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!
Subject: The best of times and the worst of times... Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:36:21 -0600
Good afternoon everyone!
This has been a pretty interesting week. First of all, I must admit something that I didn't have the heart to tell you about last week. I developed some form of athletes foot last week, and it got really infected. Elder Aviles and I tried washing it and wrapping it multiple times, but it kept getting worse. Finally, I called my nurse, only to find that both she and the mission doctor were out of town. So I got in touch with one of the other nurses, and she sent me to the clinic this past Wednesday, where they prescribed me some anti fungal cream and antibiotic pills. All I can say is "thank goodness for missionary insurance!". I am happy to report that the infection is now gone, and the skin on my foot is healing and regenerating quickly.
Other than the situation with my foot, it was a great week. We have been working with someone who removed her name from the church a few years ago due to some doubts. She has gone through a lot in the past few years. On Tuesday, she called us, and asked us to come over so she could share some private information with us. She shared some experiences, and told us how she didn't feel that she could repent, because of the bad choices that she had made. We testified of God's love for her, and of our love for her, and told her that no sin is beyond the reach of the Atonement. She was really comforted. She really wants to turn her life around. She has been noticing a lot of blessings in her life lately, and she will be talking to the bishop this week! It is really cool to see the gospel work in someone's life who is just desperate.
On Saturday, the elders in our district had two baptisms! I had the opportunity to teach each of these investigators, so it was really cool to see them be baptized! One was especially special, and the Spirit was so strong! It is a woman whose son is a member, and after a long time, she has finally joined the church as well. Funny story: it turns out that her son married the daughter of one of the bishops in OUR stake, so it was a surprise to run into our bishop at the baptism!
Yesterday we had an awesome experience! We conferred the Aaronic Priesthood upon Branden, our recent convert! Now he can go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead! Also, we taught some youth in one of our wards how to be missionaries. It was a really cool little fireside!
Transfer calls are tomorrow! I am really excited/anxious to find out where I am going!
So I think that's it from me! Shaney, I am so glad that you were able to go through the temple! I hope you all have a fantastic week! Challenge: count your many blessings one by one this week!
Love, Elder Jared Weller
P's: So to answer your questions Mom, I'm okay with wherever the Lord sends me. And the autistic kid we're teaching is high functioning, but the problem is he claims that he doesn't like church, so his mom wants us to try to help him find an interest for it. And don't worry, I knew I was eating tongue! At least I haven't eaten menudo yet (essentially cow intestines)! I think that covered all of them. Have a fantastic week!
Subject: New mission call?! Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:35:51 -0600
This week has been fantastic, for the most part. Sorry for my short letter last week! We had a district activity at a cool park in Copperton, and I had to rush to finish before 6:00. But we just played around, ate watermelon, and took pictures. It was great!
Best district ever!
I love the engagement pictures! And I can't believe that Melly got baptized! Tell her I am super proud and happy for her!
So each month, we have a mission training plan, which focuses on one aspect of our work. This month, we have been asked to go through the 12 week training that all missionaries go through when they enter the field. Going back to the basics!
On Wednesday, I went on an exchange with Elder Azevedo. He is the one from Auburn. We were teaching someone in Copperton, when a windstorm blew through. We could hear the wind whistling past the house! I later heard that the winds that night got up to 70 mph that night! Also, Wednesday morning (before the exchange), we went to a pancake breakfast they were doing at the seminary building, and talked to several of the kids there.
On Thursday, we gave a LOT of blessings. One was to a former member of the church who had her records removed because of a doubt concerning the prophet. She is super nice, and she still has a testimony of the Book of Mormon. For some reason, whenever we teach her, I feel this strong love for her, regardless of the choices she has made in the past.
So concerning the subject line of this email... On Saturday, we had a surprise last minute meeting at the mission office at 7 AM. I don't know if you have heard of the creation of the Orem mission, but it will take effect July 1st. So the southern part of our mission, i.e. Bluffdale, Herriman, and Riverton, are all going to the Orem mission. In addition, Kearns and most of West Jordan (including Copper Hills) are going to the SLC West mission. In total, our mission will be shrunk from 89 stakes to 59. Several missionaries will also go to either the Orem or West missions. I may or may not be one of them. We'll find out June 17th!
Saturday evening, we had a huge thunderstorm, and Elder Aviles and I made an awesome video while we went knocking on doors. It was awesome!
Yesterday was great! We are teaching someone right now who thought she was a member, but her records are nowhere to be found, so she will need to be rebaptized. She has a lot of health problems, and it is difficult for her to sit for long periods of time. But yesterday, she came to church, and even dragged her husband along! And she really enjoyed it! The Ward really reached out to her and welcomed her! We also taught (or tried to) a kid with autism. This was another cool experience, because he doesn't talk to strangers at all, so when we tried to talk to him at church, he just wouldn't talk to us (his mother is an active member). But we went with him to his primary class, and at the end, he invited us to go to his house that afternoon! We ended up just playing with him for most of the time, because when we tried to teach him, he wouldn't listen. But it was a great experience.
Last night we ate with a Hispanic family that attends an English Ward. Guess what I ate! I ate cow tongue! It was actually pretty good. The texture was really weird- it was soft and chewy. But they also had their grandmother over, who has dementia, so she literally asked Elder Aviles where he's from about 20 times! It was funny.
This morning, we went shopping at Sam's Club, and I saw someone from my first area! It was actually at her house that I skyped you on Christmas. But it was really cool to see her! Elder Aviles also saw a ton of friends from previous areas.
That is my week in a nutshell. I hope things are still going well at home! Mom, I actually read my emails on Sunday usually, so don't worry about being too long! I love reading your emails! So what are summer plans, other than the wedding? Have a fantastic week! Ciao!
Subject: Brief letter Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:01:20 -0600
This past week was pretty slow. Most of our appointments cancelled and although we spent a lot of time tracting, we didn't find any new investigators. But it was a good week nonetheless. The rain finally stopped, and it got up to 90 degrees yesterday! It was wonderful!
On Tuesday, we went downtown to the LDS Family Services, so Elder A..... could talk to a counselor. While he was in his appointment, I read this month's Ensign. There are so many great stories in there! Eduardo Gomez also left on his mission on Tuesday!
On Saturday, we were fed by a Samoan member. Needless to say, she gave us EACH 3 large pieces of grilled pork, rice, macaroni salad, and chow mien. We still have a bunch of it in the fridge. Seriously, we get so much food, and we don't know what to do with it.
Yesterday was great! We taught a combined relief society and priesthood lesson. It went so well!
Sorry for the brevity! I have to go back to work! But we just had a great district activity at the park. I'll tell you more later. Take care!
Subject: Hastening the work! Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:15:31 -0600
Good afternoon everyone!
I had another fantastic week! We are continuing to find new investigators, and the number of lessons that we are teaching is finally increasing! We had 3 investigators go to church yesterday (a family in the Spanish branch)!
On Monday, we had a zone activity, and we played sports for a few hours. Needless to say, we were all pooped afterward. And right as we were walking out of the church building, it started to pour! Even running from the building to our car, we got soaked! Monday evening, we had a few lessons. One of them cancelled, but the rest went well.
On Tuesday, we had district meeting, and then Elder Aviles and I bought a Chicago style pizza from Papa Murphy's. It was huge! That afternoon, we had a really good lesson with someone who thought she was a member, but nobody can find her records, so she will need to be rebaptized. She accepted to be baptized, but her husband, who is less active, won't let us set a date until she feels she is ready.
Wednesday, my companion went to a district leader meeting, and I went out with Eduardo, who is leaving on his mission tomorrow! We went and taught someone whose mother removed her records without her knowing it. The lesson went well, but she doesn't understand why her mother's decision negates the validity of her original baptism. All we can do is pray!
On Thursday, we had the opportunity to serve someone who I had previously met with one of our Ward mission leaders. We helped him clean up his yard and fill planter boxes with dirt. He told us that he will invite us over for dinner sometime. He is not a member, so I hope that we will be able to start teaching him and his wife!
On Friday, after our Weekly Planning session, I went on an exchange with Elder Koo (the one from Korea). It went really well, and we were able to contact a lot of people. I went to his area, which includes the tiny town of Copperton, at the base of the copper mine. We went there on Saturday morning, and met an Evangelical pastor. He was really nice, and didn't bash with us, but he made it clear that he disagreed with our beliefs. After that, Elder Koo and I went to Costa Vida, where missionaries eat for free. When we got to the cash register, they gave us a $20 gift card, a gift from an anonymous customer. I'll never use it, so I will just give it to one of our investigators!
Saturday afternoon, we taught a less active member who has been wanting to return to activity, but kept losing the motivation. The lesson went really well, and he went to church yesterday!! When we got home that night, we helped Hermana Gomez cook for her son (Eduardo's) farewell the following day.
So yesterday, we had a PPI meeting with our stake president at 8 AM. We also went to the Spanish branch to watch Eduardo give his farewell talk. It was really good, and to top things off, 3 of our investigators went to church! Last night, we did a missionary fireside for one of our wards. We literally planned it last minute, but it went really well! We had people role play introducing their friends to the gospel.
Today has been good so far, although I've had some massive nosebleeds. It's weird; I went all winter without any, and now they come... But hopefully it is over now.
I believe that is all! I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing well! Just keep doing what I tell everyone else: read the scriptures, pray, and go to church!