Nathanael Pyron

Nathanael Pyron

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 26

Dear Family,
    So yesterday the internet at the library was down so I only have a few minutes today.  It's unfortunate because I feel like writing a lot.
    A's baptism went really well, and we've got one coming up for her daughter.  The other day we had a long dinner and discussion with L.  It was really interesting and went well.  It is super interesting hearing his story, beliefs, ideas, and all, very unique to anyone I've met. Well he's a normal guy, but as far as his religious beliefs and all.
    We got our transfer calls so I'll be staying with Elder P another transfer.  It's been great to hear from everyone.  Yesterday we had extra time to play basketball because we didn't get to email, so that was fun, our zone is really good for basketball.
   We went to Ross and Goodwill yesterday, I got some more pants I'm gonna drop the hem on, so I might see if I can find a sewing machine or something.  They're identical to my suit coat which is convenient.  The weather has been really windy, so cold enough, everyone's freezing but I think it's just about perfect.
  We got to meet with the A family again, they are an amazing family I would like to talk more about when I've got time, just the huge trials they both have, and their amazing ability to remain a functional loving family.... it's unbelievable.
   Sunday was Stake Conference and we had a broadcast from the presiding Bishop, Elder Ballard and others, so that was real cool.  We've still been making a lot of inactive visits... a lot of funny rude things, a lot of no one answering, but we've actually just recently had quite a few successful visits.  Well I've got to go. I'm looking forward to writing next week!
  Elder Pyron

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday, February 20

Dear Family,
     Things are going good here, we did have our baptism on Saturday, and it went great.  We've got one for A on Saturday, so we're looking forward to that.  She is doing really well.  We meet with her daily now, she has no problem with any of the commandments and has a very strong testimony.  On Friday we also taught A who is M's daughter.  She is 11, and hopefully will be baptized soon.  The Cimarron ward has very little going for it, but we are having dinner with L on Saturday night.  He's making steak and promises it's great so I'm excited.  This will be only our second time meeting with him so we should learn a lot more about where he's at.  He's the one that hunts and has the evolution hold up.
    Tomorrow we are teaching 3 older single people the lessons, as they are preparing to go through the temple for the first time, and Bishop suggested we review those basics with them.  We recently met with N family.  She's less active and her husband is a nonmember, but they were a neat family.  They are collectors of antique American stuff, their house is just full of stuff, but it's all expensive, nicely placed and well kept. I'm excited for them.  We had zone conference the other day and it was a really good one about chapter 4 of Preach My Gospel and receiving revelation.
    Tonight we teach M and we're hoping to set her more solidly with a baptismal date, and we also are going to meet with M soon.  Transfers are coming up so I'm really excited to see how things play out, whether our area gets split or if we switch up at all... We've got a huge area, so we're secured the car, especially because we live out of both ward boundaries, and if things were to get split in our zone, we would need a new apartment or living arrangement to open up.  Hillpoint ward has a lot going, Cimarron has about none.
     How are things going back home? Pretty usual? There's a lot of people who like basketball in our zone now, so we play 2-3 mornings a week and every pday.  It's fun.  I never thought I'd be disappointed to see winter end but I kind of am... it's gradually getting warmer and I know what that means... the colder weather was so perfect, especially with dress pants and all.  By the way that pair of slim ones are perfect now that I lowered them, so if you see any slim fit dress pants 32x32, with a hem at least 2 inches, feel free to send them my way.
     I'm also still trying to find a good cheap easy healthy diet I like.  Whole wheat pasta is real cheap, I tend to eat it out of the box. I might get some millet soon.  Greek Yogurt is amazing, but a tad pricey most of the time, and oatmeal doesn't cut it.  I found these fiber one protein plus bars or something that I like, they fill pretty good, they're really quick,and I haven't gotten sick at all of them as I usually do for that time of thing.  Not even a particular flavor or blend or whatever. They come out to about 50 cents a piece, but yeah.  Things are going good I'll try to let you know if anything else comes to mind!
     Elder Pyron  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday, February 11

Dear Family,
     So things are still going well, the work is progressing.  If things work out right Hillpointe ward will have baptisms 5 consecutive Saturdays.  I never remember who all I tell you about.  A is from Iran, originally Muslim, is a very spiritual lady, and has a strong testimony of just about everything we teach, but because of her English and history, it may take a while for her to get the full understanding.  She's a mother of 2 or 3 that are under 8, and is going through a messy divorce.  She is set for the 23rd, M the 16th, M the next, and then the other two aren't set but could be soon.  A is M's 11 year old daughter who has been coming to church and just now gave indication she wants to take the lessons, M didn't want to at all feel she was pushing it.
     We got a few referrals recently, helped one non member family move in from Idaho, they're Catholic but their Mormon friends contacted us and we set up to have almost 20 people there to help move, so the family was shocked and thought it was so amazing.  Their name is the K family, they've got kids that are like 19, 15, 12, and 10 maybe.  Oldest two are boys.  So their fellowship family said they hate to be pushed, but the ward is reaching out to friendship them in many ways and they like us a lot so that's good.
     Yesterday a member asked to come over so we could give her Catholic neighbor a blessing and that went really well.  She's 70, and had this weird indigestion thing come up two months ago, hasn't had anything but rice and oatmeal since, and the doctors don't know why. Anything with flavor she can't have, even Peptobismal has too much flavor.  We also got a random media referral the other day for a person, who we have come to realize is an excommunicated member. I think it was a long time ago, and he recently got tracted into by Spanish missionaries.  His wife is a non member as well, (at least this one) but he's had a son serve a mission so I don't know all the details.  No one in our ward knows him.  But he's a really nice guy, in his 60s, he hunts and has a ton of animal heads all in his living room, as well as a picture of Darwin.  He hasn't like decided he wants to come back by any means, but enjoys talking to us, loves the church for what it is, has only good things to say, but has no testimony of Joseph Smith.  He said some thing like "well, I'm set in my beliefs, but I know you guys might be able to show me otherwise." so that's his take, we're going back soon.  He just doesn't see how all the evidences of evolution can coexist with the church.  He said for him its either the LDS church or science, and right now it's science obviously.  So we're really excited to talk to him, he's opinionated and smart, but I think he is open minded enough as well for sure; he has no intent of changing our beliefs or saying we're wrong.
    But yeah we've got our maps and rosters all color and numerically coordinated, so we can effectively make visits, so we spend a lot of time going through unordained and part member family lists.  So we visited with A the other day, things aren't too good.  He and his wife(less active) do like meeting with us and our message, but they're not too ready to change, so last time basically we just talked about what the gospel asks of them.  Her testimony is an experience she had long ago were she shook the prophets hand and cannot deny that the church is true and that he was a prophet, as was Joseph Smith, but she's just been out of it too long to appreciate or know how to live it I guess.  So we'll see how they do.
     I haven't heard from Elder C in forever, but I'm really curious to hear how people are doing.  I heard yesterday from our Zone Leaders that Vegas zone is set for 25 Baptisms in February, (and that's my old areas zone), so we'll see.  And in the time I've been gone has been enough to see what's going to happen with a lot of the people we had recently started teaching, because either they've dropped us, or they've had more than all the lessons.  But yeah, so things are good.
     Elder P is fun and has a lot I can learn from.  He has such a huge vault of amazing knowledge.  In lessons sometimes he has such a perfect answer, that makes so much sense, is delivered quickly, full of evidences.. to the difficult and less common questions.  And I don't think I've met another missionary that loves the scriptures as much as he does.  If we're in the car, he's reading.
    But studies are so much fun, there is so much cool stuff to study and understand, and learn.  Recently I've been studying a lot of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah etc. prophesies, especially with the symbolism of Christ's ministry to the church on earth, and then with stick of Joseph and Judah, and with King Zedekiah, the lineages, and Mulek.  In the library we were waiting for the computers and we were looking through the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and it gave so much insight about Mulek evidences that he did flee, and I thought I'd come to a dead end. Recently I've been doing more Pearl of Great Price, I want to get into that, I've already learned a lot.  I've got some questions I'll try to save for another email.
     But also, Sacrament meeting is such an amazing place to receive revelation, that's something that I've for sure learned earlier in my mission that was amazing to me but I don't think I ever really expressed it.  Last Sunday our Stake President gave one of the most wonderful talks I'd ever heard.  I was writing and pondering some certain things already, but then every time I paused to listen, he would be introducing or answering what ever question or thought I ran into that made me stop to listen, and the flow was so strange and irrelevant it would seem to anyone else.  Because I wasn't basing my thoughts at all on his talk, but his talk was just following my interesting mind.  But this is not at the only time I've had such experiences in sacrament on my mission, so many burning desires or questions of things I needed to hear just came, it's so amazing how the Holy Ghost works.  Oh and like every time we find someone that has a particular or slightly obscure or specific concern, it SO frequently happens to be something that I thought or studied for my first ever time that morning or the day before.  Scripture study is such an amazing way to bring the Spirit into your life. 
But again Happy birthday James and Angela, Love you all!
Elder Pyron

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wednesday, February 6

Dear Family,
     So sorry I don't have a lot of time, as good as the temple trip is they make for an extremely stressful day.  Things are going good, the work in the Hillpointe ward is good.  We've got two people getting baptized on the 16th, M, who has been ready for a long time, and a new investigator of ours, A.  She was Muslim, is from Iran, and doesn't have the best English, but has been coming to church, has been reading and has a really strong testimony, so we're excited for those.  I wish I had time to go into more detail.
     Things are good in the apartment, Elder P is training Elder C, he's cool, I like him.  He's from South Carolina as well. We've been playing basketball in the mornings which is cool, everyone likes to play.  We've been making a lot of inactive visits and recently had quite a few who were upset and saying they haven't been a member for 40 years or whatever, I really hadn't run into much of that.
     How is everything back home?  Sorry I'm so bad at writing letters, hopefully I can improve.  Happy birthday James.  Scripture study has been fun, there is so much great stuff in there.  But I'll wrap up and hopefully get time to write another quick one if more comes to mind, but if not, love you all, talk to you Monday.
Elder Pyron