Monday, January 28, 2013

Leaving Croyden

So we are allowed one hour on Monday to write emails to President and what have you. But he only told me that I was going to be moved with an elder who is going home soon. Before the interview he asked if I could drive and I said that I had an American license and he said 'oh good well we will need to get you an English one now' and then told me we would talk about it in our interview. But at the end of the interview I asked him about driving and he just responded 'notice how I won’t answer your question' My deductive reasoning skills tell me that I will be moved to an area with a car and to an area where a missionary will go home soon... I have some ideas but nothing of full knowledge. I’m guessing oxford or the west. But we will see what happens. How much weight did dad really lose? Does he exercise at all? He should. That’s good for Bret. That was a good writing from Hayden. I appreciated it. It’s very similar to a mission. Where does he do this writing? Is it a blog? Does Lythgoe have a blog by the way? I want to read his stuff. He sounds like he is doing well from our email convos? Today we will be having exchanges so I will stay in Croydon today with elder Perry my zl for today. I just planned a ton of member visits so I can say bye to everyone. This ward was awesome and the Tucker family was awesome. We played colored eggs, which is a family game of theirs and it’s a lot of fun. It is going to be interesting to be leaving Croydon. First because it is my first area and I know it so well, I know where to go and where not to go I can give directions to people and stuff like that and secondly because it’s a part of London so it’s an actual city. Coming from Las Vegas to Croydon was an easy transition because most city people are the same, always in a rush, big jobs and big shopping. But not all of the mission is like London. And thirdly is because it’s all I know. How you do missionary work in Croydon will be a lot different than other places in England. Because I spent a quarter of my mission here I feel like I have done what I needed to do here and it’s time to move on. It will be interesting to see where I end up. I want to share this with you- One thing that has been constantly in my mind is the 'five people theory' in which everyone is connected to everyone in the world somehow by at most 5 people. I just picture it as everyone being tiny little spiders and we run a single web line through someone else web every time we meet someone new. I picture my spider (a very in shape spider with huge biceps) just going through other peoples web and stuff. But the more I thought about it the more my one webstrand does. When you look at it closely my strand can either benefit and strengthen someone’s web or completely destroy and make weak the other persons web. All from one tiny little encounter. The influence one person can make from a tiny little event or greeting can change someone’s web forever. But from the big picture you are just merely having small encounters everyday that form the giant web that we all call LIFE. The best spiders are the ones that give that strongest webstrands not the ones that have the biggest web. I hope I am helping others to strengthen their webs. That’s all today. I will write when I can about where I am. Elder Mecham

Monday, January 21, 2013

Can you start working on the paper work to hyphenate my name to elder Mecham-Tengberg i think that suits me.

This week was alright, it snowed so that is awesome because it creates some proper fun. If we were walking anywhere I would always have a snowball in hand to throw. Elder Martins doesn’t really like snow and I found out why.... he has trouble with snowballs, making and throwing. But it’s so funny because I always walk behind him so I am always throwing snowballs and it gives me the opportunity to tell kids to throw snowballs at him which is super funny because he thinks it’s me but turns around and all these little kids are just hitting him with snowballs and I just start laughing well hard. Sometimes he doesn’t like it but everyone around us is always laughing and smiling when I throw snowballs so he gives in and joins the fun. He is a good guy. Sometimes I even throw them at the kids across the street... which sounds immature here but it isn’t... ok maybe a little but it’s a very small missionary moment when you show people that Mormons are allowed to have fun. I Concerning the Tengberg family have Brady stay with me and Harrison and Max. I don’t know where but wherever we are he should be too... as long as we can remove Mary for at least an hour a week to have some brooo time and hopefully Brady gets a proper job and can take care of me... I figured Brady is too nice to say no and I would be honored to be in a Tengberg family photo. Can you start working on the paper work to hyphenate my name to elder Mecham-Tengberg i think that suits me. Also two of the most important questions I forgot to ask Shardae... does she like kats and is it alright if I have more than 3? I already know what I want to name them! Zeus, who will be and all white Siamese, Hades who will be an all-black Siamese and then Ares who will be a super energetic Bengal. And then others like Aphrodite and Hermes and Apollo and Poseidon. I hope she likes Greek gods as kats!. I will let her name exactly one. Things are good, the work is hard right now. We are just tracting and tracting without a lot of success. But it is what we do and so I will just continue on. . I think it is time for me to move out of Croydon. I spent a quarter of my mission here. I don’t know if it’s because nothing is progressing at the moment so I want to move or if it’s because I just want to be out of my first area and get to explore a different area. I do like Croydon and the ward here is the best. They’re all awesome. I hope we see more success soon. So I can’t really concentrate on this letter there is this guy next to me who won’t stop coughing its literally I just did a segment of his coughing... haha) Remember that story I told you with me going to court and such? well I just a letter from London saying that they have dropped my case... it pays to be a missionary... it’s a little depressing that the city of London has written to me more letters than some of my friends... haha I don’t have any cool stories or anything funny this week because every day we have just been tracting. I will just send you some pictures for this week. Elder Mecham- love you all

Monday, January 14, 2013

Saturday's Baptism

Baptism day!

I met a Nepalese bro and got to actually say ‘namaste’ and bow to him and he did the exact same thing back. Once in a lifetime opportunity right there.

Where will Robert Pike and Garret W go on their missions?
1. That is great!  I think Robert will go somewhere in the deep south. And I think Garrett will go to Peru. Or another country in South America.

How was the baptism?  Was there a baptism?
2. It was good... photo attached. I am so happy for his family.

Where are my photos?
3. Sister Tucker said I could give my card to her and she could upload them to the same place you got the last photos so you could download them from there... or I can send it home... which one?

Who did you want me to add to your blog?
4. Whoever else has gone... I don’t know, can you find out?

What are you reading this week?
5. Luke

6. I got a postcard of the Cayman Islands from Anne Capener

7. Some good lip chap. Not bacon flavour

Elder Martins?
8. He is doing fine.  We are good.

Do you ever get to use your sticks?
9. Yes kind of.

So not much happened this week.... SYKEEEEE.. O..... got baptized and his mom and brother were well excited.  They are great and this is good for their family. He was nervous too.(me too) It was funny. Everything went well except it was supposed to start at noon and only the family and us were there. Then like 10 past a ton of people showed up it was very good and a good experience for all there. But really other than the baptism it has been a fairly down week. It just started to get super cold again, it snowed this morning and is supposed to snow heavy tonight and tomorrow night as well. We taught two Portuguese people but while we are there I have no idea really how it is  going because they speak in Portuguese but from body language and facial expressions I was assuming it went well. Elder Martins fills me in on how it’s going. We have no investigators that we see regularly now. That bites. Most days we just try to visit less active and contact all day. Everyone always asks if we are Jehovah’s witnesses. I don’t have much to write in this email because after the baptism we have nothing. No new people to teach so no funny or uplifting stories. The people we do teach are Portuguese so I can’t even understand. It’s kinda nice though just sitting back and listening to Portuguese and just feeling the spirit of it. I pick up on the little words that the say that have been taught to me. It’s well funny when they speak the little English they can to me because sometimes I don’t even realise that they are speaking English so I kind of just blankly stare at them and just look at them like 'you know I don’t speak Portuguese stop being foolish' look. It’s a good time. It reminds me of when in anchorman Ron Burgundy is talking to his dog Baxter and Baxter barks Spanish and Ron says. " Baxter you know I don’t speak Spanish. English!" That’s the only way I can put it.

I wish I could go on the atkins diet. It sounds like a proper man’s food diet. And I have been deprived of a delicious grilled steak. The missionary budget isn’t the most accommodating for whole foods. I have turned into a Michael Weston of sorts. I eat a ton of yogurt now. Sometimes I will crumble my chocolate into the yogurt and just eat it like so. Yogurt has now quickly become the staple of elder Mecham’s food source... and it is pretty cheap. So it all works out. Anyways sorry for the lame letter. No proper experience has really happened lately other than the baptism which was proper.

I am though going to make a quote book. A book of all the quotes I have thought up throughout the mission. So far I have two. I’m looking to make millions. Here is one that I have come up with that has been fairly applicable this week. "Opposition creates optimistic opportunities". But it’s true. If everything went perfect there wouldn’t be any proper optimism because everything would already be good. If someone was to ask me if the last week was rough I would blatantly say numbers don’t lie. We had like 4 teaches. But it had a lot of happy moments in it. Number one of course being the baptism. That was a great event. Another lesser being that I remembered a full song that I have been trying to remember forever now. The other being that I met well dope Portuguese people. Another being that I met a Nepalese bro and got to actually say ‘namaste’ and bow to him and he did the exact same thing back. Once in a lifetime opportunity right there. Another being this sick kid I met named J. Another is finding out that Ryan Gosling is in another movie, called gangsters (something). Ryan gosling isn’t going to be an actor forever you know. And to cap it all off I got word from you my Patriots are going to the AFC championship game after wrecking the Texans... Can you rub that in Brad and Ana Garrets face please... because the Steelers didn’t even make it into the playoffs.. haha... So whoever says that the bad times out number the good times on their mission are wrong. All the good things for them were based on numbers like baptisms and teaches. Which is a righteous thing. But if that’s all that matters then England would be a miserable mission and I would have to ask to be sent to south America. so yes it was rough, but it was a happy week, a great week, for O and his family it was a life changing week.  It reminds me of lacrosse. I play lacrosse because it’s fun and I like it but it has some of the worst memories tied to it. But at the same time it has the best  and te most memorable. Ya, we lost to CSU = bad but every day after practice you get to chill at the canc or Gandolfos with some of the best people in the world.... proper... so the good things always outnumber the bad if you let them. signing off.

Joey- love you all

Monday, January 7, 2013

Like yea it’s cold but not super freezing. You do however, get soggy pockets when it rains...


This week was pretty dang good. The baptism for O....... is set for this Saturday.  Oh ya!! He is the nine year old we have been working with.   Unfortunately, the other two baptismal dates have been dropped. The girl that we teach is nice but a very slow learner and she doesn’t really understand a lot of things. We have taught her about Joseph Smith like 6 times. And the next day when we ask her who he is she always says I don’t know I have never even met him. Who is he? It is ridiculously frustrating. It kind of reminds me of the film with Adam Sandler called 50 first dates. That is the situation I am dealing with. I feel like I need to make her a video of what we taught her and give it to her every morning.

Anyways I started to read the New Testament about 4 days ago and I am finished with Matthew. I can’t study when I hop around from place to place. I need to read stuff through... I wasted (well not wasted) about the first 4 months of my mission hopping around from place to place... I do better if I read right through and go in order. I have finished the book of Mormon again. The Old Testament will be soon. I am also learning all sorts of languages or phrases in languages. I know how to say “Hi, how are you?" in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Afrikaans, Swedish, Ghanaian (twi), in Delta,  Urabai, Arabic or whatever the Indians speak, in English and in mine own way. Oh and of course good old Chinese. It comes in handy when you stop someone on the street. Midway through talking with them we will talk about the book of Mormon and I will just ask where they are from and if they are from a place that has one of those languages I will ask them how they are doing. And they just automatically love you and adore you. Because elder martins can speak Spanish and Portuguese we always try to spot the Portuguese houses. Sunday night we had 2 teaches with different Portuguese families. It was funny because all I did was sit there and smile... (ok, and maybe watch a little Portuguese tele.) Man the television is super distracting. I can’t even understand what they are saying let alone with the tv on. Every once in a while I will ask what they just asked or said but not too much... the families just look at me and make fun of me and laugh. But I can’t really tell when they do it because they won’t look at me when they are doing it... so normally I just ask what everyone is laughing about and that’s how I find out. It’s well kool.

We met this Ghanaian guy who was just super excited that we started talking to him... turns out he use to investigate the church with his wife and daughters. But for some reason the elders stopped visiting them. So we set up a teach with them on Saturday it should be proper... the wife seems really funny. She wants me to marry one of her daughters. She just said that right away... she said “ohhh one you’re very handsome young man and you’re tall my daughter will love you you should marry her.”   Maybe that’s why the elders stopped visiting them? I have come to the conclusion that it really isn’t that cold here now and that everyone just exaggerates. Like yea it’s cold but not super freezing. You do however, get soggy pockets when it rains... the other night I couldn’t even tell that it was rainy like you couldn’t see any rain drops or anything but miraculously you were still getting stung with the rain.... it’s not like the elder Bertha rain that he describes in Brazil where it’s just a tremendous downfall of water... it’s just like tiny tiny droplets that come down so hard that you can’t even see them.... like a mister of sorts... it’s odd.... anyways not much is happening really so I guess that is all for this week... وداعا ,totsiens, zbogom (teddy ferrin should like that one) selamat tinggal (Johnson) שלום ,afscheid (ellsworths) addio, Moce (Pat Matheson should appreciate that)

So, can you paint over Bret’s room now? Just make it a boring old person color... we aren’t kids now. Millie just wanted the queen size bed because Jenna is only there half the time and she will leave in a couple months! Can you hang up all my jackets as well? Anyways I feel like I spent a ton of money this past week.... mainly because I have…uh oh! But the January sales are awesome here. Kind of like home. I just bought a sick uk suit... more specifically a team great britain suit... the ones that they wore in the Olympics. And then I got all my suits tailored to the English approvement. Everyone in the mission regards me as the fashion elder... its proper. Elder Fawson my zone leader always calls and asks if he should buy this and that because he is going home soon. So I am his fashion adviser.... I wouldn’t mind doing that as a side gig for the models of the world.... I just need to wear vnecks and turtle necks and gel my long hair back and wear sunglasses inside. Now that would be the life.

Another thing, It has been established in our ward that I like fufu. Sister Sackey has made it for us mama Vega has made it for us sister Dianna has made it for us and Selina took us to a Ghanaian restaurant to eat it... Poor elder Martins he can’t handle spicy food... I just have to laugh at him when he struggles with the spicy food. Sorry Elder.   I love spicy food. Except that one time I killed myself with the habanero and it burned a hole in my stomach and I was throwing up some blood and then passed out on my room floor.

 You should tell Zack D.  to email me... I would love to hear from him. Ha Tank has to deal with all the little munchkins now....Sam and Justin are enough to handle, then you add in Bret and that’s just too much... tell Tank hello for me. I guess the glory days are behind me, oh well memories shall suffice.