Thursday, June 24, 2010

Elder Strigham in the Field

Elder Stringham in the MTC

Elder Ward

JJ Ward flying high for Hong Kong

JJ Ward in Hong Kong (finally) with President and Sister Chen

JJ reports that Hong Kong is really hot and humid; he is getting used to being wet and sticky. Air conditioning is one of the best inventions in the universe!

"Got to do international work last Wednesday. There are tons of Phillipino/Indonesian domestics in HK, who get one day off a week. Most go to this one area to send money home on their days off. Anyway, Sacrament Meetings are held everyday but Mondays and the missionaries have pretty good success working in this area. I spoke English almost the whole day and helped teach a ton. It was crazy! Love this work!"
June 2010, Hong Kong

Olympus Elders Loose in The World

JJ Ward, Alex Rasmussen, Spencer Knight, Kevin Olson, Spencer Stansfield, Stewart Johnson taken in the MTC March-April 2010

Kevin Curtis, Spencer Stansfield and JJ Ward

JJ Ward and Steve Stringham

On Learning Two Languanges

Elder Luke Smith

June 4th 2010
My French is still really bad, and I had to look up like half the things I wanted to say, but still it’s amazing to think that 4 weeks ago all I knew how to say was Hello, and now I can carry on a conversation to an extent. We're starting on Tahitian in a week and a half, that's why I'm trying to speak as much French as possible so I can get more comfortable with it.

June 11th 2010
We started Tahitian last Saturday and its super hard to learn cause its not Latin based and all the words look the same and the sentence structure is different, but this time its not as bad cause I know I can learn it. When I started learning French I felt like there was no way I could learn it but now I look back to only 5 or 6 weeks ago and, I think that I can communicate and understand and teach perfectly fine in French, so I know I will be able to learn Tahitian as well. The days are starting to cruise by a lot faster, which is nice for me because the first 2 or 3 weeks seemed like an eternity. I'll be in Tahiti wondering what language the people are speaking before I know it. I can’t wait. I get along really well with my companions and district so that’s really good. And on Wednesday our zone gets 28 new missionaries including Bobby Cannon as you know.

June 18th 2010
We taught our first lesson in Tahitian. It didn't go great but for only learning Tahitian for a week and a half it was really good.

The Prophet visits the MTC

June 18th 2010
Next week … all the Apostles and the Prophet are going to be here. So our Tuesday night devotional will for sure have an Apostle maybe even the Prophet. Then on Friday we don’t have class because we have another big meeting with all the Apostles and the Prophet. I don’t know who will be speaking but I'm so excited for that.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Zunu and Gamji are in the same mission!

Nick's mission is being dissolved and he'll join Elder Estrada in the Barcelona mission. Check out his blog

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Imagine the surprise when four wonderful friends showed up at the Ryser's front door. Hooray for memories!