What a transfer! What a week! What a month for that matter!

so….just when I thought that the mission couldn’t get any more random….

Well….I’m doing great!!! So many things have changed since I last talked to you though! I’m now in the Calgary Zone instead of the Calgary West zone…and I’m a zone leader…so yeah! Crazy times! We had to go on a 3 leg with a member of my district last week because his companion went home for a possible shoulder surgery, so we moved in with him and left the zone leaders. We were planning to stay on that 3 leg until the end of the transfer in 2 weeks and then we got a call from president on Friday. He mentioned how the zone leader in Calgary had gone home for medical reasons and that he’d like me to serve there….So here I am! I’m serving with Elder Atwood from Ohio now and life’s good!….It’s different….but it’s good! haha I hesitantly unpacked my stuff this week with the worry that I might get moved again but I think I’ll be here for at least a transfer or 2.:)

I’m currently just trying to figure out a new area…again…but I’m excited to be here! I’m in the “heart” of Calgary now. So there’s all of the tall buildings, masses of people walking around and city atmosphere. It’s stoked to be here and I’m sure that we’ll do a lot of work!

We taught an investigator last week and watched “to This End Was I Borne” with her. It was a really good lesson and she is super sincere!

I’m glad to hear that things are going so well at home. I hope Jessie can figure something out there at Utah. It sounds pretty perfect right now! No news from Aust or Kels but I’m sure they’re doing great!

I miss speed training with Dan and Loni!!!! I’m definitely going to work out there when I get home. It helps a ton. And I always gain weight there for some reason…probably from getting bigger legs!

Connor sounds like a stud! I love to hear that he’s doing so well!

I’m so excited for the new turn of the business! I hope that it all works out and the bbq is a success! I really like everything that you told me about that stuff!

But I love you all and look forward to good times here in Calgary!
P.S. the zoo was great!

He just takes the tractor another round,

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pulls the plow across the ground and sends up another prayer, he says lord “I never complain, I never ask why, please don’t let my dreams run dry…underneath this amarillo sky”

So the lyrics to jason aldean’s amazing song sum up my week pretty well! LOTS of service!

We’ve been able to do some good old fashion hard work this week!….for the most part…:)
We got to work in the Calgary temple this week for about 3 days and it was UNREAL!!!!! It seriously was such a unique experience and one that definitely doesn’t happen often. We had to do a bunch of odd jobs. Everything from taking down scaffolding and carefully moving it out of the building, to climbing ladders and using my height to clean wood framing really high up, to cleaning crystal on the beautiful chandeleirs! It was really cool to go around the temple and see so many different places that we wouldn’t normaly see. We were able to go on the roof at one point and got to see the beautiful view of the valley! We also got to be at the base of the baptismal font and walk around the oxen and move scaffolding out of there. We also had the opportunity to work in cealing rooms and clean wood around the mural in one of the instructional rooms. We also were in the “guts” of the building dusting the plumbing and other pipes in the basement and higher up! EVERY inch of our temples is cleaned and accounted for! It’s so cool! I also had the amazing priveledge to work in the celestial room on the last day that we were there. They only needed one person in there with there shoes off to hand chairs to people in the hallway to take to another room. So I got to marvel at the beauty of the room and feel the spirit SO strongly for about 20 minutes. It was a memorable experience that I’ll never forget.

We also did a highway cleanup for about 9 and half hours on Saturday….I got a lot of sun haha We got to go out to the mountains to clean up the highway towards the end of the day and it was so beautiful! I can’t wait to go to Banff on one of these P-days! Anyways, it was really hot and tiring all day and when we were about 8 hours into cleaning up I told the group I was with (jokingly) “I’m just going to walk into the forest and die…” so I went into the woods shouting to all the bears that I was covered in honey and they could come eat me……and then I found a sweet elk shed!!! I came out of the forest holding it and everyone was SO shocked! haha Anyways. It was a really fun day but my back has been kiling from bending over and picking up so much trash!

That’s SO exciting for Jessie!!! I’m so proud of her! Everything is going to work out and I’m sure that she’s going to get some better offers in the near future! That makes me so happy to hear!

I think I’ll call at about 12:30? Does that work for you? I’ll check my email tomorrow because we have to do some survey. I was planning on skyping again if you guys want but we can just do a phone call if you want but I’m plannin on Skype so just tell me otherwise!

I love you all and can’t wait to see/hear you!

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes. Ace of Base

I don’t have a ton of time to send something this week but I’ll try to fit some good info in!

I’m in West Calgary now and Bamf and the Calgary temple are both in our zone! I’m super excited to go to both of them! My new companion is great! His name is Elder Owen and he’s about 5ft 6….we look pretty great together:) I like him a lot and he’s a great teacher. We’re living in the basement of a member with the zone leaders right now until they can find us a place to stay. It’s been a great experience and the members upstairs are the coolest people ever. They’re a couple that are in their 80’s and they’re so knowledgeable in the gospel and worldy things. I love getting to learn from Brother Pitcher because he has so much good advice and insights on different subjects!

We are purging into this area, so both of us are figuring out who and where everything is here. It’s been a lot of fun to be in the city for the first time and in a different atmosphere. There are a lot more people that are out on the streets that we can talk to and there’s a humble neighborhood in our area that we can tract and have a good time in. We got a lot of rejection the other day when we went there but then a couple let us in right before we were going to call it a night. They’re young and clearly struggle with the word of wisdom…but they were super open to talking to us and becoming friends! We meet with them again on Tuesday and I’m looking forward to it! It’s also gotten really warm the past week and I love it!

I’m glad to hear that things are going so well at home!

I’m so excited for Jess! I honestly think that it would be sweet if she played at Utah!…it would be weird since we all go to BYU….but I think that she’d have a really good experience! That’s SO exciting!

I love you all and will talk to you next week!

When the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay…….good old Journey.

(I promise I’m not listening to this music on the mission but the lack of music has my brain shorting and recalling random songs:)) haha

Soooooooooooooooo………. good things up here in the frozen north this week!!!!!

First of all, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be transferred next wednesday from this area. I have grown to love this area and the people I’ve met within it so much and it’ll be sad to leave but exciting at the same time. I would like to go to British Columbia and Calgary at some point in the mission. I don’t want to say that I’m wishing for it because then it won’t come true but I’d like to see those places at some point. I think it’s pretty generally accepted that missionaries want to go out to BC at some point just to experience the scenery and mountains though.

We got a big dump of snow yesterday and it’s still coming down a little bit right now. It should be melted by the middle to end of the week though. It’s supposed to get up to around 20 degrees celcius this week I think. Good old southern Alberta! The famous saying around here is “If you don’t like the weather then wait 5 minutes!” haha

It was a really good week like I mentioned earlier. We were able to meet with Deanna and Erv several times and continue to help them progress towards baptism. Both of their baptisms are scheduled for this Saturday and they’re going to be sweet! The bishop’s in both of our wards will be performing the baptisms and I have been asked to confirm and give the holy ghost to both of them! I’m excited to have that experience again! Nothing better than having the spirit direct you in blessings and other aspects of life!

I’m excited to hear how things go with Aust this year and the football season. Sounds like it could be interesting! I hope that his knee and shoulder will be feeling better soon!

It sounds like Jess is so dang close to getting a scholarship! She just needs to get one out there to tip over the dominoes that leads to the avalanche of offers! As soon as schools see that she’s been offered then they instantly gain more interest. anyways, it sounds like dad had a good meeting and that things will work out for her.

Connor sounds like a little stud! Tell him to keep up the good work! I’ve been hitting the volleyball around with some missionaries on p-days and I think you’d be impressed with my progress in that sport! haha

I am continually happy for your birthday present. I have to say that the ribeye is probably my favorite cut of meat that I’ve had from the package! It was sooooo tender and has a REALLY good flavor. thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!!

I love you all and look forward to the mothers day conversation when I’ll be in a new area assumably!

Do you believe in life after love! I can feel something inside me say, I really don’t think you’re strong enough no! Oh Cher….:)

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Conference…..best event to happen twice a year….hands down! We were able to watch all of the sessions of conference but sadly not the sessions in between.

Great week overall though! Erv met with us once and we were able to resolve a lot of his concerns and continue to prepare him for baptism on the 20th.

I also learned something important this week…..Charcoal is tough to cook on!!!! …but I was able to master it:) I also learned to just get the self lighting charcoal because the other stuff takes A LOT of lighter fluid….Anyways, just grillin and teachin the gospel here in Canada. Life’s great!

The weather was colder this week and we got snow last night. It’s still nice outside though and isn’t bitterly cold. I’m excited for spring though!

18 year old missionaries….we got a few in the last transfer! We only have one in our district. He’s adjusting but the maturity level is definitely something that’s different to work with. We’ll see how he and the other 18 year olds continue to assimilate to the new life!

I’m glad to hear that everyone’s alive and well at home!…minus Austen’s injury….but for the most part it sounds good!

I did cook the last filet this week and…..melt in your mouth good. BEST birthday present ever.

Love you all!

“Could I have some more turkish delight please?”

“NOOO!!!!!!!!!!….no….no….Next time…NEXT TIME!!!!”…..Chronicles of Narnia…1960 version

Hello! Life is so amazing out here in Canada right now! I don’t know if it’s just this nice weather that’s tricking me into this feeling of euphoria or if it really is this great! Either way, I love it! I love you all so much back at home!

So as for the meat you sent……DELICIOUS! We ate the filets on Sunday with Tara and her boyfriend and everyone LOVED them! They seriously were so impressed. They were talking about some really famous restaurant that costs like 100 bucks per plate of steak and that these steaks were the closest ones to those. They were super tender and tasty! It helped that Tara’s boyfriend cooked them perfectly! We had some twice baked potatoes and asparagus wrapped in prishuto (however you spell that type of meat). Anyways, it was a delicious meal all around and they were so impressed by the steaks and were so grateful that I shared them with them. We had a really good time that evening and I just love them so much!

We weren’t able to meet with Erv this week but we meet with him today. Everything should be fine, he’s just been sick and stuff…so we’ll talk to him today and see how things are going!

Deanna went home to Idaho for the week and was going to fast and pray about April 20th for baptism and tell her family about her progress in taking the lessons. We were able to have a REALLY good lesson with her about the purpose and blessings of having the Spirit in our lives last week before she left. We meet with her tomorrow and I’m excited to see how she’s feeling!

The area continues to go great and I honestly couldn’t be happier right now. I love the beautiful spring weather, mission life has become normal and I’m finding purpose and fulfillment in the work I’m doing out here. I love the Canadian people and I will be very sad to leave this area at the end of April (assumably)…but once again, I have a strong feeling of hope and happiness for what the future and new areas, companions, members and investigators will bring!

I’m also SUPER excited for conference this weekend! It honestly is the best thing since sliced bread out here on the mission! I can’t wait to be instructed, uplifted and renewed spiritually by the words of the apostles and our prophet!!!!!

I wasn’t able to talk to Aust this week but I’m glad that he’s back on the mend with his shoulder!

I’m glad to hear that everyone else is doing so well and I really hope that everyone can stay healthy with the absence of CHIP now! I hope that you and dad are holding up well and that you really get to soak in general conference this week and enjoy it fully!

Love, Elder J

20 years old!!!! When did that happen!?!!

Colby meat
Thank you SO much for the meat!!!!!! I got it yesterday from the Nielsens and it made my day!!!!! I’m so so so excited to chow down! I’m afraid the dry ice was pretty much gone…so I couldn’t do anything with it…but thanks for the idea:) They were a little bummed that they didn’t get to see you in person but said that you sound like a great lady over the phone mom:) I assured them that you are:)

Yesterday was a great pre birthday Sunday! We gave another talk in our other ward and then had lunch with Bishop Hall, his family and Deanna after church. And Tara and her boyfriend came over! They made me cheese cake like you had told them and it was a really good time.

Then we had dinner with Tara and her boyfriend and we ate tuna that they had caught a few weeks earlier in Mexico….SO good! One of them had been marinated and seared quickly on both sides…it’s called Ahi tuna…you’ve probably seen it on tv or had it.. it looks just raw and red in the middle but was SO dang good! Then they cooked some of it in mango sauce and some in a lemon crunch batter…So Good! They also are moving along with marriage plans! So Exciting!

We taught Erv this week and continue to build a better relationship with him and see him progress int he Gospel. We taught the Plan of Salvation and continue to give him more comfort and confidence in where his wife is and how he can be with her again. We focused on teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it is an unchanging plan that if we live then we’ll always be the happiest and be able to make it to the celestial kingdom. He then agreed to be baptized on the 20th of April! Great stuff!

Missionary work is going great out here! I love it!

I’m sorry to hear about Austen’s shoulder…I’ve been talking to him about it.

I’m glad to hear Connor and Jessie are doing so well in their respective sports!

I hope the business continues to blossom and keep it and the family in my prayers!
I love you all!