Monday, February 25, 2013

Stake Conf, Techs, Investigators and More


It's great to talk again, on this beautiful and rare non-holiday Monday. I have some things to say, mostly hilarious, some less so, I'll leave it to you to judge which are which.

First off; Anyone remember our Investigator I talked about a while ago? She was married in the Hmong culture, but not legally, but culturally, and she was very, very interested in learning about the book of Mormon? We lost contact with her for a while, then reconnected and have been teaching her since. Right?


We've been teaching her younger sister who looks just like her. oops. Elder Darcey, who is a great martial artist, reader, and expounder of random trivia, CAN'T tell faces apart. They look pretty similar, but not enough that any competent person shouldn't be able to tell them apart.

On the upside, it means we just got another investigator... I guess. On the Downside, we haven't had any contact with our original investigator for almost 6 months. We'll fix that.

Next on the benefit discussion list is Stake Conference. We as missionaries got to go, and it was wonderful. Want to know the best part? Check out the Photo.  We are the controllers.  We came early to check out the camera and broadcasting equipment, and next thing you know, WE'RE in charge of "The" cameras for the ENTIRE Conference. It was Crazy! Entrusting the Broadcast to Nome, Bethel, and Kotzebue to 2 missionaries! It was crazy! Again, it was Crazy!  The Lord trusts us!

It was also Crazy fun. We had a great time learning all the things to do. (Their setup was similar to what we do for trainings, but much more intricate. For example, they control each camera with a joystick (4 of them), can do captions, picture in pictures, and many other things that we cannot. It was great to learn about each thing. In the End, I invite you to watch a session of General Conference, paying attention to the Camera work. That's what our Broadcast looked like.

Except, you know, a lot less professional and a lot more mistakes.

But anyway, This week has been great.

My birthday is coming up. I feel I should remind you that I'll be coming home shortly after my birthday. I would ask, therefore, that no one sends up any large, bulky, heavy, or in any way cumbersome presents for my birthday. I was at my Weight limit a year ago, and I've only gotten more weighty (ha ha) since then.


I'm about out of time, but I have a great spiritual thought from Conference. One of the testators asked a great question. When God separated the light from the Dark, he "saw" that it was good. Didn't he know already? If He did it, wouldn't it automatically be good?

Answer: God Already KNOWS what is Good. He knows that what he does is good. He is our example and he wants us to know, because He is Good. Whatever God gives us, no matter what it is, is good. It cannot be Bad. We might think so, but it cannot be. Whatever God gives us, is for our Good.

That's all. Think about what's happened to us. God gave it all. Think about how everything, even the "bad things," are for our Good.

Anyway, I love you all. See you.

Love from the North,

Elder Darcey

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lots More To Say This Week, So Don't Worry


It's great to talk this beautiful winter morning. I'm going to stop saying how the weather is, because it all changes before I finish typing the sentence. Groundhog Day does not affect Alaska.

Anyway, I have a lot to say this week. first off, transfers are tomorrow, and...

I'm staying. YAY! I get to spend another transfer with the Hmong people! It makes me super happy. My companion and I are also the official Tech Elders of the mission, which is also awesome. We're now in charge of everything technological in the mission, such as cameras, broadcasts, slideshows, computers, Webcasts, and so forth.

I'm also excited to still be in the Hmong branch. The people up here are wonderful, and I love teaching them and living around them. I also LOVE the FOOD. This week we had Meat Buns GF!!! They are some of the greatest things ever.

This week was great for work as well. We had Elder Christiansen of the Seventies come and speak to us as missionaries and mission leaders/bishops. It was a wonderful experience. He really talked about how the Lord has been doing his part to hasten the work; now we need to do our part. 

Miracle Time! After emailing last week, the next day I found that my USB with ALL my pictures from the past year was lost. Terrified, I looked everywhere. We went back to the Place of email, and someone had found it and given it to the lost and found. It was great to see that people are still honest and decent. Makes me happy.

anyway, I need someone to look into BYU majors about cyber security. People were talking about it up here, and I think I just found my major, whatever it may be. Please check, someone, whenever you have time.

We went to a fireside yesterday. It was incredible to me how many of the members in the Bear Mountain ward still remembered me, even though it's been over a year, and I was only there 3 months. They are such nice people.

Anyway, The weeks been great. I love it up here.

Finishing up;

Love from the North,

I dislike long-sleeved shirts. Just to let you know. 

And me, with my favorite food up here; PHO!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

The bowls, full of soup, weigh about 6 pounds apiece. GOOD!

Elder Darcey

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lots of things to Say! (Lie)


First off, Phil the Groundhog is the Beast that rises out of the Earth in Revelations. Just to let you all know...

This week has been great. First, some fun things that happened:

We were recording a Training that was being broadcast out to the mission. We had been working hard to get it all set up, and it was going great. We write it onto a DVD, and everything looks great... until we realize that the sound cord wasn't plugged into the DVD player. We recorded 2 hours of soundless training. Oops.

Well, Murphy's Law was, once again, vindicated.

I forgot a tie one day. So the Tech Elders in the library took it upon themselves to make one for me. It's made out of construction paper. Go figure. Turned out pretty well.

The big thing that happened this week was the time we spent with the Older people in our Branch this week. After a MASSIVELY hectic day, we ended up at our Member's home for dinner. From there, we all trooped over to the Church, where my companion and I taught the Branch to sing Hmong Hymns. It was beyond fun.

OH! DIA! My companion needs you to get in contact with a Teacher at the HTC (Hyperbolic Time Chamber), and get his address so my companion (Michael Crowther) can write him. Steven Beheshti.

  My Wookiee Fist is GREAT at scraping ice. Thanks a lot, Dia. And thanks so much for the Hmong hymnbook. That was EXACTLY what I needed. :)

Anyway, I need to leave. We have lots more stuff to do. I love you all, And wish the best for you. LOVE LOVE LOVE from the NORTH,

Elder Darcey

 And a service at the library! we were getting the mascot out... and that's that. No, I didn't wear it.

This was not a 100$ letter. Sorry, sorry, sorry. But maybe next week.