Kirkland Temple

Kirkland Temple

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Too fast...Sudden stop

Well This week was super fast then stopped a bit too fast...

Thursday; started out just perfectly fine. It was actually a pretty normal day. A member fed us some super good fried chicken. After that, we visited a less active. He had a very dirty and messy apartment.  We talked a bit, well actually a lot. He was drummer. First time I held drum sticks my entire mission.... I am super slow now, Ah well, not going to be a professional drummer anymore. and honestly nothing bad happened all day. It was nice. Pretty sure it was just a tender mercy to replace the rest of the week.

Friday; We've been going up by the lake a lot lately. Its a pretty cool lake, ocean thingy. It's huge. We went out with a member to the project to drop off some bibles. He was then kind enough to tell us that our ward contains the 2nd worst violent crime area per capita in the US. Sorry Mom. I'm safe, I promise. After that, we had a crazy schedule. We had 3 back ups cause we weren't 100% sure how it was going to go. We took Plan A though. We visited Demble at his house with a member and it was very touching. I've just a had a great understanding of back ups. " just in case".

Saturday: we had a great morning everything was going great. We were going to take a bus home for some lunch and 12 week training and I had just barely replaced my front brakes.... I was going a bit too fast for how fast I needed to stop. So needless to say, my hands kinda hurt. But my bike is fine and clothes are fine, thank goodness. We took it a bit easy the rest of the night.

Sunday was pretty fun, Mostly fist bumps that day. And the Washingtons entire family showed up to church. It was perfect.

Monday; We saw Demble in the morning at the library that was close by. He had read 3 chapters by himself. He really likes 1 Nephi chapter 3 verse 7. Bishop Keller and his family invited us for dinner that night too and they fed us breakfast food. It was wonderful. Then we had Family Home evening with all of the Washingtons. It was awesome. Their family is all united and they couldn't be happier. It's wonderful.

Tuesday; We did a lot of biking. My hands were fine by Monday morning. We didn't talk to anyone all day. We just didn't have any luck. And I noticed that my brakes have been rubbing a bit since before the crash. So we took a look at it... Yep another bent axle.... So yippy, no bike for a bit 'til a member will help me fix it. 

It's been a good week. Got a bit beat up by myself. But it's been a great week. We've worked hard. And I actually miss my bike. I've grown to love it. I hate walking it takes too long.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lookin' Skinny

Hi Elder Son,
How are things going?  Your pictures are looking a bit thinner.  Are you staying healthy?  How are your clothes fitting since your last tailoring?  
How is Ashley doing?  Is the older gentleman you have been working with progressing?  Will he be able to make it to the temple?  Can you tell me his name?  I will pray for him and put his name in the temple.  
How long will you be in a triple?  I'm seeing quite a few pictures on the mission Facebook page who are headed out next week.  How are you getting so many referrals?  Where do they come from?  I think it is great!
Well, Jame has started school again.  Not much expense as far as books goes so that is good.  He is going to have to work hard on the Spanish again.  He needs four semesters total of Spanish.  Pray for Jame.  Seth starts next week.  I think it will be good.  It will cut him back down to forty hours a week.  He has had so much overtime lately.  He is exhausted!  Molly and I are learning new tricks to being quiet.  😜  Seth goes to bed by 8:00.  
Grammy has found a lump in her arm pit since the surgery and a second seems to be developing.  Sorry for the bad news.
I've been working on the moving,... still.  I have one more run up to Bobwhite to clean things out.  I get so tired though, it may be next week.  We are working hard on the garage.  We are down to about twenty crates that need sorting.  I'm going to be able to throw quite a bit away.  The family history items were all copied for each of you so I have four copies.  I will keep one original, upload to Family Search and trash the rest.  Technology is wonderful.
I've been freezing peaches too.  Over a bushel in the freezer now.  Nice for winter.  I also got a new salsa recipe I will be trying probably Friday.  I also have shopped for a new grill.  I decided to buy one from Marrisa's husband, Troy.  He owns the BBQ Pit Stop in Layton.  I ended up with a Traeger smoker.  I'll have to send a picture after we put it together.  Auntie Ernie sent me a couple nice rugs for my birthday, very fun!  In other words, its coming together.  
Sweetheart, we are so proud of you.  We know it isn't easy and we are praying for you.  
Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel! (Remember this is from the Other Side of Heaven movie?)

I'm doing just fine. I did crash my bike... I'm fine, clothes are fine to thankfully. My clothes fit perfectly. at leasta couple. Most don't but it's fine. I could care less. Ashley isn't talking with us anymore. We're not sure what happened. Brother Kelley is doing just fine. He is going through a very hard surgery, and most of the doctors in the ward are scared for him, so he's pretty scared. Elder Dubon is back, it was only 3 days. So it mostly comes from this thing called daily bread it's a scripture app. and it suggests to get a free Bible. Also we hand out cards that say get a free bible as well. Thanks mom for all you do. I broke my bike again, it was before the crash, This time i'm going to fix it though. It cost way to mucnh for labor. We also have a member who said he'd help. So sorry about that i'm trying to keep my expenses low. 

Spend the money to have it fixed!!  I'm okay. 
I'm so glad you are okay!!!  Do you have road rash?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

One year older and wiser too...

Hello Family and friends, I feel old now....

Thursday was a pretty normal day. It was my birthday though so we had to have cake. today is the first day actually when we haven't had cake. So i'm nice and full of cake. I actually don't really remember much on what happened on my birthday. All I can really reflect on is it rained and we had Costco pizza, wait now it's coming back to me. I had the wonderful opportunity to Interview someone for baptism. In this case I actually taught him the first lesson, and I heard all about his progression, I truly saw the countenance of Christ in him. It was a beautiful experience. I'm glad I had the opportunity for it. 

Friday We went to members house to teach him a lesson, he was an assignment given to us by Bishop. He is a very old man and he is very sick. He has been really trying to change his life around before he passes away, and we're trying to get him to the temple before he goes. So we biked down to him and read scriptures with him, cause he didn't from last week. then we had interviews with president Brown, and he said that this is the first time since he has been on his mission where this are had 0 uncontacted referrals. So i patted myself on the back, He also gave me a fist bump it was kinda strange, But i saw the love that he was trying to express. And of course the interviews ran over time, so we went and grabbed dinner really quick at 5 guys, ( Elder Barnson got a gift card ) But we walk in and i saw a lady do a double take, so it was either a good thing or a bad thing. It was a good thing, she was a member from the neighboring ward and she bought us dinner it was such a  good day. 

Saturday: This day was so bad, We sat down in the morning to make some phone calls, and our phone started buzzing a lot..... And more and more and more, till we had 5 new referrals in one day.. so we now have a lot of work ahead of us. 

Sunday was pretty normal, except we took a trip to the air port. Elder Dubon had to go on a short trip for some citizenship stuff, so we had a triple up for the last couple of days.

Monday, first day of the triple up. It was pretty rough, we started out going to down town then all the way to the tip of our area for a referral, we literally went to all of the corners of our area so lots and lots of biking. But we got some cool photos, we biked into a park and we found something kinda cool

Tuesday, We had another district meeting, which i almost forgot about but i got it figured out in the morning, and it turned out ok actually. we worked in Elder Talbots area most of the day, so we had a car so it was super nice. but we biked at night and it rained pretty bad, we got drenched. so not so fun.

It's been a good week. Not as tired this week, thankfully but i still worked hard. But i do feel old...

Brand new 19 year old!

Hi Elder Bubba,

A brand new 19 year old!  Woohoo!  How was your birthday?  Did you get your box? What did you do for your birthday?  Did you buy some milk?😉  Is Elder Barnson recovered from his birthday?  Did you have to eat something icky too?

How is Ashley doing?  Able to get to church?  It sounds like you are working hard and making great progress.  I'm happy for you.
My birthday was rather quiet.  I spent the day at work and at home.  I have been ordering items for the house so presents were needed furniture and other items.  Seth did take Jame and I out for dinner at Timbermine for my birthday on Monday.  It was delicious.  Thank you so much for the card.  What a great gift!  Please tell the others thank you, too.  

We also got to see Sara Heiner.  She was the hostess.  She is home from her mission and her family even went back to visit.  She got to see Wicked. Twice.  I guess her mission allows them to go to one Broadway show at the end of her mission then she went again with her family.  

Did you get to see any part of the eclipse?  I went up to Grammy's to check on her. Papa is out of town.  So we saw it together.  We didn't have any glasses so we just saw the changes.  The temperature dropped ten degrees in three minutes!  There were also some really strange shadows through the trees. Micah got some good pictures. The Belnaps went up to Rexburg, Idaho so they could see 100% eclipsed. They got some great pictures too. Traffic was almost at a standstill southbound on I-15 Monday evening.  It was crazy.  Some folks in Idaho rented out their homes for over $3,000.00/night.  Nutty!

Jame started school.  Seth starts next Tuesday.  Seth has been headed to work by 4:30 am lately.  They are building for Honeyville and Honeyville keeps changing their minds on what they want but they still want the job completed on the same timeline.  Another Nutty!  

I got my car in the garage!  Yeah me!  I'm still working my way through boxes so Seth can get in the garage unless he fills it with workout equipment.. I froze a half bushel of peaches and I'll be canning salsa probably this weekend.  

Please know I love you, I'm terribly proud of you and just keep moving on.  Remember to take care of yourself. 

Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel!

My birthday was like any other day here in the lords vineyard, but tender mercy we got costco pizza for dinner so i was pretty happy, I got the box.  I love it all. The trail mix was a good idea, and thank you for the leather it's perfect for a snack. Everyone has now converted to cake and milk, I think I have changed them all. Elder Barson took his Birthday like a champ. So he's fine. Ashley isn't doing to good. she canceled ourt last appointment, and hasn't answered us back yet... I did see the Eclipse we borrowed some glasses really quick and took a look, super cool. it also dropped like 5 degrees so it was a great blessing. Thank you mom so much for everything. Is there any stories about dads mission. Sister Lutz in my district her mother is from Denmark. and she speaks a bit of Danish. I'm also related to her on the Nye side. We are 3rd cousins.. and then another sister named Sister Dennison is a 3rd cousin on the same side. It was kinda cool that we are in the same district. I'm doing good Mama and It's been awesome here. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Never so tired and happy.

Hello Family and Friends. 

I have never been so tired in my life, so much biking and heat this week. So every night was a well deserved rest.

Thursday, started out like any other day. We did a Bible referral, we dropped it off, she wasn't interested in the Book of Mormon, but we continued on. We then got a phone call that someone at the University Hospital wanted a blessing. So, of course, we dropped everything else to go help. We show up and talk a bit and give him a blessing then he asked us a favor. He had just been driving a semi all the way here to Cleveland and he wanted us to grab a bag from his truck and bring it to him. So we looked it up and it wasn't too far away and he said the bag wasn't too big. ( He didn't know we were on bikes...) so we showed up, grabbed everything he asked for. We looked at what he wanted us to carry. It was a full sized duffel bag completely full.... so I put it on my back and we went forward about 2 or 3 miles. My shoulders still ache just from the of lifting that heavy thing. When we came to him all sweaty and tired, he asked us how traffic was cause it took us so long. Then we told him we were on bikes. He said he wouldn't have asked if he knew we were on bikes. So it was a pretty fun day.

Friday, we had district meeting in the morning and it was Elder Barnson's Birthday so we had lots and lots of cake.. I'm still kinda sick of cake. We had a great time then we had a lesson with Ashley. She's still kinda struggling to come to church. After that, we had an awesome meal with some members then biked to the church for a meeting with a Less Active member and Bishop. The Meeting was super spiritual. After wards, I turned to Elder Barnson and I told him to remember that meeting. Then we had more cake with Brother Gupta. We did a lot of traditional India stuff and we lifted Elder Barnson on our shoulders and fed him cake. It was weird but I will always remember it.

Saturday, all I really remember was we did a lot of biking this day. We helped a member move a freezer, and install an A/C unit. We got food from her so we had to take it home. Then we got more food from another member, then we got fed dinner that night, then we showed up to a Less Actives house and he made some fried fish, which was to die for. Then we bikes super fast and hard home to be home on time.

Sunday was pretty normal. Lots of church. Then lots of biking afterwards.

Monday, Again lots of biking. We were so close to finishing all of our referrals so we went hard, and we didn't contact everyone of them, but at least we had a contact attempt for everyone and I'm proud to say it's still like that.

Tuesday, we had an opened day finally. It was weird to have one. so we tried some tracking then we got a phone call for a hospital visit, then another referral, but hey, we are still down to 0 uncontacted referrals. 

So lots and lots of biking. and it's my last day being 18 on a mission. I'm still the youngest in the district, But I wont have the opportunity to say I'm still only 18. 19 is still young but 18 sounds more impressive. I am glad that I am spending my 19 year old life doing this. I'm glad of all the experiences I have received already. I'm excited to see what else happens.

me biking, Elder Barnson on our shoulders, and he was fed something pretty terrible.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Birthday to Us!


Happy Birthday to Us!
How are you Birthday boy?!  I'm hanging in there. What are you doing to celebrate?  I have a box coming your way.  Hint: Buy milk.  I am going to lunch with the Beus Sisters at a burger place in Clinton called Tony's Burgers.  I'll let you know how it is.  Also, Seth is taking Jame and I out to dinner Monday night at Taggarts in Weber Canyon.  I told him I need to get out of the traffic.  No looking at the sun on Monday for us.  It will be an eclipse.  I don't think it will affect you much.  
The work you are doing is wonderful!  Three baptisms!  Woohoo!  How is Elder Barnson doing?  It sounds like you have been super busy.  I'm so glad no one was hurt in the car accident.  ARGH!  How long will the driving Elder have to not drive?  I'm so glad you remembered what you need to do.  I think the Spirit plays a big role in that in times of stress.
We are doing alot of unpacking, DIing, Recycling, and trying to figure out what to keep and what to discard.  It is coming but slowly.  Molly is doing great here.  Only two accidents in ten days.  It is great!  The house is mostly tile in the common areas and carpeted in the bedrooms.  Bedroom doors stay shut so very few accidents.  I have ordered some office furniture so the office is a mess but when the furniture comes, we will be able to straighten it out.
I went to visit Grammy and Papa today.  Grammy is out driving again and the house seemed to be running well.  It is clean and there is food in the fridge.  Neither one had time for a chat so they are keeping busy too.  
I've been to church twice now.  It was good lessons and nice sacrament meetings.  The Relief Society lesson brought a new idea to me.  It is that priesthood blessings offer temporary relief but priesthood ordinances offer forever blessings.  
Sweetheart, hope you have a wonderful day!  Please remember that we love you. We miss you. We are very proud of you!  Keep of Keeping on.
Hurrah for Israel!

I'm very very tired, but i am doing just great, Lots and Lots of biking. We are going to go and work just like any other day. There's really no reason to stop. Elder Barnson is doing wonderful. He is stll working just as hard as i am and i'm sure he's just as tired. I love you too mama, and i hope you have a wonderful Birthday as well. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Hello Family and Friends

This week was a crash...

Thursday: started out pretty normal. We got rained on pretty good this day. We have had perfect weather so far with Elder Barnson then it just dumped on us. We did get fed twice though so it was a pretty awesome day. 

Friday: We had to go and teach one of our newish investigators. His name is Demble. He is from Africa as well and he is very happy to hear the gospel from us. He is trying with all of his might to get Sundays off. It's a bit of a challenge for him but he is super happy to do it. We were seeing him but he got busy then we started teaching him again though so that was nice.  We had to see him at 8 am... and he is a pretty good bike ride away. And it was raining so we were soaked most of the day. Lucky our bishop was super nice and fed us while his family is out of town. We discussed a lot of the missionary work here in Cleveland. Then we went out teaching with a very recent return missionary. Pretty much, we had 3 missionaries and we got  a lot of good work done. 

Saturday: was baptism #3. The baptism couldn't have gone smoother... for me... usually while the people who are wet and are changing, the missionaries share the restoration. So Elder Talbot, Dubon and Elder Barnson were going to do that. But Elder Talbot and Elder Dubon's investigator didn't show. So Elder Barnson shared it all by himself. I was so proud of him. He did wonderful. The only thing I forgot to do was unplug the font while I in was there.... So I went to bend over to unplug it and splash.... There goes my entire contents of my pocket.... Super embarrassing, Right into the water. Luckily the mission office has extra hand books and what not. After the baptism, we went out with Bishop to go teach a less active. hen we saw Brother and Sister Washington they are doing wonderful. They just talk A lot... So Saturday was an awesome day.

Sunday.... There's nothing that goes wrong on Sundays right?... Wrong, we showed up to Assa's house to get him to church. And he doesn't answer. And his window is just a bit too far for me to reach. So we start patiently waiting. he woke up and we missed the bus. Luckly he lives super close to some members who were late as well. The reason why they were late is because they had the bread... So everything started just on time when we got there. Then after church we went over to a sisters home. She feeds us some weird stuff but she usually lets us take it home. We didn't have that option this day. It was some weird fish and rice stuff. so we scooped it down our throats and we went on our way.

Monday: we started out seeing Demble again. He's doing wonderful. We then had to go to a trainer trainee meeting. So we were going to meet some Elders next to the Highway to save them some money. ( This morning we jokingly wrote back ups " just in case...") we put our bikes on the bike rack we turn into the intersection. We were in it already ready and the light had just barely changed.. and The Elder who was driving ran right into the truck. All four of us are totally fine. Right after the crash, everyone kinda freaked out. But I remembered everything my mom told me. Put in park. Put emergency lights on parking brake and get out. So that's what I had to tell the driver to do. It was just awesome to see the power of the Holy Ghost take over. I wasn't stressed at all. Even with everything that has happened this week. The other man in the truck, however, was not as happy. As soon as he got out he grabbed his smokes. And started puffing away. It just shows why the Gift is so important. 

Tuesday: was wide opened... so we went finding. We did 6 referlas in 1 day. We must have biked at least 20 miles that day. I'm still feeling tired from it... This day was actually normal.. surprisingly. 

I'm so proud of Elder Barnson for this week. He kept up all the way. I only lost him once the whole week. But let me testify about how the Holy Ghost is very important, and how the Word of Wisdom actually is  wonderful commandment we have been given. You truly can do all the Lord asks when you follow it. And I say that in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Hi Elder Son!
I saw your picture on the Instagram page with the baptism!  I figured that must be Assa.  You are doing great work!!  How are things going with Elder Barnson?  He looks like a great young man.  I guess Elder Wotring went home?  Elder Barnson will get the "regular mission" experience soon enough for now it sounds like you are giving him quite an extraordinary experience.  It sounds like he is really doing well though.  You can be proud of him.  You will need to get recipes of your favorite meals so we can try them when you get home.  Tell me who you are teaching now.  How are the referrals going?
It has been an exhausting couple weeks for us.  We are in the new house. There are still lots of boxes but we are working through them.  I will send some pictures when we get the office set up.  It has been a real emotional roller coaster for me.  Your brothers have been very supportive.  I'm praying for good things for us all out here.  We are about five minutes from the farm.  I had been packing boxes for weeks.  I had set up a U-Haul rental for last Saturday and had contacted Andy Blodgett about some help with the move.  Aunt Nance texted me and asked if I needed some help. I'm so glad I said yes!  No one from the ward came until I texted Andy and Spence.  Then they both showed up but Nance, Jana, Blake, and Jory came.  We really dug in about 8:30 and were driving out by 9:30.  (Spence went home because he was taking out his endowments Saturday. So cool!)  The family followed us out and Vicki, Ray, Jacob, and Amy met us at the house.  We were unloaded by 11:00 and had the truck returned before noon!.  I'm so grateful for the help!  
I went to the new ward.  I even bore my testimony.  It is a very quiet ward.  Testimony meeting was very slow and very few people comment in classes.  It was kind of different for me.  I got our records transferred so we are now members of the Fair Grove Ward, Kanesville Stake.  It is the same Stake we were in when we lived in West Haven before.  There are even a few people in the ward who were in our old ward. Merrill Child is in the ward next to this ward.  
James came up and stayed Sunday night and we worked together Monday.  He took a load to the DI.  We still have quite a ways to go though.  Most of the house is nicely set up.  I haven't been feeling great.  I think working very hard and not eating or sleeping enough. I'm so sorry about missing last week.  I did go to get my annual physical today, I passed but they would like to see me lower my cholesterol a few points and slowly lose some weight.  I'm down ten pounds from last year.  
I went and visited Grammy and Papa for a few minutes today.  They are doing pretty good.  They are working together to get things done.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy came out today.  It was pretty good.  We will put it on your movies to watch list.    
Seth and I went shopping for office furniture tonight.  They just didn't have what we wanted.  I'm going to order online tomorrow.  
Give me some ideas of your favorite treats.  It sounds like your tastes have changed a bit since leaving. (mostly salty less sweet).  
Sweetheart, I'm just tickled with the hard work and great time you are having.  Keep on going!
We love you.  We miss you and pray for great things for you!
Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel!

To Mama:
Me and Elder Barnson are doing wonderful. He is a great missionary. Elder Wotring is home now. We have had the most missionary experience I've ever had on my mission so far. So he is diving right in. We are mostly teaching the recent converts. We are also teaching another African named Demble ( I think I talked about him before ) but he has started picking up the pace and he really wants to be baptized. Referrals are doing great. Poor Elder Barnson has a hard time keeping up with me but we are getting a lot done.... The reason I say more salty then sweet is I feel less guilty when I eat salty stuff... I went and bought some really good pants but they are too long so I am having them tailored. Also, my bike ate some of my pants but they were too long too so I got those one tailored as well. I think I'm doing fine on clothes. I'm doing better on money this month. Elder Wotring liked going out to eat a lot more. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Training, super busy

Hello Family and Friends.

We've hard so much fun this week. Oh boy has it been crazy

Wednesday started out with me Driving Elder Wotring to Kirtland. We sat a round for an extra hour then planned and Then I picked up my brand New Elder. Elder Barnson. Guess who is older.... he is. I'm still the youngest in the district. After that I took him to a Steak and Shake to get him a burger. Then we went to work. I dove straight in with him, we went to the hospital. Then we did a referral then we had a member meal then a lesson with Assa then we biked like crazy home. So the poor fellow didn't even get a chance to know what a normal day is.

Thursday was spent biking everywhere again. We did a couple referrals did some weekly planning and some 12 week. We then picked up some really good food from the Church from  Sister Sip. She cooks really good southern style food. So super Yummy. Then i showed him where the library was and how many referrals we have. I'm pretty sure i blew his mind. 

Friday was an awesome day. ( by the way we have had perfect weather since he has been here) We went and talked to Eric and Michelle and made sure everything was ready for the baptism the next day. Then we had a lesson with Ashley We then went back to The VA hospital did some referals And then i cooked him some Good old Chinese food. Again thank you mom for teaching me how to cook food. It made His day.

Saturday Was the day. We went really early we cleaned out the font and filled it and cleaned the space set up chairs and made a display for people if they wanted a book of mormon. or a bible And then President called us.... He was coming..... The poor Elder was so nervous. We had practiced so much the night before to share the restoration and now he was sweating bullets. I was just nervous about making sure everything went great. So the baptism went as planned. Carl Anderson gave a wonder talk on baptism and the Holly Ghost, The ordinance was given by Elder Talbot. And it went pretty smoothly. Then Elder Barnson and I got up to share the restoration while they changed. And he was a champ. I have never been so proud. It was amazing. All of the members and president complimented him. and he wanted to say it was cause of me. But he did so awesome. It was a very touching experience.

Sunday: he thought this day was going to be easier... Not... We had to pick up Assa again and bring him to church. and it went pretty smoothly. We got him there on time. and we got him home right after, And Eric and Michelle asked me to confirm them. And I will always remember that day. Every lesson pointed towards happiness and temples, to going forward after baptism. It was beautiful. I don't even remember what the rest of the night was like. 

Monday was his first District meeting ( I wonder if this is what parents feel like always being happy with firsts ) We had a pretty normal day. We did a referral ( yeah I know, we have a lot of referrals) We then helped move a couch to Brother and Sister Washington. They love being called that now, Then we had some interesting food. Sweet potato enchiladas. Just sweet potato beans salsa and tortillas and sauce on top, Super good. super filling too. 

Tuesday was his first Exchange, I'm not sure what he did. But Elder Talbot and I had a blast. for some reason when ever I am with Elder Talbot, we bike the hardest. We just seem to be late to everything it was pretty fun

As you can see we have been super super busy. And I love it. I wish this feeling of working hard doesn't stop.