Monday, November 26, 2012

I Will Go and Do

Hi mom :) So yes i am writing on wednesday because tomorrow is thanksgiving. Which is kind of a bummer because we don't get a P-Day! But the new district doesn't get there FIRST P-day for two weeks and that probably would have killed me. Count your blessings right :) Yeah so tomorrow I will get to check my email and write again so try and email but I am supposed to get most everything out now. Oh and I got a slip for a package and if it is from you than thanks! If not... I need a thanksgiving package ;) Haha love you. Yes it is 1226 for my letters (the date i leave the MTC), I hope the retainers are in the basement bathroom in the far right side drawer. Oh and I haven't received my orthodics. That is something I can't really control, thanks for lookin in to that. Umm so what happened with the car and my ticket. I seem to always have a problem with tickets, even while I'm at the MTC. :D I heard about Jayden and that is so awesome!! I will finally have someone to speak spanish, spanish with. Love it. Except for the whole Visa thing.

**Update on the Visas**  
We talked to the travel office and the government has kind of pushed any work that has to do with the LDS church aside. They sent some agents from the church office building to spain to try and work everything out but no success. So they are really backed up... Its kind of a bummer and is now just a waiting game, but get this! Um I could have the pleasure of serving on three continents. What!?! Yeah you heard right :) Because my mission in spain includes a small part of Africa and i'll I get reassigned to the states for a while. I may have already told you that. Oh well.

This week has been great as always. We are learning faster and the spirit is strong. We have now been moved to a hybrid plan for learning. We have all these tests to see how we are learning as they move from the nine week program to the six week program. We are pretty much the guinea pigs. Buuut, since we were already three weeks in they have to cram our last 6 weeks of learning into three. Its kind of complicated but they want us to be prepared by our six week mark. Then our last 3 weeks in the MTC we would just practice teaching alot instead of learning. The cool thing is that even though we are learning twice as fast it feels the same because I know what ever the lord asks I can do. Or else he wouldn't have asked me to do it. Boom, simple. That should be my thought of the day. Yep that is definitely my thought for the day. In Corinthians 10:13 or is it 10:15... Ok well it talks about how the lord wouldn't ask you to something unless he new you had the means to accomplish the will. And since I have a testimony in christ and the scriptures it is pretty easy to say yes to anything I am assigned to do. I'm not saying it will be easy because most likely it will be hard. But I know anything is possible with God.

Con Vaya Dios

Happy Thanksgiving

and I'll write a little more tomorrow :)

Elder Josh Powell

2nd email

Well Happy Thanksgiving!! It has already been so great. We had a fireside this morning and we knew it would be an apostle speaking but when he walked through the door it was fantastic! Everyone stood and everyone started whispering... Ahh it was great. His whole family was there and they performed musical numbers and his wife spoke to us and then...... He spoke. His message was so powerful! He talked of how we are the last and greatest dispensation. All other prophets in olden days knew they were working towards failure because of all the apostacies and yet they still worked for the lords purpose. And now we are working towards the second coming and we are DESTINED to win. He had such a conviction and he knows the Lord is coming soon.
It was really cool because He spoke to us about the new age thing and how there would soon be 90,000 thousand missionaries in the field and he hinted there would be so much more soon. My favorite quote that he said was about Daniel and how we always should have these words in our mind. "Speak Lord, thy servant heareth." We are the servants of the lord.
I am so thankful for everything I have and the opporunity to serve a mission. We have a few more service projects today but I'll be back on at 5 to end the day. I love you guys and I hope you have a great day today!
Love Elder Josh Powell
Oh and Elder Holland was our speaker ;) It was so funny because right at the beginning he told of us how we didn't have a choice in it but.... both Patricia and Jeffrey (yes we are on first name basis now) said all of us were adopted for a day for this thanksgiving while we are away from our families. So I am a Holland for today which is pretty cool.  Didn't think I'd leave that out did you, I know he is an apostle of the lord! 

3rd email

 I do miss being with family and playing football though. So we just finished doing a service project by creating five thousand packages containing hygiene and schooling supplies for Mali. It was a muslum organization we helped so it was really cool to be able to help them and for them to see the service and work we do. Right now we have ZERO missionaries in Mali but in the packages we sent LDS cards so that is cool how we can influence that country.
Also here are some other little tidbits. This week I got to be a part of two bleesings and it so amazing how the thoughts just come to your mind as you give the blessing on what to say! That was really cool.
If I have noticed some things that would be really nice :) One thing is stickers. It makes the whole letter writing thing a whole lot more fun. Also can you send some lyrics to me for "If the savior stood beside me" and "Come thou Fount"

Thanks Love ya! And I'll talk to you next week! :)

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