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, August 26, 2009

Jesse has always loved the spirit days at school or any type of excuse to get all decked out in head bands, socks colorful clothes, and as you will see in some of these p-day pictures, he still does. You look awesome Elder Jesse!

Me and my Zone Leader Marte

Sweet Sword I bought for 145 pesos (5 bucks)

Jesse always loved the outfits, especially long socks!

Ouch, sliding into 3rd base!

Esperanza 4 numero 2

On the way to the field!

Hey family! I don't know how time always flies by so fast, and here I am again writing you guys! The only thing that was really eventful was Zone Conference, cause we had tons of meetings and stuff. Elder Coleman came to speak and I have never seen anyone so flecha! (strict) but it was good the mission needs it! We talked about the structure of the church and then the mission, so we learned why we have missionaries and stuff. There are three main points, to find, to teach, and to baptize, that's why we have missionaries and that's why I am here. I love the work, its so awesome! it was really fun to talk with all my friends and hang out after and eat food! There was alot of catching up to do with the kids in my group! We all had a great time and shared some laughs together, but other than that it was a really slow week for me to mom! haha. I'm trying to think of what I did but I just cant think of it, time goes by so fast. We had a really good family night at a members house, me and my comp talked about the importance of the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon! so it was great!
Today in the morning we played softball again and man I couldn't do anything except run down balls in center field like always but I was like 4-9 today at batting. It was ugly haha but we had a really good time. Later I think I'm going to take a nice shower and sleep cause i dont feel very good, so i got to lay down, maybe eat some comida china (chinese food), pechurina con papas fritas! (fries, I think) YUMMY!
Enough about me, it sounds like you guys are really good. School is in session, I love the beginning of school and the end, haha but not the middle, actually I loved school cause I was actually doing something, ya know! like the mission, a set schedule with stuff, it feels good. Sounds like the ward camp out was a success after the storm flew by. I miss all the people of the ward, how are they doing? I hope really good. it would be cool to get letters from them and stuff. ya your right Dad, i wouldn't fish in the lake either, not my style, but only if Matt was there with me I would do it, wow I miss him so much. I still remember Brother Postert would see me without Matt and would be like, hey wheres your boyfriend, or friends meaning Landon and Malcom. haha cant wait for the group to be back together.
Wow Jared and Lexi, congrats on the 3 years again, sounds like you had an amazing time. I will have to look at the pics of New York. I love it there! not more than here though, but its awesome.
Well I should probably tell you that transfers are next week, not this week sorry for confusion. I thought I said next week. I'm pretty sure I'm getting a kid and Elder Castillo, in my group in the other area, is getting a kid, so we will see. If i do, President will call me Friday night, it might be Brody Bearhman you never know but we will see. I kind of want to leave this area though, like whitewash an area with a kid or something cause since Elder Spragg and his group of 37 missionaries went home, there are still like 8 areas closed but now there are 16 Americans coming in next week. so ya....
OK family i got to go! I love you so much! you guys are the best, we get to talk in four months from today, so woo hoo. Oh and Dad, I loved your football things, they were so awesome and it made me laugh cause its so true! OK bye family.

Love Elder Westergard.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

OK so your probably reading this thinking, hey its not Wednesday! its Tuesday haha but yeah it was changed just for today because tomorrow we have zone conference and the 1st counselor of the area presidency is coming to speak! Tomorrow will be a very spiritual and amazing day for us missionaries! so what you can do is write your letters today and we can come back tomorrow and read them cause you guys didn't know! so write me a little something.

This last week has gone by so fast I don't even know what to say! it felt like yesterday I was writing you guys. Well with the work, were working with tons of in-actives, its like you find a new one here every day! but the thing is they are really hard to get to go to church, ha I'm sure you know that Dad, Jared and Josh, but were doing a really good job, we teach like 15-20 inactive lessons every week, so its awesome. The girl Naomi we baptized, her family has lots of problems, her dad does not help out the family and the mom gets mad and the kids never do anything the parents say so they like beat them and stuff, and its just all messed up. Us and the branch pres. are working really hard focusing on the proclamation to the family! I don't know its difficult, cause she also wants to move out, but we will see what happens. If you have any ideas please share, lets hope things get better everyone but the husband went to church on Sunday.

Other than that its really hot when were teaching and stuff, cause it has not rained forever. I know dad said that there is a hurricane, but here in Esperanza nothing ever gets here, maybe sprinkles, but sometimes it pours like I never have seen, so I'm praying for water haha! but yeah the work is going great. We have a baptism planned for the 29th. oh and dad thanks for those tips on the work! they made me feel really good, I will put those into practice.

Well I cant believe I only have 1 more real pday left, then the next one is transfers! what!! already! I just got a new comp! and I think he is leaving cause I'm pretty sure I'm getting a kid. I asked Pres. Lee about Elder Bearhman so lets hope I'm his pops in the mission. Speaking of that, ill have 1 year and 1 month. wow!! it goes fast!

This morning we played basketball as a zone again on the nice wood court here in Esperanza! it was super fun! we played 9 games to 21 and my team won 8 of them! haha still got that old shot of mine, i know you guys here that like every week, but i don't want to brag on all the shots I made, so I just say still got that shot haha! Sounds like everything in Arizona is nice and hot! kind of like here all year round. I hope it goes down for you guys, I remember those days, school almost starting, burning heat, pool parties, well with just guys mom haha! yup good ole days.

Sounds like Jared and Lexi are amazing in new york! sorry mom that you have never been, just remember that i was the 1st one to go haha sorry that didn't help I know. One day you will go, its awesome! Happy Anniversary Jared and Lexi!! and Jakelle, do great in cheer, I cant watch you but I want pics ok!!!

Well I love you all, sorry you guys didn't get the chance to write me, but do it tonight or something and ill read it tomorrow. I love you all so much! remember that the church is true! til next week, love Elder Westergard

Friday, August 7, 2009

Wow I cant believe its been a week already! it just felt like 2 days ago I was playing softball and telling you guys everything! now its Wednesday! crazy how time goes by! its true, once you hit a year time really does go by alot faster! Today was pretty cool, we started doing stuff early today so we could play basketball why it was still cool and not really hot, it was super fun, I still got my shot haha i can tell you that.

Well this last week was very busy! yesterday we had interviews with Pres. Lee and it was really awesome! we talked how if you don't have the spirit you CANT TEACH EVER!!! so its really important that we keep the commandments and follow mission rules so we can feel the spirit. c If we don't feel it, the people were teaching wont feel it, and if we don't have it, Pres. Lee said we should testify, then it will come and then we should teach!

On Monday I gave my first capacitation as District Leader and the ZLs came! i was nervous but I did really good. then that same day I had a intercombio with one of the ZLs and we did really good! we taught lots of people. Right now were focusing 85 percent on inactive and the other on investigators, its hard but hey, we need to do it!

So there is like special transfers next week cause people are going home for school and stuff, so we will be having transfers and 5 Mexicans are coming to the mission and the ZL I had intercombio is leaving! lots of people are saying the reason we had intercom bio was to see if i would get one of them or go to be ZL. I really want to stay here as DL haha, besides I want to be Brody Bearhmans trainer next transfer. I don't know what will happen, we will let you know next week i guess.

That's about it from here I'm pretty sure, sounds like everyone back home is having lots of fun, well Dad and Josh that is, moms melting in the sun haha that's what she told me, but I hope you had a wonderful time at the cabin. Next time you go I will be with you guys, weird huh! yes thanks mom I'm excited about the candy! I love Jackson Hole candy, its the best. I love Alpine slides too, very fun. YES!! glad to hear Tiger Woods won AGAIN dad and where was Phil, wait I know!! probably choked again on the last hole like always cough cough sorry hes not like Tiger or me! haha just kidding, no but seriously! he always wins the Buick open, and wow, 36 to 1 on Sunday! that's insane.

I cant believe school starts, last time people told me school started was when i was in the MTC! wow 1 year already! time is going to fast. Well everyone I love you so much! I'm glad your all having a wonderful time so stay safe and have a great week! oh and mom, can you send me some contact solution, the optical stuff in big bottles, what Jakelle uses, like 5 bottles. that would be great! ok i love you guys!

Love Elder Westergard

Monday, August 3, 2009

Yeah that title of the letter is not a miss print! last inning, other team is up 8-6, 2 outs and I'm on deck! They walk my ZL and now bases are loaded! I get up and so far batting 1.000 this game, now its full count, fast ball down the middle and I cranked it over the left field wall, game over! (He really should be a sports announcer)

Yes that was a real story and like I couldn't believe it happened, it went so far. So ya that's my p-day story for you guys. So my new companion is from Pocatello, but he's not weird cause he grew up in Texas! (I'm sure he didn't mean people from Pocatello are weird, right?) So yeah, but if I could think of one person who is like him...it would have to be Benson Cotter! hahaha so you can probably guess what he's like, and it took like a matter of 1 hour to get comfortable, not a week! so things are really good. He's like my body guard, ill send you a picture and of my hit I got a grand slam on, yes I got a pic on that one, didn't know Elder Powell took one secretly.

Well being a DL is pretty cool I guess, I'm trying to do my best so we will see how it goes! I'm still not convinced that tomorrow is July 30th and that it will never come! in my mind I'm still a greeny and I'm never going home! but.....ya I'm not. You know how it goes, time flies and I'm not ready for it yet you guys, so pray for me please.

Sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun at the cabin. I totally wish I could go! only one more year. Sorry Mom I already invited Clayton to go with us next summer as my present for his baptism haha, so hes going! Sounds like the golf experience on one of my favorite courses AKA Eaglewood was not very good Josh and Dad! that stinks so bad. You know me, I would have hit the ball into them, I have no paciencia
(that would mean no patience) when slow people are in front of me, wow and 4 holes! that stinks.

Well mom if I were to tell you what I liked from the candy store it would probably be those sour ropes things that you can tear piece by piece, mini jaw breakers, those lego candy things, those fizz candy's and LOTS of them!!!!! and lastly hey stacks but that's hard to send haha. so ya that's about it, maybe a Jackson Hole shirt too.

I read a quote yesterday that was really amazing! it said.... "to the world you are just one person...but to one person you could be the world" it was really cool, thought I might share that with you. I'm going to try and put some photos and videos on flickr now! so i hope you like them. Oh, there are 4 people in my district Dad, all of us here in Esperanza, same branch!
Well I love you all, I want good updates on next weeks activities and so forth, Dad and Josh that means scores and good shots you made! oh and you guy always get mad at me for not sending pics, I want you to send me some via email!!! like of fishing, golfing, views, Jackson Hole, the works! Thanks. I love you,
Love Elder Westergard

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