Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Last Letters from the Mission Field - Returning Home!

This will be the last post on Elder Latimer's mission blog (we may post some airport pics). He is coming home today! He has served well and has been greatly blessed by his experiences with the people of Mexico!

Homeward Bound!

Virgin Guadalupe?

March 21, 2016

Whelp. This is my last epistle to the Latimers.

“Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: 
but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.”

-2 John 1:12

Whoo! I’m pretty stoked.Things went okay this week. We didn’t get to teach the mason this week. Pte Velez came with us but he was busy, so he came with us afterward to go teach and contact in the street that was pretty cool. We taught Roberto. He’s still kinda reserved, but we have faith that he´ll open us soon and get baptized. Also some people rejected us while we were contacting with Pte in the street. Then we get in the car with him and he says, "Elders, I’ve always felt that these people who reject us and won’t even say ‘hi,’ will someday be chasing after us wanting to talk... But by then it will be too late."

OOOH it was pretty tough, but I guess it’s true. Also we started teaching a kid who’s 19 years old from SLC Utah. He’s in a rehab center and his parents are recent converts in SLC and they want him to get baptized. We’ll see if he progresses this week.

When we were working with Pte Velez this week, we drove through some neighborhoods near our area that are a little bit less rich (we live in a REALLY rich area) and he’s like "Elders, whose area is this?" And I told him it belonged to another ward. And he says "Who cares! You guys take it!" ahha He was just like go ahead and rob it! So now were being pirates and taking all the booty for ourselves! But we haven’t had much success there yet. 
But it was hilarious because we were working in the area of the Elders that live below us. And they caught us stealing their area ahaha. It was hilarious, we rounded the corner and they saw us and we took off running and hid. ahah You should have seen their faces but later we came out and talked to them ahah. 

Things are great here. Pte Velez sent me a cool letter today. Telling me we should invite Roberto to be baptized March 26th and to share our testimonies with him. I’m pretty excited about that, hopefully I’ll get to see some more fruits before I die. Everything sounds great with the home coming and living with Blodgett! I’m super excited. Do you know if I’ll get released Wednesday night or early on Thursday?? Because I get in kinda late. Also do I have a subject for my homecoming talk? But everything sounds great. In Utah, I’d just like to do whatever, catch up on movies, visit temples, go see the cousins etc. 

But I’ll see you guys soon! Have a great week!

Love you guys!


March 14, 2016

Wow that looks like it was a crazy storm. I’m just glad that the tree fell away from the house. We had a super crazy interesting week!!! I have lots of stuff to tell you guys. The subjects of conversation will be 1. Mazatlan, 2. Masonry, 3. I forgot. But there’s lots happening here and I’m having a lot of fun.

First we went to Mazatlan! It’s by far the sweetest part of the mission I’ve ever been to (as far as purdiness goes). The ZL live 2 blocks away from the water and there’s tons of tourists which actually makes it a pretty difficult area. We walked all day and didn’t teach a single lesson. We did contact a bunch of references though. I actually had to contact one in English because she’s from Canada and doesn’t speak hardly any Spanish so that was interesting. 

We got a hotel and stayed for 1 day, and we woke up super early in the morning to go run on the board walk (it’s the longest one in the whole world). Also they have the tallest natural light house in the world. I highly recommend going there on vacations. I loved that area so much, but I’m glad I’m not working there because it’s really hard to find people to teach... Actually that’s how my current area is so who cares! ahah. 

President gave us a referral and we went and taught him at his work (he works for the government), but he’s super friendly and Catholic. He’s a very high ranking freemason haha. He had a huge black ring with the masonry symbol on it which only the master masons have and he’s also part of a higher order in masonry called Shriners hah. He was really open about it and told us a ton of stuff (it’s basically a lot of charity work and having a close knit support system). It’s basically a fancy union. Any who, we were teaching him and he says "wait a minute I got to give this guy his check so he can go home" guys walks in, he hands him the check and says "oh hey these are the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I was telling them all about how I’m a mason and what not..."
Then no joke the other guy says "hey I’m a mason too!" It was crazy I think they planned it. 

We have an appointment with him this Tuesday so we’ll see how it goes. His brother got baptized in Mazatlan a few months ago which is what has peaked his interest in the church. He said "I heard that being a Mormon is the easiest way to return to God’s presence" and I just responded "You’ve heard right then." haha Not really but it would have been cool huh? But he seems pretty interested, he did talk A LOT about masonry and being a Shriner (they have a chain of non-profit hospitals in the U.S)

Also lastly, I had a cool experience! We got back from Mazatlan, and we were just pooped because we worked like dogs and it’s a 3 hour bus ride to get back to Culiacan. But we were sitting there in the bus station waiting for a member to pick us up and this lady sat next to me. And I was so tired I just said to myself "I’ll just sit here and think of what to say so I can contact her..." So I sat for about 5 minutes and then I got a prompting which basically sounded like this. "You idiot. You’ve already decided to talk to her just open your stupid mouth!" haha

So I just started talking to her and she got emotional and said that she had a really bad week and there’s lots of problems going on in her life, and she doesn’t know what to do. I didn’t really know what to say so I just gave her a pass-along card of the Resurrected Christ. Then she just starts crying and saying that she knew God was trying to help her and how that this was a sign etc. So I got her address and the missionaries are gonna visit her now.

It was a cool experience because I’ve always seen that promise fulfilled of "Open thy mouth and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance." I learned once again that I don’t need to plan what I’m going to say or how I’m going to help. I just need to speak and The Lord does the rest.

Also the son of a less active family that I had taught before in this ward got murdered. That was sad. I didn’t really know him that well but I knew his sister and mom. We went to a funeral service for him and they were obviously really sad, probably even more so because he died outside of the gospel. 

Things are great. I really don’t feel like I’m going home I think I’ll just be here forever. But all the plans sound great to me! I’m excited to see you guys! Tell me what you want from Mexico. I need to bring back cool souvenirs!!! Any who, miss you guys and hope you have a great week!!!

Love Elder Latimer

March 7, 2016

This week was pretty good. Normal as far as missionary work goes. We have an investigator Roberto, who is the dad of a new convert. He’s like 89 years old. His heart is softening. But not fast enough!! ahhah were making some progress with him. Also we found a whole family! The family Ortiz. They’re pretty great and hopefully we can start teaching them this week. 

We didn’t go to Mazatlan. We postponed it because they were gonna have their zone meetings but this Wednesday were gonna head down. And the zone leaders who I’m gonna stay with live downtown and 2 blocks away from the beach! So I’ll get some cool pics down there. 

Things are chill here. We’re going to the gym and working hard in our area. The progress is really slow due to the crazy amounts of money in our area. But I’m happy and I love my ward. Also that guy from Venezuela I told you about (the member), he came to church and had a great time. Also we taught his uncle, who is a free mason! ooh Very interesting. He’s pretty normal. Actually we just talked about charity. There’s actually a lot of masons here in Mexico. Pte Velez says it’s cool if we teach and baptize them cuz they’re obviously not bad people. (I suspect that president is a mason...) ahha. 

Dad what to you know about masons?? I’ve learned some stuff in the mission, but I don’t have a very clear idea of what they do.

I’m excited to be home. I was thinking an open house would be great on Thursday. I definitely want to see all of my friends. I’m fine with whatever. What day do we come back from Utah?? If Joe gets his call before I get home make him wait to open it!!! ahah Not really, but I hope I’m there for it!

Also about the classes, I think I could choose my classes but it might be hard. Joe and Tyler want to take the New Testament class with me, so I have to see when they’re gonna take it and with what teacher etc.  But I have to register at 6 am. That could make it a little difficult. I don’t know if you guys could register for me? Just pick the general classes I need, and make sure I have that religion class with Joe and Tyler. Or would it be better if I did it? Also it says I have to update my contact information and all that jazz or it won’t let me register could you guys look into that?

Also this week I was talking in English to an RM who served in Arizona. He says I have a Mexican accent, ahah. He’s like the 3rd person to tell me that this month. I’m gonna have lots of problems when I get home. 

I’ll write a separate email to Jonathan right now. I’m glad everything is going great back home. Hope to see you guys soon! Have a great week! Also do you think you could deposit some money on my card? I need to buy a few things, and also I need to look for souveniers  for you guys!!! Tell me what you want!!!

Love, Elder Latimer

February 29, 2016

Crazy week. We hardly got to work in our area. We finished our presentation and we had the leadership conference here in Culiacan on Tuesday and in La Paz on Friday. It was exhausting! But really fun.

I forgot my passport when we went to the airport, but they let me on with a dinky little laminated piece of paper that had my name and picture on it ahha. Just imagine if I was a terrorist! But then we got to La Paz and President took us to a sweet buffet where we ate like piggies. They even had a little personal coat rack they brought to our table! ahah. 

Then we did divisions with the elders, it was great. I got to go with E. Alvarez, a really good friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was great! We had a blast. Then we finished and went back to the hotel, but President still hadn’t gotten back so we took advantage of the situation and went to the beach! ahah We only got to be there for like 15 minutes before he called us but it was cool. Then he took us out to dinner it was fun. I love working with him. 

Then we had our conference. It was great. We learned a lot but it was exhausting. When we got back to Culiacan on Friday we were so tired and just about slipped into a coma. But we had fun! ahah I’m kinda bummed because we don’t get to dedicate as much time to our area as we’d like but were working hard so I feel okay. 

Time is passing by really fast. Also on Sundays we are in the offices all day doing the numbers and reports on all the missionaries in the mission, but some elder messed with the lock and no one could get in! We were outside for like an hour climbing on the roof and trying to break in. But we couldn’t, the finally called a locksmith today in the morning to open it. So we didn’t get any work done and have to spend all day today and tomorrow doing it. 

But I’m happy and everything is going well here. We’re working really hard but I’ve been really, really tired recently. I think dad is right. It’s the whole 2 years catching up with me. Also I wanted to know, who is gonna be there at the airport when I get in?? I’d like to see Ben and Ryan, Jeff, Alex, etc there, just let me know what you guys think! 

Also were probably gonna go do divisions with the elders in Mazatlan this week so I’m excited!!! But at the same time I wanna stay here and work in my own area, but it’s part of the job!!! ahha

I’m gonna look into registering and seeing what classes i need. I’ll see if I still know how to do it! I’ll let you guys know if I need help!!! I hope you all have a great week!!! Say hi to everyone for me! And give Joe a high 5 for going out on a date!

Love, Elder Latimer

February 22, 2016

Wow sounds like a lot of stuff is going on at home! I’m glad everyone’s doing well and that’s sad about Jonathan, but it seems like he’s better off without them in the long run. Hopefully he can find some friends that are more supportive.

Things are great here, everything is pretty normal, lots of work. We’re finding some pretty great people. We found this guy/kid named Manuel he’s 19 and is a member! He immigrated to Mexico from Venezuela and was gonna serve a mission but was unable to because of the problems in his country. So he’s leaving with his aunt and uncle (who aren’t members) and they’re really awesome and we have an appointment with them this week! He said were gonna get them baptized ahah.

It was pretty crazy this week because 3 elders came to stay with us for 2 days because they had to renew their visas. It was pretty crazy having that many guys in one house, but tons of hilarious stuff happened. It’s too much to write so you’ll have to wait until I get home. 

But one elder came with us to visit the investigators, he has more than year in the mission but he still doesn’t speak Spanish that well. But it was a cool experience because when he shared his testimony I felt the spirit pretty strongly even though the words came out clunky and there were a few grammatical errors. It just goes to show that the power in your testimony comes from your personal knowledge and conviction and not the volume of your voice or the words you use. 

Also we gave a blessing to Roberto (father of a new convert) he’s like 89 years old and hasn’t listened to us for a while but he’s really nice. Anywho we gave him the blessing and in the blessing my comp said that he would become for receptive to the teaching of the Savior. Then we were able to teach him a lesson and he came to church with us on Sunday! So that was great.

This week were going to La Paz! So I’m stoked about that. This time I won’t leave my camera in president’s car ahah. I would love to come back here on vacation. I don’t know how much you guys would like Culiacan. It’s a big city but it’s not that touristic. But that’s okay because afterwards we can go to Mazatlan, which is like 2 hours from here, and my converts have a house over there that they’d let us stay in. 

And FYI I have seen the beach! 

I’m pretty happy. Things are going well and I’m having lots of fun, And I’m really excited that I’ll get to see Alex. We’re gonna have blast, I’m sad to leave but excited to come home, lots of mixed emotions. 

Also we went to the "last supper" of all the missionaries who went home last change, it was awesome. We played ping pong and giant jenga! (it’s like 3 ft tall). It was fun but sad because I had a lot of friends that left last change as well so I’m all alone.... haha but I think that’s about it!

Do we need to start planning when I go to the dentist and to buy some new clothes etc? Let me know of anything I need to do before I go back to college. ALSO! I need to choose my classes right???

Any whoo that’s about it! Thanks for writing! Have a great week! Love you guys!

Elder Latimer

February 15, 2016

Things are great here, it was a crazy weekend though. On Friday we organized all the changes. We go into president’s secret room where he does the changes and we put them into the church’s missionary system called IMOS. Then we print it out and call all the zone leaders and give them the changes. It’s kinda complicated because I think we’re the only mission in the world that does transfers in airplanes. 2 missionaries lost their flights (but it wasn’t my fault hehe). 

It actually wasn’t that hard. Mostly it’s just verification and organizing the missionaries so that they’re never alone. But it’s awesome because I run around in a suit with my comp in the airport and with President. We went and picked up the new missionaries and had breakfast with President and his wife. We had eggs, chile aquiles, beans and waffles! It was sweet!

Also my 2 sons (E. Lindeman and E. Mendez) are both district leaders now and E. Mendez is training! So I have 2 grandsons now! We took a "family picture" together it was great. We basically lose our whole p-day doing the changes but it’s okay. Also a new Elder from the U.S missed his flight and so he got a new one and he gets here at 12 at night and we have to go pick him up ahah. 

My new comp is E. Gonzalez. He’s from Mexico City and is super chill. I think we’ll get along great. He’s like 26 years old but doesn’t look like it ahah. 

Things went great this week we taught a new family, the Castro Padilla family. They were a reference from a recent convert. We did FHE with them then they invited us over to their house and we taught them it was a great lesson. They’re a great family and their kids are awesome as well so hopefully we’ll see some progression. They have some marriage problems (she’s bipolar and things her husband is cheating on her) but President can give them some counseling ahah. 

Also the convert (Maria) who gave us the reference of the family lives with her dad. He’s like 89 years old and always drinks, but he’s super polite and really nice. He didn’t want to get baptized because he felt he was too old to change so he stopped listening to the elders a few months ago. 

But president wrote me and said "Elder, win the trust of her dad and you’ll see soon enough that he’ll stop drinking on his own" and it was crazy because 2 days before she told us that out of nowhere her dad grabbed his liquor bottles and smashed them in the backyard! ahah They started giving him horrible nightmares so he stopped drinking! I think the Lord is preparing him. 

We have leadership training in 2 weeks I think, so well go to the Baja then. I really hope that we stay there for a few days. I think president will be merciful and let me go to the beach ahah.

People do celebrate Valentine’s Day here its almost exactly the same. The pope is in Mexico so everyone’s excited about that.

My companion didn’t really die ahah. He kept working until the end (kinda) ahah. When we did weekly planning he started writing down what he wanted to do at home that next week ahah, but he helped a little bit! And then after we finished I said "okay what do we do now?" and he was like, “Well, we can go out and work.... or! play soccer!” ahah. So we played soccer for like 5 minutes in the house.

Also my converts the family Lizarraga showed up to our ward and gave me a mini pool table as a belated Christmas gift ahah. It was sweet, now we have become mini pool sharks. 

Things are great here. I’m loving life! Also E. Clayton from the Q of the 70 is going to Cabo... I’m not sure if were going as assistants. I don’t think so.... but I hope we get invited!

Also we ate like pigs this week. On Saturday we ate with a family and they gave us carne en su jugo (bean bacon and carne asada soup), hamburgers, machaka (dried shreaded beef with potatoes), and cake! Later that day Maria took us to eat tacos dorados and they were huge. Then we ate with them again on Sunday and we ate shrimp quesadI’llas and shrimp tacos with seviche and more cake!!! It was crazy, then we had breakfast today with president and we have dinner tomorrow with the missionaries who are going home! Lot’s of food

Everyone is getting married and it’s sad but I’m okay with that. I still have lots of single friends! Send me a picture of Emily’s fiancĂ©, also I heard Kelly Moya is pregnant?? Crazy world. Also the presidential race sound horrible, but I guess it’s just a sign of the second coming ahah. 

There’s lots to write and share but I won’t share all of it because I’m lazy. Sorry if I didn’t answer some of your questions. Oh but that’s sad that I won’t see Alex. What a gay boy. But the good thing is I’ll be at Jeffy’s wedding!! ahah  miss you guys and hope you have a great week!

Love E. Latimer

February 8, 2016

This week was pretty chill. Nothing too new. I’ve been slacking a lot on keeping a journal lately because I’ve just been exhausted. I’ll just print out the emails I send you guys and tape them in my journal. 

We had our weekly meeting with Pte. Velez, it was pretty good. A branch is struggling in Loreto in the Baja. It’s a really, really pretty area and he said he wants to go over there with us to work! I’m hoping will go that will be an awesome experience. It’s really awesome to work with President. This week will be a little crazy because the change is ending and we have to organize the changes. I don’t think it’ll be that difficult but we’ll see I guess!

My comp is going home this week so he’s the first one I’ve "killed" in the mission. He’s a great guy and I’m gonna miss him. But I’ll be home in 7 weeks. Kinda crazy to think about. But I’m still working hard. We’re looking all over the place for new investigators. After being in this area I think I got a sense of what it’s like being a missionary in the states. 

We had a good FHE with Hna Maria, a recent convert. She invited 2 families from her neighborhood, it was awesome! Her friends loved the message we prepared and we were able to put appointments with them. We taught the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ. We showed the Mormon message "Heavenly Father and Earthly Father" 

Our investigators aren’t progressing but the good thing is that were finding some new people. Hopefully we can find some more. I really wanna have some more baptisms.  

Also we went and ate a sushi called "the Impossible." It’s huge and weighs like 3 pounds and it’s about as long as my forearm and as wide as the palm of my hand. It was pretty sweet, but there is a better one in another part of the city that were gonna eat later. ahah. 

Mom you need to get me the information so I can take the Spanish tests here in the mission! But all is well here. 

Sounds like everyone is doing great. I miss you guys. Oh and dad you never sent me the picture of your new car!

Things are normal here, not too many crazy stories, just hard to find people who are willing to progress but I’m working hard and having fun. How many days will we be in Utah for???

Love, Elder Latimer

February 1, 2016

HELLO! First off, dad, you should totally do the lip sync to the napoleon dynamite song. I feel like that was an inspired idea from The Lord. 

This week was pretty normal, we actually worked a decent amount in our area so that’s fun. We did lots of divisions. I got to go back to my last area in Nuevo Culiacan and visit a lot of people. It was great because I found out the family that we found and taught and put baptismal dates with is getting baptized on Feb 12th! So I’m stoked for that, and another investigator we had who couldn’t get baptized because he needed to get divorced and married first, is finally getting baptized! So I’m pretty stoked!

I got to work with E. Tapia (my old comp) in my area when we did divisions, it was great being with him again. He’s a great guy. Yubal didn’t get baptized. He received his answer to know if the BOM is true, and he says without a doubt he knows it’s true. But he wants to wait for his wife so they can get baptized together. So keep praying!

There’s so much stuff to tell and I don’t have a whole lot of time. It’s great working with President. You learn a lot of stuff. It was really exhausting this week but we’re finding new people. I got depressed today because we went to go eat a special sushi that weighs like 3 pounds and is the size of my forearm. But it was closed... hopefully next week.

Also I don’t know if I told you but the Virgin Guadalupe appeared in our breakfast last week. It was a miracle. I’ll send you a picture of it right now. 

Seeing the schedule, I think I’d like to go to go to conference. It’s tough cuz I feel like I’d want to stay home and see Ryan and everything, but it’ll only be 2 days so I’m fine with it, plus it gives me time to see him for 2 or 3 days.

That’s awesome that Joe is finishing his papers! I have to be there when he opens them!!!

Also today the Elders got locked out of their apartment so we stole a huge ladder from the top of the building and brought it down and climbed in through the window to unlock it! It was sweet. I felt like Tom Cruise! Also I cut an elder’s hair to day, and I was using the clippers and I touched his hair on top of his head with my finger and said "ELDER!! NO IM SO SORRY BUT WE CAN COVER IT UP" 

He freaked out and didn’t know what to do it was great. Also we played soccer today and I accidently hit him in the spot. Then when he was recovering I kicked the ball really hard at the wall and it came back in hit him again! ahah poor guy! He was doubled over for a few minutes while we died of laughter. Things are great here, thanks for all the support!

Also you’re killing me little by little every time you write me and ask me about coming home and making plans etc. but it’s okay! I keep working hard!

Also President said I could take the Spanish test here in the mission!!!!! So send me the info I need to take it!!!

Love you guys. Have a great week!

E. Latimer

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Travel to La Paz; Life in the Mission Office; More Pics!

January 11, 2015

Hi Everyone:

Again I don’t have a lot of time to write! Crazy p-day but I’ll put all the important stuff! Being an AP is chill. We pick up the new missionaries from the airport and eat breakfast with them and give them a brief overview of the mission, and we also get to eat dinner with President and his wife and all the missionaries that are leaving that change. It’s pretty awesome. We prepare leadership trainings for the zone leaders and sister leaders, and general multi zone meetings. 

Well I’ll finally get my chance to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth when we go to Cabo in 2 weeks. I’m excited for that. It would have been awesome to have had an area there but that’s okay. I love Culiacan. My comp is E. Ramos. He’s from Chiapas (the southern most part of Mexico). He’s awesome and hilarious and we get along really well. It’s really exhausting being an AP. 

But I’m glad that I have a great comp. He’s always pulling pranks and making jokes. It’s awesome to have a comp like that! 

All day Sunday we just go to church, and then from 4 to 10:45 at night we call all the ZLs and ask for their numbers and check every companionship in the mission and how they’re doing, etc. It’s pretty exhausting. Last night I was talking to the last zone and was super tired, so I just said "Elder, its late just tell me the most important things about each companionship and what’s keeping them from baptizing" ahha but it’s a cool experience. Also we do lots of splits with all the other missionaries. 

We are only in the offices for like 2 days a week – Sunday and then half the day Wednesday when we have our weekly meeting with President to tell him about the mission etc., so we get a good amount of time to work in our area. Our area is literally were the richest people in all of Culiacan live. Every single house is enormous and has its own individual design. 

We only have 6 members in our area which are the 4 new converts and President and his wife. It’s pretty cool because president comes with us to teach lessons and does his visiting teaching there. Kinda weird to be walking in the street and see president knocking on a door and contacting in the street ahah. I’ll send you pictures of the houses in my area. One has a huge water slide it looks more like a part of six flags than a house.

We’re teaching an awesome family, Yubal and Ana Iris. They’re awesome. I actually knew them before and we get a long really well. They’re most likely our next baptisms that we’ll have. And our new converts are all super awesome. I really like our area. It’s pretty tough but we always have like miracle baptisms that come out of nowhere. 

Things are great. I laughed super hard at that story you told me about Jace and Joe ahah. I can’t believe he thought of that so fast. Umm I have internet access so I could probably do it here. I’ll have to ask Pte Velez. I won’t be driving :( but that’s okay. Well, I got to go!!! Thanks for writing!!!
Love you guys

E. Latimer

January 18, 2015

Dear All:

This week was pretty great. Yubal came to church and we put a baptismal date for the 30th of January. So were excited about that. He’s really awesome and I think he´ll be able to get baptized really soon. I’ll have to take some pictures of the houses in our area because they’re huge. We’ll have to come back some day so I can show you my areas. 

We had an awesome experience. We taught a lesson with Pres Velez. A random lady showed up to church and came into gospel principles class. And for the first time (that I’ve ever seen) Pres Velez came to our ward with his wife. It’s really where they should attend but President always goes and visits the branches where he presides. Anywho, he starts talking to her and says to us "Elders, stay with me and my wife were gonna teach a lesson".

So we taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ and it was pretty great. Then we taught her baptism. And Pres Velez is a great teacher he asks really inspired questions and teaches with a lot of power. But after this process of dozens of inspired questions and teaching her about baptism, he challenged her. He gave her Alma 7: 14-15 to read and he had her stand up and read it. 

And there’s a part in those verses towards the end that says "and testify today that you are willing to obey the commandments and be baptized" (something like that, I know it better in Spanish). Then he asks her "so when should you get baptized?" and she says "today...." then he says "are you willing to be baptized.... today?" I sat there with my companion in awe. I really thought for a minute we were gonna start filling up the font! But then she said she’d like to learn a little bit more, so the sister missionaries are gonna teach her. But we were sooo close to having a miracle baptism Sunday. ahah It was great. 

It was really awesome to teach with President. It was a great lesson and afterwards she said that she felt really peaceful and at home while we taught her. I wish I could write down everything that happened but it was like an hour long lesson so I’m not going to ahha. 

This week were going to La Paz, hopefully well head down to Cabo also. It’s like an hour away, put La Paz is really awesome too I’ve heard. The good thing is ill get to go 2 more times I think, before I go home.

Also our neighbors are Canadian and have tons of tattoos and smoke all the time and are always fighting and don’t speak Spanish. And they have this annoying cat that makes the ugliest sounds, it always meows like its giving birth to an elephant. 

But the cat today climbed up near our balcony and wouldn’t shut up so my companion starts squirting it with a water bottle and it got scared, jumped down like 15 feet and crashed into their table and knocked over this huge metal can where they put their cigarette butts and fell on the floor ahahhaha. We almost died laughing. Then they came out and saw the huge mess it made and started getting angry at one another. ahhaha We may have destroyed their marriage... 

We didn’t have the courage to tell them it was us, but I’m okay with that hahaha. Then the cat started moaning in pain. hahha I think my comp may have killed it, but we’ll see tonight i guess if it keeps meowing. 

Things are great. I need to write more in my journal though because we almost never have time to. Also we played soccer today with a bunch of elders and I got hit in the groin pretty bad for the first time in like 2 years and my stomach still hurts. I bought a new suit for like 90 bucks, because the dollar is now worth almost 20 pesos. So I’m pretty happy, 

I think I got taller in the mission because the other suit I had was really small on me and the sleeves were really short. 

Mom I read that talk you sent me by Elder Anderson it was great! And I’d like to go skiing with you guys. I just don’t want to be gone for too long though. Sounds like everyone is doing great! And I’d like to live with Joe and Tyler. That’s a bummer that the Seahawks lost. Hopefully next year. I’m super happy and having a lot of fun so time is flying by. I’ll see you guys soon! Only 10 weeks left! 

Elder Latimer

January 27, 2015

Dear Everyone:

This week was great. We had 2 leadership conferences so it was only zone leaders and sister leaders. We had one in Culiacan, then right afterwards we left to La Paz! It’s a short plane trip like 15 minutes they literally turn off the "fasten seatbelt" sign and give you peanuts then they turn it back on, and we start our descent. La Paz is super awesome! It’s so peaceful so it deserves its name, a really small city, but I loved it. 

We did divisiones with some Elders and then went and ate dinner with President and his wife. They slept in the hotel room right next to ours, but it was hilarious because they were like, "good night elders!," and we said good night too, then they went into their room. But my companion looks at me, shakes his head and starts pointing at the stairway outside. So we go outside and go all the way to the top of this hotel where you see the ocean and the whole city. It was awesome! The worst part is that I left my camera in president’s car :(. We were only there for like 24 hours.)

But the good thing is I get to go 2 more times before I finish the mission! Also I get to go to Mazatlan! But something said is that I told president I had never left Culiacan, and he was all surprised and said "Are you serious?" ahah. Then later in the leadership conference he was talking about rules for going to the beach, and he said, "You’re lucky you have a beach nearby. Some have never even gone! Like Elder Latimer! I didn’t know he had never left Culiacan, but if he would have asked me I would have sent him over!" Ooh. That one hurt bad. haha If I had just asked I would have been a zone leader in Cabo! But I trusted too much in that nonsense of "I’ll go where you want me to go." ahhaha Just kidding. 

But the conference was great, President got really into it and was telling story from the Old Testament, where King Saul goes to the witches to ask for their advice and he disguises himself. So as he’s telling it, and he lifts up his suit jacket and covers his face and keeps telling the story as if he were King Saul. It was hilarious. He stayed like that for like 5 minutes! I loved it. 

Also he was telling everyone it’s okay if you like another sister missionary or elder, etc., and how its normal and we just should keep it to ourselves, etc. Then he like looks this sister missionary dead in the eye and says very seriously "Sister so and so... is there anything wrong with liking an elder?" And the poor sister just sits there not knowing what to say. Then president laughs and says "OF COURSE NOT!" ahhaha. I love president. He’s hilarious. He’s even funnier now because he’s finishing his mission so he’s getting a little trunky ahah. Not really. He and his wife are gonna be normal missionaries after this. 

This week was really busy. We didn’t get to teach hardly anyone. President had us go to some sisters’ baptism because he couldn’t make it and other stuff so we didn’t to get work too much in our area. And yesterday we were in the offices all day asking for numbers and doing reports. Then at 11 at night we had to go to the airport and pick up an elder who was gonna renew his visa, and he slept at our house so we were up really late. BUT were having lots of fun so I’m not complaining!

Also, I gave a talk Sunday and basically just taught everyone the restoration, and we went to a family’s house to eat after church and they made soooo much food. There were soo many leftovers they made us and our ward mission leader take home like 12 pounds of food each! ahah So we don’t have to go shopping this week. 

Dad, that’s really interesting about Lehi’s dream. My comp is from Chiapas and there’s lots of ruins there, and he showed me a picture of a tablet slab that’s in a museum that they found in Chiapas, and it depicts a tree of life, people getting lost in fog, and an iron rod. Also in the pyramids near his house there’s a spot on top where if you speak everyone in the valley can hear you, so he thinks that’s were King Benjamin gave his sermon. 

Lots of cool stuff. We’re having lots of fun here. Yubal is reading the Book of Mormon so we hope he gets baptized this week. It’s been a struggle getting him to read but we finally downloaded the gospel library app and now he’s reading like crazy. Hopes are high! All is well in Zion.

E. Latimer

Thursday, January 7, 2016

November and December Letters and Pics!

November 9, 2015

Dear Everyone:

This week was pretty awesome. U wrote down some stuff I wanted to mention to you guys but mostly they’re just stupid stories! This was a super fun week we laughed a lot and worked hard and are finding new people.

Some drunk guys start talking to us in the street and tell us they’re gonna kill us because they’re Chapo Guzman’s cousins and a bunch of crap like that. Then they demand that we teach them something. So my companion starts talking about the word of wisdom, etc. and they didn’t like that one bit. They said a whole bunch of ridiculously funny stuff but the best part was one said to us, "Look here, I’m Jesus, you’re Jesus, we’re all Jesus!" and so I said "You’re right. Let’s put our hands in here in a circle and on the count of three we’ll yell JESUS!" ahahah And they did it. It was great. They didn’t yell Jesus but they put their hands in the middle. (Also in this context they used the name “Jesus” as a normal person’s name because one of them was actually named Jesus. So it wasn’t sacreligious or anything!!!

After reading these stories, all I can think is "Oh, President Velez what have you done making me a zone leader?" ahah 

We’re teaching the Velazquez family, and we put baptismal dates with them! They’re super awesome and were super committed to go to church yesterday but for some reason they didn’t go! We waited and waited but they never got there. But we have an appointment to day so well see what’s up.

We’ve been contacting lots in the street. Normally we have like 25 or 30 street contacts a week. So we find super cool people, but most of them don’t live in our area. But it’s cool how the Spirit guides us and allows us know who to contact. Like yesterday we were walking and I felt I should talk to some guy, but I ignored it because we had an appointment. A block later I felt I should go back, so we went back and talked to him he invited us right in and we put an appointment with him for another day. Its good knowing that were not working alone here and The Lord guides us.

It’s not hot here anymore. That’s cool that Abby and Ashtin and Kaleb are all out in the mission field. Send me their emails so I can write them! And mom, I’m not getting married to anybody! I’m gonna be single forever like George Clooney! ahah.

Okay for Christmas my companion wants a Melchizedek ring like mine (I forgot how to spell it in English) and an oil vile, and a SLC temple tie clip. I would like a sweater vest! peppermint bark, mint fudge (that mom makes) and I think that’s it. Mostly we just want candy. ahahha

But I also wanted to ask about my driver’s license. I lost it a while back and I want to know what I should do to renew it and get a new one. 

But everything is great here! Thanks for writing. Everything is just swell here lots of good stuff happening!

Also I wanna know about the election! And Halloween. Send me pictures!

Love Elder Latimer

November 16, 2015

Hi all:

This week was pretty calm and pretty normal. We had our zone meeting. It was awesome. We talked a lot about unity and have the courage to leave behind investigators that aren’t progressing and trust that in a later date with other missionaries they will get baptized.

Things are calm here. Kaleb is in the Baja, California Sur so I won’t be seeing him! ahah He also doesn’t have a phone for some reason so I haven’t talked to him. I’ll write him today though. I called his district leader and he said he would tell Kaleb to call me but nothing yet. 

We haven’t been able to visit any of our investigators that have baptismal dates this week. They sort of fell off the face of the earth. But were looking for new people we started a sweet activity me and my companion made a gold box (gold plates) and inside we put in a Book of Mormon and pamphlets and dvds and stuff like that. So were gonna give it to a member family each week so they can pass the stuff out to their friends. 

Also I have got some sweet connections with an Elder here who can order special missionary name tags that have the mission name on them and a scripture on the back. You can get them in whatever language too! So I’m gonna ask for a few. If anyone wants one let me know! They only cost 45 pesos. Also if you could send me some money I’m gonna buy some sweet new scripture covers that would be sweet. The’yre like 1000 pesos. 

I heard and read a little bit about the manual changes, but it wasn’t very clear to me. From what I understood is that basically if you’re gay married (ahha) you get church disciplinary action and those children of gay parents who go out on a mission have to denounce the practice of gay marriage but not their parents. And those children who live with gay parents won’t be able to receive the priesthood, which I didn’t understand very clearly as to why. It wasn’t very clear to me obviously because I don’t get a manual. 

All the members turning against the Bretheren reminds me of a scripture that says “the love of men will grow cold and their hearts will fail them.” (D&C 45) Also in Paul’s epistle to Timothy when he says that:

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledgeof the truth.

Being a missionary is sweet. Also let me know when I need to sign up for classes and all that junk or will I have time to do it when I get back? Nothing is really new here, were finding cool people and having funny street contacts. Last night this catholic guy told us "I love God. I don’t really understand anything though. I go to church and when they say “amen” I say a”men,” open the bible say whatever you want and you’ll get an amen from me." I really like meeting funny people in the street. 

Also I don’t know if I told you but sushi here is awesome. It’s made with carne asada shrimp avocado cream cheese and it’s deep fried!!! Way better than normal sushi. You’ll have to come here on vacation and try it sometime. I love it. 

Things are great here have a great week! Love you guys. 

November 23, 2015

Hi All:

First off, what’s a man bun?!?!?! I’m not sure if I want to know. I want a bomb sniffing rat!!!!! Please send me one that would be so sweet! That’s great everyone is gonna be home for Thanksgiving. Here people don’t even celebrate it so they just jump from Halloween/day of the dead immediately to Christmas! So that’s cool also well get to participate in a new initiative for the church, "A Savior is Born" so that should be sweet. 

Dad send me a picture of your new car! That sounds pretty sweet. That’s good Joe is really focused on school, sounds like everything is going good.

This week was pretty tough. We had like 2 days of straight rejections and stuff. 1 guy wanted to bash with us and started telling us a whole bunch of crap and saying he read a book called the "true story of joseph smith" ahah. But he was saying a whole bunch of garbage. I don’t remember the whole story of what was said but at one point I just said "how many times have you read the Book of Mormon or the Bible?" and he stutters and says "well ummm like... ummm" and I said "Exactly, you don’t even know what you’re talking about it. Go read it at least once then you can come back and talk to us." That seemed to shut him up.

A similar experience happened the next day. But the guy wasn’t as contentious. But I’ve noticed in the mission I’ve never been left without words. I’ve always been able to defend and testify. And it always leaves them quiet. It’s kinda cool because we obviously defend with scriptures and teach then then testify but I’ve noticed that bible bashing gets you no where, and no matter how much knowledge you have or how well you know the scriptures the people aren’t gonna believe you unless you share a sincere testimony. 

Later that day some drug addict was walking around asking for alms ahhaah "alms for the poor." He said he needed money to buy a taco so instead of giving him money I gave him some cookies i was eating, and my comp gave him his water bottle. He stood there for like 10 seconds then yells a swear word and throws my cookies and my comps water into the street.... And I had just bought those cookies so that was really sad. 

Then like half an hour later a blind lady was trying to cross a really busy street at 7 at night! So we go out and help her across. She explains to us that she’s trying to take a bus so she can beg for money. So we stop and help her flag down a bus, a couple pass by and one finally stops and right when she’s about it get on the bus driver sees who she is and speeds off. Then she starts yelling at my comp saying "what did you do you $%&()? Why did he drive away!!!!" ahahah She wasn’t very grateful but eventually we helped her get on a bus. It was quite a day.

But we are teaching an awesome new family that lives kinda far away. But they’re family of the bishop of this ward and the bishop of another ward (my first area). They’re super awesome and have come to church twice and accepted baptism. So well probably see some baptisms soon because they have a lot of support and came to church of their own will no one invited them. Plus the dad’s sisters are both members and wives of the bishops. So pure power.

Also we found an awesome Christian guy. He’s the son of a reference we received. His dad died a month ago. But he invited us right in and fed us and talked with us for like 20 minutes. The sad thing is that he doesn’t live in our area. But it’s always a great experience finding people. 

You guys should send me some pictures (through email) of us skiing and stuff. Also I don’t know if I told you guys but I need a little money to buy new scripture cases. I don’t know if you’d be able to send me some?

Things are really great here. We didn’t get changed so I’ll be here for Christmas. 

Love, Elder Latimer

November 30, 2015

Dear All:

This week was great. Lots more success. The family were teaching went to church again and we put baptismal dates with them for January 2nd so we’re stoked about that. I’m pretty sure they’ll get baptized before then. It would cool to have a "White Christmas". The members are helping us a lot. We work a lot with the Patriarch and his family. They always come with us to visit people, invite us over to eat, etc. Actually today in the morning we went over decorated a Christmas tree and ate breakfast and talked for a while so that was fun.

Thanksgiving sucked. I didn’t even remember until like midday. But luckily I ate a turkey sandwich for breakfast so that counts. A sister in our zone told me her parents sent her like 8 pounds of mashed potatoes and stuffing but totally forgot it was Thanksgiving and didn’t eat it. It’s sad here basically after Halloween everyone puts up Christmas lights, but I’ve been rebuking the practice, and telling them that putting up Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving is not of God.

I don’t know if I’ll die in this area. I feel like I’ve got one more left. There’s been lots of talk that I’m going to be the next assistant. But I like being a Zone Leader because you get to work with lots of missionaries so I kinda hope I stay here. Maybe for my final transfer I’ll go to the Baja! But who knows?

Oh I know an elder that can order special missionary name tags with scriptures on the back and the mission name like the mission presidents have so I ordered one for dad in Chinese, one for Josh, Joe, Tyler, and Ryan. If the littles want one with a scripture tell me what scripture they want! Also dad and Josh should tell me if there’s a specific scripture you want. Or if dad wants it in English and not Chinese. 

Things are going really good. We’re gonna have some baptisms soon. Oh dad, I have a question. I’ve studied it and think I have the answer, but I’d like to hear what you think. When we get baptized, it’s in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, but after that every other ordinance in the church is done in the name of Jesus Christ. Why is the ordinance of baptism done differently?

Yesterday there was a new convert fireside that no one told us about until like 4 hours before it started and they also asked that I could prepare a 10 minute talk... ahha. That happens a lot here. They’re like "We’ll just tell the missionaries like half an hour before that they have to talk and they’ll be fine." It has happened to me a ton in the mission. But it’s okay, it helps you come up with stuff really quick. But it was good because I got to see a ton of people from my first area. Time goes by really fast 

My companion was actually playing the prelude music and the bishop walks up and says "Elder can you give a ten minute talk on the atonement?" ahha like 5 minutes before the meeting started but all went well.

Tomorrow we have a leadership conference so that should be exiting. Also we have a new initiative of the Christmas video that came out so hopefully like last year well see a lot of success from that. I miss playing sports. I feel like my legs are all skinny now because I never get to run or jump or do stuff like that. I’m super jealous that you all got to play in the turkey bowl. 

That’s cool that Joe and Josh are having lots of fun in school. I’m excited to be up there with them soon. I hope Ryan goes, that would be a blast. 

All is well in Zion. Zion prospers, ahha. Have a good week! Love you guys!

Elder Latimer

December 7, 2015

Dear All:

This week was pretty great. We had 4 baptisms in the zone and had our leadership conference and zone meeting so it was a really busy week with lots of meetings and interviews but it was fun. The family Medina feels a little nervous about their baptismal date and feel it’s a little soon. But I think once they start reading and everything they’ll have the desire to do it but we’re not gonna push them or anything.

It was pretty cool, they live really very away in a little "pueblo". I don’t know what the English equivalent would be because it’s not a village, more like a small town. ANYWHO, they live really far away and the 2 parents could go to church because they got called into work. So they sent their 3 kids in a bus to the church ahha. It was great to see that they like going and understand it’s important that they go. 

We were able to teach a great lesson. We cut out and laminated pictures form the Ensigns and taped them to plastic cups and made a pyramid to teach about how Christ established his church. It was cool and they promised to teach it to their parents later that night. We also gave them a BOM.

Also we have a special goal as a mission to have a baptism in every area this month, so we did a special fast for that and were hoping to see a lot of miracles this month.

Today we got together as a zone to practice a musical number for the mission Christmas party, so we played ping pong (with the stuff you guys gave me for Christmas last year). It was the first time I used it, but it was a blast! We also made brownies (the ones you guys sent me) and we played spoons. Our zone is super awesome and we have a lot of fun together.

Things are going great pretty excited for this month. We’re gonna have a lot of success. That Christmas party looked like a lot of fun. It doesn’t feel like Christmas here because it’s hotter than Africa.

Also were teaching a less active member haha, He’s hilarious. He’s like 50 and lives alone and has like 6 dogs but he’s awesome. He’s super lazy and gets tired after doing the littlest things. And we were teaching him once and 2 of his dogs started "creating physical bodies for puppies in the spirit world" and my comp says "ummmm your dogs are doing something...." and the less active gets up and yells "NOOOO, I CANT AFFORD TO HAVE ANYMORE DOGS!!!!" ahha and runs over and starts hitting them with a broom. But alas he was too late ahhaha. What a great lesson it was. 

But he’s going to church now and always buys ice cream for us so I’m not complaining! Oh and I was able to see the devotional. It was great! But like i said it doesn’t feel like Christmas here so I don’t really get home sick. But I love being here. I always get to see people from my old areas ahah. I know like every single person here. The gonna be really sad when I leave. I won’t have time to say goodbye to everyone :(


Elder Latimer

December 14, 2015

Dear Everyone:

It was a great week. My package got here, and we loved it! Especially all the candy. My comp is really grateful for the stuff you sent him and I’m jealous because you sent him a really cool tie. But I loved it. I got to use the sweet sweater vest for the Tiajuana temple dedication and got a lot of (mostly sincere) compliments! It’s almost too much candy to eat so I’m sharing a lot of it ahha.

This week a guy called us from Phoenix, AZ, telling us that we contacted him in the street like 2 months ago, and he kept the card we gave him with our phone number. He then told us that he got baptized 2 weeks ago in Arizona!! whoooooo!! It’s cool seeing the fruits of our labor. Also he gave us the address of his mom and sister because he wants us to visit them so were pretty stoked about that. It’s cool to see what can happen when you just open your mouth and invite someone. Makes me think of all the people that may have joined the church just because we chose to give them a pass along card and help them.

I’m really sick. I went to the doctor today and there are 2 horrible diseases that mosquitos have here, which are dengue and chincunguya. It’s sort of like a Mexican malaria ahha. But Saturday my bones ached really, really bad, but we went out to work anyways in the rain and I think that made it worse. Then I had a really high fever all night and couldn’t hardly sleep and then my throat hurts so much that it’s hard to eat anything AND I have hives all over my body. 

The doctor ruled out dengue so it’s almost sure I have chincunguya, but I have to go back Wednesday to do some more tests. Also I haven’t eaten in 2 days because we did a special fast as a zone to have some baptisms and when we finished the fast I didn’t feel good enough to eat. Also I have diarrhea. WHOOO CHRISTMAS MIRACLES!!! ahha But I’m happy I guess. Also this sickness I have can last for a week or 3 months so hopefully I’ll get better quickly! I hope so because I don’t have a fever anymore and my bones don’t ache! 

Also my comp sort of wants me to go out and work, which kinda sucks. OHH! And thanks for the books!!! They’re awesome! I’m almost done reading The Great Apostasy. It’s a great book!. Also I think I have a cavity because I haven’t gone to the dentist in like 2 years. It doesn’t hurt but I can see it. Should I just wait till I get home to get it checked?

i also know how to solve the Rubik’s cube. Just shows that applying yourself every time you go to the bathroom has unlimited possibilities. 

That’s cool you guys are in NYC. I’m surprised it’s not a lot colder HASHTAG globalwarming

Also our investigators are doing really well. They didn’t get to come to church because of the temple dedication, and they were kinda bummed about that. It’s kinda a slow process because we don’t see them very much so it’s kinda frustrating. But we’re happy. I really don’t know if I’ll get changed. We have changes in 3 weeks so well see! I really like this ward so I don’t mind if I stay!

Things are just dandy. Umm, I’m not sure what else I need to tell you guys... Just thanks a lot for the package, it was awesome. You guys thought of everything! I actually really enjoyed the socks (they were much needed). I think this was the first Christmas that I actually got socks for Christmas. It’s quite the clichĂ©. Also the extendible backscratcher it makes daily and weekly planning much more enjoyable. 

I don’t have much time to write so if I forgot something please forgive me! I love you guys! Have fun in NYC

Elder Latimer

December 21, 2015

All is well in Zion. The doctors aren’t sure exactly what it was because I had all the symptom of dengue and chincunguya, but it didn’t show up in the blood work. But I’m better now!! It was a pretty horrible experience. I had a super high fever and I broke out in hives. I got tons on my feet and they itched so bad, but no amount of cream, powder, water etc. could calm the itch haha. It was crazy. I never had something like that before. So I didn’t get much sleep.

Also the fever was so high that I got a bunch of blisters on my face, very charming. So I didn’t work for like 3 days so I was bored out of my mind and read a lot, and made a lot of funny videos.I’lll have to show you when I get back.

We had our mission Christmas party too. It was awesome. We did special musical numbers as zones, played a lot of games, ate great food and we watched a Disney movie!!!! Best day ever. I haven’t seen a normal person movie in forever. It was "inside out" I really liked it. I also beat President Velez in musical chairs and my socks and vest were a big hit! I was glorious. #davidarchuleta

I won’t write too much so we can talk about stuff. I think I’ll call Christmas eve around like 5 or 6 if that’s okay. Unless we can find another member to let us call Christmas morning. But I’ll call Christmas eve to talk/to let you know I’ll call Christmas morning soooo yea. Dad your foot is gross but cool. My companion almost puked when he saw the pictures. Who took them???


Elder Latimer

December 28, 2015

Hello! It was good seeing you guys, even though I couldn’t think of anything to talk about. After I had hung up and ton of stuff came to mind, and lots of stories. This week was pretty calm, really not a lot of work because of the holidays. But we had fun. The members gave us sooo much candy it was ridiculous. We have enough chocolate and cookies to last us a while. 

The sisters in our zone had a miracle baptism this week. The son of some members (who is like 30 years old) had been reading the Book of Mormon by himself and decided to get baptized. He’s from another state in Mexico so he came all the way to Culiacan to get baptized right after Christmas so that was cool.

On Christmas the members who were gonna give us food forgot, so we bought sushi, then in the evening we got invited to a member’s house to drink/eat ponche which is like boiled fruits with cinnamon and deep fried tortillas on the side it was pretty good. Then they gave us coffee mugs filled with chocolate, and they drew Jake and Fin (from adventure time) in missionary form on them and put our name there too. It was pretty great, the members here are awesome and treat us like family. 

That’s super sad that Jace lost his drone. You guys should send me some pictures from Christmas. I’d love to see what everyone got. 

Also my friend is telling me the apartments were you signed us up to live have like super strict rules and don’t let you do anything. He wants to live in Nauvoo. I don’t know if that would be a problem for Joe and Tyler. He says they have curfew guards and if you’re a minute late they dont let you in. sooo ahah but if they can’t I’m still fine living there! Or if they want to live at the Ridge! It’s in front of the temple and close to campus

Hmmm what else to tell you guys... nothing really. We were able to teach some good lessons and give lots of blessings on Saturday. We gave a blessing to an investigator that had a stroke or has Parkinsons and he can’t talk very well, then to 2 sisters in our zone, and to a member from one of my old areas who called us and asked for one. It’s a great blessing to be able to serve others and to be able to help when called upon

Pretty great week! i hope you guys are doing good! if you’re on right now feel free to respond!! 

Love you guys

Elder Latimer

January 4, 2016

Hi All:

This week was pretty chill, not too much. Umm, we had changes and I got changed. I’m the new assistant to the President so I’m kinda nervous, but excited at the same time. It’s awesome because we get to go to Los Cabos and La Paz and Mazatlan like once very change so that’s cool. Also we get to eat breakfast with the new missionaries and go to the final dinner of the elders and sisters who are going home! So it has its perks.

This week was really slow. NYE is crazy. People just get drunk and shoot guns and then the whole New Year’s day they keep getting drunk. It’s quite impressive actually.  They’re pretty diligent. 

So we said goodbye to all the members and we didn’t get to see too many investigators and the changes were crazy. We have a ton of work to do and lots of reports so that’s kinda hard but it’ll be fun. 

I would love to go snowboarding and to conference but I also would like being home. It’s kinda hard to decide if you could give me an idea of when we would go or for how long it would be that would be great. 

I just need to know what kinda stuff I have to do when I get home -- like shop and dentists and doctors and what not!

Things are great here. I don’t have a whole lot of time to tell you what’s going on but there’s nothing too much here!! Miss you guys a lot! Hope all is well!!!

Elder Latimer