Monday, December 15, 2008
Tis the season to all :)
It has been a glorious and freezing time here in albany!
the last couple days there were some ice storms, and trees were breaking left and right landing on homes and power lines etc... about a 5th of albany was out of power, but i think they are getting it under control, we were lucky and still have warmth.
So last week, i was asked to play a musical number at a christmas party, it went well, i played O holy night, and it was fun. it turns out that there is a world renowned violinist Ben Chan that lives in our stake. he was there, and he had his violin, so we put a song together and played! it was awesome, he's amazing. the people loved it, and it was a great experience.
It actually feels like christmas here... i thought it would be weird being away from home for christmas, but then i realized that there are a bunch of other guys my age who are away from home, and they are my family.
The event of the week.... elder grover and i were walking back to our apartment on lark street, and we discovered a man in a speedo and a santa hat running down the street.haha! it was 15 degrees outside, and then we come to find 100 more men running in speedo's. haha. apparently there was a santa speedo fundraiser. it was hilarious.
welp, im about out of time. i love you guys
I have gained some weight...
we made german pancakes.. they were Deelish.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sent December 8, 2008
Merry Christmas everyone :)
It is freezing. I bought some sweet new 1980's ear-muff things, and they work great, i endorse them to all who get cold ears in the winter.
Albany is great. We had our branch christmas party this saturday, and elder grover and i played a "Christmas Medley" with elder grover on the saxophone and me on the piano. It was so much fun, we had a couple investigators there, and they loved it. everyone wanted an encore after we played it. it was a blast, we recorded a video of it, so i will try and get that emailed this month for christmas.
On my mission--- i have noticed a difference of peoples' personalities during the holidays. it seems like now that it's Christmas... everyone is holding doors for everyone, and they are more receptive to us. we still of course get the occasional people who seem to have a break down if we even mention the name Joseph Smith. it's hilarious... sometimes if we even say Joseph Smith- they just turn off and start twitching or even run away. it's hilarious.
anyways... during this month of our savior's birth, it's awesome because we get to carol! I am blessed to have a companion that can sing parts so it has been fun stopping random people in downtown albany and singing silent night. it's awesome.
The Gospel is TRUE.
Everyone read 3 Nephi 17 it's my favorite right now :)
i love you guys :)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sent December 1st, 2008:
It is now December of 2008
Elder Grover and I had a very eventful week.
We had thanksgiving at the Branch building with a bunch of single adults and older members of the ward, and that was great. Sadly, we didnt get to play in the turkey bowl because we couldnt leave our apartment until 10... but it's ok because after the thanksgiving dinner, we all went into the basement of the branch building, and there was a pingpong table and some other stuff, so we played ping pong. I was undefeated. I went 8-0... yes i was very proud. after i beat just about everyone in the room, i had everyone call me KING PING... haha! good times. Thanksgiving was great, and i was very thinkful for a lot of things. i was mainly thankful for my family... and the opportunity to serve a mission. When i study the plan of salvation, it makes me realize how important family is in this life.
The day after thanksgiving we had a very unusual experience... there are some weird things in Albany, but this one was especially weird. We decided to go to a less-active members house to check up on him-- Brother Ramos. Brother Ramos has a girlfriend named Taresa, but apparently Taresa is a man...with feminine qualities.. We went to knock on the door, and we heard obnoxious laughing and what sounded like "men" trying to sound like women. They answered the door, and we saw two of them... Taresa, and another boy/girl friend. Brother Ramos was no where in sight. I have a hard time calling her Taresa... i would rather say Terrance... or Terry. They were both obviously drunk, and immodestly dressed. We asked where brother ramos was, and he was passed out in the back room. they dragged him out, and he looked up and mumbled for us to say a prayer for him. so we prayed. and then we just wanted to get out of there, my emotions were so mixed up... i really didnt know what was going on. They wanted to shake our hands, and i had gloves on. Taresa asked me to take my glove off so she could feel my skin, and we just turned around and left. We didnt know if we should laugh or be upset... so it was just akward.
anyways.... it was pretty disgusting. but other than that... we found a new family we're teaching this week, and they are awesome!
I love you guys, thanks for everything :)
love, elder warr