Monday, July 29, 2013

29 July 2013

Dear Mom,

things have been going good here. i guess you are going to have a house full again this year to. just like you did last year right before i left to come out here. is everyone coming down to be at snowbird or are they all coming the week before?

there hasn't been anything really new happening. we still face some of the same challenges of finding people to teach that we have faced from day one since i've been in darien. this is really a big part of why it is so important that members do the finding. members are way more sucessful at it than we are in terms of finding people who are truly ready for the gospel. often times we will find people but they don't truly have enough interest in it to really go somewhere with it.

with all the changes in missionary work its not suprising to hear about. thank you for taking good care of the missionaries there. im sure they appreciate it quite a bit. especialy at the end of the month. the members here tend to do a good job of making sure we are well taken care of, if and/or when we need things.

sydney will eventually figure out that she has found a new home and one that she will come to love. has champ gotten use to having her around all the time. has she learned how to beg at the table for scraps yet?

well i hope ya'll are having fun back hope and i hope family vacation goes well.

Elder Ogilvie

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

22 July 2013

Dear mom,

So champ has a new friend huh? i did get the picture. its been so long since i've seen a picture of Dutchess that i couldn't tell you the difference between Sydney and Dutchess. so is champ happy to have a new friend to play with or does he simply allow Sydney to be there? oh and it sounds like you were an answer to some ones prayer.

i'm glad to hear that they got the roof on right this time. it doesn't sound like it was way to much trouble to replace. something i've noticed out here is how many people have tin roofs. there are way more houses that have tin roofs out here than have shingles. it sound to me that you home Improvement projects are going well.

thank you for the box that you sent me with the two books in it.also i did activate my card on the first of July because that was the first p-day where i could do it. also i will be looking for the box in the mail in the next week or two.

there hasn't been a whole lot going on here, we've started trying to walk through the town of Darien trying to talk with people on the streets during the day.the hard part is that it tends to start raining quite randomly. i would say it tends to rain at some point just about everyday even if its only a light sprinkle every now and then. we have been able to find a couple of new people to talk with as we've gone around to different parts of town.

we don't have any different holidays per say. the only thing that has come up was a local holiday called the annual "burn down Darien day" where they do a reenactment of when Darien was burned down down during the civil war. the lds population out here still recognizes pioneer day but it isn't celebrated like it is in utah.

our transfer calls were last night and i'm not going anywhere for another 6 weeks. neither is elder Mcfarlane. still staying in Darien woohoo! the next transfer will happen in September some time.

i hope everything is going well at home and have fun on family vacation.

Elder Ogilvie

Monday, July 8, 2013

8 July 2013

***A note from me - Kyle is still in the Jacksonville, FL Mission. The Georgia Macon mission formed right to the north of them, and Kyle is serving just to the south of the cut-off line.  Kyle's mission lost some missionaries to the new mission, but Kyle was fortunate enough to stay.  I can't help but think that will make his mission map easier when he comes home. 
Oh, and BTW, Ky's hump day (1/2 way done) is exactly one month from today!!!***
dear Mom,

there have been a lot of things that happened this last week, first and most importantly i met president and sister Craig. we has a zone meeting and they came to meet all the missionaries up here in Georgia. they also did a little presentation on who they are and where they come from. then President Craig started talking about how everything will be changing in the next year. more details on what was talked about in the world wide training conference.

the fourth of July aside from being a national holiday, was also our day to go do service for brother Zorn (who lives on on one quarter of a lung and still faithfully makes it to church every week). also we have another investigator who put on a little dinner party that we were invited to. the best part is everyone who attended the dinner were all members of the church except for our investigator. fellowship works!

i do not have a missionary Facebook page . yet. believe me you will know if and or when i get called. though i have had companions who have been called to do Facebook work. that is a funny statement, Facebook work. anyway, that's only a small part of everything that is changing. eventually in the next couple of months we are suppose to be given smartphones and tablets to do pretty much everything with. at least according to president Craig. oh he has also pretty much outlawed backpacks and tracting. its really like he will be outlawing, it will probably happen right about the time all the changes take effect.

this next week is going to be more busy than the weeks before. we have some kind of significant thing happening just about every single day. which is really sounds to me like you and dad have yourselves another home construction project. there is always some kind of home improvement to be done at home. bathrooms, basement, porch. at least you are staying busy. it sounds to me that you had a fun and good week at home i home the next one is just as good.

Elder Ogilvie