Nathanael Pyron

Nathanael Pyron

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28

Dear Family, 
     How is everyone?  So sorry I'm writing now, we didn't have pday Monday because today was the temple trip and pday.  And with the different schedule I am just not myself.  I doubt I'll write a whole lot, all I feel like doing is sitting and sleeping or something. The areas still doing good, we've had some more lessons, we got C some clothes, and I just found out we might get a car!  I'm guessing a lot has happened since last I emailed, it was before Thanksgiving right? Well Thanksgiving was fun, we went to two dinners, and then visited another family.

     James should know how to get the videos off the SD card and I've been recording everyday on it now, so I'll send that soon or something.  I heard about the 138 point game recently, that's crazy.  And for your questions just about anything Christmasy is ok, I haven't listened to the Mo Tab yet, but yeah.  And about the Christmas type questions, I like the white g7900 (with a little purple and orange) watch, and I trust James pretty good on prices and all but I remember liking the Kobe 6 Avatars, and size 11, and then just different color sharpies and idk about speakers yet.
     I've got some questions about food and stuff, I've been eating a bunch of baby carrots, wheat bread peanut butter and banana sandwiches, yogurt, and cheese sticks and a lot of water.  I just want some research and to know what a really good diet would be, cause now I eat almost anything that doesn't take much preparation, I want brain food, (energy and focus and stuff), things good physically, and a strong immune system.  And then I have little control over meal appointments.  Oh and I've been drinking a ton of water, but I don't know if it's in my head or not, but does eating healthy and staying really hydrated give you a dependency, and then your impaired to a degree when you don't have access to it?  I'm really curious about that.  What does the internet say the most effective chapsticks are?  I'm hydrated enough I don't need it too bad but I really wanna know.  I'll wrap up now and maybe do some personal emails.
     Oh Acts is amazing, there's so much good stuff in there, and in most of the chapters shortly following, Corinthians, Timothy, James and all that is so good, probably my favorites.
     But love you all!
     Elder Pyron

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday, November 19

Dear family, 
     So this library is more busy. Music would be great since you asked.  I'll hopefully get some letters and SD card in the mail today; it's a pain; I wrote a few like over a week ago, but before I get around to sending I always want to add more or something, and sometimes don't, but want to, and I just never feel ready to send.  I promise I'll get something in the mail by tomorrow.  Being so busy and everything journal writing is rough, I want to write for 40 minutes about everything that happened in the day, or nothing at all.  I hate the incompletion but it's just me being dumb.  I want to get like a voice recorder so I can just relax and hit everything, and with more detail.  So I'll soon send some pictures with our place.

     Our area is one long giant hill.  It got chilly a few days ago, and I bought a jacket.  It's way too hot with that, I bought a pretty nice one I really like from Ross, but it may not come out too often, it gets hot in there.  But it hasn't been too cold, and even at night it feels great in short sleeves.  Elder C always needs a jacket, but it's not bad at all.
     So for Thanksgiving we're set to win the turkey bowl, and then were allowed two dinners, we've got one at the Ws, one at the Ts, and one at Cs. We're not sure what times we're going to do and all, we are only supposed to eat at 2, and Cs is later so we might swing by in the evening or something.  That one will be all nonmember family.
     So the work is still doing great, and picking up, and my drive to write all about them all is going down, maybe because I share the joy more with Elder C and I don't have the same urge to share, maybe I'm getting dull to it, maybe my drive to write in general has dropped.  So we finally got in again with K.  We met again with T and A, and again they are high and drunk out of their minds, but we brought a member who was able to get really personal with T, telling him how he used to be the exact same, and they were speaking in Spanish for that part, it's crazy, we're all just on the porch, and A is talking to me and Elder C, and keeps doing his signature 'random page random verse' and reading from the Book of Mormon.  He just talks and talks, but we kept him distracted I guess while Thomas and the member talked in Spanish; the member was all excited and wearing a nice suit with a nice tie that matched his handkerchief and everything and T was shocked and he told him we don't teach the Word of Wisdom to control them but to bless them.  There were a lot of really funny things that happened, I don't have time to explain.  But so were not allowed in the house because I guess the step dad or something hates us, and there was another guy also on the porch with us, high out of his mind, just sitting in the background, shaking and petting his dog.  They're all really nice though.  We do it outside every time btw.
     So C who I mentioned we're teaching is still doing great, and we're excited for him.  C is so innocent and all; he's so small, clean, cute and innocent.  He's a great little kid.  And he always mentions in his prayers something about wanting for his brother to be a good example (he was baptized at 8, doesn't go to church).  We're doing a FHE there tonight.  We've got a ton of potentials who are looking promising that were picking up faster than we know what to do, but also a lot of lessons that fall through.  Saturday I've got two baptisms from Elder Gs area I might go to.  We just met the other day with a guy who is new to Vegas, with a good testimony.  He lives alone with his son who is 20, and at 14 suffered a paralyzing injury so he's in a wheelchair, and his upper half is functional.  He's a really nice kid, and he's going to start going to the singles ward.  He hasn't been to church in about a year, but I'm excited for him.  But yeah, there's probably so many people I haven't really covered yet, and so many experiences.
     Oh we met with S, he made us a nice a breakfast, and then just wanted to bash really.  He didn't want to bash, but he didn't invite us with the intent of learning, but out of curiosity and because he liked our company I guess.  He ended up calling his pastor who just talked on speaker phone for 20 minutes and refused to let us speak a word, so it was lame.  He's apostolic.  His big things were that the Holy Ghost can come by the laying on of hands, but doesn't have to, and the confirmation that it has is when you speak in tongues.  He told us we're clean living enough, that we, like them, could kneel with our hands in the air in praise, and within a few minutes speak in tongues.  So that visit was neat.  To prep and for fun really, I read the whole Book of Revelation, it's really neat, and really enlightening in some ways, but some things make absolutely no sense to me.  I want to talk more about that, Elder G was into that deeper stuff but Elder C isn't.  But my times running low.
     For Christmas, I'm thinking Kobe 6s,( I played outside some in mine, and I just love them so much), ties, music, speakers, another g-shock, a voice record thing, sharpies, I don't know, those are just some ideas.  New socks.  But I've got 10 more minutes so I'll send this now.  Oh the mission tour was cool, Elder Echo Hawk has one of the coolest conversion stories and stuff.  Love You all so much!! 
     Elder Pyron

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12

Hey Family!
     So it's been another good week, the work is picking up a ton.  We've been tracting and going hard and we've got a ton of appointments set for this week, it's crazy.  We have one baptism set with a date, December 1!  His name is C, I think I mentioned him last time, but we've taught him 2 lessons, he came to church and things are looking way up, he's really smart and excited.  We also got some appointments set with some more we tracted into.  One lady was super nice, said she's agnostic and practices Wicca, and she has this super creepy voodoo doll tattoo.  She said she knows the Bible well, used to be Jehovah's Witness, but is very eager to learn and read from the Book of Mormon.  She is an extremely kind lady as well.  I think I mentioned S last time, but let me know if I didn't.  We tracted into one guy who was extremely happy to see us, we have an appointment set for tomorrow afternoon, and he was saying at the door how he recently cheated on his wife and life has been awful and he needs Christ.  He was very sincere and very happy.  He was about 50.  We've gotten a handful of referrals, and got some appointments set with some old investigators we found in the area book or just hadn't been in touch with in forever.  So things are going awesome.       
     Yesterday our zone was asked to usher at the Las Vegas Zions Youth Orchestra or something in the Smith Center, so we saw two shows and were there from 215 to 945.  It was really cool, you guys should check it out.  From the two wards I cover combined we had about 10 youth in it.  So it's been really cold, we bike up hill straight into cold wind, my hands get numb and it's pretty brutal.  I think today I'm going to buy more sweaters and maybe a jacket and gloves.  On Monday by the way I was able to find some pants at Ross, I bought two clearance pairs $13 each, there both dark gray.  
     I'll try to get some stuff in the mail.  We've got our Turkey bowl coming up and I think we can win.  We get our shirts tomorrow.  One zone challenged us last Tuesday, and they had already played and beat 4 other zones and were really excited and cocky.  A few of them even had just bought brand new cleats and gloves and all.  It was our first time playing and we beat them, and they left without saying anything, it was hilarious.  But they have one player who plays wide receiver for BYU, so that was fun.  Hes doesn't take it all serious like the other ones though, so he's cool.  So we're playing again with just our zone for Pday activity today.
     Oh so we talked with a guy that has known the missionaries in this area very well for a long time, and apparently in Sundance apartments a while back some missionaries saw a guy getting chased by another with an ax, which I think is hilarious, and nuts obviously.  Oh I've been eating a ton of bananas, and I had always seen people with those little banana hangers so I threw some of mine over a hanger, and it's amazing!! They don't bruise at all, and they'll get super sweet with no brown spots! Find a nice green bunch and hang them on something, it's like bananas on crack.  I also eat a lot of yogurt if your curious, The Great Value banana cream pie, and vanilla are really good  and I put sunflower seeds in there.  Let me know what other things your curious about.
     I've kind of dropped my New Testament study temporarily to study Preach My Gospel, it's so good!  I think I'm ready to go back to the New Testament though.  Ok I'm going to wrap up now.
     Love, Elder Pyron
 PS Answers to your questions: Not much veggies, carrots occasionally.  Salads good though.  I heard eating too many bananas can be really bad for you, research that and let me know please.  S is a very unique guy we met, he had a chair nailed to his roof to represents Obama's empty chair or something, had Romney spray painted on his windows, and was full of obscure Biblical prophecies about things that are happening now, and Obama being a servant of Satan.  He knew an okay amount about Mormons and really agreed with just about everything we discussed.  He talks a ton, but wants to meet with us, so hopefully we can make it meaningful.  He's also got like 5 HUGE dogs that stay inside and bark and howl a ton, I'm scared to ever go in.  Things are going good (with my companion) we get along. He loves Atlanta, loves sports, and is BYUs biggest fan on the east coast. He's a great missionary, and likes just about everyone.  But anyways hopefully I'll get you some stuff in the mail soon.  And this week we're at the normal library and yes on bike.  Last week we carried our groceries home on bike which is no fun.

Here is a link to the Las Vegas West Mission blog, with information on the Zion's Youth Symphony (November 12 entry):

Friday, November 9, 2012

Monday, November 5

Dear Family!
     How is everyone with the storm and all!? I'm doing great, but I'll let you know now, we're on bike and using the family history center libraries and the member with us can't stay long so I may run out of time.  My address is 6304 Brittany Way.  We are staying at Brother Hs.  I'll send you my SD card soon.  Elder C my new companion is great, he's very hardworking and obedient and likes to play basketball and stuff so I'm set.  He's from Warner Robins Georgia and lived in Portland for a bit before that.  We're on bike, which the weather is great for.  It was awesome to be able to go to church in Westcliff again.  With both my last companions I was never introduced to the area books.  Me and Elder C have been going through them a bit, have a nice list of formers and potentials, but it hadn't been updated in months.  We're keeping real busy, we've done a ton in Sundance apartments, have met a ton of people and done some tracting.  Tracting is fun, but having all the campaigners out there too isn't cool.  I wish I had time to talk about all these different peoples' progressions, but we've just met so many more and I have less time.  C hurt his eye at work recently and so he was able to come to church Sunday.  We've been reading with him and he wants to finish the Book of Mormon by Christmas.  Tonight were going over there and we're going to teach his wife the first lesson and read with C.  I'm really excited for that and he is to.
     This week with all the work we've been doing we've met so many people that really needed the gospel, or at least more abundantly.  Going around in Sundance with the long list we compiled from the area book, we had successes, but even quite a few we didn't plan on.  One girl approached us and it turned out she was going to church and stuff a while back, but her mom (who is a member) called it off before she was going to be baptized, and talking to members we were able to find out a lot about that situation. The girl was so nice and excited about church and all.  We also met another guy, who after talking to him we found out was baptized at 8 and went inactive at about 17.  He's in his 30s now, lived all over, so his records are elsewhere, but things in his life are really rough right now and were hoping to get him back on his feet.  We just stumbled upon him, there's no record of him living in Vegas that the church had.  He was really nice though.  Anyways, we've met a ton of people like that.  We've had a lot of cool experiences.  We met two guys the other day that were real interested, but were also high and drunk out of their minds.  Both of them had a blunt in one hand and a beer can in the other.  So we're going to swing by there soon, they were really nice, but out of it. It was really funny talking to them though.  When we were in Sundance we also saw a fight, we knew it was going to happen because there was a ton of high school, young 20s people out, talking in hurried voices, running around and stuff, and there were a bunch of police cars patrolling.  Then finally it broke out and there was a group of 40 or so people around it.            
     We also met this guy, Danny Vegas, who had some really funny stories I can tell you about after my mission or something, but claimed he talked to God, that he was told to take charge of Las Vegas, but we promised him we'd deliver a message to our loved ones from him -"What just happened in New York will come to Hollywood, and then Texas, so if you live in one of those places get out."  He was nice though and said to keep believing and praying, and we can come back to him if we have any questions, so we're on good terms with him.  We've been having some good successes with various less actives and things are going great.  This week has been without a doubt the best of my mission so far.
     The other day we met with a lady who is a single grandmother I guess, and her youngest grandson, C is 9 and is the only one that hasn't been baptized.  He's a really nice kid, and we're excited to start teaching him; we've got another appointment Tuesday night.  We found them doing our visits in Sundance as well.  And we're going to be back tonight because we have dinner with a member in there, and then C and his wife.  Last night we did a small preach my gospel class thing with kids preparing for their missions.  We do that at Js house, and last night it was just him and J2 who I've mentioned.  J knows it like the back of his hand but it was great getting to know J2 better and help him.  After the lesson  we challenged him to keep living as an example to his family and to always be prepared to bear his testimony to them. (The other day we stopped by his place and he wasn't home but we found out he's got 2 younger brothers and a younger sister).  I'm really excited for him and all the potential he has.  Afterwards we got to talk to J more about the situation, and I learned a lot about his homelife that I didn't know.  He's only 19 but J was saying he has a 2000 dollar art school debt, and J gives him a lot of work so he can pay that off and go on a mission.  He's coming to our dinner tonight (it's a single sister) and we're going to go straight to the lesson from there, he just doesn't know it yet.
     So things are going great and there's so much I'm excited for.  This morning we got word that W and J who are lifelong inactive sisters that we had been teaching pretty consistently said they are done and again asked for their records to be removed. Things were going pretty good there to.  So that's unfortunate, but things overall are picking up and I, and the ward, are very excited to get things rolling again.  We had a lot of less actives show up at church Sunday that we had been hoping for, but surprised us, so that was really cool to see.  Art is still doing good. I am really happy right now and so grateful for all of your support.  We're more situated now so I should get to writing.  Today were going to Ross so I'm going to look for some more socks, pants and sweaters. Oh man, so this week I had my first two blessings on my mission, and there was a cool experience I'll hopefully get to next week about that.  But know I am doing great, and we are well taken care of.  Oh and Saturday we had special permission to go up to Mesquite for one of Elder C baptism, so that was an interesting place.. and both there and the Halloween mission talent show I got to see a lot of MTC friends and had a lot of fun with that.  I'm meeting and have met soo many great people I've never written about, there's just too much good things surrounding me.  Our new district members are also really cool so I'm excited for them too.  I'll get pictures out soon, thank you so much.
     Love, Elder Pyron
PS I've got a little time but I don't know what else to talk about, I don't have time to go into more detail about people and all because for that to be satisfied I'd be here all day.  I am as happy as I have ever been right now though.  The bike I bought from Elder G (for 60) is great, SOO much better then my other one.  And so just about everything is uphill for us, and the best thing ever is having a successful day, and then coming home at night from the top of the hill, and it's a long easy smooth ride right through the city, and your sweat makes you chilly.  Oh and we heard some more gunshots the other night.  But everything's great, and again I'll hopefully write some this week and talk to you next week!