Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014

My companion, Elder Jelte, is actually from Sandy. He went to Hillcrest. He also went to Churchill for a year apparently. He was in 8th grade when I was in 7th. He lived up in the cove for a while too. He was in our stake I think for a bit. His grandparents lived in the cove for a long time. Denver and Lucille Harper. Did Grandma and Grandpa know them? (Well she is dead, but the husband isn't yet)
Only 1 family in the ward lives in Kennett. So we are pretty much on our own, but it's alright.
I met President Wakolo a little bit last night. We were at a stake thing and he was there. He just shook all the missionaries hands though. I haven't really met him a lot yet. He does have a super deep voice and a thick Fijian accent which is just about the best thing ever. He seems like an awesome guy, and I'm excited to work with him.
I have gone through the Memphis temple once already, and I will probably get to go through at least a couple more times before the end of my mission.
That's all.

Love, Other Elder Udy

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

We had transfers last week, and I got moved away to a new area actually! I'm in Kennett, MO. The only area in our mission that is in Missouri! 40 years ago, you could be shot here just for being a Mormon! Not anymore though. It's an awesome little small town though. We barely even need a car to get around. Our bikes can get us around just as fast basically. 
We are part of the Blytheville Ward. There is another set of Elders in Blytheville, and a senior couple also. The ward is super small. Only about 30-35 active members. My companions name is Elder Jelte! I love Elder Jelte! I knew him from my first transfer in Walnut Grove. We were in the same district. We have been good friends since, so it is awesome that we get to serve together now! 
The humidity isn't too bad up here actually. We are further north, so it's not as strong. Love you.

Love, Other Elder Udy

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 16, 2014

Everyone will miss President and Sister Petersen a ton out here. One of the first things I'll do after I get home is going to be going up to Ogden to see them. That's cool that the Ogden temple dedication is on my birthday.
We didn't really find anyone too interesting this week. The sisters that we share the ward with had a baptism this weekend though, so that was cool. 
Transfers are right before President Wakolo gets here. They are this week actually, and I am getting transferred out of Walnut Grove. Rumor has it that I am going somewhere on the Arkansas side of the mission. We will find out on Wednesday though.
That's all.
Love, Other Elder Udy

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014

I'm excited to meet President Wakolo. I'm sad that we are losing President and Sister Petersen though. I'm gonna miss them a lot.
The weather is even more warm and humid than it was before! And there are massive thunderstorms! Literally for the past few days every single night when we go in there has been a massive thunderstorm and there have been 2 tornado warnings also. I'm sure mom wanted to hear about those. :-) I will get used to it though. It's no problem.

Not a ton happened this week. We talked to some people, we taught some people, etc etc. That's all. Love you!

Love, Other Elder Udy

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 2, 2014

I can see Memphis having the worst eating scores. We do eat pretty well out here. We stay pretty healthy though. 
We pretty much contact however we feel here. We walk streets, parks, knock doors, etc. Just whatever we feel we should do. I want to try a new approach though when I first contact people. I want to try and walk up to them and say "Hi, we're representatives of Jesus Christ, and we baptize dead people." I feel like it could work out and start a nice conversation. :-)

We went to a baptism on Saturday though! It wasn't ours. It was for a couple that I taught in my first area. They wanted me to come and be there for it, because I was the first missionary that taught them. So that was cool. The following is a picture from that baptism. The couple that was baptized is on the left, I'm in the middle, and the couples parents and brother are on the right.

We had another cool experience this week too. Friday we had a feeling we should stop by and see a guy whose wife is a member in our ward. He let us in and we talked with him for awhile. We didn't think anything of it at the time, but in testimony meeting on Sunday his wife got up. She said that he was actually feeling very sad and alone that day when we stopped by and that he was really happy that we stopped and talked with him. He said that after we left he was much happier and that he realized he needed to make some changes, even though we didn't really teach him anything. It was a cool experience that helped us to know that we are following the spirit when we do our best, and that the spirit works on people, even if they can't tell it for themselves.
That's all for this week.

Love, Other Elder Udy