From the Woods…. To the Hoods!!!

I am finally in the city!! Brooklyn baby!! I love it out here so much. Sheesh. So much diversity. I thought it was diverse before… There is literally a different language/culture every single block you walk in some areas!! Lots of Jewish people, Muslim’s, etc. It is so cool to talk to people from all around the world. A lot of people don’t even really understand english. It is crazy. Culture shock for sure… Oh and yes. I walk everywhere now. I do love the subways, and buses though!!
We played soccer with some Haitians at this park on saturday!! After all the walking, and running around I lost 4 and a half pounds… in one day. It was crazy. We are going back next week to play with those Haitians. We are going to try and share a message this time after we play. The mission life is so fun! It is a lot more tiring out here though… I fall asleep once I hit the pillow. Ha! I love it!
A ton of crazy things happen every day, and I couldn’t explain them all if I wanted. One experience does stand out. There is recent convert named Edward in this ward. Oh by the way, this ward is FILLED with creole speaking people. Mainly from Haiti. But most of them at least speak english too. It is a sweet ward. Anyways, Edward invited us over for dinner. He said he didn’t have much but that he would like to feed us. We soon found out that he lived in very humble circumstances. I will just leave it at that. He got some peas and carrots out of a can, and gave us some cranberry juice. Normally I wouldn’t even touch that food… but because of the situation, I wa able to eat it. I can honestly say that peas, carrots, and cranberry juice have never tasted so good.
I am just loving my life! I love New York. It is such an awesome experience to be on a mission! No matter where you are, or what you are doing, just make the best of it. Life was meant to be enjoyed. If you focus on the negative, your life will be negative. But when you focus on the positive, your life truly is positive. I know that for a fact!
Lastly, Sis Blosil is in my district! She is awesome. It is fun to be serving around her again for the first time since the MTC. Oh and I got swarmed by wasps. I know. In the middle of Brooklyn, that was one of the last of my worries. We were doing service at “Prospect Park” when I was attacked. Luckily only got stung once on my shin. Ha! Who woulda thought.
I love you all!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and love it!

 

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So Long, Farewell…..

Big news! I am being transferred to a new area tomorrow! I have been serving in Terryville for 5 transfers now. This new area will be my second one! Sheesh. I will also be training a brand new missionary. The crazy thing is.. We could go to the city and both not have a clue what is going on. Ha! We will probably just get a metro card and be told to figure it out. There are about 9,0000000 trains, buses, subways, etc out here! That will be an adventure. It will be good to go to a non-car area though. I have officially turned into a New York driver. If you think Utah drivers are crazy… think again. New York drivers are way crazier. So I will have to adjust when I get home! Actually use my blinker, and not ever honk, or cut people off. It will be a rough transition..
This last week was bitter-sweet! I am excited to move on, but I am going to miss so many people here. This is honestly my home out here. I cried a few times in members homes for how good they have been to me. I have figured out what is one of the hardest things about missionary work. Saying goodbye! It all started when I left Utah, and it continues anytime anyone leaves or I get transferred. I just love the people out here so much!! It makes it hard. Ahh.. Oh well! Time to go find some more great people somewhere! I will let you know next week where the Lord sends me.
I do know that this work is true. Missionary work is so important. We all have a responsibility to share the gospel, and I know that we will be held accountable one day for how well we fulfilled that responsibility. Living in Utah doesn’t excuse you from any commandments. Are we not all damned, save it be Jesus Christ and His atonement? There are members in every ward, and neighborhood that need to come closer to Jesus Christ. It is up to us to find, and help them. “Shall we not go on in so great a cause?” (Doctrine and Covenants 128:22)
Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!

10,000

Well.. It happened. We finally hit it. 10,000 miles in one car! Remember way back when I got the Toyota Corolla? It had 90 miles on it. This past week we hit over 10,000! We do a LOT of driving… A lot. It is crazy to think I have seen that many miles in that car! Sheesh.
So dad you would be proud of me! I finally made the Flank steak with the marinade. It was tasty! Not sure who else really enjoyed it… but I loved it. It was awesome. Just like a Sunday night at home!
We have been playing basketball still every Saturday morning! One of our investigators came last Saturday! He is awesome. He is really getting involved with the ward and it is helping him out.
We are also working with Dominick! He is super cool as well. He has a baptismal date for October 12th! He is really excited for it. We have been taking lots of people over there to teach with us so that he can have a lot of new friends in the ward. We are going to institute with him tomorrow night. I am pumped!
We have been really blessed lately! Hard work pays off. I promise. I can honestly say that I am more tired this week than I was last week… and I do have the feeling that I will be saying the same thing over and over again until I get home! So when I eventually get home, I will probably hibernate for a week or so! Ha! But since we are working hard we had a  baptism yesterday! David was baptized. He is a son of a family we have been working with. I love that family. They had me baptize him, and it was one of the most amazing experiences. I could see the parents crying, and could feel the spirit so strongly as I baptized him. There is nothing that I can compare that feeling to! I love it. The Holy Ghost really is so powerful, if we allow Him to influence our lives.
It was a great week. More great weeks to come! That doesn’t mean that the weeks are easy by any means… because they wouldn’t be great if they were easy.
As always, I love you guys!!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and love it!

The Best Two Years…2.0

I am sure most people know by now, but the missionary experience just got an upgrade! I don’t know a whole lot of details right now, but I do know that we are supposed to be using Facebook and Ipads by October! The zone leaders will all be using facebook before us. So Rick Smith should have gotten on his by now. It is going to be a really cool way to hasten the work even more! It is a lot of responsibility, but I know we can handle it!
We had a baptism yesterday! Patrick was someone we met about four months ago. We have been working with him on and off, and finally he got baptized. He is 19 years old, and he is awesome! He wants to go on a mission, so we will see what happens with that! I love that guy. His family is really nice too. I will send some pictures home!
I love missionary work! There is a really good book that was recommended to us by Bishop Smith of the Terryville ward out here. It is called “The Power of Everyday Missionaries”. It is so good. It helps people learn how to do missionary work in a casual, non threatening way! If you are looking for help, you should read it.
I know that everyone out there can be a missionary! No matter who you are, and no matter what you do. It is something that we all should be thinking about anyways. I know that these are the last days, and that it is up to us to help everyone feel the happiness that can be felt in this Gospel. Doesn’t everyone deserve to be happy?
Love ya’ll!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!