Monday, November 17, 2014

November 10, 2014... It's still warm in Warm Springs

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hello fam and friends!

first off, shoutout to my coolest little brother Sammy John for turning 10 tomorrow. you're a stud Sam! you've been my catch buddy and rebounder since you were born.
another shoutout to my cousin Will Clark! that dude is a stud! 
elder walker thought you use dishsoap in the dishwasher... #missionaryprobs

the members here in warm springs are second to none.  our 2 ward mission leaders are Brother Thatcher and Brother Browne.  Brother Thatcher sent his son on a mission right as we got to the area.  he is in the Billings Montana mission which is the same mission that Elder Walker is from.  Brother Thatcher is a convert and is awesome.  he is so excited about missionary work.   he told us that missionaries like us have been "an answer to his fasting and prayers" 

There is the Haycock Family in the Las Palmas ward and Sister Haycock was really good friends with my mom's cousin Tiffany Merchant and she was a bridesmaid in her wedding! Also on Sunday in the Las Palmas ward there was a guy visiting who lives in the same neighborhood as Uncle Jared and Elizabeth used to live I think.  He told me he played golf with Grandpa Ross and knows Jason and "has shopped at Hurst and Ben Franklin for 40 years" 

So we are just about teaching these 3 UNLV baseball players.  They are really nice guys.  They said they would get some bands from their clubhouse so I can do my arm and back exercises.  One of them is a left-handed pitcher and tops out at 94 mph.  When we went last time, he had just got a letter from the Pittsburg Pirates.  Hopefully we can teach them lesson 1 this week!  A ton of our apartment complex is UNLV students.  

So this week we had exchanges with our DL and his comp.  I went with our DL Elder Gilstrap. (biking area woot woot) We were on our way to Subway for dinner and we stop and try to talk to this guy on the street and at the end he told us that we made his night and that he is going to come to church on Sunday.  Then we go off and bike ahead and we get to Subway and as we are about to order the same guy walks in and says "I got it, thank you guys" and puts a $20 on the counter and walks out.  Then later that night we are biking to the mission office and right before we get there this lady and her 2 toddler boys are on the sidewalk and we talk to them.  She told us that she has been praying to find a new church.  So since we were right by the church, which is the mission office, she gets to meet President Snow and we give her a church tour.  When we were about to walk in, she sees the picture of Jesus and says "I like this already"

Highlight of the week was definitely having Elder Foster from the Seventy and his wife come and talk to us.  They gave us training on how we can use family history to share the gospel.  One of my favorite quotes from him is.. "you should have the mindset every morning of 'you gotta be kidding me, i get to do this today again?'" He explained how these 2 years are so short of a time.  We have amazing leaders.  Our senior couples in the office deserve a prize or something.   They work so hard to get us what we need in order to succeed.  Nevada Las Vegas Mission is #1 sorry everyone else. 

Hope y'all had a great week and have an even better one this week! 


Elder Faldmo

yes!!! they have these in vegas.  this is what grandma julie and grandpa ross always have for me at their house!

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