Monday, November 7, 2016

Romney/Major round 4

Hey fam just kidding about Major & Romney for a 4th transfer. Elder Major is headed to Del Mar to train for his last couple months of his mission. I will be staying in Fallbrook and Elder Nokes will be my new companion. Ive served around him a couple of times and im pretty pumped about it. He is a funny guy. But itll be different, its been a good run with Elder Major.

So to start off the week we were out knocking doors Tuesday morning in one of the rich neighborhoods in our area. We were just out having a dandy time knocking doors and taking in the sun. I walked into a gated yard to knock another door and a pit bull came out and started growling and walking up to me. I applied Brother Packers training that i learned in Priests quorum (shout up to Mesa ward Priest quorum) and i tried standing my ground. Then the dog lunged at me and i kicked it in the head. I then proceeded to run out of the gate but my companion being the smart guy that he is closed the gate behind him as he ran out. So there i was fighting off a pit bull with my bare hands in the vicious environment of an upper middle class neighborhood in southern California. I can say that i came out unharmed. Im a survivor. (Elder Major does want anyone to know that if he didnt close the gate the dog would of chased us for miles and miles and we would of both been killed)

haha anyways it was a fun time and i felt like a missionary. This weekend Elder Major has been saying by to a lot of families that we have gotten close with. There are some dang good people over here. Its going to be sad leaving this area. 

This past week we had the Directory of proselyting for the church come and visit our mission. He had a conference with all the leaders in the mission and taught us some super cool things. He said some things that really stuck with me and some things i wish i would of known a lot earlier in my mission. Im learning and growing tons every day. Love you all have a great week!

Kenny and his parents 

Monday, October 31, 2016


Hey fam!! What a week. To start the week off we had our temple trip. So we drove down to the San Diego temple and got a great session in. After we got some super good fish tacos. Just a great day haha. On Thursday went on exchanges in Vista. Vista is a sketchy place haha but back in Spanish work for a couple days. It was pretty fun speaking spanish again actually. Overall its just been a really great week and we have been really busy.

Our 82 year old investigator Norma Jeanne Haynes was baptized this past Saturday. I had the privilege of performing the baptism. It was one of the best experiences ive had on my mission. Norma has a pretty cool story though. She has been looking for "home" her entire life. She has been praying to find the truth her whole life and nothing ever felt right. Until one day two 19 and 20 year old kids knocked on her door and brought it to her. Its been a process over the past couple of months teaching and helping her but everything finally clicked. Since Norma was baptized she has told us over and over again how full of gratitude she is and how much peace she feels. That right there is what makes all the long hard days worth it. I love that sweet old lady. We actaully have the entire day off today for halloween. Its gonna be weird not going out to work! This will be my first day since ive been out on my mission that i dont go out and work. I might not know what to do. So we are just gonna hang out with missionaries and members. We are gonna go to the Norris's and carve pumpkins. Yep transfers are next week and Major is probably for sure out of here and i might be out as well but i guess we will see next week

I love you all hope you have a great week and are being missionaries!

I have a lot of pics for you guys this week

Monday, October 24, 2016

Kennys Baptism

Hey everyone! This past week has been a super good week. To start the week off we went down to a zone conference in Del Mar, my old stomping grounds. We did some car inspections down there so that was a fun morning. On our way back up to fallbrook we drove up the coast highway. Sometimes i forget im in southern California but the weather and beach do a good job of reminding me. On Friday our ward had a Fall Festival dinner/party. This ward is awesome. We had a couple investigators and non members show up to that and they had a good time and got to see we are normal people haha.

So our boy Kenny Smith got baptized and confirmed this past Saturday. Kenny is 32 years old and his mom is a less active member and his dad in not a member. He has been taught for about 7 months now. When i got into the area in July he had an accident and has been in and out of the hospital since then with lung and heart infections. While he was in the hospital he was reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it. He told us he had an experience one night while he was in the hospital where he got just and overwhelming feeling that the book was true and this is what he needed to do. He has no doubt it was the Holy Ghost telling him. He is still working on getting 100% healthy but he didnt want to put off his baptism any longer so we got it figured out for him to get baptized that day. Kenny had family come in to town from utah and colorado and his uncle came in to baptize him. The baptism meeting was one of the most spiritual meetings i have ever been in. Everyone was crying and his family was super impacted by the decision kenny has made at this point in his life. Im just thankful i was able to be a part of it. 

Thats all i got for you guys, love you all have a great week!

Quick One Oct 17th

Hey fam, it feels like i just talked to you all yesterday. Weeks are going by quick!! So ill give a quick run down of how my week went. Thursday me and Elder Major put on a meeting for out zone. We gave a training on social and spiritual conversion. It was a super good training and will really help all of our missionaries help their investigators be converted. After our zone meeting we had interviews with President Thomas. He does a good job staying in touch with all the missionaries. On Sunday we had 4 investigators show up to church. it was crazy!!!! Thats the most ive had come to church on my mission. We werent expecting all of them so it was a really cool experience. This ward is awesome.

Kenny (our investigator) has decided to get baptized this coming Saturday. So the past couple days we have been figuring out his program and got his interview done and are getting everything ready for him. He has been through alot and changed so much since the time i first met him. 

Thats all i got for this week, hopefully ill get some more to you guys next week. If you want to know specific stuff ask me some questions in your emails. Love you guys!

Here are some pics from the week

Major, me, the Fallbrook STLs after our zone meeting

my bois

Go and Do Oct. 11

Hey guys! Its been a super busy week over here. But its also been a fun one. So last Tuesday we dropped off Elder Dressen (our mini missionary) and he is in Guatemala now. So it was back to the dynamic duo. Major & Romney out fighting crime and preaching the word in the streets of Bonsall. Not so much fighting crime but this week we taught a lot more than we have been. We have been teaching our investigator Kenny and its powerful to see where he started and where he is at now. He is changed and you can tell just by looking at him. We are also teaching Norma. That sweet old lady. This past week she has been telling us over and over how much peace she feels in her life because she has been feeling the Spirit on a regular basis. To me as a missionary seeing those changes and blessings in other peoples lives makes it all worth it and makes me happy.

One thing ive been trying to work on lately is following the Spirit. It seems easy enough but i struggle with it. On Sunday our Bishop shook things up a little. We had our regular sacrament meeting but second hour it was all combined. We watched a talk from Elder Bednar about going and acting on promptings. So after second hour the ward went out and acted on promptings. We visited less actives or non members that we were prompted to go by. It was a really cool experience for everyone. Not just because we only had 2 hours of church but that people were actually inspired by the Spirit on who to go by. The more we act on inspiration, the more promptings we are going to receive from the Spirit and the more clear things will be to us. 

Hope you all have a great week, love you guys!

This is the squad. Love these guys

Monday, October 3, 2016

Conference Weekend

September 26

Hey world. So we got transfer calls this past weekend and me and Major are staying together for another one. This will be our 3rd transfer together and that rarely happens that companions stay together for 3. Im pretty pumped about it. So Major & Romney will be in the Fallbrook 5th ward for another 6 weeks.

This past week not too much happened. We had a couple lessons. Our 82 year old investigator came to church. It finally rained here so that shook things up a little. It wasnt clear blue and 72 for the first time in like 5 months. I had to go back up to Murrieta this past week and do a baptismal interview in spanish. Its nice speaking spanish cause i get to tour the mission to do baptism interviews for investigators that dont speak english. 

General Conference is coming up this weekend. Im pretty excited. Conference is different as a missionary, its a really cool time. I hope all of you take questions that you have to conference cause they WILL be answered.

Thats all i got for this week, if you want to know more email me questions you have.
I love you guys.

Me, Major, Phillips, Ruhl and all the Norris kids. 
***September 18th he didn't write a group letter but heres an experience from that week.
So My brother Matt got a text from Elder Romney saying their dinner apt fell thru and he had a Spanish interview over in Temecula by Matts house that night, he wondered if Matt could make them dinner.  Matt just laughed and said well if you don't care that Grandma allen is here!  Matts wife Shannon had gone to New York to visit her brother for the week so my Mom was there to help with the kids.  My mom fixed Baylor and his companion dinner and was so giddy when she told me she got to feed and hug Baylor!  Hes having lots of different experiences on his mission that most missionaries don't get! 

September 12

Hey fam, this is gonna be a short one. This past week has been really fast and really busy. Me and Elder Major put together a zone meeting. I gave a 45 minute discussion on obedience and hard work. I had an interview with my mission president, President Thomas. We were talking about the Book of Mormon and the importance of it. Something is missing from us if we don't read it everyday. Ive seen how my days are better when I read from the Book of Mormon. There is something special about that book. I encourage all of you to make it a priority to read it personally every day. It WILL make your day better.

That's all I got for this week but here are some pictures. Love you guys!

September 6

Hey fam, im inspired to be a surf bum. This past week one of our favorite families (the Wallaces) found the video of me when i was a teacher doing that one direction video.... They wont let me live it down. It has caused some serious PTSD haha. I hear its football season. The most wonderful time of the year. This past week we had meetings on meetings. So many meetings. We had Zac Wallace , a priest in the ward come on a 24 hour mini mission with us. It was a blast. Zac is a stud.

Other than that its been a tougher week. Things either are going great or tough in this area. There isnt much in between here. If there are any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to email me and get some more information. But other than that here are some pictures from the week

Matching companion ties from elder majors mom
Tracking in our usual neighborhoods with a usual sighting of a lambo
Us with Zac

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 translating

Hey fam, its been another great week as a missionary. This past week we had a General Authority come and visit our mission. Elder De Hoyos from the 70 and his wife. We had a zone conference with them and they dont speak very much english so i was their personal translator! I didnt know translating was so tiring. I translated all of the english talks to spanish for them and when Sister De Hoyos gave her talk to all the missionaries i translated from spanish to english for everyone.Translating is a tiring job, It was a super cool experience and a great meeting!

So as you found out from the grape vine we had a baptism this past week and this wasnt my first one. I appreciate mom shredding me in a loving way through via email. The reason i havent shared my baptism experiences before is because words dont do it justice and they are pretty sacred to me. But this past Saturday Parker Wallace got baptized. He is a 10 year old from a part member family that is coming back into activity in the church. Coolest family every. I love them all!! Ive grown super close to them over the past couple of months and seen them all progress in the gospel as they have come back to church. One of Parkers older brothers Zac got the priesthood recently and was able to baptize him. Me and Elder Major were put in the right place at the right time to be able to help this family out. 

Love you all have a great week!

***Yes I had heard thru my brother Matt that he had a baptism this week, we were excited that finally the work was progressing, but our knucklehead missionary kind of overlooks things that happen in his mission as he writes us each week.  ITs good to know he is out there serving not just for the stats :)

Elder major me Zac Parker elder Anderson elder wight
Major, Zac and i
The Wallace fam

Monday, August 22, 2016


Hey fam, its been another busy week here in the Fallbrook 5th ward. There was a fire on the Marine base that is close by and it started raining ash. The fire nation was upon us (i hope my siblings get that one). But that isnt something that happens everyday so it was cool. Me and Elder Major were doing our daily morning run and we saw a chicken in our neighborhood and it crossed the road. We welcomed all the new missionaries into our zone, we have 5 greenies in the Fallbrook zone!! Its crazy. Im not that old mission age but im one of the oldest here. We were out knocking doors Thursday morning and got shredded by a grumpy dude and kicked out of an apartment complex. He wasnt a happy camper. One of our investigators BBQed for us and made us every meat imaginable. If you can think it he made it for us. He spoiled us. I have pictures to prove it. LOTS has happened this past week and its something new everyday. I wake up in the morning not knowing what kind of craziness is going to happen that day. I love it though and im learning and growing so much.

We have an 83 year old investigator named Norma. She is the coolest. She loves texting us and its awesome. We talked to her son on the street and he said to come by. So we went by and Norma answered the door and said come on in so we started teaching her! Its been about 3 weeks since we have started teaching her and she is so solid!! She eats the gospel up and loves to learn. What she tells us that she believes in is the same doctrine we believe in and its just so cool to see everything click with her. She has been jumping religions her entire life but has never found the place to call home and the place that feels right. Yesterday was her first time coming to church. I have never seen anyone so sensitive to the Spirit. She cried and cried and cried again. After church she told us how much she loved it and how much she felt at home. She told us she loves us and is adopting us as her grandkids. There isnt much that can beat the feeling of an investigator expressing their appreciation and love for you. Its the coolest thing ever to watch someone grow and progress in the gospel. 

Its hard to complain where im at right now. Yeah its hard and yeah its tough, but its worth it. To all you chumps that are thinking about going on a mission or arent sure, do it. Itll be the best decision you will ever make. I love you all have a great week!

Morning hike 
The food Kenny sent home with us
Monday morning hike 
Elder Phillips caught a crawdad 
Another morning hike under our local bridge

Brother Dawson. He is a 98 year old dude that we read the BOM with every Friday 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Transfer Week

Hey outside world. Another week in Southern California. Wednesday last week i had to go get another ingrown toenail out at the doctor. So me and Elder Major decided to take advantage of it and drive down to Encinitas on the coast highway right next to the beach. My mission is sweet. So yeah i got my toe all cut up and taken care of and got to see the beach while i was at it.

We got transfer calls this week and me and Elder Major are staying together for another 6 weeks. We are both pretty pumped about that. We are having a blast. You have all already heard but Uncle Matt and his fam were in my neck of the woods and took me and Elder Major out to get some icecream. The kids barely remembered me but it was fun.

We had alot of lessons fall through on us this week but it happens. Lots of flaky investigators right now. But we have some solid ones too. Not much else to write this week. It goes by so fast i dont remember what happened. But i hope everyone is being member missionaries and INVITING!

I love you all. Have a great week and to my butterfly brothers get better and stay healthy!

Ya we still knocked this door!
Pdays in So Cal
Ice cream with matts fam

amother week in paradise Aug. 8

Hey family, its been a great week here in Bonsall. So much has happened. I don't have much time but ill just share a quick experience that happened that sums up the week.

Wednesday morning we were sitting in our apartment doing our daily studies when we heard someone knock on our door. I went to the door and answered and thought it would be nothing. But a lady was at the door and told us that she had been reading the book of Mormon and she asked us if we could go by later that day and answer some of her questions and teach her more. HOW CRAZY IS THAT!!! We had someone KNOCK ON OUR DOOR and ASK US if they could learn more. Her name is Diana and she lives right above us. We went over later that day and taught her the Restoration.

Miracles happen every day. Its up to us to figure out what they are. Love you all have a great week. Good luck to Gunner and Tate cause football season is here!!!!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Bumpin and grindin

Hey peeps. This past week has been a tougher one. Elder Romney was having too much fun doing missionary work so some humility was sent his way. Me and Elder Major counted it up and we had 9 lessons cancel on us.

I went on exchanges into Vista with Elder Emerick this past week. Back to spanish work for the day! Vista is super sketchy but it was nice being back in some rough places haha. We talked to this woman on the street who we thought spoke spanish but she spoke a Guatamalan dialect called mum so we tried our hardest to communicate with hand signals and very slow talking. It didnt work but it was still fun.

Thursday of last week we had a zone conference, so we got to meet up with two other zones to get trained. We talked a lot about how to work with ward and stake leaders, later in the meeting we got to have a small testimony meeting for some missionaries that are going home soon, the spirit was incredibly strong. So we had that meeting for most of the afternoon and then for the rest of the night we had teaching appointments, so we were really looking forward to that night. But when we got to the evening, all of our lessons cancelled on us. So we just sat there in our car and thought "Well God, we are trying our best, we have the truth, we have the investigators, why aren't you helping us out more?" So we decided to go and stop by some of our ward leaders and apply the training we got on how to more effectively work with them, we decided to start with the Young Mens and Young Womens since we have so much youth in our ward. When we got done with the Young Mens President, we stopped by the Young Womens President, and when we got there, their daughter had her boyfriend over. He didn't have much of any religious experience or any relationship with God, but he told us if its important to Olivia (the daughter), then its important to him. So we taught him the restoration and the spirit just filled the room. He told us he would read and pray, but his parents are very atheist, and dont want him really pursuing religion. So we were afraid he wasnt going to be able to take the steps to really progress, but later on during church on Sunday, he showed up and stayed for all three hours! Its so easy to get frustrated and shake your fist at God when things dont go the way you want them to, but there is so much that we dont see that God does. He really does have his hand in all things, and thats something that I have come to gain a HUGE testimony of. (credit to Elder Major for that paragraph)

Things always work out. Most of the time we just dont see the how and why behind everything and its not always the way we expect it to be. I was able to give a talk in church yesterday. I talked on member missionary work. It made me realize how much this gospel has changed me over the past year but more importantly how it has changed the people that i was able to bring it to. We should be sharing this gospel with everyone we see!!!! 

I love you all, have a great week and make the most of every opportunity!

Elder Romney and elder schow one last visit before elder schow went home. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pioneers and surfbums

Hey folks. Still grinding it out here in paradise. Well this week has been another quick and fun one. The biggest part of the week was the stake pioneer day activity. It was huge! We had a couple of investigators there and it was lots of pie and corn and cobbler. Good times. 

This area and ward is blessed. Its pretty spread out (kinda like Valley Center) so we are visiting members alot and they are all super down to do missionary work. It is easier to get referrals from the members than it is to talk to people on the streets here! Im loving this area.

To go off on some random things this week. We had a zone training meeting that the assistants and president didnt show up to, we visited one of our investigators in the hospital and got called out by another member to give her mom a blessing, hit some golf balls off the side of a hill during a lunch break, almost got murdered by some black widows while we were knocking doors, we were "ghostbusters", saw a huge wild fire in some mountains nearby, made some pumpkin cookies, and became some members favorite missionaries. Lots more happened but thats all i can really remember. 

Well this week me and Elder Major gave up all of our junk food and committed to eating healthy and working out twice a day. We are so committed that we blended all of our junk food together and took a sip of it to start this off. It was disgusting and yes I puked.  we hate junk food now and have no desire to ever eat it again. 

On a more spiritual note our investigator that is in the hospital is Kenny. He is 32 years old and his mom is member but hasnt been active since she was little and his dad is not a member. He is such an example of being unselfish. We visited him in the hospital and all he could talk about was how his friends were doing and how he needed to help them. He is all ready to take the step of baptism but had some health issues come up recently and has to be in the hospital. Super pumped for him though.

I hope everyone has a great week. Love you all!

Monday, July 18, 2016

One Year Old

Hey civilians. This week has flown but been super fun. So much has happened!! My days are really long and busy but im loving it. Ill break down my week..

Monday: Got a couch and ate some icecream.

Tuesday: Met an older German couple that let us in the door and we had a deep life talk. They had both been through tons and are getting married soon. That was our first time meeting them both but they gave us hugs when we left. They werent interested but it was cool to find nice people haha.

Wednesday: Taught a bunch of Restoration lessons. I love that lesson. Super powerful message. 

Thursday:Taught some more Restoration.

Friday: Was in a meeting from 9 in the morning till 5 in the afternoon. Yay for meetings. I got to see a couple of my mission buddies, Higginson and Horton, who came out with me. So we were together on our year. I celebrated with cake pops and a cream soda that night.

Saturday: We went on Camp Pendleton (the marine base) to visit some members. That night we went to a wedding reception at our stake presidents house because people invited some non members and it was our dinner. Super weird being there. 

Sunday: Went to church and visited our favorite family the Wallaces. 

There are lots of in betweens but that is the summary. This is probably my most detailed email home so i hope it makes some people happy. Im loving it here in Fallbrook with Elder Major. We are working hard and having a blast. We have alot going for us in our area right now! Love you all have a great week!
***. Im super busy all day every day right now but i love it. I just really love where im at right now. We are getting shredded in all the rich neighborhoods but thats ok its just part of the missionary life hahaha. "you havent been a missionary till you have been shredded by a guy getting in his mercedes benz" -E Major

Me and elder higginson and elder Horton on our one year mark
Our entertainment center with surround sound. But we can only watch the 2 missionary videos we have haha
Me elder major and elder dressman 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

English... July 11, 2016

Hello family. Its really different being an English missionary. But im loving it. Me and Elder Major are having a blast here in the Fallbrook 5th ward. We are super busy but it makes things fun. So the breakdown of the week : found $11 on the street, had a ward BBQ, visited the hospital, read scriptures with a 97 yr old man, talked to people at gas stations and parking lots, and rode around in a truck.

Pretty good week here in the mission field. Lots of cool experiences. I dont have any pictures but hope you all have a great week!

Me and Elder Major

Bye VC July 5 2016

Well the time has come for me to leave Valley Center. Its sad. Ive met so many great people and families here and have learned tons. Ill be leaving to Fallbrook today and my new companion will be Elder Major. I already know him and its gonna be a blast. But im gonna be an English missionary now so no more Spanish work.. Not sure how I feel about that but im excited to see how English work is here.

This past week has been a blast. Our new mission President came in on Friday. We all got to meet him and I had an interview with him on Saturday. He has tons of energy and is super positive and a goofball. I love him already haha. For the 4th of July yesterday (my favorite holiday) my ward had a breakfast and a Patriotic speaker. It was awesome! I said by to a lot of people though.

"Live your testimony". That is now one of my favorite quotes. WE all need to be doing this every single day!!! I love you all have a great week!

The Rush family

The Reilly family

Cifuente family

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tacos on Tacos (June 27)

happy fathers day

Happy late Fathers Day to all of the dads out there. I know that there have been tons that have helped me in my life. This week has been a slower week. Not a lot of teaching. We are working with a lot of Less Actives and there have been some cool miracles. We found a family that hasn't been contacted or visited in 12 years and they were so happy to see us. Super cool family. There are people out there waiting and ready for the gospel. The trick is just finding them. Im doing good just not much to talk about this week. I hope you all have a fun week at the beach! Love you all


Helloooo outside world. This week has been a week. It goes by so fast. Well ill give a little run down on what happened. So we were out contacting and knocking doors and i saw i hopscotch game. And you gotta enjoy the little things so i played some hopscotch with E. Dowda and it was a blast. (Im trying to send a video). You may have hear there was an earthquake. Everything is alright but it was super fun. The entire house was shaking at like 1 in the morning and i had no idea what was going on and i was still half asleep. My first earthquake! I went on two exchanges this week. My first i went down to Esco with a brand new missionary E. Castillo. A fellow spanish missionary. Man we had a blast. He is a sharp kid. We talked to people in the park and man that is one of the most awkward things ever haha but if its not awkward you arent doing it right. Then the next day i was in Valley Center again but with my Zone Leader Elder Nokes. We "cartacted" so many people. We see people on the side of the street and slam on the brakes roll our window down and proceed to share the gospel with them. I dont think it will ever not be awkward but its so much fun haha the looks people give are hilarious. President and Sister Kendrick are going home in a couple of weeks and they gave us their dying testimonies. Its so sad seeing them go home. My new mission President comes in in a couple weeks. So there is all that information.

Again the power of the Priesthood is real. I have given so many blessings on my misson. It works and its real. I love being a missionary. Its hard but so worth it.

I love you all!

June 6

Hey fam so i dont have much time this week. The mission life is a busy one. Especially when you try fishing and playing disc golf on P days. But my favorite part of this past week was being with my bud Juarez Juarez (yes that is his first and last name) and the chicken Mili el milagro. Im doing great in Valley Center thanks for all the support and love!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

America (May 31)

I love small towns!!! There was a parade, rodeo (that we didnt go to but it was still cool) and American flags  all over in Valley Center this weekend and i loved it. My new companion is Elder Dowda. He is from Colorado. Things are a lot different. We dont have much in common but we are going to make it work. 

This past week we had meetings on meeting on meetings on meetings. I think i had a meeting everyday except Saturday. The church runs on meetings right? haha There was a Spanish conference for all of the Spanish missionaries in the mission this past Thursday. I love being a Spanish missionary. All of my close Spanish mission buddies go home in a couple of weeks and thats the last time ill see them before they go home so it was sad. But at the Spanish conference I gave a training with another Elder and it was the funnest training ever. We trained on teaching skills adapted to the spanish culture so we had Banda music blasting and we were walking around offering pan dulce while the missionaries had to teach a lesson. 

I also met another person from El Paso! That never happens so it was pretty cool. I made a goal this week to wake up at 5:30 every morning and not go to bed till 10:30 (sounds early but im exhausted by the end of the day) everyday so i can make the most out of every minute. 

The work is a little slow right now but have alot of potential to work with. Im excited to help these spanish speaking people take the steps they need to to come closer to their Savior. 

Love you all have a great week!

Elder Romney with new comp Elder Dowda

The Spanish missionaries of the mission!