I don’t know a word I write it down in a little notebook I carry around with me. I also carry around a little notebook and I write down answers to prayers or powerful inspiration that strikes me deeply. I keep thinking about Joseph Smith when he said “I knew it and I knew that God knew it.: I love that it’s so powerful.
That cracked me up about Josh and the Court of Honor. How’d Megan do at solo and ensemble? Sounds like Anna is doing well in basketball, tell her what Michael Jordan did at first and what he changed when we started winning championships. Kiss the Celica good-bye for me will you? I hear Josh is getting his license soon….
I have been writing in my journal everyday since I got here. Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out what to write cuz sometimes the days feel the same. I finished the Greatest Salesman book. I read it 3 times a day. I think you know what I mean by that. IDK if Tasha told yall but I read the BOM everyday til you feel the spirit and just a little bit longer, family and personal that’s the minimum.
I saw Brother Bott yesterday and he remembered me! Dad, don’t worry I’m working hard and I’m not distracted, time is of the essence, it’s the Lord’s time and I try to use every bit of it.
I have heard about the Heap kid from Washington. One of my friends knows him and his family. He may not go on a mission cuz he’s “NFL material.” I’ll look out for Mike Barrow when he comes. I’m most likely going to see him.
Overall, it’s been good. We got to practice contacting with a new district that got here and I played a drunk Mexican guy in the park. It was fun. We’re teaching each other all the time, it’s cool. You may delete whatever you feel you need to but I’m almost out of time. I’ve been carrying my camera around with me so I’m getting lots of pics. Missionary scripture:Alma 29:9-10…well I gotta go. Love you guys and thanks for your support. I miss you all!
Elder Singer