Monday, December 28, 2015

"I Hope You All Had a Wonderful Christmas"

"The Daily View"
Hey family!,

I love you guys so much! It was awesome being able to see you on Christmas. I was kind of scared that it was going to be weird seeing and talking to you guys but it was really awesome and motivated me to be better!   

Please tell grandma Dora thank you so much for the jalapeƱo jelly and the bran muffins! We ate it with cream cheese and crackers this morning. (Jake cracked me up in the Herman family Christmas card! Good work Jake.) 

Thank you family for all the awesome gifts and letters! I love all of you! I am super sorry for not doing that great about writing a lot. I think it would work awesome if you asked me like one or two things specifically to write about because I have a hard time thinking of things. We can try it out for next week!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have reflected on all that your savior has done for you.  I got some insight during our zone conference that I wanted to share.

After the angel appears to the shepherds the host of angels appear and it says... 
Luke 2
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

All of us were in this heavenly host; all of us were there on this first Christmas. All of us were looking down at the Savior’s birth and singing praises Him. I am sure there was more celebration and joy at the beginning of our Savior’s mortal life than any of us can imagine. He was starting the greatest feat that any of us have ever done. He was going to atone for all of us and open the gates of heaven for all those that are willing to follow him. It must have been a bittersweet moment for our Father, but all of us were there. 

I love you guys,

Love Elder Moe

"They need to still make copies of the
Book of Mormon like this!"
"Elder Dubbeld loves Root Beer.  He bought
six 2 liter bottles last Monday, not to mention
a ridiculous amount of cereal."
"When your foreign companion
discovers junkfood..."

Saturday, December 26, 2015

"Training in a Trio!"

Elders Dubbeld, Gill and Moe - "The Triungle"
Hey guys I'm super short on time today I apologize. Luckily we will be able to talk a lot on Christmas. I got the package! I really appreciate all of the gifts professionally wrapped by Becca. So I kind of cheated and opened up my Nerf gun early. We are having a huge nerf war in a three-story ward building today and I couldn't resist.

Dad you're going to have to put that Rotel in a Tupperware and send it over. I honestly can't believe Christmas is here already. Time flies especially on the mission. The biggest change this week has been our new companion Elder Dubbeld. He had oatmeal for the first time with me the other morning; things are pretty different in Holland I guess. From what he's told us, he is going to go crazy when we go to Walmart today. He says when his dad goes to America, he brings back a whole suitcase full of Lucky Charms and A&W rootbeer.

This is my journal entry from when he came!:
Nice snow boots Elder Gill and Moe :D
Wow so we have a new companion! We are training in a trio!!! His name is Elder Dubbeld, pronounced just like doubled. He’s from Holland and got called to Elder Hagoods mission in the Trinidad Port of Spain! He is waiting here for probably six weeks or so. Until then, Elder Gill and I are training him! He is really quiet and soft spoken but we are going to have to help him with that. He ate oatmeal for the first time with me this morning. He said he really liked it! I would think they would have oatmeal there. I’ve never thought of it as an American thing. His second language is English and his first is Dutch. He’s not a very confident English speaker but we will help him out of his comfort zone for sure. There is no growth in a comfort zone and not a lot of comfort in a growth zone. I just realized we are going to have posterity ties handed down in Trinidad Port of Spain. That's sick!

This week was super awesome!  On Thursday we went to the Salt Lake Temple and then Friday was crazy:  We had zone meeting, Christmas Dinner, talent show and a General Authority speaker. The food was awesome and President and Sister Eberhardt got us microwavable rice bags and shorts with the mission name printed on them. The General Authority speaker was amazing! It was Elder and Sister Gay. I will tell you all about everything on Friday!

I love you guys so much and will see you on Friday. I apologize for the short lame email. We had to walk here and so we were late and then Elder Guapo had to come by and talk to us.


Elder Moe
Murray district

Elders Moe, Dubbeld and Gill

Sister Uelese

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Elder Gill ate it hard... Like super hard"

Dear Family, 

I love you guys so much and we have had a crazy week. A lot of things happened and I took videos of most of them. 

First thing that happened was Zoe and Jason are getting married!!!!! There is this senior Missionary named Elder Guapo and he specializes in marrying people. We had heard some crazy stories about him but we brought him over to the lesson anyway. We told them why he was coming and what he was going to talk about but he didn't know that...  He told us "you never say marriage in a lesson!" And so his method (Bishop Stoddard told me this) is to read the Family Proclamation with them and then ask what God wants them to do. If they don't get it right, they read it again until they get it right. So after the first time through, he asked Zoe and she didn't know how to put it or what specifically he was looking for, so I leaned out from behind him and mouthed "marriage" and she understood and said marriage! Guapo jumped up, yelled and was congratulating her and giving high fives for getting it on the first try.  So we filled out the marriage license application and then he told them to put their shoes on. Twenty minutes later we were at the marriage office getting the marriage license. It was pretty exiting! They had already planned on getting married, they just needed a push and Guapo gave them a shove! It is all good though - they are getting married this week on Saturday and they are exited. The Relief Society is helping out a lot.

The next thing that happened was Elder Gill ate it on his bike. Friday morning we took a trip to Instacare to stitch up Elder Gills face. We were riding into the Willows Apartments and on the first speed bump Elder Gill ate it hard.. Like super hard. He landed like directly on his face. He tried to grab a hold of the handle bars to regain control and so the first thing that hit the ground was his face. Typically when people fall, because of instinct, they put out their hands to catch themselves and so they scrape up their palms. He had road rash on the BACK of his hand and a sick gash in his chin. Nothing else got scraped because he was wearing a pretty thick wool jacket and he slid on his arm for a bit. I was riding right behind him so I saw the whole thing and it just replays in my head every time I think about it. Typically it splits me up because it was so flipping funny, but awful, so I have just been cracking up randomly ever since it happened. This is pretty hard typing this up honestly. He bled a lot and then eventually it clotted and he had this weird clot thing hanging off. It was pretty gnarly. Elder Astorga and Elder Baumbach came and took us to Instacare and he got two stitches inside the wound and 6 on the outside. It was super cool; I have never seen anyone get stitches before. Elder Gill was pretty lighthearted about it. I will attach a video of the after math. He gave me permission to take the video, but I think he got a little nauseous when he saw the injury. You can tell when he starts feeling sick because his face turns yellow. 

I felt a little bad and shouldn't have done a selfi video, but hey, you live and learn right. I should have taken a picture after the blood clot came off because it was super deep and super gross.

The next thing I sent was a video of the transfer phone call. We knew Sunday night that we were both going to be training but we had no idea we were going to be training in a trio. We thought that Elder Gill was going to leave. This next week will be exciting because on Tuesday we have transfers, Thursday we go to the temple, and Friday we have zone conference. 

Ok, so to answer some questions. Yes I have gotten my boots from the office but I had to ask for special permission and we had to get a ride there. I would like it a lot better if you sent stuff to our house. With Sister Lafferty, we were walking into Mickey d's and I saw her on the front of the line in the drive through. It was super weird seeing a face I recognized! But it was awesome! I had no clue she lived here! 

Oh yeah, we went to temple square with Zoe and Jason to see the lights and it was awesome. Jason was super sick when we were driving there but we said a prayer that he would feel better while we were there and he did. He was like completely recovered after having his head half way out the window for the drive there. Zoe really loved it and they both said they were exited to go through the temple to be sealed a year after Zoe is baptized. After we left and got in the car, Jason almost instantly felt super sick again. It was definitely a miracle. I know that this is a work of miracles. It is a work of mighty changes of heart. It is a work of relationships, change, growth and tender mercies. 

I love this scripture written by Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6 -
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

This was written hundreds of years before Christ was born. Historians would look at Christianity starting after Christ's ministry and crucifixion. They would look at it as a widely spread religion brought about by many followers and friends that traveled and spread the word. They would look at it as a well recorded ministry of an inspiring leader.  I testify that this is not true. I know that Christianity was not formed by the words or writing of man. I know that Christ is the center of all things. We even count our time from His birth. I know that His atonement was the greatest event in the history of this world. I know that the prophets starting with Adam have always testified of Christ and they always will. I know He is the Mighty God. I know He is the Prince of Peace. I know He is a gift to the world. He is The Love of God manifested to all mankind. 

This season we are celebrating our Savior and His birth. A Savior is born for you. 

Elder Moe
"Yes it is a mirror selfie, but it's awesome...
"This cat was hard to take a selfie with."
"District awesome continued.  Elder Asker is the guy next
to me.  He is part of the senior couple in Murray."

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"The District"

Elder Kupaka'a
Hey family! 

Alright, so because of popular demand I will be sharing things about the district living arrangements and stuff like that! I will start with the district:

So starting on the top row from left to right: 
1. You have President of course.

2. Elder Pittman- he is a brand new missionary and he is a convert of about 2 years. He is super cool!

3. Elder Moe- he is pretty cool but sometimes he gets on my nerves especially when he tears up the bathroom right before I shower ;D 

4. Elder Gill- He is really awesome! He has been to a year of BYU I before he came out. His Dad was in the Air Force so he lived in Germany for a while and he has India Indian background. He has a ton of faith, is really spiritual, humble and doesn’t get annoyed when I want to pray a lot (which is super nice). We get along great! 

5. Sister Uelese- She is Polynesian, which says a lot already! She is super fun, speaks Spanish (which can be bad for the Spanish Elders sometimes) hahaha, and left for her mission as a teacher in Alaska. She has a favorite question that she loves to ask people that is very thought provoking... "Have you ever been slapped by a poly??" All joking aside, she is actually really nice, a stud missionary and the best English speaker out of the trio.

6. Sister Pauni- a lot of the things said about sister Uelese can be said here. Sister Pauni is super funny! She sometimes wears this hat that is white and furry and looks amazingly funny but she rocks it! She is very good at popping her knuckles in a way that Instills fear into those she is looking upon. She hails from the kingdom of Tonga and taught the zone some togan words including "Namuseku" which she assured us meant handsome man. (We asked brother Wolfgram, a Tongan in one of our wards, and it means ....). I promised the sisters I wouldn't tell anyone in the zone what it means so keep it on the DL.

7. Sister Masih- she was born in Samoa but moved to Australia when she was really young. She is like the mom of the group and does her best! She was in my zone in Wyoming so I already kind of knew her. She is pretty hard to understand sometimes but she is hilarious too! I gave her a blessing one time when she was sick and her middle name is Sunshine - that describes her really well!

8. Elder Sales- he is from California and came out with me. He is super cool! I am going to be going on exchanges with him soon and getting to know him a lot better!

9. Elder Kupaka'a- he is from Hawaii (the big island) he is like the biggest goofball I have ever met. He said he doesn’t speak native Hawaiian but he spoke fluent Pigeon which is like a mix of a bunch of other languages. He is a really hard worker and is super good at drawing and stuff. He loves to teach using little hand motions and visuals.

Front row left to right
1. Elder Alvarado- he is from Arizona and is totally a redneck! It is super awesome. He loves to say super apostate things and see people's reactions. He served in Lyman, Wyoming before this and was somewhat legendary for drinking goats milk straight from the goat.  I am running out of time but that is all the young missionaries in my district.

"Our sweet Christmas setup"  All donated by
some awesome members!  Notice the warm fire.
A miracle I wanted to share this week is a stellar example of member missionary work. There is this bomb family in the ward. Their youngest daughter is an awesome member missionary. She made a bet with one of her friends at school (she is thirteen years old) that if her friend lost she had to take a missionary lesson. So she came up and told us one day and was like, "hey I have a friend who owes me two missionary lessons." We were like, "what do you mean??" Then she explained it to us. We ended up meeting with her friend  thinking it was kind of going to be a joke, but she made the bet because she really cared and loved this friend and knew she needed the gospel. After a spiritual lesson on the Restoration, she accepted the invitation to be baptized and is getting baptized on the 9th of January!!

Sorry not a great letter today. I love you guys so much and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Elder Moe

PS I met one of Marlin Moes nieces or something the other day. She has been to Bob’s place on the lake.

PSS look at family tree. There are a lot of things that need to be fixed

This stud Truman helps out with driving sometimes.
He will be serving a mission in January to the TEXAS FORT WORTH
Mission in the language of Marshallese!

Elder Kupaka'a again

Some truly amazing investigators!

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Wow, you're telling me that right there...Wow"

Dear Family,

Dad, from your letter:  "There is some stuff in the Old Testament that I just can't teach to the Freshman and today was no exception.  Fortunately none of them read the assignment because I didn't want to have to explain what happened." Was it the Sodom and Gomorrah chapters? :D

Preston, you and your hammocking traditions, I love it. Dried mangos are the awesome and perfect "strictly hammock food". You are kind of a hippie dude. Long hair, guitar, dried mangos, hammocks, pole-vaulter. Total hippie. How is it trying to stay warm in the hammocks? Do you use a sleeping bag? It's great to know that you are still burping in people's faces... Super polite.

Becca, you are a special individual. When I tell people about my siblings, I typically say, "I have a little brother that is the second oldest and a little sister who is the youngest and she is more mature than both of us." But yet, you have this insane goofiness about you that is unmatched. Nice slow mo videos by the way guys! 

Mom, you are awesome I love you!  We haven't been riding the bikes lately because of the snow and it doesn't help that the nut from the front wheel fell off. So, I have to get a new one today. 
"Favorite picture ever."

Here is a really cool story of what happened this week. So let me tell you how we met Jason (name changed). We had an appointment fall through and we had some time to go contact someone. We said a prayer at the front door of this apartment building asking Heavenly Father to guide us to someone. We said amen and I felt we had to go to apartment A. Elder Gill suggested that we could go contact this girl we had met the other day, but I couldn't walk out of that building, I felt that we needed to knock on that door. So we did, not knowing what to expect (you never do when you are knocking on a door), we knocked. The door opens and this big guy looked at us pretty freaked out and said, "come in." That was all that was said. I am pretty sure we didn't even get a word out. We came in, introduced ourselves, and he has us sit down and was like, "it's weird you all are here right now man, I don't know what to think." He said, "be honest with me right now, what made you come here?" I said, "To be completely honest, we were at the door of the apartment building and said a prayer to guide us to someone and the spirit told us to come knock on your door." He just leaned back and was like "Wow, you’re telling me that right there... Wow." We really didn't know if it was a good or bad thing at first, but he told us that four days ago he had prayed for guidance, help and direction and we showed up. He said, "every time I pray, you guys end up showing up!"  Since then we have been meeting with him a lot. We have seen him everyday since that happened on Tuesday and he keeps wanting us to come back and he always wants us to stay longer. One of the first things he told us when we met with him was "missionaries in the past have always been like "come to church and see, see what it's like!"" And he pretty much told us straight up not to ask him to come to church because he is not going. That's awkward...He came! and I think they really liked it! I was praying that they could feel the spirit and that all the talks were good and they were. I was afraid that when we got into Gospel Doctrine, and we were doing genealogy, it would be boring, but they loved it. He was like calling his mom and putting all the names and birth dates on. It was really cool! Then in the last hour they were doing a combined meeting on protecting our homes from pornography and I was like... Crap. But it was super awesome!! The bishop of that ward is amazing and Jason was talking about it after how he wants to be able to protect his kids from that someday. 

It's 1:00, but I know the gospel Is true!!!! Love you bye! 

Elder Moe

P-Day Haircut
"I know you're jealous"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Have An Awesome Thanksgiving Everyone!!

"Sneak Peak: One of the new characters in the upcoming
STAR WARS saga - Elder Moe Kenobi"
Dear Family,

HAPPY FLIPPING BIRTHDAY TO MY MOST FAVORITE BROTHER!! You’re my only brother, but you are still my favorite. I love you so much! I have been pretty terrible lately about writing in my journal because of district leader responsibilities... I have to call all the companionships in the district and then call the zone leaders every night and I always take forever. On Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday morning we had our traveling AP (Assistant to the President) stay with us and train and Elder Gill and stuff. He is from Guatemala! He helped me brush up on my Espanol. I was thinking that you would be proud of me because I keep randomly talking in Spanish like you do all the tiempo. 
"This is Elder Valdez!  He is the AP that stayed
with us Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
He's from Guatemala!" 

It looked like you guys had a super sick bonfire!!!! I hope you are singing your heart out and jamming on the guitar! Honestly I miss that a lot. I saw the shirt Jet made you! That is pretty cool. Owasso better be hammockville by the time I get home! It sounds like you are spreading it a lot! 

I love you guys so much. I’m sorry I didn't have time to do a house tour for you guys this week, but I will do one soon. I am jamming to all the awesome music on my iPod. Thank you so much Mom for working so hard on that.  Having the speaker is so great because when we share videos with people we just turn it on and it is automation Bluetooth connected. 

So I don't really think there is a set rule on teaching someone who is under the influence, but we ran into another guy the other night. He was super drunk or something but he worked at Delta airlines and he helped missionaries leaving the MTC all the time! He was super scared when he answered the door and he was trying to convince us that he was the best Mormon ever so we didn't even need to talk to him. He was like "you wouldn't believe the prayers I say in the morning. I pray to like Thomas S. Monson and like his councilors and gold plates and everything. You guys are so great man! I know every thing you are saying and I am 100 percent on board... you would not believe the person I was.. so thank you so much."  We got like three words in and he was saying stuff like that at the door for about 10 minutes. 

To answer a few of your questions: 1) We got bikes from the mission office. It was by the Hand of God because they are both super nice "giant™" bikes and they were both given by missionaries that have left or are going home soon. My thighs have been sore lately. 2) Some of my responsibilities are: I have to do district meetings, Give trainings every week, Do exchanges, Call the district ever night, And other stuff. The most important part is ministering to my district, which is the best! It can be applied to all of the work. 3) We have four wards. We cover Hillside, Hillcrest, Park and Ridgecreek.

My companion, Elder Gill 
Have an awesome Thanksgiving everyone!! Eat a ton of food for me so you can all gain weight like I will after 5 dinners. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to be on a mission. I am so thankful for an awesome family. I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father and a Savior that has given His life for me. I am so grateful for all my friends and family, your love and support.  Go out of your way this Thanksgiving to tell people thank you especially to your Heavenly Father. He has given you everything! The only thing we can give Him that isn't already His is your will. If we submit our will to him, we will have true and eternal joy!! Listen to what the spirit tells you. If you are to afraid to act on a prompting think, "if not you then who?"

Elder Moe

P.S. I spoke twice yesterday! :D it was awesome. I love speaking! l have learned how to do it -  Don't prepare anything. The only thing to roughly organize is your thoughts. 

P.S.S. Just a heads up I am going to buy a nerf gun today. We are having nerf wars as our zone activity and nerf makes this sick gun that shoots balls instead of darts and it is awesome.
At the mission office with Elder & Sister Hawes

Elder Valdez - Traveling Assistant to the President
"I saw a picture of Bella the other day!!"
"This is Elder Baldry. He's from Australia."

"I told him to wait right before he flipped...He wanted to do 
it!!  Don't worry, he signed a waiver."