Monday, May 26, 2014

26 May 2014

Sawadecup! Jambo! Talofa! Malolehleh! Heyson! Konechewa! Onahasayoh! Hola! Salam!
I've learned a lot of different ways to say hello. How are you today? I'm glad you had such a wonderful day at church. My day was pretty good too. I got your card today! Thank you! I enjoyed it. My ear still feels the same. I have a doctor’s appointment June 16 to get it checked out.
Memorial day is good thus far. No barbeque.
We went on exchanges this week. I'm grateful Elder Dean is my companion. He is a hard worker and we get along great. I think we'll probably get changed when transfers comes in like a week! #disappointing
As a mission we have a 31 day Atonement packet with different talks and scriptures for us to read. It is so awesome! I love it. There is so much to learn. 
My mind is going so blank! My week was good. Nothing too exciting.
I love you guys! 
elder Alpin

Hey Dad!
Thanks for the email. I enjoy hearing your wonderful testimony! I enjoyed the pictures you sent. That was forever ago! I was reading 2 Nephi 2 today. I love this chapter so much! It just makes the Fall and plan of salvation so much easier to understand. I love the plan of salvation so much. It is so beautiful!  

I love you.

19 May 2014

Happy Monday!

2 Nephi 27:23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith. 
This scripture is true. This week has been amazing! Miracles happen.
We were biking and saw a guy and girl outside. We talked to them. She is a less active member and he isn't a member. We asked if we could share the gospel with them right then. They said yes and welcomed us into their house. He was almost baptized about 3 years ago. The only thing keeping him from being baptized was getting married. They had been together for six years. He had a head injury when he was 17 and has gotten a disability check from the state for the past 20 years because of it. They rely on the money for rent and bills. We talked to them about faith. The spirit was very strong. We put him on date to be baptized for June 14. I left that lesson thinking that it would take him awhile to get baptized. We came back on Thursday for another lesson. Before we started the lesson they told us they are getting married Saturday! We were shocked! They called Bishop that Tuesday night after we left and told him they wanted to get married. We asked what made them decide to actually do it this time. We had paraphrased Matthew 6:26 and that really stuck out to them. The spirit was definitely working on them. They got married on Saturday in the bishop's office. It was only us and a couple from the ward they had come to it. I am so amazed at their faith!! She doesn't work and stays home to take care of their two young kids. He had a job at goodwill, but got fired about a week ago. His working capabilities are kind of limited too because of his handicap too. And now he lost that check from the state. It was such a miracle! Now he really wants to be baptized too.
I'm glad you had a great birthday mom! It sounds like fun! I thought that birthday card was pretty funny. Do you know how Kennedy's birthday went? I loved all the pictures!! Owen and Lily look so old! 
We also started teaching a 8 year old boy who is active. He doesn't want to get baptized until after he turns 9 though which isJune 8. None of the people we are teaching came to church. We seem to be having a hard time with that. I haven't given a talk in church in a long time. 
Oh that handcuffs things.. We came to the church building and the scouts were there. For their activity that night they had a police officer come. 
I love you guys! Have a wonderful week. :)

Elder Alpin

12 May 2014

Hola Taco Bell!

The rest of our night went well last night. They fed us some delicious dinner. It worked out with skyping with their son. I am doing good today. Skyping and talking on the phone just isn't the same as talking in person. Elder Dean had a good visit with his family. How is grandma doing? 
I'm not sure what size shirt I wear. It would be kind of awkward to check right now in the library. Maybe I'll go buy some more today. 
We had our movie night on Friday. The table set up looked so good! The popcorn was so good. Everything went good except one thing. There was about 40 people there.. none of them were nonmembers or less actives! That was a little frustrating. Almost every member there we talked to though told us how they made invitations and tried to get people there. So atleast invitations are being made! 
We met this guy a couple of weeks ago who speaks Farsi. He is from Iraq or something like that. He speaks very little English so it was hard to communicate with him. We ordered a Persian Book of Mormon and gave it to him. We stopped by the next day to see if he had read from it. We had to have his nephew translate for us. He said he has been reading it and it reminds him of the Koran and he will keep reading it. It was pretty cool.
The other day we were talking to a guy and he said "Every time you speak with someone you leave a part of yourself". I think that is so true. So hopefully you leave a good part of yourself! 
I love you guys! It was good to see you yesterday! Have a wonderful day!

Love Elder Alpin

5 May 2014

On May 5, 2014 1:14 PM, "Matthew Alpin" wrote:
Dear Mom & Dad,

I love to hear all about your missionary experiences. It makes me so happy! Mom there is no Moroni 11! How could you fall for that one!? That is funny. The spirit is always so strong at baptisms, without fail! 
We met with Cole and Codee on Friday. They had lots of questions about killing Laban and also Adam and Eve. It was hard for them to understand why God would give us contradicting commandments. We did our best to answer their questions, but I don't think it satisfied them. We told them we would go home and study it some more. So I've been studying about Adam and Eve for the past 5 days! I've learned so much too! You should study it. They unfortunately didn't come to church yesterday. The complaint of the week from everyone we talk to: the members are so judgmental. I am so tired of hearing that! 
My bike tire is currently flat... for the third time this week. I don't know what it is about me and bike tires! 
We had zone conference on Wednesday. I saw Elder Needs there and said hello. It was super good! They talked about the Atonement a lot. I'm amazed at Christ's patience and humility during the Atonement! I need to be more like him.
This week went by so fast. I can't even think of what happened. I feel like I just skyped with you guys not too long ago, but I'm excited to see you Sunday! It will be good. 
I feel kinda bad. I want to write more, but can't think of anything to say! If your on the computer talk to me.
Love you!
Elder Alpin

On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM, Jamie Alpin wrote:
Hey not only is there not moroni 11, but there is no D&C 138....or 12 step pamphlet! You know that killing Laban thing is really hard to understand.....especially when you first hear it. Sooooo are the members judgmental? I know the Elders who have family in UT, especially if they have pioneer history say they can be pretty uppity.  So what do you say? Is there some reference in the scriptures that can help you?
On May 5, 2014 2:04 PM, "Matthew wrote:
Something I have learned on my mission is that there is always two sides. Members can be judgmental, but it is all about whether you want to be offended or not. 
You explain it as it's written in the scriptures. Study it. I learned a lot about Nephi's experience killing Laban too. 

Thank you.  Good point...and your right about the offended thing....but feelings are sensitive things...and where people are in life. It takes a soft heart not to be offended. Love you

21 April 2014

Hola Family!

It didn't feel like Easter yesterday. I'm surprised that we didn't get any candy. It is OK though because I have too many sweets anyway. 
We didn't meet with the girl from Chick-fila because she was 20. We had to pass it to the YSA elders. It was tougher to ask people at Wal-Mart than I thought it would be. The only person we asked was the cashier and she was already a member. My boldness has really decreased this week. I just get really turned off to talking to everyone because I don't like rude people. I know that shouldn't stop me from talking to people. Paul would teach people with boldness whether they were rude or not. A lot of them were rude too. I like what I read today. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto the salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16). If I am not ashamed of the gospel and if I love God, I will talk to everyone. I'm sorry to hear that Staci is moving. Now you can really say, "HEY! Check out my church! It will help you because it's helped me." 
Maybe I'll get the same Easter postcard from her today. It sounds cool! 
The talks yesterday in church were so good. It just clicked to me how important the resurrection is. Sister Christensen talked. She is one of my favorite people. Her daughter died about two years ago, as well as her mom and step dad in a car accident. Her daughter was like 15. Her talk was a tear jerker. Please don't die while I am on my mission. I would be a hot mess. I won't if you won't, ok? 
We have quite a few investigators. They all seem to work a whole bunch and don't want to make time to meet with us. So that has been frustrating. We aren't teaching as much as we should. 
It is definitely spring here and it is beautiful. I love it.
I can't think of anything to say.. If you are on and have questions and want to talk I'll be one for like 30 more minutes probably.

Love you! 

25 March 2014


Usually what Sister Stamm does is send the missionaries an email and tell them to call her, but she never emailed me so I think she forgot. That is ok. I don't need cake. That is pretty funny about the banana story. I did get your email from last week.
Last Wednesday we gave a guy named Andrew a tour of the church building. It was the first time I've ever did one. It didn't go the best because he was kind of mad at us the whole time. He is YSA age so we referred the YSA elders to him. They stopped by his house. I guess he didn't like that too much. 
We just started teaching a guy named Shawn. We are going to give him a church tour on Friday. I'm excited. He seems interested. A couple of weeks ago I was on splits with Brother Molling. We were driving and he pulls over to talk to this guy (Shawn). Apparently just a week before Brother Molling had been on a walk and met Shawn outside so they talked. While I was with Brother Molling he asked Shawn if he minded if we (the missionaries) could stop by his house sometimes. He said sure! See how simple missionary work is!? It all starts with a simple invite. We met with Shawn on Sunday and invited him to be baptized. He said he wanted to take things one step at a time, but defiantly wasn't opposed. 
Things are starting to pick up. Elder Dean has a lot of good ideas and is a hard worker. He has been out 5 months. He is a twin. His brother is serving in the Denver Colorado South mission.
Saturday Kambree got baptized. She is the one we took to temple square a couple of weeks ago. Elder Munton came back for it. As much as we didn't get a long when we were companions, it was good to see him. He is in West Jordan now. I don't ever see Elder Needs. We never get together as a mission any more. We used to all the time when President Miller was the mission president. We actually have a mission fireside on Friday. I'm excited. It will be the first time the mission has gotten together since July 4. We are going to the temple today at 3. The Draper temple. I am excited. 
We talked with this awesome family. They are the Nielson's. They are super missionary minded. Their daughter is a beehive. There are three active beehives in that ward. And then they get 6 nonmembers to come. Either to church or mutual. 5 of the 6 nonmembers even have their own scriptures and have been reading and marking them. Many of these young women have been asked if they want to meet with the missionaries and they say no. We did a family home evening with them last night and they had one of the nonmembers there. They make member missionary work look so easy because it truly is. I haven't heard from Sister Simmons in a couple of weeks. Maybe I'll get a letter today from her. 
Last night we went by this family the bishop asked us to go by. They are all less active members. There is an 8 year old girl who isn't baptized and wants to be that lives there. We shared a message with them. It was the grandma, her granddaughter (the 8 year old) and the second cousin. We talked about trials and how we can overcome them. We asked them if they ever had trials they've had to overcome or something like that. The 8 year old girl talked about how her aunt had died, but it was ok. The grandma started crying and the spirit was really strong. Then we left. We were a little bit down the road when the second cousin came running after us. She is about 20. She stopped us and told us that she just wanted to say Thank you for not giving up on her family. It was pretty cool. It actually scared me because it was dark and this lady is like yelling at us and running after us. I didn't know who it was.
Have you guys heard about the Groaper? Apparently a guy on the campus of BYU goes around groaping women and they call him the groaper. We've been joking and laughing about that. Also this morning there was a mountain lion in our neighborhood. The schools were on lock down. I don't know if they have found it yet.. 
We haven't been riding bikes because Elder Dean's bike is getting fixed. 
Jacob 2:8. The word of God heals the wounded soul. Then the footnotes talk about the word of God being powerful. The primary song "scripture power" is true! That really stuck out to me though. I've been learning so many good things in the scriptures now. I love it! 
I can't believe I'm going to be 20. I feel like I just turned 19! I feel like I'm 17 still. I'm getting so old. before you know it I'll be married with 10 kids. Of course we have dinner plans. We have dinner plans every night. 
Yes I still exercise. I try to be obedient! 
Herre are some pictures! Enjoy. Loveyou! 

The first is someones door mat.
There is a park called bear park in our area so we had to get a picture with the bear.
This is from Kambree's baptism. That is her grandpa and mom.

Hola Dad!

Sorry to hear about all the sickness. That is no fun! I'm glad the Bishop visited you. He is doing his job! :)
This week I learned in the scriptures. Jacob 1: 10-11. The people loved Nephi because he protected them physically and spiritually. They thought very highly of his name. It made me think of all the different names we represent. Such as our family name, the church's name, Christ's name, the company you work for. Are we living a life where people remember our name for good? Just a thought.
I am doing really well. It has been warm, the work is picking up, Elder Dean is great. Nothing to complain about. 
That is a funny picture. Thanks!~

Love you!

14 April 2014

Hey Dad!
Thanks for the long email. I enjoyed! It is always good to hear about your week.
Last Monday we were at Chick-fil-a. We started talking to the cashier and she was from Tennessee. I was like my companion is from Tennessee! Then they started talking. While we were eating at our table she started talking to us again. We asked her if she ever met with missionaries and if she wanted too. She said sure she would like to. It was cool. There are people all around us that we can share the gospel with. 
We just got a new ward mission leader in one of our wards. He and his wife just got back from a mission in Tennessee. They served near South Haven. He is awesome though. He was telling us of an experience they had with talking to a waitress at a restaurant. They asked her if she knew anything about the Mormon Church. She didn't and she accepted to meet with missionaries. There are chances to share the gospel all around. You don't have to be good friends with them to do it either. It just requires a little boldness. I'm working on being bolder. Elder Dean and I are going to try to find someone to teach when we go to Wal-Mart today. You guys should try it out!
It sounds like the missionaries there love you guys. They would love you even more if you found them someone to teach. 
Thank you for the pictures of Andrew! I love them. It looks like he is doing good. 
I love the Bible! I have been reading it more and more. I'm learning so much! Romans chapter 5. I read that last night and today! Soo goood! I like in verses 3-4 it talks about how we glory in tribulation because with tribulation comes patience, then experience, and then hope. There are hidden treasures in the Bible! 
There is the Milton family. He is a less active member. She is not a member and has met with missionaries in the past. They have two kids, a 9 year old and 5 year old. Her nephew is 22 and he also lives there. The mom told us she wasn't interested but that her 9 year old daughter would like to learn more and get baptized. We asked the nephew if he would like to learn more too and he said sure. We taught them the Restoration. The spirit was soo strong! The nephew is at a point in his life where the gospel could bless his life so much and he is looking for something. The mom, even though she isn't super interested right now, felt the spirit for sure. It was great.
Sorry we can't attach pictures for some reason. 
This week went by so fast. I can't remember too much of anything. Just that I was really tired. 
I love you guys. Enjoy the rest of your week!

 Love Elder Alpin

31 March 2014


The temple last week as super good. We missed our session so we had to wait an hour until the next one. So we did some initatories while we waited. I love the Draper Temple's celestial room. It was so great. The mission conference was super good. President Chamber's cousin climbed Mount Everest. So he came and talked to us. He had a slide show of pictures and told of the preparation and the journey. It related to missionary work so much. It was awesome. 
My birthday was really good. I had dinner with the Ardnt's. They had a son and daughter on a mission right now. They didn't make me a birthday cake because I didn't tell them it was my birthday. Brother Payne (one of our ward mission leaders) got me a whole bunch of candy and some socks. Then we were walking by some members who were having a bake sale. They said we could have something for free. I didn't have to tell them it was my birthday and I got free delicious cinnamon roll. I did tell them it was my birthday though and then they sang to me. Overall it was a good day…just another day. You asked me if I remember my birthday last year, I was thinking really hard and then I realized I wasn't at home last year for my birthday! I can't remember what my last birthday at home was like honestly. It's weird I don't really remember my past life (before the mission). I bought myself a personal sized cake. There is a place called Nothing Bundt Cakes. It is soooo goood! That is where I got my personal sized one. When it was Elder Munton's birthday a member bought a cake from there so we drove past on P-day and I was like I need to buy myself a cake from there! There a delish. Look it up online.

I'm glad to hear the Womens conference went well. I am so excited for General Conference. We aren't going to the conference center for it. Well maybe. We are going to ask one of our investigators because that bishop has some tickets. We'll see. Yeah I read that talk by Elder Funk before. It is super good. I haven't heard from Sister Simmons in a couple of weeks. So at the mission conference we had about an hour afterwards to have refreshments and talk with other missionaries. Elder Rae is a missionary in our mission. He is from Washington and actually knows Katie, they dated. I was talking to him a bit.. kind of awkward. It was funny though. 
I didn't get any birthday cards last week so I will probably get them today. Thank you in advance! 
I don't have much to say today. I love you and miss you. Oh I did get an email from Sister Stamm today. She forgot to email last week so I will get a cake this week. 

Love you!