His life packed in 2 suitcases!

His life packed in 2 suitcases!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Where I have Felt Most like Christ in my Mission

Thinking about going to DQ in a sec here so thought about you. There's only one in the mish and I haven't gone cuz it's expensive but we're almost at the end of the month and I'm doing fine with money. 

MOM those pix get me HYPED! 

(Sommer is headed to school this January,
Amy is headed to Tokyo, Japan on her mission,
Lance is headed to Toronto on his mission,
and Ana is headed to Mexico on her mission...best friends ever!)

Yeee hearing good news about good ol Caleb. Great news update tbh.
This week was pretty nice, I got to go on exchanges with Elder Stones again, the legend. He's still hyped on the narry (missionary) life. We found a homeless guy named J that told us about his life story in perfect English. He used to live in LA and has a fam and kids there, and had everything he ever wanted. He then started drinking a bit too much, got deported, and found himself living on the streets of Puebla. He had a real desire to change and he had read the BoM before and had a bible in his pocket. We couldn't do much for him in his current state, but we went and got him a haircut and invited him to the self-sufficiency class. We will see what happens, but honestly it was one of the experiences where I have felt most like Christ in my mission. Love Elder Stonez. 

Also the familia S is killin it. C is going to get baptised this week, already passed the interview, and mom is super interested and committed to activate herself again. We have had lessons with members that are really helping her and the whole fam stayed all 3 hours this week at church. Sometimes the most fulfilling experiences aren't the ones that look awesome on paper. That's a lesson that has/is taking me way too long to figure out. I think that's about it from me. We are having a great time as companions too :)

Love Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

Did you get birthday cards? Ana was asking.
Mmm don't think so, just the ones that were in the package, hyped that there should be one on the way though!

Do you ever do magic tricks for anyone?
No :( the other day we saw these street magicians though and they were doing tricks at one traffic light when we walked by (pretty good honestly), and then we kept walking and like 2 blocks later they were somehow there again! They teleported! Best trick ever, we gave them our change and then they did a lil private show for us. Also Elder Stirling found the pic of me on Bro Young's website and he made it his planner cover. 

Have you heard from Emma? She bounces through her emails - she is so happy!! (note: Emma just started her mission on Temple Square in SLC)
I think she just sent an email saying "HELLLOOOO!" so I too think she's happy hahaha. 

Want anything else for Christmas? Pants for sure?
The kendama would be awesome, the pants would be awesome, more Maynard's (candy from Canada!), and ties are always great (you've been killing it on the ties you've sent btw) Love you

What are your companionship goals this week?
Write in journal more, study more and better (kinda hard sometimes), and just like never make excuses for not doing something because we were busy with our assignment. 

Do you ever get to ask your mission president good doctrinal questions? Or does he ask you?!
Honestly not really haha, he is super busy and our job is to make his life easier and make it so that he has more time, so we try to talk about the things that will help him. If we ever try to ask deep doctrine questions, he asks, "if I tell you that, is it going to help someone get baptised?" He's got his priorities very straight. 

Nervous if you do get transferred this next round?
No! I think it could go either way depending on the needs of the mission, but I would honestly love the opportunity to go just work really hard in my own area and just focus on that for a while. If that's the case I would probably open a new area and train because we're getting 19 new missionaries. 

Do you use google drive to store photos? It’s part of your lds mail account FYI!!
No but I have most of them backed up on a memory stick.  

How I spent my Birthday

October 9, 2017
For the time, I had to choose between going to see some old investigators from Amalucan get baptized or going to eat with president, so we went to the baptism and it was awesome! After 9 different missionaries, S and R finally got baptised and I was able to go see it for my birthday! They got married and baptised on October 7th and we were able to go eat at their little reception that they had at their house after. SO rewarding to finally see that happen. R changed more than any other convert I have seen in my mission. He went from saying that he felt like God owes him a lot for all that he's put him through, to humbling himself and being baptised. This family will be eternal! :))))) The 6 of us that were able to go sang a special hymn for them and the spirit was so strong. 

So that's how I spent my birthday! Also calling the missionaries to tell them about their transfers. Everything went well. Hard to say goodbye to Elder N and Elder M last night though. Learned a ton from those guys. 
Got an awesome box from Oma, don't think the one from you has arrived yet though. 

Should be a pretty good transfer coming up! The sisters that were serving in our ward closed their area so we now have twice as much area and twice as many investigators, so the work should get going real well. Didn't like sharing a ward because you can't visit some of the members. All good here. 

Love you!
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

What is it like being an office missionary? 
No haha I don't think they tease us much, or at least not to our faces! 

Where are your expectations at now, after a year in the mission? And what are your expectations?
I think my expectations started off as baptising every week and always bringing a ton of people to church and having super spiritual experiences every day. After my first area, I lowered my expectations a ton because it didn't happen like that. But now I think they are back up to that again. I think I have learned how to work so that that can be possible and even though we don't have much time in our area right now we think we will be able to do that this transfer. 

What is the weather like right now? Ever walk in water past your ankles?
Hasn't been raining much at all honestly these last few weeks. Like 20 is pretty normal. 

Are you in your own apartment near the mission office? Do you go in every day?
We live like 10 minutes away walking. We try to go in as little as possible and it usually ends up being like 4 times a week. 

Did you get a small bubble package from Oma? That is also on it’s way.
Didn't get the lil package from Oma but hyped on that! Elder Barfuss just called and asked how you guys send them so maybe you should hunt down his mom.

Did you get our birthday box?
YES! The pants fit perfect and I might use them every day for the next year so if you don't want me to do that, feel free to send more! Got the size right. Also loved all the cards from Emma and Hoshizaki's and candy and everything. :)

How many families are you teaching right now? How many individuals?
Like 4 fams and like 7 individuals I think, trying to find more fams but it's been hard when we constantly have to cancel appointments. 

What’s your favourite lesson to teach from Preach My Gospel?
I'm a big fan of teaching anything from the Book of Mormon like stories. I like teaching about Nephi's faith in 1Nephi 3 or 17, but really just have had a ton of spiritual experiences using the Book of Mormon. 

​October 16th, 2017
Did I tell you next transfer were getting 22 news (that's new missionaries)? That's the most that have arrived here in like 2 years I think so that will be very crazy and we are already starting to plan for it over a month ahead. 
3 people have now told me that Ana killed it, and she just sent it to me, so I will give it a read and see if that's really true. 
This week we were crazy busy with different meetings and planning for all of them. Went awesome though! We taught how to contact with the Book of Mormon, asked for cups of water and then threw them out the window to get a point across, filmed me playing basketball, and a few other fun things. I will send the video. Just so you know (because it's in Spanish), we were talking about how we need to be willing to drop whatever plans we had of the lesson we were going to teach if the Spirit tells us to do so, or if we find another need of the people we teach. The district leaders got a kick out of it and asked us if they could teach it in their district meetings haha. 
I really liked the get plenty of sunshine part on the example you sent, I think that's the one we need to work on most. (see below for what mum sent)

We also had some really sad news this week as one elder (a very good elder) was found to have cancer and was sent home for treatment. President is organising a fast for us as a mission. I thought about you mom and how I wasn't really old enough to understand what was going on, but how I'm sure now that I think about it that the ward was praying, fasting and serving our family all the way through. In Moroni 6 it talks about that, the church gets together to talk about the well being of its members. We are here for that purpose. We are also here with that purpose as a mission, so keep this Elder in your prayers please! 

I think that's about it from me,
Love you guys, thanks for everything, seriously,
Elder Lethaby

Advice from a pumpkin

Be well-rounded (M. Russell Ballard "I believe that when we focus on a few basic objectives, we are more likely to be able to manage the many demands that life makes on us. Remember, too much of anything in life can throw us off balance. At the same time, too little of the important things can do the same thing. King Benjamin counselled “that all these things [be] done in wisdom and order” (Mosiah 4:27).”)
Get plenty of sunshine (M. RussellBallard - "Many people, including me, have difficulty finding the time for sufficient rest, exercise, and relaxation. We must schedule time on our daily calendars for these activities if we are to enjoy a healthy and balanced life. Good physical appearance enhances our dignity and self-respect."
Give thanks for life’s bounty (Psalms 107:1)
Have thick skin (Psalms 118:6)
Keep Growing (Moroni 7:33)
Be outstanding in your field (1 Nephi 16:29)
Think BIG! (“Don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities.”President Thomas S. Monson (“Living the Abundant Life,” Ensign, Jan. 2012, 5).)

Monday, 2 October 2017

He eats a lot & getting ready to turn 20!

This week we've really been eating a lot of things as you can probably see in the pics. Got the waffle iron working just great and president treated us to some burgers! We've been working a lot better in our own area this transfer honestly. This week we got an investigator named Y to church for the first time. She's the Bishop's next door neighbour who is like best friend of his wife. We've been teaching her since before I got to the area, but we just never realised that there were awesome members right beside of her that could help her progress. They had an FHE (family home evening) with her, invited her to watch conference in the church and at their house, and offered their home for all the lessons. She's excited to be baptised and was sad that she couldn't take the sacrament this week. 
We have also kept visiting the S fam (daughter getting ready for mish, mom less active, and lil bro nonmember). Mom told us she honestly didn't get baptised for the right reasons years ago, but now wants to be taught as if it was from the beginning. Very spiritual lessons there with big sis sharing her testimony. We showed them the talk from Elder Holland after conference because it talks about hope. We aren't perfect and never will be in this life, but that we can do a lot more than we think sometimes. You should all rewatch that talk!


Also the talk from President Eyring in the priesthood sesh. Pretty sad how President Monson couldn't go, but I felt the spirit really strong with all the other shoutouts from the other church leaders. Also Elder Pino who said the prayer in one sesh was here a few months ago and I met him! I'm famous!

I love the mish mom, and I am learning a ton. Keep working hard and playing hard. 
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

What were some of the biggest challenges to overcome when arriving on your mission?
I think the hardest thing when I got to the mission was having really high hopes and expectations, but not that great at teaching or Spanish skills. I would get frustrated a lot.

Biggest adjustments you had to make?
Be more humble and work for the right reasons, not so that everyone would see me being a good missionary. I had to do that because if you are working to have high numbers and you don't get it you feel worthless, but if you're working because you love the people you will still feel sad sometimes, but you still know you're doing what you should be and that the Lord is happy with you. 

What is one of the most encouraging thing someone has done for you while a missionary?
I think the fact that my trainer spoke pretty much perfect English but didn't let me see how good his English was so that I would be forced to learn faster. It would have been way easier for him to just speak English all the time. Also when I was with Elder N he taught me a ton about what I was talking about above (being humble), and was super patient with me as I tried to change it. I have had some really awesome companions. 

What are your plans for your birthday?!
Try to convince president to take us out for dinner, light up the Canadian sparklers you sent, and call the whole mission to tell them about their transfers. :)



Burgers with President Nelson

Post Earthquake Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Hi mom!
So as I'm sure many have heard, the mission and half of the country was hit by an earthquake this week. It has been very exciting to hear about all that is happening in Mexico and other parts of the country. The members have been very supportive and almost all went to go help out for the day last Saturday. 
We had to change A´s baptismal date to Friday at 8:30 so that everyone could make it. It was a very quick service, the bishop had his phone in his pocket while baptising him, but everything went well! He received the holy ghost and the priesthood on Sunday! He thought that you could only go on a mission if you are 18, like after that you can't go anymore and he is 21, but we taught him otherwise and he's now thinking about it pretty seriously! That is one of my biggest goals for the mission, baptise someone who serves a mission! Both of the secretaries in the picture met the church because of GFs (girlfriends...for the older crowd reading this!) and then were baptised and served missions, so it can happen! 

We also had a miracle on Monday! The bishop invited us to a FHE with a family that has a 23 year old daughter preparing for the mish, a less active mom, and a nonmember little brother! We had a pretty spiritual experience with the bishop and his fam (big fan of this bishop), they went to our baptism on Friday, they went to church on Sunday, and the little bro is gonna get baptised in a few weeks! Good stuff there, just gotta get mom a little more active first. 

We also had a little miracle yesterday at church! A member from another ward brought a friend to church who has been through a bit of depression, an ugly break up and doesn't know his purpose in life, but he was searching so diligently in the classes, like basically the whole class was focused on his questions, and he said he felt like he found some answers he had been looking for. His friend is awesome and got him to go to a YSA activity last night too. He also accepted a baptismal date 3 weeks from now! 

We are seeing a lot of miracles in our own area and the whole mission! And we made waffles today like waffle ice cream sandwiches! 

Love you guys!
Elder Lethaby 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Survived His Second Earthquake

From the Mission President at 2:26 pm:
Estimados Padres y amigos de misioneros de la misión Mexico Puebla Norte. A la 1:15 de la tarde hoy experimentamos un sismo centrado entre Puebla y CDMX que midió 7.1. Perdimos electricidad, servicio celular e internet. Poco a poco se están arreglando. Estamos en el proceso de verificar el estatus de cada misionero. Colocaremos mas noticias en las redes socials y por correo electrónico cuando estén disponibles. Gracias por sus oraciones y fe. - Presidente Nelson

Dear Parents and Friends of missionaries of the Mexico Puebla North mission. At 1:15 this afternoon we experienced a 7.1 earthquake centered between Puebla and Mexico City. We lost electricity, cell service and internet. Little by little it is getting fixed. We are in the process of verifying the status of each missionary. We will add more information to the social networks and by email when it is available. Thank you for your prayers and faith. - President Nelson.

From the Mission President at 4:01pm (wow they are on top of things!):
Estimados papas y amigos de misioneros de la misión Mexico Puebla Norte. Ahorita terminamos verificando con todos los misioneros en la misión y todos están bien! Hemos hablado con cada uno de ellos para asegurar que están bien y que están en un lugar seguro. Cada misionero va a tener la oportunidad de escribir a sus familias mañana cuando todo el poder ha sido restaurado y las calles están mas seguras. Colocaremos cualquier cambio en las redes socials y por correo electrónico. Muchas gracias por sus preocupaciones y oraciones. - Presidente Nelson

Dear parents and friends of missionaries in the Mexico Puebla North mission. We just finished verifying with all of the missionaries in the mission and all are without injury and in a secure place! We have talked with each and every one of them personally to make sure they are okay. Each missionary is going to have the opportunity to write their families tomorrow when every thing has calmed down and all power has been restored. We will add any change to the social media sites and by email. Thank your for your concern and your prayers. - President Nelson

So we´re allowed to write home again because as I'm sure you saw on Facebook and news and stuff there was another earthquake today! It was a 7.1, not sure what that means but it was kinda big I guess. We were in a lesson with a guy who works at a drycleaners, just like at the front desk with him and we started to testify and the ground literally started shaking and I felt like super powerful. We just walked out to the middle of the street to wait it out, and everyone around was running and screaming. The guy we had been teaching ask us, "Why is it that everyone else is freaking out and us three are so calm?" We were able to tell him that we were calm because we are prepared, or at least we are in the process of preparing ourselves. 
30 tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in manner which shall speak in your ears with voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear. D&C 38:30

Super powerful experience honestly, the Spirit was very strong. 

The church in the picture was totally fine when we were on the way to the lesson, and when we walked back it was like that! (D&C 29:21)

I felt the Spirit many times tell me that the time is very soon, much sooner than we are thinking. Have a good rest of the week, but please prepare yourselves and everyone else. 

The whole mission is fine, just a bit of damage in a few houses (including the mission home :(  ), I don't feel scared at all.

All is well in Zion.
Love you guys,
Elder Lethaby

Waffle Iron as the latest purchase - missionary tool?

September 18, 2017

Hi Mom! 
I think I will be writing earlier, but not always, it just depends on our pday plans now haha. Elder S says hi and we think you should make friends with his mom - send her a request on FB. 

This week was awesome, really saw some miracles. Our investigator A, is 20 years olds, has a member gf, has like 8 months investigating the church, and is finally going to be baptised this week! He was working but now he quit and can have more time to be active in the church. Great guy, trying to decide between mission and marriage but I'm telling him to mish it because his soon to be bro in law is the Elders quorum pres, his soon to be father in law is the old bishop, and because its a commandment (mostly because of that). Ive been learning to be more bold and not be afraid of just inviting everyone to do what God wants them to do. 
We had some great zone conferences this week where we got everyone to do a trust fall line and then we talked about how if even just one of us isn't committed to reach our missions goal (100 baptisms in a month), the rest of us cant do it either. We are a team! The whole church is a team! 

Last week we bought a waffle iron, and today we took it to the test with a member and his nonmember fam and they turned out just great! We will be having better breakfasts now I guess but please send more syrup. I got the package with the Canadian froot loops and all that! Great work mom, big fan! You're the best mom in the world! What's the latest on the pants situation though? Trying to decide if I should go buy some or wait for a package because I only really have two pairs right now. And Elder M still wants beef jerky!

Sounds like everyones doing great! 
Love you!
Elder Lethaby

First Earthquake

September 11, 2017

Hi mom! 
We had a very eventful week that went by really quick. We took an Elder who went home to the airport in Mexico city, we went to Tlaxcala, we planned a zone conference, we survived an earthquake, we lost a companion (Elder M who went with the companion of the Elder who went home), and we still squeezed in a little bit of time to see some miracles. A, an "eternal investigator", quit his job, and will now have time to go to church and see us a bit more often. He went to church yesterday and wants to get baptised. His girlfriend is a member who invited him, but he is super sincere and has a strong testimony. Should be baptised in two weeks! We also had been praying to find someone who had also been praying to find us. The next day when we were heading back home, a woman was backing in to her driveway in front of where we were walking and stopped, rolled down the window, and told us she needed a verse of scripture or something to help her out right now because she was going through problems with her husband. We were able to give her the family proclamation and testify that it will get better. Very simple but powerful experience. We also found a part member family of 4 siblings between the ages of like 25 and 35 who all live together and only one brother is a member, but he's awesome and went on a mission and we started teaching his family yesterday. One of his brothers was super closed, but he has a sister whose children are baptised and she was talking about how she wants them to keep going to church but just doesn't trust herself to be "perfect enough" to be a member. That's what the atonement is for though! So many people think it's just for our sins, but it's for our weaknesses too! We told her she doesn't have to be perfect, that we aren't perfect, and at the end she told us we are the first (of many) missionaries who have come and told her that. She said she felt like we were being real with her, that we were there to help her and not just baptise her to count it on a list.I feel like that has been a big change in me in the mission and it was a great experience. 
Love you all
Elder Lethaby

What does his badge mean to him?

September 4, 2017,

Shane's living the dream! 
I love magnum bars too, they're kinda expensive for missionaries, but I love them so sometimes I treat myself. Sounds like an awesome trip though. 
This week we had a ton of meetings again, almost all went very well, and it looks like there's some good stuff going on in the mission. In one of them I realised there were only 3 missionaries out of like 30 with more time than me in the mission which was very weird, the mission is super young now. Feeling inspired to work harder ever day. We are literally preparing the way for the second coming so we gotta get going! A bit stressed with some little problems though but don't worry about it, got great companions to work with. Elder S is funny in the same way as Jake Maller like he just says things sometimes that don't make sense but he's also really smart and has a lot of ideas and thoughts about how we can help the mission. Elder M might leave us this week, still haven't decided, but hes doing good too, the last few days with a sudden burst of energy because the secretaries bought his plane ticket. 
This week we had a miracle too! A__ (20), an old investigator who almost got baptised but then started working way too much so he couldn't go to church called us and told us he was going to enter university and would not have to work much and wants to prepare himself for baptism and he wants to go to institute! So hyped on him! Please pray that he can have the strength to overcome the temptations that come his way. Great guy, also talked about going on a mission. 

I know this is the same work Christ would do if he were here, we just have to try harder to do it in His way.
Love ya!
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered: 

What does your badge mean to you? How is it different than an employee badge?
It means that we've gotta be alert at all times because we represent the church, the fam and most importantly the Savior. Big deal. We talk a lot about how if we didn't have the badge, would they still recognize us as representatives of Jesus Christ? 

How will you teach people and/or missionaries this week the way the Saviour taught? How will you teach like the Master?
We have been talking a lot about the need to "clean up the mission" again because of a few things that have happened, and so I think it would have to be teaching them to be obedient, visiting those who need help, but not just to get mad at them but to honestly help them become like Christ. 

Who has served you this week, and who have you served?
Today N, a recent RM from our ward took us to McDons which is a big trt cuz it's expensive for us and it was the first time I've gone in my mish so that counts as service, big fan of him. I served Elder S with his new role as AP to understand all of his new jobs.

When I knew it Was True....

August 28, 2017

We're in a trio now! Elder S from Arizona is gonna be with us. He's a real good guy who's really good at swimming (swam with Micheal Phelps and once beat him so he's probs gonna go to the Olympics when he gets home). I have wanted to be his companion for a long time so couldn't be happier. He was just in Amalucan with Elder A too which is kinda cool. 
Yesterday we received 6 new missionaries (all great), and said goodbye to 10 (we keep losing more). Also another secretary (Elder A) got here so well be 6 in the offices now. 
Sounds like you are all doing great and enjoying the vacations. Keep me posted. Would love to go see Spain some time. 

Wrote lots in my answers to the questions, so I already talked about everything else I wanted to say haha. 
Love you all, I'm excited right now!!
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

Can you pinpoint when you knew the church was true? 
I think the first time I felt the spirit like really strong was the first time I went to the temple when I was 12 and I was waiting to do baptisms sitting with Scotty K, and his grandma had just passed away and he was pretty sad but I just remember I felt the spirit really strong when we talked about eternal families. That night I read the book of Mormon by myself when I got home for the first time even though it was like 1:00am just because I wanted to. Also lots of EFY/Youth conferences helped me along the way. THE ACTIVITIES FOR THE YM/YW ARE IMPORTANT! NEVER MISS THEM!

What doctrine are you studying right now?
We have been studying as a mission in the BoM about the promises that father Lehi made with his children and posterity. We have found some pretty cool examples, and then we highlight in another colour what we can do to make sure those promises are fulfilled. 2 Nefi 29 has some trts. 

How do you study? Compare scriptures, and read talks on a specific topic? Discuss?
Also as a mission we are studying 44 principles. Basically what that is, is a binder president gave us where there are several sheets (44) and a bunch of questions and ways of applying every principle. The 44 principles are the principles that come in the lessons in chapter 3 of PMG (Preach My Gospel). So we basically just make mini lesson plans of every little topic so that when we are called upon we can be ready to explain it is a powerful, clear way and use scriptures, experiences and examples to back it up. 

How was the fancy dinner with the president? Try anything new?
We went to Pampas, a Brazilian buffet. It was very good. They have people that come around with different kinds of meat and you can just tell them yes or no. I said yes a little too much :) One thing I tried was like roasted pineapple with cinnamon. V good. Not much new other than that. 

What have you learned about a companionship that you want to take with you into a marriage?
I have learned to accept that my ideas aren't always better than my companions ideas. Even though sometimes he still doesn't convince me that his ideas are better, I just give in and sometimes he proves me wrong and I like it because I let myself learn more. 

See any new sights this week?
Mmm that one not really. Just that we moved around the furniture and cleaned the house a lot to make way for our new companion so the house is a new sight haha.

One Year Down-Learning to be a Grown-up

August 21, 2017

Hi mom,
We had a pretty interesting week, lots of different experiences. 
I got to go on divisions with President Nelson Tuesday, the transfer meeting on Wednesday, interchanges on Thursday, and a little more time in our area on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday our ward finally got a bishop! They called a brother who's about 30 years old as the bishop, and his two councillors are younger than him! The three of them were very shocked with their callings, but I think they will do a good job to make a change in the ward. Kinda scary though!
I enjoyed the transfer meeting a lot! We went to president's house from like 9:30-2:30 and still didn't finish! Lots of work. There's a white board with a card of every missionary, their picture, their areas they've had, their old companions, their assignments, and a few other details. We prayed and then talked a lot about every one of them. Not all of the changes we decided to make are what we had thought would happen, sometimes president knows other things that are going on with certain missionaries, and sometimes the spirit just tells us to change something.  
We also set some goals that Sister Nelson is gonna be checking with us about the work in our area. We set the goal to be there working for 40 hours a week which doesn't sound like much but was pretty hard to reach this week. 

Hey send pics next week though! That's my rule if you're gonna go on vacation without me you gotta send pics! Can't really think about what else happened this week but I just went and bought some new shoes so that's kinda cool. They're gonna be my Sunday/conference/nice event shoes because even though my other ones are still hanging in there, they don't look too good anymore. I think they were the equivalent of like $60 though and they're Flexi brand which I think is supposed to be pretty good. 

Learning lots here about being a grown up hahah, like I can't just ask someone else whenever I have a problem, I have to figure it out and have the confidence in myself that it's the right answer (with mission rules and special permissions and stuff like that). Also just always being prepared without having to be asked for everything. I feel like I didn't know how to think for myself before the mission. 

One year down now, have loved it a lot up to this point and am very excited to keep progressing and drawing closer to Heavenly Father every day. Even though some days I have been working so hard without seeing any results, I look back now and honestly feel very proud of what I have been able to do. Love being a missionary. 

Have fun in Iceland and Spain and stuff!
Elder Lethaby 

Questions Answered:

Can you describe the city a bit?
The city has a lot of parts that are really "fresa" or like fancy nice, and other parts that are a bit poor. You get around in combi (little van that's like the public transportation). Everyone speaks Spanish but in this ward a bit more English. Idk what else to say haha.

Best memory of the week?
The transfer meeting! Very cool experience to see how it's done and see the concern president has for the missionaries when we are planning. Even the disobedient missionaries are very important to him and we tried to plan to help them change. 

Are you close to a Costco? One just opened in Iceland in May! What?!
I think so because the secretaries always go but I've never been!

Favourite scripture this week.
Jacob 5. Didn't get it at all before the mish and now I get it a little. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/jacob/5?lang=eng

When you learn that this 88 year old walks slow...

August 14th

Hi Mom!
We had a really good week with the zone conferences. The best part was when President talked about charity, and showed this talk (please listen AND watch): https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/the-great-commandment?lang=eng 
He talked about how if even just one of us has the idea in our mind that the mission is about receiving recognition for assignments or how many baptisms you have, the whole mission will go down. He used an example of just putting a little drop of food colouring in a big jar of water, but quickly it spread through all the water (the mission). We can choose if we want it to be a drop of charity or pride. One Elder told me after it was one of the most spiritual experiences of his (23.5 month) mission. We also talked about specific things we can do to work better with the members. 
Before I forget, my companion wants me to ask you to send beef jerky hahaha, an old companion got it once and he LOVED it but hasn't found it here. Also if you find that there's a bit of money missing from my account don't worry, I think I'm gonna buy some new shoes and a suit next week so it's for that. 
Sounds like all is well there in the YYC, Katelyn looks really happy! Send pics of her husband! Also the overpass looks handsome. 
Got to work with Elder Stones for a day this week too, which was a treat, I think he probably sent a pic to his family of the ice cream we bought, there's like 10 places to buy it in our area and it's all so good. He's doing really good and is a lot more confident now!
This week we are already going to have the first meeting to plan the transfers of the mission which I think will be a very very cool experience, super excited for that.

Have fun in Iceland and send lots of pics! Wish I could be there with you guys, but I am so happy to be where I am right now. I know the people, the place, the experiences, and everything around me is part of Heavenly Fathers plan so that I can become who I need to be. 

Love you all!
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

How did zone conference go?
The zone conferences went really well! We were able to get everything ready and even with the hurricane that came by on Thursday it all went really well!

What lessons did you learn about organising an event like this?
We shouldn't just assume that the missionaries understand what they have to do. The zone leaders and sister training leaders are given the chance to train in the zone conferences, but we realised almost all of them are new, and they haven't had much experience training and that was probably the worst part of the conference, but not because they aren't good missionaries, because we didn't teach them. 

Ever play any good practical jokes, or have any done to you?
Were really into sneaking into the offices really quietly and waiting to see how long it takes for the secretaries to realise we´re there, but other than that not much since the MTC. 

Where will you spend FHE tonight? Do you mostly go to members?
We are gonna go with a little old lady and her less active fam!

Did you learn anything on the Sabbath Day…yesterday?
Yes! We passed by for an 88 year old recent convert who lives like 2 blocks away from the church so we thought we could get there in like 5 minutes, but he walked really slow, like way slower than we thought, and I was frustrated and ashamed to get to church late, but then I realised it was more important that he could get there, than just thinking about myself. Also they asked me to speak when I got there. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

When you Avoid the Super Catholic House

July 31, 2017

Hi Mom!
Another good week in the mission :) I'm gonna be quick because not a lot happened this week honestly. Went on exchanges twice this week, once in a part of the mission where I've never been, and the other in Amalucan! It feels really good to teach and work hard, there's a new sense of urgency when I do get to work now, because there's not a lot of time. When I think about it though, there really isnt a lot of time ever in the mission, we should always have that urgency! Less than a year left can you believe it?! 
Hey so this week even though our area isn't going too great right now, all of my past areas are going crazy! Teotlaltzingo has a family of 4 that are going to church every week and are gonna get baptised, in Totolac a man and his granddaughter that we found when I was with Elder N got baptised and the sons of Jose are really close too! In Amalucan I went on exchanges with Elder S, and M (the miracle investigator that wants to get baptised and married to her bf in the temple) finally got permission from her mom to be baptised and we went to see the family we baptised a few weeks ago and they are going great too! I love it because even though I am not there right now to be in the baptisms and teach the people, I know the the Lord is blessing the wards and families I have been able to serve. I know that even though I have felt frustrated in many moments of my mission, my work has never been in vain and will never be in vain. I think that is one of the best parts of this assignment that I now have, that I get to see and hear how my old companions, converts, and wards are doing.
We are preparing the zone conferences now and I am loving the opportunity to learn from President Nelson. He is called of God. His way to plan, give correction, teach, listen, and be an example are teaching me so much. Missions truly are run by revelation, not just by a manual or whatever would be the easiest way to do things. The Lords way! 

So grateful for the things I am learning here, I know the Lord is preparing me to be who I need to be. 

Love ya!
Elder Lethaby

August 7, 2017

Hi Mom!
Hey had a family history experience this week that you're gonna love!
Got to go to Totolac again and see a few converts, members and old investigator. One man Elder N and I started teaching was baptised last Saturday, and we ran into him while he was walking in the street. He said he was getting back from the grave yard where he had gone to look for information about his family so that he could take their names to the temple at the ward temple trip on the 26th. He was so excited about it! He had been waiting more than 14 years to be baptised. I realised that we really don't understand how blessed we are to be able to do it all 15 minutes away from home and find name with the click of a button. So cool! He is a carpenter and he was making a little lamp that's the shape of a house and he was going to write something like "as for me and my house we will serve the Lord" and put it in the front entrance so he could always remember who he is now. Honestly felt the spirit so strong just to see him and hear him talking about this. 
Other than that, the family that I think I told you about last week (FF) is going really well! We taught 3 more times this week, and they are super humble, the spirit is very strong in every lesson and we have members helping us out! Not a lot of time to work in our area, but I love it when we do!  

This week we have mostly been preparing for the zone conferences that is coming up tomorrow, and the leadership council that we had on Friday. Two new secretaries got here today that are now in their training, Elder V and Elder P. Elder V was the trainer of Elder P like 4 months ago and now they are companions again! Both are the only member of their families. Should be fun now with 6 here!  

Pic: Elder Pantoja and I a little while back, he went home last week and sent me that pic that was taken with the IPHONE 7!!!! Those things are crazy. 

Love being a missionary, I know that the Saviour is very aware of everything going on in our lives, and when we humble ourselves he can help us with whatever we need. I am grateful for the opportunity to improve every day in the mission. 

Love you all!
Elder Lethaby

Gonna go eat tacos now :)

Questions answered:

How many missionaries work in the office?
Just 4 including us two.

How many hours a week are you expected to still teach?
As many as we can, it's not really a set amount but we were able to get out a little bit more this week. 

Are you allowed to work out with Sister Nelson…she seems to be setting the pace!!
Hahah haven't asked but they live outside of the mission so I don't think I can go over there.

Favourite new fruit?
Mango always, but also another fruit called tuna (a cactus fruit? Prickly pear?) I think is pre good. Not sure how to say it in English

Do you have a group email you use for the boys? I hear the girls want in!
Yes but its kinda a boys only club :( they can make another one though if they want

Are you teaching anyone right now that we can pray for?
mmm we just found a family yesterday that is very humble and excited to listen, but it's only been one visit. Also another family that goes to church but they don't wanna get married so they can't get baptised, could pray to give them the desire to be married.

Funniest/weirdest story of the week….
I went to Amalucan on exchanges this week, and we went to teach a new investigator that they found that has a whole bunch of like super catholic stuff outside of their house and literally a sign that says if you're from another religion go away, and the same house Elder A and I had passed by a lot of times and like joked about knocking just to see what would happen, but we never did. Turns out they're golden investigators haha. 

Give us a spiritual moment you experienced this week.The one I talked about in the big email!

Best advice this week from President Nelson?He gave an example of how we should use our time in the mission. He drew a square on the white board and drew circles inside of different sizes but that covered most of the square. The circles represent the time we should be working with, visiting, and getting to know the members, the space in between represents the time when we should be working on our own, contacting, knocking doors, etc... Basically we should put all of our trust in the members, but when its not possible, fill in the gaps with our own forces. Always be doing something.

What is something your companion is really good at?He's really good at working out, being organised, like remembering everything that needs to get done, and helping me to improve.

What goals have you set for your spiritual self this week?
Accept what my companion, the Lord and everyone else want of me, not just what I think is the best.  

Monday, 24 July 2017

Act and Not be Acted Upon and AAAAAAAA......P

July 18, 2017

Well I was gonna keep it top secret but looks like Elder Stones spilled the beans hahaha. I am now one of the assistants to President Nelson, my companion is Elder M from Bolivia, and we will be working in the Heyotlipan Ward! That's why I didn't write yesterday, we were greeting the new missionaries, saying goodbye to the old missionaries, and getting everything set up! Elder M is very hard working and he means business, lots to learn from him. This week my pday is Tuesday, but after today it will still be Monday. I am pretty nervous haha but also very excited! Yesterday we went to President Nelsons house (not even in the misión boundaries) with the missionaries who are heading out (Elder P, my dad went home today). Lots of things should be very different now. 
This week we were able to baptise L and S, the two girls in the picture, and their parents are going to get married in August so that they can get baptised too. Such a great family! The dad works everyday except for Sundays, so it's hard to teach him, but he has been reading the Book of Mormon on his own time, and he told us yesterday that he can now say he knows the Book of Mormon is true because it answers his questions when he reads it. It was very sad to say goodbye to them, even though I was only in the Ward for 6 weeks, I feel a lot of love for them. Pretty powerful. Elder A also had changes, so two new missionaries are there now, Otto Comins boy Elder Allen is one of them! I honestly feel very happy about the work we did in Amalucan. It was known to be one of the hardest wards and zones in the misión, with the smallest area to proselyte, but we didn't listen to what they said and just worked hard! Big lesson there. Also the zone is leading the whole misión right now in baptisms in July! 

The culture of the misión here is changing and I am loving it! Should be a very crazy few months here!
Great to hear about everyone getting married though!

Love you all, 
Elder Lethaby

July 24, 2017

It has been a very weird, crazy week. 
We prepared and gave over 8 hours of training this week, went to the Noche de Salientes (not sure how to say that in English) which was in Presidents house which is very nice and not in the mission boundaries, and I learned a lot of things that we do here that I never even thought about who prepared all that stuff before. It's honestly a lot of fun though! I got to see every one of my companions from my whole mission this week and they are all doing great! Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing anything because we have just been in the office doing things on computers every day, but we have also had a lot of fun, and spiritual experiences. 
That's a lot of things that I didn't expect! Congrats Lance! And Niki (Tagg) and Shane (Cuckow)! And everyone! 
Sounds like things are going good though.
From what Elder Al and S are saying, the fam we baptised last week is going good, they get along with them just as well as we did! 
The white shirts are a miracle (his shirts still look white!)! And now we have a real washing machine and everything! Like the kind where you just push buttons. We also have a lot of cockroaches in our house though :(

I think the main thing I am learning here so far is how to be autosuficient (spanglish?). I still have my companion, but now there isn't a senior or junior companion, there's no district leader to call, and president is a very busy man haha, so I am learning to think for myself. I think before the mission and on the mission we often have a lot of questions like, do I have to talk to my bishop about that? Or does that count as a new investigator? Or is it ok to see that movie? We always want someone else to draw the line for us, we always want an answer of yes or no, and in this process we stop taking advantage of our personal agency. We honestly just have to think about what is the will of the Father in these situations, and do it! We have to get to the point where we think in the same way that the Father thinks, and then the answers will be clear. It's something we are trying to teach in the mission, like I shared in the scripture last week I think, we are to act, not be acted upon. (2 Nephi 2:26) I invite everyone to try to think in this way, to be independent but not selfish or prideful, but to be able to discern the good from the bad. 

That's what has been on my mind, hope it helps someone! 
Have a good week,
Love you all!
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

What service did you give your companion this week?This morning I washed the dishes that they hadn't washed the whole week last week hahaha.

What have you learned to cook??:( oatmeal

Favourite scripture of the week?2 Nephi 2 26, are we people that act? That make things get done? Or just wait and let things happen and hope they're good things?

26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are  redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.

What have you learned about your new Bishop, and how can you help him best? (Note: asked before we knew he was transferred)I can't help him much now hahaha because I'm not serving in his Ward now, but he seems to be organizing and training the leaders of the Ward more.

Did you get my letter with the stickers in it? Robyn Mulligan designed those, and sells them…also the patches.
Ya it just got here and they are really cool, Elder Barfuss was hyped too!

Will you travel to most parts of the mission with President Nelson?
Yup! In a few weeks we are just going to go to zone conferences all week with him, and sometimes if he wants to go on divisions with other Elders he will bring us along. 

What do you think of Sister Nelson?
She is one of the most impressive women I know. She does like 1000 sit ups every morning or something I heard, like literally. Has a hard time with the language, but everyone loves her a lot. Big fan. 

Scripture of the week?
2 Nefi 15: 25, and also the whole chapter. But I like this verse a lot because I was feeling kinda disappointed in myself this week but it helped me understand the atonement. 

 25 Therefore, is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them; and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

What cheers you up when things don’t seem to be going the way they should?
This week we weren't able to teach a single lesson with investigators (we had appointments but had to cancel), so I was feeling a lot of that this week, like I'm working hard but I think now that my work has to be focused differently so it feels like I'm not doing much. The scripture above helped me a lot though. 

Strangest thing you saw this week?
The streets at 1:00 in the morning, that is a weird sight. 

Mom saw this sign…You can’t please everyone…you’re not an avocado! Hope you’ve learned to love them! Avocados I mean!
I love them a lot. :)