Monday, July 21, 2014

Klammath Falls - Week 9

Hola Madre,

So this week has been super good!  Elder Fowler and I are great together!  We have been having a lot of fun while also working hard.  I have learned from looking at other missionaries that it is important to have fun while you are working otherwise you stress too much.  There are a lot of missionaries that freak out over little things.  It's better to take a step back, relax, and press forward.  So Elder Fowler is my new companion obviously.  He's from Bountiful Utah.  Too many Utah Elders haha.  (He has been lucky so far with his companions.  They get along great.)

So I get to drive now!  It's kind of nice being the one driving.  So since I took over the area I have been in charge of planning the days out since I know everyone.  I thought taking over the area would have been harder but it's actually really easy.  I like being in charge haha.  (No surprise there) Elder Fowler learned the people and area pretty quickly so he is starting to help me out more.

So this week Elder Fowler and I got work done!  We hit the streets all day everyday. The area here was really dying.  Couldn't really find anyone to teach but for some reason all the Hispanics decided to come out.  We found 5 different families to teach in just one week.  (So exciting and happy for him!!  It's been pretty rough finding spanish speaking investigators)  The work is really picking up and I'm really excited.  The work paid off walking around in the 100 degree weather all week.  I definitely have gotten tanner hahaha.  I have been drinking more water than I have ever had haha.  It's important to stay hydrated.  

So something even more exciting happened this week also.  The dad and boys of the A. Family are finally getting baptized.  The wife and daughters are the ones who recently were baptized but the dad said he wasn't ready. Super exciting!  I'm giving the Holy Ghost talk in Spanish so that's going to be a little crazy haha.  

So one night this week we pulled up to our apartment around 9ish and for some reason a car was blocking the entrance to our apartment complex.  I think it rolled out of its parking spot or something.  Not really sure so we knocked on about 10 doors but no one answered so we just squeezed the van by the car and parked.  Next morning it was gone.  Pretty weird.  (Pic below)

So this Wednesday my zone is all going to the temple.  It's going to be a lot of fun!  I feel like I haven't gone in forever!  (The first time he has gone since being on his mission)

This week has just been packed with miracles and we could definitely tell that the Spirit was guiding us to the people.  Really good week.  (Warms a mothers heart. :)

So this week in studies I read this talk.  I really enjoyed it.  It's important to not look back at the past but look towards the future.  We should also always follow in the footsteps of our Savior.  As we serve others we are only in the service of our God.  Every calling in the church is an important one and we should always strive to magnify our calling and serve others.  

Elder Edward Dube

While I was a boy working in the fields with my mother, she taught me one of the most important lessons in life. It was late in the morning, the sun was up, and we had been hoeing for what I thought to be a very long time. I stopped to look back at what we had accomplished and said to my mother, “Look at all we have done!” Mother did not respond. Thinking that she had not heard me, I repeated what I had said a little louder. She still did not reply. Raising my voice a little higher, I repeated again. Finally, she turned to me and said, “Edward, never look back. Look ahead at what we still have to do.”

My dear brothers and sisters, the covenant we made with the Lord when we were baptized, “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in” (Mosiah 18:9), is a lifelong commitment. 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf counseled, “Those who have entered the waters of baptism and received the gift of the Holy Ghost have set their feet on the path of discipleship and are charged to follow steadily and fully in the footsteps of our Savior” (“Saints for All Seasons,” Ensign or Liahona, Sept. 2013, 5). The Lord through His servants calls us to serve in various callings, which we accept with total commitment. When a release has been extended and a call in a different assignment has been issued, we joyfully accept it, knowing, as our forebearers knew, that “in the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how” (J. Reuben Clark Jr)

 (Look Ahead and Believe)

Thank you for that letter and awesome quote by Jeffery R. Holland.  He's one of my favs.

Thank you for the money also.  I just need to get some cheap slacks from Ross.

Monterey is going to be fun.  Wish I could be by the Coast.  (Family trip to Monterey this weekend)

Well I hope life is good.  Klamath Falls is a blast.

Have a good week!

Love you guys!

Love,
Elder Perrine

I think this is one of my favorite emails so far.  He sounds so excited and motivated and happy.  Love it!



Crazy!!  Glad Kevin is a pretty good driver.  That was a tight squeeze.


Kevin doing what he does best ~ yard work!!


He thinks he is so cool!  :)








Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Klammath Falls - Week 8 (Transfers)

Hola Madre,

So this week has been fun!

Last P-day we played bball and we did some bowling.  Super fun!  Did that same thing today.  I'm getting better at bowling.

Did a lot of service this week.  It's so hot so it's not really fun haha.

Elder Hooker and I did made some music videos.  Pretty AWESOME!

SO since it's been so hot I've been taking a lot of cold showers and drinking slurpees. (No A/C)

I finally finished training!!!!  I have finally graduated!  SO awesome!

SO Transfers were today, so that's why I'm emailing so late.  Elder Fowler just got in.  He came down from Eugene.  Elder Hooker is now in Eugene.  I'm going to miss him but Elder Fowler seems like a fun guy.  I'm also now taking over the area.  I'm pretty nervous but it will be a challenge.

This week we had movie night and watched The Testaments.  The spirit was super strong.  It was all in Spanish too so that was fun haha.

Well email today is going to be short because of Transfers so sorry.

That's crazy you guys got chickens!  I helped the Galindos clip the wings on their chickens.  It was crazy haha.  That's funny I'm replaced by a chicken.  (Jesse named his chicken Kevin)

Hope you have a great week and emails will be better next week.

Yeah that pic is the one for my plaque.  I want Helaman 5:12 for my scrip.

I love you so much.

Tell everyone I say HI!!!

Love,
Elder Perrine


 Graduation Day!  What a dork.

 New companion ~ Elder Fowler
Transfer day silly pic

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Klammath Falls - Week 7

Hola Madre,

So another week gone by in the mission field.

I cut P.'s hair this week.  I'm a pro with the clippers now. I just shaved it with different numbers.  It looks fresh.  And one night this week I was sick of my hair and so was Hooker so we just cut it all off haha.  It's been sooooooooo hot!  (I can't believe he shaved off his hair!)

Met the Russell's this week.  (The new Mission President and his wife).  They came to Klamath Falls.  They are super cool.  I really like them already.  Sister Russell is super funny.  It's going to be fun getting to know them better.

Found a super cool decal sticker at this christian store here.  It's a pretty cool store.  The sticker says Real Men Love Jesus. haha.  I put it on my Journal.   It looks good.

So this week Elder Hooker hit a cat in the road.  We were headed home that night and the cat didn't move like we thought it would so we just ran it over and it made a big noise.  Then we saw it rolling around in the street and ran off.  Pretty sure it just died somewhere.  Hopefully it was just a stray.  There's a lot of those here. (Yikes!)

4th of July was super fun!  We did some fun service in the morning and then just hung out with members all day.  That's what we were told to do haha.  Then we had a big Branch BBQ at the B.'s house.  Super good food though.  Then we had to be home by 7pm.  Super lame!  But from our apartment, since we are so high up, we could see the big firework show that the city put on.

Sunday was really good.  The classes were super good and during fast and testimony meeting I got up and bore my testimony on the importance of the Sabbath day.  Sundays are always fun.

It has been way toooo hot here.  Hate it!  Especially since our apartment doesn't have A/C so at night I take cold showers.  Hopefully it cools down soon. Poor guy :(

Read this talk this week.  I remember it from General Conference.   It's a good story though.

Elder Edward Dube

While I was a boy working in the fields with my mother, she taught me one of the most important lessons in life. It was late in the morning, the sun was up, and we had been hoeing for what I thought to be a very long time. I stopped to look back at what we had accomplished and said to my mother, “Look at all we have done!” Mother did not respond. Thinking that she had not heard me, I repeated what I had said a little louder. She still did not reply. Raising my voice a little higher, I repeated again. Finally, she turned to me and said, “Edward, never look back. Look ahead at what we still have to do.”

My dear brothers and sisters, the covenant we made with the Lord when we were baptized, “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in” (Mosiah 18:9), is a lifelong commitment. 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf counseled, “Those who have entered the waters of baptism and received the gift of the Holy Ghost have set their feet on the path of discipleship and are charged to follow steadily and fully in the footsteps of our Savior” (“Saints for All Seasons,” Ensign or Liahona, Sept. 2013, 5). 

The Lord through His servants calls us to serve in various callings, which we accept with total commitment. When a release has been extended and a call in a different assignment has been issued, we joyfully accept it, knowing, as our forebearers knew, that “in the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how” (J. Reuben Clark Jr)

 (Look Ahead and Believe)

You should try writing my letters earlier hahahaha.  (I wrote him at 2:30 in the morning on Monday.  My family was in town for Brians baptism and left at 1:00am and that was the first time I had a chance to write him.)

We drive a Dodge Caravan. haha.  There's only a few vans in the mission.  They use them a lot during transfers.  There are Dodge Caravans, Jeep Compass, Chevy Cruize, Ford Fusion, Chevy Colorados, and some suburaru car.  Lots of different cars.  ( I asked him what kind of van he had because I had never seen missionaries driving in vans before.)

I hope you have a good week.

Tell everyone I say HI and that I love them.

Love You.

Love,
Elder Perrine

I miss this face!!
 Love that goofball!!
 4th of July party

This "plaque" is on the church building in Klammath Falls.  It lists all of the Article of Faith.
Pretty Cool!

Klammath Falls - Week 6

Hola Mom,

Este Semana pasado fue muy bueno.  Para estar en un mision es muy divertido y yo siempre tengo muchas experiencias.  (From what I understand it says, "This past week was very good. To be on a mission is very fun and I have many experiences.)

SO this week was pretty decent.  Lots of pics this week!

So Monday we had a Branch BBQ/ Swimming party.  I wish I could of gone swimming haha. Food was really good though and it was fun hanging with the Branch.

It rained a couple days this week.  The rain was nice.

Had a couple ice cream nights.  We have ice cream nights when the day isn't going well so we just go eat ice cream.  Yuummy!

An Elder went home this past week.  Elder A. has some kidney issues he has to get fixed before he comes back out.  Stupid kidneys! haha ( I agree.  Those darn kidneys)

Our van got hit this week also.  We were driving through a parking lot and some lady backed out with her big old truck didn't see us and hit the side of the van.  It's not too bad.  Personally I'd
just leave the dent but the church wants their cars perfect.

Had dinner at Sister Bennets restaurant again this week.  Bomb food like always.  (I notice he talks A LOT about food in his emails.  At least he is eating well)

SO this week during soccer my khaki pants finally gave out on me.  They ripped like two weeks ago and I fixed them and during soccer they completely ripped.  They are gonners now.  Time to burn them haha.  I went beast mode in soccer though.  Awesome goals!  (Such a humble man.  I asked him why he was playing soccer in his khaki's and he said that they can only change into shorts on P days.  There are a group of boys in the Branch that can only play on Saturday night so I guess he plays in his shirt and tie.  He doesn't care what he is wearing as long as he can play soccer.)

G. and his two sons came to church this week. Yayyyyy!!!  They are the ones we saw playing on the playground at the park one night.  He said he enjoyed church.  (I asked him about G. and it's good to hear he came to church.  He is their only investigator right now)

New Mission President is in now.  President and Sister Russell.  My zone is going to meet him Wednesday.  Should be fun!

Found this in my studies this week.  Ensigns are awesome! “To persevere means to maintain the ability to endure, to carry on, to continue in the same state without weakening or perishing. It is being able to go on in the face of pain, oppression, discouragement or suffering without being defeated.”

It has been said that strong men and women are like kites--they only rise higher when the winds of opposition come against them.

Remember that persevering in those things that matter usually requires constant effort. Over time, perseverance will bear the fruit we long to obtain. If our path has no obstacles, our progress will be limited.  Success has a price, and there is no choice but to pay that price in
order to obtain it.

Former U.S. president Calvin Coolidge said:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

How grateful I am that our Savior, Jesus Christ, endured to the end, fulfilling His atoning mission. He suffered for our sins, and because of His suffering, having “descended below all things” (D&C 88:6; see also 122:8), He understands our pains, depression, anguish, infirmities, and fears. He knows how to help us, encourage us, comfort us, and give us strength to persevere and obtain the crown that is reserved for those who endure.

(The Blessings of Perseverance)

President Uchtdorf said: “The Lord’s way is not to sit at the side of the stream and wait for the water to pass before we cross. It is to come together, roll up our sleeves, go to work, and build a bridge or a boat to cross the waters of our challenges.”

(We Are the Lord’s Hands)

Pretty Good week though!  Thank you for the cool tie.  I love ties!

Well I hope you have a great week. Tell everyone I say HI!

I love you so much!

Love,
Elder Perrine


He sent soo many pictures it was hard to pick which ones to post.  Here are some of my favorites.
 Must be one of his ice cream days
 He came across a car show and he liked this one.  It is pretty cool
 I sent him 4th of July decorations.  Glad he used them.
 Girl in the Branch getting baptized.
 BBQ Party at members house.
Just a cool pic!