Area: Xin Ying
Companion: Elder Liu
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Companion: Elder Chen
Companion: Elder Chen
Hello mother dearest! Wow Tiny is looking pretty small...I think you might want to consider getting Blake a bigger tackling dummy! Phylip is looking like such a stud these days! Can you help me get his address? Oh yeah haha Tyler loves to take pictures...a little too much! Tyler told me to tell you about his new name, Carson Ripley. Hahaha he asked me to give him a name that starts with C so I chose carson. He is a funny one. As far as playing the piano, I was just playing the one in the chapel on preparation day but no I haven't been playing in sacrament. I need to brush up on some songs so I can though! As for the guitar I am still working on it. Haven't had much time the past few p days to practice but when I have the time I play! Thanks so much for the books I am super excited to learn that music! The curious george one by jack johnson is pretty sweet. That is so cool that Whitney and Rachelle stopped by! I miss those two! They are so great. Thanks for emailing rachelles music to me! If you have more email it too! That is way cool.
So Taibao is a pretty great place! The more members and people I meet here the more I love it! That is what it is all about, our families! I am so grateful for my family and how much you have all done for me. I am so grateful as well for the knowledge we have that our family can be together forever. What an amazing blessing it would be to be able to be a part of the process of a family being baptized and getting sealed in the temple. The blessings this Gospel brings to families are innumerable! What a great message we have to bring to the world!
I am pretty excited because brother shen, the brother I was teaching in xin ying, is getting baptized this Saturday! And I get to go! It has been an awesome experience getting to know him and teaching him the gospel. He has grown to love to learn from the Book of Mormon. He really loves the Liahona as well which is super cool. Being there for him saying he is willing to take this step in his life and follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized was such a great experience. He will be so blessed for this choice he has made in his life.
Well I got to get going but I love and miss you all bunches! Hope you have a good week! Love -Elder Ripley
Our new Bishopric sounds like they will be a great blessing to the ward! Blake is such a stud, I can't wait to watch his football games! well Hope you have a great week! I gotta get going, Sorry this week is so short! We are almost out of time at the internet cafe and we have to start proselyting at 6! LOve you dad, thanks for always being such a great example to me of a disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Love you! -Elder Ripley
Hello Momma! I loved to see you guys too! I am sorry I can't really speak english anymore. I will have to practice a little before the next time I talk with you guys. Yes I did get that package from Dad! Oh man those fruity pebbles have been sooooo nice I eat them every single morning! And I love the football as well! And no I have not gotten a package from Becki yet. Terri Stump is going on a mission?! So awesome! Tell her congratulations for me! And Rachelle is going to china!?!? Tell her to hurry up and give me her address! When does she leave? That is way cool.Hey Dad!
Yes you are right it is getting pretty cold here! Saturday was pretty warm, then yesterday was freezing cold, and now today is about in the middle. So last week was a little crazy! On thursday the assistants called me up and said pack up your stuff you are going to taibao tomorrow! That morning we had a pretty good lesson with brother shen and he accepted a january 12th baptismal goal. He is doing so great, he is reading the Book of Mormon, praying, coming to church and doing all that he needs to do to develop his faith and testimony. I really hope President will give me permission to go back to xinying on the 12th and see his baptism! I think he will. So I was sad to leave because I love all the people I have got to know there but I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for me here in taibao! So what happened was the Elder who was in taibao hurt his ankle while running and is not going to be able to walk or ride a bike for awhile so they called me up thursday and told me to pack my stuff and then on friday the office elders from taichung came and picked me up and brought me over to taibao where they dropped me off and picked up the Elder here who hurt himself and brought him up to taichung. My companion in xinying, Elder Stratford, is living with the other Elders that also live in xinying right now. It was a pretty quick switch but I am getting adjusted to taibao pretty quick. It is really close to xinying but over here it is a little more like the country side I guess. Not alot out here! The branch is super new, only a few years old. Yesterday we had 21 people at sacrament! The members here are so great! Super strong testimonies and love to do missionary work! I know I will love it here. My new companion is Elder Chen. He is taiwanese, so sorry if next time we talk my english is even worse, I have pretty much no chance to speak english unless we happen to run into someone who speaks it here but the chances of that are pretty low. I am happy though, my chinese will hopefully improve alot! Elder Chen is so great, he has a huge love for the people here and enjoys missionary work. We are going to have a good time serving together no doubt! I am so happy to be a missionary at such a great time as this! The gospel is moving forward and we see miracles everyday. I am so grateful for the Lord's blessings in my life, especially my family. Love you all bunches! Hope you had a merry christmas! Happy New Years!!!!!!!! Have a good week!! I am really enjoying all of the christmas presents you sent! All the candy and guns and basketball hoop the whole deal. Thanks so much!!
That is sad that ASU is stinking it up so bad this year. At least they beat the navy right? Terry Thomas probably wasn't too happy. The cardinals too! That is just a bummer.
The new teaching program sounds really cool! Sounds like you were way ahead of the times dad! I know the kids from your classes always loved to go to class and participate so you must have been doing something right! The church is constantly growing and growing and coming out with new programs it amazes me! The Lord really knows His children and how to help them. How grateful I am for our modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson!
Bishop is being released! Whoah! Make sure and let me know who the new bishop is next week! I think I have to let my mission president know too.
Hope the pumpkin pie was really nice, I am jealous. When I was in taichung a member gave me this pumpkin pie mix that she got from an american store there in taichung and I still have not used it! I am not really sure what to do about the crust. I want to just buy one but I don't know if they sell it here? We will see.
Hope you have a happy new years!!!! Have a great week Dad, Love you!