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Week #1 in Ukraine

Monday, December 19th, 2011

I’m assuming he is in Donetsk, because he does not mention anything different.


HEY! So first things first, gooood, goood news for ya!!  WE GET TO SKYPE!  But…its HAS to be Christmas day at 12:00(am) hahaha

So, I guess after all the fun Christmas stuff you guys get to do you will have to stay up late and talk to me!!!! So, plan on that okay?  I can’t change anything about it sorry :/   12:00AM Christmas night!  I guess it really would be the day after Christmas, but you know what I mean!.
SO Ukraine is crazy!  I love it! My trainer is BOMB and this place still is hard to take in! haha!  At the Klass (its like K-mart) they play techno music! Everywhere is techno synth pop!!!! This place was made for me :)    Well the MTC did nothing for my Russian…..LOL!  Church was SOOO crazy! I have no idea what’s going on.  I’m like a little boy here! But, I guess while some guy was bearing his testimony, he said he could read minds, and it was a gift given to him from God…haha!  Everything you thought would be to weird for life IS in Ukraine. No joke. The missionaries have to crack down cuz they give lessons on our heavenly mother!  ha-ha, it’s crazy.  People will pray like, “dear father and mother in heaven…”  haha weird.   We get trashed on all the time for being from the states! They say “americans fwords” alllll the time!  We went contacting for the first time…!  Haha, so insane!  This is what I said my first time..”HELLO!”  He didn’t even look at me and just kept walkin, ha-ha!  Well that went on for about 15 minutes, then one stoped!  ”HELLO!”  “What do you want?”  “Good morning”….
“Where are you from?” “We are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ and we have a message about happiness!”….end of contacting, LOL!! It’s alot of fun!! but I am much better now! I got some peoples numbers and what not! It’s crazy.

So, the plane!! I gave away a Book of Mormon to a Russian lady!  She was super old and didn’t like us much, but she had a Bible, and I talked to her about some good verses in John, and she said she would try and read the Book of Mormon, LOL.  The next Book of Mormon I gave out was to a HARD CORE PIMP KILLER! No kidding!  I could write a whole letter about him! He told us his whole life….from his baby being shot to death, to him killing people for money, to looking for hookers, to wanting to change his ways, to his first kill as a 16 year old!! Ahhhh!  Soooo  nuts you guys!! He said he will buy us dinner when we land cus he really liked us, so we got his number and everything!   We said we don’t know if we can that night but we will give you a call to meet up!!  We asked if we could help him with anything after we got off the plane (cuz he REALLY opened up to us) and he said he needed some money picked up, and he would give us 10,000 eur for the job! :o SO NUTS…..but yeah I could go into so much detail about that guy! ha-ha

Right now we don’t have any investigators or anything good like that!  We do have a lesson with some members tonight, so that should be fun!  I have to take the lead on teaching them about the Book of Mormon.  It’s gonna be nuts. I hate Russian!  LOL! But I have 110% faith  I’ll get it sometime!!!  Just pray for me kkk??? Hmmm….What else???? Our room is off the hook!!!! Everything is all Asian, and we have a deck that overlooks the city! We are on the top floor, so its TIGHT to read scriptures on the roof and watch the misty city! :D   All the milk is in bags here…it’s weird… The toilet paper will rip you up!! It’s party streamer!! Like no joke! Go to the store and buy some party streamers and that’s what we get! LOL!! Lots and lots of sour cream! The food is really really good!!! Just what I thought it would be! ALL of our water is cleaned out first, so don’t worry  mom!! Idk! This week is gonna be nuts! Lots and lots of finding more people!! and study study study!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOOOO much!  Sorry I cried so much over the phone, LOL…. It was hard not to! I love it! Skype will be great!!! SKYPE! You get to see my cute mug! (Devyn is welcome to come again) 12:00am!!!  And,  I have to write her through you mom is that okay?? So after this is a letter for HER just send it to her email and tell her she is okay to email me!!!!!
Well everything is great, and I’m scared to death!!! Life’s good.

Thanks so much for the salsa!!! We eat it ALLLL the time! That was great gift! LOL!  Thanks so much! I’ll be missing you over the week! Remember why we have Christmas, blah blah blah…. you know.

I LOVE YOU!!!!  Oh yeah the box you sent got opened!!! ha-ha!!! but they didn’t steal anything so the Jesus pics worked!

If you could PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE send these top books it would help my Russian a ton!!!

-A Russian book called the 10,000. it’s a book of the most used words
-Kenneth Katsner dictionary! It’s a big red book! Best of the best!!!

Thanks soo much!!! lemme know if you find those books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

my p-day is Monday btw.

Made it to Ukraine!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

We just got this quick note from Chase.  Looks like he made it to Ukraine and is on his way.  FYI, it is 9 hours ahead of Utah time where he is.

Hey, hey, hey!!!!! I am in ukraine RIGHT NOW!!!! Holy crap! I can’t wait to write you later and tell you about my plane ride! or maybe I’ll just wait till I can call, cuz it was siiiiick!!  But, all is well, and I am so tired! This city is NUTS!!! It’s SO fun talking to people HA!  I talked with 6 people about the church and gave them all cards, and I placed 2 Books of Mormon!!  One to a old russian woman and one to a THUG (who I want to tell you about over the phone) from England! Soo awesome!

Well, I g2g love you alllllllll!!!! I’ll let you know more later :) Woooohoooo!!!!!!!!!!!! This is soooo crazy!

Airport Layover Phone Call!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

We just got off the phone with Chase and he sounds INCREDIBLE!!!!  We don’t know much about Russian, but it sounded dang slick to us!  We had family prayer in Russian at the end of the call.  We understood the Amen…..barely. -) It’s a prettier language than we ever really thought.  He is one pumped up kid!  We are so glad he is getting in there without visa problems.  He says hello to everyone and that he loves everyone.  Wanted to pass the following information along.

The best way to write him remains through Just select “write letter” and then select Ukraine Donetsk Mission and that’s all you need to do.  It is a free letter through the church pouch system.  The pouch system just means that the church collects all the letters and sends them to the mission home weekly.  I guess that gets them there safer, and also is free.  That only applies for letters and not packages.  His actual mission home address is on his blog site as before. I am changing it today to get rid of the MTC address that was posted there.

Below is the deadline for pouch letters so you know when they will go out.  His email will remain the same, Not sure how much email time he will get, so for now I’m still avoiding that route until we hear what the deal is.
The LDS Church in Salt Lake City sends out Pouch Mail only once a week. A ll pouch letters received before 12 am on Monday will be sent in this week’s pouch delivery.

Week #9 MTC

Monday, December 12th, 2011

HEY!! So,   I’m super stupid! I forgot to bring my FLIGHT PLANS to the computer room :(   But, I leave Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I stop in DC for 2 hours and that’s when I will try and call! I really have NO idea when I will be able to call.  It will be Tuesday 6am-1pm….. I THINK.  Sooooo plan on around 10am or so.  This probably WILL change so just be ready all day \yeah?  Devyn can come over, so make sure she just hangs out at the house all day or somthin, LOL.  I CANT WAIT!!!!! It’s gonn abe so fun!  I get to fly with Elder Holmes and one of my favorite sisters!!! It’s gonna be a blast! This has been a crazy last week! SO much stuff haha!  I plan pretty much every second and every thought of my life! I never thought I would be the type right?? But, I LOVEEEE to plan my day out!! I think I can email you Monday before I leave, so don’t stress about the calling thing.  Plan on what I said above, but I will probably mail you Monday and let you know.

The MTC has been the best 2-1/2 months EVER!!! gosh SOOO fun! I had a GREAT birthday here! Thanks EVERYONE who got me sweet gifts and cards! I love you all! (Joe and Ellen, that was THE best card I ever got) Well, I dont really know what to say, but HERE WE GO! I’m leaving USA in a week! It’s so nuts! I feel ready and I can’t wait to get to work!  This week is insane.  INsane.   We have soooooo many infield training classes we have to go to, so it should be wayyyy fun!

It sounds like mom and dads trip was SWEETTT!  Sorry you got robbed!  That’s sooo crazy! I wish I was there!
I understand everything with Alyssa and Collin now, so no need to worry! Thanks!!!!  Gosh, I can’t tell you how pumped I am! i LOVE YOU ALLLLL!!!! i will talk to you tuesday :)

Journal December 6, 2011

My life inside of glass.
Today is my 20th birthday.  The thoughts that stir in my mind are all consuming.  I take a look back on the first chunk of my life and think of a few verses the Apostle Paul worte in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

I have lived the first part of my life knowing in part.  Not knowing the place inside all of our souls.
“That lonesome place where we suddenly see ourselves naked in all soberness. Gone are all the little lies of self defence. We are shocked to see our many deficiencies, our lack of gratitude for the smallest things. We are now at that sacred place, seemingly only a few have courage to enter. This is that place where the conversion and rebirth of the soul are happening.”
Soon I shall know even as I am known, the way God knows me, the way the child used to know me.

I have lived my life whole life behind the glass, obscurely lit and veiled from what I have now seen face to face.
I can not remember what life was before I dove inside the glass.  I have fallen through and I live in the other side.  While in this euphoria strikes the fear of my flesh thinking, “I  have not become a man!”  The fear of living behind the glass will even haunt my dreams.  I’m like a child being gaurded by a gate that leads to my flesh.  Once I fell through the glass I was changed into the same image my soul has always hungered for.  The rot in my breast was pulled and planted was the seed.  A child of God.

Little quote in the 2nd prg is from  “Truth Is the Issue” you should look it up.  It changed my life!
I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOOO much!!! The past 20 years has been sooo great! I would not change a thing!  Your’e the best family I could have! I owe everything to you guys!! And we owe everything to god.

Talk to you soon love and miss you!


Week #8 MTC

Monday, December 12th, 2011

HEY! Man, what a awesome week!  Elder Christofferson of the 12 came and talked to us last night.  It was wayyy awesome!!!!! Everything is going really good and IMISS YOU GUYS A TON!!I  SENT SOME PICS, so they should be there soon!!!!  We are not really doing much for Thanksgiving, so that kinda sucks, but whatever!!! I’m loving the MTC, and russian is getting better by the day.  So……..its okay you can kill me, but i lost those white cards….I have the debit cards and stuff but the health cards are gone…sorry!!!! I think I looked at them like once! My bad!!! And, I dont get anything your saying about all the cards your sending me.  I know I should buy stuff with those new cards, but eveything else is over my head! I neeed a really big favor!! BIG! I am gonna write Brother Nield a letter, and I really want you to get it to himASAP!!!! It’s a spiritual promting kinda thing, LOL.  So at the end of this PLEASE!!!! If you can it would be best to print it out and send it to him, but if not just copy and paste it and email it to him!!!!! PLEASE! do this as soon as you have time its really important!

Thanks so much for the iPod!!!! Today at the post office, I heard some Modest Mouse and just kinda sat there ‘not hearning the music’ if you know what I mean!

Last night I felt everything set in! I’m gone!!!!  haha!  I feel like this is my real life and home is a dream.  It’s weird, and I dont know how to feel about it, LOL.  I LOVE it!  I’m sosososoooo happy and am doing great!! I Love you guys please take care!!! peace!!!