Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm Gonna be Training!


Well, this is what I know about the changes. I don't know my new comp because he isn't here in the mission yet. He will be coming soon. He's still in the MTC. Yup I'm training a new elder. Yikes lots of responsibility but it isn't a shock I have felt that I would train after ending with Elder L. I'm just scared too because I feel that I will be training a gringo, but we will see. I'm ready to train more than anything to pump some juice in me. Get me out of the routine. I was getting to comfortable and like you always say there isn't any growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone. 

Well funny story for this week is about the baptism we had this Saturday. We have been working with a less active family that they can get active again. We also were working with their twin sons to get baptized. They are 9. So they get to the point where the dad is ready to baptize his sons. And everything is super cool. The first one Jon gets baptized pretty easily only had to try two times because his feet left the water. Hans on the other hand didn't get baptized. He got dunked twice but he kept throwing his hand up so it wasn't valid. Then he started to cry and wouldn't let his dad baptize him. We are playing this game for like 30 minutes when I just throw on some white clothes (I don't have a change of clothes) to try to just force this kid down. Well needless to say he didn't get baptized and his brother did. So that's the funny story of the week. Just goes to show you can't force anyone into baptism.Other than that it was a pretty normal week. so yeah. 

I'm super jealous that y'all will be using the attic fan. It's been hitting like 40-45C all week. fun stuff. The rainy season should be here soon so we will drop a little bit but only to like 35 I'm waiting for that, but don't get me wrong I love the heat way more than the cold.

Well that's what happened this week. I hope everything goes well with the BYU application for Shelby. Remember that Miss Bestey is the queen with that stuff. 

I love y'all so much,

Elder Kotter

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Package From Peru!


I'm so glad you got the package. Funny story I almost asked if y'all had gotten it last week but then I was like no I'll wait one more week and hope they get it then. I'm so glad I waited. I don't know if you remember but I said like 2 months ago that I was pulling money out for a something awesome well that's it. Happy birthdays and Christmas. Its super late for b-day and early for Christmas but i hope y'all love all the stuff y'all got. If you've got questions what is what and who gets what just ask me yeah. That was super fun to do and send to y'all. Also to send my hats home for protection. One of the ties is for dad and the other is for Elder Heaton y'all can pick which is for which. OH and there is a wallet in one of the girls bags. That's for dad too. I know he probably won't use it but its a cool wallet so I had to send it.

Well this week was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really think that was one of the best conferences I have seen in all my life. It was so crazy that they started speaking different languages from the pulpit. I can't believe that; it's super cool. I really enjoyed the talk of Saturday morning which way are we facing towards God or towards man. Who do we really fear. Oh that got to me big time. Gotta fear God more and man less. Buenazo.(really Good) 

What did y'all like about the conference?

Well right now I think we just need prayers to find new people we are lacking in that aspect. And that people can come to church. Those two things would be awesome. I do have a question for y'all. Are y'all praying for the missionaries there and for there investigators by name? If not well add them please. They need all the help they can get over there. Also don't forget y'all can help the missionaries even if you don't have a reference. Give the missionaries your number and say call me when you need someone to go with you to a lesson. I bet they will pee there pants from excitement. So do that. It will help the work a ton in Centerville ward.

I love y'all so much keep working hard and keep the faith. I love y'all.

Elder Kotter

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I Kissed a Crocodile!


So I can't believe that time has gone so fast.  Those videos you sent from conference all the adults look the same but all the kids are super different!!!!!!!!!!! For example I didn't even recognize Baliey for like the longest time and Issac has hair all over his face like what the junk!!!!!!!!!!! I think he has more hair than I can grow. So this week I've learned a lot about giving advice. There are some missionaries in our district that aren't getting along very well and since I'm district leader I get to the opportunity to help them. Seriously its in situations like that where you just depend on the spirit and hope you give the right advice to these missionaries who are coming to you wanting the advice. Its super weird I've never been in that situation where someone actually wanted my advice. Well I do have to say I was a lot happier this week. I don't know why but my whole perspective has changed. I'm laughing again and just trying to enjoy my time here in the mission with Elder Lozano and you know what it has made all the difference. So smile and laugh in your circumstances. It's like what President Utchdorf talked about at conference how we can be grateful in our circumstances and not just because of our circumstances. So that's the lesson of the week. 

What I learn in my study of catching up was the field is white all ready to harvest. That phrase is repeated over and over again so it must be so. Funny story with the reading I totally forgot about that until Saturday and then I was like oh shoot I've gotta read like 11 chapters  of the Doctrine and Covenants. Luckily they are short. (Our family is studying this book together for our scripture study each night. Elder Kotter has joined with us.)

So the election went well I guess I really don't know the politics here and what the issues are but yeah. It's interesting here you only need 30% of the vote to win because there are a ton of parties. It's not like the USA with only 2. But we didn't get the chance to go to church either so yeah it was just a normal day that nobody was home cuz they were all voting. yeah.

I love y'all so much. Y'all are the best.  Keep it real.

Elder Kotter