15 November 2010

Last of the Last!

Hey Everyone---
Well, here goes. The last of the last. The last time you will have to hear from me not in person for a while. The last time I will write you from the other side of the planet for a while... or ever. The last time I will have to miss you while I am writing you. This really is an emotional experience. Today was fun. We got up way early and hit the bus terminal at 5 a.m. We got to Salta at 9:30 a.m. and Rodrigo Copas was waiting there for me and Elder Donaldson with the other missionaries. We passed the day with Rodrigo, me, Donaldson, Fuentes and Shuman, and some other missionaries, all of which were in Perico and we all know Rodrigo. I really felt good having people around to share the day with and keep myself busy, otherwise it would probably have been a rough ride. Saying goodbye was also pretty rough, not something that I like to do by any means, but you know, what can you do. Right now I am sitting here waiting to have my last interview with President Northcuttt, get my temple recommend and all that and then we will hang out for a bit until the nighttime when we have a dinner with the president and the hermana. It was a good ride, the last two years. Good times among people I love and grew to love. That is by far the best lesson that I have learned on the mission. Love for the people and love for my Savior. As for when I get home. I don’t know what to do. I have lots of questions. For example; when will I get released, what are we doing. What are the travel plans? All that. For know I will answer your questions. First of all, what do I want to eat when I get home? Good question. Let’s start with desert. I will leave the choice up to you. Either cherry pie or striped delight. As for the food...... ooooooooooooo... so many good choices. I got it. lasagna... that would be really good. Kind of an odd combo, but call me crazy. I will also be needing some new garments pretty soon I think I only have 3 pairs left. I have a lot of stuff I wanna do and think I want to talk about but my mind is too messed up at the moment to figure that out. I’ll sleep a bit then try to put it into words. :) Love you guys a ton! Take care. See you soon. Smile.

Elder Rose
... for the last time.

08 November 2010

Great Week!

This is probably the last email I send. I don´t know if I will be able to next week. I would imagine that I would but if I don’t I’ll call you from the airport. This last week was also spectacular. The baptism went really well. The sister of the boy who was baptized last week was baptized this week. It was a wonderful thing. We were nervous that she may not get baptized because she is a very shy girl. Everything went well though. The family looked extremely happy afterwards as the kids played with the other kids from the ward and branches and the other boy who was baptized the same day. Then on Sunday we had a cool experience. The schedule for church has been moved for our ward to the 5 to 8 in the evening block. So that means that we have the chance to go out to teach in the morning before church, an opportunity that I never had in my whole mission. It was cool, we got to pass by investigators in the morning and help the other elders get some of their investigators to church. This last week has been really fun. Our district is tearing it up. We had 5 baptisms this week. 2 last week and should have 4 or 5 this week. Things are happening in our time here that has never happened before. President Northcutt was almost in tears when he heard the weekly report. We are being so blessed lately. And I don’t want it to end so abruptly. Things with Elder Graham are good. We have been growing together and I think that the fact that he is going to be in charge of the area in a week is sinking in a bit. The birthday was also fun; a few families invited us over for cake and stuff like that. All in all things are going well. I am going to try and find something special for each and every one of you today so I hope you like it. I’ll talk to you soon.

Love you a ton !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Jeffrey Darrell Rose

02 November 2010

I'm Alive -- Stop Worrying!

Wanted to let you know that I am alive and kicking. Yesterday was a kind of crazy day. We went on a trip as a zone, I got my haircut, I went with Elder Donaldson to get him glasses. I gave him my old frames because he didn’t have enough money to buy them, I hope you don’t mind. I got bit by another dog again, this time on the bicep, part of why I didn’t write yesterday. Last Friday and Sunday was the baptism and confirmation of Cristian Perdiguera, one of the two siblings of the family we are teaching. This Saturday we have his sister´s baptisms. Next Saturday the baptism of Susana Quiroga. Things are going super well. We had interviews with president today and Sister Northcutt. President Northcutt gave me a bag of candy and a card for my birthday. Things are super cool. I love you all and thanks so much for your birthday wishes. I Love you all a ton.

Yours always and forever
Elder Jeffrey Darrell Rose