Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jesse e-mail - August 14, 2013

Jesse e-mail – August 14, 2013

Oh Momma!!
 so many great things have happened this week!!! first off there are a bunch off hidden treasures here in the mtc that other missionaries have left behind for others to find. Elder kunzler and i both searched all the ceiling panels and found some balls and other hidden treasures up there and we even found some maps but we dont have the keys to the rooms:P and the showers here are so bipolar! one minute it will be a great temperature the next its inferno! but theres one shower thats not connected to all the rest and its worth getting up the extra 10 minutes to have it:) another funny thing that happened this week was that in our lesson i made a funny mistake pronouncing a word. in spanish the word for "sin" is Pecados, and the word for "fish" is Pescados. so of course i got the two mixed up and i accidently said that through the atonement we can be cleansed from FISH! i couldnt stop laughing and even our investigator broke character for a second. but it was a good learning experience!. now i have a really cool story that happened at last nights Tuesday devotional. we had heard for a while that there would be an apostle coming for this devotional so of course we ate dinner as soon as we could so we could get really good seats in the choir. well everyone was so excited that as soon as they opened the gates to the mtc every missionary just ran to the marriot center. in all the chaos i got separated from my companion and ended up being with elder Farnsworth. when we were seated with the choir we were about the 7th row back and the audiences right of the BYU stadium. so they were descent seats, but come on i could do better! i saw 8 seats in the center of the stadium and 6 of them were taken by some elders so i asked Elder F. to hold my seat and that i would be back. now the choir gets seated 1 hour before the rest of the mtc gets there so nobody was in the center section yet. i went over and talked to the missionaries that were waiting there and they said they were ushering. so i asked if they needed help and they said yes. so that meant me and Elder got to usher, and get the best seats in the stadium. so skipping ahead to all the chaos being over we were finally seated and thats when the apostle came in. Elder Richard G. Scott of the 12 walked in, everyone stood up and the feeling there was amazing. heres the next cool thing, since we were at the end of the row in the middle that meant the main camera was 6 seats to our left. that camera had to take the shot of the choir on our right. so all 8 of us elders were in the way. somehow there were 6 seats reserved right behind us but that left me and Elder Farnsworth nowhere to go. so as the opening song came closer we got more nervous. turns out we had to duck down and lean as far forward as we could to avoid being in the shot! haha that was exciting! the rest of his talk was amazing, and it was about prayer. so it was something that i really needed to hear. and as it turns out that was the first live mtc broadcast to be sent to all the mtc around the world so that was legit!! some other cool things that happened is that me and my companion got to skype a lady in mexico! we got  to teach her a lesson and everything, the things we can do with technology is absolutely amazing! and last but not least the temple is finally done being cleaned or refurbished and we get to go through it today.  i am really excited to finally go! well everything here is going great and i havnt broken anything or anyone yet so thats good news! just know that i love and pray for you all everyday:) 

Love Elder Whetten!!  

Diana e-mail - August 12, 2013

Diana e-mail – August 12, 2013
well this week has been a lot of fun crazy because just like dad told Jesse someone is trying to kill me i had a zip line accident i am fine i can still walk and saturday i was stung by a bee and my arm swelled up but sister choi took good care of me. SISTER CHOI KNOWS ACURPUNCHER!!!! it was so funny i get to her and the first thing she asked me was if i was afraid of needles and i said no and so she poked my fingers. after it was all done she said i was a good patient lol I love her so much. so yeah and then when sister payne and i were trying to get home we got lost she’s not very good and following instructions either. so we were lost in seattle for a while and the good part of getting lost was we got to see the space  needle and it was getting dark so it was all lit up. it was so cool. we made it home. 
we had a meeting last week and i started thinking about all the people in my area and how i only have 18 months to teach these people of Washington and that’s not enough time!! i have so much to do and so that means i need to really take every day for what it’s worth and every day is a gift from God. In our mission President choi told us to sing all the time and at every door step and it is so amazing music truly brings the spirit in like nothing else it’s amazing. We still don’t have an investigators but we are looking and working hard. we are really trying to get the ward involved and have them catch the wave so we are working with the members a lot. We can only eat with the members in sundays and mondays unless they have a non-member then we can go eat with them. this rule is here because from 5-7 people are home and those are the best tracting hours because everyone here is so busy. but we are getting feed well they still bring us meals and take us out to lunch.
well everyone i love you a ton and miss you more than word can even say. but the Lord is blessing us and we will be ok. write letter i love getting them so have a great week and remember the Lord is with you!!!!

(The following is from a letter Diana mailed home – it is the story of the zip-line accident)

So, this morning Sister Payen and I went for a jog and the Leatham’s have a zip line and before we got ready this morning Sister Payen went down once real quick, she asked me if I wanted to go down but I said no.  So, all day I have been trying to get the nerve up to go down the zip line.  So, Sister Payen and I finished washing the car and right before we moved on to something else I decided to go down the zip line.  Well, it was really fun till I fell off.  When I fell the first thing I hit is my face and then my chest.  I had the air knocked out of me, so before Sister Payen could get to me I was trying to calm down so I could catch my breath.  When she finally got to me I was trying to laugh but I still couldn’t breath.  I didn’t realize I hit my face till I looked in the mirror.  Sister Payen took a picture of my face right after it happened so it looks pretty cool.  The really bad part is I hurt my knee.  We iced it right away but I can’t put to much pressure on it so I can gimp everywhere.  I am fine, though, don’t worry.