Monday, October 13, 2014

Elder Mecham Returns with Honor

Elder Mecham returned home in July after finishing his two year mission in the England, London South mission.  Someday I will get on here and finish putting in the last 6 months of letters!  
Here are some of the photos from the day he returned.

Always Mum
The family (minus Jenna away at school)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

21 Lessons- Up from zero. I am a boss.

Hmmmm sooo no questions this week makes it a little difficult.  I like when you give me the list because it makes answering easier.   But I will see what i can conjure up. Well, big news is this, remember when we had 0 teaches that one week. Well this week we had 21. 21lessons up from zero.  I am a boss. That is a ton for RTW. (Royal Tunbridge Wells) I only hope we will see some of these people again and the will continue to listen to the messages we share.  We were able to go to see A--- again and his family on Tuesday with the ward mission leader. It was really good C---expressed interest in being baptised,  but then as I have come accustomed to, they didn’t come to church on Sunday.  I do feel there will be a baptism in the future..... (probably after I leave.)  I know.  That will really bum me out.  Depending on my next move I will not be able to attend if I am far away.  There hasn’t been a baptism in RTW for a long time so it will be a truly great thing.   Lately everyone has been telling me things like wow you don’t have any time left at all and I’m still like, Shut up already,  I have 6 months to go.  I have a quarter of my mission still infront of me, plenty of time to do what I am here to do…and then elder Poulino reminds me that it is now less than 6 months. Interesting how the times have changed, I used to be reminding my companions that they don’t have much time left and now I’m the one being reminded.  I can’t even really think that way though.  This is where I am and I don’t want to  be anywhere else so I don’t think much about the time or how long I have been here.  I now know why the elders who came to dinner didn’t like it when we asked them how long they had been out.  It isn’t because it makes you homesick it is because when you are on the latter part of your mission you don’t want to think about leaving..  Saturday we had to walk to Pembury from RTW and that’s like a good hour and a half and in the middle of it we just heard this super loud roaring sound and then it started hailing super bad.... I got a video but it’s too big to send it to you. When we got to our da  we were completely soaked.... I will try to send some photos It was super funny.  Yesterday we went to a member who is form china her name is Yong and her husband used to own a Chinese food restaurant so he taught us how to make food yesterday... probably the best food I’ve had. we had 4 different meals. Mushroom chicken, egg fried rice , chinese chicken soup, and some rotten bamboo soup. it was soooo goood. Yesterday was a good day at church too so in all it was a great day.  Oh also here is a quote for pres. Stolworthy that I created, “We will never know what Christ’s atonement can do until we recognise what Christ’s atonement saves us from..... understanding our own fall is of the greatest importance.... He can tinker with the wording if he wants, his wording will probably be better than mine. Also tell him thanks for all the hard work he does.   Being out here makes you realise all the work all the leaders do and how much they love those they serve.  As a missionary I have learned that service does help us to love others.  Before my mission,I never really understood how I could love people the way I do now.  It is a Christlike love that I know is a gift when we truly serve others.  Christ spent his entire life serving others and his love was so great that he died to atone for our sins.  Mine and everyone else’s.  As we serve others we  are able to in some way emulate His love and impart some of that love to them.  Have a great week. 

Love you all,

Elder Mecham
Awesome Family!

Great food

This is my 'hood'. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hi family,
This week was a special week. We have been teaching a kid named A----. He has all the general questions like where did I come from, why am I here, what happens when we die? He is 17. We have taught him the restoration and the plan of salvation extended a baptismal invitation and he said if he knows it’s true he will be baptized.  He is going to pray about it this week.  We have been working so hard with him and I hope this happens for him.  He is a young kid and this is just what he needs.  The problem is his parents don’t say much to us.  I think they feel the spirit when we are there, but we get concerned that they can just say no to him at any time.  We think they are fine with it since they let us in. Please pray for him this week.  I hope to have some good news next week when I write.  This area is hard and the rain makes it even harder.  I am grateful though for the challenges. I am sorry that I have not taken photos, but it’s been rainy outside and rain and cameras don’t mix and plus it’s hard to get to a good spot to take a picture in this area. Also one other thing before I forget. I cut my hair so I don’t look like superman anymore.  In the photo I did send, the soccer jersey I was wearing with cristal on the front was sent by Taygoe.  I told him thanks like a bajillion times.  I miss that kid.  I am looking forward to seeing him and all the others next year at school.  Everything is starting to wear down now. I am down to my last trousers and only have like 4 white shirts left. I’m starting to get old now, it’s crazy because elder Poulino  is newer and so he asks if I know some elders and he will mention them and I’m just like I have no clue who that is. I don’t have much time today.  I am sorry I don’t have much to say.  Next week I hope to be telling you about a baptism date for A-----.  Thank you for your prayers.

Elder Mecham

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

There is a God... but also aliens?

Hello family,

So this week was definitely better than last week.  We got to teach a few people and we had two dinners!  Our new Ward Mission leader is great and I think things might really start to happen now with him working with us.  Lots of knocking still but  we are doing great.   I just started the Book of Mormon again.  I have read the scriptures so much while I have been out here.  I am going to be like a scriptorian when I get back.  In gospel doctrine class I will be correcting the teacher all the time, “No brother, that is in verse eight.”  I will say stuff like that without even looking at my scriptures.  Ha No really, I will be able to quote verse without even checking .  I still want to sit by Moody’s pool with all the elders of our tribe and discuss things.  You and Dee will have to serve us lemonade. We did an exchange so I went down to the coast which was pretty cool. They have no baptismal dates but they teach like 8 lessons a day.  When I got there the day wasn’t planned too well so we didn’t do too much, which frustrated me But, we got several lessons in.  Funny story,  One was with this lady that I believe may have been drinking.  She couldn’t even hold the conversation properly but we kept trying to teach her.   I am not really sure we should have, but she did keep asking questions here and there. Here is the part that is kind of funny.  We taught her the restoration and gave her our number because she said she wanted to know more.  Then she called us 5 minutes later asking who it was. So that was an interesting exchange. We had zone training so we got to see all the missionaries in the zone. Times have changed so much the zone last year was really small and now it’s really big. I got my new glasses this week but I don’t think I have taken a picture with them.  We  got 4 new investigators this week... Well 2 of them dropped right away the next ones was a Christian lady who has 2 sons that have religious degrees and are preachers. That was an interesting teach. They argued over every single point in the restoration lesson. She told us she won’t read the Book of Mormon, but she said we can come back next Friday... The next is this 17 year old kid that has questions about aliens and stuff. He said he just looks at pictures of space and said that he doesn’t believe we are alone and that there is a God but also aliens. He said he would pray about the Book of Mormon.  It’s a start right?  I am hoping we can replace his alien ideas with some truth.  Time will tell. Not much else I am afraid.  Oh we did a big service project this week cleaning a member’s attic.  We wore hazmat suits sort of.  Attics are pretty gross.  Remember when Bret and I locked the girls in the attic.  Or the time we locked them in the closet.  I don’t know why the girls ever trusted us.  Ha.  I said I just started the Book of Mormon again.  I hope you are all reading it every day.  Thank you for telling me about Alec’s talk.


Elder Mecham
Cut my hair this week

Missionary Minion

Monday, January 6, 2014

Knock---slam, Knock---slam

Hola mi amigos,

Wait no.   I am in England.  Well cool email mum, I appreciate it and all the words of wisdom. This week was another really....... slow week . We lost contact with the H--- family so I don’t have much to say about that.  It was very upsetting that they are dodging us but we will keep at it and hopefully we can get them back on track. There is  not really much to talk about in general.  This week we had three teaches.  Two that we came across after knocking doors.  We were happy they agreed to have us in and had us share a five minute message before saying that they were not interested. The third lesson was with an recent convert that was baptized last year. We enjoyed visiting with him but otherwise the week was hard, hard, hard . Knock--- slam. Knock--- slam. The weather has been poor. Windy and rainy so when we are outside which is basically all day every day, we just get soaked. I think I am building quite a stoic personality, especially now. I am following Elder Wirthlin’s advice, ‘come what may and love it.’  I have some pretty good mission stories about this and that will show some of the other kid’s children that I am the coolest uncle.  That probably goes without saying though. 

 The biggest and best news this week…We finally got a ward mission leader... our ward mission leader went back home to America the first week I was here and we finally got a new one called so that could and should help us moving forward now. I am really hopeful that this changes things in the ward with missionary work.  Your stories from San Miguel make me jealous, but of course with Dad as the WML things are great for your Elders.  I am not complaining, but we just have had little help from the ward because there is no one in the calling, not because of anything else.  Well let’s see all the things I can think about writing are for the things upcoming but then next week I won’t have anything to write so this week will just have to lack.  I am hoping to have some amazing tales to tell next week. I can tell you what we did every day this week though.... Got up and do everything in our individual morning routine then have companion study time. At ten go outside and it is raining and we just start knocking doors.  No takers. Come back at 2 and have lunch get back out and it’s still raining but now with an added twist, a flare of wind, and we proceed to try and contact formers.  None are home or they don’t live there anymore. More rain more wind. We finish the days with dinner at 8... it isn’t too bad and it’s not meant to be depressive or anything.  In fact it is great and if I spend all my days here doing this then that is what I do.  Missionary work is not easy (and it is not dry. At least here it isn’t.) I heard something interesting in testimony meeting on Sunday...It was a great meeting.  One of the members got up, (a brother) to share his testimony and basically said, “Don’t worry that your path in life is more difficult than other people’s paths.”  I thought it was similar to the mission... other people might have an easier mission or a harder one but in the end everyone serves 2 years and all so we all have done the Lord’s work for Him.  ... I can’t really say what exactly he said but it is basically that we were made to be different and have different experiences.  I equated that to missions.  I was reading D and C 18:15 and think this speaks to that idea. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father.


Alright I  have to go now so ciao.  And Happy New Year. 

 Love, Elder Mecham

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Talking to you guys on Christmas was simple the best.

Christmas morning before leaving the flat

Talking to you guys on Christmas was simply the best.  I enjoyed every minute even with a little bit of skype trouble.  That stinks for the Moody’s that Mary has a no skype rule.  I am sure Dee hates that rule.   Well it was probably one of the longest weeks in my entire mission. The holidays were most excellent and I was so geared up  to do missionary work but we have been meeting one roadblock after another.  The whole week just slumped and died basically. We had 0 teaches this week.  It really was that slow. I was dying!   That is the first time I had 0 teaches in my mission. Everyone was just too busy or in such a rush that nothing happened and ended up just walking from street to street trying to do all the work possible. We stopped by former investigators that said to come by in mid-January and we even went to less active members and they said come back in Mid January as well.  It wasn’t like any bad happened this week it was just that nothing happened this week in terms of missionary work.  That makes for long weeks and feeling pretty bad about it all.  I am hoping the new Year will bring about changes.  We did get to meet some cool members of the ward though and getting to know them should help our efforts in the work. Christmas was like 50 million times better than anything though and I loved talking to the family.  So after I skyped you all we played monopoly and had dinner.  I won monopoly. I remember loving that game when I was a little kid and I still love that game now.  The packages were great as well I have so much sweets and chocolate. I think everyone will like the Christmas packages I am sending home.

Uh oh, here comes the weather news.  (See I told you it's that slow.  I am like and old man talking about weather) Most of our area is flooded and all the trains and buses are cancelled because of the big storm that came. Everyone had fences and stuff that were blown over. Remember I told you that we were supposed to do exchanges on Friday but the trains were cancelled. Luckily Royal Tunbridge Wells is on a hill so this town isn’t flooded but everywhere around us is. We find out tomorrow morning if we are moving or not. I think I am staying. 

I was thinking this week it is the  New Year. I have not set foot on American soil for the entire year. Have not heard the new music or seen a new film.  I have not done a lot of things that most 20 year olds do during their twentieth year, but I wouldn’t change a thing.  I have spent all of 2013 in the service of the Lord and my fellow man.  Not much can top that.  I guess I should make it my resolution to continue that after my return.  What a world it would be if everyone served the Lord and their fellow man.  Utopia I think is what it’s called.   But that is all for now... looks like it will be another stormy week seeeeyaaaaaaaaa!


Elder Mecham out for 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Now that Marleice and Mike are married they have officially become Mike and his wife.

So the H---- are that family that came to church, but on Sunday only the dad A-----and his 2 oldest boys came C----- who is 10 and R----- who is 6. so N-----stayed with L----- who is 10 weeks.   The dad also said she went out shopping doing all the last minute adjustments for Christmas. I am working as hard as I can to get this family together .  I  know that baptism is in their future for the mom.   We had a nativity done by the primary in sacrament it was so funny because there isn’t a lot of kids in the primary, and the primary kids are always funny. It was wonderful really and it reminded me of our days as nativity actors at the annual party at the Stutz’ house.  How I dreaded every year with you and Dee saying, Joey and Mary are obviously  Joseph and Mary.  Seriously.  The only thing worse was your Joey the red lipped reindeer song.  I’m glad that Mike and his wife stayed with you. Now that Marleice and Mike are married they have officially become Mike and his wife.  Marleice will forever be know as  Mike's wife or Fabrizio's lady or Breezy's girl, she lost her name I think. Similar to you and how you are my mom  and everyone calls you Joey's mom. Well now everyone is going to call Marleice Mike's wife... especially because he is on the lacrosse team and is a star.  Funny how that goes.  I wonder if she was on ateam and he wasn’t if it would be he’s Marleice’s husband.  Hmmmmm?  I am glad Mike is looking forward to our return.  I look forward to it too, but honestly it is not what I think about right now.  It will be great though. The photos of them with Flat Elder Mecham were great, but I look broken in those.  Did I rip or something? I got one box with BYU tape on it from the family but wasn’t sure if that was it or if there is more because the office had all my boxes on the bottom of this huge pile because I wasn’t supposed to go to the temple on Tuesday.   We were supposed to go on Thursday but elder Harrison was leaving so we went on Tuesday.  How perfect is the temple by the way.  I cannot wait to go with Dad.  I want to do a temple trip with Dad and Bret before he goes out to his mission.  I also can’t wait for ward temple days where you just go one session after another.  It is like the single best way to spend a few hours.  I know you guys go a lot, but go more.  Like every week at least twice.  I got to see elder Munson at the temple so you can ask his mom for pictures because I think he took quite a few. Elder Lythgoe's dad, elder Lythgoe  (haha he is a missionary too, get it)emailed me.  What a great guy.  He also sent me some cat pics.  So sick.  I am so going to write sister Bertha please tell her, when I get some  time. She sent me more mail. She is great and also my arch nemesis sister Edgel  sent me mail.  How she loves to hate me.  Haha  She cracks me up.  I got a package from Selina, and the Ash family and the Lythgoe's and I got more mail from bishop and the Garretts .  The package from Sister Ash was fantastic.  Reading the testimonies of my friends and the messages they sent was wonderful.  When I think of all of us spread out all over the world I think of the passage in the book of Alma that says God is mindful of all of his people in whatever land they might be in.  It is Alma 26:37 if you want to look.  Well that is it,but I will see you in a couple days.... literally.  I know I will talk to you on Christmas but I want to tell you that I am doing great and am always aware of your prayers for me.  I am grateful for this time of year and am shocked by how quickly the time is passing.  Merry Christmas to all those I love.  Or should I say, Happy Christmas and sound like a true Brit!

Elder Mecham