Date

September 10, 2015

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Companion

Elder Stoeltzing

Buenos dias todos!!

Buenos dias todos!!
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> Como estan? Man, another week down! The weeks fly down here. It seems like just yesterday that I was here in the computer room typing out my first letter! It was so good to read all of your emails this week! I've got a sytstem where i just print out all the letters from that week, read them and respond the following week. It's kind of what's working best for me. But again, I loved reading all of your emails. It makes me so happy!
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> So much has happened this week! Where to begin...
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> First off, everyones been sick in the CCM! It's been like the plague! Fortunately I haven't contracted anything because I've sort of become a germaphobe but Elder Larkin in my room was down for three days. We gave him a blessing and he seemed to be better the next day. I've actually been apart of many blessings the past week. Elder Airmet was sick at the beginning and he asked that I anoint him with the oil which I was very honored to do. I've loved being able to excersie my preisthood over the past week in ways like that! Looking forward to more opportunities! The priesthood is a blessing and it's a joy to me to be able to hold it!
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> You remember the Haitians from last week right? Well they left yesterday and It was kind of sad to see them go! They are such an amazing and happy people. I had the opportunity to hear some of them bear testimony in english which wasn't their first language. That was something special to me! How humbly they bore testimony of their Savior, the Restoration of the Gospel and how happy they were to be on their missions was something to behold. I want to be more like them. Meek and lowly in heart but strong in testimony!
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> Sundays have quickly become one of my favorite days. It's a total spiritual marathon here. Every night we get to watch a apostolic devontional from Provo and they are always so full of the spirit!! I've heard Elder Christofferson and Elder Oaks so far! I've taken pages of notes from both of their talks! What was also cool was I saw Dave and Cardon both in the audience and I almost jumped up and screamed! I was so happy to even see a glimpse of them there, doing what we've all been doing! They both looked so happy which made my soul happy as well. I cannot wait to see them again at the end of our labors!
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> This week we finally left the wall! We had the opportunity to go to La Tienda, which baisically means store if I'm right. It was a ten minute walk down the streets of Santo Domingo and let me just say, this is an amazing place to be. So much work to be done! There were so many people that we get to talk to! The humidity, the smells, the CRAZY driving and the language! It was so great! It's really kind of ghetto though. The power lines look like they were hung by a 10 year old, there are pot holes filled with garbage, graffitied buildings and all that stuff AND IT'S SO COOL!! I seriously wish I could describe it in better detail! The people are so friendly as well. Most of them said hello to everyone as we walked by! I'm so excited to get out into the field and start teach them about their Savior and Redeemer and this gospel! When we got to the store Elder Stoeltzing and I went an got some supplies that we both needed. It was fun because all the signs were in Spanish so finding our way around was an adventure but we seemed to find everything just fine! The store is baisically like a mini Walmart. They have everything you could baisically ever need and want just like at home minus a few different things. It was weird for me to hand the cashier Dominican Pesos and not a green US dollar bill. Very strange. Also, my total came out to be around $700 for just a couple of small things like markers, paper and some hand sanatizer! Crazy huh? I enjoyed that moment a lot! So much fun to be here as a missionary!
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> Tomorrow we all go out to the Univiersity which is just around the corner to do some contacting and I am so excited to go out and get to talk to people in Spanish! My spanish is coming! I've gotten to the point now where I can baisically understand conversations and hold my own in a conversation while still being in it! Sometimes when I'm in the middle of teaching a mock lesson I have to pinch myself because I'm like "Dang...I'm actually talking in spanish right now." I've learned that it ebbs and flows like I said last week. Somedays I'm feeling so good about my ability to speak and others I'm just struggling to understand. Prayers are always appreciated from you!
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> So here is my spiritual thought for the week. I figure that I'd add things that had an impact on my during the week:
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> I've heard a lot this week that some people won't accecpt the gospel when they first hear it, but at least they've had a foundation set for them so in the future they can recieve it. And thats kind of become my mission motto. "If nothing else, plant seeds". Plant seeds so that they may begin to swell in your heart and grow into something new and beautiful. Plant good seeds, seeds that help you grow spiritually and that help you become a better person! Plant seeds in others as well that their testmonies will be made strong. If nothing else, plant seeds. They will accept it later when they come to realize its worth!
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> Well, that's it for this week! Sorry if it's kind of a roughly put together email. I'm still new at emailing an entire week into a fortyfive minute time period, but none the less I hope you enjoy the stories. Bear with me, they will get better!
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> I love you all so much! Grandmas and Grandpas, Mom dad and everyone! I hope all is well at home guys and that your seeds are growing!
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> Love you all so much and we'll talk to you next week!
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> Love,

> Elder Olds





1 comment
Nicole Sermon says:
I finaly setup my accont so I could comment. I love your letters and it sounds like your changing so much. We pray for you every night and that the spirit will be with you. Today is Sep.11th so I was watching footage on what happend 14 years ago. It is good to take a look at your life and see if it is where you want to be. I do know I can do more to grow and change and will do a better job of that. I find that in my teaching my class on Suday I learn and grow with each leson. I think it is important to try and teach the 9 year olds in my class to learn and understand what the spirit feels like when it is guiding you. They are young but they are old enough to listen to proptings. We love and support you with this challenge and apportunity!! I hope your week goes well. Love You! Nicole & Cliff
on September 11, 2015


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