Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Getting Things Rolling...

Dear family,
             I am very excited to talk to all of you and hope that all is well.  As for Mom and Grandma and all other mothers/wives, happy early mother's day and happy early birthday to Mom and Grandma.  Cards will be in the mail so be looking for them.  When we all talk I will know if I am getting transfered or not so I will let you know then.  I think I probably will but I definitely wouldn't mind staying here some more if the Lord wants me here.

             I got to go to the temple today and that is why I am emailing today instead of yesterday.  The temple was AWESOME and I was so glad we got to go.  I do miss it a lot but because we can't go very often it does make it mean way more when we do get to go.  A member and his wife took us and he said it was his first session he had done in english and he said he didn't even know some of the words.  It was way good and I hope that you are all striving to make it to the temple monthly.  I know that there are so many blessings to be had in temple attendance, personally and in the family.

            Which speaking of the temple tell Shannon that I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for her to get married to Frank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am very sad to miss it but I am so happy for them.  That is fantastic.  Please let her know that I love her and I am super happy for her and Frank.

            The work here is going alright and we saw Alejandra who smokes again last night and we reset a baptismal date with her.  She kind of fell of the map for 3 weeks and now we recommitted her to read, pray, come to church, and to be baptized on the 26th.  She really likes us and knows that the church is true so we gave her some tough love and said "we know you need to do this and more importantly you know you need to, so let's get it done".  I am excited for her and we are going to be working hard with her and we are praying that her rude x-husband doesn't get in the way again.  As for Javier and Sandra, they didn't come to church cause he is still working and she wasn't able to come.  So we are moving there date back and we are going to tell them that they need to come to church in order to be baptized and that they can't miss a Sunday.  They really want to be baptized so we are just going to lay it out and they will make it happen.

           I have felt like I have been in a lull the past couple weeks but we are really turning things around and I love being with Elder Hafen.  He is awesome and even though he is young in the mission he still corrects me and keeps me grounded.  He just gets it.  I need to be more humble and loving towards him because I need the correction that he gives me but my pride always tells me I don't.  Pride is the worst!   But we are getting things rolling and we are excited!

           I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well and that everyone is busy.  I keep you in my prayers and miss you but I love being here so much and know with out a doubt there is no where else I would rather be.  I love my mission and can't even think about leaving it.  I know there is a lot going on at home as far as the end of mission is concerned but I will only do what the Lord tells me is best.  If it is extend then I will and if it is to go then I will.  I teach way too many people about sacrifice brings blessings to not sacrifice a little more time of mine if it is what the Lord wants so we will leave it to Him and I will follow Him.  I love you all so much!  Keep being missionaries every single day!  Don't live with the regret of not acting.
-Love your son/brother/grandson/nephew/cousin/uncle/friend Elder Neeley

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