Hello Family!I am so happy to hear how involved you guys are with the missionaries and missionary work. Nothing brings greater happiness!when you go with the sisters make sure it is BCS ( Brief, Clear, and Simple) and speak from your heart. You will do so good! It sounds like a wonderful fireside you went to. That is something we are encouraging members to do is just invite their neighbors that they don't know over for dinner and get to know them. It is easier to share the gospel when you are friends with the person and actually know them. It is a great opportunity for them to come some place where the spirit is. Also if there is pictures of the temple or of Christ it could lead to them asking questions, which can lead to good discussion! I am so proud of you guys and your missionary work!!I miss the days of dinner with them family and all the chatting.Awesome things happened this week! Brother Tuckfield has a son on a mission. His son has a friend who isn't a member. So he told us where he lives and we stopped by. His name is Cole. He is 20 and married to Codee who is a less active member. They have a 1.5 year old son, who is so cute! They told us that just a couple of hours before we stopped by Codee was telling Cole how she wants to start coming back to church and he said he would support her. He has no knowledge of the gospel and said we could come teach him. We met with himand committed him to baptism on . He is so prepared. They both are. We had stake conference this weekend and they came to it! We haven't had an investigator come to church in about a month so it was so exciting!At stake conference we had Elder Nash from the seventy come and speak. The title of it was "Hastening the work of Salvation through the faith, prayer, and efforts of the members, their families, and the full time missionaries." It talked about making changes in our life to improve our life and be more involved. Elder Nash shared a story of an 11 year old girl. She was from some country in South America. Her family wasn't members, but she wanted to get baptized. So she did. Then the prophet was talking about having family home evening every week. She asked her parents if they could have family home evening and they said no. She went to her bishop and didn't know what to do. He asked the 11 year old, " Do you have stuffed animals?" She said, "Yes." He told her to have family home evening with her stuffed animals. And that is exactly what she did. Everyshe would hold FHE with her stuffed animals. I loved that story because it shows such great faith in that little girl!Last Monday I got a card from Brother and Sister Carstens. When I served in Kearns, they lived in my stake. They recently moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho. That is only like 20-30 minutes from Rexburg. I love them so much they are the best. They remembered that I go to BYU Idaho and they wanted to get a hold of me. They searched me and facebook and couldn't find me, they tried BYU idaho's website, and searching Matthew Alpin on Google. They still couldn't find me. She searched Elder Alpin on Google and she found my blog and then was able to get my address and send me a card! How crazy is that? They said whenever I'm up that way I can stop by and visit them. I defiantly will. They were one of my favorite families.Oh yeah transfers were last Wednesday. I am still in Sandy and still with Elder Dean. I'm glad about that. We get along good and work hard! For future reference if anyone asks you can tell them. I am serving in the Sandy Central Stake. I've served in the Western Hills stake in Kearns and the Parkway stake in South Jordan.Sister Summers is our landlord. She is a widow. I love her! Her son lives right next door. So she has grandkids coming in and out all of the time. One of them is RJ. He is my favorite. We are pretty tight. He just turned 8 so he got baptized yesterday. We went to it. Sister Summers has 7 kids and lots of grandkids. Most of them were there. So the room was just packed with family. The spirit was so strong! I almost started crying. It was just such a wonderful spirit of love and support. I like big families. They are cute. Do you know the song Gethsemane? They sing it in primary. It's not in the children's hymn book though. I love it though! The words are so true and strong! Look it up and listen to it.
I hope you have an enjoyable day! I love and miss ya'llOh yeah! I almost forgot. Mother's Day is super soon! We talked to the Hamidah's this week. They offered their home for us to skype and call. I told them I wasn't going to skype only call you guys. Sister Hamidah chastised me. She has a son on a mission. So I will skype you guys I guess.. We want to do it athere. So there. Does that work?
I love you guys! have a good day :)