Monday, September 22, 2014

september 22, 2014 Dia del Espanidad!

Buenos dias famila!

Shoutout to Abby for being a stud at HC this week! the last ground-breaking i was apart of was at the Winter Quarters Temple. 
Another shoutout to Sam for being a stud on the football field!
Cougars are 4-0 say what? Don't ask how I know that.
We had a wedding this week! Juan Gomez and Angelica got married on Saturday.  They are the deaf couple that we teach with a translator, Brother O'Brien.  It was awesome! Angelica has already been baptized but was less-active and now they are both active and amazing and Juan is getting baptized this Saturday! Teaching them has been one of the cooler experiences on my mission.  I will send pictures later today when I am at the Stake Center.
We struggled helping people get to church this week.  The same thing happens a lot where they say they are coming and then for some reason Sunday at 1:00 or at 7:00 means they have a million other things to do. 
Friday was the ward "Dia del Espanidad" party. (video will be sent later today) It is where all of the Spanish cultures have their own day of celebration together.
This random couple stopped us on the street one day and asked us if we knew of a minister who could marry them.  They asked how much we wanted and we said how the church does it for free and all they have to pay for is for the legal marriage license and they got really excited. 
We got a new missionary from Miami this week in our ward.  His name is Elder Rincon.  He slept on the same bed i did at the CCM so we have a bond haha. He is an awesome guy.  He made a trio with Elder Monreal and Elder Branham. 
So yes, all is well here in Sin City. The rule Elder Rivas and I have at night on some streets is that we have to keep moving cause these 3 guys almost mugged us one night haha but we are fast bikers so don’t worry. 
We usually get 2 flat tires a week cause there is glass everywhere here on the street sides.

How is the work coming in the Siouxland Area? Thats awesome to hear that Abby had some people come to church last Sunday!

I love you guys! Hope you have a great week!
Con Amor,

Elder Faldmo

Monday, September 8, 2014

Un mes en el campo‏ september 8, 2014

Hi Family!
for service this week, we set up the Loveman's patio set.  As it starts to cool down in the morning we do personal study out here. so yeah the service was for the benefit of us too but don't judge :)
First of all, shoutout to my Cougars! Brother Loveland told me the score Saturday night :) #perksoflivingwithamember.  I'm sure Uncle Jason is so proud. 
For our Zone Training this week, we had one training all about the song "Brightly Beams our Fathers Mercy" and as you know this is my favorite hymn.  About 2 weeks ago—prior to this zone training, while I was on an exchange with our DL Elder Monreal, I explained to him about the meaning of the song like my mom and Grandpa Ross had taught me.  So after the training he said "Elder Faldmo already gave me that training 2 weeks ago on exchanges."
Miracle this week: Rosa Flores (investigator) got a job and is working now to make her own income because her boyfriend won't marry her.  After she gets a sufficient amount to provide for she and her 3 kids, she will kick him out unless he changes.  She set a goal for December to be baptized.  Her boyfriend is the one that stayed in the bathroom the whole lesson one time when we were there.  
Missionary Shopping Motto:  if it's not GreatValue, don't buy it.
Thursday was the best day this week for Elder Rivas and I.  We met TEN new investigators and had 4 lessons with a member.  One was a family of 8.  We had an awesome lesson with them and a couple that just got sealed in the temple was with us.  They shared how the gospel has blessed their family.  
Well, I blinked and I have been out for 1 month.  I am starting to get a hang of the area and I know where almost all of the streets are now.  I love it here and I love the people.  Thank you so much for all of your emails, letters, and packages.  I love them so much!

Viva Las Vegas

Elder Faldmo

Meet the Saballos Family. They are hilarious. they are the type of people that when they are giving a talk in church last week and would sometimes say in english "know what im sayin?"
these are the El Rancho ward's missionaries with Able (right of Elder Rivas) who just got back a couple months ago from his mission in Brazil and is leaving this thursday for BYU-I.  He has been awesome coming out with us a few times a week.  He is amazing!