Subject: A week of miracles! Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:07:13 -0600
Good afternoon family!
This week has been amazing for Monica! At her baptismal exception interview last week, the mission president told her she needed to keep the Word of Wisdom in order to be baptized this month. Essentially, she was involved in an accident a few years ago, and has been using an illegal substance to numb the pain which results from it. She has been clean for the whole week! She still goes through the pain, but she has started turning to the Lord in prayer. We gave her a blessing when she was going through a lot of pain, and she described a warmth that just ran down the side of her body and numbed the pain. She is incredible, and she is getting baptized this Saturday! As kind of a cherry on top, she and her husband were getting rid of some shoes, and there was a pair of beautiful brown Italian leather shoes that fit me perfectly! I'm excited to wear them! I'll wear them this week with my taupe suit (Dad, you look so handsome in that suit!).
On Saturday, we went to the Jordan River Temple to see a recent convert do baptisms for the dead, and to see a convert of Elder Aviles receive his endowment. We did the session in Spanish, which was really cool!
On Wednesday, we had a zone conference with President Palmer. It was okay.... It is strange coming from President Chambers, who is very formal, to this mission, which is much less formal. But I will adjust. The Lord put me here for a reason.
Sorry for the brevity! We've been running around all day. But all is well! Tell Brother C......... congratulations! That is so exciting! Mom, please don't kill yourself planning this wedding;) have a fantastic week!
This will be a really short letter, since we have been running around all day. It has been a great week! On Saturday, we worked all day. We were invited to a neighborhood BBQ, appropriately nicknamed the "cul-de-sac of Fire". Later we returned home and cleaned the house (because the Gomez's were coming home from Peru on Sunday). Then we climbed onto the roof and watched fireworks throughout the valley and sang hymns at the top of our voices. It was a blast! I didn't get very many good pictures, but I will send some.
Yesterday, we taught our friends from Brazil again! We even did it without a Portuguese translator! The gift of tongues is awesome! Also, the Gomez's came home. They got us sweaters, satchels, and some small coin purses! They are the best!
Today, we went to the mission office in West Valley with M..... so she she could have a baptismal exception interview with the mission president. She was involved in a bad car accident a few years ago, and she goes through a lot of pain every day. Apparently, the only thing that really helps her is something against the Word of Wisdom. So we gave her a blessing in President Palmer's office, and President Palmer healed her of her pain! The Spirit was so strong! If she stays clean, she could be baptized on the 18th! Earlier this week, we helped her plant a bunch of flowers, and she washed our clothes and made us dinner. She is awesome! I love hearing from everyone! I'm glad you all made it home safely that one day! And Dad, that is so exciting that Brother C......... is getting baptized! I hope this week is full of blessings and happiness for everyone! Ciao!
Subject: Good week, bad week, busy week, sad week Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:33:17 -0600
This has been a crazy week! It was our last week in the SLC South mission. On Friday, we had our last meeting with President and Sister Chambers. It was wonderful, but sad at the same time. We now have a brand new mission president in the West mission, President Palmer. I am excited, but at the same time nervous about this change. But I know that this is where God wants me to be.
I loved the pictures of Trevor. You know why? Because I listened to his MTC companion and best friend give his homecoming talk yesterday! No joke! Elder Ferguson was talking about this redneck missionary that he absolutely hated at first, but came to love as they followed each other throughout their mission. He then mentioned that it was Elder Mott from a little town called Snohomish, WA. I'll try to take a picture with him sometime so you can show Trevor!
Yesterday, in one of our sacrament meetings, we were told about some foreign exchange students from Brazil. We went over and talked to them, and then went to the Gospel Principles class with them. Last night, we took our friend Daniel (the one you met while we were skyping) to teach them, since he served his mission in Portugal. It was so cool! Spanish and Portuguese are so similar that we could understand each other most of the time. They both accepted to be baptized on July 18th!
Now for a bit of bad news: also yesterday, one of our investigators, who was on date to be baptized on July 11th, may or may not be baptized on that day. However, she is still determined to be baptized! She will be cooking us dinner tonight!
On Friday, Elder Aviles had to go to a breakfast for the missionaries who are going home next month, so I went with Elder Blanda, one of our senior missionaries, for a couple hours. He took me to IHOP, where I had cream cheese-stuffed French toast with peaches. I know your opinion about IHOP Mom and Dad, but that was pretty good! Afterward, Elder Aviles and I were invited to help out at one of our ward's youth conference. Each youth was called on a mission, and we were their MTC teachers. We showed them how to teach the first lesson. It was an awesome experience!
On Thursday, we went on splits with the leadership in one of the wards. My split and I went to see a crazy old guy whom I talked to before. I won't get into details, but he told us some pretty crazy things. I couldn't even get a word in edgewise!
This week I also saw the Batmobile! No kidding, it looked just like the Batmobile! It was a Polaris Slingshot, which is basically a 3 wheeled roadster.
It has been so hot here! I like it, but I don't... But hey, it's better than the cold!
I'm glad everyone had a good week! I'm glad Trek went well, and that the wedding plans are progressing. I appreciate all your prayers! Have a wonderful week! Have a safe 4th!
Elder Jared Weller
P.s. Don't send mail to the South mission anymore. I will let you know next week where to send it!
Subject: Mission #2! Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:52:50 -0600
I loved seeing the pictures of the Father's Day dinner! A few coincidences: On Saturday, I also had sandwiches with French dip, and also, I had IBC root beer last night! I'll send a picture.
So crazy news! I am being reassigned to the SLC West mission! Apparently they will send an "official" call letter to you, if they haven't already. But we are getting a new mission president and everything, so it will be a lot of fun! I'm still in Copper Hills with Elder Aviles, but they will be having exchanges again next week. Rumor has it that they will be moving the South missionaries who are switching over to the heart of the West mission, so we will see what happens...
Unfortunately, half of our district (the best district ever!) was transferred out, so we have a few new missionaries from the West mission. I'll send some district pictures as well.
So on Wednesday, we went to see one of our investigators. She knew that she was going to be baptized, but she was reluctant to set a specific date. However, during that lesson, the Spirit whispered a date to her, and she knew that it was right! She will be baptized on July 11th! We saw her again today, and her entire demeanor has changed. She is super happy, and she kept telling us how excited she is for her baptism.
On Thursday, the Gomez's (our landlords) left for a 3 week trip to Peru. I don't know if I already told you, but Sister Gomez's sister recently had a stroke, and is now living with them. While they are gone, the stake has organized for people to go every day to take care of her. However, most of them don't speak Spanish, and don't know her routine, so we typically help out a lot during the morning. It has been an interesting experience.
This week was HOT, and it looks like it will stay that way for a while. It has broken 100 degrees a couple of times. I love it, but at the same time, I'm not used to it yet. But all things come with time. At least I am not having bloody noses anymore! Solution: put a little bit of Vaseline into my nose every morning. It really works!
Those are the highlights from my week! Things are going well. I know Heavenly Father is hearing your prayers for me and for my investigators! Have a wonderful week!
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:48:50 +0000 Subject: Mission realignment
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Utah Salt Lake City South Mission 8060 South 615 East Sandy, Utah 84070
June 22, 2015
Dear Missionary Parents,
Some of the mission boundaries in our mission were realigned, and new missions created. This made it necessary for some of our missionaries here in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission to be reassigned to new missions. This will take place on June 29th.
Elder Weller has been reassigned to the West Mission. President L. Scott Palmer is the new Mission President presiding over the new Utah SLC West Mission. The mission office is located at 3150 W. Whitehall Dr. West Valley City , Utah . If you need to contact the mission staff Elder and Sister Roblyer will be available at 801-839-5547 with any questions you may have.
If your son or daughter was planning on returning home with the July transfers, they will be returning home the same day as was planned previously.
We wanted to personally tell you of our love for each of these missionaries. It is hard to see them leave, but know they’re continuing to do the Lord’s work. They will always be our missionaries!