Wednesday, June 12, 2013

5/27/13 Mail from Matt

6/10/13 email to Mom

Happy sealing anniversary! I forgot to bring Andrew's email address. Dang it! Will you tell them I said Happy Anniversary.

Nayakere and her six kids came to church on Sunday for the first time! We were waiting for them and they showed up late. I was so anxious waiting for them, pacing back and forth. They enjoyed it. It was so good! They are working towards June 29 for baptism!

There is an active lady in the ward and she has a daughter who has been less active. She is pregnant and unmarried now. The mom really struggled with this. She goes to a therapist and the therapist told her "It is not your job to judge her. It is your job to love her." This really hit me hard. I've been trying to apply this with the people in my district and the people we talk to. It is so true though. It is the Savior's responsibility to judge. 
This morning I studied Alma 11:43. I am so amazed at Father's plan for us. It makes sense. The blessings available to us are wonderful. 
I love ya'll. Have a great day. 
Love Elder Alpin :)

Hello. Thanks for the email. I am doing good. I'm grateful for the example you and dad are setting. 

Love you :) Have a great day

6/10/13 email to Dad

Hey! I memorized Doctrine and Covenants section 4 this past week. The deacons quorum in one of the wards read it every Sunday in class. They were going to memorize it and we said we would do it with them. And we did! It's a good section. I am glad your ward feels like home. I fell for the first time on my bike yesterday. We were coming down this big hill so I was going kinda fast. I went to turn to go into a driveway  I didn't brake fast enough and hit the curb. It was kind of funny. Earlier this week Elder Bennett crashed on his bike too.
Thank you for the letter. I enjoyed it.
Love Elder Alpin 

Hello Elder,

It has been an interesting week and it went by quickly, but I did have time to complete the D&C reading/listening.  Had several hours Friday morning while waiting for brakes to be put on the van and then finished on Saturday.  It was cool sitting in Sunday school yesterday and know the lesson because I had just listened to it and was able to remember much of it.  Started reading the Pearl of Great Price Sunday and should be able to finish quickly.  It was very comforting to be in our home ward yesterday for services since we have been in different locations in the past 5 weeks, it felt like home for the first time since we moved here. Turned in your picture for the Missionary plaque that was ordered...have not seen it yet.

I'm guessing that your legs are just getting accustomed to the bike riding and knowing that the temps have been hot, I can only imagine the sweat you are producing...a family curse for sure!

Remember that this time on your mission is usually the hardest and during those tough times that bring into question your purpose and maybe even some loneliness, just remember that it is the time to strengthen your relationship with your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  There will be times throughout your life to come that you will be grateful for the tough times and the things you learn that help you survive and grow.  READ D&C 122:7-8…This is a time to be strong, be obedient and work hard.  "my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."

I love you Matthew with all my heart and pray for your safety and success as well as your of good cheer and continue to share your smile with everyone!



6/3/13 Pictures

Me, Maglueah, James, Elder Bennett

our food that the Samoans gave us :)

6/3/13 email to Mom

I am doing great today. Ryan and Kristin are moving to Bay City! That is weird. He won't be in the Branch presidency anymore! Everyone is moving oh man! Tell Uncle Scott I say hello! I got my bike from Walmart like two weeks ago. We live in a members basement. The Palacio's are there names. They are mexican and speak spanish. Yes we still get fed every night. Last night's dinner was soo good. Teaching has kind of slowed down this week. We don't door knock super much lately. We don't go to the mission office on Mondays. We never did. The zone leaders pick up the mail for the entire zone and we get it from them. No I haven't seen Elder Weight he is in a different zone. Of course the people are welcoming! Elder Bennett does not like to run. I always get stuck with the people that hate it. That is ok though. We have zone work out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday we have district work out or just do it at our house. Talking is going good. I email at 10:30ish for an hour and half. We get mail at like 2ish. Nope I am still not wearing my glasses. James said he would add me on facebook. 14 people? Cool. What does VT mean? Yesterday Mony Mony and Achok got the Holy Ghost! I had the chance to confirm Mony. Last Tuesday it poured. We don't ride our bikes when it rains hard so we walked. We got soaked! We just started laughing because it kind of sucked. There was nothing we could do about it though. We have been talking to two different families from Sudan. They are all related. It's funny. They all have like at least six kids too. I love all the little black kids they are so cute! Yesterday we went over to Niakere's house. We invited her to be baptized. She didn't accept nor reject. We went in the back yard and played basketball with her kids. It was so fun.
There is this guy from France that is here learning English for three months. He is a bishop back in France. His name is Maglueah. He is so  funny. We saw him at temple square a couple weeks ago when we had our lesson with James. He asks us "Do you have the power?" We have to respond confidently "I got the power!" I love him though. He cracks me up. He came out with us last night to some lessons. 
The other day we were riding our bikes and these Samoans were like "Elders! Stop! Come eat." We told him we had somewhere to be and kindly said no thanks. Then like three more samoans came out and were like come eat. You don't reject an invitation to eat from Samoans. We go in the backyard and there is Samoans everywhere. They take us over to the food. There is one of the big coolers that is full of some kind of noodle stuff and they take a cup and just scoop it on a plate. They had like 3 pigs they roasted.They just piled food on our plates. Elder Bennett scooped up some food and one of the ladies was like "Elder! Why you eat so little?"  and scoops more food on his plate. It was so funny. 

Things are going great. Love you and miss you! :)

6/3/13 email to Dad

Hey Dad! 

Thank you so much for this letter. It was very uplifting. I'm so excited that you are reading the scriptures so much. I still have to finish the Book of Mormon and it's been like 3 and a half months. So do you walk everyday? I'm glad to hear that! Love you lots.! Thank you for being so awesome. 
Elder Alpin :)

To the servant of the Lord...Elder Alpin,

It is my hope that this day finds you of good cheer and obedient in all things that you have been commanded to do, in this thing you will find everlasting joy that you may touch the hearts of those who seek the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which truth will bring eternal blessing to them and their posterity!

Matt, I am so comforted in your daily protection of preaching the word that thou would take no thought for yourself but only that of lost souls who seek the goodness of the Saviour and the plan of happiness, even the plan of salvation!  As I sit here typing my eyes are filling with tears of joy that through the spirit of God my heart is filled with thoughts of you and who you are and what you stand for and your great desire to be good in all things.

We went to the Campbell's house yesterday to visit with Grandma & Grandpa and met the "other" Campbells in order to enjoy to youth of our grandchildren, Lily & was a great visit in many ways.  As your Grandpa & I were talking about many things we began conversation about you and the narration of your current circumstances as we understand them and the stark differences between your new area and your previous assignment when Grandpa said; boy, I hope that Matt does not lose his smile because of the things he might be exposed to in the world...WOW...if you don't know or believe the power of your smile and the goodness it radiates then here is a testament of the impact it has on others.  

Be of good cheer my son and bring your joy and that of the gospel to all you come in contact with, may the spirit of God be with you in all you do for by doing so even the difficult situations you may go through will be so much easier when your are full of love and joy and happiness!

My love for you is strong and know you can do and have the desires of your heart if they be righteous!  Thank you for including so many of your friends and family in your journey, the letters, cards and emails have a great impact on each in ways you may never fully understand, but know this my son...what you do is so important!

My reading of the Book of Mormon was completed quickly, like 4-5 days...WOW...what powerful spirit, I spent almost every waking moment around my daily schedule.  I would read until I fell asleep and when I could not read, then I would listen on my phone and sometimes do both at the same was most incredible to follow along in a way never before experienced by me.  This morning while walking I started the D&C and believe this will be completed quickly also, then the Pearl of Great Price and then the Old Testament.