Thursday, June 24, 2010

This picture is a little late but I thought it was a good one. It was taken in Dec

Dear Family

Hey how is everyone doing? So you are going to the Manti pageant?
That would be a lot of fun. I remember going there once with the
ward, but its been a long time. I remember it was really neat though.
I bet everyone would love going to that. So how has your week been
going? When is Corey going on his big trip? Is that coming up pretty
quick? Everything has been going good here. Elder Arnold and I have
been working pretty hard this week. The week flew by too. If all the
weeks go by as fast as this week did this transfer, its going to be a
real fast transfer. We have been trying to find a lot of new people
to teach. We find plenty of people to teach first lessons to, we just
have problems ever finding them again. There was a missionary
farewell on Sunday. It brought back some memories. He is going to
Germany though. He goes into the MTC on Wednesday. I went back and
read in my journal that first day in the MTC. I had forgotten a lot
of what went on that first week there in the MTC. Reading the journal
helped me remember a lot though. The first two or three days were
pretty hard but after that it wasn’t too bad.
Elder Arnold is from Washington state. From a little town called
Ellensburg. He has been out 5 months yesterday. He had only been out
one transfer when he came here to orange mound. It doesn’t seem like
it was that long ago, but it has been three months now. I have two
flags, the confederate flag and a Arkansas flag. I’ve been having my
companions sign the confederate flag. I didn’t at the first of the
mission, but I just started. Elder Perza signed it before he went
home. Now I just need to get Elder Contreras and Elder Kelly to sign
it. Everyone else has. Well I hope you have a great week this week.
Thanks for the letters this week in the mail. It was great to hear
from everyone. Thanks again for everything.

Love Elder Marshall

Quote of the week: “In the end, the central purpose of all
scripture is to fill our souls with faith in God the Father and in His
Son, Jesus Christ—faith that They exist; faith in the Father’s plan
for our immortality and eternal life; faith in the Atonement and
Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which animates this plan of happiness;
faith to make the gospel of Jesus Christ our way of life; and faith to
come to know ‘the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom [He has] sent’
(John 17:3).” -D. Todd Christofferson

What happened to our Steven that should be dressed in a suit and tie?!?!?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dear Family,
>> Hey how is everyone doing this week? Is everyone liking being out of
>> school? It sounds like it is good and hot there. It isn’t getting
>> that hot here yet. It hasn’t been over 95 or 96 yet. It feels pretty
>> hot though. A lot of the houses and apartments we go into are old and
>> run down and don’t have air conditioning. My companion is having a
>> pretty hard time of it. Lol He is always sweating. Our air
>> conditioning went out a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think it was too
>> bad. It was only out one night. I slept fine, but I guess he didn’t.
>> He said he was up most of the night. There was a sweat outline of a
>> body on his sheets when he got out of the bed. He keeps telling
>> everyone that it was -15 when he left Washington and it was perfect
>> there. It not real hot, its just real humid. Even when I’m not hot
>> I’m still sweating. We are having a great time serving together.
>> Transfers are coming up next week. We should be getting a call next
>> Sunday night. I’m kindof hoping I get moved this one. I’m ready to
>> get moved back out of the city. I miss being out in the country.
>> What ever happens will be good though. I’m hoping I get switched back
>> to Spanish this transfer. There are two Spanish elders going home
>> this week and none coming back out. I guess we’ll see what happens.
>> Its been a good week here this week. Elder Arnold and I have been
>> staying busy. We are having trouble getting the people we set baptism
>> dates with, keep their dates and get baptized on that day. Right now
>> we are trying to figure out how we can help them keep their
>> commitments better, or what we can do better to help them. We have
>> been working a lot with Tina and Jerry. We found Jerry while he was
>> watching a guy get arrested. They have a great family. They have
>> been coming to church for the last couple weeks in a row now. We have
>> been trying to get them married for a while now. Well on Sunday we
>> finally got them to go set up an appointment with the bishop. They
>> are going to meet with him on Tuesday to talk about when they can get
>> married. I really hope the get married and baptized pretty soon.
>> They are my favorite family that we have been working with. They come
>> play basket ball with us every Wednesday night. They bring their 4
>> kids too. O so Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi showed up at sacrament meeting
>> yesterday. That was pretty neat. He spoke for about 10 minutes. It
>> was really great to hear from him. We came and shook all the
>> missionaries hands. Our investigators that were there really felt the
>> spirit while he was talking. Even the ones that hadn’t been to church
>> before were really impressed by him and the things he talked about.
>> It was awesome. Well I hope everything is going great there this
>> week. Have a great time out of school. I love you
>> Love Elder Marshall
>> Quote of the week: “Elders, keep working hard.”
>> - Elder Kikuchi to Elder
>> Arnold and I. it was pretty cool meeting him.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Dear Family

Hey how has your week been going? So only two more days till school is
out? Wow its coming up pretty fast. Is anything fun going to be
happening after that? Its been a pretty good week here. Memorial day
was a lot of fun. We were over at a members house during the day.
That was a lot of fun. We got to do a lot over there. We went
fishing, played basket ball, had a barbeque, lol and we got to shoot
elder Arnold in the stomach with air soft guns. That was a lot of
fun. It was his idea too. He has some nice red welts now. We were
invited to a few dinners. It was a fun P day. Ya I didn’t used to
like playing basket ball. I do now though. I’m getting better. I
wasn’t very good, but that’s what a lot of missionaries like to do for
Mondays and then we do it Wednesday night and invite all of our
investigators to come play at the church. And we play with people on
the streets and in the parks. We find a lot of people to teach when we
play with them. Lol we have to go easy on people on the streets
though because the don’t like getting beat by a couple of white kids.
Elder Arnold is pretty good at basketball. We don’t get to play
soccer very often though.
Well Temeka still isn’t doing very good this week she found out that
her Liver is enlarged and she has a lot of extra fluid in her stomach
where she got shot. Ya Satan works hard against all of the new
converts. I don’t think there has been one person that I’ve seen
baptized that had an easy time before or after they got baptized. We
are teaching Temeka’s daughter right now. Her name is Shameka. She
is getting baptized on the 19th. She got her jaw broken a few years
ago in a fight. They put metal plates in her jaw. Well she has been
tasting rust in her mouth when she eats and drinks. She says it
tastes like she is sucking on a penny. Well she went in and got it
checked and the doctor told her whoever did her surgery put iron
plates. They are rusting and she has to have them taken out and new
ones put in. I think she said that was going to be happening in the
next week. Ya Satan defiantly doesn’t want any of these people
baptized. They will though.
Well I hope you have a great week. Thanks for everything.

Love Elder Marshall

Quote of the week: “Now is the time for each of us to work toward
our personal conversion, toward becoming what our Heavenly Father
desires us to become.”
- Dallin H. Oaks