Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Warm 4th of July

July 5, 2011

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Hope everything is going really well for you.

For the 4th of July we got to go to a BBQ. Lucky for us it was P-day and we got to celebrate. We went to some really nice member's home and hung out with them. We played basketball, volleyball, and paddle tennis. My favorite was paddle tennis because I dominated. Haha. Everyone got really sunburned. Sad day. I didn't get it too bad except for on my neck. I have a really funky neck tan from the collars on my shirts. It almost looks like I have cancer because my neck dramatically changes colors. But now the part that is covered by my collar is all red so it looks even weirder. I will have to send a picture home of my strange looking neck.

Yay we got our new Mission President! We got to meet the Bowens today and they are really awesome. The first thing you notice about President Bowen is that he is tall. He is like 6'4". Wow. I guess we are really going to have to look up to him. He seems like he has already been a mission president before. He is very confident and seems like he will be a great leader for the Anaheim mission. He told us about when he was a stake president and there stake only got 6 convert baptisms his first year as stake president. Then he decided to really follow the advice of the brethren as found in the handbooks. They also focused a lot on the 15 names program. The second year they had 40 baptisms. He said the point wasn't that they got all of these baptisms but that the brethren have already created programs to help us as missionaries and that if we follow them that we will be blessed and we will better bless those around us. You can tell that he has caught the missionary work fire and that he is going to try his best to share it with all those around him. Yay!

We got to go to a baptism that happened on Saturday in the singles ward. Her name is Candace and she lives in our ward boundaries. She has been fellowshipped by the members of our ward for a long time and it was really awesome to see that make such a big impact in her life. I am starting to understand a little better about why we come out on missions. We can help others make good changes in their lives. Also baptisms are the best. Strait is the gate and narrow the way. We are trying to help people find that way.

Have a great week.
Sent with lots of love from,
Elder Matthew Arnold

Summertime in Cali

June 27, 2011

Happy week everybody!

Wow the weather here is so beautiful! I might have to live here some day just because I would never have to deal with bad weather. Haha just kidding. I love Provo weather too.

This week we haven't been able to meet with very many of our investigators but we should be able to catch them home this next week. We have had the opportunity to do lots of door knocking. We call it hide and seek because they are hiding and we are seeking. One thing I have learned about talking to people at their door is that you just have to smile and see if they are interested. You can't make a huge difference in whether or not they will let you in. You make a small impact but they are either prepared or not. I love to talk to people about just normal life because then you can really connect with people. I think that I am using up all the words for the rest of my life. I won't be able to talk when I get home because I am using up all my words on my mission.

Bam! Elder Johnson and I this week ate a huge flippin' ridicilous Donut Burger. Read that one more time. Yes a Donut Burger. The buns were donuts. What in the world?!?

Love,
Elder you know

Bye.

I "love" dogs

June 20, 2011

This week has been so great! We have talked to a lot of people who are interested in the gospel and so we will need to follow up with them this week. We met a girl named Katherine. She is a ucla medical student and was super open and said we could come back and teach her about the Book of Mormon. We will see what happens there.

I went on exchanges this week with Elder Brown. We went and visited a less-active(because of health problems) member. He has two golden retriever dogs that shed everywhere. We sat down on the couch and listened to him for awhile. When we got up and left our pants were covered with dog hair on the back. It was the best. We have lots of fun experiences with dogs. Every door we knock has dogs and they start barking really loud. The first week I was here Elder Johnson got bit in the butt by a dog. He was a big dog and he came up and gave him a nip on the butt. So funny! Also last week we almost died. We were visiting some non-members with a son on a mission and we opened the gate to let ourselves in. They property is kind of farm like and they have horses and stuff like that. So we opened the gate and started to walk in. All of a sudden we hear a loud galloping sound. We turn and look and see two huge great danes charging straight at us. We ran back to the gate and barely closed it in time. Wow that was scary. Lots of great things happening here in Cali. Haha.

Yesterday at church we had a father's day feast. There were tables filled with plates of cookies for all of the men. We snuck in under the label of future fathers. We got a little bit of a ribbing for that. O well.

Well have a great week!
Sent with love from Cali,
Elder Matthew Arnold