Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Thursday, August 31, 2017

29 Weeks!!

We can't contain our smiles!! We are so happy to hit the 20's this week!! Almost to the 6 month mark!

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Hey Mom!!

I don't have a lot to talk about, but I'll make up for it next week I promise!!

Yes, transfers are today! I'm going to TRAIN A BRAND NEW MISSIONARY!!! I'm so excited!!

I'm going to train here in Yreka, but I'm going up to Eugene today through Thursday to pick up my new comp. I'll get him on Thursday and
will drive down to Yreka then.

Elise is getting SO BIG!!! I can't believe she is a freshman!! Ugh! That makes me feel so old!!

I have some pictures to send!




August 21, 2017

Hey Mom!
We're up in Medford today, so I'll have time to email in a bit, but
I'm glad you're coming home and had a good time!
I saw a partial eclipse today. It was amazing!!
I'll tell you more about it later!

Love you!
Elder Snyder

Later…


Hi Mom!

Glad you made it home safe!! I'm glad that you're safe and sound as well :)

Thanks for all the pictures!! It was super fun to see those ruins and
stuff!! I'm sad I couldn't have seen it myself!!

My week has been great!! We had a lot of cool experiences and I'm
excited for this week to come!! On Tuesday, we finished our exchange
with our DL. It was a good time! Elder Searcy and I went to go contact
some people that the bishop asked us to visit, and ended up on a dirt
road, so Elder Searcy got some pictures of me. We also saw a couple of
bucks!!

We also found a couple of new investigators this week!! It was really
fun!! They are awesome and I hope they start progressing.

On Friday we had Zone Conference. It was amazing. President and Sister
Orton are so cool!! They definitely have been called of God and are
qualified by him to lead this mission. I'm so blessed to have been in
this mission with both President and Sister Orton and President and
Sister Russell. I've learned so much from them, and I know that I'll
be a better man because of their guidance and example.

On Friday we also had vehicle inspection. Kind of. Elder Jensen (the
vehicle coordinator) started a new thing this Zone Conference where he
doesn't grade the cars or give out prizes and Zone Conference but at a
random district meetings to see how clean the cars are at a random
time. The exception to this was our car. I spent time during non-pros
hours deep cleaning the car. Dad will be so proud because Elder Jensen
(even with the new rule) was so impressed he told us we had the best
car in the multi zone conference and he gave us a DQ gift card.
#mydadtaughtmewell.

Today has been fun! We've come up to Medford for elder Luke to pick up
a prescription, then we played ultimate frisbee and watched the
eclipse. It was fun!!

Oh, we bought some ribs and I made them yesterday. They were so good.
Texas Roadhouse has nothing on me 😂😂


Anyway, I love you!!
Elder Snyder






August 14, 2017

Hey mom!!

Glad to hear you made it safe!!

I've been doing great!! This week has been wonderful!! We had a couple
great lessons and I've been feeling a lot better.

We're going to have a busy day today. Our DL and his comp (elder
Searcy and Elder Baker) are here and will be spending today and
tomorrow with us to help us find some people to teach. I'm pretty
excited because I'm pretty tight with Elder Baker. It's his first
transfer in the mission, and he's just super fun to be around.

I'd try the Guinea Pig, I bet it tastes pretty good. Probably a little
gamey but it's alright ;) I'm surprised dad didn't want to eat it!!

I'm excited for Elise. She's going to do so well in high school.

Sorry I don't have a lot of time, but I do have some pictures for you!






Friday, August 11, 2017

Countdown Pic

We love seeing these numbers go down!!

Another Week Down!

Hi Mom

I'm glad that Elise stuck with the band. I'm sure she's going to love it.

That's funny about them trying to recruit Elise to ROTC 😂 I tried to

tell Elise to do it, but she said no 😂


I'm doing alright. I don't have much to report on this week, it's been
a rough one. My companion hurt his back pretty good, and he has a
doctor visit this Wednesday. I got sick for a couple days with food
poisoning. It was not fun, but I'm feeling better now. It was hard
because I was stuck in our apartment, when I really just want to be
out and talking with people.

We did have exchanges with our DL up in Medford. It was fun!! I was
with the DL's companion, who has only been out for 3 weeks. He's a
pro, excellent missionary. He'll probably be in leadership at some
point in his mission.

I was having a rough time on Sunday, and asked Elder Sivula to give me
a blessing. It really helped. To make things even better, we had a
thunderstorm roll through last night. It was so pretty. We were
driving and saw a rainbow, and I felt as if it was a sign from God
that things will get better.

Anyway, sorry for the short letter, but that's all I got. I love you!
I miss you too, coming up on 6 months to go. It's flying fast.


Elder Snyder

My new blanket!

video


Monday, July 31, 2017

Dragons in Cali?

Hey Momma!

I'll be looking for the shoes! They'll probably come this week or next.

My week was good! We had a lot to do, so that was great! We had interviews with President Orton on Tuesday. That was awesome!! The Sivulas drove us up so we didn't have to use our miles. The interview was awesome!! President Orton is definitely called of God to be here. He has really helped me out in many ways. I told him about our family motto, we can do hard things, and he really liked that. 

After the interviews, elder and sister sivula took us to Taco Bell then to a chocolate factory in Ashland. It was awesome!! They had samples of all their chocolate and it was very tasty indeed!! The Sivulas are just simply wonderful! I'm so thankful for what they do for us missionaries.

We put a lady on date for baptism! Her name is Christina, and she is so sweet! She really wants to be baptized! We're excited for her to start coming to church and learning more about the gospel.

I'm loving being out here! We have just the most amazing members and I really like serving out here in the middle of the desert. It's hot but not humid, so walking in the shade is actually cool! And we have an ac unit that works very well, so our apartment is super cool.

I also really enjoy the car we get to drive. It is so nice!! I love the RAV4! It handles nice on back roads and on the freeway it is roomy, but not too big, and just a good little crossover :) 10/10 best car I've driven in the mission. We are definitely blessed to have it.

This next week should be tons of fun! We'll be going on exchanges with Medford 6th on Thursday to Friday. They're our distinct leader area so we get to spend some time up there. It'll be fun, but Medford is a bigger city up in Oregon so I'll be kinda sad to be away from the boonies.

I do want to share my beliefs on the Plan of Salvation. These past couple months have been kinda hard on me, and I've had time to seriously think about where my testimony of the Plan of Salvation is. What I've come to believe is true is that before we came to this Earth, we lived as children of God. He loves us and knows each of us as individuals. (See Jeremiah 1:5 and also Acts 17:29) 

I also came to know and believe that as we all die, in Christ we will all be made alive again. (See 1 Cor. 15:22.) 

I know that God lives. He speaks to man, the gospel is restored.

Love you!

Elder Snyder
A random dragon just off the freeway