Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We Moved!

14459 Sunnyslope
Caldwell ID, 83607
I have received all of your mail and if things are sent to my old
one they will be forwarded until February 15 or something.
But send all new ones to this address.

This week has gone by very quickly like always. Elder
Anderson is pretty much my best friend. We get a long very
well and are always talking about the most random things,
and a lot of times we are on the same brain wave.

I am so jealous of all the rain you have gotten. I am pretty
sure that every time I leave the state it rains more and
more, so maybe you will have somewhere around 10 inches
this whole year. The weather has been really mild the past
couple of weeks, the last time that we got snow was last year
(December 31). Some days I have actually been warm!
It has pretty much been around 40 or 45 everyday so
the weather is beautiful.

The best news this week is that my favorite investigator
set a fecha bautismal this week. It is going to be the 20th
of February. I love going to teach her because she just
absolutely loves to learn more about God and always
loves to have us over. She hasn't come to church yet but
we really hope that she will soon. Her name is Yolanda
Martinez and she is single but has 6 kids, ranging from
6 to 16, also she needs a job so all of you in the Boise
area who are reading this, if you know of something
let me know.

We have two others who are planning on getting married
and baptized on Febuary 13th, so that should be pretty
sweet. They are a really great family, and they even
signed up to feed us twice this month. They are what
we call eternals, they have been listening to the
missionaries for over a year now but they are finally
getting baptized which is really nice to see.

There is another family that I just wish I could help
more. They have been members for about 6 months
now and are just some of the greatest people I know,
but the place they are living in right now is trying to
take advantage of them. They are moving out but the
owner says that they don't need to give them their
deposit back, even though it says in the contract
(which is in english and this family doesn't know hardly
any) that if they give 30 days warning of moving out,
which they have, and the place is clean, which it is,
they should get their deposit back, minus 25 dollars
for cleaning the carpet. There are a lot of greedy
people in the world trying to take advantage of
small humble families, it is really sad.

Some of my favorite things of being a missionary
is getting to learn Spanish, getting to know
wonderful people that I would never have met,
and getting fed really good, legitimate Mexican food,
every night.

I am really have a wonderful time here and last
night was the first night we slept in our new house,
it is a pretty nice little house. I will send pictures
soon, also I found a dead mouse in the basement
when I stepped and heard a crunch so it has been
there for a while. I already have pictures of that haha.

Well I need to get going now we are going to take
pictures of/on the tank of Caldwell.

Elder Paxton

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Elder Anderson...

is pretty dang cool. He is pretty nerdy, but so am I. We get
along really well together and we are really enjoying our
time together. Once again I don't have a whole lot of time,
we are going to go to Boise today and play soccer with the
English elders, and we need to leave pretty soon.

I am pretty sure that this week we are going to set a
baptismal date with two other investigators which I
am pretty excited about, they are what we call eternal,
they have been taught by the missionaries for over a
year now.

I am staying busy and have been a little warm, almost
everyday has been over 40 so it is real nice. I hope you
all get a lot of rain, I heard that you are supposed to get
10 inches or something ridiculous.

I need to get going now but I love you all and look forward
to hearing from you.

Elder Paxton.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

1st Transfer done

I am now officially a misssionary, haha. Elder Castillo se fue
a Boise and my new companion is Elder Anderson. He is pretty
cool. It will be nice to be able to talk more with my companion
since he speaks English.

I don't have a whole lot of time today. We have a lot of shopping
to do because we don't really have food and stuff. All is well here
in Caldwell and the work is going well.

We have one baptismal date set as of right now and are hoping
to have two more this week. We are staying very busy teaching
a lot of people so thank goodness we don't have to knock too many
doors, it has been a bit warmer, above 30 or 35 every day. It is
supposed to be rainy the next couple of days so it might cool off
a bit.

We might be moving pretty soon, I have heard someone say they
have found a house but we haven't been told directly, so who knows.
That would be really nice since we are 15 miles outside of our area
and we use a lot of miles in our car, and we don't have that many.

We need to get shopping and eating and teaching so I will say
goodbye for now.

Elder Paxton

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dos mil diez

So this year I brought in the new year in what I think is the best
possible way, sleeping haha. Elder Castillo was asking our
district and zone leaders if we could stay out late, the whole time
I was thinking say no, say no, say no. Thankfully they said no.

This week has been a pretty good week. We have a couple new
investigators who are really interested in learning about God
and who are always excited to have us over. I am pretty sure
that that are both going to get baptized with in the next couple
of days. Maybe today if I work real hard. One of them we found
knocking doors too. It is always nice to find investigators when
you are knocking doors, it make it feel not useless. Although
Elder Castillo told me that when we are knocking doors the Lord
will bless us, just not always with finding people, we might get a
referral from the MTC or might have some one set a baptismal
date or something along those lines.

The MTC really stressed the importance of finding. We won't
have people to baptize if we don't have people to teach and
we won't have people to teach if we don't find them.

The weather has been pretty fun here. The other day it snowed
and some members told us that Caldwell got hit the worst.
Outside of the church, because of the way the wind was blowing,
he snow was almost a 3rd of the way up the door. Out in the
middle of the parking lot was somewhere around 4 inches deep
last I checked and I think another inch or two fell after that.
That was pretty fun, and it was perfect snow ball snow so I
had to hold back from throwing one at everyone I saw and
just threw more at the young men in our branch. And a couple
of days later it was pretty foggy and while we were driving.
We couldn't see much farther then 30 feet or so. I took a
picture, relax a member was driving, and you cant see anything
except for white and a couple of yellow dashes on the ground,
and that was all you could see in real life too.

So this morning we went to the temple and as always we had
the zone leaders drive us, so instead of making them drive
out to get us at 6 in the morning (we live at least 20 minutes
away from them) we had a slumber party at their house.
I woke up in the middle of the night pretty cold, they don't
have any extra blankets, so I moved about 1 foot away from
their heater, I was nice and warm then.

Today should be pretty fun we are going to play indoor
futbol, with the English elders. It is our zone against theirs,
I am pretty sure we are going to win, because our zone has
maybe 3 gringos, including me, and every Spanish person
in the world knows how to play soccer.

We are going to go and get something to eat before we go
play, I am starving, I haven't eaten since 5 last night and
I have been up since 5:30 this morning. So farewell for now

Con amor
Elder Paxton

Friday, January 1, 2010

Short after Christmas email

This email is going to be pretty short because we have a lot
of things to do. This week has been a pretty good week,
we got to see a lot of happy people and we also got to give
a lot of gifts to some very poor families. They were so happy
and grateful, we also have appointments to go back and to
teach them. We already have taught one of them and she
seemed really interested in the gospel. She said that she is
like a kid with candy she loves to learn more about God.
I am excited to teach her more.

One of our investigators, who like every one else is pretty
poor, gave us 2 boxes of cereal, 2 jars of peanut butter,
1 jar of jelly, and a loaf of bread. Before this last week
we had 1 box of cereal, and a bunch of random mexican food
that some people gave us, now we have 8 boxes of cereal
2 from the investigator,2 from mom, 3 from grandma) and
more food then we know what to do with, I am pretty sure we
have got a year supply now. Everyone is so generous. So many
people let us in because of the cold and we always get fed at
every house it seems like, and they are almost offended if we
don't take what they are offering.

I try to do a little bit of working out but I am always so tired.
Our time that we have to do it is at 6:30 right after we
get out of bed so it is really hard to get motivated. Also we have
absolutely nothing to work out with, so that makes it even harder.

Okay so I am pretty sure that we have to go now and there are
a bunch of people waiting to get on so. voy a dormir, ha no es
cierto, voy a matar haha.

Elder Paxton