At Least It’s Not Russia!!!

Hello! I am doing great out here. Things are just splendid. Minus the
fact that it is freezing cold here. The wind pretty much just pierces
my soul. I feel like an iceberg was thrown into a wood chipper and the
remnants are being sprayed in my face. It’s that cold! But luckily we
never get too negative about it… I always just say “at least we
aren’t in Russia!” Poor Elder Madsen. ūüôā

We had an epic mega zone conference last week! President and Sister
Calderwood came with the assistants! It was awesome. President shared
a quote that his father had told him. His father told him “control
brings freedom, no boundaries brings regret”. It was a workshop on how
to be productive with these iPads! I just thought that was a really
powerful statement. Helps us remember why boundaries and control are
so important!

I love food. A lot. Luckily New York has tons of good food! Everything
from Halal food, to your classic pizza. We got it all! Even the
members make great food here. We had our ward thanksgiving party this
past week and there was so much food. I ate 5 plates… I had to! Ever
since I have been out here my taste buds have definitely matured. I
will eat or try just about anything now! I had sweet potatoes the
other day.. Delicious. Stuffed cabbage? Who knew it could be so tasty?
There is a whole world of food out there that I never even knew
about… Especially egg custard. Now that stuff is incredible! This
Filipino lady made it for us. So good!

As for thanksgiving we will be playing in a mission wide turkey bowl!
Bryson and Ethan said that sports got banned in their mission for
thanksgiving.. But we haven’t heard anything like that? So we will be
playing some football!! Then this family invited us over for dinner.
It will be a great day! Then the day after I get to go to the temple!
I never had the chance to go for my 6 month mark, so they are catching
me up. I am excited to go through with a bunch of missionaries!
Sheesh. So much to be thankful for.

Oh and we played basketball with this kid we met and his friends. I
love how they underestimate us because we are white… Then they start
getting really mad when we score on them ūüôā Ha! I am doing great! I
love my life. I love my mission. And most importantly, I love this
Gospel.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Eat some stuffing for me!
Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!

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All You Need Is Love!

Wow. I am sorry I couldn’t email last week. The work truly is¬†hastening out here. You can feel it. There has been a lot of things
going on and we got really busy! I will try to make this email extra good for you (and grandma)!!

I will start off with some lesser exciting news… I bought a blender!¬†I use that thing every day. I go through about 10 pounds of fruit and
2 gallons of milk… A week. I love my smoothies. Mainly bananas and¬†strawberries! So good. I look forward to those things… I find joy in
the simple things in life now. Makes me happier ūüôā

So every week on Tuesday nights we do an activity with the other district! We get together, sing hymns, and fearless people! It is
usually pretty fun. Recently this guy named Adam has gotten in contact¬†with us. He is 19 and plays the tenor saxophone. We invited him to¬†come play with us on Tuesdays. He started coming and asking about our¬†church… So naturally we started to teach him. We invited him to¬†church and he has come the last two weeks! He is a great guy. Elder¬†Jensen and I are actually going to be doing a Christmas number with¬†him. We will put it up on Facebook so keep an eye out for that!

Oh get this. We were on the train coming home for the night when a lady got on with her husband. I smiled and said hello. She looked at
me with a scowl and said “I don’t know you!!”. I was taken aback.. I¬†actually had to apologize to someone for smiling at them. Gotta love
New York!! ūüôā

Mom, remember how you make those chicken roll ups with cream cheese? Totally did that. They were delicious. We made them for some other elders in my district.

There is this less active member who lives in a group home that we are working with. As we were leaving one night we asked everyone there if we could sing to them. They looked excited! We sang some hymns (elder Jensen is really good at singing) and then we all sang silent night together. It was a really cool moment. We are able to use our talents to bless other people. It was awesome.

I guess I can tell you about the iPads…… ūüôā¬†They are so nice! In fact. I am typing this on my iPad mini! Every¬†missionary has their own iPad, and again… They rock. The gospel¬†library app has made my studies so much better. We have our area books¬†and planners in our iPads. We can do things so much more effectively.¬†I love them. I also am able to stay on top of things a lot better.¬†With the work hastening, there are a lot of things I have to do as a¬†missionary. So many things to plan out and things to remember. iPads¬†are truly sent from heaven. ūüôā

Also, as you probably saw on Facebook..the Binettis were baptized! That family is awesome. I love them. I am humbled to be a small part
in helping them on their journey. A lot of missionaries helped teach them. Elder Tingey and I were actually the first elders to go over. It
was cool to be there… Tingey is still in Bermuda so he wasn’t able¬†to make it, but he was there in spirit!!

I realized something this past week. The whole entire reason we are here is to love. Not the worldly kind of love, but the Godly trait. He
has sent us here to love. Love him enough to keep His commandments.¬†Love our families. Love our neighbors. Love. If we can truly learn how¬†to love those around us, we can find the kingdom of heaven. For¬†“inasmuch as ye have done unto the least of these my brethren, ye have¬†done it unto me (the savior)”. Treating others with love is the¬†literal way to show love unto our Savior.

Elder Lee
Come whom may come, and love them. ūüôā

Hard Times Come Again No More!!!!

It was a pretty rough week. We haven’t had anybody come to church for us this past transfer. Nobody is progressing. Even though we are trying our best, sometimes it is hard to not feel like a failure! That is the natural man in us.. BUT! I fought to overcome it! I was even feeling pretty homesick for some reason.. Something I hadn’t felt for a long time. So amid all of this we fasted yesterday! Fasted specifically for the missionary work here, and we saw miracles!

First of all, we were at the library doing our online proselytising. When… We met a man named Lawrence! He started talking to us and I could tell he had a pure heart. Such a good guy. Seemed interested and we have a lesson with him¬†tomorrow!! Some missionaries may think that one solid lesson for a week is horrible, but it is such a miracle to me!!

Then we went to Yahdaii’s apartment. We have been visiting this Recent Convert.. that went straight to Less Active. We try to go over there once a week! He usually never opens the door, but he finally did! We had a member with us and we taught him a little bit as we walked with him. We just showed him how much we care about and miss him. He seemed receptive, and we hope he is going to talk to us more now! Miracles!!!!!

I have a testimony of the power of fasting now! That was an awesome day we had yesterday. It is funny because sometimes I feel like I am serving in Jerusalem. There are a lot of Jewish people here. A lot. Most of them are orthodox, and dress accordingly. I wish you could just see a picture of the streets I walk down every day. I live in a Jewish community on one side, and a Muslim community on the other… I always wear the name “Jesus Christ” proudly on my chest though. ūüôā They are all nice people, they just don’t like us very much… ūüė¶

It is starting to be realllllly cold here. I am going to have to bundle up! Utah gets cold.. but this cold is bone piercing. Plus we have to walk everywhere we go. If I had a car, like last winter, it wouldn’t be bad at all!! We will do our best to stay warm here! Halloween wasn’t too cold though! It was an awesome night. We were in by 6, ordered a pizza, and relaxed. ūüôā Then we went to bed at 8!! It was incredible. I am pretty well rested now with all of the extra sleep.. we will see how long it lasts though!

I am grateful for everyone’s prayers and thoughts from back home! It really does make a difference. In a way that I can’t explain. I would encourage everyone to be happy!! Find the ways to enjoy life. Be grateful. Try to find at least ONE specific thing every day this month that you are grateful for. Right it down. Include it in your prayers. Let Heavenly Father know that you love him!! After all, this is a great month to be grateful. ūüôā

Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!