Wednesday, August 14, 2013

email from Mom 8/12/13

Hola Taco Bell.

I wish it rained more here. Elder Hall always uses an analogy for keeping the commandments. It is like flying a kite. the line is the commandments and when we keep them we fly high, but some people feel that the line is holding them back. When they cut the line or break the commandments, the kite crashes into the ground. 
About two weeks ago we gave Jade a blessing the night before she was going to have an eye surgery. She has a cataract. Later that night, the doctor called and told her he wasn't going to do the surgery the next day because he wanted to look at her eye again and decide the best way to do the surgery. When she came in they came to the conclusion that because the cataract is at the back of the eye they did not need to do surgery and she wouldn't have to worry about it for like 30 years. The surgery may have actually made it worse. I was so glad to hear this. When we gave her the blessing, she was crying because she was so scared to have it done. Yesterday at church she was like I don't know what I would have done if you guys didn't come. It obviously wasn't us of course. It was all God. I'm grateful for the priesthood. Jade has just started coming back to church again. 
I gave a talk yesterday too! Ryan and I are basically twins now! That is awesome. It was about being spiritually prepared. I talked for like twenty minutes. It was pretty impressive. I don't think I've ever talked that long. Hey has your friend you invited met with the missionaries yet? It has been a week. She might need a little reminder. You should invite our neighbors to meet with the missionaries. 
I've realized I'm kind of emotional. It sounds like you are too. I got a haircut today from Sister Kraft. She is the lady the spanish elders live with.  
Has it really been six months? What in the world. I feel like I just got into the mission field. 
I tried some chicken and waffle chips. They were pretty good. Nyakeer texted us and she actually ended up going to Kasas City, Missouri instead. 
Elder Arnold, one of the seventy, came and talked to us for like 4 hour. It was super good. We read some of 3 Nephi 11. This is when Christ comes and is talking to the people. Something that Elder Arnold pointed out is that Jesus did not teach them all that he knew. He taught them what they needed. AKA baptism. Cool stuff, huh?
Transfers are tomorrow. We find out tonight. 
Next week I'm singing in sacrament meeting. It should be interesting.. Elder Hall is playing the piano and then our ward mission leader, Kenny, and possibly the Spanish elders are singing too. 
We went to Chik fila for lunch today. If I were to work at a fast food place it would be chik fila. I like it. Every time you say thank you to an employee they have to say "my pleasure". It makes me chuckle. 
Love you,
Elder Alpin

Here are some pictures of me and Elder Hall emailing. :) 

email to Dad 8/12/13

Hi Dad.
Sounds like fun stuff at work! We find out if we are getting transferred tonight and they are tomorrow. On Tuesday President Chambers came to our district meeting last Tuesday. So you know when it talks about in the scriptures the field is white already to harvest. He talked about how we were called to harvest not to plant seeds. Of  course along the way we will plant seeds, but our main focus should be harvesting. I think that is a bit of my problem that I have to work on. Also we have a member of the seventy come talk to us. Elder Arnold is his name. It was wonderful. There is lots of stuff I need to apply. We found 3 new investigators this week! One of them is someone we've been trying to meet with forever. And then the other two are a father and son. Lamar and Lamar Jr AKA Buzz. Lamar came to church too! It was great. 
Love you,
elder alpin

Hi Son,

not a lot to talk about this week, but I attended a store party last night to celebrate the successes they have had and it was at a nice mexican restaurant at the Lakeside Mall, they gave me a $20 coupon to use, so I will be taking Mom there soon.  I will also be going to the fairlane mall today to meet with a district manager at a Verizon store.  Friday I spent about 4 hours in the little town of Milford, the have an annual art festival which brings in about a quarter million people from Friday to Sunday...I was outside, had to walk 10 blocks carrying 2 heavy bags, up a hill to get to the store, the entire town parking was was fun talking to and watching people!

Had this crazy animated dream this morning about the gathering of the!

Love you so much, let us know what is going on, when transfers are, all the good stuff and some of those pictures you promised!



email to Mom 8/5/13

Hello! I can't wait to see Grandma and Grandpa's new pole barn and drive way. Exciting stuff! 
The past couple of P-days we've went to Daybreak. There is a little "lake" where some of us go fishing or play basketball. It can be kind of fun. We are going again today. The 70's sound so nice right now. Church yesterday was so good. A teenage girl shared her testimony and told us this story:
There was a guy named Steve. He got kicked out of one of his classes and got put into seminary. He was kind of obnoxious. The seminary teacher talked to him after class one time. "You think your pretty tough dont you?"
"Yeah I do 200 push ups a day" Steve said
"Do you think you could do 300?"
"Maybe" said Steve
"Work on it" said the teacher. 
Then one day in class the teacher brings really delicious donuts, the best kind. He asks one of the kids in the class if he would like a donut. The kid responded "Yeah." 
"Steve will you do 10 push ups so that he can have a donut?" Steve agreed. 
The teacher went to the next kid and asked her. "Would you like a donut?"
"Yes" she responded. 
"Steve will you do 10 push ups so she can have a donut?" He agreed. The teacher continued to do this through out the class. There was 30 students in the class. The teacher came to one kid who was the best athlete in school and asked him if he would like a donut.
"Yes, but I can do 10 push ups. Can't I do the 10 and earn the donut myself?"
"No. Steve has to do the push ups for you to receive the donut." The teacher said. The athlete rejected the donut. After him rejecting it, more people began to reject it. Four more kids came into the class. Even though it began to get tough, Steve did the push ups for those people as well. 
So basically this story is about the Savior. He suffered for each one of us, whether we want to accept him or not. I was trying so hard not to bawl my eyes out during this. Then in gospel principles class we talked about the law of chastity. I love the law of chastity. It just makes so much sense. It makes me sad that the world disagrees.
 Yesterday was also very sad. I won't tell you too much, but one of our investigators asked us to come over because of a difficult situation. It was probably one of the most uncomfortable situations I've been in. I'm grateful that you and dad have stayed faithful to each other and never got a divorce. Thank you for that example. 
Nyakeer moved last Wednesday. We said goodbye to her on Tuesday. We've had a lot of less active lessons this week. We are still trying to find more people to teach. 
I love you all family . Your great.
Have a good week!
Love, Elder Alpin

This is Nyakeer with her two daughters. Nafone is the older one and Adu is the younger one. She has four boys too but they werent there. 

I made this the other day during lunch...

email to Mom 7/29/13


It sounds like a fun packed weekend! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I am so proud of you for inviting your friend to meet with the missionaries! Look at you being a missionary. 
This week we went to a members house. She was telling us that we should go visit her neighbor. We asked if she would invite them to meet with us. She was like "Sure. Lets go right now!" We go to her neighbor's and the lady opens the door. Normally when members come with us and introduce us its more subtle.  The conversation basically went like this. "These are the missionaries. Would you like to meet with them?" 
"No." "Alright have a good day"
I know it doesn't sound funny, but it was hilarious. I don't know why. You would have had to have been there. I'm grateful for her willingness to help us though. It was a good thing, just a little different than other people do it.
We had a baptism yesterday for LeLand White. He turned ten today. It was great. His grandpa baptized him. The Spanish elders had a baptism right after us for a family of four. It was pretty cool. Baptisms always get me excited to go find more people. We need to find people right now because we are kind of running out of people to teach. My picture is right above my bed. Oh my goodness you should see our room. It is a hot mess.
Just kidding. It is clean. 
We give a good amount of blessings. I always try to offer them when I remember. They are good stuff. 
Pioneer day was a weird day. We were riding along and we saw a guy working underneath his large van and we see some kids outside and we realize they are kind of frantic. We stop. The guy was working under his van and the thing fell so the van fell on top of him. He was kind of bigger so he was stuck. The kids were trying to pull the van off of him. We got off our bikes and tried to help pull it off, but it didn't do anything.  Then three police, a firefighter, and ambulance show up and get him out. Intense stuff. He was ok, Just a little sore. 
I studied 1 Nephi 8 a lot last week again and learned more! A footnote from one of the verses led me to 1 nephi 15:27.  The water is filthiness that drags us down to an "awful hell"(v.29). Lehi was focused on other things (AKA the love of God and getting his family there) that he did not even notice the filthiness. We need to make sure we are filling our time with good things so that we don't even have the time to get dragged down by filth. 
Stay clean and virtuous.

Elder Alpin 

email to Dad 7/29/13

Hello Dad!

It sounds like a great weekend! I'm glad you had a good time and were able to bear your testimony! That's good stuff. I was reading President Monson's talk from General Conference Priesthood session. He talked about teaching the truth with testimony. There were three things in particular he said to testify about: the God head, the Book of Mormon, and the Plan of Salvation. All great things! 
I have been learning a lot in the Book of Mormon this past week. Well I don't know if I've learned a lot, but I've been able to apply it to my life and had good AHA moments. I love those moments because it makes the scriptures special. I can't believe it is almost August! Crazy stuff. 
I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and has an eternal love for us, as does our Father. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. It brings treasures of knowledge. With so many pregnant people and deaths lately, I believe that we did live with God and can live with Him after this life as well. 

Love you!
Elder Alpin

Hello Son,
It has been an interesting week with work and family...Alison and Travis came to stay late Thursday and stayed until yesterday.  Grandma, Aunt Kim and David came to stay on Friday, we had a great visit and dinner, Mom made meat loaf, potatoes and green beans.  Saturday we went to the family outing, lots of people Imdid not know and lots I had not seen in 30-40 years.  Back on Sunday for a smallet get together and we had a memorial service for Grandpa...I think it is what Grandma was hoping for.  Bore my testimony of our Saviour and his love for us through his sacrifice which allows to return to Him.  Everyone told stories and shared their memories, learned some neat things.


email to Mom 7/22/13

Good Morning!

I'm glad it sounds like everyone is doing good. I am doing well. We have a special ring tone for President on the phone. It is called whistling wizard. When I heard him call and ask for me, I knew that it was about Grandpa. He just told me and said sorry and asked if we were close. It just gets you thinking about how short of time we have on this Earth. I'm very grateful for the Plan of Salvation and the knowledge we have of it. 
So do you remember when I went to EFY? I think I told you that I saw Michael Pixton there. (He is from Midland). Well Michael had a friend with him that I met briefly in one of the classes. Anyway so fast forward to like two weeks ago. Elder Hall and I were talking to a lady from Michigan and about Midland. Long story short. The guy with Micheal that I met at EFY was Elder Hall! How crazy is that? 
Guess what! I studied 1 Nephi 8 earlier this week. I know your so proud! Read verses 5-11 and it basically talks about the plan of salvation. 
Guess what! I learned how to count to ten in Dinka! Tonight before p-day is over we are going to go learn some more from Nyakeer. She gave me a little book of dinka words to help me learn. 
Ok so what the heck is up with everyone having babies right now!? There is seriously so many pregnant people! AND everyone is having eye surgery. This past week we gave four blessings. Two to pregnant ladies ready to pop and two to people getting ready to have eye surgery. We were at dinner with the Budingtons. Sister Budington's sister was there. She is pregnant and was counting her contractions. We had a nice conversation about contractions and having babies. By the end of dinner she was like having her baby basically. They took her to the hospital when we were leaving. She really didn't end up having it yet, but any day! I guess it is just that time of year. 
So remember when you asked me of some families I like. I couldnt think of any before, but I've thought of some. The Bartletts. He is one of our ward mission leaders. They have the cutest little family. Also the Johnsons. They are so missionary minded. I love it! 
I hope you are feeling better! Last night I felt so crappy. I feel better now though so don't worry. 
Sorry I haven't taken any pictures in awhile.. There isn't much of anything to take pictures of. Did I tell you that Nyakeer and her family is moving to Ohio at the beginning of August. I will miss them!

Love Elder alpin

email to Dad 7/22/13

Good day,

Yes, it is true, Pioneer Day is almost here!  I know how long you have waited for this and how much you love it...the wait is almost over!  Surely there must be something exciting happening in your neck of the woods for the great LDS day...but what could it be?  Maybe a sack race at the ward picnic or one of those cart races...hard to say, but you will have to keep us informed.

How are things going for you?  I mean are you feeling on the inside? 

It has been a crazy week with the family and Grandpa passing, Mom and I went to the temple on Thursday, it was great!  We saw lots of people we knew from Bay City Ward, Lake Orion Ward, Harrison Branch, even Elder Holmes and finally met up with Lee Hardy, he brought me through the vale.  We had some quality time together, it was a truly awesome day!  Great week at work too!  Went to Clare to see Dr. Wild on Monday, then had lunch with Alison and Travis, they wanted to meet at Pondo, we talked for about an hour then she had to go to work.

Yes the week caused me to do a lot of reminiscing and brought up a lot of old feelings, some good, some bad, but mostly good.  I wish I could give you a great big hug right now...I love you so much Matt!  I am so proud of you and the man you have become and the work you are doing.  In sports we practice hard and when it is game time we compete even harder, leaving in all on the field or track or court, we give it our all with no regrets, we have to prove ourself in order to compete another it is with your life and your mission, you must leave it all on the field, with no regrets!

Looks like Grandma & Aunt Kim are coming up on Friday, then we are having a family get together on Saturday and Sunday at Ernies house...will let you know how it all goes.

Send more pictures...Love...Dad


We are not doing anything exciting for pioneer day. They are having a parade, but it is out of our area and I think our mission. Things are going good. How are you doing with Grandpa passing away? I love that you can go to the Detroit temple and always see someone you know. Are Alison and Travis getting serious? Tell Grandma and Aunt Kim I say hello when you see them. Today I was reading in Philippians 1:14. First read D&C 82:10 though. If we are obedient on our part then we can be confident and fearless when proclaiming his gospel. 
What is your calling in your ward and how is it blessing your life? President Riches, the stake president here, told me to find out. 
Thank you for being you. Thank you for being worthy to hold a temple recommend. I am so proud of you and the example you set. 
Elder Alpin

Year Mission Established:  July 1, 1998
Current number of missionaries:  204
Current number of Elders:  164
Current number of Sisters:  40
Average age of missionary:  21
Current number of senior couples:  8 
Current number of Church Service Missionaries: 66 plus 5 individuals
Current number of Spanish Speaking Missionaries:  51
Current number of Stakes in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission:  83
Current number of Spanish Units in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission: 20
Current number of International missionaries in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission excluding the United States:  24
Current number of Coordinating Councils in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission:  7