Family, Isn’t It About Time?

Not very many things happened this week. We are still walking everywhere because we are running super low on miles. When we have to walk we only walk like 6-7 miles a day though. Not too bad. The only bad part is the humidity. It is starting to get really, really bad. That should make for a fun summer…. luckily I will still have a car!

Speaking of which… I am not getting transferred! I will still be in Terryville for at least 6 more weeks. My new companion will be the District Leader. I will meet him tomorrow. Should be fun.

Wanna know the worst thing in the world? When we have a full day planned out, and then everybody calls and cancels. All 3 appointments canceled… We ended up walking a lot that day. Ahhh…

We are trying to be more creative in our finding activities. If anyone has ANY ideas to meet new people, please tell me. Knocking doors is just not effective.. or fun. So we go up to the Port Jeff Ferry at nights! We set up a table with some stuff on it, and just talk to people. It gets pretty busy up there at night. One day when we were first setting stuff up, a little kid came up to me. He just stared at me. So I was nice to him, offered him a Book of Mormon, and he took it! He ran away with it. I watched him and he gave it to his dad! That was pretty cool.

That same night I saw this Chinese guy taking pictures of the sunset. His name was Enoch (pronounced E-knock) So I just started talking to him about photography and what not! Of course the conversation led to religion. He wasn’t a religious person, but he was “A Follower of Christ”. He didn’t believe in religion at all. We still had a good nice conversation. For once, there was no yelling or anything involved as we both explained our beliefs to each other. I was shocked that we weren’t arguing! Finally a new type of New Yorker! Wrong. Turns out he was from California… ha! Before he left he asked me if he could pray for me! He put his hand on my shoulder, took my right hand and prayed for me. Right in the middle of everyone. It was a dang cool experience.

Remember that whole experience that I will tell you about AFTER my mission? Well it is getting more complicated… But on the bright side I met our Area Authority! Elder Olsen came to the Terryville ward. That is a story by itself though…

I have been thinking this week. I know. Shocker. But with it being fathers day I got to thinking. I really wish I would have spent more time with the family before I left. Yes. I know mom. You were right. I get it. Sheesh. Anyways! I really wish I could just hang out with you guys right now and play a board game… Or something that seems lame! I just want to spend time with you guys. Which made me realize how important the family unit is!! My advice to everyone is to go spend time with your family. Order a pizza, watch a movie, etc. Who cares! Just spend some time together. Therein lies happiness. So my message to my family? Keep your “planners” open in February of 2015! Its gonna be a party. Until then, I have work to do. And lots of it. I love you all.

Stay the course!!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!

Temples, Fathers and some lessons learned….

So much has happened this week. This should be a lengthy email… bear with me!

Last P-day we met up with our whole zone for an activity! We played kickball at the Riverhead church. It started pouring rain, but we still played anyways! We were all soaked, but had a good time. I love all the missionaries out here.

President Calderwood is starting to enforce yet another rule! Which only means more blessings to follow. We have a real, set, mileage restriction now. It didn’t really matter before I guess, but it does now! We are only allowed 1600 miles a month. Which is going to be very difficult on the island out here. We have started walking places now. We were already at 800 miles on the 10th, so we have cut way down! It only takes 1 and a half hours to walk to the church at least! So thats not too bad. Its 5 miles away.

I had the chance to go to the temple again!! We were on an exchange, and went with the spanish branch. I had to wake up at 4:21 that morning though… I was so tired. It was amazing because I still had the energy to work hard the rest of the day even though I barely slept. Blessings are real!! I also made it a goal to visit tons of temples after my mission! I love going to the temple.

I met the “Mormon Weird Al”! He is originally from the Terryville ward. He has three cd’s that he gave me of his songs. They are all parodies of popular songs! He sings about missionary work, and mormon stuff. Super awesome. I am going to try and email some songs home for Tam to put on my blog? You might be able to look him up somewhere, the real group is called “They Might Be Elders”. That made my day! His name is Steve Nunez actually. He lived in Orem! Glen Mella was his bishop when he was down there. He lived at Wolverine Crossing. There was also another family that moved into the ward! The “Elldriges” or something? She said I looked familiar. And said she might know Kristi from Orem Jr? I don’t remember her maiden name. Small world though eh?

I have been learning A LOT lately. Mainly by experience… haha. We had two investigators who were supposed to be baptized by now! Guess what? No baptisms. The sisters investigator couldn’t get baptized… That is one of those things I will just have to tell you about AFTER the mission… Yeah. But Mike couldn’t get baptized yet, we are still working with him. Hopefully that will happen soon. Remember how I was heavy on the whole “The mission isn’t all about baptizing” thing? Yeah well I felt like a failure for not baptizing as much as I expected. I really did learn my lesson this time!! This mission is going to continue to be hard for me. Its to prepare me for my future. To be a better leader in the church. Whether that be in an actual position of leadership, or just a leader by example. It is preparing me to become a better father. This mission is changing me. Even if I didn’t baptize anyone, I am satisfied knowing that this mission is to change me so that I can help other people for the rest of my life. Pretty cool stuff.

Speaking of fathers! I have also learned a lot from bad examples of fathers. I don’t want to get into the details, but I have seen some really ugly stuff. For instance the NYPD came to our pad this last week for our neighbors, etc. I don’t ever want to be anything like that. I want to be the best dad ever. I am glad I had such a good example to me my whole life. My dad is awesome. Even if he has a dry sense of humor…  Not only has my dad been an amazing example, I am grateful to know that I have a Father In Heaven! Fatherhood is done right when a father mirrors his Heavenly Father to his children. Something to remember. Shout out to all you dad’s out there! Especially mine.

Elder Lee

Come what may, and LOVE it.

P.S. Go to the temple once a month. Seriously. Do it.

Spiders, Tropical Storms, and a Jewish Prophecy.

First of all. The mission is a roller coaster of emotion. One day is super easy, lovin life… the next… well you know!  Can’t really get into too many details. But! I am still trying to handle things the best that I can.

So I never told you this but the past few weeks I have been in a battle. Seriously. One day I woke up, got in the shower, and there he was…. Just staring at me. The infamous spider. I may have freaked out inside a little bit. I tried to kill him, and he fought back. Managed to escape. I had no idea where he went. Fast forward a few days. I saw him again!! The nerve of that guy…. Sheesh. Of course he slipped his way out of death yet again… Fast forward to 3 days ago!! I saw him. Snuck up on him, and sadly… had to end his life. He had to go! There was no other choice. I am just hoping this has been the same spider the whole time, or we have an infestation on our hands…

Last friday we got hit with a tropical storm! It poured allllll day long. It came up from Florida I guess? It seriously didn’t stop raining all day. Everyone wanted to call it a day… but not on the Lord’s watch!! I made sure to motivate everyone to keep going. We were soaked to the bone. That is when we had an interesting experience. Sooner or later I knew this was going to happen… I am getting ahead of myself. We were looking up less active members. We found this guy who was in his garage… He invited us in! That was new. Showed us his house and such! Nice place. Then it happened. His gay partner came out and they got in a little… quarrel you could say. Eventually they told us to leave, and we just laughed the whole time. Crazy world. Nothing against gay people, just a funny situation.

One of the highlights has to be Sharon. She also was nice to us, and likes to talk. A lot. She is Jewish, and told us some interesting things! She told us of an instance she had with some guy… He walked up to her and started writing notes to her. Calling her by name. And then he prophesied some disasters to happen in the future. She claims that almost all of them have happened so far! She then told us about New York. I guess something is going to happen in New York next year? She was told to leave immediately when she sees all of the birds flying into the high rises….. So when you hear about that on the news let me know? Because I will be oblivious to it all!!! Yayy!! She also claimed to be able to for-see people’s deaths… As we were leaving to drive away she said “Drive safe!” we said thanks, and she said… “No really… drive safe. You can’t control what other people do”…. Uhh…

Oh gotta love New York! There isn’t anything like it!! Transfers are in 2 weeks. Elder Tingey will  be leaving for Bermuda! And who knows what will happen with me… I will let you know as soon as I do! I have been with Elder Tingey for almost 4 and a half months. That is a long time, in case you were wondering. Love him though! It will be sad to see him go.

Love you all!! Go jump in a pool for me.

Elder Sean Lee
Come what may and Love it!

Keep On Truckin!

Mission life is a roller coaster… Who woulda thought? Anyways things are great out here. This week has been very productive! Mike has committed to baptism on June 16th! Fathers day!! We are pumped for him. He is solid.

 A less active member called us because she needed help. We went over to help her, and she needed her lawn mowed. She only had a push mower from the prehistoric era. Cast iron and all. Rotating blades of deathly metal. It took forever. Oh and it was in the 90’s with 94% humidity. Miserable. And that is just the beginning of what is going to be a long, sweaty, lovely summer! I am excited….
So we finally helped “K” finish moving. He literally threw everything he owned into a box and was just trying to wheel the box over to his new place. Naturally the box broke as we were trying to shimmy it down the stairs. His natural reaction was to grab one of his dirty sheets, throw everything in there, tie it up, and let us carry it. I don’t wanna go into detail, but lets just say touching that sheet was not a very pleasant experience. Oh and his TV’s smelled like fritos for some reason… But we got that all taken care of!
We had the chance to play kickball with an investigator family and the Sisters! Of course the boy team won… (the two twins actually kinda cheated, but oh well!). At church we had 8 investigators!! 8!!! That is insane for us out here. 4 of them were new!! Holy cow, the work is progressing and I love it! Keep praying for us out here. We need it.
Something else really cool happened. We had a less active member finally come back to church with his daughter. She is mentally disabled, with a really good heart. And he has a very hard time with smoking. He is also not all there, but they are great people. He smokes so dang much. You wouldn’t believe it. We had a great Word of Wisdom lesson with them, and the Bishop. I promised him some cool things in the name of Jesus Christ, and have been trying to help him ever since! He calls usually twice a day, and we will say a prayer with him or just talk to him! He told me that anytime he thought about smoking he could hear me saying “Don’t do it!” “Don’t give in”!!! That is awesome. With the Lord’s help, we are changing lives out here!!!!!! I wish I had more time, but of course… Duty Calls!! Love you all. Things may be hard, but keep on truckin and things will be alright. Promise.
Elder Lee
Come what may, and love it