Wednesday, September 26, 2012

West Point Week 9

Hey Guys,
That sounds like quite the story Mom! I will have to tell the other guys that my mom has a new job as a firefighter. haha It will be weird to have you not be working at Megaplex anymore! You aren't going to know what to do when you can actually stay home all day on Halloween, or Thanksgiving, not to mention Christmas!! It sounds like you are really liking your new job! That is great, I am so happy for you! So my trip to West Point was awesome!!! The history behind that place is incredible! It was way cool to see all of these huge old buildings that almost look like the castle from Harry Potter. It has an amazing view across the Hudson. I didn't know that at one point it was actually a fort for the Military. During the Revolutionary War they had a giant chain built and strung clear across the Hudson to keep ships out. So now for the bad news.... My camera was dead when we got there so I only got one picture and it isn't even that good. I'm sure I will have a chance to go back and I will make sure to take a good battery and actually get some pictures for ya.
Mikey I am glad that you are feeling better! How is school and running going? Have you had time to do anything else fun this week?
Spencer, I hope you are having an alright day with your brand new braces on. Do they feel pretty wierd?
Staci and Rob that is great to hear about the new job and all the fun things you are doing. That is too bad to hear about the lockout with the NHL tho.
Bryce and Crystal I hope you keep having fun getting ready for the baby as well as Halloween. Crystal I hope Bryce hasn't gone too overboard on the Halloween decorations this year.
So this week Elder Nevarez and I decided we were sick of the mission and decided to leave it. haha Not really but we did leave the mission. There is a family that lives in a small town called Tivoli up in the very top NorthWest corner of Dutchess County. They should be in the Poughkeepsie 2nd ward but they attend our ward. It is about a 45 minute drive there and the road to get there goes through Columbia County which is in the Utica Mission. So we left our mission for about 5 minutes. :P They are such a great family though it was fun to see them. So transfers are every 6 weeks. So we had transfers meeting this morning (it is crazy to think I have already been here 6 weeks). I am staying here with Elder Nevarez for his last cycle before he goes home. One of my roommates Elder Head got transferred down to Harlem so I will have a new roommate as of this evening. I got to try fresh clams this week. They were really good. This Columbian lady made us some pasta that had 6 fresh clams sitting on top. New York pizza is way better than nasty Utah pizza as well. So I'm pretty sure I got into some poison Ivy this week. (thankfully I don't think I am allergic to it.) The other guys in the apartment have all had it before and I have the same nasty zit-looking welts they got but mine just don't each. Things have been going really well! Thanks for the package! I was really hungering animal crackers! haha Anyways I gotta run but have a great week! Love you guys!
Elder Fuller

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jello Cheesecake 8th Week

Hey guys,
Thanks so much for the package, I will probably get it this friday night. Also when you send the other package with my jacket will you send out a long sleeve under armor shirt and pants. They should be under my bed in a shoe box (I think it is an orange Nike box).
Mom that is so funny that everyone will be quitting Megaplex at the same time. They aren't going to know what to do without all of you. It sounds like all of the medical things are going pretty much the same as always. Hopefully after Dad's surgery everything will finally be all fixed and you guys can go for a few months without anything major. It sounds like you are really enjoying the new job, hopefully you will get some more hours real soon.
That is great that you got all of your budget stuff done Dad. Did you get it done earlier this year it seems like it normally takes a lot longer than that doesn't it? I'm keeping you in my prayers and hope all goes well with the surgery. It sounds like you get to have some fun just sitting around relaxing for a few days.
Mikey it sounds like you have been having way too much fun playing. I think you need to focus a little more on school. haha I never heard are you still running for the high school? and $190 what are you going to do with $190 dollars?!?!?!?! That is way too much money for you to have. You might just have to buy me something cool with all that money!! :P
Spencer, make sure you do everything you can to get your braces off as soon as possible. I found thinking about your teeth moving really helps and makes it go a lot faster. That or I just have some magical powers to make mine move faster.
As for the rest of you I don't really know what is going on in your lives. So hopefully everything is going well! haha
What did you mean they are cancelling meetings for the temple dedication. Like are they cancelling sacrament meeting? Is it just for certain stakes too? You will have to let me know how it goes.
Things here have been going really well. We were under something called a "tornado watch" the last two days. It was kind of crazy! It was raining really hard and was super windy. The work didn't stop though we were out tracting ALL day yesterday in it. It was pretty fun. We were soaked to the bone by the end of the day. We got to go to the equivalent of our 'spaghetti dinner' fundraiser. It was for the young women. They had a potato bar and a silent auction for baked goods. Elder Nevarez and I found a Jello Cheesecake mix in our apartment and made that to auction off. It actually went for $40 which was one of the higher bids on everything. Everyone in the ward felt bad for us because we are just poor missionaries. We had one couple give us $25 to buy something with and one of the members of the stake presidency said he would pay for whatever we wanted. We thought he was just kidding. We ended up buying 2 cakes. One was that orange cake that I told you about a while ago, it was sooo good!! We paid $30 for it and then bought another cake for $10 because nobody was bidding on it and one of the young men in the ward had put down 25 cents on it. We had talked with the girl who made it before the auction and she is barely becoming active again and we didn't want her to feel bad about not selling her cake. So after the guy in the stake presidency bought our stuff we gave him the $25 we had recieved and then had ANOTHER guy offer to buy all of our stuff because "we really didn't need to help out". This ward here takes way too good of care of us. I love it! I love all of you and hope everything goes well in the next week. Stay safe and Have fun!
Love you all,
Elder Fuller

Friday, September 14, 2012

West Point 7th Week

Hey Guys,
That is great that Mikey is getting so involved with things at school! That is the best thing to do. I wish I would have done even more than I had. Is he going to play with ultimate team? Is it an actual team now or is it still just a club? That is funny that he and that kid were the fastest ones. I wonder where he gets his speed? haha So is he not running for the high school?
Spencer, have fun with the braces man. They suck but they are worth it in the end. Hopefully they won't put you through too much pain. Well that's awesome that you have been looking for other jobs. Are you still working at UDK and if you get one of those other jobs will you stay at UDK as well? That's funny that it will be that cheap to fix the car and don't know why we couldn't have done it before.
Welcome home Grandpa and Grandma Fuller. I hope you had fun getting to see everybody. It sounds like you are having quite the busy week. I pray that you can get everything done you need to with as little pain as possible. haha
I am sorry you have been having the migraines Mom. That doesn't sound fun at all. Have you talked with Dr. Gorang about it yet? Hopefully they will go away real soon. How is the new job going still? That sounds like a good plan to get out of Megaplex before all of that craziness.
I'm sorry that you still aren't feeling good Dad. Hopefully they can figure out what is wrong with your gall bladder. (and hopefully it won't be something too bad or expensive) We do get the Ensigns but they come about 2 weeks later than everywhere else and I don't find much time to read other things. I will eventually get the one from conference and it will be good to read hopefully I can find some time to actually look at it.
Grandpa and Grandma Jackson how are you two doing? Are you staying healthy? Have you gone anywhere or done anything fun lately?
I have been enjoying things here so much. On Saturday we attended that baptism. It was such a good service and the two girls were so cute. They sang When I am Baptized which was fun to hear. Most of their family isn't LDS so it was a good opportunity for Elder Nevarez and Elder Head and Elder Hill (our roommates (also spanish speaking Elders)) to sit and talk with the girls family. I couldn't speak with any of them because unfortunately I don't speak any Spanish.
On Sunday, we were out doing some tracting after Church. We were walking around and were about 20 minutes away from our car. Unlike in Utah where you see a storm coming in all day and you have plenty of time before you are caught in the storm, here it is 90 degrees and sunny with not a single cloud in the sky and 15 minutes later there is no sun and massive gray clouds overhead. Needless to say we didn't have umbrellas or anything and we had to stand under some trees getting soaked for half an hour. It was pouring buckets of water. I have never ever seen it rain so hard before in my life. It was CRAZY!!
We have been teaching quite a few people lately and have been staying really busy! Elder Nevarez keeps telling me that this is the most people he has ever taught before while on his mission and he goes home in November. So it is really fun to be having this experience at the very first of my mission. I always assumed missionary work is just tracting but it is so much more and a whole lot more fun!
Mom, I could really use my other watch. It is in the window sill in my room. The one I have keeps falling apart. I am pretty sure I left my nice black jacket at home and I will need that eventually. You can wait to send that for another month though. Other than those two things I am pretty well set with everything else.
I love all of you and hope that things keep going better for all of you. I actually get to go visit West Point today with a Senior Missionary Couple who are assigned to serve there. I can't wait it sounds way awesome. I'll be sure to take some pictures for Dad and Spencer. haha Stay safe and keep working hard. Talk to ya next week.
Love ya,
Elder Fuller

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

6th week cooking up a storm

Hey Family,
It was great to hear from everyone. It sounds like you are all doing really good! I hope everything continues going so well. Hopefully everything will calm down at work for a little bit Dad. Thats good to hear you guys got a chance to visit Grandpa and Grandma before school started back up. Is there anything wrong with Grandma or is she just tired? It sounds like Staci and Rob are having fun buying all sorts of new things! :P How are Bryce and Crystal and the baby doing? Mikey I'm glad to hear that school has been fun for you so far. What is scripture football? I don't think I have ever heard of that.
You would be proud Mom, I haven't been eating all junk food while I'm here. We usually have oatmeal or scrambled eggs for breakfast. We do different things for lunch all the time but usually just something around the house. I made stir fry for the four of us the other day, I made macaroni salad, the chicken-bakes with the crescent rolls, and we do left-overs a bunch from the stuff people give us after having us over for dinner. The other night we had dinner at the Oliva's (Ally (the recent convert) and her mom and brother) we had these way good pineapple chicken burritos and then Ally always bakes us a bunch of dessert so she made us these cookies with butterscotch chips and crushed ruffles potato chips. It sounds really weird but they are SUPER good! We are going to a baptism this Saturday for these two 8 year old twins. We have been having family home evening with them every week because the dad split on them about a year ago. The girls are always sad because they don't have a complete family. So we have got pretty close with them and get to see them be baptized this weekend.
We went tracting the other day and met this guy named Elvin who is a born again Christian. We had been prompted to tract this street and his was the first house we went to the whole time we talked with him he was just kind of arguing with us. We set up to go back yesterday to talk with him because he still had some more questions for us. For about two weeks Elder Nevarez and I have been praying to find a family to teach. We went to teach Elvin again and he wasn't home so we went to the apartment on the top floor of the split-level house that he lives in and met this guy named Alex. He and his wife are from Honduras. He was super nice and really receptive to the things we had to say. We think he and his family might finally be the family we have been praying about finding. It is so cool to see all of our prayers being answered over time.
Tell the guys in your mission prep class Dad to really study the scriptures. Everyone always told me it would be important and I thought I knew them well enough. I didn't know anything about them!!!! I definitely wish I would have studied more. Obedience is also the key to everything out here. Last week it had been raining pretty hard all day. My other roommates were on their way home from a lesson when they got a call from a guy in need of a blessing. They only had 30 minutes before curfew and if they did it they would be about 30 minutes past curfew. They called the President and asked if they could go and he said yes. On their way home from giving this man a blessing they were driving down a pretty narrow windy road. A big truck came over a little hill and blinded them with his lights. They didn't see that the road kind of turned there and they ended up sliding off the road. The car spun around a few times and ended up going straight between a power pole and a big pine tree and getting lodged between them. The car was totaled but they were alright other than some sore muscles. I know it was because of their obedience to the rules that they were protected. Had the car been about a foot or two in either direction they would both probably be dead.
I miss all of you and keep you in my prayers. I hope everything continues going well for everybody. Talk to ya next week. Keep doing the things you know are right.
Love you all,
Elder Fuller