Saturday, December 10, 2016

bring you greater happiness

This week was really good! So we ate dinner at the house of our area's old branch president, His name is T. And the food wasn't ready yet, so we kind of just talked for probably 30 minutes about the Kiribati language, because he's pretty good at english and is still learning. He's super awesome, cause a lot of the people here don't have a ton of ambition. Here in Tarawa, it's a little better, because kids from all over including outer islands come to tarawa to attend Moroni High school, which is an lds school. And at Moroni they are immersed in the English language. All of the teachers have to speak it during every lesson, except for kiribati lessons. Yeah it's kind of funny. The national language here is english... and yet everyone speaks Kiribati and very few know very limited english. I think it's because the government wants the people here to be able to have more options. Like I said, sometimes ambition is scarce, especially on the outer islands, because for most people, the purpose of their life is to collect coconuts every day, sell them for rice, catch fish, and pick breadfruit... You can totally live off the land here. But yeah, me and T talked about Kiribati, it was soooo amazing because I had so many questions about Kiribati pronounciation, and he totally helped me!! And now I feel like I have a better grip on the pronounciation. He also had a lot of questions about english, it's pretty amazing how well he knows english, because for me having learned a different language, I realize how hard english is. Any way, I totally told him thanks and that I'd ask him if I had any more questions. And I also told him to ask me if he had any more questions. I'll try to get some pictures sent soon, but we had a baptism on saturday. It was really great. I'm really working hard to study, I feel like I've developed a greater interest for the pioneer stories. Hahaha, ughhh it's crazy how as I grow up, all the seeds that you, mom and dad, have sown into my childhood begin to sprout and to grow haha. No really though, the pioneers and the people who lived during the time of Joseph Smith are such an example to me! I know that we have to be like the pioneers, we have to stand in holy places and be not moved. I heard a talk recently, something like: "What you do, where you are, and what you see will shape who you become" I love the faith the pioneers had in gathering together as Saints. They truly treasured things of God and not of the world. They understood the importance of service! Siblings: I feel like I didn't understand this most of my childhood, but it's a commandment to serve others. And like all commandments it's going to bring you greater happiness. I feel like the key to living a life worth looking back on others, or worth sharing with others, is to live for others, through service. The principles of the gospel help us to stop worshiping ourselves and to turn to God(Bednar said that I think in an MTC address). Any way, I feel like the pioneers really knew that. They were so industrious and serviceful. They sacrificed so much. I love their example and want to become a modern day pioneer!! Thanks for all your support and examples!! Truly!! Also, it's kind of funny. There was a missionary that served here named Elder S that the missionaries talk about. They say "he knew more words than native Kiribati people", I asked how, they said "he was never content". Haha, they actually wondered if I was related to him when I first got here, because apparently we look alike. But I found out that he is the actor on the mormon message: "Thanks for drinking all the juice!" Hahaha, he's that guy!! Haha, so apparently that was his joke, cause the missionaries drink a lot of juice here ;) Any way, have a good week all! Ti a bo!! I love you all!
- Elder Seffker

Thursday, December 1, 2016

peace just to look at the ocean

Sooooo, Kiribati is great. Hahaha, there was once a time on our way to california where we were all packed in the van, and it was "so hot" that I my arm had beads of sweat building up, but yeah, that's basically how it always is here. I've tried some pretty good foods here. Hmmm, te kika(octopus) the skin is very strong and kind of gross but the inside is alright and kind of chewy. Eel tastes like fish, except for the skin which is slimy fat and full of bones, some people like it though.. If you've ever heard of bread fruit they eat it a ton here!! It's almost similar to a potato, in fact they cook it in chips often and it's delicious. There's also a super delicious drink here called kereve, once at Hilary's house we tried some some coconut water I think it was called and it was delicious, well that's basically what kereve is. They drain the sap from coconut trees all day and then mix it with water and sometime sugar. Very Refreshing! Also, they're in a drought right now so most of the rain water is used up. Instead they get water from wells which is very germ filled until you boil it. But it's still kind of gross apparently so they mix sugar and sometime concentrated fruit juice with it. It's pretty good! Pure water is pretty scarce here. The living conditions here are pretty wild. Every one just lives in a bouia mostly, which is pretty much a tent. In fact the living conditions here are pretty similar to camping. For us it's like trailor camping, because we have a shower and bed to come home to each night.  most music is becoming modernized, same as Kiribati. Lots of techno just to Kiribati lyrics, I think they even translate some song into the language! But, we actually got to participate in a culture dance thing, no instruments, just pretty much everyone screaming doing a dance in unison, with a very energetic leader. It's somewhat like a fight/war sort of dance I suppose. Very Powerful!! Literally, it's so crazy to be right in the middle with so much people just kinda screaming words in unison. Very cultural. As far as bugs, it's with much blessing that there are apparently no poisonous animals  or bugs on the island, that I've heard of... There are poisonous fish, but the people know not to eat them, or to feed them to us. I found a cockaroach in my closet the other day. Also we found a lizard in our house, but those are everywhere any way. Just tiny little lizards that eat flies. Hmm, I've seen a crab a few times. Dogs roam free. Pigs are just as prevalent as dogs, but they often tied up, one leg to a tree. It's kinda sad, but yeah they're tied up one legged pretty much 95% of all pigs, and then people kinda just put their garbage around the pig and it eats it. And then when it gets old, they eat it. So yeah, the circle of life for pigs in Kiribati, not to bright but oh well. There's also chickens all over, not tied up, but we have chicken for dinner at people's houses all the time so... Any way, yeah it's nice, we get feed by members almost every night, so it's nice to be able to experience the culture that way. Our house is right by the ocean, it actually brings me a lot of peace just to look at the ocean cause it seems so vast when there's so much water between here and home, but it's such an awesome creation of Heavenly Father's. I know that we need to work hard in this life. That we need to sit down and really determine what our choice is going to be. Whether we're willing to defend the truth even with our life, whether we're going to deny ourselves of ALL ungodliness, or at least be working toward doing so. I know that the reward is sooo much greater than we can even imagine!! His plan is truly a plan of mercy, and as good as even the telestial kingdom is, God truly has prepared a way that we can inherit celestial glory! I know that we truly have to remember what matters... There's going to be a lot of good enticing things in this world, but that we have to be converted to Christ, and nothing else. I'm so grateful for all of your support!! Thanks for the family update! I love you all! - ELder Seffker

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

so grateful for the Atonement and the Plan

 I'm doing good, thanks! Yeah the time has indeed flown by ;) Yeah, it's been a huge blessing having those 3 extra weeks! Yeah I'm trying! Honestly, we don't actually study the language all that much, it can be hard to get some solid blocks of language study in.. I guess it just depends on your priorities, but I have definitely kept well up! I'm so grateful that I studied language a lot before the mission, it has paid off and I'm sure will continue to !!

Sooo by way of info, you should know.... I'll fly out to Kiribati next Tuesday the 15th. Skip the 16th, and fly right into the 17th of Nov. Also, I'm not sure how frequently I'll be able to email once I get there... So if I don't email every week, that's why!

I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that this church is true. And I know that Heavenly Father loves us! I'm so grateful for the Atonement and the Plan! N aran Iesu Kristo amen.
 - Elder Seffker

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

line upon line, precept upon precept

This week I've been working hard to study effectively.. I feel like all scripture study is good, but I'm working hard to make goals also and memorize passages so that my studying can be more intense. I know that the gospel is truly mean't to be studied continually and that our understanding develops line upon line, precept upon precept. Hope you all have a good week! I know that God loves us, I know that His mercy is always extended toward us, and that He is continually giving us the knowledge and experiences we need to be able to grow through our faith and desires, no matter our circumstance. Love you all!
- Elder Seffker

Saturday, October 29, 2016

the nature of God is the nature of happiness

Thanks for everything! Yeah, it's a great thing to gain a testimony of study and the power of the Book of Mormon in conversion! Totally do it, there's lots of pointers in PMG chapter 5 "The role of the Book of Mormon in conversion"! It's good to hear that things are going good at home! Halloween is such a fun time ;) Haha, that's awesome that J is learning his letters, he seems like a very intelligent person ;) I was thinking recently, a verse in the Scriptures implies that the nature of God is the nature of happiness. We can't dwell with God without repenting to develop that nature. And the glory of God is intelligence. When we act like animals, and when we yield to carnal things, we can't live with God. We need to live up to our intelligence.
When I first got here, I kinda just focused on my own studies, but I'm learning that the MTC is not an honors class, some missionaries are not accustomed to studying. So I'm really working on serving others. I was called as district leader recently, I know the Lord really wants me to learn how to serve others. Feel free to give me any pointers or advice concerning service and the likes. I'd really appreciate it!
Thanks again for all you do! Thanks for the packages, they're awesome!! Love you!
Aia, tekeraoi ma te bong aio!

angels on my right and left

haha yeah, heard of "The doctrine of Christ" by President Nelson, Or "Developing the Character of Christ" by President Bednar? ;) They're the movies we watch on Sunday nights.Yeah I've really felt the hand of the Lord in my life these past few weeks, I know He loves me, I know he loves us all equally. I'm so grateful for the repentance process, and that we're able to change.
I've been working really hard on humility these past few days, I know that we need to see each other equally, as we all have the same degree of importance and potential, and that we need to be humbled before God, because He is created us, the plan, and sent His Son, which is our only reason for hope.

I'm also trying to gain a testimony of hard work... The first couple of weeks, I have to admit, I was pretty lazy. Like, I payed attention in class and stuff, I followed the rules, I used my study time completely.. basically I did everything that was written down.. But I've realized that even then, there's so much time that we have, like when people are talking just to talk, and you find yourself listening just to listen, or between and during meals, arise, bedtime, class time.. I know that I'll "return in vain" if I don't do everything in my power to serve Him with all my heart, might, mind, and strength.

I have seriously felt angels on my right and left and have felt that my steps have been guided! Truly, I know the Lord is watching out for each of us, we just need to exercise faith, be faithful to our covenants, repent, and strive to become better. He will literally guide our steps, and you won't be able to help but feel His infinite love surrounding you. I know that we have no reason to fear, we just need to trust in Him. I know that the Lord works by faith. I know that it's never too late for anyone to come unto Him, and that He wants for us to come unto Him and have peace and joy and is continually looking out to pour blessings on us when we are obedient, or when we ask for His help.
, I've got a lot of learning to do, but I know the Lord is helping me do it. I know that as we exercise faith and as we are tried, we can gain a witness, and that faith can progress to knowledge. I'm so grateful for the Atonement, that we can repent and become more Christ-like. Thanks for all of your guys' examples :) I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us more than we can understand. Have a good week!
Thanks for your support. Sounds like the fam is doing good. I love you all! - Elder S
oh and yeah, President Bednar was here a week or so ago ;)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Throwing all worldly things away...literally!

So after a long summer of trips, camps, and working in Oakland Jared put all worldly things away for the Lord...literally "threw all worldly things away!" Enjoy his first letter!

Hey... how's it goin?... ;) jk, it's weird that I'm actually on my mission, cause it doesn't feel way different.. I feel like I've been getting shipped around all summer, so it's not that weird to be away from home ;) any way, there's a very strong spirit here at the MTC, it's pretty cool! It kind of feels like the temple. My companions (I have two, I'm in a trio) are very ambitious, and competitive in a good way. I believe that the companionships here are indeed inspired of the Lord ;) I never knew how much it would help, but I know now, that familiarizing yourself with language study before your mission gives you a huge head start, in stress management, and in language learning methods! Alright, I just want to end with my testimony... I believe that the spirit does speak to us. When I feel the spirit, it's a feeling of peace, and of God's love. I believe that God loves us, it's a message that really speaks to me! I believe that we need to be continually improving in the commandments, and that as we do so, God will bless us with His spirit. N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.

P.S. Haha, oh yeah, I bet you're wondering about my phone ;) so yeah, I forgot it was in my pocket and brought it here. I was going to mail it back, but I kind of figured it was just a cheap phone any way. So feel free to take $40 dollars out of my account to pay for it, but I throwed it away c: (I can totally see Dad's reaction right now)

Love you all!
 Last dinner with Jared...Elder Seffker for a while!  Party makes a "goodbye" a little easier!

 At the MTC drop-off in Provo. He'll be here just for a short time then off he goes!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

better than what I expected

heyy hows it going,  this email it is probably the last one I will write in the mission. but yeah this has been a good last week for me, already gave my last talk in Church now we are mostly preparing to go. today is pday tomorrow ill be finishing things up and then well finish things up in the office and in asuncion on Wednesday and then ill be on a ðŸ›© and then ill see yall soon. but yeah the end of my mission has been good so far, didnt really expect it to be quite like this but I think it is better than what I expected so thats good. ðŸ‘
yeah i had a interview with President E today, he is the new one, he is really cool, and it was interesting for me in the interview how i have seen that my testimony has grown a lot. also i sort of noticed that i have found a lot of good friends here in the mission, i feel pretty blessed for that aswell. ðŸ™‚☺
i am glad i will be able to go see you guys again, it will be fun to see what kind of new things you all have going on love you and see you soon 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people;

that is cool about Beccas rash thing that she could get better for at least now hopefully later too, she told me in one of her letters about it, she was very optimistic about it. one of addis letters was really nice, that reminds me in Church this week we listened to the primary sing a song, it is really cool to see them sing and in Sacrament meeting a whole bunch of them went up to give their testimony. and i am not kidding they were really cool simple testimonies, it was really interesting, so thats a good memory for me. yeah and so i am running low on time but ill see yall soon enough right love ya chow
well sounds like you guys have some fun stuff going on, that is cool that you got sustained, does that mean you will be teaching Melissa now? i remember it was fun when i was in your class with mike. one thing that i usually try to do to have the Spirit strong when i teach is i first of course try to prepare, i have to ask for help. I have had some times where the Spirit has given me a topic to focus on, those times almost always have turned out pretty good but sometimes where hard for me because i wasnt sure how it would turn out. I had to have faith that things would work out. one big part of preparing the lesson is that it makes it so i am not nervous. I think the Spirit is more easily heard when you are prepared,  you feel like you did your part and are ready to recieve guidance and dont necessarily have to use the things you prepared. 
Another thing that has helped me have the Spirit in my teaching is just listening to the people when they talk and trying to open things more up to discussion.  if you just nod your head and move on most the time people wont care or wont say anything but if you want people to participate a ton tell them that by the way you listen and try and build on what they say a little bit so that they feel like their comment is important. I remember in the class you taught when I was like fourteen or so you where pretty good at that and you tried to find ways to help us participate. that stuff is pretty cool, so yeah i think that, listening, is really important and is all part of loving the people. I was looking at this one new book from the Church on how to teach and the first thing was ``loving those you teach`` which only makes sense. I like that one part of the Bible when that guys asks Jesus ``what is the great commandment`` or something like that  and He responds number one and too, love the Lord and your fellow man. and all the law is based on that. I like how that can be the base of teaching it only makes sense, it seems to me like one of the only righteous motives to teach. It doesnt matter how much you know, and mabye it doesnt matter how much you teach if you dont have charity. if you dont have charity your nothing. so yeah with that just them recieving the message from your heart, I mean if you are really sincire then I think that helps a lot. ``for when man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.`` 2ne33. 

i dont know i hope that helped a little, that is cool that Jared will get his endowments in the temple when I get back, I am excited for that. I love the temple, it s soo cool.

speaking of, i had a dream that i was in a gang two nights back, it was really funny, it reminded me of the opening scence on batman two, where a bunch or robbers come and rob a bank in masks but in my dream we were  missionaries not clowns. it was a pretty weird dream, almost kind of dark. but yeah i dont recomend batman 2 its pretty dark as well ðŸ¤” and yeah in my dream i remeber there was a part where i grabbed someones backpack without them looking and then threw it over a wall,
and i also had a dream where i was eating at the table with you guys too, it was kind of trunky but also scary, at the end someone asked me a question, and i said no if i do that then i will wake up and it will be a dream, and then i woke up it was really weird. ðŸ˜³
speaking of wierd, we had a zone confrence, it was my last one and the last one of our president, he will be finishing the mission here in july as well so we are the group that leaves with President McMullin. so my last interview will be with some other new president but I am sure it will be good all the same. and in the confrence this time he mostly just told us cool stories. i feel like we all got to know him a lot better and it was a little bit interesting to see him as a Dad. I think it made us all apreciate what he does  a little more but one of the interesting things he told us is that there were a lot of cool miraculos stories that he had seen from his time in the mission. also he explained to us how it is to get called as a mission president, i guess it is kind of cool, they have someone in the first presidency call you and interview you and set you apart and all that, he said there is a plane on President Uctdorfs desk and a statue of two missionaries on bikes and a bunch of other stuff like that🤓. then he said that they all go to the provo mtc, them and bunch of other mission presidents and there are no missionaries there, it is just them and the first presidency, well at least all of the first presidency that isnt feeling sick. and they get capicitated on everything. 
he also explainded some interesting stuff about his family, like what happened to them while they went to Paraguay and all that. it was interesting stuff. 
o yeah and i got the pin you guys sent me and the letters that went with it, i like the pin it looks like there used to be horns on top of its head, also the mission gave us a pin that says preach my Gospel its pretty cool ill have to show it to you guys. 

and yeah some interesting things have happened this week, i can definetly say i am seeing miricales, things i think are amazing. 
and yeah all is well, one cool thing i have been realizing is how the Lord has helped me say the things i want to say
Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men;
 For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.
 But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever thing ye declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things.

but yeah i really like that scripture and the principle, i feel like when i apply that, all goes well and i some times find my self saying things that are beyond me, i think sometimes the Spirit can calm and clarify things you never really understoud while you are talking. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

best times of the week

that is cool the Sacrament is usually one of the best times of the week for me, i just feel really relieved sometimes. that is cool that you would mention that you felt closer to God, it reminds me of a time where i prayed before sacrament meeting for that  and i still remember that super well a year later. 
well this was a good week for me, it is interesting finishing up the mission, it seems like i am gonna be here for longer, just because i feel so used to it but all good things must come to an end just kidding.  i cant wait to see you guys soon but there are still like 4 weeks left, i dont know about you guys but for me that seems really short, time goes by super fast here. this week was good we had a cool investigator come to Church and she seems to be liking it a lot. also a recent convert that hasnt come to Church in a really long time came, goes to show that people feel a reason to come if you consistently show them that you care by visiting them. so yeah lots of cool things happened this week though i just cant remember them very well. one cool thing is that today we got to play soccer, i think that will be the last time we play soccer here in paraguay sadly. i am really enjoying my study time lately and there is so much to learn, so much you can change about yourself by simply listing to the Spirit and trying to appy it. i think that studying the scriptures gives me a lot of motivation too. but yeah this was another good week, i am beginning to like this area a bit more and so that is good, to be liking my last area.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I, God, have suffered these things for all

well this has been a good week, it was a great week for me to learn about the Atonement, I feel like that is a big blessing. I had an hour of studies where I had some kind of deep thoughts about the Atonement, it really is beyond me what kind of a Sacrifice it was. I love DyC 19
16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.
 20 Wherefore, I command you again to repent, lest I humble you with my almighty power; and that you confess your sins, lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit.
Here is a thought that I had, who would I be willing to die for? and for many people such as parents it may be those that they taught the Gospel or shared it with well I was thinking personally about that then I had the thought of what would happen if I died for someone that decided to drop the Gospel, simply because it was to hard, or they didnt want to. there would be no fair reason for anyone to drop the Gospel after someone had died to give it to us right. well the Atonement is what gives us the Gospel and Christ didnt just die but something a whole lot harder than that and some of us think we have the right simply to not live the Gospel in ignorance. I think that is crazy. I have been able to feel Christs love for us more lately. you know we really don't have to suffer all that much. living the Gospel is not to hard and there is nothing happier.  The hard part Christ already did, we just have to do our part
27 Thou shalt be diligent in preserving what thou hast, that thou mayest be a wise steward; for it is the free gift of the Lord thy God, and thou art his steward.
 28 If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
 29 If thou art sorrowful, call on the Lord thy God with supplication, that your souls may be joyful.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

He hath filled me with his love

FW: letter

Esta fue una buena semana, aprendí mucho. pude aprender mucho por la oración, algo interesante que nos paso tenia que ver mucho con eso. Visitamos un niño de 10 que recién se bautizo y le preguntamos en cuanto a su bautismo, su respuesta empezó purete, `` yo sentí bien,`` después de una pausa el dijo``que escucho algo`` y describió una experiencia muy interesante. Fue tan purete que ni mire a mi compañero, yo estaba pensando y escuchando le no mas. Se que muchas veces son dadas cosas grandes a los niños. Pienso que el Señor me a dada muchas cosas cuando yo era un niño también. Para el niño que escuchamos, yo creo que lo que el dijo no pudo inventar, por eso quizas Alma dijo
Alma 32:23
23 Y ahora bien, él comunica su palabra a los hombres por medio de ángeles; sí, no solo a los hombres, sino a las mujeres también. Y esto no es todo; muchas veces les son dadas a los niños palabras que confunden al sabio y al erudito.
interesante, cosas que confunden al sabio y al erudito, eso es algo que estoy aprendiendo, tenemos que ser como los niños.
hoy en mi estudio de la obediencia aprendí una buena historia 
13 Pero sus criados se acercaron a él, y le hablaron, diciendo: Padre mío, si el profeta te mandara alguna gran cosa, ¿no la harías? ¡Cuánto más si solo te ha dicho: Lávate, y serás limpio!
14 Él entonces descendió y se sumergió siete veces en el Jordán, conforme a la palabra del hombre de Dios; y su carne se volvió como la carne de un niño, y quedó limpio
estoy encontrando que ser como un niño y ser obediente es en el fin menos sacrificio, no wonder es mejor ser obediente que sacrificar
my Sabbath day was really good, learned a lot. they had a guy do a poetry thing and it was in guarani mostly but everyone said it was really good and doctrinal. sounds like you guys had a fun Sunday that is cool that you went to listen to Mike and Kayleens talks. 
it is interesting how the Spirit talks to us in Sacrament meeting right?
yeah I was talking to some missionaries and a fews brothers have served in the marshal Islands, it sounds really cool, one said that your areas are each like different islands and someone said that is a bunch of cool stuff there like turtles and he came back with a ton of cool pictures.

3 Nooria, N na anai nanomi bwa ngkana kam wareki bwaai aikai, ngkana wanawanan te Atua bwa kam na wareki, ao bwa kam na uringnga bwa e a tia n nanoanga te Uea nakoia natiia aomata, man te tai are karikaki iai Atam nakon te tai are kam na karekei bwaai aikai, ao ma n iangoi i nanomi. 4 Ao ngkana a reke bwaai aikai iroumi, kaungai nanomi bwa kam na butiia te Atua, te Tama ae akea Tokina, n aran Kristo, ngkana arona bwa a koaua bwaai aikai; ao ngkana arona bwa kam bubuti ma te nano ae koaua ma nanomi raoi, ao te onimaki iroun Kristo, e na bon kaota te koaua nakoimi, ni mwaakan te Tamnei ae Raoiroi. 5 Ao ma ni mwaakan te Tamnei are e Raoiroi ao kam na kona n atai koauan bwaai ni kabane.

that would be awesome if we could be ordinance workers. good idea, that is cool that Jared got to speak in Church, interesting I was actually thinking about the time I gave a Priesthood blessing for the first time yesterday, that was a cool moment in my life I am glad Jared could remember it. I remember that was a good day. I am glad to be a part of the Seffker bunch, that is cool that Jared got his call I am really happy and excited for him, its gonna be nice, real nice.

Hillary ran ragnar thats cool

Scott hates his driving teacher, who is it? I actually missed 19 on my driving test, the teacher just really liked me, he was actually going to fail me but he said `` Nate your a ```` of a kid just a ```` of a kid and your the kind of kid thats gonna learns so im just going to pass you. 
but thats what you get when you dont put in the 40hours of driving practice right. Melissa can go to stake dances now and just stand there and talk because the music stinks to dance to and nobody dances anyway but cool , congrats to her.
Johnny seems to be excelling at those grades, wow junior high.
Becca is babysitting and on the ball.

I am here enjoying the mission. it is going good, I am learning a lot of stuff there is always something new to learn, I wonder what it would be like to serve for 14 years or something like someone in the Book of Mormon. 

this is something I learned in Church
este ha sido una semana de aprendizaje, en la conferencia de barrio apreni mucho de la Expiacion y me gusto mucho, anote muchas cosas, es purete saber que Jesucristo ya paso todas las cosas que pasamos y que hay una solución gracias a Él. Una de las cosas que me gusto es cuando el discursante relaciono la parte de la Biblia que habla de Jesucristo cuando estaba ayunando y Satanás trato de tentar le. Satanàs le ofrecio muchas cosas del mundo, y Jesucristo no le hizo caso. El que hablaba dijo que muchas veces tenemos tentaciones similares, queremos las cosas carnales aveces mas que la voluntad de Dios. me hizo pensar mucho. Despues hablaron de la paz que Jesucristo nos ofrece. El dice ``paz a tu alma [tus aflicciones serán un momento]``
El dio Su vida para que esforcemos. Me animo mucho para esforzarme y ser mejor.

also another cool part of my week was when I read my patriarcal blessing, there is a lot of cool stuff in there that is making more sense also another cool thing that happened this week was when I read in 2ne. 4

 16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord;and my heart pondereth continually upon the thingswhich have seen and heard.
 17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness ofthe Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works,my heart exclaimeth: wretched man that am! Yea, myheart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grievethbecause of mine iniquities.
 18 am encompassed about, because of the temptationsand the sins which do so easily beset me.
 19 And when desire to rejoice, my heart groanethbecause of my sins; nevertheless, know in whom havetrusted.
 20 My God hath been my supporthe hath led me throughmine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preservedme upon the waters of the great deep.
 21 He hath filled me with his loveeven unto theconsuming of my flesh.
 22 He hath confounded mine enemiesunto the causing ofthem to quake before me.
 23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hathgiven me knowledge by visions in the night-time.
  28 Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, myheart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
 29 Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do notslacken my strength because of mine afflictions.
 30 Rejoice, my heartand cry unto the Lord, and say: OLord, will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice inthee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
 31 Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliverme out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that may shake at the appearance of sin?

i think it is cool how you can see that Nephi had lots of problems 
and another scripture that I liked this week was 
in jacob 6
And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

but yeah this was a good week, lots of cool stuff that I am learning, we did a cool thing on Saturday where we invited a bunch of ward members and missionaries to the Church and we went out and tried to invite all of the less active members to the ward conference that we could, it turned out to be okay, our attendance when up a lot and after some member gave us all some pizza, that was pretty cool. 

This is awesome:

Finding Self-Worth in a Selfie World

By Henry Unga9 de mayo de 2016

 someone check out this talk, it is kind of cool
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