Monday, November 25, 2013

We are about as bad as kittens.


That package was hilarious. I made the ‘Thanksgiving dinner’ except I opened the package and I didn’t know it was all for that so I gave the pringles to a sister in my district because she loves them. So I had the dinner without mashed potatoes. It was still pretty good. I asked sister Millar if i could wear the turkey hat and she said no, so rules are rules. I liked that lip chap that you sent me. So thank you for the package. I will make sure to send some pictures for you. This week was cold and rainy I had to wear my winter jackets. Not too much work is actually happening in this area, it’s pretty dead. No one is really interested right now and it doesn’t help that it is dark by 4:30.  The people here are mostly elderly so they think that we hooligans out on th street past dark.  It is kind of funny at times because we are like the exact opposite of holigans.  I couldn’t be less hooliganish.  Remember when Johnson and I got stopped walking at night by police officers.  We were like, “nope, we are not thug types at all.  Here we were I am about to leave on my mission and he just got home and the cops are taking their time talking to us.  We were like, “no, you guys could seriously use your time better than this. We are about as bad as kittens.” So anyhow,  past 4:30 and missionary work is impossibly hard and it’s like this never ending circle of we can’t knock past 4 and the people don’t get home from work until 6. So this area has its fair share of hiccups. There isn’t much as missionaries that we can do really in a situation like this... normally we would try to schedule all our appointments for after 4 but we have no one to schedule appointments with so that’s another circle. so a lot of the time it is just doing street contacting and even then its dark outside and the area is posh so they don’t really have street lights so we look really scary to people. Most people have cars so they aren’t outside in the first place, another circle.... So there are all these tiny little circles that never end until it gets a bit brighter at night time really.  I just read that and it sounds horrible.  It isn’t I just say it by way of explanation.  I don’t want you to think I am not happy.  I am .  I am working hard too.  Sometimes it is a bit challenging is all. On the bright side, we are trying to visit all the former investigators. My companion is pretty funny so it makes time go by a little easier. We had interviews with president on Friday which was nice.He is agood guy and I always enjoy talking to him.   The train we had to take to get to Orpington, where the interviews were, broke down so we had to hop on a train they told everyone to get on and it went right past Orpington station and straight to London. When we got to London and had to take the train back to Orpington..... It was an adventure.  I tried to  talk to very one on the train.  Hoping I could drum up some work.  It used to be so unnatural for me to talk to people, now it’s easy.  Anyhow, I  like this area but it is pretty difficult.  I was reading in the book of Mormon in Mosiah about how the sons of Mosiah went to preach to the Lamanites.  It could not have been easy. I mean it had to have been hard so I guess I will just have to remember that sometimes what is hard is what we need.  I hope and pray for success. 

Elder Mecham

Monday, November 11, 2013

GO BYU


Nov 11

Ya Ya Go BYU! All the pictures were sick! How did the team look? Pretty good? It is good you were talking with Hayden. Sounds like his talk was excellent.  You always love his talks Mum. I have super short time today and have a bunch to do.  We do a lot of service so we are busy with it.  I got an email from the Lythgoes! That was sick. I get sister Bertha’s letters every week but the problem is that our zone leaders don’t go to the temple every week so I get them maybe once a month and then I never know which one to write back about because she already sends me two more by the time I get her last 4. Her letters are the great. So like i said moves are on Wednesday but I find out where I am moved tonight. I am pretty certain  I am going because I have already been here for over 6 months.  The next moves is on the day after Christmas so I heard that no one is really moving on that day so it’s either now or in February. We are excited for Thanksgiving which may or may not be cool depending on who I am with.  Here it is just another day, but some folks try to make it special for us.  We will see.  I have to go though.  Sorry for the dull letter.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pray for the people to soften their hearts


On the  13th of November moves happen. I know I am going because I have been here training for a long time and now Elder Morales will get his follow up trainer.  I have really enjoyed training and think I have been pretty good at it.  I am patient with him as he has learned the language and I think that has been very good for him.  I like serving with him a lot, but I know it is time for a change.  Dad told me BYU comes to Las Vegas soon. Let me know how that goes.  So on to the week…the zone leaders had a baptism on Friday.  It was great.  We don’t get to see too many so when we have them they are always very uplifting and bring a lot of joy to the mission.  Antony and Ashley went to that and they took us to get some pizza. They are a great family in this area. They also bought a little kitten a few weeks ago so you know how I am about that.  I miss the cats.  Don’t worry I will get several upon my return. Meow meow meow.  That means, ‘I am the cat man’, in cat language.   Hey are your friends coming for Christmas, are you going to give the box to them or are you shipping it? Just give it to the mission office either way.  I think that will be easiest for you and honestly you don’t have to send anything at all.  I don’t need it so please don’t feel like you have to spend on me.  I have way too much. you need to upload my other letters that I have sent.  Queston told me his mom found a place that prints blogs into books and I want my blog in a book so I can put it in a cardboard box of mission memorabilia and put it in my attic. Then when I am old my children and their children can read about old papa Mecham and his glory days.   I heard about the Sox. That’s pretty wicked. Too bad I missed it,but there will be a lifetime more when I get home. I bet Blake is dying that he missed it as well, we would have just been on espn that whole week if we were at the Y still. Ha.   I do still plan on Med school yes, so I will talk with Zech when I retrun.  It is hard to think of life after the mission now though.  Sorry if I don’t answer your questions about the post mission life like you would like.  As for med school in Boston, I would like that too.  I plan on living there and having a home in Connecticut and home in soCal. That way when people try to book a surprise visit to me in New England I will book a surprise trip to cali.... I am still aloner .  Pretty sick getaway plan huh.

Not much else to report.  I am sure you are dying mum when you read the letters of my friends who have nothing but news of one baptism after the next.  It kills me too, but I am here for a reason.  Pray for the people here to soften their hearts.

Elder Mecham