Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1, 2011

Holy cow, I love the pictures. Thats awesome! Thanks guys! Waterton sounded awesome. Im glad all my sobrinos aren't killing each other, and that Pepper can care for herself. As for Roberta, she still hasn't been baptised. Another thing came up and we delayed until next week, and we have her interview tomorrow. hopefully that goes well, were not quite sure what is going on with her. She is the mother on a member named Derek, and her husband also is a member. She also has a daughter Julia that is younger. The whole situation is complicated to say the least, something always comes up and she has to cancel, and she lives really far away. Ha. And a lot of stuff here is expensive, especially anything American. I'm doing well though, there isn't anything I am dying to have yet. And a package sounds awesome, ha. As for getting the youth away from the world, well that isnt the easiest thing. I really think we all need to take some time to ponder. Truly I don't know what you could do to take them away without them all complaining a lot. I would just say that a simple challenge to truly sit and ponder for a few minutes every week would help. Like our meetings that we had for mission preparation, we made a rule to put your cellphone in a basket when you came in, and you couldn't get it until you left. Its just one way to take away a huge distraction. The youth of this world need time to think. I have no doubt of this. The interesting thing is that they all seem to like it when its all done with, or when its happening, but before they always will complain. A challenge from me is to have youth (and all people) separate themselves from all electronics to think for at least a little bit each week. And now, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMBER! Yay! That's so exciting! Hope all goes well for you. As for my week, it was another fast week, as Im sure most all will be from here on out, and things went well. We didn't really do anything exciting, though it was good. You don't really how much a person knows, or how much they spend their time researching, about the Gospel, until you are a missionary. So many interesting things and people love to talk about them with missionaries. And whats awesome, is that Lucio and his family, (the family of Marco Aurelio and João Vitor) said he wants to come visit us when I return. He visits Canada a bit, and sometimes the United States too. You know, I was thinking about it, and how lucky we are to live where we live. We (meaning our house in Sammamish) live in a beautiful place, have access to a lake, good schools, good community, and really strong saints. That truly is a blessing. Its always good to have a strong base of friends that have the same standards as you. Now, we had a district meeting last week, and we talked about tender mercies of the Lord, which this truly was. And a scripture came up about how we can be "Chosen" to receive these. Its in Doctrine and Covenants 11:20. It is our work to keep the commandments of the Lord. Its not someone elses work, and its now something we can leave alone. We all need to work to keep the commandments of the Lord, and I know that He will bless us. The Lord loves us all. As in the song "Season For Courage" it says when the walls fall down, you will see the reason its a season for courage. The rules may be walls, but the walls were built to keep things out, not to keep us in. May we all strive to be more like our Savior Jesus Christ and Improve our lives little by little. I Love you all, and wish you the best...=]
Elder Tanner Ross Paxman

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