If you serve a mission faithfully and well, you will be a better husband, you will be a better father, you will be a better student, a better worker in your chosen vocation. Love is of the essence of this missionary work. Selflessness is of its very nature. Self-discipline is its requirement. Prayer opens its reservoir of power. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Me and My Comp, Elder Vidal, Eating

     Hey family! bueno para empezar, como esta todo!  Well the title of my letter is not suppose to sound happy, neither look happy because it wasn't.  It was just plain ugly and still is! well i have lost like 6 or 7 pounds in 5 days!  On Monday night I went to bed around 915 and woke up at 11:30 and started throwing up!  Well after the first few times there is no more stuff in your body to throw up except acid, so from 1 in the morning till 6 that's what I did! I got no sleep and never in my life have I experienced pain like that! So then i called presidents wife and she told me the flu is going around and i need to stay in bed all day! Its now Wednesday and i still feel horrible, pain in my whole body, headaches, and nausea 24.7 plus its been raining for 4 straight days and that does not help! well so that's my story of the week and i really only got one other thing to say cause we have not really done anything cause i cant!

    Well like i said we found a family, Ismael and Rosangel! they progress every time we go over there, but what i want to share today is what happened to Ismael. we were at his house and talking about the word of wisdom and we asked him to stop smoking! he said after the first time we came over something told him he needed to stop smoking. He told us he wants to stop smoking and the next thing he said was a shocker! he said, i smoked 3 packs a day, and now i have not finished a pack in 5 days! we were amazed and he has the determination to quit. Were excited for them and hope they continue to grow!  I know i didn't get transferred and have 6 more months here, but i have come to notice that my work here obviously is not done and someone needs me! 

     Well it sounds like everything in Arizona is doing really well! and mom what do you mean i didn't miss anything for spring break! do the words MARCH MADNESS not mean anything to you!!!! its the best time of the year! haha and of course Josh is cheering for NC! hey Josh is that point guard Lawson still playing? he is sooooo good!  How is Arizona doing?  I hope really good. Well sounds like the Suns are on a role without Stoudamire but are still a little short of Dallas, that stinks!  Thats to bad you guys couldn't go to Disneyland this spring break.  love that trip with the family! its been so long since the whole family has been together there.

     Um OK! so i looked at my blog and um that picture of me looks like I'm dying!! haha I'm soooo skinny in that picture its gross. But its a cool blog! well i looked at moms too and what happened to the room upstairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lexi nice work, I'm proud of you! well i did catch one mistake with the room, that Tiger Woods picture and golf balls belongs( cough cough) to ME!! and will gladly be taking it back when i return! haha, sorry Josh but come on, its Tiger Woods.

    Well that's about all for me in the Dominican Republic! sounds like everything is nice and good, oh Dad! nice talk by the way! I loved it. It was amazing! Well, til next week, Conference weekend! woo hoo I'm so excited. OK i love you guys and will put more pictures up on flickr!

    Love Elder Westergard

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Latest on Jesse

Jesse has been out now going on 8 months, I started a blog for him back when and couldn't remember the password so now I have his up and running and will try to up up-date it as much as I can.

Hey family! well I really thought I was going to get transferred this week! but nope! I'm going to send my second comp in a row! Its weird cause no one ever sends their dad and step dad..... so I don't know. This means i might be here next transfer to, so another missionary can know the area. If so, ill leave my greeny area with 11 months into the mission, THATS CRAZY! time is flying so fast I don't know what to do, I don't want it to end but I remember when March started, its already the 18! I got into the field conference weekend in October, conference is in 2 weeks! wow its so crazy, but I love the mission and everything about it. Did I tell you who the nrw mission president will be in July..... president Lee, he is Dominican and is 1st counselor in the Caribbean Presidency. That will be really fun! well Elder Robertson, the Samoan left this morning to San Fran 2b, I'm really sad we became the best of friends since November! but its all good. Our house went from 3 Americans and 1 Dominican to 1 American, me, to 3 Dominicans in 2 transfers! bummer none of them speak English haha.
Oh my Dad I heard from Elder Mangrum , it was good to hear from him. He's doing good, up at BYU! last night we played basketball with the young men, it was so fun! I made tons of threes and dunked it three times, but not during the game, just threes and tonight we have an activity with our ward and the other missionaries ward, were playing volleyball and more basketball. Well its really cloudy and rained last night so we will see if we play. The courts here are outside. We didn't do anything today for pday cause its transfer day and Dominicans don't like do anything, just stay in the house, which I hate! Well when we were playing ball last night, a member from the other ward came up to us and gave us references!!! thank you fireside we held. We got like 3 people and a family! were excited to start working with them, so we will see what happens!
Wow congratulations Jakelle on making cheerleader! that's so exciting. I'm so happy for you, but stop growing up! I'm to old, I turn 20 in 2 months. WOW. How is Mr Johnson? love to hear your following in your brothers, all of us, footsteps and doing 90 percent of your 15 page report the night before its due! that a girl! but , but do a good job and tear it up!
Well I have been working out and stuff trying to get bigger and losing pounds of fat! wow is it working, Elder Robertson always pushed me in the mornings when we worked out cause he is a football player, but he's gone, so lets see if I still work out.
Well I don't know what else to write, it was kind of a slow week, just regular stuff and lots of fired appointments. Dad Jared and Josh you know what that feels like! Well I'm praying for you guys every day hoping you keep safe and have opportunities to share the gospel! I love you guys so much and I will talk to you next week! bye love you! Elder Jesse Westergard

Me and Second Counselor

Slip-n-slide at the Church

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Three of my Baptisms

haha tuxedo man

Newest Convert, Miguel Angel

My bro Elder Robertson's last day in the plat

Eduardo, I almost slipped baptizing him, he's huge!

Me and Elder Yack

Latest Baptism, Eduardo

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