Monday, December 11, 2017

It's the final countdown

Another week is gone. Now I am in my final transfer. Its crazy how fast things have gone.

So this week is tranfers. And I Am getting transferred again! I'm going to Sioux City Iowa! I'm super duper excited. I know the missionary that will be my companion and we will have a Great time. At the beginning of my mission, my dream was to serve in Sioux city. And I didn't think I would get the chance... but I made It! The promised land.

I'm sad I'm leaving Omaha, I've been here for a good 10 months now... but i'm excited to experience something new. It's still a large city, so i'm sure there will be plenty of things to do. It will be quite opposite of my area now though... we have only rich people and big houses here. Sioux City is not even close to that.

I have started this thing called My Plan... Which is like the MTC for returning home. It's super weird because it just talks about things that I haven't thought about in years haha. Next week it will talk about dating and temple marriage. Interesting topics.

I honestly have no idea what to write anymore. It seems like I do the same thing every week, and its really not that interesting. The next couple weeks will be good because we have a lot going on, but as for now that's pretty much all I got.

Love you all!
Elder Carter

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Already?!

Hi :)

I hope you are as confused as i am about how its already December. I feel like it was just January at the start of the year.

As you (hopefully) know, The church is doing the Light the World Campaign again this year. Service!!! 25 ways in 25 days. Its a good time. Definitely find was to serve those around you!

We went to the Gingerbread Festival this last wednesday! Man i did not know that people could build such constructions out of gingerbread. Someone legit build the pyramids out of gingerbread and chocolate bars. There is a good 100 different houses down there as well. People are much better artists than i am.

The temple trip last week was incredible as well. I have noticeably felt a difference in my own spiritual power just from that one trip. 
It was super packed though. There was a good 40 missionaries in the session.

Last week we had another MLC meeting. It was so good. President Gardner talked with us about Real Intent. I think that so often its super easy to get into a rut/ go through the motions, when it comes to the gospel. Having Real Intent can solve all of the problems, and it really is not a hard thing. It is consciously making the choice to do something and to mean it. But it makes all the difference. 

This week is actually our like one normal week for the rest of my mission.... Next transfer is going to be crazy. Christmas Zone Conference, Christmas, new years, just so much stuff going on. It'll be fun i'm sure.

Love you all!
Elder Carter

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Merry Thanksgiving!

I totally forgot to mention that this week we have a temple so our P-day is Tuesday.   Hope you didn't stay up waiting for my email!

Our Thanksgiving was so good. We had planned on going to a members house for thanksgiving, and then on  Wednesday night, we got a text from another member in the ward that said they had signed up for dinner on Thanksgiving as well. so we had 2 thanksgiving dinners.  We ate way too much food... I'm still full. And after the 2nd dinner, the little kids wanted to play a fun game where they chase me around and hit me with sticks... There was almost turkey all over the house.

I'm starting to get used to 7 hours of church every week. Maybe that's a good sign maybe not. Sept I don't like when the class teacher doesn't show up so we have to teach the class. Happened in Both Wards yesterday. At least give us some heads up so we can prepare! but I think it went fine.

(I really don't think anybody reads these things so i'm putting this in here for future me to laugh at: What is red and smells like blue paint? red paint)

Yesterday we had to drive around and do apartment inspections. So that was quite boring.

We had exchanges last week on Wednesday with Elders in our zone, and it was sweet. Their bishop was having a "pie night" activity at his house... and there was probably like 100 people there. It was crazy! There was so many desserts.

This week we have the Temple trip (today) and then MLC on Friday. Then sunday is the Christmas Devotional! This week is going to be super fun.


Elder Carter

Monday, November 20, 2017

P-Day B-Day

🐧 21. Hurray. I don't know how i made it this far... but here i am.

Zone Training this week went super well. I gave a training on the Doctrine of Christ (article of faith 4) and i was worried that i didn't have enough material. but when i started going i realized i had WAY too much. I could have gone for probably an hour and 15 minutes and had to cut it down to 30. I hope everyone enjoyed the training as much as i enjoyed preparing and teaching it haha.

Interviews were good as well. Pretty standard i guess.

We went on exchanges with the Assistants this last week. One of them is my old companion, Elder Brinkerhoff. We had a good time, and were able to do a lot.

So there is this family in our ward, the Roundy's, that has a cat that HATES me. I don't even know why. I was sitting on the couch just minding my own business and the cat snuck up behind the couch, and jumped up and HEADBUTTED ME. What the heck? then a little later, i was just sitting there again and it jumped up and slapped me in the head with its paw!

I think i may have mentioned but idk, they do a Gingerbread Festival here at the Trail Center every year. People make gingerbread houses for display. ANyways our ward asked us to make one for it so we did. We helped make a log cabin house out of pretzels and stuff. We made the outhouse too. It looked dang good by the time we finished. Hopefully my mom got the picture of it from the members.

Last night there was a Face to Face with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard that all the missionaries were invited to. It was just a question and answer session. It was awesome! There was some good questions that Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard were able to answer. Also Elder Oaks just FLAMED people to. He was super funny. Ballard talked a lot about not using technology so much in our lives.

Well i love all of you!
Elder Carter

Monday, November 13, 2017

Two Ward Challenge

Hello family!

This week has been pretty crazy! 

One of the recent converts in my ward got married on Saturday! We helped them get everything set up for the wedding. I guess you can say i am a professional wedding decorator now. I could see purple ribbons in my sleep after that. But man it looked amazing. Never would have thought it was a church gym after what we did to the place.

One of the Areas in our Zone (pacific ridges) got missionaries taken out of it... so now Elder Jessop and I are in charge of their ward too. On Saturday a recent convert from another ward moved into the Pacific Ridges ward, so we went scrambling around to try and get people to introduce themselves to her and also get things set up for church on Sunday. Its been a wild ride. Also 6 hours of church in a row is a long time... but its all good.

Zone Conference this last week was so good. Elder Natress of the 70 came to do a mission tour, and he gave us some great tips as far as missionary work goes. Also we were lucky to be able to have a short MLC with him before Zone Conference. He was super inspiring.

This upcoming week we have Zone Training. So Elder Jessop and I and the Sister Training Leaders will be training our whole zone. We have a pretty good plan for what we would like to do, and i hope that it will go well. I have had only about a long time to prepare... haha.
Also before Zone Training, we have interviews. We haven't planned everything out for that yet but im sure we will get a call from President later this week to discuss the plans.

We will also be going on exchanges with the Assistants this week so that will be fun!

And Amanda's baptism is scheduled for Friday!!! so thats super exciting. We might have to postpone it because she wants someone to baptize her that lives out of town... we will see though.

Well I love all of you!

Elder Carter

Monday, November 6, 2017

Transfers were last week


Transfers were last week. My new companion is Elder Jessop! He's from Anchorage Alaska. And surprisingly it is colder here than it is in Anchorage. Literally everyone we talk to asks him about the coldness. Its funny.

So a few weeks ago, i mentioned a lady named Amanda. We have been meeting with her and teaching her for these last few months. She has had some hesitation about being baptized because she wants her husband to get more involved, and she doesn't like setting dates for things. But this last week we went over to her house and taught her a lesson, then i asked what she has been thinking about baptism. She said that she just felt like she was prompted to get baptized. She felt like she was waiting for things that weren't a big deal and that it was time for her to be baptized. She she set a date of November 17th for her baptism. We are so excited for her.

Yesterday we also met a missionary that had previously returned home that served in this area. He told us about an investigator that he used to teach when he was here and set up an appointment for us to go with him and the investigator to the trail center. We got there and talked with her for a little bit and she has been missing the church. She said that she really wants to keep learning more and also get baptized. So thats super awesome! Her name is Megan.

This week we have MLC on Wednesday and Zone Conference also on Wednesday. It's going to be a full week. We have Elder Natress, an area 70, coming to zone conference and mlc to do a mission tour. I have met him once before so maybe he will remember me... probably not. haha

We also might be going to the temple with one of our recent converts.
And another one of our recent converts is going to get married on saturday. Idk if we are invited to the wedding but we will see i guess!

Other than that, i'm excited for this transfer. Elder Jessop and I have a lot of good things going.
Love you all!
Elder Carter

Monday, October 30, 2017



Transfers are around the corner! I'm not getting transferred but my companion is! My companion is going to Marshal Minnesota! way up north. Just in time for the winter. 

My new companions name is Elder Jessop. I don't know him at all. Hopefully it will be good!

On Saturday, my ward had a Trunk or Treat! one of the members in our ward let us borrow some banana suits. It was quite awesome if you ask me. And last christmas, dad sent me a horse head mask. SO I combined the two costumes. i was a horse banana. It was interesting to say the least. I couldn't see anything because people kept shoving candy into the horse mouth. Good times.

I'm excited for a new transfer! This week we are doing a district leader training on Thursday morning. Not quite sure what we will train about yet but ill get it figured out.

Next week another General Authority is coming to our mission too. He is going to have a special MLC on wednesday morning so that should be fun.

Also in November, the Trail Center does this thing called Gingerbread. Literally hundreds of people build gingerbread houses and display them in the Trail Center. Every ward even has a "gingerbread-specialist" calling. Somehow we got roped into building a gingerbread house or something, so we will see how that goes.

Well i love you all!

Elder Carter