Sunday, December 26, 2010

Brother and Sister Jarvis

December 20, 2010

Hello family
Alright i loved all your letters and thanks for them i love getting them. looks like you guys had fun at the christmas party, hope you guys didnt miss me too much you all looked bummed out except for kel with his BIG GIDDY SMILE!!!! hahaha and his beard. tell every one hi for me!!!
alright so update on the work, first we have 2 baptismal dates one for this 25th CHRISTMAS and another for the 8th so im really excited for those. we have this really cool investigator named Fransico hes kind of a JW (jehovahs Witness), he accepted to be baptized on the 8Th. i love this guy he really has accepted the gospel. his kinda of crazy along with his family, his dad is a JW full breed and everything but hes really nice. But his family wants to BREED me, like how they breed horses to get the strongest and the best you can get well ya thats what they want to do to me!!! i thought that was really Funny.
So i would really like a hand written response from all of you to that letter you got last week, if mom and dad can you include your Patriarchal Blessing and, Amelia's too plz! i would really like to read them! i have really been reading mine a lot these past few months, to understand it and look for how i can be a better missionary.
so we have transfers this week and me and my comp are staying together in the same area im really glad about that, it wouldnt be fun to have transfers 2 days before christmas. yes i do miss rootbeer!!!! i dont know they just dont have it here, if you could send some i would be ever so grateful!!!!!! and talking about my shoes i am really fine, i dont know what happened in the communication but it really wasnt that bad, but i did buy some really good new shoes as you know mom...... so im really am good it just happens that things just fall apart here really fast but these shoes area really good!!!!
well thats all, i love you all. i am so graetful i have a kick butt awesome family liked you guys!!!! ill talk to you soon!!!
love Elder Paulson
December 14, 2010

well i really really enjoyed your letters, thank you they were very informative! im just still missin a few people, but i can have patience...... mom excelent job like always with the christmas tree i really miss fresh christmas trees, the people that put up trees here are all fake, even thhough theres like a million trees here in honduras, but i guess the people arent really worried about spending the little money they have on a christmas tree. those pictures i sent the one of me with the white boys, there from my group i really love those guys and me and elder wouden got the same suits made, we got them made together!!!!! About calling for christmas ill call you guys the 23rd because we have changes the 22nd and i dont know if i will still be in my area or not but i will give you my number so you guys can call me one way or the other. As for talking to elder garvis, that guy is awesome there from preston idaho, the Gparents old stomping grounds there going home this coming May i think they're really cool the whole mission loves them. But yeah i talked to him about my feet cause i have been haveing some problems with them and he said i just need new shoes, so i dont know what would be easier for you guys, he said he could take me to payless to find some shoes but maybe you could talk to him some more and see what would be better. well i dont still have my christmas tree it was taking up to much room in my bags i had to leave it behind in one of my old areas sorry. but its okay.
Well as for the work it still has been going kinda slow we did have a better week then last week, we found a lot more new investigators this week, and we had more investigators at church. but it still is going kinda slow. i don't know why, we're working hard, i feel good, some times i get down because our investigators arent progressing but other than that im happy. President is really working to get us motivated for this last month of the year, last year at this time we lost like 8 missionarys cause they were out doing things they werent supposed to do, so we're really focusing on just staying at the work we have to do so we dont fall into temptation. but i really like what you said dad about being as close to my heavenly father as i can be this time of year because its the last time i have this chance. i am really going to try to do that. i really love this time of year, here in the mission i have come to understand the true meaning of this time of year and what better chance i have now to help the people understand this same thing. i really am excited to be giving the best gift i can give to the children of our heavenly father!!
alright so today we had the new missionary capacitation meeting, it was really good President flores really taught us some good stuff that we can do to have more success in our areas, i really am glad to be a trainer its something i really wanted to have the chance to do here in the mission and my comp is awesome, he is going to be a much better missionary then me he really has an awesome spirit and a desire to work hard. we also went to the temple again today presidente tryed to get us in close but they really got things run tight there. but we did get a little closer then last time so that was cool. so i have almost finished the book of mormon again and with this time that will be three times i have read the book of mormon in one year!! thats more then i have in my entire life before the mission, and i really have learned a lot, that book is amazing!!
........ well im trying to think of what else has happend but its really just the same stuff that happens every day and every week and every month for me, not that im bored of it, cause i love it but i dont know what more you guys want to know. ask me. oooo dad can you send me a picture of what the jazz jerseys look like, i have heard they have gone back to the old school style. well thats all i have for this week i guess let me know about what you think with the shoes mom. i love you and thank our heavenly father for the family i have thats so awesome i love showing the pictures you guys have sent me to the people i meet. i need more pictures!! well thanks for everything! TE AMO MUCHO!!!!
Love your son
Elder Paulson

December 6, 2010

Well, I really liked your guys letters, they were all very good. Thanks dad for going to the wrestling match and taking pictures! That's awesome they beat Weber! Mom, iPhone huh..... jealous, but it's okay, I can wait. So you guys had a lot of comments about my baptismal goal, let me explain where I'm coming from with that. So in the mission President has set some mission standards, one of those is 4 baptisms a month, so I put one more with those 4. I really feel I can do it if I work hard and I'm ready to work hard. That Thanksgiving dinner was amazing, I cooked it with the other missionaries that are in our area. As for the temple they won't be done till May 2012 but that's okay I have plans on coming back to see it done.
Well as for the missionary work, it's been a little slow this week. I don't know why but we just had a lot of lessons that fell through and we haven't really had success in finding new people the people here are really close, but we just got to work harder I guess and have more faith! But we do have some positive investigators. The most positive is Fransisco he is 45 years old, he's really cool, his dad is a JW and his mom is a Die Hard Catholic, so he has a little bit of apostasy from them both but he really is looking for the truth. The other is the family Aguilar they also have a lot of apostasy but they are really nice to us, they just have a hard time following through with their commitments, but they came to church the first Sunday we met them so we are really working hard with them.
Alright so guess what..... I got my packages!!!! They really got here fast, I was thinking I was going to get them the week before Christmas and I got them this week! Thanks mom for all that good stuff the sushi stuff is awesome!!! I'm definitely going to make it! I loved it all! Thanks for the spam!!!! and tell Scott thanks for the package I'm writing him a letter.
Well my family I'm out of time, I love you all. Thanks for everything you guys do.. as for the callin I'll let you guys know. TE AMO MUCHO.
Love Elder Paulson

Sunday, December 5, 2010

November 29, 2010

Alright, so first of all sorry Mom about getting you upset with the whole gun story, yes I did tell president, I talked to him and everything he knows and I'm sure that if he felt that it was unsafe for us he would do something about it. Well I really miss the snow......I wish we could get some here, it just doesn't feel like Christmas at all here. Thanksgiving sounded fun, I dont know why you didn't have fun Mom? Just try to enjoy the times they don't come that often.
Alright so first thing, the work, well the work this week was really slow we didn't have much success, lots of contacting with not very many turn outs. We have a few investigators but not as many as we should, but I'm not sad or anything I just have faith, work hard, be obedient and do what the spirit says and let the Lord do the rest. We did though find a really positive lady last night and had a really good lesson with her, so the week wasn't completely unsucessful and who knows maybe one of the pamphlets we handed out might change someones life down the road.
So we had zone conference this week, it was really good. President talked about a lot of good stuff. But the one that impacted me the most was he talked about setting goals and how this motivates us to be better. So I thought a lot about it and realized that I hadn't set any goals in the mission for baptisms I want to complete in the mission, so I set one for myself for the last 9 months of my mission, 5 baptisms a month, 45 in 9 months, I know I can complete it with faith and hard work and that's what I'm going to do.
So today for pday we went to the temple construction site, it was really cool they really get those going fast, I have attached some pictures, and yes I did get some Thanksgiving dinner I have attached some pictures of that also, it was really a lot like Thanksgiving.!!!!!
Well that's all I have. Thanks for the letters, I love you guys, hope all is well. Mom tell Andrew I got his email, I just haven't had time to write him . Well I have to go.
Love your son,
Elder Paulson
November 22, 2010

Well I truly enjoyed all of your letters this day, Dad I laughed a lot at your description of David Nielson and his snow blower, I really need a laugh like that!!!! That's awesome about Bingham taken state! If you see Kesni tell him nice job, and also to Max I didn't know he had gotten that huge!!!! But I'm sure he still knows whose the boss!!! hahaahaha We'll see, I have lost so much muscle since I have been here. and now the sad part.......Thanksgiving, I will dearly (tear), I will not know the delicious taste of a large leg of turkey this year or the savory creamy green bean casserole, and the pie, oh! how I miss the pie, apple, pumpkin, lemon, and the always favorite rubarb........... (more tears).
Well after I wrote last week I thought I didn't tell them about my son at all. So I'll tell you now. His name is Elder Sian he's from Guatamala City, Guatamala. He is super smart, he has 3 years under his belt in medical school and he's an awesome missionary. He's kinda quiet though and we don't really have a lot in common but we get along really well. Alright so my area, its right by the airport, it's to the west of the airport like I said it's really ghetto in some parts in others not so much but we have been able to find some really positive investigators this last week, one of the best is this family of Jehovah witnesses/Catholics/ no religion at all, but they have been really kind to us and listen to our message so we'll see where that goes. Alright now the next thing I'm going to tell you is so you can truly know that Heavenly Father watches over his missionaries and I don't want anyone freaking out and calling president and asking if I'm alright because yes I'm FINE! (MOM). So the other night we were standing outside a members house waiting for him so he could go and leave with us to teach, while we were waiting these 2 guys come walking down the walk way and stop behind us and just kind of stand there and look at us for a minute, then one of them pulls out a gun and tells us to give them our cell phones, hahaaha I just looked at him and told him we don't have cell phones, they kinda looked taken back but they checked our pockets and seeing that we didn't have any they left, well a minute later they come back and ask whats in our bags. They take our bags and start looking through them, well they went through the one of my comps, because they couldn't figure our how to open mine, hahahaa and through all this I didn't feel nothing of fear or anything, well they figured out we didn't have anything they wanted so they took off and didn't come back. Once again don't freak out!!! I'm fine but I thought you would like to know.
Well that's all i have for this week. I love you all, thanks for every thing. TE AMO MUCHO!!!!
Love Elder Paulson