Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Phone Call from Daniel

On Christmas we all got an opportunity to speak with Daniel.  He sounded great!  We are proud of him and all of his great work!  Keep making us proud Daniel!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1st Week in Yuma

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:04:11 -0700

So this email is coming late this week... 1 day late because yesterday, my regular p-day, I had to take a very long car ride after transfer meeting.. to YUMA!

So yeah, I dont really know what to say about my last week in chandler.. EXCEPT ELDER LESH AND I BAPTIZED TWO PEOPLE! Rembember how we took over another missionaries area? Well, the first day we had it, a member called us and said he had someone for us to teach. We go by, and teach him a little bit, come back the next day and his friend is there too. They've both been going to church with this family for a while, and we baptized them last saturday. It was super funny. This whole family and these two kids that practically live with them are all so funny and goofy. But it was a great experiance for them to come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We confirmed them on sunday as well. And then their friends, the family's two brothers, had to bear their testimony in Church and they both were crying, which made Brandon and Zack start to cry and they were all embarased because they're teenagers and it was funny. Then during someone elses talk, she started telling this story about Jesus that someone wrote and Brandon was like, "oh no, here it comes again" and stuck his hands over his face. It was hilarious.

Lets see... what else.

Oh, we also started teaching another person in that same ward, who was dating an older member. He wanted to join the church and marry her. We made sure he was spiritually ready, and then put him on date for baptism for Christmas day. He was so excited. He's a funny guy too. He used to be a marine, then was a bum for 7 years and then got involved with a born-again church that helped him out a lot and he got back on his feet and got a good job in Arizona, and now has a house and two cars. He sees "Mormonism as his next step in his progression, like he's been led here his whole life" hahaha. He's awesome. But I'll miss the baptism now that I'm in Yuma, and not Chandler...

Oh speaking of, my adress in Yuma is:
Elder Daniel Feller
1600 W 12th st #1323
Yuma AZ, 85364

So at least for the next couple weeks you can send christmas packages and letters there, because the mission office is going to be booked! But its ok, whichever still works. And after like.. 4-5 weeks, start sending stuff back to the mission home. I appriciate all the Christmas presents and all the letters and everything I've recieved thus far! It means a lot that people still remember me... because I'm going on 5 months pretty soon!

HOLY CRAP ITS RAINING IN YUMA RIGTH NOW! That means lettuce will be super good this year, because Yuma produces 90% of the worlds lettuce...

Anyways, Uh, not much else happened. I ran into an Anti guy I met a while ago, again. He said Nephi was a murder and a bearer of false witness and God would never tell him to do that. We told him to read the old testament, and gave him some examples of God using the rightous to bring judgement on the wicke.... hahaha. Then he held up his phone that he was looking up bible scriptures on and said, "what do you think this is!?" and Elder Lesh said, "thats a word search." BOOM! We handeled it well but he still left being stupid. I told him if he wouldn't pray and ask God about the Book of Mormon, and not question some 20 year old kids on the street then we can do nothing for him and walked away.

The End!

NEXT WEEK!: Hear more about my adventures in Yuma!

Love Elder Feller
A message I left for some people that we didnt see for a while.

Me, Brandon, Justin, Zack, Elder Lesh. Justin Baptized his two friends on his sides

They're goofy

The death of Elder Lesh & I's companion ship, but not our love.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Daniel vs The Mesa Temple

Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 11:07:48 -0700

This week was insane.... 

We've been super booked every night using tons of miles. We are preparing to Baptize the two teenage guys we met last week, for this Saturday. So I'm really excited about that. I haven't had any baptisms yet because of my area's and stuff. Whitewashing twice and then having a bad trainer doesn't help. But the Lord is blessing me and Elder Lesh a lot, so I'm really excited.

But the craziest thing that happened is that Joram went back to Kenya. He knows the Book of Mormon is true, and he wants to be baptized now, but he didnt have time to do it here, because he wants to have a big party after. hahaha. So he's going back to Kenya like right now. But he's going to find the church there. And here's why. Get ready for the craziest story of the week. We took Joram to the Mesa Temple to see the lights and the visitors center. (Which is AWESOME and a great missionary tool) So we're walking around the inside and Joram's wife sits down and there are these other Kenyan people there, and they start talking, then the all start talking in Swahili and Joram meets all these members of the church that joined in Kenya, including one of his own tribe, who can speak his tribal language. And me and Elder Lesh are like, "yes, this is awesome." Then this white guy walks up and starts talking to them in Swahili. He's a returned missionary who served in... you guessed it- Kenya! So he's talking to all of them, and eventually he starts to tell Joram where the Church building is in Nairobi, the city where he lives. Apparently, its like... in walking distance of his house. like across the street or something. So Elder Lesh and I are freaking out in excitement because now we know he's going to find the church there for sure. And they all celebrate, and Joram's wife gets some new friends from Kenya to help her and support her. And later, Joram tells us that it was no accident that all that happened. And I agree. It was definitely a miracle. Joram is planning on coming back to the United States to get baptized someday.... We told him if that doesn't work out soon he needs to go do it in Kenya. But he wants "his first missionaries to be there" hahaha. So its a way cool story.

But speaking of the Mesa Temple, it is such a beautiful place. We went through it today. And we've been there twice taking investigators to the Christmas lights. If you ever have the opportunity to go there for Christmas, do it! We are going all the time this time of year. And during the Easter Pageant, which is hear is also amazing.

Thats all for this week. Next week we'll have baptism pictures and all sorts of fun things! 


Elder Feller 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Daniel vs Two Areas!

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:54:12 -0700

I have no idea what to say this week! Not too much happened...

... oh we only absorbed another area so we cover 5 wards and have whitewashed twice in one transfer.. new record. So we're super busy. And our area is now 20 square miles... which, p.s., is kinda huge. Which is good because we're super busy.. and bad because we're super busy. Its kinda stressful. Especially on my OCD companion. hahaha. And we were out of miles in our car for the last couple days, because we live 1.5 miles out side of our area and 5 miles to the closest residential neighborhood in our area. It was super fun to bike there on NOT my bike because the pedal fell off again! So I have to use a bike I borrowed from our Zone Leader that is super slow, hard to pedal and uncomfortable. So i'm going to get that fixed in Tempe... AGAIN. But taking over there area for at least 3 weeks isn't that bad. We had a member call us up like the first day and say, "hey I've got a kid living with me, who has been going to church a little bit and wants to hear 'the discussions' and will most likely be baptized." So we meet, teach a little bit, come back the next day and he's got another friend who has been going to church for 4 years and wants to be baptized. So we are most likely going to reach our baptismal goal of two for this transfer because of that. Our other prospects are not looking too good right now, unfortunately, and I think this is the Lord blessing us to meet our goal, because of all our hard work.

So the problems with the other two people from Africa we were going to baptize are: 1. Rosemary's work schedule got messed up royally, so we couldnt meet last saturday, like usual, and set up a date, and its been really hard to contact her. and 2. Jorem is now saying he was already baptized, and doesnt need to be again. We're working on that, we told him to pray about it last time and are going back soon.

thats pretty much it...

Love Elder Feller