Serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hey! It is going great here at the MTC. I think it just hit me that we only have a little while left in here, but it may just be because it's p-day. Anyways, last week we had a great week, our real teacher just got back so we haven't had to have our sub anymore.  We all missed him. He went down to Texas to visit some families that he taught. This week I have learned a lot.

My personal study subject has been on teaching with the spirit and being positive. Lately we as a district hadn't been really 'feeling the love'.  Our solo sister was given to a companion in another district, so we didn't have to take her everywhere. I think that might have helped her realize that she needed to be nicer if she wanted to hang out with us. :) It definitely worked, she has been a lot nicer, and in turn, the mood of our whole district has improved. That made me super happy. So over all this has been a great week.

My companion and I are also doing much better. We had a companionship inventory and I told him that being negative affects all of us and that when he makes the decision to be negative there is only one person who can change that, and that's him. I also told him to be more open in our discussions and he is going to try working on that. He had been having a hard time because he just didn't feel comfortable. Soo, also yesterday we weren't having a great lesson because he was kinda just pouting for no reason (I didn't know why) but it kinda just affected the general mood of the lesson. So we stopped the lesson and we all went outside kinda just to restart. I took this chance to kinda explain to everybody that we are all here because we love the Lord and we are here to serve him, not to sit around moping. Then we read something from the first chapter of PMG on like page 10 and I read the sentence that talked about how we need to not compare ourselves to others and how we also need to not become discouraged because it weakens our faith. Our faith is the only thing we have out here.  If we don't have a strong foundation of the gospel, and a solid testimony, what will happen that one time we do something that tries our faith? For example what if we follow the spirit in a lesson and it offends the person, and that causes us to lose our investigator?  Things like that will come up and, without our testimonies being sturdy, they could be shaken. Anyways that was the first thing that helped us out.

I think people are starting to take it a little more maturely now and that has been helping us out a loooot more.  Also I shared that we need to invite the spirit in, and that we need to get past pride, lack of trust, and fears of saying the wrong thing, and follow the promptings of the spirit more readily. I think that I am having no problem with being open, but I need to use more doctrine so that is what I'm going to be working on this week. This week has been such a great learning experience for us and I'm glad we have finally started taking down those barriers that were in our way.

Hey, mom I am soo glad for the package, tell Grandma and Grandpa thank-you. Which reminds me, I finally found those thank-you cards and sent them out.  I made sure to make them much more personal for each family, so they should be worth the wait. I also got an awesome care package from J, she is amazing! She got me some new shorts and two athletic t-shirts that work great.

I totally know what you mean about getting another suitcase, I might have to get a cheap carry-on or something that I could split my things in.  I have sooo much food. We are really practicing this food storage thing pretty well, the prophet would be proud.

I am soo happy you guys got to shoot the gun! I told you it was the coolest experience ever!

Britton had some HUGE fish.  That is remarkable!

I'm glad you're seeing the blessings coming in mom, you will probably have no problem finding some people to keep you company.

Good-luck to all of you in school.

Britton keep your chin up, follow the spirit, be as bold as you are loving, continue to find the blessings of every day, don't dwell on the negative and don't let your companions either. Positivity is the higher road and they came on a mission to be truly converted - that is one of the biggest steps of conversion. Positive thinking also has another name, FAITH. So keep them straight!

Love all of you and I'm thinking of you.

Elder Winterrose

PS I didn't get that SD card because I didn't know it was in that package and I also double checked the box. I don't know where it is but I hope you backed up everything on the computer.  If you can please send me another 2 gig or something? Muchos gracias. Also I got the krispy cremes....... and the 80 candles.... I got a picture of the candles in them, but we didn't really have anything to light them with.... anyways I gotta go! Bye!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Ahhhh, don't remind me! (His birthday's tomorrow.) My roommate was giving me crap because, now when we die on our missions, we won't be part of that teenager statistic. Now I'm going to be in that 20 - 50 range with all the old farts. Oh, by the way we decided when 2012 comes around Heavenly Father is going to cast Los Angeles into the sea just like he did with Atlantis. That's right, Atlantis. Look it up. 

Okay so first things first. I forgot to answer some of the things from the last letter.
  • This guy in our district drew that picture with all the warriors.  I before he left for Peru. I told him that I wanted Captain Moroni's armor.  He got it spot on.  
  • Yes the tree smells like cream soda.
  • The picture is of my district and I'm going to steal that one when we leave and send you a real copy too. 
  • Oh, and yes, Dad, my companion is like a mix between Britton and Jacob Campbell and it is sooo annoying!  (In the best possible way.) He has Britton's laugh so it's really weird, and he has the tendencies of Jacob - like when you are talking and he just kinda zones out, then when you finish talking he just changes the subject like you weren't talking to him. Hahaha. (But you know I love Jacob!)
This week we haven't really been up to much, we just found out that the last two weeks we'll be here they are stealing our teacher, kicking us out for some newbies, and putting us in with another district because ours is so small. But really, every week is the same except for the dumb stuff we say that sometimes gets a laugh.  Haha, I've realized now how easy Britton had it. I am pretty much fluent in espaƱol and there isn't much more to do while teaching besides practice more and try to get our teacher to get baptized in her "investigator" persona (which is her as herself, just not Mormon and with way-hard questions). She is impossible some days, but we love her to death. It's funny though because we have been teaching her for 5 weeks so far and it's like impossible to teach the real lessons because she has ADD sooo bad!

Okay, on to the next thing. I got the cards from the family and it made me so happy.  I love the one with the bird, it made me laugh. It was awesome. Oh, I also got a package from Grandma Billie just yesterday and we tried to do as much damage as we could to it. We made a huge dent! She sent some great snacks.  We already ate all the chips, beans, nacho cheese, and onion dip. Sounds gross, but it was awesome.

Now we have soooooooooooooo much candy and food it is ridiculous. We have (like no joke) 5 boxes full of candy and snacks from all the guys that left. It is awesome. (That's why I sent you that emergency email because I still had some time left and we can't take like anymore food or we won't finish it in a month!) Unless they're Krispy Kremes, then we are alllll for those.  Those are like the light on my darkest days, seriously. I also have like enough laundry detergent for the next 2 months cause we got everybody's that left and also all the soap and body wash we could ever need because we constantly raid the free box for what it has. Sooo, I think we have that year's supply thing down!

I am afraid of Morgan having his license - there I just had to say it.  I just think of the time when I backed the van "into the driveway" via the mailbox and how Britton was a "drifting pro" but somehow he managed to nail a curb. Haha.  Just think, at least accident-wise the Winterrose boys haven't involved anyone or anything they couldn't handle! ;)
I am so jealous that you guys get to hang out in Utah! It's awesome.  I think I can say I'm ready to get out of here right now.  We keep learning these awesome things, but we can't get out there and actually try them! It's a pain in the butt! And when people from LA come here and tell me about it, it drives me mad! Haha, I think I'm getting MTC fever.

Well, I'm missing you guys a ton but I gotta go and do the laundry, so I will message you later!

I am doing fantastic! I have some down days, but today I took a 3-hour nap (best birthday present ever!) and Elder Casper cleaned our room. It smells like half a bottle of Fabreeze and we finally passed a cleaning check!

Well, I gotta go.

Love you Poot, Mo, Dad and Mom! You too Brit! Baptize the ____ outta them! ;)

Elder Channing Winterrose

PS I don't think I found the SD card, so I will go double check for it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Okay, there's a lot to write back today!

So far I still haven't received the care package, but it is nice to know that you sent one. I'm still in need for those bike shorts so I hope you got them in there. It's a pain in the butt (to pick up packages) cause they usually put a note in your mail box and we can't check it till after dinner, so sometimes we get there at like just before 6 when the post office closes and they have closed early or something dumb like that and we can't pick up our packages. It has been a kinda slow week, I pulled a muscle in my back on Monday so I went to the doctor and he prescribed me some ibuprofen to help with the pain.  It helps a lot. Oh and yesterday I was playing soccer and I went for the ball at the same time as this other guy on the other team and our shins collided. That hurt soooo bad, and now we both have a lump on our shins haha. So Brandon said that his cousin, (one of the Wilde's) is here but I still haven't met him yet. I don't really know what he looks like yet... but I'm keeping my eyes open.

We have been teaching our Investigators and doing well. They are progressing a lot this week. It's like were finally understanding what they need. (I've known all along but nobody listens to me) which leads me to a story. So, Monday in class we were talking to Casey, our teacher's investigator. (They're not a real investigator, they just act as one.)  And she was not very into the lesson and she would tell us she forgot what we talked about, and that she didn't read a lot of the book of Mormon because she only got through like 9 chapters... So we had a time out, where we kinda just freeze and talk about it.  We talked about how it's going with the investigator, soo everybody was like, "I think something happened because she isn't talking a lot."  (Again they were making dumb assumptions). At this point, if it is what they thought, they should have said something to the investigator... Sooo then I said she looked bored cause we kinda just launched into the lesson and she DID read a lot and that we need to point out the positive and not make assumptions on the negative. Sooo after this everyone else was like "I dunno if that's right."  After that I was like, "Whatever..." I was done trying to reason with them. Then out of nowhere my teacher said, "I just want you all to know Elder Winterrose was exactly right. Every assumption you guys have made was wrong. She was just bored.  She just didn't feel entertained," and then she thanked me. This was the best I TOLD YOU SO moment so far. Since this they have stopped being ignorant and I have started being a little more open. But honestly, they still got something to learn. Anyways that was my favorite moment of the week.

I got letters from J, my friend T, you guys, and Brandon and that has made this week pretty sweet! We also finally had a talk from someone who wasn't in the emeritus 70. Now that it's August, they are off vacation. (I guess they all go on vacation during July or something.)

That is soo cool that you guys are going to Kanosh, to go shoot guns with Ryan and the hot air balloon ride is thee-best. You guys will love all that stuff. GREAT catch Britton! I heard about that fish, that is just flippin' remarkable! I want pictures soon so I can show them off to my buddies k? :)

I am so jealous of all ya.  It kinda stinks not being able to do anything I need to, let alone anything I want to. But I know that from my diligence and perseverance I will be blessed. (But really if you can find any way to send me some plain Krispy Kremes for my birthday, like 2 dozen, I would be eternally grateful.) Everybody else is getting them and it pains me to see that.

I miss and love all of you, I love being out here doing the Lord's work.

The Church is true,

Elder Winterrose.

Hey, I got a few more minutes.  I liked the email from Scott and it was really good, thanks.  I also got like 3 boxes full of awesome snacks and candy from a bunch of the missionaries in our branch, so I don't need much food anymore!

Oh and did you get the bike shorts in the box you sent? If not, just throw them in the next one cause that would help when i work out. If you can find those black sambas that are in good condition (I think one of those pairs isn't too bad) then send them my way, but you said you couldn't find them so I might have to ask for them for my b-day present. Oh, and one more thing! If J comes over then get a picture of her with Buster and send it to me please! I wanna pic of my two favorite people in the world!  Well I am not sending out a letter today cause I'm replying to a bunch of others, but I love you guys lots!

Take care!

Elder Winterrose

Friday, August 5, 2011


I started riding the bike in gym this week and it makes me feel better.  Which reminds me, I need some more shorts and briefs. I have 3 pairs of briefs and I go through one a day during gym... I never really thought about that till I realized I had no underwear... It sucks running out because then you gotta find the least-dirty pair and that's just bad. Haha. I also need more shorts... I only brought two pairs for p-days but like I said, here we have gym every day.  Oh, and if you can throw in those specialized shorts and that red, black, and white castelli bib, I could just wear those under my shorts and that would help me from getting so sore after the ride. Thanks bunches.

Haha, no problems with the language, I think I've got it. I do have a sinus infection so I've been on antibiotics, decongestants, and a whole cocktail of meds this week. 

I only wrote in my journal like every-other day last week and it was just a boring/rough week, so I sent home the good one. Plus copying those things is spendy after a while. I sent J a bunch of pictures too, make sure to send them all to Britton in an email or something cause I could only print out a few. I'm trying not to use too much money.

(Note from Mom - We had a lesson on Sunday that talked about the dangers of pornography and were encouraged to talk with those we love about the topic, including asking the last time they were exposed to it - this is his answer.)  Umm, I would say it has been a long time since running into something, I remember some weird guy tried showing me a funny text message while I was working at Amazon and the answer to that was an obvious, "No thanks I'm fine". Then someone else exclaimed, "Dude! That's just wrong," after looking at it, and told him he was a retard for doing that at work. So that stuff is seriously just everywhere. You don't even have to go looking for it. It's sad. You have to make a decision early in your life that you don't wanna be a part of that generation!

This email is crazy long. I gotta change my laundry so I'll be back in a sec.
Haha, sorry to Poot, that stinks about your phone dying.  I don't know what I would ever do if my phone died, it would suck. (But I guess I'm living without it now...)  I got 1:48 left so I will try being quick. I love all you guys and I keep you all in my prayers. I know I am doing the Lord's work and the church is true!

Okay, if you can send me krispy kremes please do, I need some soon! Send my black Sambas if you can, also.  Bye!!!

Okay, I got a few more seconds.  I gotta say, please send me more pictures if you can cause I miss seeing all your pretty faces, and Busters!

Love you.


Elder Channing Winterrose