August 17, 2015

more beautiful Colorado sky

so im here. a town known as Fountain, Colorado. its seems like a pretty cool place. my address is 107 E Ohio Ave Apt 3

fountain, CO 80817

im excited to be here, but the altiude is killing me. saturday we played basketball in the morning and granted i think i had woken up with a fever, i played too hard none the less. i threw up when i got home. elder h. (my companion) said im the loudest puker ever. haha nathan can probably attest to that. but anyway, i was super exhausted because of that, and i got a super bad headache that still hasnt gone away. sunday i had crazy body chills at times and bad body aches. basically its what i played with in the ncs champs game. haha and san luis obispo tournament. its been rough. im feeling better today, but the head, shoulders, and neck are pretty achy. pretty grateful for the oscilliocinum or however you spell that, but i used it all up now. haha atleast i think. i only saw the one pack of 3 in there. and ive been putting thieves on my feet. and i think that helped. last night i had a 102.1 fever. and i thought i was feeling a little better at that point.

thats pretty funny that dad and jeff blessed the sacrament. i blessed it here yesterday cause their priests came late. haha what a welcoming.

oh so my companion. elder h. hes from west haven utah, just outside of ogden. hes a major car guy so thats sweet. he has his baby back home thats a 1972 mustang. hes been restoring it was his dad for a long while now. 302 engine and 3 speed manual, on the floor. hadnt heard of that before. hes a super cool guy and we get along well. im his first trainee so im his “first boy” and he was telling me about my granpda (his trainer) haha so i guess if i train, thatll be my boy, and hunter will be his grandpa. funny stuff.

that brings me to the mission president. president rehm (reem). super cool, totally loving.. doesnt seem very strict at all… i expected him to be different. the mission goal is just one new investigator a week. thats nothing.

thanks for the ninja warrior update, thats so crazy that a dude can do the salmon ladder with a single hand. that is insane. goals right there. i totally want to get a salmon ladder after my mission. thatd be awesome. ive actually lost weight so far believe it or not. im down to about 190 even i think. before i got sick, waking up at 6:30 was easy peasy – in the mtc my room and i decided to get up at 6 to get to the showers before everyone. and being in bed at 10:30, thats nice. sometimes its been earlier due to quick planning session, and me being sick. haha

i feel like you guys learned more about the de leons in that one visit than ive known about them from the 6 years i home taught them. but they are awesome. i miss them. send them my love. oh that reminds me. so at the mtc we do whats called TRC its a program where we get an investigator of our own, and sometimes theyre members, sometimes they arent. we dont know whether or not they are is the idea. oh yeah so the reason i brought this up is because they also do trc member lessons, which is basically home teaching. hanson and i only got to do it once but we had the sweetest old lady, sister g., all three of us shed tears at one point or another. she had an amazing story and was so awesome to talk to. but anyway as we were learning what this was supposed to be like they talked about our missionary purpose. the first line is “invite others to come unto christ” and the point was that “others” includes EVERYONE including members. including the prophet even. and theres always something we can do to help others grow closer to Christ. the way we do so as missionaries is by inviting them to make commitments, for investigators well ask them to be baptized or to follow some commandment. but with members we need to look at it the same way. we need to look and say how can we help them grow closer to Christ, then commit them to it.

i thought that was a cool perspective to have on home teaching and id like to apply that after my mission still. lets hope i actually do.. ahha

thats so cool that nana and grandpa got to hear my talk. go shelley. haha thats kinda funny though i think.

thats too bad i missed you at the airport. i wondered if that would happen though. but good thing dad picked up. i didnt call kara but i was going to if dad didnt answer. my buddy and i learned the hard way to use a calling card.. haha but its okay cause we wouldnt have had time to use it all anyway we were just super confused at first.

i miss my district from the mtc actually. we got so close and i cant believe half of them are in washington.

oh so the g. [family] were one of the first families we went to on my first day and she mentioned being from layton i think. and i was like hold up you know any hymas or starks? and she was like annette anderson? and i was like holy cow thats my aunt. haha. that was so cool honestly. i couldnt believe it.

oh so our current investigators are w., a, and one more i havent met. i dont think were gonna be able to carry on with him according to h [companion].

he  hasnt made progress for months. rough situation. then a. was dating a  guy in the ward but they broke up – teenagers… and now the family doesnt want anything to do with her but like the day after they broke up she had apparently texted us (before i was actaully here) saying she wanted to be baptized. so were not sure if its out of spite or what but she came to church Sunday. hopefully shes finding it for herself.

yes we had way more food than we could handle lol. that was a good problem to have though. i left most of my stuff with elders going to washington in my room because they left the day after us. traveling was interesting. bus to train to train to tiny plane. haha we had to get so much luggage off of the train as fast as we could i swear we set a world record.

oh so we went and got food the day after i got here. i was a little overwhelmed and was like i dont know what to get. and worried about money. so mom youll have to forgive me. i bought sandwich meat – turkey – with nitrites. im doomed. hahahahah

ill send some pictures in another email. i dont have many though.. haha but it is super pretty here… i hear further up north is pretty affluent, so when dad buys all of us kids a ford raptor thatll be the sign that he can move to parker. the membership is apparently super strong there too.

oh so i have my bike. its awesome… looking atleast. i havent ridden it because i dont know where my helmet went. i grabbed my luggage and my companion grabbed my bike and in the excitement of things i didnt even think about the fact that i didnt have a helmet with it. the lady in the mission office said she saw it at one point but didnt know where it was lol.

so we have the one of the newest cars in the mission. a 2015 subaru legacy. awd. only a 4-cyl not too much pickup but not terrible. my comp let me drive it once, but hes suppose to be driving. hopefully ill start to pick up on the whereabouts of stuff. im pretty lost. it was hard when i realized the mountains are on the west now.. haha

but i love you guys so much. hope things are well. have fun with the empty nesters.

Elder Stark

ps they all call me tony now…

a little table at the MTC that worked nicely as a drum
a little table at the MTC that worked nicely as a drum

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plane to train to tiny plane
plane to train to tiny plane
couple of MTC buddies
couple of MTC buddies
beautiful Colorado skies
beautiful Colorado skies

more beautiful Colorado sky

beautiful Colorado skies
beautiful Colorado skies
couple of MTC buddies
couple of MTC buddies
plane to train to tiny plane
plane to train to tiny plane

DSCF2072

a little table at the MTC that worked nicely as a drum
a little table at the MTC that worked nicely as a drum
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