Things here are a blast. I have been having so much fun. I was able to go into the Brigham Temple before it opened to help decorate the inside. We had a baptism last Saturday. It was cool because they wanted me to speak even though I had only taught them 4 times. The pictures from that are on my new card. I am glad you were able to talk to the mom of the baby. She was a blast to teach. She is definitely a friend I will always have. The photos of me with the dogs and that family is the one I mentioned earlier who we gave a blessing to the youngest boy. I look forward to the day that I am able to tell you about all the pictures I sent, those I have taken and all those I have yet to take (I wonder what they will be of. lol). Again I am sorry for the small emails. This is a slower place so not much happens but when things happen you will know. It was actually fun to write a handwritten letter. So I feel more might be coming.
Yesterday was a Utah holiday and all the places to email were closed and I don't have much time to write today. I will send a letter with more detail. I know i say it a lot but I will write it tonight and get it ready for the morning.
I have moved into my new place and its pretty cool here. The best part is that we are so close to the Temple that is about to open up here. (http://www.lds.org/church/temples/brigham-city-utah?lang=eng) It is so cool to have such a huge missionary tool like this. There are a lot of people who are excited and want to know more about it. It will also help those who are not active to get active. It is such a blessing to have Temples so close and I'm looking forward to when the Indiana one will open. They now have a picture for it as well. (http://www.lds.org/church/temples/indianapolis-indiana?lang=eng) I don't know much yet about this area so you will have to forgive me if This is a little short but I haven't been here that long. Oh one thing I was wondering if you could send me was my quad that has grannas name on it. It was the reddish color that has all 4 books in one. I have been thinking it would be nice to have it. Other than that I'm still thinking if there is anything I want. Its so hard to think sometimes. But if I think of anything I will write it down so I don't forget lol. I hope you guys are doing good and remember I pray for you guys every night.
So let me tell you what has been going on. I have had a crazy spiritual week. So to start off the family that we were going to stop teaching, Elder Hall and his new companion will continue teaching them and let me explain why. First, I am being moved to Brigham South (side note I used the DQ card when I went to the Bountiful Temple there was a DQ there) Second, the reason why they will still be taught is a long story that I will try to tell. We were on our way to let them know what we had to do, and when we got there we were told that one of their kids had his skull fractured and was at the hospital. So we didn’t tell them the news yet but I told the mom to keep me informed on what was going on. About 5 min later I got a call asking for a blessing so we went to the hospital which was about a mile away and we were told that he was about to go to Salt Lake to be taken care of there. After I had given him a blessing they took him to Salt Lake. Ok so the next day I get a call from the mom and she told us that while the kid was at the hospital here they said that there was a lot of bleeding to the brain and air was going into it as well. When the got to Salt Lake they took another scan and the doctors became confused because the latest scan showed no bleeding but just a small amount of air where the first showed both. And the doctors said that he was pretty much healed, and that he could go home. Because of this the family saw the blessing and miracle and we told them that they had to show to Heavenly Father their thanks by going to church and that if they didn’t that He might help out in such a way again. That next Sunday they had come to church, which in the year they had been taught they had never done. I was so happy for this change in their life. I understand why I stayed in this area for so long. The Lord will really put us in the place that we need to be. Ok on to the other news. On Saturday we had a baptism that we had to put together in less then 24 hours the kids that were baptized were so great and funny I loved to teach them. One was 8 and the other was 9 and this all happened because we had been teaching a less active lady. I am so excited for transfers and I cant remember if I already mentioned that I was going, but I am going to Brigham South which is going to be by the brand new Temple. It is going to be so cool. I got your first package and I will let you know when the other gets here. I love, and now have a true testimony that God still works miracles even in this time. Continue to follow Him and ask Him for help, He loves to hear from you and NEVER gets tired of it.
Things here have been great. We are staying much cooler since we got a car. We think we got it because of Elder Hall's ankle got worse for a week. It has been a wonderful blessing. We have found a couple who is less active and we have been helping them get back to church and reading the Book of Mormon. They are great and I love being able to teach them. We have also have these kids we are teaching and for the first time there mom came to church with them on Sunday. The mom is already a member but has not been active in a while. This last Sunday while me and hall were sitting in another ward this girl whose is about 18 came up to us and said "I have been looking for you guys for 3 weeks. I guess all I had to do was come to church." She then told us about what has happened to her that led her to search for us. Then she said she wanted to get baptized. It was so cool to see how the Lord prepared her way before we met her. It has definitely streangthed my testimony. I am soo glad to see blessing come. There are a couple of people that we will stop teaching soon. It breaks my heart to have to do this to them. We ask them to do something or go to church and they always have an excuse why they don't do that. We had to explain to them that if they aren't willing to do anything we asked them they aren't showing any desire to learn. Its a rule a wish we didn't have but I understand that they need to start acting. I will continue to keep in touch but we will not be able to go over as much as before. Back to the good news. I got the package you guys sent and the first thing I ate was the giant slim jim. SOOOO good. And yesterday I got something from Desert Book. And inside was some great music that I love. Thank you guys so much. The Vocal Point one was awesome. This morning we listened to one of the cd's and Elder Hall wants to burn a copy of it now. I think he will do it to all of them lol. I love you so much and hope that you all can have fun in the heat. I know its not easy but if I can do it in dress clothes then you will be able to as well lol. Love Jon