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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Family and friends,

Well, it sounds like everything is working out back at home. it is always good to hear that the missionaries in my home ward are getting work done. i cant believe that all of that is working out for mo. i tell ya, return missionaries are gonna be the best friends he will make in this time of his life. i remember working with elder Olson and elder Cantrell and how much of an influence they were for me while getting ready for my mission.

Anyways, being transfer week and all i have lots of news. some good some not so good. Seeing as i really like my current companion i really wasn't hoping for change. either way it happened. Elder stinson will be missed. he is going to huntington park ward. I will be staying here and finishing training Elder Chriss. he is a visa waiter from salt lake city, (woo hooo!) :) who is going to the Argentina mission and he has only been out for a transfer. his trainer was also really new because i have never heard of him before either until now. so...this transfer is going to be like yoda and luke. i just hope it all goes smooth. I think i am going to start sending stuff home now so i wont have to worry about it the last week. i was also wondering if i need to bring home all my clothes because most of them are trashed or stained or ripped or faded so i was thinking of just giving them away or chucking them. That way i could have room for other stuff i wanted to bring home like souvenirs I've picked up along the way and stuff for the brothers and whatnot.

so, this is the beginning of the end. I am really hoping that the work picks up this transfer so i can leave it better than i found it. I am going to try and finish strong so keep praying for me!

I love you all and wish the best.

Elder Channing Winterrose

PS. if anybody has a job i can work for a while when i get back it would be much appreciated! need money for school and whatnot.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Dear family and friends,

Sorry if the message is short but we are a little pressed. well, this week was really great! we had a lot of things happen this week.

So Monday we all got to go to the beach and it was tons of fun. we got to play beach volleyball and play in the sand and whatnot. Unfortunately i underestimated the power of the sun and got a little sunburned.  so i also surprised myself when i tried and did a standing back flip. dang, did that make me feel old. haha, cant do them like i used to. anyways, i forgot my camera so you will just have to wait until next week for pictures. we also had an awesome, surprise fireside for the whole mission and guess who showed up! Elder Cook of the 12! it was short for a fireside but it was remarkable. he seemed a little pressed for time though so he kinda just talked about whatever. it was great. at the end of his discourse he mentioned the passing of sister Monson. You could have heard a pin drop. i don't think it really registered when he said it but i cant think of anybody better to give us the news.

Today i got my temple recommend renewed this week so i am all set till i get home. It was nice to get to talk to everybody on mother's day! i can't believe how much Daino has grown!
Well, i gotta run but i love you all and pray for you.

Elder Channing Winterrose

Monday, May 6, 2013

Dear family and friends,

When it rains it pours! so for the first time in months it is raining! coming out of our apartment we had to walk through the ankle deep puddles on tippy toes to keep from getting soaked I always love when it rains here because it smells way better after it rains and there is way less smog. anyways, this last week was an okay one. it has been lots of work with okay results. We did have a really really good lesson at the visitors center though with a few investigators and they loved it. We have really set the stage with them and i know that they knows the things we teach are true. she is just having a little trouble getting the commitment level she needs to act on all of them.

Elder Stinson had his birthday this week and both of the two active families threw him a little party. if you all didn't know it is a custom to take a bite out of the cake on your birthday haha, i will add some pictures to demonstrate but lets just say you might get some icing in your nose. i think the people we do get to visit often here are amazing and i am super grateful for them.

So, this week we will be going on splits so it should be a nice change of atmosphere. it will be nice to see a new area and see how the work is going in other parts of the ward. I was thinking about it and it will be my last splits i have to go on! besides my companion next transfer I'm done.

I cant wait for mothers day! we already found a family who would let us skype at their house. I will be using my own address but i was thinking... because skype is going to be really busy on mothers day download facetime in case it doesn't work well and i will get on that way. plan on some time at like 4 or later.

Well, i love you all, and if you happen to be at my house when i call *cough cough* i might get to say hi to you! That means you brogan haha.

anyways, i will talk to you Sunday! Love you all lots!

Elder Channing Winterrose