Tuesday, September 30, 2014

32 emails!!

Just barely i opened my email and was like "what up, 32 emails" so thanks for all the love! and for the pictures! sounds like you're all doing fantastic! sounds like the homecoming for Jaynanne went well and that the dance and general women's conference went well (is that what it's called?) But shout out to Brooke Pierson she got her mission call to Warsaw Poland! that's so cool, she probably won't even read this but I'm pretty excited about it!  Poland is my neighboring country we speak pretty much the same language!

This week went well though, we had some good times, in my mission once a transfer we're allowed to go to a cultural event, i.e. opera, symphony, festival, sporting event. but this week we went to a Czech traditional festival out in Kunovice, I'd send you some pics but I forgot my card reader.  It was such a good festival, haha so czech, everyone just getting drunk and havin' fun.  haha the best line of the day... we're watching this band perform and the the trumpeters are like drinking between songs and the conductor, who was also singing the folk music was all like, "what are you doing?" as if to chastise them, "why not drink half a liter?! haha"  it was so funny.  we walked around and had some candy from the stands.  I had this huge cotton candy, i'll send a pic haha it was massive!

oh, quick side note, the reason i'm emailing on Tuesday is because we had to have zone conference on Monday so our p-day we moved to Tuesday.  

Folk Festival in Kunovice
The rest of the festival went well after that though. Oh, there was this way cool instrument, it was like a grand piano with no keys and the guy played it like an xylophone (i think that's the instrument) it was way cool.  It's a Czech traditional instrument so they don't have the name for it in English.  But yeah the festival was really fun though!

On the spiritual side of things. haha Our Zone Conference was really cool.  there are 4 sisters from my zone ending their missions this transfer.  One of them is in my district.  It was weird because they were in the MTC at the same time as Jaynanne so it finally clicked in my head that Jaynanne is actually home now! hahaha even though you guys have told me about it, it was just kinda like unreal,  haha it's probably because i just read emails, and it's like a story of your lives in  a book that i read for a half hour every week haha. Anyway, zone conference was great.

That's all from me for now.  I didn't have the most exciting week so nothing really to talk about, yup, so have fun watching conference this week, I'll watch it in 2.

well, peace off!


Monday, September 22, 2014


My City, Zlin, Czech Republic
    So i was looking at my journal of my mission, it's like a hundred pages and it covers like 420 days.  I just sat there and looked at it in my hand, not reading it, not doing anything with it, just looking at it as a stack of paper that has represented everything i have done with a 19th of my life. So little, but yet i know i've done so much for people. and as i sat there and pondered about this, i looked over and saw my bible, i just looked at it, 3 years, a book that represents 3 years of the life of Jesus Christ (i'm not counting a lot of stuff obvi) and i just thought about how much we can influence the world with the short time of mortality we have here on this earth.  i thought about how powerful our words and actions are, about how much we, as spirit children, can just change everything with the words that come out of our mouths. We have so much power in this, we can change the history of mankind by expressing how "i have a dream...," or we can change the course of someone's life by expressing hope in them in their darkest days of depression. We can be the one who reaches out and lifts others to what they can be, to their divine potential, I know that we can. 

I also know of the strength of our words to tear others down. The strength of telling someone that they are worthless, or trashing their beliefs, or telling them that they are worse than us in some way. This is the responsibility that we are all entrusted with, the free agency that we will all be judged according to. 

Also, if you told me, from my last email, something bad about myself don't feel bad, I asked for it haha. But for everyone reading this, I want you to think about the last compliment you received and how it felt. It felt good, the last time someone expressed confidence in you. So remember that feeling and spread it, and you will be happier, even if you don't change someone else's life.


As for my week, it went super well, we taught a family yesterday, haha it was fantastic, 6 kids, it felt like home haha!
also this week i saw this video...
this is the story of the father of Elder Sylvester, who's in my MTC group, go watch it, it's amazing, be the friend who had the courage to invite another to the gospel for the betterment of their life.

Thanks to everyone who told me my bad traits! I'll see you all next week. Love Ya, Peace off!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Good attitudes

So this week i've just been focusing on having a good attitude because I was sick all week. but the good news is i lost 2 kilos this week because of it haha but the bad news is i was pretty tired all week. so now i can't even remember what we did, lets see last Monday we went to that place that i sent a picture of then on Tuesday we had a meeting in Uherske Hradiste. umm we did a chalk drawing of the Plan of salvation in the park and taught some people about it.  then while we were cleaning our apartment building this tenant stopped us and we talked about why were missionaries and she invited us over for dinner the next day. we had dinner with them the next day, with her and her boyfriend, they were really interesting and funny, I made cookies for them, (which they loved btw) but after that nothing much happened I took like a two hour nap once (because i was sick not lazy) it felt good. oh then we made some fried chicken in our deep frier it was so good, then the next day we made more fried chicken in our deep frier it was even better.  we also made a ton of mashed potatoes. and i really i'm lost at what to write as you can tell, so i'm just going to stop here so you all don't have to suffer through my rambling. 

But by the way i was reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People" Dale Carnegie and he gives the account of Benjamin Franklin who in his youth was a really big arguer then one day one of his friends just yelled at him and just said "No one cares! (basically) You need to change and stop arguing with everyone" and so then Benjamin changed and became one of the most successful people ever and he credited it to that instance because he knew his friend was right. so he changed, and that change his life and made him who he was.

My point in telling you this story: I want all of you to list all of my bad attributes that you can think of, all of them, and i wont argue with you, I'm just going to take them into consideration, and make changes.  Also, i don't want any emails that say: "oh you don't have anything worth mentioning" That's just putting me at a disservice because i can't grow at all, so please don't do that, also i will see it as insulting if you just don't make mention of these whole 2 paragraphs. so you don't have to feel uncomfortable railing on me.  Please do it and be as harsh and nit-picky as you can.  Please bring up 'that one time' when i did 'that one thing' because hey, how often does someone give you this opportunity, anyways, so that's all i got.  Please send me an email, and also, family, you should tell everyone to send me one because i don't know if everyone actually reads these, so have 'em read it this week, but till next week have a good one! 

Peace off!


ps even if you're not in my family and your reading this on my blog or whatever please do the activity thing as well!

Monday, September 8, 2014


(that means: dobrou chut', in serbian)

Well we started teaching a Serbian guy, ya know this city is interesting, i've met so many people from around the world.  Just these last few months, i've met someone (if not more) from the following countries:

Serbia, Ireland, Slovakia (she was an olympic skier), England, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Georgia (state in America and the country) Australia, Kanada, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Dubaj, Angola, Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, Mexico, Finland, Spain, Russia, Philippines, Malaysia, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, France, USA(Chicago, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, California, New York, Washington, Texas, Wisconsin , and Minnesota)     and... oh and Czech Republic (obvi)

wow that's actually a ton more than i thought when i started writing them all out! hahah but yeah this city is pretty cool for that reason, so many different people working here or studying, it's really cool! but the coolest part of it all is that whenever we talk to these people on the streets and in the store or at restaurants or on transport or whatever; they all come from different cultures and family backgrounds and from different areas of land cut out by men, but they are all Children of God they are all our brothers and sisters, they might not speak any English or Czech so we can't even communicate with them(verbally), but they do understand, a lot of them, that we as well are different, that we stand out, and they can feel the spirit even by us sharing with them a book or a prayer or trying to tell them to give their number to us by holding up our phone and making hand gestures. We are children of God and because of that we can all amount to something so much bigger than ourselves I stand as a witness of this! in the name of Jesus Christ amen.