Monday, September 26, 2011

Hello again,

Today we did a hike as a zone which was really fun. We hiked up a place called Mormon rocks. :) They were named that when the Mormons came through to settle this area! it's good to get out of the tie now and again! We mountain biked down to where the hike started, and low and behold my bike now has a flat.(which i will be spending my precious p-day time fixing) :(  This last week went well! we picked up five new investigators, which is apparently good for around here. We have our week pretty scheduled up. I am excited to see conference as a missionary! In commemoration of it i will be preparing some panang curry for a member on Saturday :) and my comp will be making some German dish. :)  Tomorrow is more 'Greeny' training with the president which takes away from our time to work, but I'll get some good things out of it. My companion really likes to memorize poems and share them in dinner thoughts etc. I just might have a few down in the coming months. To my friends and fam: I love you guys, to my fellow missionaries: Ha-rah For Israel! and to everyone else: the church is true :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today i got to go through the Redlands Temple! (So beautiful). It was an experience i won't forget, and it was a spiritual boost for this next week. Afterwards i was able to go to the one of the only Cafe Rios in California! My soul is now rejuvenated with all of it's needs. :) Because today was our temple trip we are having p-day today instead of Monday.  I like having Monday off better. :) We are making steps upward in the work.  Our lessons per week are increasing and we are getting more new investigators.  This Sunday we will be setting a baptismal date with a young woman named Kat. We have been doing the lessons with her and she is very receptive. :) There are others who are not as receptive but we are working on 'em! I would just like to publicly announce that when i get home my mom (who is a biking fanatic) is going down in the bike race we are having when i get home. :) My companion Elder McKay shared a quote with me that I really like: Six days the devil works works. Works overtime on Sunday. Then he's ready once again to go to work on Monday. So if all evil you would shun and keep your conscience level. You must begin at early dawn and work just like the devil. :) and that is exactly what we do.  We are putting more time in working with members because last year in this mission 75% of our baptisms last year came from member referrals. Anyway! No crazy storys yet, though our roommates did get attacked by a hobo who apparently hangs out with Jesus. :) I've got a pork burrito in my stomach, I've got the spirit on my side, and I've got work to do... So Bye!

With lotsa love,

Elder Roos (I've heard many ridiculous pronunciations of my name in the last few weeks :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Things in Hesperia are great! The ward seems to really like us there is a lot of competition to sign up to feed us dinner :). I am being well fed. The work is going well here. In fact this Saturday we have a baptism!!! Three kids are getting baptised (Brandon, Kaitlyn, and Skyler).. (a boy and two girls).  I am excited. :). I came in after they have had quite a few missionary lessons but it has been fun teaching them the commandments and seeing there willingness to accept them. They are in the foster program and they were put in a great lds family.  We are also going to try and set baptismal dates with three others this week. :) I feel like i am finally getting the hang of this missionary thing, but i have a lot of learning to do. Luckily, my companion Elder McKay is an excellent teacher and i am learning so much from him.  I am doing my best to be obedient.  It is surprising that i can do that and still have a lot of fun. :) Missionary work can be a drudgery for some people, but when you take it head on with the right attitude you can have a good time (despite sore legs and a lack of sleep :).  It is surprising how fast things go when you are constantly doing something.  I don't have enough time to write everyone i want to, even on p-day :(. If you find it within your heart to say hi, I will do my best to get back to you :) I know this church is true, I feel it whenever i teach someone, and I am so grateful for the continuous atonement of Jesus Christ in my life.  I am so lucky to spread his message.  Hesperia hasn't been brought up to heaven yet but I'm workin' on it. :)

With much love,

Elder Garrett Roos   

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Elder Roos has arrived ...

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Well it has been a memorable three weeks, but i am ready to get going! I leave tomorrow! (Tuesday).  I fly into the Ontario airport tomorrow morning and I'll have all day to get to work. :) I'm excited to meet the mission president and my trainer comp. Yesterday we had a departure devotional and it is finally setting in that my real mission is beginning and it is goodbye to the smell of starch in the wind and fattening cafeteria food. Though one night i taught a good lesson with a practice investigator and they just happened to have pad Thai that night :) ... God works in mysterious ways. :) Anyway today i will be packing and doing laundry and making sure my bags aren't too heavy for departure.  My scriptures are marked and tabbed ready to go (though i have a lot of studying still to do).  I am going from a district leader to a greeny. :).  This has already been such an adventure and I can't wait to see what insanity awaits me.  It's weird having to ask the branch president about news because there is no way to access any outside world info :) So apparently there is a hurricane and there was an earthquake?? But it's a good thing (not having access to news etc.). I can stay focused at the task at hand i.e. inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, babtism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost and enduring to the end. :) I love you and miss you Mommy, Daddy, Aaron and Cam.  I also miss me good friends like.. Dallon, Coy, David, Shelbi, Arianna, zelda, Jadon and.. yea am I forgetting anyone....... oh yea! Janae of course! :) K i gots ta go.. In summary I'm doing well.. I love this Gospel and my faith is like many seeds that have been planted and are continually growing :)
K loves ya all